Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Friday, March 21, 2014:
Swim at your own risk Fisherman or potential swimmers may want to avoid the Boston Canal near Henry as the Environmental Protection Agency has discovered a high level fecal bacteria in the waterway, according to this report from Vermilion Today. The canal, which feeds into Vermilion Bay, is a popular spot for campsites and fishing, the local paper reports, and the contamination is believed to have come largely from livestock and humans. One of the main problems according to the report, is over-filled septic tanks, which are flowing into the waterway.
Photo courtesy of KATC TV3
This horse, seen through the weeds in rural St. Landry Parish, was found dead recently, which according to eye-witness accounts, was the result of being dragged behind its owners Chevy pickup truck.
Dragged to death Here’s a disturbing story from KATC TV3 about a St. Landry Parish man who for unknown reasons attached a horse to the back of his Chevy pickup truck and dragged it to its death. In the midst of the incident, the man, whose name has yet been released by authorities, decided to animal control and asked for someone to come out and “shoot his horses.” Animal responded by sending out officers to investigate the situation, and in addition to finding one dead horse, they also discovered three more horses suffering from abuse and neglect. Aside from the suspect’s actions, which defy explanation, another strange aspect to this story is the decision to withhold the man’s name.
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OCT 21 Two St. John Parish employees were indicted in connection with the amoeba found in the parish water supply, WVUE reports in this post. They are accused of lying about testing the water for proper chlorine levels, the story says, claims that were contradicted by their government vehicles' GPS records.
OCT 21 Here's an interesting story from the National Journal about New Orleans almost 10 years post-Katrina. There are demographic information and charts, as well as some commentary about the corresponding changes in the way the city looks and works.
OCT 21 Gambit offers its endorsements for the upcoming election in this post, including an endorsement of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. The best way to protect Louisiana's clout is to re-elect the senior senator, the paper opines. Sending a Republican in her place won't accomplish anything, the paper adds.
OCT 21 The McClatchy DC blog posts this fascinating view of Louisiana's political landscape. It's a little heavy on the cliches, and also a little heavy on the quaint Cajun/Creole shtick, but it's still good reading -- if only for the outside view of our insides.
OCT 21 An audit finds very little federal oversight of coastal restoration grants, the Advocate reports here. Two federal agencies charged with overseeing how the money was spent didn't oversee the grants properly, didn't know enough about how the grants were supposed to be spent, and provided conflicting records about the money, the audit found.
OCT 21 The first Senate debate featuring all three candidates was a big ho-hum, columnist Jim Beam writes in this post. Nobody said anything new or interesting, and nobody emerged the clear winner, he says.
OCT 21 Bobby Jindal can't seem to leave Daniel Malloy alone, this post on NOLA Defender says. On a recent trip to stump for another GOP'er (Ever wonder: does any of his stumping really help these guys? Or is he just trying to get his name in other newspapers?) Jindal again ran afoul of Connecticut's Governor, who has no problem calling Bobby on his claims, the post tells us.
OCT 21 Jeremy Alford writes about David Vitter's playbook in this post, and frankly, there are some things we don't want to know. We've all heard about what's in that book, haven't we? That kind of stuff is not our idea of a good -- oh, wait. Jeremy's writing about Vitter's political playbook. Never mind.
OCT 20 Remember those great posts from blogger Jason Brad Berry that featured emails and letters related to the BP claims process? Well, apparently Patrick Juneau (who was featured, but not in a positive way, in those documents) ordered a background check on Berry because of it, this story in Louisiana Record says. Huh?
OCT 20 The Globe and Mail, a Canadian paper, has posted its story on Louisiana's coastal loss here. In it, author Omar El Akkad clarifies it neatly: it's "a battle between prosperity and the planet's well-being." Are jobs and money worth the trade we're making? As Jonathan Foret says in the story, Mother Nature may come and answer that question for us.
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