THE RULES:The results are completely scientific, unarguable and, of course, legally binding.
1. You will be presented with two things. Make your choice.
2. What are the criteria? See rule No. 1.
Indywood Theater, the new home of Lousiana-centric movies at 630 Elysian Fields in the Marigny, has added an all-day mini-Mardi Gras film festival movies to its lineup for this Sunday, March 2. Here's the schedule:
Mardi Gras Made in China - 2:00 p.m.
Dance For a Chicken - 5:00 p.m.
Bury the Hatchet - 7:00 p.m.
Always For Pleasure - 9:00 p.m.
Tickets are $5 and BYOB is encouraged. More info including film descriptions here.
After sorting through five bids for the job, Friends of the Lafitte Corridor (FOLC) announced Tuesday that the city has selected Durr Heavy Construction, LLC the official contractor to build the Lafitte Greenway Tuesday.
The 2.4 mile linear park planned to stretch between Mid-City and Treme was scheduled to break ground last year (though before that, in 2010, FOLC had announced that groundbreaking would take place within a year).
The city will hold a public meeting March 19 at the Sojourner Truth Community Center (2200 Lafitte St.) with Durr, a construction company based in Harahan, to answer questions and concerns from residents and businesses who will be affected by the start of construction. It will also announce the construction schedule, including the date of the official groundbreaking. FOLC Chair Samuel Spencer said in a statement that most of the details of the greenway have been worked out with the city, but certain elements are left up to the contractor, making public input crucial to the project’s success.
The greenway, which is being funded through Community Development Block Grant funds, will feature a 12 ft.-wide asphalt bike path that stretches from Basin Street to N. Alexander Street. The greenway will be constructed on now-vacant, city-owned land and will have lighting, new indigenous trees and plants, softball and baseball backstops, soccer goals, a walking path and rain gardens.
A date for the groundbreaking has not been set, but the city has said that once started, the project will take one year to complete.
Legendary bank robber Willie Sutton reportedly was once asked why he robbed banks, to which he allegedly replied: “Because that’s where the money is.”
If Sutton had been an oilman, he no doubt would have plied his craft in south Louisiana. Because that’s where the oil is. And the gas.
Sutton also would have felt right at home in the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA). Mind you, there’s nothing criminal about prudently extracting oil and gas from the marshes of south Louisiana and piping it through miles of man-made canals, as long as you have the drilling rights and valid permits.
But there is something inherently wrong, and possibly illegal, about ruining the environment in the process, particularly when state permits require restoring the marshes afterward — or at least maintaining the canals so that they don’t degrade the marshes around them.
That’s the central question in the landmark environmental lawsuit filed last July by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East (SLFPA-E) against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies. The suit claims the defendants failed to honor obligations imposed by their state permits and, as a result, contributed significantly to coastal land loss and the increased risk of flooding in southeast Louisiana.
The energy industry and LOGA are scared to death of this lawsuit. They, along with Gov. Bobby Jindal and others, have called it a money grab by greedy trial lawyers, said it was based on “bad science,” and predicted it would chase oil and gas companies out of Louisiana.
LOGA took it a step further and filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of SLFPA-E’s contract with its legal counsel. The contract includes a handsome contingency fee. LOGA’s lawsuit specifically claims the SLFPA-E suit would cause “irreparable injury” to LOGA members and have a “chilling effect on the exploration, production, development and transportation” of oil and gas in Louisiana.
Pierre the Pelican isn't the only one in town to get a facelift this season. Gott Gourmet, the popular Magazine St. soup, sandwich and salad spot, is revamping their image — and their menu — as well.
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