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Federal troops, National Guard units and police agencies
from across the nation descended upon southeast Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and helped restore order in the most desperate of times. Homeowners and businesses across the region owe a huge debt to the selfless men and women in uniform who braved searing temperatures, oppressive humidity levels and filth to protect local lives and property.

Hornets owner George Shinn
showed his mettle and his loyalty by promising to return the city's NBA franchise to the Crescent City next season. Shinn's unqualified pledge stands in stark contrast to the position of Saints owner Tom Benson, who said in newspaper ads last week that the team's future is uncertain – "because no decision has been made about the future of New Orleans." Who dat say New Orleans ain't coming back?

James Huey,
who resigned last week as chair of the Orleans Levee Board, used this position to hand no-bid contracts to relatives in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and to collect more than $95,000 in disputed "back pay" shortly before the storm. Huey claims his actions were justified, but the timing and appearance of impropriety cast such a cloud over his tenure that the governor reportedly demanded his resignation.

Several hundred NOPD officers
were apparently absent without permission – or just flat-out deserted – during and after Hurricane Katrina, leaving citizens and their fellow officers to fend for themselves. A handful of deserters even had the audacity to apply for police jobs in Dallas, according to recruiters there. They were rejected, and for good reason.


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