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Monday, September 5, 2005


MEMA is coming -- two weeks from now


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PASCAGOULA -- A FEMA official reassured Jackson County and city leaders Sunday that the federal government is on its way. Reassurance -- given during a daily briefing at the county's Emergency Operation Center in Pascagoula -- has been long awaited by local leaders who claim the federal agency has been

slow to heed their calls for assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which swept into the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Aug. 29 as a Category 4 hurricane. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency could open disaster recovery centers, which also would house FEMA, within the next two weeks. "We got to make sure your infrastructure will

support it," said MEMA spokesman Mike Womack. "Housing is such a great issue for our people. There are so many responders down here that it's hard for our people to get spaces. We're working on that," said Jesse Munoz, a spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The gasoline crunch and the massive need along the Gulf Coast also hampered the agency's abili-

ty to swiftly serve, he said. Local governments were encouraged to delay awarding any major storm contracts, particularly debris removal. Munoz said it the Corps of Engineers will spearhead the coastal debris removal effort. "They will competitively bid and get contractors See MEMA, Page 10-A

New Orleans gathers its dead

`It is going to be


Congregation meets `outside the walls'


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about as ugly of a scene as I think you can imagine'


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NEW ORLEANS -- New Or-leans turned much of its attention Sunday to gathering up and counting the dead across a ghastly landscape awash in perhaps thousands of corpses. "It is going to be about as ugly of a scene as I think you can imagine," the nation's homeland security chief warned. As authorities struggled to keep order, police shot eight people carrying guns on the Danziger Bridge, which spans a canal connecting Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River, Deputy Police Chief W.J. Riley. Five or six were killed, Riley said, adding that he had no other details. Air and boat crews searched flooded neighborhoods for survivors, and federal officials urged those still left in New Orleans to leave for their own safety. To expedite the rescues, the Co as t Gua r d r equ ested through the media that anyone stranded hang out brightly colored or white linens or something else to draw attention. But with the electricity out though much of the city, it was not known if the message was being received. With large-scale evacuations completed at the Superdome and Convention Center, the death toll was not known. But bodies were everywhere: Floating in canals, slumped in wheelchairs, abandoned on highways and medians and hidden in attics. "I think it's evident it's in the thousands," Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said Sunday on CNN, echoing predictions by city and state officials last week. The U.S. Public Health S e r vi c e s a id o ne mor g u e alone, at a St. Gabriel prison, See NEW ORLEANS, Page 10-A

PASCAGOULA -- Father William Norvel greeted the congregation of St. Peter the Apostle Church on Sunday morning: "Welcome to St. Peter's outside the walls." Almost 100 members of the congregation sat in lawn chairs and folding chairs in the small patch of grass between the collapsed school building and the gaping holes that once were walls on the east and west

side of the sanctuary. "Now, we thank you our God with hearts and hands and voices," flowed from the lips of the parishioners as they sang and reflected on what they had to be thankful for. Thanksgiving was the prevailing theme throughout the 7 a.m. Mass in Pascagoula. "God really blessed us 'cause we are alive. We don't have anything See THANKS, Page 10-A

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`God is good,' reply the parishioners as Father William Norvel of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church says, `Welcome to St. Peter's outside the walls.' The Pascagoula church and the church school were heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina, so the Sunday morning service was held outside beside the rubble of the sanctuary.

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Avonne Polk of Moss Point holds her grandson, Carson Allen Wiggins, 3, of Moss Point during Sunday morning worship at St. Peter the Apostle.

Presbyterians prepare to feed the flock


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GAUTIER -- Worship services continued at Gautier Presbyterian Church Sunday despite the now familiar dank smell of mold that permeated the air of the sanctuary. In a small circle amid pews strewn across the floor, folding chairs surrounded a guitar and 50-year-old hymnals. "This is a good, very close-knit church," said Fred Hunt, part of the 60-

member congregation. Church members filed by two large posters asking them "Where are they?" in regards to other members and "What sort of help is needed." Accounting for each other was a priority at the service, as members lined up with markers and wrote down their phone numbers and the numbers of members whose locations were known. The list, though brand new, was missing information for only one household. It was high on the priority list for each person in attendance. Once members

are set, the next step for the church is to branch out and help other destitute people in the area. The Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PC-USA) has sent in a team to aid churches and residents along the Coast. Mike Flounlacker (Flounder), a realtor in Pensacola, joined the group that will use the Gautier church as a base station. "Money really is the smartest thing that people can give," he said. He added that food and water seem to be in good supply, but simple needs such as dia-

pers, wet wipes and cereal for babies are scarce. The sanctuary and its surrounding buildings were damaged by three-foot flood waters and high winds. The short church service was followed with members pulling out dripping carpets and water-filled kitchen pans after the service in preparation for making the church a base for the national team. Saturday, the church will host a barbecue for 400 people. The Rev. Chris BulSee RELIEF, Page 2-A

Scattered and battered locals get hot meals at Waffle House

Willis Nash of Moss Point, left, Sara Collard of Moss Point and her goddaughter, Sherriet McClammey, of Gulfport eat breakfast Sunday morning at the Moss Point Waffle House before going to church. Several area Waffle House restaurants are open serving hot food, cool drinks and hot coffee.


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For many residents of Jackson County, a good meal and a chance to get away from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was the recipe for their day of rest. Sunday morning, people were lining up outside Waffle Houses around Jackson County for a hot breakfast and the chance to relax before heading back to their homes or going back out to work to clean up the community. "Nothing good can come from closed Waffle Houses. It challenges the rest of the community to get up with us," said Bert Thorton in

operations for Waffle House Inc. Three workers from the Red River Cooperation Inc. were dining at the Moss Point Waffle House before they headed out to try to get more spoiled goods out of the way for the residents of Pascagoula. The workers agreed that a hot breakfast and the kind hearts of the people of Pascagoula were all the motivation they needed to get out and continue their efforts to clean up. "The people have such a good spirit in Pascagoula. It gives me an adrenaline rush to see people who have lost so much be so kind,"

said Wayne Bishop, a supervisor for the Red River Service Cooperation Inc. However, many residents of Jackson County who lost their homes were also glad to take some time out Sunday and have breakfast with friends as they decide the next steps to take. Sara Collard, who lost her home to storm surge waters said she is just glad that their are still places to come and find a good meal. "It is such a blessing. I am so glad they were open," Collard said. The Waffle House was a buzz of See MEALS, Page 10-A

LOCAL, 3-A Agencies join to assess environmental impact of Hurricane Katrina

LOCAL, 3-A Entergy to move corporate offices to Mississippi for Hurricane Katrina cleanup

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St. Lucy's holds emotional Mass after Hurricane Katrina


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Several branches of Merchants & Marine Bank will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the week. Open branches are Hurley, Wade/Three Rivers, St. Martin, Gautier, Lucedale, Escatawpa, Ocean Springs on U.S. 90 and Pascagoula on Market Street, said communications director Todd Trenchard. There is a temporary limit of $200 for withdrawals from checking and savings accounts. "Everyone has been very understanding as we bring bank services back up to speed. We're limited, but gradually getting back to as normal a routine as possible for our customers," Trenchard said. The following Hancock Bank branches will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Normal banking hours will resume Tuesday. · Crossroads at I-10 and U.S. 49. · Cowan Road. · Diamondhead at the north side of the I-10 Diamondhead exit. · Ocean Springs at Washington Avenue. · East Pascagoula on U.S. 90 near Wal-Mart. · Hattiesburg at U.S. 98 East. SouthTrust/Wachovia have opened six branches along the Gulf Coast: · Pascagoula. · Biloxi Main Branch. · Ocean Springs. · Vancleave. · Edgewater (Biloxi). · Turtle Creek in Hattiesburg. The following branches remain closed: · Hattiesburg on Hardy Street. · Biloxi/Gulfport on Courthouse Road. · Mobile Main Branch. SouthTrust/Wachovia is waiving ATM fees at Escambia, Mobile, Baldwin and surrounding counties in Alabama and locations throughout Mississippi, and at ATM locations in the Florida Panhandle. SouthTrust/Wachovia is offering special installment loans to those needing assistance because of Hurricane Katrina. The loans will be available for the next 45 days, have a fixed annual percentage rate of 9.99 percent and no origination fees. Call 800-922-4684 or 800225-5782 for details.

