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Andrew Locke and Bob Sullivan

From Sept. 22-27, the posts in this blog about Rita's evacuation and devastation were reported and photographed by Bob Sullivan and Andrew Locke. Sullivan, 37, is MSNBC.com's technology and consumer fraud reporter. Locke, 34, in charge of MSNBC.com's editorial strategy, was on his second hurricane blog tour.

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From Sept. 18-22, the posts in this blog, examining Katrina's impact on the environment, were reported and photographed by Miguel Llanos and David Friedman. Llanos, 45, is MSNBC.com's environmental reporter. Photojournalist Friedman, 35, is a multimedia producer at MSNBC.com.

Kari Huus and Jim Seida

From Sept. 10-16, the posts in this blog were reported and photographed by Kari Huus and Jim Seida. Huus, 43, has been a journalist for 20 years and a reporter with MSNBC.com since 1996. Seida, 39, has been a media editor with the Web site since 1996.

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From Sept. 2-9, the posts in this blog were reported and photographed by Mike Brunker, left, and Andrew Locke. A journalist for 25 years, Brunker, 49, is MSNBC.com's West Coast news editor. Locke, 34, has been a journalist for 17 years and is currently in charge of MSNBC.com's editorial media strategy.

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LAST SOULS ON THE STREETS

Posted: Friday, September 23 at 05:32 pm CT by Bob Sullivan

HOUSTON -- There isn't much on the city streets other than papers blowing around.

Still, at mid-afternoon we shuttle around downtown looking for the last souls in Houston.  The good news is, there aren't many.

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Russ Anthony, who chose to ride out the storm in Houston, packs a few last items at a homeless encampment under an overpass near Minutemaid Park Friday. (Andrew Locke / MSNBC.com)

At a homeless encampment under a highway near Minute Maid Park, where the Astros play, the retreat seems recent. The site is largely abandoned, cardboard shelters and blankets left in messy piles.

We talk with Russ Anthony, who is picking through the remains, grabbing some extra bottled water before heading to his bed at the Workers Co-Op.  He tells us that three city buses have just come by and whisked away most of the residents.

Across the street, the Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen is shut down -- a sign on the door says, "Closed for Rita."

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