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August 26th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

In Katrina's Wake: Join the Live Chat

Five years after Katrina, we're reporting live from New Orleans.  See how the city's schools are being transformed and have become a model for the nation. Plus, we revisit a family that got out of their FEMA trailer and one who is still living in theirs, which is affecting their health.

Want more details on what we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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Filed under: Live Blog
August 26th, 2010
09:36 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Reviving NOLA's Music Scene

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight we bring you an AC 360° Special Report, "In Katrina's Wake: Building Up America." Anderson is back in New Orleans with the fifth anniversary of the storm just days away. He's reporting live from the Musicians' Village in the city's Upper Ninth Ward, which provides local musicians, and others who qualify,  a new place to call home. There are 82 single-homes and duplexes in the area. The idea came from famed musicians Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis.

Anderson talked with Connick and Branford's father, Ellis, about the resurging music scene in New Orleans. We'll have that interview for you. They also discussed the centerpiece of the village: the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, which will help develop the city's future musicians. Today during a celebration workmen attached a fleur de lis to the roof of the center. As you'd likely suspect, there was a lot of music played during the event. We'll have that video for you, as well.

Five year after Katrina, you'll also hear from Michael Brown, who was the head of FEMA when the storm hit. Four days into the disaster, President Bush infamously told him, "Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job."  But at the time New Orleans and much of the Gulf were in ruins. More than 1,700 people were killed in the storm, and the survivors were wondering why the government was taking so long to help those in need. Days after Pres. Bush's feedback Brown resigned.

Brown is back in New Orleans trying to clear his name. He brought his radio show to the city this week. We caught up with him. Hear what he has to say about his disgraced image and what he would have done differently after Katrina hit.

See you at 10 p.m. eastern for these stories and much more.


Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
August 26th, 2010
04:42 PM ET

Inside look at Pentagon's cyberdefense strategy: The battlefield beyond bad flash drives

David Gewirtz | BIO
AC360° Contributor
Director, U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute

One issue that’s caused a lot of concern is Lynn’s admission that the United States was the victim of a cyberattack in 2008. The attack was caused by an infected flash drive, which propagated attack software throughout a military network
One issue that’s caused a lot of concern is Lynn’s admission that the United States was the victim of a cyberattack in 2008. The attack was caused by an infected flash drive, which propagated attack software throughout a military network

The September/October issue of Foreign Affairs is now available online and within its virtual pages is one of the most important cyberwar articles in modern history.

Written by United States Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn III, the article is as important to understanding America’s global cyberwarfare strategy as the Monroe Doctrine was to understanding America’s approach to foreign affairs.

It should be noted that Secretary Lynn is the #2 person at the Pentagon, effectively the Pentagon’s chief operating officer and operates as the Secretary of Defense by delegation in the absence of SecDef.

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Editor’s note: David Gewirtz is Director of the U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute and Editor-in-Chief of the ZATZ magazines. He is one of America's foremost cyber-security experts and a top expert on saving and creating jobs. He is a member of FBI InfraGard, the Cyberterrorism Advisor for the International Association for Counterterrorism & Security Professionals, a columnist for The Journal of Counterterrorism and Homeland Security, and has been a guest commentator for the Nieman Watchdog of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. He is a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley extension, a recipient of the Sigma Xi Research Award in Engineering and was a candidate for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Letters.


Filed under: David Gewirtz • Opinion
August 26th, 2010
03:39 PM ET

Beat 360° 8/26/10

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

French president Nicolas Sarkozy gestures as he delivers a speech during the 18th annual ambassador's conference on August 25, 2010 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. AFP PHOTO POOL LIONEL BONAVENTURE (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
August 26th, 2010
03:03 PM ET

Five years after Katrina, Heroes still needed in Louisiana

CNN Heroes

Program Note: Five years after Hurricane Katrina, see how three extraordinary CNN Heroes are determined to bring New Orleans back. Watch their inspiring story, hosted by Anderson Cooper: "CNN Heroes: Coming Back from Katrina," at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday on CNN.