LUCEDALE -- Friends and neighbors hugged one another and shook hands as they quietly exchanged hurricane stories before an especially emotional Mass at St. Lucy's Catholic Church in Lucedale Sunday morning. "I have always enjoyed coming to St. Lucy's," said Father Fintan Kilmurray, who is the pastor at St. Francis in Wiggins as well as St. Lucy's. Kilmurray lives in Wiggins. "I especially enjoyed it this Sunday," he continued, "because here there is electricity." Kilmurray, who typically weaves threads of Irish humor into all his Masses, opened the service with a joke and then asked the congregation to exchange the sign of peace, handshakes or hugs with one another. The sign of peace is a tradition that takes place at a point later in the Mass. It was observed twice on this first Sunday following Hurricane Katrina. In his homily, Kilmurray departed from

scripture and spoke about neighbors, what it means to be a neighbor and how being a good neighbor is part of our responsibility as Christians. "We are all in this together," he said. "We are all Americans." Then, with a catch in his voice he reported that the diocese had apparently lost seven of its churches in the storm, including St. Peter in Pascagoula, St. Michael in Biloxi, St. Thomas in Long Beach, St. Paul in Pascagoula and St. Clare in Waveland. He said St. Fatima was apparently heavily damaged. He said the diocese had not been able to contact all members of the clergy. The church, which usually sees 80 to 100 faithful attend Sunday morning services had about that many this Sunday, yet some of the faces were different. "We had people we normally see who were not here because of the gasoline shortage," said Kilmurray, who is also a member of the Army National Guard and serves at Camp Shelby. "We also had a

number of visitors today, including people from Pascagoula. "It was difficult to preach today. It is very emotional. I have a great fondness for all Americans and to see people living under overpasses in New Orleans ... and that is just down the road." St. Lucy's experienced some minor roof damage and damage to trees and shrubs. St. Francis, which did not fare so well, had a hole smashed into its roof. Several people chose to ride out the storm praying at the churches, Kilmurray said. Kilmurray had also just received word that his mother, who lives in Ireland, is gravely ill and was hospitalized Saturday. Although he did not say so, it was obvious that he is torn between his responsibilities to his parish at this difficult time and his duty as a son. Reporter Royce Armstrong may be contacted at [email protected] or at (601) 947-9933.


· Hot meals will be served by the Salvation Army between noon and 7 p.m. at the following locations: -- Salvation Army Headquarters on Nathan Hale Road. -- First Baptist Church Pascagoula. -- Jerry Lee's on U.S. 90 in Gautier. -- At the corner of Miss. 63 and Saracennia Road in North Moss Point. · Board of Supervisors of Jackson County are encouraging residents to conserve water to ensure that enough water pressure will be available for hospitals and firefighters. No one should be washing cars or the outsides of houses unless necessary because of flood damage. · Three new shelters are opening, existing shelters are staying open: -- Vancleave High School. -- East Central High School. -- Christus Victor Lutheran Church in Ocean Springs on U.S. 90. -- Gautier Community Center. -- St. Martin Community Center. -- St. Paul's United Methodist Church Main Campus on Porter Street. -- St. Paul's United Methodist Preschool at intersection of Miss. 57 and U.S. 90. · Pascagoula City Hall will be moving temporarily to 14th Street. · Anyone who would like to make donations of clothes or household goods can take them to The Old Swingster Building on Government Street in Ocean Springs. · Escatawpa Post Office on Miss. 613 will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday for people to receive government checks. You can call 800275-8777 for more information U.S. Postal Services. · Dauphin Way United Methodist Church from Mobile will be serving red beans and rice for lunch at noon Monday at the First United Methodist Church of Pascagoula. · Six different locations will distribute water in Jackson County. -- Vancleave Horse Arena. -- East Central High School. -- St. Martin Community Center. -- Singing River Mall. -- Ocean Springs Middle School. -- Jackson County Fairgrounds. · Red River Service Cooperation Inc. is asking that all customers in Pascagoula place all spoiled items and items that might spoil in their cans for pickup. All materials should be set 3 or 4 feet away from objects that should not be picked up.


From Page 1-A lock, pastor of the church, said the meal will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Among the attendees to the service was Smudge, a small brown-and-white dog. Smudge was returned to his owners, Jim and Jo Talbot, by a fellow church member. The Talbots were out of town during the storm and had left Smudge at a nearby kennel, which had to be evacuated. "She's the only dog I know who went to church this morning," said Jim Talbot. Among their many losses was a much-touted pecan crop. "Our pecan crop usually yields 2,000 pounds," church elder Brandy Meenink said. "That's our fund-raiser for the year -- or one of them." The church also lost all of the items that had been donated for the annual rummage sale, Meenink said. Reporter Joy E. Stodghill can be reached at [email protected] or (251) 219-5551. Copy editor Ryan Sirmons can be reached at [email protected]


IVAN "TINY" WIXON, 82, VERA MAE THURMAN, of Pascagoula, Miss., died Aug. 91, of Gautier, Miss., died 27, 2005. Graveside service at Sept. 3, 2005, in Brandon, 11 a.m. today at Machpelah Miss. Arrangements by Cemetery, Pascagoula. O'Bryant-O'Keefe Funeral Arrangement by O'BryantO'Keefe Funeral Home, Home, Pascagoula, Miss. VIRGINIA CARR of GauPascagoula, Miss. MARY CATHERINE tier, Miss., died Aug. 31, 2005, SYKES, 93, of Pascagoula, in Ocean Springs. ArrangeMiss., died Sept. 4, 2005. ments by O'Bryant-O'Keefe Graveside service at 11 a.m. Funeral Home, Pascagoula, today at Machpelah Cemetery, Miss. Pascagoula. Arrangements by LAVERA FULTS of Ocean O'Bryant-O'Keefe Funeral Springs, Miss., died Sept. 4, Home, Pascagoula, Miss. INEZ W. SPEIR, 76, of 2005, in Ocean Springs. Pascagoula, Miss., died Aug. Arrangements by O'Bryant31, 2005, in Pascagoula. O'Keefe Funeral Home, Arrangements by O'Bryant- Pascagoula, Miss. O'Keefe Funeral Home, "Obituaries over one inch in Pascagoula, Miss. length are paid advertisements."


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Mike `Flounder' Flounlacker, a relief volunteer from Pensacola, Fla., wheels out a load of water-damaged books from the Gautier Presbyterian Church on U.S. 90.

Missouri Humane Society headed for Gautier

GAUTIER -- The Humane Society of Missouri is en route to Gautier to assist the Jackson County Animal Shelter with displaced animals as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Spokesman Brent Huff said they are assisting the Humane Society of the United States. Large shipments of dog food and animal feed should arrive within 48 hours. Chance of Labor Day thunderstorms PASCAGOULA -- A 20-percent chance of thunderstorms today could soak an area slowly drying out from Katrina's wrath. The National Weather Service predicts a chance of rain today, with a high of 90 degrees. Tonight will be cool, with lows in the upper 60s. Thunderstorms threaten to dampen an already wet Jackson County as weather watchers forecast a 20-percent chance of rain through the week. Church needs volunteers to deliver supplies OCEAN SPRINGS -- The Church of Christ in Ocean Springs needs people to deliver supplies in effected areas around the St. Andrews and Pinehurst communities. Anyone needing food, water or supplies may pick up supplies at the church at 1116 Washington Ave. in Ocean Springs north of U.S. 90. If transportation is unavailable, call (228) 875-7811, and the church will arrange for delivery if possible. -- From Staff Reports

`A city coming back to life'

Northrop proceeding toward normal operations

From Staff Reports

Northrop Grumman Corp. facilities along the Gulf Coast are undergoing a significant recovery effort across all of its shipyards this weekend. More than 700 Northrop Grumman Ship Systems shipbuilders have responded to the call to clean up and bring the shipyards back to operations. Corporate Vice President and Ship Systems President Philip Teel toured the facilities in Pascagoula and Gulfport on Friday supervising recovery operations, and flew to the New Orleans Saturday to assess recovery efforts at the shipyard there. Referring to the recovery efforts being made across the sector, Teel said, "I am so proud of our shipbuilders and their sacrifices in the midst of this unprecedented national crisis. This is like a city coming back to life." "This morning, we have transferred the Pascagoula shipyard command center from the U.S. Navy's guided missile destroyer Forrest Sherman to our headquarters administration building, which is a striking indication of how far the recovery effort has come. We are greatly appreciative of the Navy's active support of our recovery efforts," Teel said. A number of major shipyard assets such as cranes and most fabrication facilities at all the Ship Systems facilities appear to have survived the hurricane, and are being brought back to an operational status. Increased numbers of workers reported for work at Ship Systems' Pascagoula Operations (former Ingalls Shipyard) over the weekend to assist with cleanup, damage assessment and recovery operations, while workers at the sector's Gulfport Operations continue the

effort to restore operations. More than 16,000 gallons of much needed fuel were transferred Friday from the Chevron refinery in Pascagoula to its industrial neighbor, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, to fuel the increasing fleet of rolling stock -- trucks and heavy lifting equipment. As of this weekend virtually all of the critical rolling stock of trucks and heavy lifting equipment had been recovered and restored to operations. The Navy continued to provide extraordinary support to Northrop Grumman offering facilities, communications and accommodations aboard its ships at Pascagoula Operations to assist in the restoration of shipyard operations. In addition to the provision of Ships Systems' temporary operations center aboard the Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), the Navy is also assisting with communications at the shipyards and is transporting critically needed fuel pumping trucks from its Norfolk facilities. Critical materials also continued to flow into the shipyard from the company's Newport News sector, including trucks and heavy lifting equipment, generators, food and water. These materials are playing a pivotal role in accelerating the operational start-up schedule for the Pascagoula shipyard. A convoy of trucks arrived at the Avondale Operations in New Orleans on Saturday from Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems facilities at Lake Charles, bringing much needed fuel, water and food. Initial inspections at Ship Systems' Pascagoula shipyard's dry-dock facilities indicated no major damage. Divers were following-up over the weekend

for more detailed inspections. Crucial production and fabrication facilities at the shipyard also were cleared and made ready to receive power. The Ship Systems' Gulfport Operations Center of Composite Excellence was assessed to be in better condition than originally expected given the force of the hurricane that impacted that part of the Gulf Coast. Damage assessments and clean-up efforts were continuing at the facilities over the weekend. In addition, regional search and rescue operations were operating from the Gulfport facility.


