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August 29, 2012 | By Paloma Esquivel
As Hurricane Isaac battered parts of Louisiana on Wednesday, leaving some in southern parts of the state stranded and causing thousands to lose power , residents and observers took to social media to ask for help and to share updates and prayers. Posts on Twitter painted a portrait of devastation and urgency in Plaquemines Parish, a small region south of New Orleans with just over 26,000 residents, where a levee was topped. Some Twitter users turned to the site to call for rescues.
February 20, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
The latest incarnation of "Thérèse Raquin," Emile Zola's 1867 novel of lust and murder, arrives not as a bodice ripper but a bodice unbuttoner. Aiming for the screw-tightening tension of noir, writer-director Charlie Stratton lands in a murky region of the gray scale with "In Secret," a film rich in atmosphere but emotionally as blunt as its title. With varying degrees of success, Elizabeth Olsen, Oscar Isaac, Tom Felton and Jessica Lange struggle against the shaky mix of melodrama, black comedy, ghost story and a soupçon of Grand Guignol.
August 30, 2012 | By Tina Susman, Molly Hennessy-Fiske and John M. Glionna
NEW ORLEANS -- Isaac continued its slow march across Louisiana on Thursday as rising floodwaters forced tens of thousands of residents to evacuate and officials launched a “controlled” release of water from a storm-stressed dam along the border with Mississippi. At least one death was reported . As evening approached on another soggy Gulf Coast day, hundreds of homes remained underwater and thousands of residents scrambled to emergency shelters. At least 500 people who had gambled on riding out the storm were rescued by helicopter or boat.
January 1, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
A budding folk singer's struggle to connect with fans is at the heart of Joel and Ethan Coen's latest film, "Inside Llewyn Davis," their historically informed story of a musician trying to find his way in the Greenwich Village folk music scene circa 1961. Off the screen, however, Davis has already won some big fans in the music business who are delighted in those rare instances when music and musicians take the center stage on screen. "From our standpoint at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we love movies like that because they really make people take a look at where the current music they listen to comes from," said Rock Hall of Fame Foundation President Joel Peresman.
August 31, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Isaac may have been headed away from the Gulf Coast on Friday, but officials in Louisiana and Mississippi were continuing to cope with flooding, and new evacuations and rescues were underway. In Ascension Parish, about 60 miles west of New Orleans, officials were calling for a voluntary evacuation due to flooding from nearby Lake Maurepas. Louisiana National Guard troops were on hand to assist with the pumping out of floodwater and the evacuation of residents, Gov. Bobby Jindal said at a Friday briefing.
August 29, 2012 | By Richard Simon and Paloma Esquivel
Isaac was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm Wednesday afternoon, even as flooding continued along the Gulf Coast and authorities raced to rescue residents from rising waters. One-third of Louisiana households -- about 656,000 homes -- had no power, and a dusk-to-dawn curfew was ordered in New Orleans and other communities. Thousands were without power in Mississippi as well. Dangerous conditions remain, officials warned. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told residents of his state: "There is much more coming,"' predicting heavy rain and strong winds into Friday.
September 6, 2013 | By James Goodman
The story in Genesis of Abraham's willingness to kill his son Isaac at God's command still gets a lot of attention. But it doesn't get a lot of love. In every broadside against religion, God's horrifying demand for a sacrifice and Abraham's acquiescence is introduced as evidence that God is a tyrant, Abraham a sycophant and both of them abusers of poor Isaac, whom God decides to spare only at the last moment. Trust me when I say that this is not simply the view of professional polemicists.
August 29, 2012 | By Tina Susman
NEW ORLEANS -- Louisiana resident Neo Rambo remembers hurricanes the way a lot of people remember their children's birthdays. "Let's see," the small, dignified-looking woman said, "Betsy was 1965, Camille was in 1969, Katrina was 2005. " That doesn't include the countless smaller ones that became a regular part of living and working in and around New Orleans over the years. In fact, evacuations became so routine that Rambo, a retired recruiter for the FBI, developed a system: She would pack enough belongings for about three days and head to Baton Rouge to stay with friends and family.
August 29, 2012 | By Richard Simon and Connie Stewart
As Hurricane Isaac weakened to a tropical storm but continued to unleash heavy rain, winds and a dangerous storm surge along the northern Gulf Coast, authorities said they would breach a levee in flooded Plaquemines Parish to try to relieve pressure. But weather conditions were too severe to try it Wednesday, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority head Garret Graves told the Associated Press. It was unclear how quickly authorities could get needed equipment to the site, south of New Orleans.
