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July 9th, 2014
10:34 PM ET

Ray Nagin's journey from City Hall to federal prison

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's handling of Hurricane Katrina landed him in the national spotlight. His greed is landing him in federal prison. During Nagin's two terms in City Hall, he was cashing-in on hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. Today the former mayor was sentenced to ten years in federal prison. Drew Griffin looks at Nagin's troubles.

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May 13th, 2013
09:50 PM ET

'I was five feet from the shooter'

Photographer Abdul Aziz witnessed the shooting at a New Orleans parade on Mother's Day, and he believes he was standing right next to the gunmen.

"I personally saw the muzzle flash from the gun and began to run towards the direction of a few of my friends that I saw. I also saw a number of individuals fall to the ground and immediately start to grab their wounds and call for help," he tells Anderson Cooper.

19 people were injured in the shooting at the second-line parade Sunday. Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said that authorities have identified the suspect as 19-year-old Akein Scott. It's not clear yet if there was more than one shooter behind the gunfire.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • New Orleans
February 3rd, 2013
02:09 PM ET

Flavor of New Orleans draws chef back

With the Super Bowl in New Orleans tonight, the city is buzzing. What has happened here in seven short years can only be described as an amazing transformation.

There are plenty of problems that continue to haunt the town, including a crime rate that is much higher than anyone would like. Still, residents here take great pride in what they describe as a return from the depths of suffering in the wake of Katrina.

Part of the journey was a dramatic Saints Super Bowl victory in 2010 and now the revamped Mercedes-Benz Superdome is hosting the 2013 fight for the NFL title. While significant, those milestones pale in comparison to the comeback this city has seen in what many appreciate most about New Orleans: its food.

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Filed under: New Orleans • Opinion
February 1st, 2013
10:54 PM ET

New Orleans rebuilt, ready for Super Bowl

We have been coming to New Orleans every year since Katrina. With each visit we always see a little more improvement. Anyone who was here seven years ago will tell you that this city had a long way to go to rebuild.

It wasn't just the buildings, streets and homes - the residents had to bounce back too. Their spirit has made this town the place tourists from around the world know and love. But they had deep wounds that needed to heal.

Denise Herbert was one of those people. She was displaced after Katrina and had to move to Atlanta with her children. Herbert wanted to bring her 82-year-old mother, Ethel, but she was missing.

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December 31st, 2012
11:25 PM ET

610 Stompers teach Brooke dance moves

The 610 Stompers dance with Brooke Baldwin in New Orleans on New Year's Eve.

August 31st, 2012
11:54 PM ET

Wrap-up and the latest on Hurricane Isaac's wrath

Hurricane Isaac's floodwaters are reminiscent of Katrina. See the latest in Mississippi, where a dam threatens to breach.

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August 30th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Marking anniversary, Obama praises NOLA's resilience

CNN Wire Staff

New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) - Calling the federal response to Hurricane Katrina "a shameful breakdown in government," President Barack Obama said Sunday as rebuilding continues, officials are looking ahead to avoid a repeat when future disasters strike.

Speaking at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans to mark the fifth anniversary of Katrina, Obama said construction of a fortified levee system to protect the city is underway and will be finished by next year, "We should not be playing Russian roulette every hurricane season," he said.

"There is no need to dwell on what you experienced and what the world witnessed," the president said, speaking to a crowd that included current New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and members of Louisiana's Congressional delegation.

"We all remember it keenly - water pouring through broken levees; mothers holding their children above the waterline; people stranded on rooftops begging for help; and bodies lying in the streets of a great American city," Obama said. "It was a natural disaster but also a man-made catastrophe; a shameful breakdown in government that left countless men and women and children abandoned and alone."

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August 26th, 2010
10:21 AM ET

Video: New Orleans' Superdome makeover

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent


Filed under: Hurricane Katrina • New Orleans • Tom Foreman
August 26th, 2010
10:17 AM ET
August 25th, 2010
09:24 AM ET

Skeptics worry about post-Katrina levees

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

The Army Corps of Engineers says improved walls, levees are much stronger than when Hurricane Katrina hit.
The Army Corps of Engineers says improved walls, levees are much stronger than when Hurricane Katrina hit.

Editor's note: Were government promises to rebuild New Orleans kept? CNN's Anderson Cooper returns to the Gulf Coast to see what has changed since Hurricane Katrina. Don't miss "In Katrina's Wake," an "AC360°" special at 10 p.m. ET Thursday on CNN.

New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) - We're cutting across the open water to the steady growl of a Coast Guard boat's twin engines. The heat index is somewhere between 100 and 1,000 degrees. Sure, you could cook an egg on the deck, but in this heat who'd want to?

It seems about right, since I've come to see what spurred some of the hottest words in the whole post-Katrina blame game: the flood protection system. Specifically, I'm here to look at the improvements that have been made since the storm, and to say they are substantial would be like saying the Superdome is a nice-size room.

Col. Robert Sinkler chats easily as we travel toward cranes, pilings, and massive concrete structures buzzing with workers in the ridiculous heat. "We're doing about 15 to 20 years of construction work in about 36 months," says Sinkler, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Hurricane Protection Office.

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