Sewerage & Water Board (S&WB) Director Marcia St. Martin and New Orleans health director Dr. Karen DeSalvo were among officials who held a press conference earlier today to discuss the New Orleans East Bank boil-water advisory, which will be in effect for 24 hours at a minimum (Monday morning at 9 a.m.).
In the meantime, New Orleanians — on the East Bank of the Mississippi River only — are advised to bring tap water to a full rolling boil for a minimum of one minute before using it for drinking, cooking or brushing teeth. In addition, children should not bathe in tap water.
Preliminary reports indicate the drop in water pressure early Sunday morning was due to a small fire at the S&WB power plant. Water samples have been sent to a laboratory for testing. We'll update when we know more.
The boil-water press conference:
... not to mention Engage Employees in Transforming the Company to Meet Our Changing Digital and Print Future.
No, it's not the latest indignity ladled upon the heads of the long-suffering NOLA Media Group (unofficial slogan: We're Miserable — But What a View!™) — it's a new "Strategic Initiative" laid down at The Oregonian, the Newhouse/Advance paper in Portland, Ore.
Newsroom employees got this directive laid out on a laminated card this week, according to media reporter Jim Romenesko.
“These laminated cards were distributed this week to Oregonian newsroom employees,” writes a Romenesko reader. “Note: nothing about holding government accountable, informing the public, comforting the afflicted, etc.”
"Strengthen financial performance."
The reaction on Romenesko's Facebook page is worth reading.
The couple announced months ago that they would attempt to conceive a child using the 85-year-old former governor’s frozen sperm. It has apparently worked.
The mother is 34. The father is 85.
What could go wrong?
P.S. Hmmm... here's Trina Edwards on Twitter yesterday...
In the absence of theater writer Dalt Wonk, I was going to review the return of The Amazing Acro-Cats "Meowy Christmas" Show last night at the Shadowbox Theatre, but the sight of a groundhog in a Santa hat pushing a bowling ball left me temporarily mute.
Besides cats and the Santa groundhog, there were rats, an elderly dog in a tutu and a cymbal-playing chicken named Gregory Peck.
Champ Superstar's Twitter stream during the show said it better than I ever could. Here, in a few tweets, you will begin to understand the wonder and magic that is the Acro-Cats.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2013 inductees today. The musicians entering the Hall include Heart, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush and Donna Summer. Among those nominated but who will not be inducted next year are The Meters, NWA, Deep Purple and Chic. It may take a few years of nominations to gain entrance to the Hall. Summer was nominated every year from 2009 to the present and finally made it. Heart was nominated last year as well.
It's hard to imagine a band as influential as The Meters won't eventually be inducted. The seminal funk band backed other musicians on a wide array of legendary recordings before releasing its own music in the late 1960s and 1970s. The original lineup featured Art Neville, George Porter Jr., Leo Nocentelli and Joseph Zigaboo" Modeliste, and Cyril Neville later joined the group. Its commercial success never matched its influence on rock music, and the band broke up in the late 70s. It has since played a handful of reunion shows, including a New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival appearance and a Bonnaroo Festvial in which it joined Dr. John to play music from his Destively Bonnaroo album, which featured the band.
Blakely — the Hurricane Katrina "recovery czar" who had been appointed under former Mayor Ray Nagin — made big waves last week when his new employer, the University of Sydney in Australia, issued a press release saying Blakely had been appointed to the Respond Commission. Blakely gave an interview on the subject to an Australian radio station, confirming the appointment.
The Respond Commission is one of three announced by the state of New York to analyze the response to Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. Penuel, its co-chair, is also director of the Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response at New York University,
An official press release released an hour ago from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office announced the commission's makeup and made no mention of Blakely, although it noted "Additional appointments may be made to the commissions."
Penuel, though, made it clear that Blakely would not be one of them.
Press release under the jump.
If the wad o' meat known as a turducken would never cross your lips, but a Tofurky loaf lacks Thanksgiving sex appeal (and causes last-minute cancellations among your guests), may we introduce to you the Veggieducken?
What is a Veggieducken? A sweet potato instead a leek inside a banana squash with stuffing between each layer.
Somebody from the show Good to Know on Cooking Channel (aka the Food Network's dorky little brother) came up with it:
Good To Know is hosted by Laurie March and Dan Pashman; the Veggieducken itself is Pashman’s baby, and he will soon appear on Weekend Edition Sunday on NPR, where he used to work, to discuss his creation.
It certainly looks easier than the turducken ... plus you avoid that whole "turd-" prefix.
It’s often said that bad luck comes in threes; when two bad things happen, expect a third piece of bad news soon. If that old saw holds true, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten better brace himself, because federal target Fred Heebe appears far from finished with his campaign to discredit top prosecutors in Letten’s office.
Letten already had a major W-T-F moment last March, when Heebe exposed then-federal prosecutor Sal Perricone as the vituperative, vitriolic, verbose online commenter “HenryLMencken1951” on the Nola.com web site.
At the time of Perricone’s fall, many speculated that others in Letten’s office knew about Perricone’s anonymous rants — and maybe even joined in the cyber-fun. Now we know that it was much more than speculation.
On Nov. 2, Heebe filed a defamation lawsuit against Jan M. Mann, the No. 2 person in Letten’s office and his most trusted lieutenant. The suit alleges that Mann, like Perricone, posted venomous, anonymous rants on Nola.com — many of which, like Perricone’s histrionics, betrayed an inside knowledge of federal investigations. Mann’s alleged nom de plume was “eweman.”
Heebe’s suit claims that “eweman” and “HenryLMencken1951” often commented on the same stories, and sometimes within minutes of one another — an online tag team of sorts. Equally interesting, “eweman” stopped posting right after Perricone was exposed as Mencken.
On Thursday (Nov. 8), Letten issued a terse statement admitting only that Mann posted comments, not that she was “eweman,” and that she had been demoted. OPR is once again on the case.
Which brings us to the Rule of Threes: what else (or who else) is out there?
God's speed, Rodrigue
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