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  • Man questioned about 2 deadly Baton Rouge shootings is freed from jail

    09/18/2017 4:22:56 PM PDT · by BBell · 7 replies
    A 23-year-old white man whom police call a "person of interest" in the fatal shootings of two black men in Baton Rouge has been released from jail after his arrest on drug charges. Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola, a department spokesman, said Monday that Kenneth Gleason "has not been cleared" and remains a "person of interest" in the investigation of the killings.
  • Cultural Innovation District To Bloom Below Interstate 10

    09/14/2017 8:14:23 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    progrss ^ | September 10, 2017 | progrss Newsroom
    People in New Orleans, Louisiana, have been voicing their discontent about the intrusion of the Interstate 10, or I-10, Freeway in their lives ever since it was completed in 1990. After years of debating and studying, they are ready to repair the damage it has caused with what they are calling a Cultural Innovation District. The community will not remove the Interstate since the city cannot afford it, and in the end, the cost of removing it wouldn’t measure up to its value, according to studies conducted. As a result, the city and designers decided to meet halfway and resurrect...
  • Prayer Thread for Florida and the Rest of the Southeast US

    09/08/2017 1:05:37 PM PDT · by texas booster · 121 replies
    Free Republic Admins and FReeper Who Care ^ | Sept 08 2017 | Texas Booster
    Traditionally Free Republic has tried to keep truly important topics to one or two threads. I am creating a prayer and comment thread to parallel the Irma threads and keep down the childlike quips that are slowing down the other threads. Have a religious comment? Have a relative in need of prayer? Please post it here. The other threads are slow enough with all the graphics, which becomes more important as people try to evacuate, moving to cell and tablet communication. So please play nice and move discussions here.
  • New Yorker writer finds the Cajun Navy troubling

    09/05/2017 6:38:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 70 replies ^ | 9/5/2017 | Thomas Lifson
    As most of the nation celebrates the volunteerism so evident in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, a sense of disquiet seems to be afoot among fans of Big Government. People who spontaneously organize impressive responses might make the public feel as though government doesn’t have all the answers, and that self-reliance beats waiting for the government to solve their problems. Why, that's troubling. Something like this mental process must have prompted New Yorker editor David Remnick to greenlight this article, titled, “Why does American need the Cajun Navy?” Benjamin Wallace-Wells (you already guessed the author would have a hyphenated last...
  • Melania and Donald swing by Texas and Louisiana and visit the thousands [tr] (wonderful pics)

    09/02/2017 8:45:29 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 59 replies
    U.K. Daily Mail ^ | 9/2/2017 | Jennifer Smith
    (full article title: Melania and Donald swing by Texas and Louisiana and visit the thousands made homeless by Hurricane Harvey... and the delighted children can't get enough of their President!) President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump flew to Houston on Saturday morning for their second trip to Texas since Hurricane Harvey ravaged the state. Their first stop was the NRG Stadium in Houston, where thousands are evacuating after being forced out of their homes by the devastating floods brought by Harvey earlier in the week. Together they gave out Red Cross meal boxes, shook hands and took selfies with...
  • Louisiana judge rules Sofia Vergara’s frozen embryos are ‘citizens of California’

    08/31/2017 12:39:15 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 49 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8/30/2017 | WITW Staff
    Modern Family star Sofia Vergara has been locked in a bitter custody dispute with Nick Loeb over frozen embryos she and her former fiancé had made when they were together for years, but she recently picked up a major legal victory in the public battle. Since the two split up, Loeb has aggressively tried to acquire custody of the frozen embryos. In his latest legal bid to obtain legal custody, Loeb filed an unusual right-to-live lawsuit against Vergara in Louisiana, the only state where frozen embryos have legal rights. He named the two embryos “Emma” and “Isabella” in court documents,...
  • Black and white Cajuns from Louisianian bring their boats to Texas and rescue families in Vidor.