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"The first thing we are trying to do is identify anything that could hurt the public. The environment comes in second. We are looking at drums and major breaks at refineries."

-- Karen Buerki, on-scene coordinator for EPA

Agencies join to assess environmental impact


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PASCAGOULA -- The U.S. Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency are joining forces with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality to check the Mississippi Gulf Coast for environmental problems related to Hurricane Katrina. DEQ spokesman Earl Etheridge said in addition to hazardous waste checks, his agency is working with the Port of Gulfport to find a way to dispose of 5,000 chicken carcasses lost as a result of Hurricane Katrina, to prevent a potential health hazard. "We think we are going to do portable inciner-

ation," he said. Etheridge said the three agencies have teams going street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood assessing any potential hazards. He said a contractor will be sent in when an active container is located. "This is a joint operation right now," said Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer April Dalton. On-scene coordinator for EPA is Karen Buerki. "The first thing we are trying to do is identify anything that could hurt the public. The environment comes in second," he said. "We are looking at drums and major breaks at refineries." One problem located in Pascagoula was a

20,000-gallon fuel tank that fell and ruptured at the end of Lake Avenue, entered the Pascagoula River and contaminated the banks, Etheridge said. EPA has dispatched a contractor to clean up the spill. "We're finding drums, cylinders all up in peoples houses. EPA and the Coast Guard are addressing immediate safety needs right now -- something that's actively leaking and poses a threat to the public. "All the stuff in people's yards that are not leaking, they are setting up contractors to come back through and pick them up. We are marking

them with orange paint," Etheridge said. Buerki warned residents against handling unknown containers. "If you see an orange marking, it has been addressed by EPA, DEQ and Coast Guard and we will be back to pick it up," she said. Etheridge said persons coming across unmarked but suspect contact should contact their area fire department. Buerki is requesting that homeowners, when cleaning homes, separate hazardous waste containers from general household waste. Reporter Natalie Chambers can be reached at [email protected] or (251) 219-5551.


Waterin' Hole offers cool retreat for some Gautier residents


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GAUTIER -- There is something to be said for any `Open' signs sighted these days in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. One such welcome sign to some Gautier residents sits in front of the Waterin' Hole Saloon on Gautier-Vancleave Road. In the pleasing air conditioning, owner Bill Lee sits in the back of the bar, chomping on a cigar and offering help to many distressed patrons and long-time regulars. "We've had some people who've had no place to go, no power," Lee said. "This place is nice and cool." Gary "Ski" Sevinsky and Elizabeth Maddox -- who also goes by "Liz" or "the Lizard" -- swapped their storm experiences over a few drinks. Both regular customers agreed the bar provides a family feeling for everyone. "I hear all the good things a church does, and they do; but you come in a place like this where people come in and have a few drinks" and you find help, said Sevinsky. He told about a young girl who came in one time with a baby and no money. They were able to pool together

"We've had some people who've had no place to go, no power. This place is nice and cool."

-- Bill Lee, Waterin' Hole owner

some money for her. "If a person knows about (someone's need), everyone will help," Maddox said. She told about the support the regulars gave her when she went through some extensive physical problems. She added with a laugh, "We're a very close-knit bunch of drunks. I love this bunch of drunks." "We had people from all over the country in here all night (Saturday)," Lee said about the crowd of hurricane workers who have been in each night since the saloon opened Thursday afternoon. Roseann Haas, a bartender originally from Scotland, said all the workers were "happy to come in and find somewhere to cool off." Mike Turowski, a petty officer from the USS Thomas S. Gates homeported in Pas-

cagoula, cooled off with a beer after a long morning cleaning his house. Turowski, and many other Navy sailors, were given the opportunity to return to their families to assist them despite ship obligations. Gates was recalled in the middle of its deployment to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., in order to allow crewmembers quick access to their storm-weary families. "We had just pulled into Norfolk, supposed to go to Gloucester (Scotland), when we got directed to go to Mayport," Turowski said. Gates was scheduled to return from its deployment, which included the multinational UNITAS exercise in the Atlantic Ocean off of South America. Many patrons felt that other citizens across the nation failed to grasp the intensity of the situation on the Gulf Coast. "People up North -- their imagination is not big enough to understand what happened to us," Lee said. Copy editor Ryan Sirmons can be reached at [email protected] or (251) 219-5551. Reporter Joy E. Stodghill can be reached at [email protected]

Entergy to move corporate office to Mississippi for Katrina cleanup

CLINTON, Miss. (AP) -- Entergy Corp. announced Sunday that it will move its corporate offices to Mississippi during the cleanup from Hurricane Katrina. "New Orleans is Entergy's home and we are absolutely dedicated to the city's reconstruction and resurrection," J. Wayne Leonard, the company's chief executive officer, said in a statement. "We intend to return home. Our ability to do that depends, of course, on a number of factors over which we do not have complete control," Leonard said. Leonard said those include restoration of New Orleans' infrastructure, any repairs that may be necessary to the buildings Entergy occupied before Hurricane Katrina crippled much of the city on Aug. 29 and a return to order in the city after a week of violence and civil unrest. The corporate offices will be located in an office complex in Clinton. "Although we deeply regret the circumstances, Mississippi is proud to host Entergy's corporate headquarters, even if only temporarily," Gov. Haley Barbour said in a statement. Leonard said Entergy employees who normally work in downtown New Orleans -- including those on the corporate and transmission staffs -- will either work in Clinton or in facilities around the New Orleans suburbs and company locations in Little Rock, Houston, Texas and Beaumont, Texas. Entergy's utility-parent division includes the company's regulated utilities in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

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A portrait of a baby lays on a pile of debris left by Hurricane Katrina on Martin Street in Pascagoula.

Families experience the thrill of hurricane-related realty


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GAUTIER -- Moving into or out of a home is not a fun experience; neither is a hurricane. Two neighbors had the unique opportunity to experience both -- at the same time when Hurricane Katrina hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Aug. 29. When James and Sharon Cannova embarked on their voyage from Panama City, Fla., to Gautier, with all of their belongings packed in the back of a truck. Along with the excitement of a new beginning, they had no idea what fate had in store for them. No strangers to hurricanes, the Cannovas sought refuge in a hotel north of Interstate 10, but were turned away after it was too late to evacuate. With nowhere else to go, they returned to their new home with their dog, Pipin, 200 feet from the beach near Robert Hiram Road. Al and Carol Dadd, who live across the street, were about to post a `for sale' sign outside earlier this week. But due to Hurricane Katrina, that sign morphed into marker writing scrawled across their garage door -- "FOR SALE CHEEP (sp) -- NEEDS SOME WORK." Once the Cannovas realized the

waters were coming higher than the expected 11 feet, they took refuge in their rented moving truck, parked on the street in front of their home. James Cannova picked up Pipin and carried him through debris, boards and surf, while piercing his feet with nails scattered on the lawn-turned-sea. The truck proved to be unseaworthy, as it began to toss and turn in the rollicking surge. Realizing the danger of their position, they returned once more to the house where Sharon Cannova and Pipin took refuge on top of a table held in place by James Cannova. There they remained throughout the storm. The Dadds, who evacuated the area, were getting ready to move before the storm. Al Dadd, a Raytheon employee, had accepted a position at the corporation's headquarters in Boston, Mass. "I had lined up a real estate agent here. I was all set to put up a for sale sign." Now, his hopes of moving soon remain as likely to occur as patching up the trailer that housed his office at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Ingalls Operations, which split in half. Reporter Joy E. Stodghill can be reached at [email protected] or (251) 219-5551. Ryan Sirmons can be reached at [email protected]

In the midst of devastation, Alan and Carol Dadd, printed a humorous note on their home that they were to put on the real estate market this week.

