"The city of New Orleans is in a state of devastation. We probably have 80 percent of our city underwater. With some sections of our city, the water is as deep as 20 feet."
' New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, in an interview on WWL as waters began rising in New Orleans, Tuesday, Aug. 30
"The ones who have resigned indicated that they have lost everything and didn't feel it was worth going back to take fire from looters. Violence is bad. We need more help."
' Louisiana Superintendent of State Police Col. Henry Whitehorn on Sept. 2, after reports that New Orleans police officers were turning in their badges amid chaotic violence in the city
"First of all your heart goes out to the people, the loss of their homes, but there are some real tough questions to ask about how you go about rebuilding this city. That is certainly the decision the people of New Orleans are going to make. But I think federal insurance and everything goes along with it, and we ought to take a second look at it. It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed. But you know we build Los Angeles and San Francisco on top of earthquake fissures and they rebuild, too. Stubbornness."
' Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert in an interview with Arlington Heights, Ill.'s Daily Herald on Wednesday, Sept. 1.
"I'm afraid I would have assaulted him."
' Former President Bill Clinton, telling The Washington Post how he may have reacted had he been in the same room as House Speaker Dennis Hastert when Hastert questioned the rebuilding of New Orleans
"They tore that dome apart. They tore it down. They're taking everything out of there they can take. I don't want to go to no Astrodome. I've been domed almost to death."
' Janice Singleton, a worker at the Superdome, on WWL. Singleton was stuck in the stadium when the storm hit and said she was robbed of everything she had with her, including her shoes.
"We have been trying to call the mayor's office, we have been trying to call the governor's office ... we have tried to use any inside pressure we can. We are turning to you. Please help us. There is no food in Charity Hospital. They're eating fruit bowl punch, and that's all they've got to eat. There's minimal water."
' Dr. Norman McSwain, chief of trauma surgery at Charity Hospital in a call to the Associated Press Thursday morning, Sept. 2
"The great city of New Orleans will be rebuilt. Out of this tragedy will come a great Gulf Coast."
' President George W. Bush, WWL, New Orleans
"You want to help? Send buses and gas, buses and gas. I don't need $10 million right now ' send buses and gas!"
' State Rep. Karen Carter, WWL
"I am announcing that Jefferson Parish has now seceded from the United States and is now the country of Jeffersonia. Now I know we will receive the aid a foreign country receives."
' Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard, WWL
"I do think the nation would be responding differently if they were white elderly and white babies actually dying on the street and being covered with newspapers and shrouds and being left there."
' David Billings of the People's Institute, a New Orleans-based organization focused on ending racism, WWL
"If we can't respond faster than this to an event we saw coming across the Gulf for days, then why do we think we're prepared to respond to a nuclear or biological attack?"
' Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on WWL that same day
"I thank the President for his visit today, but it was more show than substance. Frankly, we needed action days ago. Louisianans are starving, dying and fearing for their safety. Police personnel are tired, getting sick and they need tetanus shots. Outside of New Orleans, the influx of military troops is not being felt. When I am able to find food and get it to other areas, there are unnecessary road blocks and bureaucracy every step of the way. How many more lives will be lost before people understand that there are problems here the TV cameras can't see? When the President's travel details stop us from putting the helicopters in the air that will deliver help, we've got problems. When, after an hour and a half of waiting at the instructed location without information to greet the President today in New Orleans, logistical and communications problems prevented me from reaching the meeting ' we've got problems. The poor communication here is indicative of the larger communication problems that are hindering all of the life saving efforts."
' Congressman Charlie Melancon, who represents Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes, two of the hardest areas hit by Hurricane Katrina, responding to the federal government's relief efforts on Friday, Sept. 2.
Black Friday shopping begins; Pope visiting Turkey; oil prices decline and more national and international news for Friday, November 28, 2014.
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
Bar Code is not a gay bar.
After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
By now, the story of how longtime LSU coach Dale Brown discovered Shaquille O'Neal has been told many times: Brown happened upon a massive 13-year-old at an army base in Germany, stayed in touch with him and eventually became like a second father.
Fate simply wasn't ready to give the New Orleans Saints a break from longtime nemesis Steve Smith.
Lafayette Police have had a busy day.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will use $130 million in patchwork financing from a tax amnesty program, insurance settlement, uninsured motorist penalties and other excess funds to close most of the state's midyear budget deficit.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.
Gay-rights advocates challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban announced Thursday that they have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case before it is heard by a federal appeals court.
Thinking himself the “son of God,” the man charged with the 2013 killing of an officer of the Chitimacha Tribal Police will not stand trial following a ruling Thursday on his mental competency.
Either Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't want to tip Baltimore off as to who'll start in New Orleans' secondary on Monday night, or he really doesn't know yet.