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Pet Cemetery Killer Pleads In 1985 Slaying

Reuters | Posted 09.11.2014 | Crime

By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS, July 11 (Reuters) - A Louisiana man who had long been a suspect in the brutal 1985 slaying of woman ...

A Slender Tether Between Us

Robert Hoch | Posted 09.04.2014 | Religion
Robert Hoch

It seems like the rising of waters, like the howling of winds, the way natural disasters transform or savage our worlds, is something that will always captivate us.

America's Great Undiscovered Wilderness

Jay Schoenberger | Posted 09.01.2014 | Green
Jay Schoenberger

Looking at a map of North America you will inevitably be drawn to the bottom center of the continent where a meandering blue line broader than any other of the blue lines gracefully loops southward and empties into the Gulf of Mexico.

Beleaguered Plaquemines Town Is Slated for a Borrow Pit

Susan Buchanan | Posted 08.17.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

The Plaquemines Parish Council gave the go-ahead Thursday to Woodland Borrow Pits, LLC in New Orleans to excavate clay on Highway 23's west side across from the African American community of Ironton.

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.

Restoring Louisiana's Coast Will Require Restoring Its Democracy -- Governor Jindal Is Trying to Undermine Both

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. | Posted 06.16.2014 | Green
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

A Louisiana elected official once said "the flag of Texaco flies over the Louisiana State Capitol." Right now that flag is flapping in the face of every citizen.

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.

Scientific Spill Studies, Funded by BP, Start to Yield Results

Susan Buchanan | Posted 04.10.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Scientists gathered in Alabama last month said their current research on impacts of the 2010 BP spill will help authorities deal with future disasters.

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...

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,...

Meet Me in St. Louis

Margie Goldsmith | Posted 10.21.2013 | Travel
Margie Goldsmith

St. Louis is famous for the Gateway Arch, the Mississippi River, and the St. Louis Cardinals, but I came to attend the 50th anniversary of SPAH, Society for the Preservation of the American Harmonica.

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...

ExxonMobil Baton Rouge veers away from unions, United Steel Workers say

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.21.2013 | Business
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the July 22, 2013 edition.) On a drive through Baton Rouge on Interstate 110, you've probabl...

ExxonMobil is scrutinized in Baton Rouge after past leaks

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.13.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the July 15, 2013 edition.) Government agencies and neighbors are keeping an eye on Baton Rou...

True Americana, Meet the 'Nut Roll Nazi' of Quincy, Illinois

The GypsyNesters | Posted 08.03.2013 | Travel
The GypsyNesters

Every once in a while our travels take us to a throw-back to the America of yore. We found just that at Underbrinks Bakery in Quincy. Regular customers mingle with tourists in long lines for danish and the verbal abuse that owner Leroy Rossmiller dishes out daily.

Louisiana turns sand berms into barrier islands

Susan Buchanan | Posted 08.02.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the June 3, 2013 edition.) Scientists and engineers questioned the cost and longevity of san...

Jackson Avenue Heats Up Near The Port Of New Orleans

Susan Buchanan | Posted 07.19.2013 | Business
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the May 20, 2013 edition.) New Orleans resident Barbara Risin has lived in the first block ...

Popcorn Preview: Mud

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.29.2013 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: Mud (2012) Cast includes: Matthew McConaughey (The Lincoln Lawyer), Tye Sheridan (The Tree of Life), Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon (Walk the ...

Movie Review: Mud

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.22.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There is something both engaging and unique about Jeff Nichols' plain-spoken tale of youngsters learning hard lessons about the nature of love and the darker side of the adult world.

Exploring Brazil's Wild Rio Negro

Peter Mandel | Posted 04.23.2013 | Travel
Peter Mandel

The Rio Negro, I am told, is a river like any other.

Lenten Seafood Demand Has Slipped, Louisiana Vendors Say

Susan Buchanan | Posted 04.20.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Feb. 18, 2013 edition.) Seafood sales rise in the more than forty days from Ash Wednesd...

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...

Along Big Muddy, the Warning Signs of Climate Change Are Clear

Rocky Kistner | Posted 03.12.2013 | Green
Rocky Kistner

For kids walking along the river, it was a chance to look for new treasures, an old coin tossed overboard by a riverboat gambler, an antique bottle washed downstream from a century-old farm up north. But to me, the shriveling of Old Man River was a sign of dangerous times to come.

Climate Change and the Shrinking Mississippi

Andrew Guzman | Posted 03.11.2013 | Green
Andrew Guzman

While droughts are not permanent events, even a temporary shutdown will cost thousands of jobs and billions of dollars. The changing climate ensures that there will be more droughts of this magnitude in the future.

Will the Chicago River Change Course and Flow Back Into the Great Lakes?

Henry Henderson | Posted 02.23.2013 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The next 50 years of climate change are already baked into the cake, so we need to get serious about dealing with the changes already upon us. We must think big, while also deploying the tools we have now that can help us meet the immediate challenges.