Saturday, March 1, 2014

Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans opposes legislation to weaken flood protection authority ~Ruthie Frierson
We’ve Got That Fire ~Mark Folse
KREWE OF IRIS: 11 a.m., Uptown New Orleans.
KREWE OF TUCKS: noon, Uptown New Orleans. 
KREWE OF ENDYMION: 4:45 p.m., Mid-City New Orleans. 
KREWE OF ISIS: 6:30 p.m., Metarie. 
KREWE OF NOMTOC: 10:45 a.m., Westbank, New Orleans.
KREWE OF SPANISH TOWN: noon, downtown Baton Rouge.
KREWE OF SALT BAYOU: 2 p.m., Slidell
CHILDREN’S PARADE: 12:30 p.m., Lafayette.
KREWE OF BONAPARTE: 6:30 p.m., Lafayette..
KREWE OF TICKFAW BOAT PARADE: 2 p.m., Tickfaw River, Livingston Parish.
KREWE OF DIONYSUS: 2 p.m., Berwick.
LAKE FAUSSE POINTE MARDI GRAS PARADE: 2 p.m., Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, St. Martinville.
KREWE OF MARDI GRAS: 6:30 p.m. Houma.
KREWE OF MCCA: 1:00 p.m., Bogalusa.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Environmental groups pledge to fight changes in levee board appointments ~Jeff Adelson, New Orleans Advocate~The groups announced their opposition at the site of the London Avenue Canal floodwall breach in Gentilly. They said that had a more active and professional board been in place prior to Katrina, it could have argued against design decisions that led to that breach and other failures in the area’s U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-designed flood-protection system. The creation of an independent board filled largely with engineers and other experts was a critical element of the 2006 legislation that replaced the prior boards with the two new flood-protection authorities. 
“It’s very simple. This is not about our safety. It’s about a different agenda,” Sandy Rosenthal of said of the Adley bill.

NOPD Issues Warrant for Darren Sharper on Rape Charges Update ~NOLA DEFENDER

Fatal bike accident along St. Claude raises safety awareness ~Thanh Truong, WWLTV 

RTA's new Riders' Advisory Committee seeks members ~Megan Braden-Perry, Gambit

Guardians of the Groove 5: Queen Reesie and Maryse DeJean ~WWOZ

Hermes, D’Etat, Morpheus, Centurions and Selene hit the streets Friday ~Arthur Hardy
Divine Protectors of Endangered Pleasures or DIVA: 1:30 p.m., French Quarters
KREWE OF HERMES: 6 p.m., Uptown New Orleans. 
KREWE D’ETAT: 6:30 p.m., Uptown New Orleans.
KREWE OF SELENE: 6:30 p.m., Slidell.
KREWE OF APHRODITE: 6:30 p.m., Houma.
KREWE OF ADONIS: 7 p.m., Morgan City.
KREWE OF SOUTHDOWNS: 7 p.m., Baton Rouge.
KREWE OF CENTURIONS: 7 p.m., Metairie.
KREWE OF MORPHEUS: 7 p.m., Uptown, New Orleans.

Le Krewe D'Etat Dictator Says Parade Gets D.U.I. on 18th Birthday ~M.D. Dupuy

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Former Jindal adviser Garret Graves running for Congress ~The Advocate

Legislative battle shaping up over bill that could affect flood board's 'Big Oil' AntiSLFPA-E lawsuit ~AP, via The Republic

Briggs’ pathetic performance ~Clancy Dubos, Gambit ~Consider the following exchanges in Briggs’ deposition:
Question:·Is it your opinion that oil and gas companies are leaving Louisiana because of the threat of lawsuits?
Briggs: Yes.
Question: Which oil companies have left Louisiana because of lawsuits?
Briggs: I don’t know.
Question: Do you have any facts or data to support your opinion?
Briggs: No.
Question: Is it your belief that oil and gas companies are not coming to Louisiana because of the threat of lawsuits?
Briggs: Yes.
Question: Which oil companies have decided not to drill in Louisiana because of the threat of lawsuits?
Briggs: I don't know.
Question: Do you have any facts or data to support your opinion?
Briggs: No.

