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Byline: Nicole Brodeur
Aug. 28--It still smells. The fresh paint helps, but you can still tell there was water within the walls.
The FEMA trailers are still lined up like dominoes. Stores are still boarded up. You wonder how people have lasted, waiting to return to a life that was washed out to sea two years ago Wednesday by Hurricane Katrina. And yet, Pastor Pat Wright believes that the Gulf Coast of Mississippi will not only recover but be reborn.
"I am hopeful," Wright told me Monday, not long after she returned to the area with her Seattle-based Total Experience Gospel Choir. The trip was paid for by donations from the Puget Sound region. …