Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The hits just keep on coming

A Legacy of the Storm: Depression and Suicide - New York Times
New Orleans is experiencing what appears to be a near epidemic of depression and post-traumatic stress disorders, one that mental health experts say is of an intensity rarely seen in this country. It is contributing to a suicide rate that state and local officials describe as close to triple what it was before Hurricane Katrina struck and the levees broke 10 months ago.
Hmm. Lawyer for Saddam assassinated; 85 workers kidnapped Military Charges 8 With Murder of Iraqi One soldier likely beheaded, U.S. military says: Both men's bodies showed signs of brutal treatment Southern lawmakers delay voting rights bill Killing stumps police, friends Armed soldiers roll in to beef up police force 'Triangle of death' claims another life Louisiana's new abortion law is an impotent, reactionary response to 30 years of apolitical obstacles. Lafayette police chief resigns: Hundley faces charges, possible firing Wastech, Inc. Files Injunction Against State of Louisiana, Division of Administration and DRC, Inc., Regarding $28 Million Winning Bid in Gulf Coast Region New Orleans has its own way of doing things and says it doesn't want to be told by outsiders in what size and shape it should be reborn. That is fair enough, but only if local officials are living up to their responsibilities. Right now, the people of the city are being held hostage to whims and foot-dragging, their lives on hold as they wait for their leaders to make decisions — decisions that should have been made months ago. Tragedy again hits family left homeless by Katrina:"'I don't know what to do,' Eddington said. 'I don't even have money to bury her.'" Etc. Etc. Etc. Etc.

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