Friday, April 29, 2011

Excitement builds for final launch of NASA Endeavour
~Named through a national competition involving students in elementary and secondary schools, it's the youngest of NASA's shuttles. Endeavour was named after a ship chartered to traverse the South Pacific in 1768 and captained by 18th century British explorer James Cook, an experienced seaman, navigator and amateur astronomer.
He commanded a crew of 93 men, including 11 scientists and artists. This will be Endeavour's 25th journey in 19 years. Launch: 3:47 p.m. EDT
~Update~Endeavor Launch Scrubbed Because Of Technical Issue

Dunned to death by the Corps of Engineers ~Times-Picayune
~Mr. Graves noted that the corps made the demand for upfront payment at about the same time that it decided to reprogram money from SELA to the West Bank levee projects. He called the timing "curious.'' The corps shifted $60 million in SELA money and $90 million assigned to hurricane work on the east bank. State and local officials, who objected at the time, said it would be better to ask Congress for more money than to raid other projects to make up for overruns.

Gulf Intracoastal Waterway to close at night beginning Monday for surge barrier gate construction

Discussion of dynamite and levees makes a New Orleanian shudder
~Jarvis DeBerry
~The conflict between the people in Cairo and their neighbors across the Mississippi is also a reminder that we did have a community that was unfairly sacrificed. Eighty-four years ago today, a group of New Orleans' most powerful men went through with their plan to flood St. Bernard Parish by dynamiting the levee at Caernavon.

Judge gives corps OK to break levee

Flood may top 1927 record
~Monroe News Star

Illinois, Kentuck fight Missouri over levee breach as Corps of Engineers pits State against State for their survival

Rising river could bring some water to western Terrebonne

100,000 Cheri Foytlins…
~Disenfranchised Citizen

Oil'd short animation by Chris Harmon

Interview with Kevin Costner and Lee Dragna of Blue Planet~Humid Beings

Why Was New Orleans's Charity Hospital Allowed to Die?
~Roberta Brandes Gratz, The Nation

He “Kept Yelling In My Face” ~CenLamar

Cool new Ts from Shultzilla

The Gospel According to OffBeat ~Blackened Out

Kermit Ruffins in High Times
~Alex Woodward, Gambit

This Friday! Dirty Bourbon & MarchFourth Marching Band!

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