Friday, December 30, 2005

A thousand words at a time...

The Times-Picayune asked me to write an op-ed piece. And they wanted it to be about animals. I was pretty convinced I had nothing left to say on the subject, but then FEMA announced their plans to use therapy dogs in the shelters of homeless Katrina victims. Everything fell into place. But I seem to write everything in 1000 word chunks these days, so there were 250 words that I had to cut out--mostly information on the state of the LA-SPCA and some of what I did in my attempts to save the dog in question. But the short version is just as good as the extended cut. And you can read it here:The Times-Picayune.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Perhaps at some point they will be able to use DNA to identify the remains of our missing federal government

Bosnia has joined the many foreign countries who have stepped forward to assist New Orleans in the aftermath of the storm.

From NOLA.com:

Under an agreement between The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and the State of Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, labs in Bosnia and Herzegovina will use DNA testing on an estimated 260 to 350 bone samples to assist in identification of victims of Katrina.

The ICMP is now also working with the authorities in Iraq on finding ways to address the missing persons issue there and, as a humanitarian measure, is helping to identify victims of last December’s Indian Ocean tsunami.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Photo caption contest


On the corner of Chartres and Desire
Originally uploaded by kfoz.
Here it is: my first contest.

The photo was taken on the corner of Chartres and Desire. Post your idea of a more colorful caption or headline here. And...I guess I'll have to come up with a prize!

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

New Orleans suicide watch

The New York Times reports that the suicide rate has skyrocketed in the past two months. Seven have been confirmed--which is what the yearly rate would be in cities of similar size. And they expect it will continue to climb before it gets better.

Meanwhile, although the city still has little support to try to recover from the storm--which hit in August, remember--the population is expected to double in the next month as universities and related businesses return.

The good news: FEMA has finally agreed to hire electrical inspectors, so they may finally begin restoriing power to the 80% of the city that is still in the dark.

I've been spending a lot of time in bed.