Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Sheriff: Site of Florida Gas explosion looks like a bomb went off ~WWLTV
Pipeline Explodes in Washington Parish ~NOLA DEFENDER~Director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Ann Rolfes, said the rash of incidents points to a significant problem within the gas industry. "The petrochemical industry in this state has an accident problem, and they've certainly shown it in the last five days," said Rolfes. "We need to hire more people, and we need to figure out how to get renewable energy in this state so that we can get safe jobs for workers."
Pipeline explosion at Florida Gas in Franklinton ~Advocate~The gas pipeline is owned by Florida Gas Transmission Co, 18169 Lee Rd, Franklinton, LA, Washington Parish Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness specialist Bobbi Jo Breland said Tuesday morning.
Fishers, coastal restoration advocates debate diversion plan ~Carolyn Scofield, WVUE

Corps says West Bank flood protection system completed ~Jeff Adelson, The Advocate NO
~“The West Bank in particular has experienced a significant increase in protection,” Jefferson Parish President John Young said Monday. But as officials cut the ribbon on the project in front of the white floodwalls that guard the far edge of the West Bank system, local flood protection officials and representatives of the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority were conspicuously absent. Those agencies, which are charged with maintaining and overseeing flood protection efforts in the area, said they skipped what they saw as a premature celebration. “There is no goal line that has been crossed,” Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority Chairman Garret Graves said. “None.”

Algiers ferry not shutting down at end of month as originally scheduled

Terrebonne Levee district proceeds with Morganza work

"Sweet Ass New Orleans" tops Forbes' list of America's Fastest-Growing Cities Since The Recession

Uptown parades drowning out neighborhoods ~Christopher Tidmore, Louisiana Weekly

Mississippi blueberry farmers fighting weather, insects ~MBJ

VCPORA Cancels Seven Point Plan Press Conference ~offBeat

Out to Lunch - Fruit & Veggies

WATCH: Lil Wayne walks all over the American flag while filming latest music video ~New York Daily News

Today in New Orleans ~NOLA DEFENDER

Monday, June 17, 2013

New Orleans alt-weekly fires ‘know-it-all’ columnist for plagiarism ~Jim Romenesko
Steve Gleason's Son Rivers Fuels His Motivation to Continue to Fight ALS

Guest MMQB: Steve Gleason on his life with ALS, mission for a cure ~Peter King

Tropical depression two has formed off the coast of Belize~According to the National Hurricane Center, the center of the storm was is located at 16.2 north and
longitude 87.6 west. The depression is moving toward the west-northwest near at 13mph. The center of the depression will move inland over southern Belize Monday afternoon. The depression could emerge into the Bay of Campeche on Tuesday. Maximum sustained winds are near 35mph. Little change in strength is likely before landfall. Some weakening is expected as the depression moves over land later Monday night. Some increase in strength is possible on Tuesday.
NOPD, protectors of the highest murder rate in the nation, become TV stars

Sea change in criminal jurisprudence becomes law~“It eliminates lawsuits and appeals,” said state Rep. Joseph Lopinto, R-Metairie. “It’s easy for a defendant to say, ‘If I would have known about that, I would have made a different argument.’ This takes away that ability.”

La. delegates totally clueless on NSA data-mining practices

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit to stop demolition of Dixie brewery ~Danny Monteverde

Sacramento Levee Risk, a Man-made Disaster in waiting, makes New Orleans a sister city ~Wunderblog 

Birds call causeway a place to roost ~Amy Wold

Louisiana musicians subject of two exhibits at LSU Museum of Art ~Robin Miller

Bits and Jiggles!