CNN Evening News for Friday, Sep 16, 2005
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) The day's events in the state of emergency after Hurricane Katrina reviewed; specifics outlined on screen; inset scenes shown.
(Baton Rouge: Rusty Dornin) The question of what happened at St. Rita's nursing home, where patients died because they were not evacuated, featured; photos shown of owners Salvador & Mable Mangano, who have been charged with crimes. [Paramedic Karen PERRY- says our ambulances were refused & we could have removed everyone from the home.] [Rescue worker Joe PERRY- recounts the story of a woman from St. Rita's dying in his arms.] [Orleans Parish coroner Dr. Frank MINYARD- says it is difficult to determine the causes of death because of decomposition.] The problem of confirming any information because of the extent of the destruction of St. Bernard Parish noted & the evidentiary problems in prosecuting the nursing home owners discussed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.
(New Orleans: Jonathan Freed) The terrible scene in the Memorial hospital after Katrina featured; scenes & photos shown from New Orleans. [Chaplain Hy McENERY- recounts what he saw in the empty downtown hospital that was full of bodies.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown; New Orleans: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.
(Washington: Tom Foreman) Charges from the employees union that FEMA ignored warnings about how bad Katrina would be examined; details given about a FEMA national situation update report that told the severity of the threat to New Orleans. [FEMA employee Leo BOSNER- comments on being let down by the bosses.] The limited response from Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff noted.
(New Orleans: Anderson Cooper) Taped interview held with Bosner about FEMA. [On "Anderson Cooper 360," BOSNER - says the whole top layer at FEMA doesn't have emergency management experience; states Michael Brown took a job he was not prepared for; notes the situation at FEMA bettered from 1993-1999 under James Lee Witt, but we have slid backwards since 2000.] Bosner's September 1, 1992, statement about problems at FEMA quoted.