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Five years ago: A National Guard convoy packed with food, water and medicine rolled into New Orleans four days after Hurricane Katrina. Scorched by criticism about sluggish federal help, President George W. Bush toured the Gulf Coast and met with state and local officials, including New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. During a live TV benefit concert, rapper Kanye West went off-script to sharply criticize Bush, saying he "doesn't care about black people." The Labor Department reported the August unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, a four-year low. Machinists at Boeing Co. went on a nearly month-long strike. Actor Bob Denver, 70, died in Winston-Salem, N.C.
One year ago: Pfizer agreed to pay a record $2.3 billion settlement for illegal drug promotion. A Taliban suicide bomber attacked officials leaving a mosque in Afghanistan, killing the country's deputy intelligence chief and 23 others. Gunmen killed 17 people at a drug rehabilitation center in Ciudad Juarez (SEE'-yoo-dahd wahr-EHZ'), Mexico. A magnitude-7.0 earthquake rocked Indonesia, killing dozens of people.
Today's birthdays: Dancer-actress Marge Champion is 91. Jazz musician Horace Silver is 82. Former Sen. Alan K. Simpson (R-Wyo.) is 79. Former United States Olympic Committee Chairman Peter Ueberroth is 73. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sam Gooden (The Impressions) is 71. Singer Jimmy Clanton is 70. Rhythm-and-blues singer Rosalind Ashford (Martha & the Vandellas) is 67. Singer Joe Simon is 67. Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw is 62. Basketball Hall of Famer Nate Archibald is 62. Actor Mark Harmon is 59. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is 59. Tennis Hall of Famer Jimmy Connors is 58. Actress Linda Purl is 55. Rock musician Jerry Augustyniak (10,000 Maniacs) is 52. Country musician Paul Deakin (The Mavericks) is 51. Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson is 50. Actor Keanu Reeves is 46. Former heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis is 45. Actress Salma Hayek is 44. Actress Kristen Cloke is 42. Actress Cynthia Watros is 42. Rhythm-and-blues singer K-Ci is 41. Actor-comedian Katt Williams is 37. Actor Michael Lombardi is 36. Rock musician Sam Rivers (Limp Bizkit) is 33. Rock musician Spencer Smith (Panic at the Disco) is 23.
Thought for Today: "If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however, if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (GU'-tuh), German poet, dramatist and author (1749-1832)
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