35,000 To 579

Bearing in mind what is said about individual v. multiple deaths, Cliff May's post at the Corner is worth reading.

Incidentally, a black caller to the Laura Ingraham show a week or two ago was irate because he didn't remember any charges of racism against Pres. Clinton when more than 700 poor people in Chicago died from heat in 1995. Someone at Slate noticed the similarities between Chicago's heat wave and The Big Easy's literal ones and wonders why local officials seemed to learn nothing.