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Mix of flavors makes New Orleans great

People’s stupidity continues to amaze me. Without fail, there is always someone who comes along and says the most unintelligent thing at the worst time imaginable.

And now, when New Orleans is divided, torn by people’s uncertainty about coming back and risking the flood once again, Mayor Ray Nagin stepped to the plate, swinging strikes the entire way.

In his speech on Martin Luther King Day, the mayor said, “I don’t care what people are saying Uptown or wherever they are. This city will be chocolate at the end of the day. … This city will be a majority African-American city. It’s the way God wants it to be.”

So much for American tolerance and equality.  – By Samantha Perez

When Hurricane Katrina smashed ashore last August, Louisiana teen Samantha Perez started writing about the storm that washed away much of her old life. Her journal, chronicled in the pages of The Tattoo, is all online at Hurricane Journal. Read it for an eye-opening and intensely personal look into the eye of the worst storm in recent history.


Lessons learned from hurricane work

The closer we got to the Mississippi coast, the more damage we saw. More trees were down, and billboards were history. There were abandoned cars on the side of the road.

As we neared our destination, there were no trees alive.

Everything was brown. The trees didn’t uproot like you would think. Instead, the trunks just snapped about 15 feet off the ground, no doubt where the water level reached during the storm surge.

Every now and then, we saw a lawn chair or something maybe 15 or 20 feet off the ground, stuck in a tree — washed there by the waves.

We were dumbfounded by the sheer power of this storm.

– By Josh Gales
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