    08/30/2017 8:16:01 PM PDT · by Bodleian_Girl · 18 replies
    Facebook ^ | 8/30/17 | Captain Josh Miller
    Captain Josh Miller parked his charter boat and exchanged it for his flat bottom and headed out over night with his buddy Andre.This is much watch TV. These Cajuns are making a huge difference in Texas!
  • Oil factbox: Refinery outages, port closures

    08/29/2017 3:46:34 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 9 replies
    Roughly 2.33 million b/d of Texas refining capacity remained down due to shutdowns, but with refiners also cutting rates that figure is likely much higher. If those cutting runs are at 50% of capacity, that would put the total downed capacity at 3.36 million b/d (18% of the US total). Vessel traffic into and out of the US Gulf Coast has largely been closed, restricting oil and refined products imports and exports. The US Coast Guard set port condition Zulu for Louisiana port Lake Charles and Texas ports Beaumont, Nederland, Orange, Port Arthur, Port Neches, Sabine and Sabine Bar. The...
  • Dem Louisiana Gov Edwards: Trump, Federal Gov’t Response To Harvey ‘Has Been Excellent’

    08/29/2017 12:11:21 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/29/17 | Pam Key
    Tuesday on CNN’s “New Day,” Gov. John Bel Edwards (D-LA) said President Donald Trump and the federal government response to the impact of Hurricane Harvey on his state has been “excellent.” Edwards said, “Well, first of all, let me tell you the federal government has been excellent. The president has called twice. He signed the declaration we requested within a few hours of our making the request on Sunday evening. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Duke has been wonderful and FEMA administrator Brock has been great as well.” He added,”What we need right now is really mother nature to cooperate...
  • Members of Cajun Navy resuscitate Houston resident found floating lifeless

    08/28/2017 12:50:39 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 20 replies
    NOLA Times ^ | 08/28/2017 | NOLA Times staff
    Three members of the Cajun Navy who went to the Houston area Monday morning to rescue stranded residents pulled a lifeless elderly woman from floodwaters and resuscitated her. Joshua Lincoln of Madisonville, Ricky Berrigan of Lacombe and Donnie Davenport of Pearl River were motoring their flatboat northeast of Houston when they came across 73-year-old Wilma Ellis, floating face down. "I thought it was a trash bag," Lincoln said. "She was wearing a black shirt. "The lady must have been crossing in some current. She floated right to the boat. We jumped out and got her and gave her compressions right...
  • ‘Island Of Fire Ants’ Discovered In Houston Flooding

    08/28/2017 10:38:36 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 131 replies
    CBS DFW ^ | August 27, 2017 10:41 PM
    One danger evacuees and first responders are dealing with along with the flooding in Houston is fire ants. Islands of fire ants! CBS News correspondent Omar Villafranca tweeted a photo from Houston as the ants formed a protective island in the high water. According to, fire ants can exist in colonies of up to 250,000 workers and will sting intruders repeatedly. Fire ants feed on animal or vegetable sources of food according to the web site. No reports yet of anyone getting bitten by fire ants. Tropical Storm Harvey continues to head back toward the Gulf of Mexico at...
  • Cajun Navy arrives in Houston to help rescue flood victims; another wave heads out

    08/28/2017 8:34:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 35 replies ^ | 8/28/2017 | Elizabeth Vowell
    BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - One year after the Cajun Navy fleet deployed to pluck stranded families from the flood waters that overwhelmed southeast Louisiana, the volunteer rescuers have mobilized again to help in the Houston area after heavy flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey. A second wave of volunteers with the group gathered in Baton Rouge on Monday to head to the Houston area to provide additional support.
  • As Harvey floods rise in Texas, Cajun Navy is 'on the way'

    08/27/2017 5:05:04 PM PDT · by Roobarb321 · 41 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | August 27, 2017 | Wilborn P. Nobles III
    Members of the Cajun Navy volunteer groups are stepping up to assist flood-stricken residents, as people bound for Texas post on Facebook that help is on the way. Although unofficial and organized through several online groups, the Cajun Navy is comprised of grassroots volunteers who came to be known by a collective name after the Louisiana Flood of 2016 prompted hundreds of leisure boat owners to band together and perform search and rescue operations.
  • Looters take advantage of New Orleans Mess (What you will not read this week)

