- Making News: Clerics Call for End to Violence Restores Relative Calm in Iraq
An extraordinary daytime curfew helped establish a degree of calm in Iraq today, but discovery of 29 bodies, killed execution-style, brought the death toll to nearly 200 since the Shiite Golden Mosque was destroyed two days ago. President Bush has expressed appreciation at calls for peace and unification by Iraqi religious leaders, including the Grand Ayatollah Sistani. Borzou Daragahi is in Baghdad for the Los Angeles Times.
- Reporter's Notebook: New Orleans on Eve of Mardi Gras
Despite some local grumbling that it's not appropriate yet, on Tuesday New Orleans will stage its first Mardi Gras since Katrina. There have already been some parades, one with an empty float to remember 1,000 dead and 2,000 still missing. We get an account of what's happening from humorist and political commentator Harry Shearer. When he's not in Hollywood or on tour he lives part-time in the French Quarter, and he's there now.
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