- -09-07-05 Congress Approves $51.8 Billion for Emergency (MSNBC News)
"Congress rushed to approve $51.8 billion in emergency aid for victims of Hurricane Katrina on Thursday, and President Bush pledged the government would cut red tape to provide an immediate $2,000 each in disaster assistance to families and to make sure they continue receiving Medicaid, food stamps and other federal benefits." 9-05
- -09-15-05 Grandmother, 73, Held - Injustice? (MSNBC News)
"Police say the grandmother from New Orleans took $63.50 in goods from a looted deli the day after Katrina struck."
"Family and eyewitnesses have a different story. They say Maten is an innocent woman who had gone to her car to get some sausage to eat but was wrongly handcuffed by tired, frustrated officers who couldn’t catch younger looters at a store in Kenner, a suburb of New Orleans."
"Even the deli owner doesn't want her charged.
"Becnel, family members and witnesses said police snared Maten, a diabetic, in the parking lot of a hotel where she had fled the floodwaters that swamped her New Orleans home. She had paid for her room with a credit card and dutifully followed authorities’ instructions to pack extra food, they said.
"She was retrieving a piece of sausage from the cooler in her car and planned to grill it so she and her frail 80-year-old husband, Alfred, could eat, according to her defenders. The parking lot was almost a block from the looted store, they said." 9-05
- NBC: FEMA Almost Stopped Preparing for Hurricanes (MSNBC News)
"A government document obtained by NBC News shows just how radically the focus shifted to terrorism. It is dated July 2004 and lists 222 upcoming FEMA and homeland security exercises scheduled to prepare for national emergencies. Only two involve hurricanes." 9-05