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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Chaos

Don't even know where to start with New Orleans...

The stories keep getting darker and darker - as the flood wreaks havoc on the area.

No law, either.

'Times-Picayune' Announces New Home -- in Houma -- Reports Looting by Cops and Firemen

Man:
The battered Times-Picayune of New Orleans, which evacuated its downtown office this afternoon, posted a simple note to it staffers on its Web site late this afternoon: "We are working at the Houma Courier for a few days. If you have news, call 985-850-1182. We plan to set up a longer term newsroom in Baton Rouge. Call the Advocate to find out where we are."

Meanwhile, two staffers published a story on one of the Web site's blogs, reporting on the looting in the city -- joined in by cops and firemen who had been called to the scene.

Other reports, and TV footage, have shown brazen looting at many sites around the city. One compared the current climate in the increasingly desperate city to "Sodom and Gomorrah."

One looter shot a local police officer, but Tuesday night word came that the officer was expected to survive.

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At the Times-Picayune Web site, Mike Perlstein and Brian Thevenot wrote that at a Wal-Mart on Tchoupitoulas Street, mass looting broke out after a giveaway of supplies was announced at that location. While some did indeed carry away food and essentials, others "cleared out jewelry racks and carted out computers, TVs, and appliances on handtrucks. Some officers joined in taking whatever they could, including one New Orleans cop who loaded a shopping cart with a compact computer and a 27-inch flat screen television.

"Throughout the store and parking lot, looters pushed carts and loaded trucks and vans alongside officers. One man said police directed him to Wal-Mart from Robert's Grocery, where a similar scene was taking place. A crowd in the electronics section said one officer broke the glass DVD case so people wouldn't cut themselves.

"The police got all the best stuff. They're crookeder than us," one man said. Most officers, though, simply stood by powerless against the tide of law breakers.
Really sad.

(Happened on 9/11, too. A few bad apples in the NYPD/FD went underground - below the Towers - and started looting. Probably died as a result.)

It gets worse:

Another Person Dies At Superdome, Possibly From Suicide

25,000 refugees inside the Superdome - right now:
Officials had earlier reported two deaths at the Superdome, and now, they report that someone died Tuesday after plunging from an upper level of the stadium. They say the person probably jumped.
The saddest story has disappeared from the Web.

Last night, ABC News had a report on its web site about a "prison riot, hostage crisis" at an area correctional facility. Apparently, a prison guard took his wife and four children BACK to the prison...thinking the prison would be the safest place to "deal" with the storm and flood.

You know what comes next.

That story...is GONE: It's been "erased" from the net.

Let's hope it never happened.

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UPDATE.

That story is back.

Official: Prisoners Riot, Take Hostages In New Orleans

Excerpts.
Inmates at a prison in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans have rioted, attempted to escape and are now holding hostages, a prison commissioner told ABC News affiliate WBRZ in Baton Rouge, La.

Orleans Parish Prison Commissioner Oliver Thomas reported the incident to WBRZ.

A deputy at Orleans Parish Prison, his wife and their four children have been taken hostage by rioting prisoners after riding out Hurricane Katrina inside the jail building, according to WBRZ.

Officials are expected to hold a press conference regarding the riots at 9 p.m. ET.

A woman interviewed by WBRZ said her son, a deputy at the prison whose family is among the hostages, told her that many of the prisoners have fashioned homemade weapons. Her son had brought his family there hoping they would be safe during the storm.
God help them.

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And in Iraq?

695 Dead, 180 Hurt in Iraq Bridge Stampede

Total chaos.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Trampled, crushed against barricades or plunging into the Tigris River, about 700 Shiite pilgrims died Wednesday when a procession across a Baghdad bridge was engulfed in panic over rumors that a suicide bomber was at large.

Most of the dead were women and children, Interior Ministry spokesman Lt. Col. Adnan Abdul-Rahman said. It was the single biggest confirmed loss of life in
Iraq since the March 2003 invasion. Health Ministry spokesman Qassim Yahya said 695 were killed and 180 injured.
Meanwhile, Our Kid is finishing up his vacation.

I'm sure his people are trying to put together a strong photo op.

They've been doing a lousy job lately.

More later...

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