Debris is loaded on a truck near 25th and Jackson in Joplin, Mo, on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. A massive cleanup effort is underway in Joplin after a tornado destroyed much of the southwest Missouri city on Sunday, May 22. (AP Photo/Mike Gullett)
March 12, 2012 5:37:28 AM PDT
by ALAN SCHER ZAGIER Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS - March 12, 2012 --
One is a low-lying river city built on a swamp basin, a multicultural melting pot known the world over for legendary excesses, from lung-searing food to French Quarter flashers.