Former New Orleans Saint Scott Fujita is headed to the Cleveland Browns and a lucrative new contract he certainly earned as a member of the Black and Gold, but he left us with a parting gift. As a gesture of devotion to his adopted state of the last fouryears, Fujita donated half of his $82,000 Super Bowl-winning paycheck to charity. More than half that amount — $25,000 — he split equally between two organizations whose focus is restoring Louisiana’s vanishing and fragile coast: America’s WETLAND Foundation and the Gulf Restoration Network. Fujita came to the Saints before the 2006 season, along with quarterback Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton. We hate to see him go, but his gesture underscored Payton’s formula for building a winning team: sign good players who are also good people.
If you ate oysters recently and you’re feeling a bit queasy, you aren’t alone. Nearly 40 people were sickened after eating oysters last month, which has caused the largest closure of the state’s oyster beds in a decade. The Times-Picayune reports that oyster harvesting grounds in St. Bernard, Plaquemines and parts of Lafourche and Jefferson parishes have been closed for the past two weeks. Meanwhile state health officials have been searching for the source of the disease, Norovirus, which causes fever, chills, aches, nausea and diarrhea that can last up to two days. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the problem doesn’t spread west to Acadiana’s oyster beds.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency may still be experiencing a bit of institutional guilt over its handling of the Katrina disaster five years ago. Floodsmart.gov, an elaborate, bells-and-whistles Web site for FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program, encourages Americans to purchase flood insurance by detailing past flood damage in every county in the United States since 1993. But the site shows $0 damage in Orleans Parish in 2005, the year of Katrina. We seem to recall a little flooding in the Crescent City following the hurricane. At the same time, the NFIP’s own records show it has paid more than $23 billion in claims for 17 tropical systems over the last decade. Out of sight out of mind?
The board hopes to recover all fees paid, plus one-half, along with what could amount to hundreds of thousands in additional penalties.
Oh, the irony... or something like that.
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Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our Capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
St. Patty's Day crafts
The former star of Saturday Night Live throws in his 2 cents on the Big Oil lawsuit.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday, March 10, 2014:
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.