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  • Katrina 10: The New Levees

    Of all the questions asked about New Orleans’ progress 10 years after the disaster that killed nearly 1,500 residents and clouded its future, the most persistent has been this: Is it safer now? Interviews with engineers and storm experts for the "Katrina 10: The New Levees" investigation, by The Weather Channel and The Lens, resulted in answers filled with caveats and concerns. The best summation: It’s safer for houses, but not necessarily for the people who live in them.
  • Shots on the Bridge: Police Violence and Cover-Up in the Wake of Katrina

    Six days after Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in New Orleans, New Orleans Police Department officers opened fire on residents crossing the Danziger Bridge. When the shooting stopped, a mentally challenged man and a seventeen-year-old boy were dead, riddled with gunshot wounds. A mother’s arm was shot off, her daughter’s stomach gouged with a bullet hole, and her husband’s head pierced by shrapnel. Her nephew was shot in the neck, jaw, stomach, and hand. All six of the victims, along with two others arrested at the scene, were black and unarmed. Before the blood dried, the shooters and their supervisors had hatched a cover-up. They would plant a gun, invent witnesses, and charge two of their victims with attempted murder. The NOPD hailed all the shooters on the bridge as heroes. Shots on the Bridge explores one of the most dramatic cases of injustice in the last decade. It reveals the fear that gripped the police of a city fallen into anarchy, the circumstances that led desperate survivors to go to the bridge, and the horror that erupted with the gunfire. It dissects the cover-up that nearly buried the truth and the legal maze that, a decade later, leaves the victims still searching for justice.
  • Minister’s Millions

    A New York City pastor who created a charity to help 9/11 workers and survivors expanded the nonprofit to respond to other major disasters around the world, including Hurricane Katrina relief, and created another to develop poverty programs in several states and overseas. The minister raised millions for the causes, but he also used money raised to help his struggling church and himself.
  • Katrina Justice-A Preventable Disaster

    Geologists and Engineers had been warning for decades that the City of New Orleans was poised to be devastated in case of a major flood, and those warnings were largely ignored for those same decades, until Hurricane Katrina proved the dire predictions were true. Today the INSIDER EXCLUSIVE “Goes Behind The Headlines” in KATRINA JUSTICE – A Preventable Disaster ….. to examine how Joe Bruno, Managing Partner of Bruno & Bruno …..who serves as the Court Appointed Liaison Counsel for the Katrina Canal Breaches Consolidated Litigation and Scott Joanen, one of the many lawyers on his team have led the efforts on behalf of the citizens and residents of New Orleans who suffered catastrophic losses due to the gross negligence of the United States Army Corps of Engineers which caused the flooding of New Orleans.
  • Con-Men: Grant Chasers Plague Katrina Aid

    This series investigates the malfeasance and graft inside Louisiana's $750 million home elevation grant program, a federally financed effort to help Katrina victims rebuild safer homes.
  • St. Bernard Voting Fraud

    In an effort to preserve the sense of community in St. Bernard, and other similar parishes affected by Hurricane Katrina, the state passed legislation allowing residents to continue to vote at their previous residences, even if they were living outside of the parish during the rebuilding process. Fast forward six years. 2011. The rebuilding of St. Bernard continues, but with a post-Katrina population of 35,000, the parish has a fraction of its former residents. While some property owners have returned, many have moved to St. Tammany Parish. This is where WVUE's investigation begins. The investigative team received a tip that a St. Bernard Sheriff's Department employee lived in St. Tammany Parish, but was still voting in St. Bernard. This tip came right after the primary in St. Bernard's critical fall elections. The WVUE-TV team requested all voting records for the election, and found out that the deputy was the tip of the iceberg; illegal voting was widespread.
  • New Orleans Police

    CBS News takes an in depth look at the allegations of police brutality in the days following Hurricane Katrina. Federal investigators uncovered at least three murders and filed charges against a dozen police officers. The investigation determines why and how the chaos led to the crimes.
  • "Family of Secrets"

    Russ Baker provides an intense investigative report on the secrets of the Bush dynasty and "its rise to power." The author also reveals hidden connections of power between the Bushes and their cohorts and "major historical events," including the "assassination of John F. Kennedy" and "Watergate."
  • Katrina's Hidden Race War / Body of Evidence

    The stories describe racial conflict that occurred in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. "Katrina's Hidden Race War" chronicles the formation of an armed militia in a predominately white neighborhood that shot at African American males suspected of looting. "Body of Evidence" outlines the death of Henry Glover and the New Orleans Police Department's refusal to seek medical attention for him. Glover's incinerated body was later discovered behind the Fourth District police station.
  • Pumps Under Pressure: A story of risk and reliability after Katrina

    After Hurricane Katrina and the hurricane protection had failed, many people questioned how well the Army Corps had done their job. One of them questioning is a 10-year Army Corps veteran, Maria Garzino. "Her concerns have spurred internal inquires, General Accounting Office reports, and congressional hearings."