Turned Away by the Guard, They Bluffed Their Way In

Watching the horror unfold on live television, David Hankla and his friends at Duke University felt angry and bewildered. ''It made no sense whatsoever that reporters were getting in and out of New Orleans, but the National Guard couldn't remove those people from the convention center,'' said Mr. Hankla, 20, a sophomore. ''All we knew was that we were sick of being armchair humanitarians and that we intended to help get people out.''

By IAN URBINA

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