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Shock and awe dealt by Katrina

You cannot launch a pre-emptive strike against a hurricane

Shock and awe best sum up my feelings at this time. Words cannot describe what it is like to come back to your town and surrounding areas and find a war zone where there was once a peaceful beach atmosphere and bustling entertainment areas. Beautiful modern homes, magnificent historic homes and smaller comfortable homes are gone. Trees are gone. Lives are lost. Animals are scattered. Memories and the fillings from homes rustle in the salt-filled and deadsmelling wind. Generators hum, a chain saws buzz, but mainly there is just silence. Silence. An eerie silence. It hangs in the air and, unless you keep moving and stay busy, it becomes stifling, confining and constricting all around you. The heat and brightness of the sun bear down from above on people's heads. From below, the Joy emptiness of the ground Stodghill surges up into the feet of passers-by. We are, truly, pressed on all sides. There is the fear of the unknown and the fear of the future in many people's minds; but beneath that there is hope in their hearts and a great pride and diligence which have kept Southerners going strong for years. We may have the reputation of being dumb rednecks who run around barefoot with a plug of tobacco in our mouths, but anyone who knows and understands the South, knows and understands we are, for the most part, bright, intelligent and caring. People from the South, if nothing else, are a stubborn lot. And that stubbornness will see us through and keep us strong. Katrina may have given us a great blow; she may have tried to kill us; she took so much of what makes our cities what they are and our lives what they are; but she cannot -- and she has not -- taken our love for our neighbors, our determination and our ability to survive. As I have walked through the rubble, I have seen neighbors coming together. People who have just lost their house and all their possessions offer water to me. The citizens of Gautier, and the whole Coast, continue to be in shock at the devastation and in awe of Katrina's power, but they are resigned to move forward, pick up the few remaining pieces of their lives and rebuild. Other parts of the nation are going about life as normal. Somewhere children are in school. Families sit down together for meals and share the goings-on of their day. I walked into my sister's family's home Saturday night and found my brother-in-law watching the Alabama-Middle Tennessee game. Football. I had forgotten that football season, somewhere, is going full throttle. I felt like I had walked into a foreign country, or a dream of a life long past. But, while the rest of the world is living life like normal, they are also keeping us in their thoughts daily. Truckloads of food, water, clothes and other supplies and trailers carrying relief teams are pouring into Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and even Florida. The American people have responded with Southern-like hospitality. Even if the federal government seems to be a little slow in sending aid, Good Samaritans have reached out to us in our greatest hours of need. I have been most impressed with the organization and passion to help brought to us by crews from Florida. They understand what the coast is going through right now, and they are here for us. They have put their lives on hold for however long it takes to get us back on our feet and at least toddling around, however wobbly. I don't know that I fully comprehend yet just how disastrous this hurricane has been. All I know is that Monday I was in Pensacola, Fla., and was immediately wishing I were in "my city" -- Gautier. We watched the news all day as we listened to the wind howl around us, but the news only left me more frustrated since no mention of Gautier was made. New Orleans' deluge, Biloxi's flattening and finally Pascagoula's destruction were mentioned, but no Gautier reports. I did not know what I would find when I returned and I tried to prepare myself for the worst case scenario. But, no amount of mental preparation could brace me for the loss and tragedy around us. My heart aches for those who have lost loved ones, for those who have lost it all and for those who do not know if their family and friends are alive or not. You are in my prayers and thoughts constantly. We have lost; we will grieve; we will clean up; we will rebuild; we will move on; and we will survive. Not even Hurricane Katrina can take our hearts; because our hearts will continue to beat strong and hard. Joy E. Stodghill is a reporter for The Mississippi Press. She can be reached at [email protected] or (228) 2195221.


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An open letter to the president

Dear Mr. President: We heard you loud and clear Friday when you visited our devastated city and the Gulf Coast and said, "What is not working, we're going to make it right." Please forgive us if we wait to see proof of your promise before believing you. But we have good reason for our skepticism. Bienville built New Orleans where he built it for one main reason: It's accessible. The city between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain was easy to reach in 1718. How much easier it is to access in 2005 now that there are interstates and bridges, airports and helipads, cruise ships, barges, buses and diesel-powered trucks. Despite the city's multiple points of entry, our nation's bureaucrats spent days after last week's hurricane wringing their hands, lamenting the fact that they could neither rescue the city's stranded victims nor bring them food, water and medical supplies. Meanwhile there were journalists, including some who work for The Times-Picayune, going in and out of the city via the Crescent City Connection. On Thursday morning, that crew saw a caravan of 13 Wal-Mart tractor trailers headed into town to bring food, water and supplies to a dying city. Television reporters were doing live reports from downtown New Orleans streets. Harry Connick Jr. brought in some aid Thursday, and his efforts were the focus of a "Today" show story Friday morning. Yet, the people trained to protect our nation, the people whose job it is to quickly bring in aid were absent. Those who should have been deploying troops were singing a sad song about how our city was impossible to reach. We're angry, Mr. President, and we'll be angry long after our beloved city and surrounding parishes have been pumped dry. Our people deserved rescuing. Many who could have been were not. That's to the government's shame. Mayor Ray Nagin did the right thing Sunday when he allowed those with no other alternative to seek shelter from the storm inside the Louisiana Superdome. We still don't know what the death toll is, but one thing is certain: Had the Superdome not been opened, the city's death toll would have been higher. The toll may even have been exponentially higher. It was clear to us by late morning Monday that many people inside the Superdome would not be returning home. It should have been clear to our government, Mr. President. So why weren't they evacuated out of the city immediately? We learned seven years ago, when Hurricane Georges threatened, that the Dome isn't suitable as a long-term shelter. So what did state and national officials think would happen to tens of thousands of people trapped inside with no air conditioning, overflowing toilets and dwindling amounts of food, water and other essentials? State Rep. Karen Carter was right Friday when she said the city didn't have but two urgent needs: "Buses! And gas!" Every official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency should be fired, Director Michael Brown especially. In a nationally televised interview Thursday night, he said his agency hadn't known until that day that thousands of storm victims were stranded at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. He gave another nationally televised interview the next morning and said, "We've provided food to the people at the Convention Center so that they've gotten at least one, if not two meals, every single day." Lies don't get more bald-faced than that, Mr. President. Yet, when you met with Mr. Brown Friday morning, you told him, "You're doing a heck of a job." That's unbelievable. There were thousands of people at the Convention Center because the riverfront is high ground. The fact that so many people had reached there on foot is proof that rescue vehicles could have gotten there, too. We, who are from New Orleans, are no less American than those who live on the Great Plains or along the Atlantic Seaboard. We're no less important than those from the Pacific Northwest or Appalachia. Our people deserved to be rescued. No expense should have been spared. No excuses should have been voiced. Especially not one as preposterous as the claim that New Orleans couldn't be reached. Mr. President, we sincerely hope you fulfill your promise to make our beloved communities work right once again. When you do, we will be the first to applaud. -- The (New Orleans) Times Picayune

touted by its citizens and its president as the greatest in the world, took seven days to order additional troops to the scene of despair. Perhaps the response took so long because the president could not be bothered on his vacation. That would have been a shame for the leader of the free world to have to leave his ranch tending tumbleweeds and sagebrush to save thousands of his citizens from the biggest natural disaster to hit this nation in our esteemed hisAs we turn the pages of our tory. newspapers, we find chaos and Our response is an embarrassdestruction ripping through the ment. Gulf Coast of the United States. But now, we must move forThere is hope, though, in the ward. Though we must acknowlreactions of many of our neigh- Ryan edge this anger, there are lives bors, who have joined "in the Sirmons that depend upon our action, our hurricane spirit," to borrow a motivation, our desire to be the term from one of our reporters, best of people we can be. This means that Joy Stodghill. Yet many have fallen short, many have if we need international help, we accept it. turned to chaos and anarchy, and this This means that we must also turn to anarchy increases as we move farther and farther west until we land in the epi- our neighbors and offer them help. Many churches in the South Mississippi area center of this tragedy, New Orleans. spent their Sunday services collecting This is in concert with the worst of the and dispatching food, water, diapers and destruction -- the more terrible the conother household necessaries -- acting dition, the more abhorrent the human reaction. People are dying in their tracks upon the words of their beliefs. Our national and state leadership in New Orleans, and the Big Easy has needs to follow the examples of these descended into a chaos that is far from churches and individuals and act upon easy to handle. the promises they have made to the city Our nation's response has been "not of New Orleans and the people here on acceptable" -- a term even our usually the Gulf Coast. non-repentive president used. This may require a new leadership The worst of this human reaction, style for our president -- you cannot though, lies far away from the scene of launch a pre-emptive strike against a the horrors in Washington, D.C. -- or hurricane. more accurately, Crawford, Texas. Ryan Sirmons can be reached at rsirThe blame lays on the shoulders of our [email protected] or (251) 219president. 5551. There is no excuse why our nation, Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. -- William Butler Yeats, from "The Second Coming"

