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Superdome Evacuation Halted Amid Gunfire

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/katrina_superdome_evacuation_hk1;_ylt=Aq43IXiMR.sTEXyDxqpPgR2s0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA2Z2szazkxBHNlYwN0bQ-- Superdome Evacuation Halted
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 1, 2005
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      Superdome Evacuation Halted Amid Gunfire

      20 minutes ago

      NEW ORLEANS - The evacuation of the Superdome was
      suspended Thursday after shots were fired at a
      military helicopter, an ambulance official overseeing
      the operation said. No immediate injuries were
      reported.

      "We have suspended operations until they gain control
      of the Superdome," said Richard Zeuschlag, head of
      Acadian Ambulance, which was handling the evacuation
      of sick and injured people from the Superdome.

      He said that military would not fly out of the
      Superdome either because of the gunfire and that the
      National Guard told him that it was sending 100
      military police officers to gain control.

      "That's not enough," Zeuschlag. "We need a thousand."

      He said that shots were fired at a military helicopter
      over the Superdome before daybreak.

      He also said that during the night, when a medical
      evacuation helicopter tried to land at a hospital in
      the outlying town of Kenner, the pilot reported that
      100 people were on the landing pad, and some of them
      had guns.

      "He was frightened and would not land," Zeuschlag.

      He said medics were calling him and crying for help
      because they were so scared of people with guns at the Superdome.
    • THOMAS JOHNSON
      From the Washington Post this morning: Waiting for a Leader E-Mail This Printer-Friendly Published: September 1, 2005 George W. Bush gave one of the worst
      Message 2 of 2 , Sep 1, 2005
        From the Washington Post this morning:

        Waiting for a Leader
        E-Mail This
        Printer-Friendly
        Published: September 1, 2005
        George W. Bush gave one of the worst speeches of his
        life yesterday, especially given the level of national
        distress and the need for words of consolation and
        wisdom. In what seems to be a ritual in this
        administration, the president appeared a day later
        than he was needed. He then read an address of a
        quality more appropriate for an Arbor Day celebration:
        a long laundry list of pounds of ice, generators and
        blankets delivered to the stricken Gulf Coast. He
        advised the public that anybody who wanted to help
        should send cash, grinned, and promised that
        everything would work out in the end.
        We will, of course, endure, and the city of New
        Orleans must come back. But looking at the pictures on
        television yesterday of a place abandoned to the
        forces of flood, fire and looting, it was hard not to
        wonder exactly how that is going to come to pass.
        Right now, hundreds of thousands of American refugees
        need our national concern and care. Thousands of
        people still need to be rescued from imminent peril.
        Public health threats must be controlled in New
        Orleans and throughout southern Mississippi. Drivers
        must be given confidence that gasoline will be
        available, and profiteering must be brought under
        control at a moment when television has been showing
        long lines at some pumps and spot prices approaching
        $4 a gallon have been reported.

        Sacrifices may be necessary to make sure that all
        these things happen in an orderly, efficient way. But
        this administration has never been one to counsel
        sacrifice. And nothing about the president's demeanor
        yesterday - which seemed casual to the point of
        carelessness - suggested that he understood the depth
        of the current crisis.

        While our attention must now be on the Gulf Coast's
        most immediate needs, the nation will soon ask why New
        Orleans's levees remained so inadequate. Publications
        from the local newspaper to National Geographic have
        fulminated about the bad state of flood protection in
        this beloved city, which is below sea level. Why were
        developers permitted to destroy wetlands and barrier
        islands that could have held back the hurricane's
        surge? Why was Congress, before it wandered off to
        vacation, engaged in slashing the budget for
        correcting some of the gaping holes in the area's
        flood protection?

        It would be some comfort to think that, as Mr. Bush
        cheerily announced, America "will be a stronger place"
        for enduring this crisis. Complacency will no longer
        suffice, especially if experts are right in warning
        that global warming may increase the intensity of
        future hurricanes. But since this administration won't
        acknowledge that global warming exists, the chances of
        leadership seem minimal.

        Next Article in Opinion (1 of 9) >

        --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...> wrote:


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        http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/katrina_superdome_evacuation_hk1;_ylt=Aq43IXiMR.sTEXyDxqpPgR2s0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA2Z2szazkxBHNlYwN0bQ--

        Superdome Evacuation Halted Amid Gunfire

        20 minutes ago

        NEW ORLEANS - The evacuation of the Superdome was
        suspended Thursday after shots were fired at a
        military helicopter, an ambulance official overseeing
        the operation said. No immediate injuries were
        reported.

        "We have suspended operations until they gain control
        of the Superdome," said Richard Zeuschlag, head of
        Acadian Ambulance, which was handling the evacuation
        of sick and injured people from the Superdome.

        He said that military would not fly out of the
        Superdome either because of the gunfire and that the
        National Guard told him that it was sending 100
        military police officers to gain control.

        "That's not enough," Zeuschlag. "We need a thousand."

        He said that shots were fired at a military helicopter
        over the Superdome before daybreak.

        He also said that during the night, when a medical
        evacuation helicopter tried to land at a hospital in
        the outlying town of Kenner, the pilot reported that
        100 people were on the landing pad, and some of them
        had guns.

        "He was frightened and would not land," Zeuschlag.

        He said medics were calling him and crying for help
        because they were so scared of people with guns at the
        Superdome.


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