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Katrina Storyville: A look back at Gambit’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina 

Gambit's first issue after Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods was dated Nov. 1, 2005 — All Saints' Day, a day of resurrection and remembrance. We reprinted part of our first cover story ("Picking Up the Pieces"), but it was only a fragment of the reporting Gambit writers did in the months to come.

  Here are some of the stories we produced in those uncertain times, from reporting on the hard-hit Lower 9th Ward to Mid-City, where residents still were living without electricity four months after the disaster.

  As New Orleanians struggled to cope, the paper chronicled it all: the hapless performance of Mayor Ray Nagin, the city's arts and culture scene struggling back to life and the act of defiance that was Mardi Gras 2006. To read the original stories and new information about the anniversary of Katrina, visit

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Picking Up the Pieces
November 1, 2005
The cover story in Gambit's first post-Katrina issue asked local leaders what we must do to bring back New Orleans — and what mistakes we couldn't afford to make. (We made some of them.)

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"We Want Answers!"
November 8, 2005
The Louisiana Bucket Brigade struggled to help residents of St. Bernard Parish deal with post-Katrina questions.

Radio Free New Orleans
November 8, 2005
WWOZ-FM finally returned to broadcasting in New Orleans in October. "We're up and running, but just barely," said station manager David Freedman.

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Giving Birth, Getting Out
November 22, 2005
Katy Reckdahl recounted her son's birth in Touro Infirmary — and their subsequent flight from New Orleans — as Hurricane Katrina raged.

Last of the 9th
November 22, 2005
"The Lower Ninth Ward was an historic black neighborhood, home to Fats Domino, abandoned by government, cut off from the rest of the city and the 'murder capital of the murder capital.' Now that it has been destroyed by Katrina, will its loyal inhabitants return?"

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Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
DECEMBER 8, 2005
In the final installment of his series "Submerged," Gambit editor Michael Tisserand explained his decision to leave the city he loves. (Spoiler: He came back.)

Dog Gone
DECEMBER 8, 2005
Animal rescuers poured into Louisiana to save evacuees' pets, but the sheer number of displaced and homeless animals soon overwhelmed good intentions.

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Wigging Out
DECEMBER 15, 2005
"Stressed, depressed and drinking more, the people of New Orleans are behaving pretty much as we should."

Po' Better
DECEMBER 15, 2005
With the Leidenheimer Baking Co. making bread again, the city's po-boy shops began to return, and crowds are eager for a taste of debris amid all the debris.

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The Winter of Our Reinvent
JANUARY 10, 2006
Four months after the disaster, Mid-City residents still had no electricity; they were living by candlelight and coolers.

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Why Mardi Gras Matters
JANUARY 17, 2006
In an editorial, Gambit answered those who thought New Orleans shouldn't celebrate Carnival in the midst of its greatest struggle.

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JANUARY 24, 2006
"Katrina has rewritten the script for the local live theater season, but managers have shown they know how to improvise."

The Madness of C. Ray Nagin
JANUARY 24, 2006
"The real damage can be counted in the millions — if not billions — in federal and private sector aid this clown is going to cost our city."

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Generous Helpings
JANUARY 31, 2006
Food lovers pitched in to help gut and rebuild their favorite New Orleans restaurants.

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Oh Yesssss!!
FEBRUARY 7, 2006
"Mr. Bill" creator Walter Williams wanted to help bring back New Orleans — and he was the first post-Katrina grand marshal of the Krewe du Vieux.

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I Marched With the Skeletons
FEBRUARY 14, 2006
Tagging along with a Mardi Gras tradition: the "bone gangs," or skeletons.

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"Buy Us Back, Chirac!"
FEBRUARY 21, 2006
"The taped refrigerators marched, the corpses floated by, the Krewe du Jieux rotated in a mad bearded hora like rabbis on speed, two huge naked papier-mache women named Katrina and Rita were having lesbian sex ..."

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A Two-and-a-Half Man Race
FEBRUARY 28, 2006
In which Mayor Ray Nagin, up for a second term, faced a 100 percent recognition rating in the city — but only 44 percent approval after his "Chocolate City" comment.


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