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“Party,” Probably a Poor Choice of Words

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

With teams of volunteers and businesses working to provide facilities for an influx of Gulf Coast evacuees today, Gov. Ed Rendell said this afternoon that Pittsburgh may get few or none.

Rendell said that the influx of Hurricane Katrina evacuees that Pittsburgh and Philadelphia were set to receive will be significantly smaller than previous estimates of 1,000.

In a teleconference call with the Pennsylvania press corps, Rendell said Pittsburgh may be removed from the list of possible cities expected to receive evacuees.

“It’s like preparing for a party and learning only 1/10th of the guest are coming,” Rendell said. However, the governor and officials from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency did say that does not mean that Pittsburgh would not receive any evacuees.

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