Saturday, July 23, 2011

Grand Isle roars back to life, but not without fresh scars~Paul Rioux
~"I Am Grand Pa! Watch Me Roar!"
~Michael Gros, of Thibodeaux, kicked back and enjoyed the sun and the breeze at the town beach in Grand Isle, Louisiana Wednesday, July 19th.
Gros was vacationing with his grandchildren. A year has past since the oil spill, which rocked the small community that survives on a combination of fishing and tourism. Hopes are high that the upcoming Tarpon Rodeo July 28-30,2011 will draw both attention and visitors letting the outside world know that the beaches are fine and the seafood is plentiful and safe.
~Photo: Susan Poag / Times-Picayune

Grand Isle, Our Giant Sandy Fishing Boat~Ian McNulty

Flood insurance premiums likely to rise if federal legislation passes

Bay St. Louis officials oppose Hurricane Katrina high-water markers on highway

NOLA Councilwoman compares public meeting to forcing blacks to the back of the bus in the 1960s ~WVUE

Treasurer Kennedy, on the Fiscal Realities of the UMC Hospital Project

St. Charles Parish considers asking FEMA to accept new flood maps on east bank, and recognize west bank levees

Rail link obstacles discussed
~Skip Descant, Advocate

~Hat Tweet

Alexandria mayor's bottom line: Buy this hotel~Town Talk

Gulf Senators Green Light Plan to Send 80% of BP Penalties to the States

About that audit…Hood questions and Florida wants in…
~Disenfranchised Citizen

Exxon Mobil oil spill river cleanup will take more people, federal officials say

Basque historian says many Louisiana families have Basque origins, but don't know it

Friday, July 22, 2011

Levee armoring plans challenged by East Bank levee authority members ~Mark Schleifstein

~Very special hat tip to Sandy Rosenthal and

New Orleans City Council adopts new district boundaries

~Hat Tweet ~Orleans Parish Education Network (OPEN) will hold a prep session 4 making the most of master plan meetings on Monday

Evolutionists Fail to Repeal Science Law

Turns out Miss Piggy is a BP Girl. A periodic gulf oil spill update ~Slabbed

Final report on Gulf disaster delayed

Generous $20M anonymous donation to help victims of BP's spill deserves gratitude: An editorial

Help NOLA Green Roots grow fresh, affordable produce for our community. Vote to fuel good here.

Coastal projects get $60 million
~Nikki Buskey

Power generated by Mississippi River given first test

Booty: I'm Alone (with my booze)
~Paulines Pirates & Privateers

The Ice Queen~Jaira Harrington

What I Wore- Citrus in the Summer
~Slow Southern Style

Tonight! Friday Night Fights on Freret Street turns up the sexy

~Hat Tweet ~Rivershack Run to head up River Road to the Huey tomorrow. It's the run for the ashtray!
~With Congress in crisis, is throwing it all in the pot. Gumbo chosen as official soup.

Lafayette wins 'Best for Food'

Christy Lorio: We all need a good laugh ~Uptown Messenger

Poem for Shamarr Allen
~Voodoo Rue's New Orleans

Irvin Mayfield to open his new downtown I Club in the J.W. Marriott
~Keith Spera

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Louisiana lawmakers evaluate progress of Federal Flood/Katrina recovery

Class-Action Suit Filed After Katrina Hospital Deaths Settled for $25 Million ~ProPublica

Corps decides on armoring for New Orleans area levees~Mark Schleifstein

Questions surround DA’s decision to drop charges in gun-waving cop’s case
~Matt Davis, The Lens

Oversights or plagiarism? Jim Brown’s mea culpas don’t add up~Mark Moseley

Grocer forging ahead with plans to resurrect Seventh Ward’s iconic Circle Food Store~Ariella Cohen

TIGER III can make our transit system better~Transport for NOLA

Gene Mills and the Louisiana Family Forum: The LSEA Is Like Taking a Microscope to the Bible ~CenLamar

An Unexpected Turn of Events
~NOLA Notes

The GCCF audit cometh, good, but I’d feel better if~Disenfranchised Citizen

Shuttle program’s end means lost jobs
~At its peak in the early 1990s, the shuttle program employed 32,000 contractors and federal civil servants. The workforce began to ramp down in 2006, after President George W. Bush decided to retire the shuttle program this year. By early July, the number of contractors had shrunk to 5,200, with 1,110 civil servants.

St. Joseph Abbey triumphs in casket sales lawsuit because state improperly shielded funeral industry, judge says

STD moves from Trash to Cash with IV Capital~NOLA DEFENDER

Association of Alternative Newsweeklies annual convention this weekend hosted by Gambit

Down on the Batture~Oliver A. Houck

Tools of the Trade: Time and Tide
~Pauline's Pirates & Privateers

~At right~Babord the Barataria Pelican, Triple P's Official Mascot

Sacred Shrine of Jon Bon Jovi WGNO News with a Twist

Family business reopens in N. O. making Melba toast (what's that?)
~Judy Walker

Dieter and Gone To Heaven
~Blackened Out

Live from 'Tales of the Cocktail,' Thursday, Friday and Saturday

The Hangover Coach’s Top Five Tips to Make It Through Tales
~Mouth of the Border
~Hat Tweet

Tales of the Cocktail 2011 Kicks Off!
~Ponchartrain Pete

~Hat Tweet ~Memorial w/ second line for Ray Deter tonight from 7PM - 10PM starting @ d.b.a. to Mimi's in the Marigny & back.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Corps too slow in repairing MS River breach, says MO Legislator
~Southeast Missourian
~"It's very frustrating because the corps said 'This is our top priority. We're going to build a temporary levee,'" says MO Rep. Jo Ann Emerson. "I realize there is some preliminary work that has to get done, but they're not moving fast enough."
"The corps broke it. The corps has got to fix it,"

City Planning Commission soliciting ideas for amending New Orleans' master plan

Registering to vote is no big mystery ~James Gill

What is the American Way?~CenLamar

Oil spill claims slow to trickle in Collier as BP toughens payment policy

Top spy takes early retirement from MI6... only to be hired by BP as highly-paid lobbyist

Forts in Plaquemines Parish near mouth of Mississippi could become new national park

Blackened Catfish (video)

Local proves resourceful during tenure at music store
~Daily Comet
~Houma~FMS, an offshoot of Fabregas Music Store, opened 10 years ago when the business branched into the coin- and bill-operated machine side of things. Hebert has worked for Fabregas in some form or another for 61 years. According to FMS general manager Cullen Outhouse, Hebert's know-how with the various machines he maintenances daily can never be replaced.

New Orleans’ Historic Perseverance Hall No. 4 Opens