Oil companies evacuated workers from offshore wells, New Orleans prepared for possible flooding and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency as a tropical depression formed Thursday in the Gulf of Mexico.
In September of 2005, no one could have anticipated what we saw in New Orleans last week. What happened on the football field and parade route after the Saints' Super Bowl victory is amazing and uplifting. But what's happening elsewhere in New Orleans also rises to that standard.
Kathryn Hire: With one woman and five men aboard, the space shuttle Endeavour launched early Monday morning and is heading to the international space station. Endeavour's two-week visit is the first of NASA's five final shuttle missions before the space agency retires its aging space shuttle fleet later this year. It's also the last major construction project on the 11-year-old space station.
New Orleans' plan to evacuate its residents in the event of a major hurricane strike this summer may not be as complete as city officials made it sound last week when they unveiled the plan, according to a CNN review.
Controversial Mayor Ray Nagin, who was criticized for predicting New Orleans would remain a "chocolate city" with a black majority, was far enough ahead in the mayoral race by early Sunday that it appeared he and Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu would face each other in a May 20 runoff.
Though most New Orleanians approve of their mayor's handling of the Hurricane Katrina aftermath -- and are willing to overlook his "chocolate city" remark -- Ray Nagin is no shoo-in for re-election, a recent poll shows.