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"Was there a conspiracy in New Orleans?"

"Was there a conspiracy in New Orleans?"

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Published by Zenitha Prince
Third story in a series about the impact of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath on communities in Louisiana and Mississippi. This story examines the conspiracy theories surrounding the breaching of the levees and the historical basis of those suspicions.
Third story in a series about the impact of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath on communities in Louisiana and Mississippi. This story examines the conspiracy theories surrounding the breaching of the levees and the historical basis of those suspicions.

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ByZenitha Prince
AFRO Staff Writer 
Not many people knewCoretta Scott King. Sure, theyknew her face, knew that shewas the widow of civil rightsleader Dr. Martin Luther KingJr., but they never really knewher. Too bad it may take herdeath for some to really seebeyond her widow’s veil.Scott King died on Jan. 30at a holistic hospital in Mexicoat the age of 78. She had beenstruggling since last Augustwhen she was admitted to thePiedmont Hospital in Atlantawith a mild heart attack andstroke that left her unable tospeak or walk and with a slightparalysis on her right side. Andin a statement the King familysaid she was also battling ovar-ian cancer and was told hercase was terminal, whichprompted them to visit theSanta Monica Health Institute.Doctors there reportedly toldthe Associated Press that thecause of her death was respira-tory failure, brought on byboth conditions.Friends and loved ones saidshe died just as she lived –-with dignity –– but worriedthat in life, Mrs. King wasoften underestimated and mis-understood.“The public saw this com-posed, in sense, brilliantwoman who was simply Dr.King’s widow [but] she was somuch more than that,” saidfriend Myrlie Evers-Williams,former NAACPpresident andwidow of slain civil rightsleader Medgar Evers.“She, Betty Shabazz[Malcolm X’s widow] andmyself used to say we belongtoaclub that nobody shouldhave to join--the ‘widow of’club. People have said that wegot our notoriety off of ourhusbands’work but Corettabrushed those comments off. Iused to ask her, ‘Don’t youever get angry?’And she said,‘My dear, it doesn’t really doany good.’”But that is who she was,many said, a quietly confidentwoman who knew the impor-tance of her role in Dr. King’slife and work.“I think people just don’tknow the role she played
By Khalil Abdullah
Managing Editor 
The U.S. Senate votedalong partisan lines on Jan. 31toconfirm Samuel Alito Jr. totake a seat as America’s 110thSupreme Court Justice. Theoutcome of the vote was a for-gone conclusion. Earlier in theday,before President Bush’sState of the Union Address, 54Republican senators voted as abloc to support Alito. Onlyone Republican, Sen. LincolnChaffee of Rhode Island, feltcompelled to break ranks withhis party to cast a no vote.Democrats also hewed totheir party’s line as all butfour — Sen. Robert Byrd,W.Va.; Kent Conrad, N.D.;Tim Johnson, S.D.; and BenNelson, Neb. — voted againstPresident Bush’snominee.The four Democratic votes,added to the Republicancount, gave Bush the 58 voteshe needed to trump the 42anti-Alito votes mustered bythe Democrats, which includ-edthe ballot of the lone regis-tered independent in theSenate, Jim Jeffords of Vermont.The real drama in the battleover who would fill the seat of retiring Justice Sandra DayO’Connor had occurred beforethe confirmation vote whenSenate Democrats attemptedtomount a filibuster againstAlito. Massachusetts Sen.Edward Kennedy faced whatultimately was to be a divisiveintra-party vote when 19 of his Democratic Senate col-leagues broke ranks and joined the Republicans to endthe debate over Alito’s judicialrecord and philosophy. Only60 votes were needed to endthe debate. The fourDemocrats who voted forAlito’s confirmation, Byrd,Conrad, Johnson and Nelson,were joined by another 15Democrats in a vote to end thedebate. Those senators were:Daniel Akaka, Hawaii; MaxBaucus, Mont.; Jeff Bingham,N.M.; Maria Cantwell, Wash.;Thomas Carper,Del.; DanielInouye, Hawaii; MaryLandrieu, La.; JosephLieberman, Conn.; BlancheLincoln, Ark.; Bill Nelson,Fla.; Mark Pryor,Ark.; JohnRockefeller IV, W.Va.; andKen Salazaar,Colo. With theexception of Florida andLouisiana, the 19 senate dis-tricts do not have a statistical-ly significant African-American population.Wade Henderson, executivedirector of the LeadershipConference on Civil Rights,issued a statement on the Alitovote that clearly showed hisdisappointment. “With theLast week’sAFRO.compoll question concerningSen. Hillary Clinton’sremark that the House of Representatives is run like aplantation elicited manymore responses than theweekly norm. The poll ques-tion received more than a150 percent increase in voterparticipation, with almost 90percent voting the same way.This unusually high num-ber of responses and theactual voting pattern raisedsome questions with thepublisher. Afull investiga-tion, however,was issuedafter reading the response of one anonymous voter, “Yourpoll is being hacked byfreerepublic.com so theresults shouldn’t be takentoo seriously.”
