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Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, inflation in 1947: News Journal archives, week of Sept. 3

“Pages of history” features excerpts from The News Journal archives including the Wilmington Morning News and the Evening Journal.

Sept. 3, 2005, The News Journal

A walk through hell in aftermath of Hurricane KatrinaNEW ORLEANS – With a cigar-chomping general in front, a camouflaged-green canopy of at least three dozen troop vehicles and supply trucks rolled through floodwaters Friday into a desperate city where some Hurricane Katrina survivors had died waiting for food, water and medicine….

Some people threw their arms toward heaven and others nearly fainted with joy as the trucks and hundreds of soldiers arrived in the punishing midday heat in a scene that looked like a relief mission to a Third World country.

Front page of The News Journal from Sept. 3, 2005.

But there was also anger and profane jeers from many in the crowd of nearly 20,000 who questioned why they had to wait four days and threaten to riot before they could get anything to eat or drink….

In the world-renowned French Quarter, armed residents hide behind ornate iron gates like prisoners in a frilly jail. Historic markers on Napoleonic-era houses share billing with signs that warn: “You loot, we shoot!”

At the convention center, where thousands have camped in the streets since Monday awaiting buses out of the city, the despair feeds on itself like a voracious beast.

When National Guard helicopters attempt to land with supplies in the parking lot, waiter Bob Vineyard joins a self-appointed crew to set up a safe perimeter. The crowd surges past them with an almost feral intensity, and the chopper can’t land. The soldiers drop cases of water and meals from 10 feet in the air. Many of the bottles burst on impact, the precious water left to evaporate in the hot sun.

“We would have had a whole helicopter full of food if you had stayed back!” Vineyard shouts….

Houston Mayor Bill White estimated more than 100,000 evacuees have fled to his city, more that the Astrodome and other makeshift shelters could accommodate….

Sept. 5, 1957, Wilmington Morning News

Arkansas governor fears arrest after blocking school integrationLITTLE ROCK, ARK. – Gov. Orval Faubus sent a telegram last night to President Eisenhower saying, “I am reliably informed that federal authorities in Little Rock have this day been discussing plans to take into custody by force the head of a sovereign state.”

At Newport, R.I., where the President is vacationing, White House press secretary James C. Hagerty said he has not been informed about Gov. Faubus’ telegram, or knows if such a message was received by Eisenhower….

Front page of the Wilmington Morning News from Sept. 5, 1957.

The governor’s announcement came on the heels of other developments in the explosive situation, which threatened to burgeon into a clash of federal versus state powers of historic proportions.

At Washington, Attorney General Brownell announced that the “investigative facilities of the FBI” have been assigned to gather facts on the Faubus’ blocking of Black pupils admittance to Central High School here by the use of National Guardsmen. The FBI agents will report to Federal Judge Ronald N. Davies, who ordered compliance with a school board plan for admitting some blacks to the previously all-white school.

Little Rock Mayor Woodrow Mann issued a statement blasting the governor for using the troops to enforce school segregation. Mann accused Faubus, whose Guardsmen barred nine Black students from enrolling at Central High, of creating tensions where none existed before….

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Sept. 6, 1947, Wilmington Morning News

$1 per pound butter looms as commodity prices soarButter at a dollar a pound in retail stores loomed today as food commodities again surged upward in the nation’s primary markets….

Advancing along with butter were such essential food items as eggs, lard, hogs and grains. Several commodities soared to prices never before attained.

Aside from heavy consumer demand, chief responsibility for the current upturn was placed mainly on the mid-summer drought in the Midwest and its damaging of the corn crop, used to feed livestock and poultry.

Butter, selling at 83 cents a pound wholesale for best grades, has advanced 25 cents since the low on April 22. Dealers said the hot summer has diverted milk away from butter and into ice cream….

Another outcome of the heat wave was ruined pastures, which took away one source of food supplies for cows.

Eggs, which brought 44 cents a dozen wholesale June 17, sold here today at 59 cents. Consumers, shying away from high meat prices, are creating a terrific demand for eggs….

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Sept. 9, 1957, Wilmington Morning News

Gibson, Anderson win national tennis titlesAlthea Gibson, the pride of Harlem, made good a seven-year quest for the U.S. Women’s tennis title, and a jut-jawed Queenslander named Malcolm Anderson emerged as the newest of Australia’s court killers.

Miss Gibson, recently crowned Wimbledon queen, became the first Black player to win a major American tennis championship when she routed Louise Brough of Beverly Hills, Calif., before a crowd of 12,000 at West Side Stadium, 6-3, 6-2.

Anderson – unseeded, unnoticed and unawed – stunned the gallery with a demonstration of rocket-like shot making in crushing Ashley Cooper, Australian champion and top-seeded favorite, 10-8, 7-5, 6-4….

Reach reporter Ben Mace at rmace@gannett.com.

