Photo: A rescue boat evacuates people from the rising waters of Buffalo Bayou following Hurricane Harvey in a neighborhood west of Houston, Texas, U.S., August 30, 2017. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
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More than 32,000 people in the Houston area have fled their homes and are now in shelters. There are a couple hundred shelters and some have been overwhelmed. At one shelter, the Red Cross had to ration food. Houston’s convention center was set up to house only half of the 10,000 people who are there.
The Red Cross has come under fire for its response to previous disasters, including Superstorm Sandy. As millions of Americans look for ways to help the relief effort in Houston, some are calling for donations to go to other organizations with better track records of delivering aid where it’s needed most.
People are urging donations for Harvey relief efforts — just not to the Red Cross
Red Cross 'Diverted Assets' During Storms' Aftermath To Focus On Image
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Edgar Arceneaux is from South LA, went to art school in LA, and grad school at CalArts. He teaches at USC, and runs a nonprofit in Watts. Arceneaux’s work deals with history and identity -- through drawings, video, installation. He’s part of our series “Blank Slate,” about the artists who shape L.A. and who are shaped by L.A.
Edgar Arceneaux, artist, USC
Two more mountain lion cubs were discovered in the Santa Monica Mountains this week. Their names are P-59 and P-60. One’s a male and the other’s a female. They have bright blue eyes, spotted coats, and oversized paws that will take some time growing into. Rangers aren’t sure who the father is.
Jeff Sikich, The National Park Service
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