Volume 114 No. 25www.afro.com50CENTS
See Calendar of Eventson B3Listen to “First Edition”Roderick C. Willis, HostFridays, 6 p.m.
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FEBRUARY 4, 2006- FEBRUARY 10, 2006Copyright © 2006 by the Afro-American Company
African AmericansOn WheelsCharacter Education
Continued on A11Continued on A2
 Stateof the Union
Reps of color respond
Washington, D.C. – Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Melvin L. Watt today issued the following statement summarizing the points he made in a State of the Union speechhe delivered in Durham, N.C., yesterday.
As the President prepares to deliver hisassessment of the State of the Union, I thinkwe should focus on the criteria ordinary citi-zens should use in assessing the state of theirfamilies, communities and nation. hese crite-ria would lead us to answer the followingquestions: (1) Are we healthy? (2) Are wesecure? (3) Are we fiscally and economicallyhealthy? (4) How are we perceived? (5) Arewe happy? and (6) Are things getting better?Ithink most Americans will agree thatthese are appropriate criteria and most willagree that they are simply not doing very well
 Alito confirmed: Democratic desertions
Continued on A2
By Zenitha Prince
AFRO Staff Writer 
This is the 3rdof an 8-part series of stories about the Gulf Coast and the road to recoveryafter Hurricane Katrina. This project is a cooperative effort between the Baltimore Afroand National NewspaperPublishers Association.
New Orleans - On Sept. 12,Nation of Islam leader MinisterLouis Farrakhan was inCharlotte, N.C., as part of a23-city tour to promote theMillions More Movementmarch in Washington, thenmere weeks away,when hemade an allegation that hasstirred ripples of reaction in thepublic pool.“I heard from a very reliablesource, who saw a 25-foot-deep crater under the leveebreach,” Farrakhan said. “Itmay have been blown up todestroy the Black part of townand keep the White part dry.”Farrakhan is not alone inbelieving that the poor andBlack of New Orleans weresomehow targeted to sustainthe worse of the Katrina.“Mother Nature is one thingbut this goes beyond MotherNature,” said Raynold Fenelon,
Continued on A10Continued on A4
AFRO’s online poll
Some media appear to beagitated by the remarksmade by Sen. Hillary Clinton that refer to the Republicanleadership as being ‘like aplantation.’ Their perceptionof this statement is,apparently,that it is, orshould be, offensive toAfrican Americans.Which of the followingmost accurately reflectsyour feeling about this socalled controversy?
I’m outragedby her remarks
Hillary “gets it.”The others are still lost
‘Plantation’ as adescription of Repub-lican leadershipis a severeunderstatement
Vernon Evansappeal continuesA2
APPhoto/John Bazmore 
Coretta Scott King, shown in this 2004 photo along with a picture of her husband,Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.,speaks during an interview at the King Center forNonviolent Social Change. Scott King died on Jan. 30.
Coretta Scott King, a leader in her own right
“It was as if she was born for thebreadth and depth of responsibility that she incurred as the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King. Indeed, she was strong, if not stronger than he was.” 
Was thereaconspiracyin NewOrleans?
CBC chair says countrymoving in the wrongdirection
Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano,Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus,issued the following strong statement inresponse to President Bush’s State of theUnion Address.
Last night, President Bush spoke to thenation about the state of the union while paint-ing an optimistic picture of what’s to come.Today, the Hispanic community must lookbeyond the rhetoric of his speech to see theappalling track record he has established withour community since he took office. Tonight,the average working class Latino will go tosleep with a low-wage job, with no healthinsurance or adequate health care, without ahigh school diploma or college degree andwith less disposable income to afford eitherthe insurance or the degree — all this because
Continued on A4
Latinos deserve betterthan disingenuouspromises
Democrats who votedfor Alito’s confirmation
RobertByrd, W.Va.Kent Conrad,N.D.Tim Johnson, S.D.Ben Nelson, Neb.
Democrats who votedagainst a filibuster
Daniel Akaka, HawaiiMax Baucus, Mont. Jeff Bingham, N.M.Maria Cantwell, Wash.Thomas Carper, Del.Daniel Inouye, HawaiiMary Landrieu, La. Joseph Lieberman, Conn.Blanche Lincoln, Ark.Bill Nelson, Fla.Mark Pryor, Ark. John Rockefeller IV, W.Va.Ken Salazaar, Colo.Herb Kohl, Wisc.Byron Dorgan, N.D.
*With the exception of Florida and Louisiana,the 19 senate districts do not have a statisticallysignificant African-American population.
Was AFRO FReeped? 
Molding web opinion
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