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A former editor once told me that news is what people are talking about. The older I get, the more I understand it. And that's unfortunate.
People talk about Michael Jackson and Martha Stewart. They talk about Scott Peterson and the BTK killer.
And they talk about the weather.
As Hurricane Katrina prepared to pummel the Gulf Coast, it was on everyone's minds, and when she made landfall, national TV stations and reporters were there to share the devastation with their audiences.
They stuck around for a bit, covering the somber personal stories, the horrific aftermath and the clean-up efforts. It dominated the news for two weeks.