Thursday, September 1, 2011

SSP? Meh.

Just to be clear, the blog you're viewing now is pretty much defunct.  I do my news aggregation through Twitter and (my work site) now, and most everything else goes on Facebook.

I've also given up the domain; I have no ties at all to the new presence there.

I now maintain a personal page at Drop by!

Monday, August 22, 2011

PEOPLE: "David Letterman gets death threat"

People: David Letterman ups security at his theater after threat - San Jose Mercury News: David Letterman has tightened security at the Manhattan theater where he tapes his "Late Show," days after a suspected Islamic extremist issued a violent threat against him on the Internet.

Celebritology 2.0 - The Washington Post: The FBI is investigating. And, for the record, Letterman is not Jewish.

ENVIRONMENT: "Huge fish prompts call to 're-reverse' Chicago River"

AP | "Separating the Mississippi and Great Lakes watersheds carries tremendous environmental and economic consequences."

Friday, August 19, 2011

ORLEANS: "Drawing attention to hunger in metro New Orleans"

An editorial | Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana is launching a campaign next month to raise awareness of hunger and prompt greater action, and both are needed to combat this serious social ill.

ORLEANS: "Downtown development plan to be created" City and state officials are preparing to create a long-range development "vision" for the section of New Orleans extending from the Superdome and New Orleans Arena to the former Charity Hospital and Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and including City Hall and the rest of the civic center complex, Chief Administrative Officer Andy Kopplin told the City Council on Thursday.

ORLEANS: "French Quarter charity solicitations drive merchants to press for restrictions" "Members of the "Party Patrol" scan this swirling crowd, searching for tourists taking in the French Quarter spectacle. When they spot an appropriate quarry, they move in, telling a bewildered tourist that he or she has violated the law."

HARAHAN: "zoning proposals stir more debate"

FOX 8 Live WVUE-TV Channel 8: "Several residents opposed to the zoning change voiced their fears about how a large commercial development could impact the entire city."

ECONOMY: "Energy States Lead in Job Creation, Financial States Struggle" "The fallout from the Gulf oil spill and the increase in environmental regulations may lessen, rather than increase, the nation's ability to leverage its enormous natural resources. The combination of these factors may partly explain why Texas and Louisiana dropped out of the top 10 job creation states during the first half of 2011."

Thursday, August 18, 2011

ST. BERNARD: "Parish discrimination allegations on trial" "St. Bernard Parish is on trial this week in federal court to determine whether parish actions to deny multifamily apartments fit similar practices after Hurricane Katrina that discriminated against African Americans."

STATE: home-elevation effort probed Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater said the state has launched a sweeping internal investigation, in conjunction with the federal Homeland Security inspector general and Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office, into allegations of graft and data leaks in the $750 million Hazard Mitigation program.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

ST. TAMMANY: "President Kevin Davis declares fish kill emergency" "Though the state Department of Environmental Quality has not officially provided a cause of the fish kill, a Bogalusa paper mill owned by the Austin, Texas-based company Temple-Inland has admitted a wastewater discharge into the river shortly before the fish kill occurred."

Fox 8's Shelley Brown did a great report from the river Sunday.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

POLITICS: "Louisiana House Speaker Jim Tucker says lawmakers will face more challenges in next term" "As House Speaker Jim Tucker, R-Algiers, ends his tenure in the Louisiana House, he told the Press Club of Baton Rouge last week that the 2012 Legislature will not have a cakewalk when it is sworn in Jan. 9."

Friday, August 12, 2011

JEFFERSON: "Parish School Board member Cedric Floyd needs to remember why it's called public"

An editorial | "Jefferson Parish School Board member Cedric Floyd thinks that he and his fellow board members should have an expense allowance instead of having to pay for office supplies from their own pockets. But Mr. Floyd's push is at the very least ill-timed."

GNO: "Renters dispute with landlords"

FOX 8 Defenders: "The FOX 8 Defenders and The National Council of Jewish Women have been wrestling with a barrage of calls from tenants who are having issues with their landlords."