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Mystery boom heard Monday afternoon in Louisiana (UPDATE: Something on radar?)

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See an update below on something odd caught on weather radar that could be related to this story… A big boom was heard throughout the Shreveport Louisiana area Monday afternoon around 4:27 pm. The source of the boom remains unknown. Source of boom heard around ArkLaTex not identified – KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana.  The…

BP oil spill linked to dolphin disease

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Bottlenose dolphins in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay are suffering from lung damage and adrenal hormone abnormalities from the BP oil spill, according to a new peer-reviewed study published Dec. 18, 2013 in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Study links BP oil spill to dolphin deaths | theguardian.com. US government scientists have for the first time…

Black panther hoax picture is getting around

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The Louisiana wildlife department warns people that there are black panther hoaxes going around. We already knew that… La. Wildlife and Fisheries: No, there are no black panthers in Louisiana. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is warning people to be skeptical of posts on Facebook and other social media that claim to show…

Bullet Squirrel carries a varmint souvenir

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Someone wanted this squirrel offed. But failed. Bulletproof Squirrel Proves to be Quite a Survivor | WGNO. A squirrel on the North Shore is alive and still gathering nuts after apparently taking a bullet. “How is he alive? How did that bullet get there?” wonders scenic and wildlife photographer Christine Regusa, who discovered the bullet-proof…

Trail cam chupie is IDed as coyote

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A strange photo is identified Trail Cam Photo: Chupacabra? Nope, Mangy Coyote | Outdoor Life. Our buddies at LouisianaSportsman.com had this trail camera photo posted to their site earlier this month. The shot was taken about three miles east of Toledo Bend lake in Louisiana. Immediately readers guessed the strange-looking creature was a hyena, a…

Poll suggests 29% of Louisiana population is wackadoodle or likes to skew polls

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Did you ever notice that 10-20% of survey respondents are probably taking the piss? Well, Louisiana is either loaded with pranksters or living in a alternate reality. New poll finds many Louisiana Republicans blame Obama for botched response to Hurricane Katrina | Blog of New Orleans. Who do you think was more responsible for the…

Lose-iana continues rejection of the real world

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Politicians do the most boneheadded things. Senators again reject repeal of Louisiana Science Education Act | NOLA.com. A Louisiana law that opponents say leaves the backdoor open to teaching “creationism” in public schools will stay on the books after a Senate committee Wednesday effectively killed a bill that would repeal the statute. After hours of…

Lose-iana: Getting smacked for scientific ignorance

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A piece by Zack Kopplin, science advocate. Louisiana counts the cost of teaching creationism – in reputation and dollars  | guardian.co.uk. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal endorsed teaching creationism in public schools, by way of the state’s creationism law, a misnamed and misguided piece of legislation called the Louisiana Science Education Act. In a recent interview…

School threats foiled

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When we say people really believe this stuff… there are some stories that are more unbelievable than others. WWL – AM870 | FM105.3  JPSO: Suspect Caught In Westbank School Threats. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office says they’ve arrested a man in connection with threats at four Westbank schools. “Upon reviewing the numerous recordings left on…

Zack Kopplin, defender of science

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Zach is a science hero. How 19-year-old activist Zack Kopplin is making life hell for Louisiana’s creationists. Kopplin, who is studying history at Rice University, had good reason to be upset after the passing of the LSEA — an insidious piece of legislation that allows teachers to bring in their own supplemental materials when discussing…

Bunker buster: The Louisiana meteor that wasn’t

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On Monday night, SOMETHING happened to alarm residents of Northwest Louisiana. It took days before it was confirmed what it was. In the meantime, online conspiracies erupted. Something shakes northwest Louisiana Northwest Louisiana authorities are investigating the source of whatever shook people’s residences and businesses about 11:40 p.m. Monday. The Webster sheriff’s office now is…

Grassroots opposition to Louisiana’s voucher law points at absurdities

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More on the direct consequences of the Lousiana school voucher law. 14 Wacky “Facts” Kids Will Learn in Louisiana’s Voucher Schools | Mother Jones. Thanks to a new law privatizing public education in Louisiana, Bible-based curriculum can now indoctrinate young, pliant minds with the good news of the Lord—all on the state taxpayers’ dime. Under…

Haunted pizzeria in Louisiana

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Is Stocky’s Pizza Haunted? Shocking Surveillance Footage Points to Paranormal Activity [VIDEO]. Stocky’s Pizza employee Lori Evans says there’s not only a ghost haunting the recently opened Haughton, Louisiana pizzeria, but that it’s far from friendly. And she has some unnerving surveillance camera footage to prove it. Last Saturday morning, Evans arrived at Stocky’s to…

Louisiana judge declares fortune telling free speech

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Judge Overturns La. Town’s Fortunetelling Ban – US News and World Report. A federal judge has struck down a central Louisiana ordinance banning fortunetelling, palm reading, astrology and similar activities in the city of Alexandria. U.S. District Judge Dee Drell’s ruling Wednesday concurs with a magistrate’s conclusion that the ordinance is unconstitutional. The city argued…

What do living dinosaurs, the Loch Ness monster and the Ku Klux Klan have in common?

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Related to this story we posted about Louisiana’s controversial new school voucher program, here is a peek into what kids might be taught as part of a fundamentalist school “science” program: How American fundamentalist schools are using Nessie to disprove evolution | Herald Scotland. Thousands of children in the southern state will receive publicly-funded vouchers…

Louisiana to have vouchers to pay for Bible-based schools where no evolution is allowed (UPDATED: School board challenge)

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Louisiana’s bold bid to privatize schools. Louisiana is embarking on the nation’s boldest experiment in privatizing public education, with the state preparing to shift tens of millions in tax dollars out of the public schools to pay private industry, businesses owners and church pastors to educate children. Starting this fall, thousands of poor and middle-class…