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Hurricane Katrina / Louisiana / New Orleans / Police / Pearlstein Interview #804231

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 28, 2005
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) The day's developments in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana reviewed.

(New Orleans: Ted Rowlands) The question of residents returning to the crippled city of New Orleans featured; scenes shown from the French Quarter & the central business district; details given of the mayor's plan to open the city as soon as possible. [Degas House owner David VILLARRUBIA†- outlines the services that are unavailable.] [Mayor Ray NAGIN†- comments on the mixed messages due to fights with state & federal government.] [Children's Place manager Charlotte SULLIVAN†- says people should come back quickly.] [J.W. Marriott's Dave HARDY†- talks about getting the hotel back open.] The lack of land phones & clean drinking water discussed.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Biloxi: Anderson Cooper) The tough problems with the New Orleans police department reviewed.

(New Orleans: Chris Lawrence) The shakeup in the police Department with Warren Riley succeeding Supt. Eddie Compass examined; details given of the option for Nagin in electing a permanent superintendent. [Retired police major Howard ROBERTSON†- asserts Compass did not "quit," but politics is a nasty game.] [Earlier, COMPASS - cites problems.] [Riley's former supervisor Felix LOICANO†- talks about Riley's past discipline problems.]

( New Orleans: Anderson Cooper, Drew Griffin) The investigation of two instances of looting by New Orleans police officers reviewed & discussed; scenes shown of one policeman at the hotel.

(Biloxi: Anderson Cooper) The good work by most of the police officers, many of whom are homeless, noted.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with "Times-Picayune" reporter Michael Pearlstein about the NOPD. [PEARLSTEIN - recounts past problems with the New Orleans police department which was reformed by Chief Richard Pennington by 1999; comments on the recent rising crime rate.]

Brown, Aaron;
Rowlands, Ted;
Cooper, Anderson;
Lawrence, Chris;
Griffin, Drew,;
Cooper, Anderson

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