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The New Orleans City Council
is creating a fitting tribute to the deceased victims of Hurricane Katrina by establishing a memorial photo collection titled "In Loving Memory." The transportable collection will be unveiled Aug. 29 when council members dedicate a granite Katrina monument in Mississippi River Heritage Park on Convention Center Boulevard. The collection will then be moved inside the Convention Center for an ecumenical memorial service and ultimately will move to the city's public library.

U.S. foundations
have already committed more than $577 million for relief, recovery, and rebuilding in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, according to a recent report by the Foundation Center. The report "Giving in the Aftermath of the Gulf Coast Hurricanes," documents the extent of foundation giving after the disasters, challenges concerns about "donor fatigue," and explores funders' perspectives on their role in responding to major disasters.

Neighborhood associations
across New Orleans are joining the city Sanitation Department to sponsor neighborhood clean-ups. Armed with their own gloves and garbage bags, volunteers are showing their civic pride and dedication to their neighborhoods by participating in what city officials hope will become a citywide cleanup and debris-removal effort. The city is urging residents not to place debris and other trash on neutral grounds or other areas that are not official dump sites. Fines for doing so can reach $10,000.

Federal bureaucrats
relied more on regulations and red tape than common sense when they denied hundreds of volunteer medical professionals the tort liability protection they needed to lend a badly needed hand during and after Hurricane Katrina. A year later, the bureaucratic barriers are still in place as Congress has failed to amend the law that provides volunteer medics coverage against malpractice liability in the event of a disaster.

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