Fortunately, we'll all be safe at the American Library Association conference in New Orleans, because they're bringing in the National Guard just to protect the librarians! Yay! Because there'd be trouble if lots of librarians were gunned down in the streets! Thanks for choosing a sweltering hot, crime-ridden tropical city for ALA!
From the IHT:
"NEW ORLEANS: In a blunt admission that New Orleans can no longer control its growing crime problem, Mayor C. Ray Nagin asked the state of Louisiana to send National Guard troops to help patrol the city streets.
Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco said that 100 troops, joined by 60 state police, would be in place as early as Tuesday morning. More are likely to arrive later in the week.
The mayor's plea Monday came after five teenagers were shot and killed with semiautomatic weapons in the Central City neighborhood while sitting in a sport utility vehicle Saturday morning. It was the deadliest single shooting attack in the city in 11 years, raising to 53 the number of murders this year.
In recent weeks, as crime increased and the police struggled to return to its strength from before Hurricane Katrina, many politicians, editorialists and citizens have asked for outside help, a move Nagin appeared to acknowledge was necessary as he asked for 300 Guard troops."
Nagin and Blanco did such a great job during Katrina, I'm sure they'll have this crime problem licked in no time!