By Nakia Hogan
New Orleans Times-Picayune
Brandon Tosti had forgotten about New Orleans.
He thought everything was OK. He figured because the NFL was back, and New Orleans was getting ready to host the NBA All-Star Game, that much of the city had returned to normal.
He was like many other Americans. He was wrong.
But all that changed one day last September while he was reading a magazine at his home in Denver. That's when he learned the truth.
It was the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and New Orleans and the Gulf South were still struggling in the aftermath of the deadly storm. Youth sports leagues had crumbled. Playground equipment remained mangled. School yards were almost unplayable. [More]