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Los Angeles Times eitorial: Worth the risk

Editorial: State of the Art: Worth the risk
October 1, 2005 http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-museum1oct01,0,69389.story?coll=la-news-comment-editorials

  "During Hurricane Katrina, eight employees at the New Orleans
   Museum of Art, along with about 30 of their family members,
   showed their appreciation for art by risking their lives to save
   it. Starting on Aug. 27, with the hurricane bearing down on New
   Orleans and local officials issuing evacuation orders, they
   occupied the museum, taking paintings off the walls and
   protecting artwork in underground storage areas susceptible to

On Aug. 31, when officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency came to the museum and urged them to leave, they refused, fearing looters would make off with an art collection valued at more than $250 million"

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