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Coast Guard's Katrina rescues documented by University of Alabama filmmakers, AL.com reports

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 06:21
Behind-the-scenes stories of the heroic rescues conducted during Hurricane Katrina by Coast Guard personnel based in Mobile and New Orleans are the subject of a documentary being completed by a team of student filmmakers from the University of Alabama, led by New Orleans native Kaitlin Smith, AL.com reports. "Paratus 14:50," the name of the new movie, is a combination of the Coast Guard motto -- Semper Paratus, or "always ready" -- and 2:50 p.m.
'No one knows this side of Katrina,' says director of Coast Guard documentary 'Paratus 14:50'
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 00:19
Coast Guard personnel based in Mobile and New Orleans conducted an epic rescue operation in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Now a team of student filmmakers is on the verge of completing a project showing sides of that effort that have never been seen. The film is titled "Paratus 14:50," which refers to the Coast Guard's motto - Semper Paratus, meaning "always ready" - and 2:50 p.m.
At Broadmoor shooting: 'Some of these young kids are so lost'
Sunday, 21 December 2014 11:27
A man was shot several times near the intersection of Milan and S. Prieur streets late Monday afternoon, according to the New Orleans Police Department. The shooting occurred aout 4 p.m. and the victim, 18, has been transported to the hospital. Stay with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune for more information as this breaking story develops. View full size
Slavonian Lodge celebrates paying off $3M building after just 4 years
Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:29
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Nine years after Hurricane Katrina reduced its beloved lodge to rubble, the Slavic Benevolent Association is celebrating the ultimate of comebacks. Friday night, the Slavonian Lodge threw a big "Burn the Mortgage" party after paying off every penny owed on the $3 million lodge. Members said it's their strong Croatian values that led them to become debt free.
St. Bernard Parish to pay over $1.8M in controversial housing policy settlement
Thursday, 18 December 2014 05:45
St. Bernard Parish, LA (WVUE) - St. Bernard Parish must pay over $1.8 million as part of a settlement over a controversial housing policy enacted after Hurricane Katrina. A 2006 lawsuit challenged parish ordinances claiming it was designed to restrict rentals. These ordinances included the “blood relative ordinance,” which stipulated that owners of single-family homes could only rent to their blood relatives unless they received permission from the Parish Council.
Fitch Affirms Louisiana Stadium & Expo Dist. Rev Bonds at 'A'; Outlook Positive
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 06:25
AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Fitch Ratings has affirmed its 'A' rating for the following Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District (LSED or the district) bonds: --$270.9 million senior revenue refunding bonds, tax-exempt series 2013A; --$27.3 million senior revenue refunding bonds, taxable series 2013B. The Rating Outlook is revised to Positive from Stable.
Hurricane, Flood Standards Development Committee Meets
Monday, 15 December 2014 11:04
Visible satellite image of Hurricane Gonzalo on the morning of Oct. 15, 2014. (Source: NOAA) By: Lanetra Bennett December 16, 2014 Tallahassee, FL - Experts say forty percent of hurricane property damage comes from storm surge. That's one of the issues the Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology has to consider when looking at hurricane models.
Climate change could leave cities more in the dark
Sunday, 14 December 2014 04:31
Cities like Miami are all too familiar with hurricane-related power outages. But a Johns Hopkins University analysis finds climate change will give other major metro areas a lot to worry about in future storms. Johns Hopkins engineers created a computer model to predict the increasing vulnerability to hurricanes of power grids in major cities on or relatively near the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
Nearly $40 Million in Sandy Aid May Be Fraud, Waste
Thursday, 11 December 2014 13:37
Almost $40 million of the aid provided by FEMA to Hurricane Sandy may have been "improper or fraudulent," but that figure represents a huge improvement over the percentage of FEMA aid deemed questionable after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, according to a watchdog report released Friday.
Hurricane center to warn residents about storm surge
Thursday, 11 December 2014 13:16
The center is seeking to improve awareness for the public and emergency officials on the damaging effects of surges on coastal communities. To aid in that goal, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration debuted an online map earlier this year using computer models to illustrate potential storm surge risks that would accompany different categories of storms. A direct hit from only a Category 1 storm, according to the model-produced map, would inundate some areas of…

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