Gulf Watch

Gulf Watch: Judge blasts New Orleans public defender system

March 30, 2007 - An Orleans Parish judge has vowed to make good on his promise to begin releasing alleged criminals from New Orleans jails -- and he also announced that he would no longer appoint the local public defender program to represent such defendants, calling it a "mockery" of what such a program should be.

Gulf Watch: Fair housing wins on Gulf Coast

March 27, 2007 - The U.S. House of Representatives last week approved a bill giving housing relief to people displaced by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. The measure frees up building funds for storm-affected homeowners and protects public housing damaged by the storm.

Gulf Watch: Nagin's part of the 'anti-black' conspiracy he decries

March 19, 2007 - Speaking last week to a gathering of newspaper publishers, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin once again played the race card in the ongoing hustle that is the Gulf Coast rebuilding, suggesting that the bungled recovery is part of a plan by unnamed conspirators to revamp the racial composition and political leadership of his and other cities, the

Gulf Watch: Shipyard strike rocks Mississippi coast

March 14, 2007 - For most people displaced by Hurricane Katrina, federal relief aid came in a slow trickle. But not for defense contractor Northrup Grumman: just over two months after the storm, Grumman received over $2.7 billion from the Navy and FEMA to rebuild Naval shipyards in Pascagoula, Mississippi.