Get the science right: Diverting river sediment is key to saving the coast ~David Muth, The Lens

Overhaul Of A FEMA Program Has Homeowners Calling Congress ~Alisa Chang

Public-art pelicans cause copyright flap ~Sarah Pagones

Arthur Hardy: Trio of parades roll Thursday ~New Orleans Advocate

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Photos: WWNO Launches Coastal Desk With Trip To Port Fourchon ~Eve Troeh, WWNO

Judge denies BP's request to delay seafood claims payments ~Jennifer Larino
Mardi Gras parade weather looks cold and wet for krewes of Nyx and Druids

Parade Planner: Weather, Route for Krewes of Druids, Nyx ~NOLA DEFENDER

Saints ahead of the game in drafting the new model tight end ~Nick Rothschild, Cover 32
~He may still be realizing his potential, but there is no doubt in my mind that Jimmy Graham is the best all time Saints’ draft pick at tight end.
The numbers speak for themselves; in four years with the Saints Graham has been over 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns in two seasons. Remember, this is all coming from a guy who had never played football before his final year at the University of Miami.

Crawfish myths dispelled by LSU AgCenter, WWL reports ~Megan Braden-Perry, Gambit

New bubbles found in Bayou Corne sinkhole ~AP, via The Advertiser

BP seeks to halt payments to seafood-industry claimants ~Richard Thompson, N.O. Advocate

Holy Cross redevelopment moves to city council without recommendation~Blake Hanson, WDSU

Levee System Accredited... and Sinking, While Flood Insurance Set to Drop... or Rise ~Tulane Water Ways

5-year-old Anala Beevers is not just cute, she is a genius ~Michael Patrick Welch, Louisiana Weekly

What’s Cooking: Just follow your nose at Mardi Gras ~Ian McNulty

Lena Prima, "Muses Shoeses" ~WWOZ

Baby Dolls and Skeletons ~Jason Berry, New Orleans Magazine

First Female Flambeaux Troupe Puts Swifer and Brooms to Use ~Alyson Titkemeyer, WGNO

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Lt. Gen. Russell Honore blasts state lawmakers for environmental damage, but downplays chance of run for governor ~Robert Morris, Uptown Messenger
“What our ancestors fought for was the human right that everybody would have access to clean water, clean air and safe food,” Honore said. “That is under assault every day.”
Louisiana Water Festival, Baton Rouge, La. March 8, 2014
~Green Army Event, Louisiana Water Festival, State Capital Grounds, Baton Rouge March 8, 2014, 1 to 3 pm Speakers: Russell L. Honore (Ret), LA Green Army; John Barry, Restore Louisiana Now; Marylee Orr, LEAN; Sandy Rosenthal,; Jonathan Henderson, GRN; Darryl Malek-Wiley, Sierra Club; Louisiana League of Women Voters; Louisiana Progress; Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and others. Everybody is invited.
What is the GreenARMY? Five days after the floodwalls in New Orleans broke during Katrina US Army General Russell Honore and the Louisiana National Guard were allowed to enter the city, restore order, and start recovery operations. The General was able to get things done despite the inadequate national, state and local political leadership in place at the time, and despite the immensity of the disaster. We have another huge disaster that unfolds every day. That is the continuing destruction of our coastal environment and our water quality caused by unregulated and exploitative oil and gas extraction in Louisiana and its coastal waters. Retired General Honore has chosen to lead a broad coalition of environmental and community organizations in drawing attention to these issues and in forming a legislative agenda to tackle the problems. The GreenARMY event on March 8 is a chance for us to show support for the General and for holding big industry accountable for damage to our water and coastal resources. Please join us on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Louisiana State Capital. 

Oil and gas group’s leader does not appear for trial on its lawsuit ~Jeff Adelson, N.O. Advocate

Update: Oil and Gas lobbyist Don Briggs not going to jail ~Acadiana Business

Coast Guard Reopens Mississippi River After Oil Spill ~Eileen Flemming, WWNO

'Road Home' repayment demands rile homeowners ~Andrew Vanacore

John Georges for Governor? ~Kelly Connely, LaPolitics

Men seen prying Banksy painting from building wall ~Danny Monteverde

Dear The Lens… ~The Chicory

More Rain, Cold Headed fo'da Mardi Gras!

Glambeaux: Taking Cultural Appropriation Too Far ~Gianna Chachere, Louisiana Justice Institute

Flame on Glambeauxs...get your carnival on ~American Zombie

The Admiral's Appointment: N.O. native looks back on time spent as head White House usher ~Sabrina Wilson, WVUE

WWLTV's list of 20 iconic Mardi Gras floats