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Tomorrow I will make a quick trip to Louisiana. Here is why:

Early last September I got some help getting into New Orleans to cover Hurricane Katrina by a man named James Davison. I had never met James at the time, but was given his name and number and told to call him. He was a friend of a friend of my husband. I don't think at the time I even knew his last name, I was just given a first name and a phone number. Even finding James was a bit of a challenge, since phone service in and out of the area was a wreck.

At the time, and because of the danger of Katrina, the military was not letting anyone into New Orleans — even the media was getting blocked at checkpoints. I needed to get in and so did the people I was traveling with. We wanted to take our cameras in there so that you could see first hand. We had many FOX correspondents all over the Gulf States area and in New Orleans already, but we could use more help showing you the news... and thus we wanted into city. We did not want to be on the outskirts.

James, who I did not meet until several months later, did some magic and we got into the city — right to the heart of the city. At the time, it took a very clever person to get us in and past all the barriers. Getting us into New Orleans meant we could get you the most direct news on Katrina and its aftermath. As you know, it was a sight to see.

In about December I met James for the first time — we had talked many times on the phone. He mentioned a charity event — the Peach Festival in Ruston, LA — and asked if I would come. Of course I said I would. So tomorrow, I’ve got a short trip to Louisiana: up early (very early), out the door, a trip to Louisiana and back tomorrow night in time for the show — assuming I don't get dispatched elsewhere.

Now for some of your e-mails:

E-mail No. 1

Hi Greta,
I thought that your coverage of Catherine Herridge and her son was wonderful. It seems like you and she are good friends. I am so glad that her son is improving. It is really good to have a human story like that. A couple in my church had a baby son born two weeks ago with a congenital liver disease. The parents and brother were being tested. I am not sure why. (I read about it in our church bulletin that is sent to me.) Did Catherine's son have biliary atresia? I was an intensive care nursery nurse during my nursing career. Catherine seems like she would have given any part of her body to save her son. Please keep giving updates.
Did Laura Ingle cut her hair real short? Is it brown? I have seen her on Bill O'Reilly's show recently. She was covering Iraq at some point. I think that is the same one, right?
It's a shame that someone can't find Natalee's remains for the Holloways to bury. Somehow there is some closure.
Newark, DE

ANSWER: You have Laura Ingle confused with Laura Ingraham. Laura Ingle is a FOX employee (and covered both the trials of Michael Jackson and Scott Peterson.) Laura Ingraham, a frequent guest on FOX, has a radio show.

E-mail No. 2

The three falsely accused Duke kids will have a year of their lives and a million dollar expense for each! How do the thousands of falsely accused get that year and that million dollars back?
Martin Salm
Lake Tahoe, NV

E-mail No. 3

If these boys are as innocent as their lawyers claim, why don't they go ahead file to dismiss the charges?
Ben Bannister
Warren, OH

E-mail No. 4

Dear Greta,
Lewis needs to get out of Dodge! It's no good for Lewis the cat in that town! If Lewis changes his mind, tell him I love kitties, I live in the Austin. Will Austin be metro enough for him to be happy? I have four other kitties as well — I have one kitty with special needs and all of them are street smart — they can show you around Lewis! Because I found them or I should say they found me. Please forward my e-mail to Lewis, Greta, if he is interested in talking with me about a possible relocation and, if Lewis is worried about the food I serve, tell Lewis I will feed him what ever his fancy is.
Rita Schultz
Cedar Park TX

Finally, some articles that caught my attention:

Pa. potato-chip king supersizes with 40-room mansion at NJ shore

Mother, daughter getting reacquainted after 10 years

Supreme Court lets anti-gay measure proceed

Defendant in murder case too old to be tried by jury of her peers

Suburban Vancouver woman finds bear eating oatmeal in kitchen

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