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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

News About New Orleans and the Gulf Coast

    There's Nothing to See Here.
    Robert Davis a retired elementary teacher who was repeatedly punched in the head by police in an incident caught on videotape said Monday he was not drunk, put up no resistance and was baffled by what happened. "He does not see it as a racial thing," said Davis' lawyer, Joseph Bruno.

    Two city officers accused in the beating, and a third officer accused of grabbing and shoving an Associated Press Television News producer who helped document the confrontation, pleaded not guilty Monday to battery charges.

    Trial was set at a hearing Monday for Jan. 11. Afterward, officers Lance Schilling, Robert Evangelist and S.M. Smith were released on bond.
    Commander in Chief-Easy in the "Big Easy".
    President George W. Bush dined in the famed French Quarter of New Orleans. This was his eighth visit to New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina, ravaged the city on August 29th. The president attended a dinner meeting with Mayor Ray Nagin and other local leaders, members of a city commission set up by Mayor Nagin to promote the city's revival, on rebuilding the city and other communities devastated by the storm. Before the dinner meeting Bush met with local officials from Plaquemines and Jefferson parishes at the US Naval Air Station in New Orleans.

    According to the president's spokeman there was an "open exchange" with the local officials covering problems associated with housing, insurance and repairing the city's system of ruptured levees. "The American people have their arms out. We want you to know that a lot of people care," Bush told the officials.

    President Bush then traveled by helicopter to the New Orleans Convention Center before heading downtown by motorcade to the French Quarter.

    The convention center became a symbol of the government's slow relief effort as city residents languished in miserable conditions for days, waiting to be evacuated from the flooded city.(Bush visits the city eight times since the storm. Each time he visits he goes to the Convention Center or the Super Dome. Strange how he continues to visit those places when the people are no longer there.)

    Bush has been severely criticized over his response to the disaster and its aftermath. Recent polls show a majority of US voters dissatisfied with his performance.

    Hurricane Katrina left at least 1,209 people dead in the southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.*(We believe the death toll is much higher than being reported. If this casualty count is to be accepted we believe at least 1000 of the dead were in New Orleans.)