    08/26/2017 2:52:18 PM PDT · by UB355 · 28 replies
    NBC news ^ | 8/3/2005 | AP/.NBC
    NEW ORLEANS — With much of the city flooded by Hurricane Katrina, looters floated garbage cans filled with clothing and jewelry down the street in a dash to grab what they could. In some cases, looting on Tuesday took place in full view of police and National Guard troops. At a Walgreen’s drug store in the French Quarter, people were running out with grocery baskets and coolers full of soft drinks, chips and diapers. When police finally showed up, a young boy stood in the door screaming, “86! 86!” — the radio code for police — and the crowd scattered.
  • Video shows woman stashing 18 bottles of liquor in clothes

    08/25/2017 2:28:22 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 76 replies
    <p>SHREVEPORT, La. — Surveillance video catches a woman stashing 18 liquor bottles in her purse, pants and bra.</p> <p>Police in Shreveport, La., said the woman paid for one bottle of booze, then shoplifted the rest.</p> <p>The video shows her casually walking out of the store where she appears to smile and laugh.</p>
  • Harvey’s intensity and rainfall potential tied to global warming

    08/25/2017 9:16:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | August 25, 2017 | By Brendan Gibbons
    Global warming is making the oceans hotter, fueling the intensity and flooding potential of storms like Harvey, climate scientists said as the hurricane approached. Driven by higher-than-average temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico, Harvey quickly intensified Thursday and is likely to reach Category 3 hurricane status before it hits the Texas Coast. The average temperature for most of the Gulf was 86 degrees, said Kevin Trenberth, a climate scientist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. “That makes it almost the hottest spot on the planet” for sea surface temperatures, Trenberth said. “It’s an area that’s ripe...
  • Texas coastal residents urged to leave in 'strongest possible terms' as Hurricane Harvey...

    08/24/2017 12:27:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 131 replies
    ABC ^ | Aug 24, 2017, 3:26 PM ET | JULIA JACOBO
    The National Hurricane Center has issued an advisory instructing Texas residents along the Gulf of Mexico coast to "rush" their storm preparations as Hurricane Harvey "rapidly" intensifies. All preparations for residents along the middle Texas coast should be completed today, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm is expected to make landfall around 1 a.m. Saturday. The coastal city of Corpus Christi has so far not implemented mandatory evacuations, but Mayor Joe McComb called for people to leave in the "strongest possible terms."
  • Potentially Catastrophic Hurricane Harvey Approaches Texas Gulf Coast

    08/24/2017 8:44:29 AM PDT · by NautiNurse · 1,395 replies
    NOAA/NHC ^ | 8/24/20017 | NOAA/NHC
    Potentially catastrophic Hurricane Harvey approaching Texas Gulf Coast. Mash image to find lots of satellite imagery linksPublic AdvisoriesNHC DiscussionsNHC Local Hurricane Statements Corpus ChristiNHC Local Hurricane Statements GalvestonBuoy Data near Harvey
  • Tropical System Harvey greatest threat is rain

    08/23/2017 1:32:10 PM PDT · by topher · 13 replies
    The National Hurricane Center was warning that since Harvey was going to be a slow moving system, rainfall may be the greatest threat:
  • New Orleans' Joan of Arc Statue Vandalized With 'Take It Down'

    08/18/2017 5:21:03 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 86 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8/17/2017 | Tom Knighton
    Another day, yet another statue of a military hero is reportedly under fire. This figure astride a horse was vandalized with the spray-painted words "Tear It Down." Who was this historical figure? General Lee? Stonewall Jackson? Nathan Bedford Forrest? No, this was a figure who hails from the north. Of France: The phrase "Tear it Down" was hastily sprayed in black paint across the base of the golden Joan of Arc statue on Decatur Street in the French Quarter sometime earlier this week. It has since been removed, with only the vaguest traces of the paint remaining. The "Tear it...