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New Orleans, a town renowned for staging big celebrations, faces a tricky challenge on Saturday, 10 years to the day from when Hurricane Katrina slammed into southeast Louisiana and triggered flooding that would leave 80 percent of the city under water. Thousands of people are expected to turn out as the city's trademark "second line" parades snake through the streets and New Orleans puts its famous musical traditions on display. "A celebration would not be the right gesture for those who will never be made whole," said Kristian Sonnier, an official at the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Erika, a tropical storm that was losing strength as it hit Haiti with heavy rains and strong winds, fell apart on Saturday over eastern Cuba, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. "Erika has degenerated into a trough of low pressure," the Miami-based hurricane center said in a Saturday morning forecast advisory. Erika's maximum sustained winds had dropped to 35 mph (56 kph), just below the tropical storm threshold.
It is fitting that the "second line" parade, a central pillar of New Orleans African-American musical tradition, is playing a prominent role in the events marking the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago. Like New Orleans, the marching brass bands and the colorful crowds they attract are survivors whose status is more celebrated than ever: a parade on Saturday in the blighted Lower Ninth Ward, accompanied by some of the city's best known brass bands, has been billed as the biggest in the Big Easy yet. Any threat to second-line parades is a threat to New Orleans itself, say the people behind the city's Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) ? Tropical Storm Erika has dissipated but folks in the Tampa Bay area are watching it carefully.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) ? With prayer and the somber ringing of church bells, residents in Mississippi and Louisiana gathered Saturday to mark the 10th anniversary of the day that Hurricane Katrina slammed into their states ? causing deadly and costly havoc.
GEORGIA, Vt. (AP) ? The two cottages on the shore of Lake Champlain will someday be passed down to her children but Enid Letourneau worries the algae that turns the shoreline pea-soup green each August means they won't amount to much of an inheritance.
STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) ? A teacher who died trying to protect her students during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown has had a new school named after her.
DENVER (AP) ? The FBI is investigating after a disturbance on board an international flight to Germany forced the pilot to make an emergency landing at Denver International Airport.
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) ? Thomas Demint's voice is heard only briefly on the eight-minute video he took of police officers arresting two of his friends, and body-slamming their mother. "I'm videotaping this, sir," he tells an officer. "I'm just videotaping this."