This article originally appeared on Delaware News Journal: Katrina aftermath, inflation in 1947: News Journal archives, Sept. 3


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Wednesday, September 7More than 30 bodies found in St. Bernard nursing home

Authorities have found more than 30 bodies in a flooded nursing home in St. Bernard Parish, one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. The parish, southeast of downtown New Orleans, was heavily flooded when Katrina slammed ashore near the Mississippi state line Aug. 29. Sheriff’s deputies reported Wednesday that floodwaters remained as high as 8 feet in some places.

DeLay: Onus for emergency response starts with locals

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The House majority leader late Tuesday tried to deflect criticism of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina by saying “the emergency response system was set up to work from the bottom up,” then announced a short time later that House hearings examining that response had been canceled.

Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, said House Republican leaders instead want a joint House-Senate panel set up to conduct a “congressional review” of the issue. (Posted 1:05 a.m.)

Cholera-related bacteria kills 5

ATLANTA (CNN) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that five people have died in the area hit by Hurricane Katrina after becoming infected with Vibrio vulnificus, typically a more benign relative of the bacteria that cause cholera.

One of the fatalities occurred in Texas; the other four were in Mississippi, said CDC spokesman Tom Skinner.

Those who died were either elderly or had chronic health conditions. (Posted 12:36 a.m.)

Poll: Most Americans think New Orleans will not recover

(CNN) — A majority of Americans believe the city of New Orleans will never completely recover from the effects of Hurricane Katrina and the resulting flooding, according to results of a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Tuesday.

Fifty-six percent of the respondents said they believe the hurricane devastated the city beyond repair. And 93 percent said they believe Katrina is the worst natural disaster to strike the United States in their lifetime.

But a majority of respondents — 63 percent — said they believe the city should rebuild. And 66 percent said they believe all New Orleans residents should evacuate. (Posted 12:24 a.m.)

Evacuee slits wrist on flight

(CNN) — A passenger aboard a plane carrying evacuees from hard-hit Katrina areas apparently tried to commit suicide Tuesday, using a razor blade to slit his wrist, an airport official told CNN.

Tuesday, September 6The plane, flying from Houston to Washington, D.C., made an emergency landing in Nashville. The passenger was taken off the plane and driven away by ambulance to a hospital, the official said. His condition was not immediately known.

Superdome may have to be torn down due to extensive damage

NEW ORLEANS (CNN) — The Louisiana Superdome was so heavily damaged by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that it may have to be torn down, although the final determination of the dome’s fate may be months or years away, a disaster official working with the governor’s office told CNN.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the initial assessment of the famed dome indicated the damage is “more significant than initially thought.”

Officials said damage includes potential biohazards such as mold and large quantities of human excrement inside the building from when tens of thousands of residents were housed there as a shelter of last resort without power or running water. (Posted 11:51 p.m.)

New Orleans mayor orders everyone out of Big Easy

NEW ORLEANS (CNN) — Mayor Ray Nagin ordered police and other law enforcement agencies Tuesday night to remove everyone from New Orleans who is not involved in cleaning up behind Hurricane Katrina, whether they want to go or not.

The expanded evacuation order authorizes state and local police, firefighters, National Guard troops and other military forces “to compel the evacuation of all persons from the City of New Orleans.” (Posted 11:46 p.m.)

House hearings on Katrina next week abruptly canceled

WASHINGTON (CNN) — House hearings examining the federal government’s response to Hurricane Katrina were abruptly canceled by House Republican leaders who prefer an unspecified review by a joint House-Senate panel, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said Tuesday.

Rep. Tom Davis, the chairman of the House Government Reform Committee, announced earlier in the day that his committee would begin holding hearings next week to get to the bottom of what went wrong in the aftermath of Katrina. (Posted 11:20 p.m.)

1,800 Marriott employees unaccounted for after Katrina

BATON ROUGE, La. (CNN) — The Marriott hotel chain says it has about 1,800 workers from its New Orleans hotels that remain unaccounted for after Hurricane Katrina, and it is canvassing shelters across the region to find them, a company spokesman said Tuesday. (Posted 11:18 p.m.)

Crude oil closes at price below pre-Katrina levels

From CNN Correspondent Allan Chernoff (CNN) — The active futures contract for crude oil closed at $65.96 per barrel Tuesday, which is below the price at which crude was trading on the Friday before Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. (Posted 4:34 p.m.)

Public health officials work to limit spread of disease in shelters

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Public health officials said Tuesday they are more concerned about possible toxic chemicals in the water in New Orleans than they are about an outbreak of cholera in the region, and were taking steps to limit the outbreak of disease in the overcrowded shelters whose residents could prove susceptible.

Dr. Julie Gerberding, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Tuesday that, more than a week after Hurricane Katrina hit the region, health officials still don’t know if the water contains toxic chemicals.

“We don’t know if chemical and petroleum industries in the region have survived,” she told reporters in a conference call that included Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt and Surgeon General Richard Carmona. “We have a comprehensive environmental health team there. We’re just putting together picture now.” (Posted 3:54 p.m.)

Chertoff, others expected to face tough questions in closed briefings

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Michael Chertoff, head of the Department of Homeland Security who has faced condemnation for the federal response to Hurricane Katrina, will be among the top officials facing questions from lawmakers in back-to-back closed-door briefings Tuesday evening.

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