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The YouTube above is an extended clip from a performance given by Harry Connick, Jr., Branford Marsalis, and a number of other talented jazz musicians in New Orleans supporting the Musicians’ Village by Habitat for Humanity.  It’s a bit long, but it’s some amazing jazz in the midst of all the destruction and chaos.  And so hopeful.

Scout Prime, down in NOLA for a blogger’s conference, reports in from an area in which she had previously documented a need for reconstruction.  She’s got two videos — one from months and months ago, one from yesterday — that show how little has been done.  (Although they have, at least, moved the yellow house out of the middle of the street, so there is a little progress anyway.)

Scout has some amazing photos of several neighborhood areas in NOLA, and she also tells us the story of Ardelle.

Remember that Rockey photo-op guy from earlier in the week?  The AFL-CIO blog provides us a counterpoint — Rockey’s high school classmate, who tells us how the rest of the buddies in the neighborhood are actually getting along.  Hint:  it’s not all sunshine and ass-kissing and PR joy joy.

The WaPo has a great story about an Arlington man who moved down to Mississippi to help folks get their houses — and their lives — back together.  And, not surprisingly, people don’t feel that the nation is adequately prepared for another major disaster — even though it’s been almost a year since Katrina, and we’re at the start of another hurricane season, most Americans are skeptical that appropriate lessons have been learned.  Read more in the Democrats’ report on the need for accountability.  (PDF)

In the NYTimes, I found a depressing story about the state of small businesses in NOLA.  (There is also a short video on the story’s page about the same topic that is worth a watch.)

Finally, I found a poignant article in the Biloxi Sun-Times on the folks who were lost in and around the storm.  There are, of course, no guarantees in life — but this article really brings home the human cost, even a year later.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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