June 26, 2004 |
A Cajun town about 150 miles west of here is playing historical detective, offering a $2,000 reward for the recovery of a New Deal mural its post office once had on its wall. But Eunice, La., is not on some loony chase. Towns across the country are on similar pursuits to preserve public murals commissioned by government programs ushered in by Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal after he was elected president in 1932.
April 16, 1989 |
Rachel Thompson had never tasted shrimp in her native Louisiana, and Ronnie Emonet had never heard the wind moan through the pines in the hill country of his home state. The two 16-year-olds represent the best hope for dismantling a wall of mistrust built generations ago between two cultures, said Carole Andrepont of Opelousas, who turned what started as a joke into a social experiment that worked. Andrepont, a member of the Louisiana Tourism Board active in international youth exchange programs, jokingly told a friend one day: "If you want to have a real cultural exchange, have folks from north Louisiana come to south Louisiana.
September 28, 2005 |
From the air, the coast of Louisiana resembles a broken mirror, slivered in shards of landscape and bands of floodwater. On the ground, the destruction is by now familiar -- whole forests toppled, houses carried off by currents or obliterated by wind blasts, sweat-streaked soldiers and repair crews gaping at the enormity of it all.