Katrina's Ground Zero victims unlike rest of America, Census analysis shows

· Median household income in the most devastated neighborhood was $32,000, or $10,000 less than the national average. NEW ORLEANS -- People living in the · Two in 10 households in the disaster path of Hurricane Katrina's worst devasarea had no car, compared with 1 in 10 in tation were twice as likely as most Amerinationwide. cans to be poor and without a car -- fac· Nearly 25 percent of those living in tors that may help explain why so many the hardest-hit areas were below the failed to evacuate as the storm poverty line, about double the national approached. average. About 4.5 percent in the disaster An Associated Press analysis of Census area received public data shows that the assistance; nationresidents in the three NALYSIS wide, the number was dozen hardest-hit about 3.5 percent. neighborhoods in · About 60 percent of the 700,000 people Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama also in the three dozen neighborhoods were were disproportionately minority and had minority. Nationwide, about 1 in 3 Ameriincomes $10,000 below the national avercans is a racial minority. age. · One in 200 American households doesMoney and transportation -- two keys n't have adequate plumbing. One in 100 to surviving a natural disaster -- were households in the most affected areas didinaccessible for many who got left behind n't have decent plumbing, which, accordin the Gulf region's worst squalor. ing to the Census, includes running hot "It's a different equation for poor people," explained Dan Carter, a University of and cold water, a shower or bath and an indoor toilet. South Carolina historian. "There's a cer· Nationwide, about 7 percent of housetain ease of transportation and funds that holds with children are headed by a single the middle class in this country takes for mother. In the three dozen neighborhoods, granted." 12 percent were single-mother households. Jack Harrald, director of the Institute "It's the same people who don't have the for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management wherewithal to get out of Dodge," at George Washington University in explained National Guard Lt. Col. Connie Washington, said emergency planners have known for years that the poverty and McNabb, who was running a medical unit at the besieged convention center in New lack of transportation in New Orleans Orleans. would be a significant problem, but the The disparities were even more glaring government spent more time and money in large, urban areas. One of the worst-hit preparing itself -- rather than communineighborhoods in the heart of New ties -- for disaster. Orleans, for example, had a median "All issues were known," said Harrald, household income of less than $7,500. whose institute had been scheduling a Nearly three of every four residents fell series of emergency planning community below the poverty line, and barely 1 in 3 meetings through a partnership with the people had a car. University of New Orleans. "But it was In one Pascagoula neighborhood, where still a work in progress. ... There's enough 30 percent of residents are minorities, blame to go around for everybody." more than 20 percent live in poverty. The AP analysis showed:


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Husband hurt over wife Hurricane Katrina cleanup keeping ex's last name information to keep in family

Dear Annie: Six months ago, I married "Jodi." We were both previously divorced. I assumed Jodi would take my name, but I was mistaken. So now, even though she is my wife, she goes by Mrs. Ex-Husband. I admit I did not discuss this with her prior to getting married, but even so, I find it embarrassing and hurtful. If she had wanted to retain her Annie's maiden Mailbox name, I would be fine with that. If she had young children, I could understand keeping the ex's name, but there are no children. Jodi says she likes the sound of the name and it's a lot of trouble to change it. She insists it's no big deal. But I am starting to question her commitment to this marriage. She has commented more than once that she made a mistake leaving her previous marriage and has deep regrets. Am I wrong to feel hurt? -- Mr. Nameless Dear Mr. Nameless: We were ready to give your wife the benefit of the doubt until you said she regretted leaving her previous marriage. Hanging on to her ex-husband's name may be her way of keeping a candle burning in the window. You and Jodi should have a heart-to-heart. Ask her to honestly examine her feelings about her previous marriage and the real reason she insists on keeping a name that no longer has any connection to her, except, perhaps, emotionally. Dear Annie: Could you please recommend good informative reading material or videos for girls coming of age? I am a mother of three girls, and puberty is gaining on me. Thank you so much. -- Molly Dear Molly: There are a number of books and videos available at your local library and bookstore, or you can contact the nearest chapter of Planned Parenthood (, the American Academy of Pediatrics ( or the Web site for information and a wealth of recommended reading material and videos, some geared for parents, others for adolescents. E-mail your questions to [email protected], or write to: Annie's Mailbox, P.O. Box 118190, Chicago, IL 60611. After a hurricane has hit, you may find minimal damage or total destruction in your area. I would like to pass on a few important hints that I hope will help ease the difficulty of weather-related damage or to better plan for the future possibility of storms. Print this and keep in your family emergency file. OUTDOOR · If your property has been damaged, contact your insurance agency as soon as possible to begin the claims process. Many agencies will have emergency disaster teams on the way to help handle these claims. Be sure to make a list of destroyed household contents and supplies you have to buy. If possible, take photos of all the damage to your house and property. · Don't go near any loose or dangling power lines. If you see downed wires, report the damage to the police or utility company. INDOOR · Flashlights should be used to examine your home damages -- do not use matches, candles or lanterns -- because of the possibility of gas leaks or spilled flammables. · New batteries for flashlights and radios will last longest. But, if you only have older ones that are still working but growing weak, try switching their positions. This often will give added energy and the batteries may last a little longer. Another trick with old batteries is to rub the contact points with an emery board or fine sandpaper; this just may buy you a little more time. · If you smell gas, leave your house immediately and notify the utility company or fire department. · Light candles only if the authorities have approved their use in your area. Make sure authorities say there's no danger of gas leaks. A small sturdy glass will make a good emergency candle holder. Leave at least a one-half inch space between the candle and the glass. Cut the candlewick short to prevent dripping. · Even though power may be off, be cautious around electrical appliances, they can still hold enough of an electrical charge to set off an explosion -- if there's a gas leak. To be safe, disconnect all electrical appliances. KITCHEN · Do not open refrigerators or freezers. The foods inside will not spoil as fast if the cold air is not allowed to escape. After 24 hours of no power, if you can obtain dry ice, place a block in the refrigerator and one in the freezer section (10 pounds of dry ice will last for 24 to 30 hours). · If all you can get is regular bagged ice, take the food out of the refrigerator. Put ice and food into an ice chest. Some homes may have gas stoves instead of electric. If your gas lines are unaffected, you can cook those foods that would otherwise spoil in a non-operating refrigerator. · Picnic supplies and paper plates will come in handy, so there won't be any dishes/utensils stacking up. Camping equipment can also be used (propane stoves or lanterns -- if there is no gas leak in your home). WATER CONSERVATION · Water most likely will be a precious resource at this time, so conserve what you have. Use any fresh water you have for drinking and cooking only. · Keep a bucket or other container handy for any leftover water from rinsing or cooking food to use for the toilet. · Do not eat fresh food that has come in contact with flood waters and do not drink any tap water unless it has been tested and OK'd by health authorities. · If you cannot flush the toilets, reduce odors by By Heloise sprinkling baking soda in the bowl after each use and by keeping the lid closed. · Instead of using water for bathing, try rubbing alcohol to stay clean. Soak a washcloth or sponge with rubbing alcohol and sponge off with this. · If you must, you can brush your teeth and rinse with canned or bottled soda. · For quick cleanups, cut a roll of sturdy paper towels in half with a serrated knife and place half of the roll in a resealable plastic bag. Squirt with a mixture of water and liquid soap until paper towels are damp. GLASS · For cracked panes of glass, a temporary way to weatherproof is to use quick drying glue or clear shellac. Apply one or two coats with the end of a toothpick along the crack lines -- inside and out. · After removing adhesive tape from windows, you may find it leaves glue residue on the glass and wood frame. Remove this by spraying the residue liberally with a petroleum based prewash spray, let set and then scrub with nylon net. · If any windows have been broken, be careful when picking up broken pieces of glass. Wear protective gloves and pick up smaller pieces of glass by using a wad of masking tape, wet paper towels or wet newspaper. Do not vacuum up broken glass, it can shred vacuum hoses and become lodged in the vacuum. WATER DAMAGE · For water damage, pull up wet carpeting, padding and rugs. Place furniture on cinder blocks or bricks to help aid in the drying process. · When weather is clear, open windows for good air circulation. When electricity is restored, use fans to speed the drying process. MORE DISASTER CLEANUP HINTS After a Hurricane has run its course, the insurance adjusters have come and gone and it's time to start the cleanup process, here are a few helpful hints. FREEZER/REFRIGERATOR If you lost electricity and the food in your freezer probably spoiled, here's what to do. · Wash the freezer with a strong solution of baking soda and water (5 to 6 tablespoons per quart of warm water) or use baking soda directly on a damp sponge. Allow to air out with the door open for a while. · For lingering odor, try placing cat box filler or activated charcoal (the kind used in aquariums) in a small open box (a shoe box is perfect) in the freezer. Close the freezer and let it sit for a couple of days before removing. · If any odor is still hanging around, as a last-ditch effort, you might want to consider using a dry-chemical fire extinguisher. Simply spray it into the freezer, close the door and wait a few days. Clean the freezer and let it air out for a while before refilling. WINDOWS Need some help getting those dirty windows clean? Make a special window cleaning formula, mix 1 cup of vinegar in 1/2 gallon of hot water. Now to get started, wipe the windows to remove any dust. Remember that wet dust will become mud. Spray the window with the cleaning formula you prepared. Now wipe the windows down with a squeegee or crumpled newspaper. When doing exterior windows, a garden hose and mop can be invaluable. First rinse, then use a mop to wash using the window-cleaning formula. For a final rinse, simply hose the windows off. For best results, don't wash a window when the sun is shining on it or during the hottest part of the day, because this can cause streaking. Good luck with all your cleanup efforts. Be sure to send me any questions you have that I didn't answer to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279. Due to the large quantities of mail my office receives, I can't answer all your letters personally, but will try to answer as many as possible in my newspaper column.


