When The Levees Broke: The rate of suicide in 2008 and 2009 in Orleans Parish was about twice as high as it was the two years before the levees broke. Above, the 17th Street Canal Levee.
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Robert O'Rourke was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in late 2006. The lung disease causes scarring in the lungs, which makes breathing difficult. There's no cure yet, and researchers aren't certain what causes the disease.
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