RACE RELATIONS BLOG: Sunday, August 28, 2005

Sunday, August 28, 2005


Monster Hurricane Katrina now with 175 mph winds could submerge New Orleans under 20 feet of water, cause $100 Billion in damage,

Hurricane Katrina is now a category 5 hurricane - top winds are 175 mph with some sustained gust over 200 mph . The pressure dropped to 907 mb at 11 am. Landfall is still expected Monday. More details soon.

Hurricane Katrina intensifies overnight, Now a catastrophic Category 4 storm, President Bush orders Gulf Coast residents to evacuate (story)

Hurricane Katrina gained strength overnight and is now a powerful category 4 hurricane. Katrina is expected to turn toward the northwest later today. Landfall is anticipated Monday.Hurricane Katrina is an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Maximum sustained winds have now been greatly increased to 145 mph. Katrina continues not only grow stronger, but it continues to grow larger. Hurricane force winds extend 75 miles from the center in all but the southwest quadrant of the system.


Suge Knight shot at Miami Beach party, Music figure in good condition after shooting at party (story)

MIAMI BEACH, Florida (AP) -- Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was shot in the leg early Sunday during a party hosted by Grammy-winning hip hop artist Kanye West, police said.

Knight, 40, was hospitalized in good condition, police said. He was shot during a celebrity-studded party at the Shore Club, part of a celebration of the MTV Video Music Awards scheduled for Sunday night, said Miami Beach Police Officer Bobby Hernandez.

Iraqi women demand rights in country's new constitution

BAGHDAD -- Women from different Iraqi rights groups met here on Monday to issue a list of demands that they believe would guarantee women's rights in the country's new constitution.
The informal group issued a statement demanding that Islamic law, or Sharia, not be one of the sources of the constitution; that Iraq should abide by all international rights treaties and that all Iraqi men and women have equal legal rights