Divorced husband refuses to leave ex-wife's house

Dear Abby: I have a close friend I'll call "June," who was married to a man named "Jeff" who lied to her. He was an elder in the church for several years and is retired from the military. It all started when Jeff had a stroke. He told June he needed to set up a bank account for her in case he had another one, but he kept putting it off. So June went on the Internet to research some information to make it happen, and got the shock of her life. She learned that Jeff is still married to his previous wife. She contacted Dear the pastor Abby and they confronted him; Jeff denied everything. (June has since gotten an annulment.) The house belongs to June, but Jeff refuses to leave. He stalks her. Everywhere she goes, he shows up. He keeps telling her she's going to have him in her life whether she likes it or not. She tries to ignore him, but he constantly approaches and confronts her. Now the pastor is trying to get them back together. When she says she wants nothing to do with him, the pastor tells him she's being "uncooperative." June took the legal route. A judge has ordered Jeff to pay off June's student loans, which he hasn't done. He still hasn't moved out of the house, and his boss thinks they're still married. What should she do in this situation? Sell the house? Or get a restraining order? -- Confused in New Mexico Dear Confused: June should inform her attorney that the bigamist she married is flouting the judge's directive. Then she should do as her lawyer instructs -- including selling the house and taking out a restraining order if that's what her legal counsel advises. And if that doesn't solve her problem, your friend may have to relocate to another community because the man may be dangerous. Dear Abby: My 11-year-old daughter, "Courtney," is 5foot-1 and weighs 143 pounds. I have been working with her on losing weight. In the meantime, she asked me if she could go into cheerleading. I was skeptical, but was talked into letting her try out. At the first practice, the coach emphasized that the girls were a "team" and were to all get along. I thought, "Good! Maybe they'll accept her." We have had only one practice, and two people have come up to me and told me that a lot of the girls on the squad are saying Courtney is too fat to be a cheerleader. This really hurt my feelings. My daughter cries every day because the girls treat her differently. She knows she's overweight, and has been working so hard to lose it that it has become a major issue in our household. I'm afraid this will scar her and she'll become bulemic over it. Should I pull her out and give in to those so-called thin "perfect" girls who are talking badly about her? Or should we prove that she can do it, too? I have lost sleep over this. -- Sleepless in Illinois Dear Sleepless: Girls your daughter's age can be extremely cruel and cliquish. Talk to Courtney's cheerleading coach and tell her what you have learned. Ask her if your daughter is able to perform as well as her teammates. If the answer is yes, she should remain on the team. If she isn't, then help her find another form of exercise she can do while she works on her weight issues. Ballet, gymnastics and martial arts would give her grace, balance, flexibility and confidence, and help her burn calories until she's ready to rejoin the squad. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.




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Saints address home field situation

By the Associated Press


The New Orleans Saints are having to find a new home this season after Hurricane Katrina. The Saints could play in Baton Rouge, San Antonio or play all of their games on the road this season.

SAN ANTONIO -- The New Orleans Saints said Sunday they are considering three options where to play their home games this season: LSU's Tiger Stadium, the Alamodome in San Antonio or at the stadiums of all their opponents. Speaking at a news conference in San Antonio, where the team has moved its day-to-day operations after the Superdome and most of New Orleans was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, general manager Mickey Loomis and coach Jim Haslett made it clear that going to Baton Rouge, La., is their first choice. They said that being a permanent road team was the last option. "We want to play in the Superdome, but obviously that's not possible," Loomis said. "We would like to play our games in Baton Rouge. Obviously, the league has a lot of say. They'll be involved in the decision. We're trying to explore every possibility." The Saints open Sunday at Carolina. Their second game, which was supposed to be their home opener, already has been moved to Giants Stadium, home of their foe, the New York Giants, but the date has not been announced. They play at Minnesota the next week, so the first game still in flux is Oct. 2 against Buffalo. Haslett said NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue "put us behind the eight ball" with the decision to play at the Meadowlands in Week 2. He called LSU the first option because, "I would like our fans to have the opportunity to see us play." Club officials and players are living in a hotel across the interstate from the Alamodome and will be practicing at high school fields in the area.

Rebels, Tigers square off in Memphis for opener

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- DeAngelo Williams, the best running back in Memphis history, begins his final season farewell tour Monday trying to spoil the debut of Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron. The two scenarios, plus the long rivalry between the schools, was attractive enough to draw the national stage of ESPN. The Labor Day afternoon game will be the seasonopener for both. "I would expect them to be excited, just crazy excited," Memphis coach Tommy West said of the Rebels. "They're playing an opening game. They've got a new coach, and there's a lot of enthusiasm around their program. "On the other hand, I would expect us to be excited. Playing at home, playing an opening game and playing one of our rivals. I think you're looking at

a really, really exciting football game." But that excitement has been tempered by the damage to the Mississippi Gulf Coast from Hurricane Katrina. Both teams have players from the affected areas, and they have been trying to contact family members while concentrating on the game. Orgeron, who's from southern Louisiana, said most players have reached their parents, but not some extended relatives. Several players missed practice Thursday to deal with the deaths of family members. "In our program, family comes first, and we're going to take care of these young men," Orgeron said. " As long as we can stay focused on the game, that's the task at hand, and we can do what we can do. "I think the guys are going to rally and make this into a positive." Memphis is coming off an 8-4 record

WHO: Ole Miss at Memphis WHEN: Today, 3:30 p.m. TV/RADIO: ESPN and 1580 AM and its second straight bowl appearance -- a 52-35 loss to Bowling Green in the GMAC Bowl in Mobile. But the loss did not detract from the turnaround West has engineered since taking over a struggling Tiger program four years ago. While Mississippi holds a lopsided 42-10-2 advantage in the series, the Tigers have won the last two outings

with Williams running for more than 100 yards in both. "Maybe they had a little more focus than we did the past couple of years," said Rebel running back Jamal Pittman. "... I really can't say the reason we lost the last two, but we're a different team now." Williams, Conference USA's Player of the Year the past two seasons, is the Tigers' marquee player. The 5-foot10, 217-pound senior already holds the school records for rushing yards and touchdowns in a season. He has had 10 games of more than 100 yards in each of the last two seasons. But the key for the Tigers may be the emergence of Patrick Byrne at quarterback, replacing departed Danny Wimprine. Byrne, a junior, spent his first two seasons booting kickoffs and never took a snap. "Patrick's got to throw the ball well," West said. "We've got to throw it and

catch it. And that's what we do. I would be really shocked and terribly disappointed if we don't throw it and catch it well. That's kind of the nature of our offense. We throw the ball first." The Rebels came out of the 2004 campaign with a disappointing 4-7 mark leading to the departure of David Cutcliffe as coach. Orgeron, a defensive line coach at national champion Southern California, made everyone from starters to walk-ons battle for positions. That led to some player departures, but toughened those who decided to stay. "We are pumped up and pleased with the way camp went," Orgeron said this week. "Our guys competed. We had a very tough camp." Apparently, that competition will continue at quarterback until game time. In the days before the opener, See OLE MISS, Page 9-A

Mississippi State football team pays solemn respect, others chip in effort

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STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State scrapped its smokefilled sprint to the sideline before its season opener for a solemn, single-file walk to pay respects to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Before facing Murray State in Starkville on Saturday, players had their helmets cradled in their right arm, exposing stoic faces hardened by a week of tragedy. The Bulldogs paid their respects with a sobering pregame processional to show their thoughts were with those along the Gulf Coast, in New Orleans and in countless shelters. "This (past) week has never been all football -- it's all been in the backs of our minds," Mississippi State coach Sylvester