August 31, 2012 | By Richard Simon
Isaac may have caused -- and still be causing -- misery on the Gulf Coast, but its arrival over the middle Mississippi Valley is welcome relief for drought-stricken farmers. The tropical depression is expected to dump up to 8 inches of rain over Arkansas and Missouri before heading into the Ohio River Valley over the weekend. "We've got a much-needed rainfall," said Tommy Jackson of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. David Miskus, a meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center, said that a slow, steady rain would improve drought conditions . "I had 2 ½ inches in my rain gauge, and I didn't even have a puddle in my yard," Shane McElroy, an Arkansas cattle rancher, said in an interview.
December 19, 2013 | By John Horn
Do the clothes really help find the character? Is it a good idea to watch your own acting? And are movies sacrificing entertainment to be morally correct? The performers participating in The Envelope's Actors Round Table wrestled with those and other questions - when they were not laughing about less serious subjects - during a wide-ranging conversation that ultimately focused on their memorable performances. The panel was as varied in experience as the films were different. In addition to "42's" Harrison Ford, our ensemble included Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave")
December 12, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Don't get him wrong: Even after more than 50 years in the business, Robert Redford was thrilled early Thursday to hear he was nominated for a Golden Globe award. But that didn't mean he was ready to let the news interrupt his sleep schedule. When news broke that Redford had received a nod for his nearly silent performance in the survival drama "All Is Lost," his publicist immediately gave him a call at his home in Santa Fe. He said was pleased, but he would be going back to bed. A few hours later, however, he was ready to face the press, insisting he never saw the recognition coming.
November 21, 2013 | By Michael Ordoña
The Coen brothers' new film, "Inside Llewyn Davis," covers one drain-circling week in the life of a marginally successful folk singer in 1961 New York City, inspired in part by the memoir of folk personality Dave Van Ronk. But to be clear, Llewyn Davis is not Bob Dylan. He's not Van Ronk. He's not even Oscar Isaac. "The description at the audition was, 'He is not Dylan. He is not the poet. He is a workman, a blue-collar guy from the boroughs.' So I latched on to that idea, the workman, and what that meant," says Isaac.
October 31, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Guard Isaac Hamilton's effort to become immediately eligible at UCLA ended when the National Letter of Intent appeals board denied his appeal Thursday. Hamilton, a freshman, walked away from a letter of intent he signed with UTEP, deciding he wanted to stay closer to home. He played at Bellflower's St. John Bosco. He enrolled at UCLA, but UTEP had refused to release him from his commitment. ALSO: Florida State a shocking 21-point favorite over Miami Rory McIlroy hopes for turnaround at WGC tournament in Shanghai LeBron James on Allen Iverson: Pound for pound, probably the best ever
October 18, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC freshman tailback Ty Isaac played high school football at Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy, about a two-hour drive from Notre Dame. So he kept busy this week securing ticket passes from teammates. “Whatever I can get, I'm taking,” Isaac said. “I've got most of my immediate family, some of my cousins and close friends coming so it should be fun.” Isaac averaged nearly nine yards per carry and rushed for 28 touchdowns as a high school senior. He considered attending Notre Dame before choosing USC. “Especially from the area and the high school I came from, it was real tough,” he said.
October 7, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA is still awaiting word on the eligibility status of two basketball transfers, forward Wanaah Bail and guard Isaac Hamilton. Bail signed with Texas Tech and was to play for the Red Raiders a year ago but did not return to the school after summer session in 2012. Hamilton signed with Texas El Paso as a senior at Bellflower St. John Bosco last year. He tried to gain his release this summer and enrolled at UCLA. Both players are appealing to the NCAA to be eligible for the 2013-14 season.
September 1, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Isaac may have left , but its legacy along the Gulf Coast was still developing Friday. Authorities and residents of Louisiana and Mississippi were contending with flooding, evacuations and cleanup , and the official death toll rose to seven.   In Ascension Parish, about 60 miles west of New Orleans, a voluntary evacuation was announced because of flooding from nearby Lake Maurepas that struck at least 10 homes. The parish, home to about 120,000, saw the worst flooding in many residents' lifetimes - worse than during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 or floods in 1983 and 1977, according to Ascension Parish spokesman Lester Kenyon.
October 4, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Isaac Lee, the president of Univision Communications Inc.'s Univision News, has been named chief executive officer of Fusion, the soon-to-be-launched cable channel that is a partnership between the Spanish broadcaster and ABC News.  Beau Ferrari, Univision's executive vice president of operations, had been serving as acting president for Fusion. A veteran journalist and Colombia native, Lee has been overseeing the development of Fusion, which is expected to launch at the end of the month and targets the growing population of English-speaking Latinos.
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