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Her coffin rests on a plinth at the funeral home, the lid left open for mourners to drop in private notes expressing how they feel about her or to whisper their farewells.
By Dave Eggers
Hamish Hamilton, 352pp, £18.99
HURRICANE Gustav strengthened into a Category 2 storm today as it churned across warm Caribbean waters towards western Cuba.
KATRINA was a natural disaster that turned into a political one for the Bush administration. Gustav, on course for the Gulf Coast just over three years later, could offer the chance for redemption or point-scoring in the US presidential campaign.
JIMI Hendrix's 1966 Red Fender Mustang guitar sold for £200,000 and the Gibson Les Paul guitar of U2's The Edge fetched £120,000 at an auction in New York's Hard Rock Café to help musicians who lost everything in Hurricane Katrina.
A PLANNED sale by the US government of thousands of mobile homes used as emergency accommodation in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is raising fears among dealers that the auction will ruin the market.
RESCUED as an embryo from a hospital flooded during the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005, Noah Markham was born by Caesarean section yesterday, to the delight of his parents.
SEVEN New Orleans police officers charged in connection with fatal shootings in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina turned themselves in yesterday as hundreds of supporters lined the way to the city jail.
SEVEN police officers involved in a fatal gun battle in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina face charges over the shootings.
THIS WEEK, AMONG all the Christmas tat and nonsense, is a programme which towers so far above the rest, it seems almost trivial to write about anything else.
ROCKET, a dog that survived Hurricane Katrina and was adopted by a suburban Philadelphia couple, is back with its owner in New Orleans after a custody battle.
THE owners of a nursing home in Chalmette, Louisiana, where 35 people died in the flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina, pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges of negligent homicide and cruelty to the infirm.
THE Louisiana Superdome, a scene of misery, frustration and death in the days after Hurricane Katrina, came back to life this week as the New Orleans Saints took the field for what turned out to be much more than a game of American football.
FILM star couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have vowed to be frequent visitors to New Orleans as residents continue to rebuild a year after Hurricane Katrina.
IT STARTED with the mournful sound of taps, America's tribute to the fallen, played by a trumpeter on a bridge overlooking the flood-ravaged landscape of New Orleans. Then came the wreaths, the tears - and a jazz parade.
US President George Bush said the huge job of rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina was just beginning a year after the massive storm, but expressed hope that the $110 billion (£58bn) of help sent from Washington would be enough.
PETER Badie, 81, lived in the same house in New Orleans for more than 50 years. But these days, like so many others from this catastrophe-crippled city, he has had trouble finding the road home.
COLETTE Murray, Scots-born head women's golf coach at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, has been building houses this summer in the United States for charity.