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Croom said. "You can't get away from it. I don't think the players did, and I know I didn't." The opener was anything but a typical game day. Tailgate parties were subdued and polite, and cowbells clanged less often than expected during the 38-6 rout of Murray State. Onfield celebrations were brief, even-tempered and relatively infrequent. The storm's devastation, Croom said, "was constantly on your mind." Croom set the somber tone in the moments before the game when he led the Bulldogs' reflective walk from the locker room to the sideline. "For my hometown and everyone else who was affected by the hurricane, we came out just to show respect, and that's what we're doing," said tight end Eric Butler of Moss Point, one of the coastal cities devastated by the storm. Croom spent much of the week fearing for his daughter and granddaughter, who live in Mobile. Butler said he feared the

worst when he didn't hear from his parents soon after the storm struck. He got a midweek phone call from his family, who said their home was damaged, but they were unharmed. At a game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Adam Kraus made his first start in Michigan's 33-17 win Saturday over Northern Illinois, and was joined by family members who were forced to evacuate his hometown of New Orleans. "It's been a little bittersweet," Kraus said. "Luckily, my family is fine. Getting the opportunity to play was amazing." Kraus knew his mother, father and sister fled New Orleans before the hurricane hit, but he lost contact with them for a couple of days. "It was terrible not knowing anything," he said. His family stopped in Mississippi, hoping to return to their home. When returning wasn't an option, the Krauses headed for Ann Arbor. They are staying in an area hotel and his sister, Elizabeth, has already transferred from

Tulane to Michigan. In other Katrina developments: --Deutsche Bank Americas CEO Seth Waugh said the PGA Tour's Deutsche Bank Championship would donate a portion of the proceeds to Katrina relief funds, and the company will donate at least $1 million to relief efforts. -- Former Houston Rockets guard Kenny Smith is working with a promoter to organize a Sept. 11 charity basketball game benefiting hurricane victims, Houston television station KRIV reported. Houston has the largest concentration of the estimated 223,000 Katrina refugees in Texas. --Gerry Washington, the wife of Oakland third-base coach Ron Washington, and 25 other family members got out of New Orleans and are in an Alabama shelter. Washington will leave the Athletics late Monday and spend three days in Alabama with his family before rejoining the team Friday in Arlington, Texas. See STATE, Page 9-A


TCU and Georgia Tech pulled off upsets of Top 25 ranked teams on Saturday.

Season starts sour for Oklahoma, Auburn


The Associated Press

AUBURN, Ala. -- Bob Stoops found much to dislike in Oklahoma's season-opening performance. No consistent running game. Poor pass protection. Errant throws. And in the interest of fairness, he said the coaching also left something to be desired in a 17-10 loss to

TCU on Saturday. "They outplayed us and outcoached us as a whole," the Sooners coach said Sunday. No team understands his pain better than Auburn. The 16th-ranked Tigers also stumbled out of the gates with a 23-14 loss to Georgia Tech. See COLLEGE, Page 9-A




Bush, No. 12 Louisville top Kentucky


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From Page 8-A Orgeron said he still is deciding between senior Michael Spurlock, who appeared to be the front runner, and Robert Lane, a sophomore making a late run at the starter's spot. "We will go into the game with one starting quarterback," Orgeron said. "We feel as a staff that both quarterbacks could play for us. In the event one guy is not doing the job, we feel comfortable putting the other guy in."

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Michael Bush rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns and defensive end Elvis Dumervil added a school-record six sacks as No. 12 Louisville held off Kentucky 31-24 on Sunday. Bush scored on runs of 11 yards and 1 yard and helped the Cardinals (1-0) grind out the clock after Kentucky (0-1) rallied within a touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was Bush's fourth career 100yard rushing effort, and the Cardinals' sixth win in seven years against their in-state rival. Louisville's heralded sophomore quarterback, Brian Brohm, went 19-of-27 for 179 yards and rushed for two touchdowns in his first collegiate start. Kentucky rallied from a 28-7 halftime deficit and pulled to 31-24 with 11:52

left on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Andre Woodson to tight end Jacob Tamme. A partially blocked Louisville punt gave Kentucky possession at the Louisville 33 with 7:21 left, and the Wildcats quickly reached the 7-yard line. Quarterback Andre Woodson fumbled the football at the 2 while making a second effort to reach the end zone, and Louisville linebacker Brandon Johnson recovered with 6:21 left. The Southeastern Conference is using instant replay this season, but game officials chose not to review whether Woodson was down when he fumbled. The Wildcats never got the ball back, as the Cardinals converted three times on third down on their ensuing drive. Woodson, a sophomore making his second career start, went 17-of-27 for 278 yards but lost three fumbles.

Louisville opened with a 13-play, 76yard touchdown drive, capped by Brohm's 1-yard run, but Kentucky answered by covering 80 yards in 10 plays, with Arliss Beach scoring on a 6-yard run to tie the game. Louisville's offense kept rolling, while Kentucky managed only two first downs the rest of the half. The Cardinals went ahead 14-7, ending a 77-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run by Brohm on the first play of the second quarter. Fumbles by Woodson, both forced by Dumervil, set up the next two scores. Dumervil appeared to return the second fumble 33 yards for a touchdown, but after a video review of the play, officials ruled he was down at the spot of the recovery. Dumervil had four sacks in the first half and added two more after the break.


From Page 8-A New York Yankees slugger Jason Giambi, a former member of the A's who worked with Washington in the Oakland farm system, gave $20,000 to Washington to help his family recover. "He couldn't stop crying," Giambi said of the reaction. "It almost made me cry. He's an unbelievable man. I got pretty choked up." --The St. Louis Rams said they raised more than $70,000 in a hurricane relief drive Friday before the team's final preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs. --Washington Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas went on an $18,000 shopping spree Sunday, buying essentials such as clothes, diapers, soap and shampoo at a local store and delivering the goods to the D.C. Armory, where some 400 refugees are expected to arrive by bus from New Orleans within the next few days. Arenas also plans to invite the refugees to a Wizards game if they are still in town when the NBA season begins. -- The Houston Astros players and coaches, team chairman and CEO Drayton McLane, Jr., and the Roger Clemens Foundation have combined to contribute $200,000 to organizations assisting victims of the hurricane. Players and coaches are contributing $100,000, a donation that is being matched by McLane through the Astros in Action Foundation.

Venus tops Serena at U.S. Open

NEW YORK (AP) --Venus Williams bottled up her emotions but not her power. Serena Williams shrieked and bounced her racket before limping off an angry, achy loser. Artistry gave way to sheer slugging once more in Sister Act XIV, the ongoing saga of siblings who hate to play each other -- especially if it's not for a Grand Slam title. Far from a family feud, their matches create a family crisis, and this time neither of their parents could bear to watch. Venus' 7-6 (5), 6-2 victory Sunday to reach the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open evened their head-to-head matches at 7-7 and gave the elder sister her second win this year after losing six straight to Serena. It was the ninth time they met in a Grand Slam match, and the earliest since Venus won the first clash in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open. Serena had won their last five matches in majors -- all in finals.


From Page 8-A The two teams who spent the end of last season jockeying for the right to play Southern California for the national title likely want no part of the topranked Trojans at the moment. For Auburn, it was a turnover- and mistake-filled end to a 15-game winning streak that trailed only USC and Utah among active streaks. Keeping the season from going downhill was more on the team's mind in the locker room than the streak. "The winning streak, that was something we obviously all looked at," coach Tommy Tuberville said. "It's something we didn't harp on. It's been awhile since we lost a game, and it was good to see the seniors stand up and say a few words after the game (instead of) having their heads down." It's no real surprise that the offenses at both Oklahoma and Auburn sputtered against decent -- though unranked -- opening competition. Both were replacing terrific and seasoned quarterbacks in the Sooners' Jason White and the Tigers' Jason Campbell, White a Heisman Trophy winner and Campbell a first-round NFL draft pick. With the defenses gearing up to force Auburn's Brandon Cox and Oklahoma's Paul Thompson and Rhett Bomar to beat them through the air, neither team mustered much of a running game. Something that was seldom a problem for either offense last season. The result: Cox turned it over on the Tigers' final five drives, with four interceptions and a fumble. Thompson completed 11 of 26 passes for 109 yards with an interception for Oklahoma. Bomar was 2-for-5 for 19 yards. Not even the Sooners' super sophomore Adrian Peterson could produce anything on the ground. The Heisman runner-up ran for only 63 yards after setting an NCAA freshman record with 1,925 rushing yards. What went wrong? Good question, Stoops said. "It might be the attitude and discipline we came out and played with," he said. "Or it could be the play-calling. It really is hard to put your finger on it." Defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek offered a blunt assessment. "We never got tough, and we never had the attitude we needed to win," said Dvoracek, one of the team's four captains. Auburn was spoiled last season with tailbacks Ronnie Brown and Carnell Williams, but abandoned the run with an early deficit and Georgia Tech stacking the line of scrimmage. Tailbacks Tre Smith, Carl Stewart and Kenny Irons combined for just 19 carries. Cox threw for 342 yards on 44 attempts, a major departure from the Tigers' typical offensive strategy. Campbell seldom attempted more than half as many passes last season. "How many times have you seen a team throw for that many yards and lose the game? More than not," Tuberville said. "I'd rather run the ball and play defense. "But they came in and they were going to put the ball in No. 12's (Cox) hands. That was their gameplan." Both teams know they have plenty still to play for, even if climbing back into national title contention anytime soon seems unlikely. Could Oklahoma lose its swagger with the setback? "I'm not concerned at all about that," Peterson said. Auburn, meanwhile, still hopes to contend for its second straight Southeastern Conference title starting with a visit Saturday from Mississippi State. "Our goal is to win the SEC championship," linebacker Travis Williams said. "We have to put this one behind us and look to the future."


