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Issue: "Katrina: Week 2," Sept. 17, 2005

"This is a whole new beginning, a whole new start. I mean, why pass up a good opportunity?"

Hurricane Katrina evacuee Chavon Allen, saying she planned to stay in Houston.

"I survived the Russians, I could survive this."

Hungarian immigrant, survivor of the 1956 Russian invasion of Budapest, and Slidell, La., resident Ella Beno on why she decided to stay in her home rather than evacuate ahead of Hurricane Katrina. The 75-year-old woman survived the flood, and her home, despite having been flooded, remains intact.

"It takes years to build a home. It takes mere minutes to be made homeless."

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Hanna Sender, Israeli settler of 27 years evicted from her home at Gush Katif in Gaza and living with extended family in temporary housing.

"It's just one of them things."

John Zimmerschied, 35, of Moorcroft, Wyo., on being shocked by 2,000 volts of electricity for about 30 seconds while working inside an electrical box on Sept. 2. Mr. Zimmerschied, now back in good health, said he plans to return to work soon.


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