December 19, 2013 |
The suspension of A&E "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson this week, for comments he made condemning homosexuality in a new GQ magazine profile, has managed to open another breach in the long-simmering American culture wars. This time, the controversy involves one of the few bona-fide conservative stars on television, part of the hottest reality show on cable TV, lending the brouhaha a "Casablanca" feel: Liberals are shocked, shocked that a star from a show about life in rural America has expressed opinions still common in much of rural America.
September 27, 2013 |
The Louisiana home used in the film “Steel Magnolias” will be sold by auction on Oct. 26. Located in Natchitoches near the Cane River, the red-brick house was built in 1840 and used as a hospital during the Civil War. Many of the scenes from the 1989 movie, starring Shirley MacLaine, Sally Field and Julia Roberts, were filmed in the home and on the grounds. In recent years the property has been used as a bed and breakfast. Distinctive L.A. homes draw vacationers Features include circular brick columns along the front of the home, original wood floors and a grand staircase.
June 13, 2013 |
HOUSTON -- At least one person died and another is missing and presumed dead after an explosion Thursday at a petrochemical plant in the central Louisiana town of Geismar, authorities said. Another 49 people were removed from the plant by ambulance, according to Jean Kelly, a spokeswoman for the state's department of environmental quality, which responded to the explosion. She said 300 workers were evacuated at the time of the blast. The explosion occurred at about 8:37 a.m. CDT at the Williams Geismar Olefins plant, leading officials to notify local emergency managers, activate emergency shut-down valves and isolate the unit, according to a company statement . After the explosion, a boiler at the plant caught fire, according to a statement on the Iberville Parish Facebook page.
May 28, 2010 |
The oil spill disaster off the coast of my home state of Louisiana is stark evidence that humans have an awesome power to change the natural landscape, often for the worse. But landscapes also have the power to change us, as John James Audubon was reminded when he arrived in Louisiana in 1821. In Louisiana, Audubon encountered a biblical abundance of wildlife that transformed him and his bird art, enlarging his sense of possibility and refining his genius as an observer of the natural world.
March 5, 2011 |
A tornado reportedly damaged more than 100 homes in southwest Louisiana Saturday, killing one woman, authorities said. Witnesses reported seeing houses completely ripped from their foundations. Eleven people were reported injured. The 21-year-old woman was killed when a tree fell on her house, said Maxine Trahan, a spokeswoman for the Acadia Parish sheriff. Debris was littered throughout Rayne, the town of about 8,500 people, after a line of violent thunderstorms moved through the area and left behind a swath of damage about a quarter of a mile wide to three miles long.
October 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - When the state Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors told the Benedictine monks of St. Joseph Abbey in southern Louisiana they could not sell their handcrafted caskets to the public, the normally peaceful order took the fight to court. Hurricane Katrina had wiped out the order's traditional income from selling timber, so the brothers decided to market the simple cypress boxes they had long built to bury monks who died. They were priced at $1,500 or $2,000, far less than a funeral home would charge.