Kathleen Koch's Rising from Katrina delivers the Katrina experience

I introduced the Slabbed Nation to former CNN Whitehouse reporter Kathie Koch back in June after we renewed acquaintances as we gave her new book an advance plug along with her second CNN special on Bay-Waveland that we profiled back April 2008. The evaluation copy of the book arrived in late June and I could not put it down once I cracked it open as the 344 page narrative stirred my memories of those early post Katrina days, a time period that had a profound impact on countless lives from the disaster victims to those that came to help including my partner in blog Nowdy who was a first responder.

There are certain events that still stir the emotions of the Slabbed and Kathie covered most of them in her book.  Knowing how I reacted to reading certain passages I watched Mrs Sop as she began reading the book after I finished it.  I knew immediately when she reached the story of the Clevelands and their fight for survival during the storm as her facial expression told the story. Nikki and her husband Patrick not only were separated from each other by the storm surge but were also separated from Nikki’s parents who did not make it. And yet despite the tragedy of Nikki losing her parents, and being hosed by Nationwide while her husband Patrick battled cancer,  Kathie also conveys how the Clevelands’ story is one of hope in how they recovered from the storm even finding the strength to start a family of their own literally from the rubble. Similar themes run through the book from cover to cover as the events Kathie experienced are laid out in detail. Continue reading “Kathleen Koch's Rising from Katrina delivers the Katrina experience”

Slabbed news miscellany: Another politician checks into the drunk tank. The Waveland Citizens Fund is shut down. The Sun Herald takes a crack at Simpsongate.

MDOT Executive Director Larry 'Butch" Brown

It seems as though MDOT Executive Director Butch Brown has a gambling problem to go along with his drinking problem folks. Michael Newsom and Geoff Pender have the story for the Sun Herald.  

Brown, 67, was arrested early Friday morning at Beau Rivage casino. According to Biloxi Municipal Court, a Beau Rivage representative asked the court Monday to drop the disorderly conduct charge. A court date of Sept. 13 has been set for the drunkenness charge.  

Biloxi police records say Brown was “intoxicated and unconscious” at a slot machine at 5:43 a.m. on Friday. Casino security woke Brown and “he became extremely belligerent and caused a big disturbance within the casino in view of numerous other people,” police records say, and that he “repeatedly refused to cooperate with officers on the scene.”  

Mississippi is the only state that elects its transportation commissioners and I could spend several posts detailing the systemic corruption and lack of oversight at MDOT but the Sun Herald has already done a great job of doing that. Suffice it to say former Natchez mayor Butch Brown is just the type of stuffed shirt drunk for the job of running MDOT day to day. The shame is I could never connect his son’s bond work to TheRiot and Coastal Securities but it isn’t because of a lack of effort here at Slabbed.  😉 Continue reading “Slabbed news miscellany: Another politician checks into the drunk tank. The Waveland Citizens Fund is shut down. The Sun Herald takes a crack at Simpsongate.”

About the reach of the new media….

I had to laugh last night when I saw BP’s involvement in the early release of the Lockerbie Bomber was being rehashed in the news.  Rehashed? You betcha as Bam Bam Bigelow covered this exact topic for Slabbed almost one year ago.  And what of the dying Abdelbaset Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi? Seems going home has done wonders for his health.

Covering such topics before they become “news” also may explain why we get more unique visits per week here at Slabbed than every Mississippi weekly paper except a few. Our circulation is a bit more well heeled to boot.

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