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Chef Finds 'GOD' In An Eggplant

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 07.09.2014 | Weird News

Slicing into an eggplant turned into a religious experience for a Baton Rouge chef when he found the word "GOD" spelled out inside, arranged in seeds....

Oil Companies Eye Fracking Potential in St. Tammany Parish

Susan Buchanan | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Within a few months, New Orleans-based Helis Oil & Gas Co. hopes to explore a deep part of the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale play by drilling down 13,000 feet near Mandeville, La. Other companies are fracking shallower parts of the TMS deposit to the northwest.

Threats to the Southern Hills Aquifer System Grow in Louisiana

Susan Buchanan | Posted 07.19.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Fracking companies claim that drilling, when done properly, is no threat to drinking water. But in late 2011, the EPA said fluids used to drill for natural gas most likely polluted an aquifer near Pavillion, Wyoming.

U.S. Eyes European Safety Standards for Oil Refineries

Susan Buchanan | Posted 06.15.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Oil refiners can learn from Europe as they try to reduce accidents at plants in Louisiana and other states, U.S. safety experts say. After a string of disasters, President Obama issued an executive order last August to improve chemical facility safety.

The Blues of Living in Baton Rouge

Aryanna Prasad | Posted 06.14.2014 | College
Aryanna Prasad

Music is transformative, but I didn't realize how much the blues could bring out the soul in a place I'd pegged as overly commercial.

Shrinking Coast, Sinking Land Discussed at Louisiana Forum

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Speakers at last week's State of the Coast or SOC 2014 conference at the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans balanced grim projections for Louisiana's low-lying areas with possible solutions.

This Ex-Con And Former Governor Will Reportedly Run For Congress

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics

Louisiana's former Gov. Edwin Edwards (D) will reportedly launch his campaign for the state's Sixth Congressional District on Monday, according to The...

What It's Like to be Gay In the State of Duck Dynasty (Hint: It's Very, Very Bad)

R. Kyle Alagood | Posted 02.27.2014 | Gay Voices
R. Kyle Alagood

Phil is not just some redneck who got rich and made it on television. He's the rule here in Louisiana, not the exception.

St. George and Its Dragons: A Fiery National Discussion

Aryanna Prasad | Posted 02.22.2014 | College
Aryanna Prasad

After studying Louisiana poverty in university, I hold a different view, and I was ready to slay St. George before it could materialize. Admittedly, I did not know its context, but I saw this same dilemma play out across the state.

Rural Louisiana and Mississippi brace for accelerated Tuscaloosa drilling

Susan Buchanan | Posted 02.09.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Dec. 9, 2013 edition.) North of New Orleans, ambitious drilling plans in the Tuscaloosa ...

Richer White People In Greater Baton Rouge Seek To Secede From Poorer Black Neighbors

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

In what began as a push to set up an independent public school district, the Village St. George community in Louisiana has now gathered almost half th...

US2020 STEM Mentoring Effort Gathers Momentum

Eric Schwarz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Eric Schwarz

The call was answered. Last month 52 cities self-organized to compete in a nation-wide competition designed to address one of our nation's great challenges. I am honored today to announce the finalists of the US2020 STEM Mentoring City Competition.

Shell, mulling a new Louisiana plant, turns to a community go-between

Susan Buchanan | Posted 11.06.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Nov. 4, 2013 edition.) Shell might build a natural gas-to-liquids or GTL plant in Louis...

This Young Boy's Final Wish Will Humble You Like Nothing Else

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.21.2013 | Impact

An 11-year-old Louisiana boy who passed away from cancer this week made sure to fulfill his one final selfless wish before he died. After a five-ye...

Tuscaloosa shale drilling revs up in Louisiana and Mississippi

Susan Buchanan | Posted 11.16.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Sept. 16, 2013 edition.) Many northwest Louisiana residents were enriched by Haynesville,...

Public opposition to Plaquemines Parish coal terminals grows

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.18.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Aug. 19, 2013 edition.) Louisiana, a major exporter of coal from other states, could shi...

Help Sought In Finding Missing Louisiana Teen

David Lohr | Posted 08.16.2013 | Crime

Authorities in Louisiana are seeking the public's help in locating a 16-year-old boy who was reported missing late last month. The Monroe Police D...

Lawsuit proceeds against Taylor Energy over a 9-year Gulf leak

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.28.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the July 29, 2013 edition.) Early last week, U.S. District Court Judge Susie Morgan in New Or...

Alabama, LSU Compete For Eighth Grader

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.26.2013 | Sports

You don't win three national championships in four years without thinking ahead. Way ahead. Alabama Coach Nick Saban offered eighth grader Dylan Mo...

African American Descendants Sue To Save Louisiana's Revilletown Cemetery

Susan Buchanan | Posted 03.13.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Jan. 7, 2013 edition.) Former residents of Revilletown--an African American community to...

Louisiana Sinkhole Evacuees Won't Be Home For Awhile

Susan Buchanan | Posted 01.30.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

At the eight-acre, Bayou Corne sinkhole in Assumption Parish, owners of slab houses are waiting for methane-gas monitors to be installed in December.

'Bleeding' Virgin Mary Statue in Baton Rouge

Posted 07.16.2012 | Religion

A statue of Mother Mary holding a baby Jesus in Baton Rouge is believed by the faithful to be bleeding. According to WLOX Channel 13 news, local re...

Alligator Bites Louisiana Hotel Guest

AP | Posted 04.12.2012 | Travel

PORT ALLEN, La. -- Authorities in Louisiana say a 6-foot alligator showed up at the front door of a Super 8 Motel outside Baton Rouge and bit a guest....

How I Found DonorsChoose

Seimone Augustus | Posted 06.05.2012 | Impact
Seimone Augustus

Budget cuts and a struggling economy have left teachers without the tools to foster dreams and achievement in kids. So naturally, as I think about impact outside the basketball court, I'm drawn to education.

New Orleans Tries to Hold on to Its Mail Plant During USPS Cuts

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.28.2012 | Politics
Susan Buchanan

Plans to move regional, mail-processing activities from Loyola Avenue in downtown New Orleans to Baton Rouge are not a done deal, according to the U.S. Postal Service and union spokesmen last week.