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After getting vaccinated, New Orleans woman delivers a blunt message to non-believers


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Victims' bodies still at New Orleans Hard Rock Hotel months after collapse

Victims' bodies still at New Orleans Hard Rock Hotel months after collapse* Wind blows tarp off one of two bodies amid ruins * Unstable building to be imploded in MarchThree months after the partial collapse of the Hard Rock hotel construction site on the tip of New Orleans’s historic French Quarter, a macabre reminder of the tragedy that claimed three lives was visible to passersby this week.Among the collapsed building’s twisted remains and rubble, the dangling legs of a wedged corpse were revealed to the public after a tarpaulin sheet covering the body was blown away by wind.The gruesome sight came as city officials are scrambling to dismantle the 18-storey, 350-room hotel, which remains an eyesore and still holds the trapped remains of two workers, Quinnyon Wimberly and José Ponce Arreola.After images of the exposed corpse provoked outrage on social media, city firefighters installed a new tarp on Wednesday afternoon. As of Thursday morning the covering remained intact, as police maintained a heavy presence around the collapsed building.The mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, urged members of the public and the media not to photograph or share images of the body.“To be clear: capturing or sharing images of the victims in such a condition is irresponsible, it is indefensible, and it is not who we are as New Orleanians,” a statement from the mayor’s office read. “We urge news outlets, residents, and social media users to have nothing to do with making a tragic situation needlessly worse.”Cantrell has faced significant criticism for her handling of the saga and it remains unclear if the collapse is being criminally investigated. Last week, city officials announced new plans to implode the building by mid-March, after the firm that owns the site – 1031 Canal Street Development – had lobbied for a gradual demolition process that would have extended into next year.The mayor’s office said on Wednesday that “respectful recovery of the remains” is still a “top priority” but that the building’s continued instability had made recovery “extremely difficult and very dangerous”. One of the bodies is trapped over 11 storeys above street level.A spokeswoman for the mayor’s office declined to comment further on Thursday.The city is preparing for the annual Mardi Gras season, which draws about a million tourists to New Orleans in February and brings in about $ 400m to the local economy.The collapse has also drawn attention to the plight of the city’s undocumented community after one worker, Delmer Joel Ramírez Palma, was deported to Honduras by federal authorities, having been hospitalized due to injuries sustained during the incident.Ramírez Palma had alerted authorities to dangers in the construction process before the collapse and was interviewed by Spanish language TV in the aftermath. He had lived in New Orleans for 18 years.Several lawsuits have been filed against the project’s developers and contracts, citing allegations of negligence. Plaintiffs include both bystanders and workers injured during the collapse.



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10 wounded in 'cowardly and senseless' shooting rampage at New Orleans French Quarter

10 wounded in 'cowardly and senseless' shooting rampage at New Orleans French QuarterTen people were wounded in a shooting rampage early Sunday on the edge of the famed French Quarter of New Orleans in an area thick with tourists.



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Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says impeachment inquiry 'has now risen to a level of a substantial case that can be made'

Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says impeachment inquiry 'has now risen to a level of a substantial case that can be made'Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu joins Yahoo News Editor in Chief Daniel Klaidman and Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff to talk about the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Landrieu says that at first he didn’t think it was warranted after the Mueller report came out, but “when the Ukraine matter raised up its head, I changed.”



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Plans pushed back to explode 2 cranes in New Orleans

Plans pushed back to explode 2 cranes in New OrleansPlans have been pushed back a day to bring down two giant, unstable construction cranes in a series of controlled explosions before they can topple onto historic New Orleans buildings, the city’s fire chief said Friday, noting the risky work involved in placing explosive on the towers. Making it happen, putting people back in danger,” McConnell said. Light, intermittent rain and winds were complicating efforts Friday as workers in buckets suspended from another crane worked to prepare the site, McConnell said.



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New Orleans hotel collapse: Search on for a missing worker

New Orleans hotel collapse: Search on for a missing workerRescue crews on Sunday searched for a worker missing in the partial collapse of a New Orleans hotel that was under construction, their work proceeding cautiously amid fears about the stability of the structure, authorities said. Officials declined to say if they have any indication whether the missing worker is alive after Saturday’s collapse. New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell said they are treating their work as a rescue mission until they have evidence the missing person is dead along with two other people killed when a large part of the Hard Rock Hotel project crashed down near the city’s historic French Quarter.



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Hard Rock hotel construction collapse in New Orleans: At least 1 dead, several missing

Hard Rock hotel construction collapse in New Orleans: At least 1 dead, several missingThe construction of a Hard Rock hotel on Canal Street collapsed Saturday morning in New Orleans. You can watch the harrowing moments here.



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New Orleans: Pilot told tower of problems before plane crash

New Orleans: Pilot told tower of problems before plane crashThe pilot of a small plane in a deadly crash near New Orleans’ Lakefront Airport radioed the control tower shortly after takeoff about unspecified problems and sought clearance to return, federal investigators said Saturday. The pilot and an award-winning television journalist aboard were both killed in the crash Friday afternoon. The National Transportation Safety Board said in a statement that the pilot contacted the tower just before the Aerotek Pitts S-2B went down in a field not far from the airport.



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Reporter ID'd in New Orleans small plane crash

Reporter ID'd in New Orleans small plane crashWVUE-TV confirms that Nancy Parker, a reporter and anchor at the television station for 23 years, was killed in the crash near Lakefront Airport, which accommodates smaller aircraft. A Federal Aviation Administration statement said the plane was a 1983 Pitts S-2B aircraft that crashed in an empty field about a half-mile south of the airport, which accommodates smaller aircraft, under unknown circumstances. New Orleans Homeland Security Director Collin Arnold told reporters the plane crashed about 3 p.m., causing a fire.



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