Authorities Struggling to Set the Record Straight

Sharks swimming the streets of New Orleans. Evacuees eating the remains of chicken washed up on Biloxi beaches. Mosquitoes sucking on corpses and passing incurable diseases in flooded areas. Among the many challenges presented by Hurricane Katrina, one of the toughest and most important for emergency workers is rumor control. And while officials have struggled to debunk tall tales like these, others keep coming.

By IAN URBINA and JEREMY ALFORD

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