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From Page 1-A out there to do the debris removal. If towns or municipalities take it upon themselves to enter into an agreement with a private contractor, that contract is subject to audit later on the down the road after the disaster is over," Munoz said. Local governments participating in the Corps plan will be 100 percent covered and not subject to audit. "If it is found it was not competitively bid, there is a possibility that FEMA will not reimburse that municipality, which would very seriously hurt their budget. We think it is best to just let the Corps of Engineers handle this entire debris removal. Therefore, they are reassured they will be covered in debris removal and not worried about possibly paying back money down the road," he said. The Corps of Engineers could arrive in Jackson County midweek. "The contractors the Corps of Engineers has, we think, already has equipment down here in southern Mississippi ready to move," he said. County and municipal governments were encouraged to continue road clearings to allow entrance and exits. Individual filings Munoz said there are steps residents can follow to expedite their filings, from going online to saving all reimbursable receipts. "The things you can expect is this county and many others have been declared for individual assistance. That mean that people who have damage to their housing, they can get some compensations for some of the loses, including the furniture inside if that was damage. Of course, the first priority is FEMA looks to see if you have insurance and then they expect the insurance to cover the loses and we will cover things above and beyond that," Munoz said. "Keep receipts. If you go and buy a generator, stay in a hotel, keep a receipt. You can only get reimbursement if you have a receipt," he said. Structural damages will be inspected on site by an inspector. "With so much devastation, it may be a while before an inspector gets out there (to property). But that allows him or her to make a report that could produce a check," he said. Emergency repairs are permissible. "Inspectors can always tell when there has been new work added or when you have to do a temporary fix to make it livable. Go ahead, and make your house livable," Munoz said. FEMA is working diligently on securing rental properties and travel trailers for those in need, he said. To expedite claims, FEMA can be reached at (800) 621-3362 or online at Munoz said the best time to call by telephone is midnight to 6 a.m. An average of 45,000 calls are fielded daily during normal business hours, he said. "Please, be persistent," he added. Reporter Natalie Chambers can be reached at [email protected] or (251) 219-5551.

Carisa Anderson/The Mississippi Press

Ray Andrews of New Orleans looks at what is left of the sanctuary of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Pascagoula during Sunday morning worship.


From Page 1-A to cry about because we are still living," said Antionette Planer, a lifelong member of St. Pe-ter's. The faces of those in attendance perked up in relief each time another member of the parish community made their way to the service with news of survival and plans of starting over. "It was just wonderful to be here and see our parishioners. I truly believe that spirit was with us today. Things sound very hopeful for us, our church and our school," Avonne Polk said. After the congregation thanked God for the survival of their church family, members began to concentrate on rebuilding the sanctuary and the school. Some of the children and parents in attendance were more concerned with when and how the school would open back up. Emmit Ashford started his last year at St. Peter the Apostle School just three weeks ago. His mother, Angela Ashford and the rest of his family was looking forward to the last member of their family completing the sixth grade at St. Peters. "I am just glad we are already making plans to get the school open," Angela Ashford said. "I wanted to cry when I found out, because this place has been through so many (storms) and nothing like

Carisa Anderson/The Mississippi Press

Parishioners sit outside the ruins of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church during services Sunday.

this has happened before," St. Peter the Apostle School requests students and their As a constant breeze passed families please contact Marci Stallworth, president of the over the small lawn and kept school advisory council, at (228) 769-1470 and let the school parish members cool, Norvel know if they need assistance. gave parishioners more to be thankful for when he them to rebuild both the excited about the assistance, announced that St. Isadora and said with their help and parish in Joilet, Ill., will be church and the school. adopting St. Peter and helping Members of the parish were the parish's determination to start over, nothing could stop them. Norvel said "St. Peter 's building's will live again: Both the church and the school." Amanda Creel can be reached at or (251) 219-5551.

New Orleans

From Page 1-A expected 1,000 to 2,000 bodies. In the first official count in th e Ne w Or le a n s ar ea, Louisiana emergency medical director Louis Cataldie said authorities had verified 59 deaths -- 10 of them at the Superdome. "We need to prepare the country for what's coming," Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said on "Fox News Sunday." "We are going to uncover people who died, maybe hiding in houses, got caught by the flood. ... It is going to be about as ugly of a scene as I think you can imagine." Chertoff said rescuers have encountered a number of people who said they did not want to evacuate. "That is not a reasonable alternative," he said. "We are not going to be able to have people sitting in houses in the city of New Orleans for weeks and months while we dewater and clean this city. ... The flooded places, when they're de-watered, are not going to be sanitary." In addition t o civilia n deaths, New Orleans' police department has had to deal with suicides in its ranks. Two offic er s took their lives, including the department spokes-man, Paul Accardo, who died Saturday, according to Riley. Both shot themselves in the head, he said. "I've got some firefighters and police officers that have been pretty much traumatized," Mayor Ray Nagin said. "And we've already had a couple of suicides, so I am cycling them out as we speak. ... They need physical and psychological evaluations." In a showing of police power, foot patrols of National Guardsmen carrying M-16 rifles and backed by a convoy of several dozen Humvees set out on Jackson Avenue in Uptown New Orleans. The strain was apparent in other ways. Aaron Broussard, president of Jefferson Parish, dropped his head and cried on NBC's "Meet the Press." "The guy who runs this building I'm in, emergency management, he's responsible for everything. His mother was trapped in St. Bernard nursing home, and every day she called him and said, `Are you coming, son? Is somebody coming?' And he said, `And yeah, Momma, somebody's coming to get you. Somebody's coming to get you on Tuesday. Somebody's coming to get you on Wednesday. Somebody's coming to get you Thursday. Somebody's coming to get you on Friday' -- and she drowned Friday night. She drowned on Friday night," Broussard said. "Nobody's coming to get her, nobody's coming to get her. The secret a ry's p rom ise, everybody's promise. They've had press conferences -- I'm sick of the press conferences. For God's sakes, shut up and send us somebody." Hundreds of thousands of people already have been evacuated, seeking safety in Texas, Tennessee and other states. The first group of refugees who will take shelter in Arizona arrived Sunday in Phoenix. With more than 230,000 already in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry ordered emergency officials to begin preparations to airlift some of them to other states that have offered help. What will happen to the refugees in the long term was not known. Back in New Orleans, walkup stragglers at the Convention Center were checked by Navy medics before they were evacuated. Lt. Andy Steczo said he treated people for bullet wounds, knife wounds, infections, dehydration and chronic problems such as diabetes. "We're cleaning them up the best we can and then shipping them out," Steczo said. One person he treated was 56-year-old Pedro Martinez, who had a gash on his ankle and cuts on his knuckle and forearm. Martinez said he was injured while helping people onto rescue boats. "I don't have any medication and it hurts. I'm glad to get out of here," he said. In a devastated section on the edge of the French Quarter, people went into a store, whose windows were already shattered, and took out bottles of soda and juice. A corpse of an elderly man lay wrapped in a child's bedsheet decorated with the cartoon characters Batman, Robin and the Riddler. The body was in a wooden cart on Rampart Street, one shoe on, one shoe off. Rene Gibson, 42, driving a truck while hunting for water and ice, said people are not going to leave willingly. "People been here all their life. They don't know nothing else," he said. Amid the tragedy, about two dozen people gathered in the French Quarter for the Decadence Parade, an annual Labor Day gay celebration. Matt Menold, 23, a street musician wearing a sombrero and a guitar slung over his back, said: "It's New Orleans, man. We're going to celebrate." In New Orleans' Garden District, a woman's body lay at the corner of Jackson Avenue and Magazine Street -- a business area with antique shops on the edge of blighted housing. The body had been there since at least Wednesday. As days passed, people covered the corpse with blankets or plastic. By Sunday, a short wall of bricks had been built around the body, holding down a plastic tarpaulin. On it, someone had spray-painted a cross and the words, "Here lies Vera. God help us." Associated Press reporters Jim Litke, Dan Sewell and Mary Foster contributed to this report.


From Page 1-A conversation as residents of the area discussed everything from what shelters are open, how to contact FEMA and where they could collect more supplies. "Not opening doesn't get these people fed and it doesn't get our workers paid," Thorton said. Amanda Creel can be reached at or (251) 219-5551.



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