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Galveston Daily News (Newspaper) - September 11, 2005, Galveston, Texas COUNT E DAILY NEWS Sunday September 11 2005 Oldest Newspaper Since 1842 Vol 163 No 154 INSIDE T o D A Y A rare art form Artist says her island porcelain studio is one of only three left in the Iraqi troops move on insurgent stronghold More than Iraqi army and paramilitary troops backed by soldiers swept into this insurgent stronghold near the Syrian border Saturday conducting searches and battering down stone walls in the narrow winding streets of the old Texas vs GMo State Who came out on top No 2 Texas traveled to No 4 Ohio State to see who has what it takes to make a title run and who is already left in the Index Bulletin TV Inside Bayou Weather Todays Forecast Partly sunny High 78 Low 88 Details B8 6 2 2005 Galveston County Daily News I Moving past ABOVE Dwight Collins Jetan Perry Jasmine Perry Regina Perry Coilins and Jeman Perry from left sit in the living room of their new home in Bayou Vista BELOW Jasmine 10 hugs her mother outside their new home DWIGHT Daily News in Bayou Vista Perry and her brother and sister were reunited with their mother Regina and stepfather Dwight Collins on Wednesday after being separated in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina Surviving Katrina One journey KATRINA RECOVERY From New Orleans to a new life in Galveston County The Daily News BAYOU Perry 13 had been in her new home in Bayou Vista for less than two hours and she had already snagged a pair of blue crabs from the canal out back The New Or leans teen spent hours searching for more It was a far cry from the floods leaking boats and unfamiliar Army base she and two siblings had experienced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina Jetan sister Jasmine 10 and brother Jeman 7 were supposed to have been safe from the storm The trio left their mother Regina and step father Dwight Collins at their home in Uptown New Orleans just off the famed Canal Street The kids were supposed to be tucked V i1 J away with their father in a motel on Then the floodwaters came It got up to the second floor real said Jetan People were yelling for Their father was able to flag down a passing boat but it sprang a leak We were pushing the water out but it kept coming said Jeman It was One journey through the rav ages to a new life in Galveston County didnt come without the help of some angels Read their story in Aulds column in the Daily Storm victims urged to seek out local Cleanup work intensifies in battered New Red Cross releases access number The Red Cross will activate a phone number that will allow eligible storm victims to access funds at Western Union The number 800 975 7585 will go active today at 8 leaking We had to paddle too to keep it said Jetan For blocks the crew paddled and bailed water until reaching an overpass near the the sports venue that was supposed to be the shelter of See Katrinas costs are of a kind seen in wartime KATRINA RECOVERY Louisiana congressmen say it could cost billion just to rebuild New Orleans The Associated Press WASHINGTON One storm could end up costing almost as much as two wars Although estimates of Hurricane Ka See by the numbers DEATH TOLL Deaths reported by state and local officials as of Saturday Alabama 2 Florida 14 Georgia 2 Louisiana 154 Mississippi 211 Total 383 FEDERAL AiD Congress has approved billion for relief and recovery with billions more expected to be needed in months and years to come Federal government is spending more than a billion a day on relief effort NATIONAL GUARD National Guard has deployed troops Louisiana has more than Mississippi more than and Al abama about 800 About active duty troops also have been sent to the area See BY THE plans town KATRINA RECOVERY How many would be stranded in a storm No one really knows By KELLY HAWES The Daily News No one really knows how many people would be stranded in their homes if a major storm were headed for the island Galveston County officials have asked people who believe they might be in that situation to register but theyre not sure how many have done so The last official number I had was said Eliot Jennings the countys emergency management director I would assume its higher now but I dont know how much Jennings said he had called those in charge of the regional 211 informa tion line in search of an answer but no one had called back I honestly just suspect that because theyre overwhelmed with calls from hurricane survivors right now that they just havent had time to Jennings said I heard theyd been getting calls a The situation isnt urgent yet he said If there were a hurricane in the Gulf I can assure you wed get that Jennings said Does he have a guess as to how many folks there might be Jennings said he had taken a stab at an esti mate while he was the emergency management coordinator in Galve ston Based on the census data for the number of households without trans portation we had estimated that it See STORM Cruisers steaming over higher ship rates UNA Carnival says it is trying to accommodate customers federal government By LAURA ELDER The Daily News GALVESTON James Franks likes the way he and wife Linda have been treated on cruise ships You leave your cabin and someone makes up your bed you go to dinner they leave a chocolate mint on your See Mayor calls unusual Sunday meeting to mull tax rate LA MARQUE Council balks at tax hike alternative means service staff cuts The Daily News The city council plans to meet tonight to discuss the rate prop erty taxpayers will have to pay during the next budget year Mayor Larry Crow apparently called the Sunday meeting after a Sept 7 meeting in which the council decided and announced to about 100 angry taxpayers that it would not meet in work shop until Thursday A public hearing on the tax rate was and still is slated for Monday Crow did not return phone calls about the change Mayor Pro Tem James Osteen said Crowe told the city manager to change the meeting after the Sept 7 meeting ended He said he was officially informed of the change on Thursday The Sunday meeting is odd but legal if it was posted 72 hours ahead of time Residents at the meeting Sept 7 raised sufficient outcry to make the city council rethink a pro posed tax rate hike of almost 8 percent Some of the same were angry about the way the meeting had been rescheduled One caller to The Daily News said a con cerned taxpayer saw a notice about the Sunday meeting posted at city hall on Saturday A Daily News reporter could find no such notice and no mention of the change was posted on the citys Web page as might be expected for a meeting arranged as this one was At issue at the meeting is a plan to leave the tax rate as is WHAT La Marque City budget work shop WHEN 6 today WHERE La Marque City Hall 1109 Bayou in La Marque WHAT La Marque City tax rate hearing WHEN 6 Monday WHERE La Marque City Hall 1109 Bayou in La Marque
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