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Sunday, September 04, 2005
  The G-Thug mentality exported from NOLA.
Amid rising chaos, fear spreads in rural Louisiana - OrlandoSentinel.com: Orlando Weather: "That anxiety hit Baton Rouge earlier this week.

The area is housing tens of thousands of evacuees, and its patience is running thin. Roads and stores are packed and parts of the city's downtown are filled with people living in shelters.

Their presence has unnerved some of the locals. One woman told me her boyfriend, a state worker, was warned by managers to stay in his office because the evacuees posed a threat.

Back in Zachary, Chief Watson says his office has been inundated with calls from people asking about events that never happened or things that contained only a kernel of truth.

'Every business in town has called,' he said, 'and half of them have my cell-phone number. They're all scared.'

One day-care center called parents earlier this week asking them to come pick up their children early because the staff worried it couldn't guarantee the kids' safety.

A local bank locked its doors during regular business hours, selecting whom was allowed in. I found the same thing at the Dollar General store, where employees have been instructed to allow only a certain number of people in at any one time.

Cathy Avery runs the Tobacco Shop on Main Street in Zachary, a town that's two-thirds white. She says she has noticed 'young black fellows casing the mini-mall.' Avery keeps a pistol under the counter and says her father has taken to wearing his gun.

Avery is also sleeping in her shop. I ask her if that's because she has no power or because she's worried about her store."
 
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