Tad Agoglia is helping to clean up the oil spill, which has complicated comeback efforts
Tad Agoglia is helping to clean up the oil spill, which has complicated comeback efforts

When Tad Agoglia started to clean up the mess caused by Hurricane Katrina, he couldn't help thinking he was weeks behind schedule.

It was two months after the storm, and his crane operating company had just been hired to help in Louisiana.

"I wondered what it would have been like if I had been there on day one," Agoglia said.

Frustrated by the kind of bureaucratic red tape that delayed aid after Katrina, Agoglia started the First Response Team of America, a mobile, "24-hour-a-day firehouse" that provides free emergency aid within hours of a catastrophe. Since 2007, the nonprofit group has responded to many of the country's worst natural disasters, including floods in Rhode Island and Tennessee and tornadoes in Alabama and Mississippi.

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill • Hurricane Katrina
August 26th, 2010
01:54 PM ET

Cutting red tape, five years after Katrina

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Calming down the fears, and restoring the confidence of people who are trying to rebuild, is what Build Now is all about.
Calming down the fears, and restoring the confidence of people who are trying to rebuild, is what Build Now is all about.

New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) - Much has been made of the more than quarter-million homes lost to Katrina along the Gulf Coast, and with good reason. Ride through almost any neighborhood that was hit and even five years later you can see the skeletons of buildings, or empty lots covered with weeds.

But to truly grasp the impact of this storm, you also have to consider who lived in those homes: Working families; the people who make the ports, the fishing business, the oil industry and the tourist attractions work.

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Filed under: Hurricane Katrina • T1 • Tom Foreman
August 26th, 2010
12:57 PM ET

Police: Boozy mayor busted

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A Minnesota Mayor was charged with driving under the influence after leading police on a low speed chase, authorities said.

Mankato Mayor John David Brady, 61, had a blood alcohol level of .242, police said, which is more than 3 times the legal limit.

According to the criminal complaint, Brady was so intoxicated the arresting officer couldn’t understand what he was saying and first thought Brady was speaking a foreign language.

The complaint alleges Brady was driving erratically last Saturday afternoon in the city of Golden Valley, which is just outside Minneapolis.

Brady repeatedly crossed over the divider and drifted in and out of lanes while a police car followed with its emergency lights on.

The car then struck another vehicle at a red light but kept on going, the complaint said. Eventually, he came to a stop and was ordered out of his car by a police officer, according to the complaint.

“The defendant admitted that he had been drinking,” the officer said. When Brady was asked where he was from, the officer “could not understand the defendant as his speech was so impaired and mumbled that it appeared he was speaking a foreign language,” the complaint said.

In addition, Brady allegedly “was so unsteady on his feet” that the officer “had him hold onto his vehicle.”

A bottle of Smirnoff Vodka was found inside the driver’s door, police said.

Brady was arrested for driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, and being in possession of an open bottle.

Mayor Brady, who was released from custody, was not available for comment.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
August 26th, 2010
10:49 AM ET
August 26th, 2010
10:45 AM ET

Two new egg brands added to recall list

CNN Wire Staff

Some eggs from Cardenas Market and Trafficanda Egg Ranch have been recalled
Some eggs from Cardenas Market and Trafficanda Egg Ranch have been recalled

Egg eaters have two new brand names to search for in their refrigerators Thursday because of the nationwide salmonella scare sparked by egg recalls.

Wright County Egg, the company responsible for 380 million of the 550 million recalled eggs, said in a press release Wednesday night that it had confirmed cases of Salmonella enteritidis illnesses related to shell eggs bearing the Cardenas Market brand and Cardenas Market was beginning a voluntary recall.

The statement said affected eggs were distributed to Cardenas Market stores in California and Nevada, packaged in 60-egg cases over-wrapped with plastic. Although the Cardenas Market label wasn't named in Wright County's original August 13 recall announcement, Cardenas was immediately notified at the time of the original recall, and product in distribution or in stores has been quarantined, returned or destroyed, Wright County said.

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Filed under: Food Safety
August 26th, 2010
10:26 AM ET
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