New Orleans, La. – A magnitude 8-point-8 earthquake devastated the South American country on February 27th. President Sebastian Pinera met with officials at the port of New Orleans for long-term advice. Mayor Ray Nagin advised the government to quickly funnel money to local agencies, and get sturdy modular housing for temporary shelter. He said it could take as long as 15 years to fully recover. Pinera is in Washington for a summit on nuclear weapons and energy technology.
New Orleans, La. – Mitch Landrieu will take the oath of office in Gallier Hall. His wife, Cheryl, announced details in the Greek Revival landmark building alongside the transition team of volunteers. St. Charles streetcars will be diverted during the street festival. The public is asked to bring can goods to be donated to the Second Harvesters Food Bank. A nighttime gala is planned for neighborhood groups at Mardi Gras World.