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Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Posted: December 19, 2005 02:24 PM

CSI New Orleans

You'd think, with the popularity of CBS' police procedurals, that the major media would delight in sharing the Times-Picayune's detailed coverage of the forensic investigation into the failure of the floodwalls in New Orleans. Alas, no. Today's installment focuses on the redirection of the inquiry, in light of last week's discovery that the Corps had driven the sheet pillings to the supposedly requisite 17 feet, ruling out cheeseball corruption as the cause of the failure. Now, the investigation refocuses on engineering assumptions behind the design, and that requires some paperwork:

But, investigators said the corps still has not released the "as-built" drawings -- the final set of drawings that show how the project actually ended up being built. A corps spokesmen last week said his agency still hadn't been able to find the documents and couldn't say for sure if they ever will be found, although the search continues.

If Les Moonves only named Jerry Bruckheimer the new head of CBS News, we'd be hearing a lot more about all of this.