Tag Archive for Louisiana

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

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…

Ghost hunting group destroys historic mansion

LeBeau plantation house prior to complete destruction by ghost hunting trespassers

7 arrested after fire destroys LeBeau Plantation – FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans. Seven people have been arrested in connection with a fire that destroyed the LeBeau Plantation house in St. Bernard Parish. Sheriff Jimmy Pohlmann said the suspects are believed to have been smoking marijuana and drinking in the vacant house when the fire…

Bullet Squirrel carries a varmint souvenir

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…

Turning to “traiteurs”, faith healers awash in misconceived ideas

I found a disturbing story of faith healing practiced in the deep South. It’s chalk full of misconceptions and mistaken ideas. In Louisiana, some turn to ‘traiteurs’ for healing | The Town Talk | thetowntalk.com. Thirteen years ago, Allen Simon prayed over a child who was then healed of an ailment. “I stumbled on a…

Big black cat caught on film in Louisiana (UPDATE: not a panther)

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Originally published on July 5, 2013, see the update to this story below. This is our second black panther story of the day. What’s going on!? This one, however, is impressive and I would really like to see followup on this. Family spots possible panther – Acadiana’s Multi-Media News Station. Thursday night, at around 7:30,…

Nature strikes even indoors – Woman hit by lightning, twice

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A very frightening and strange event. Lightning strikes woman inside supermarket | HoumaToday.com. Brooks was struck by lightning Monday in the checkout line of Rouses. As she stood next to the register buying milk and cereal, Brooks saw a flash and heard a loud crash. “But I didn’t realize it was over me,” she said…

Lose-iana continues rejection of the real world

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

Lose-iana? You deserve it.

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…

Gov. Jindal has an ambitious list of controversies to teach

This is not a new position for him. He’s always had this view but it’s back in the news since he talked about it on TV again. Louisiana governor: I’ve got no problem with creationism in public schools Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Friday said he had no problem with creationism being taught in…

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

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…

Drawing a line against Creationism in New Orleans schools

New Orleans schools ban creationism and ‘revisionist’ history in rebuke of Texas | The Raw Story. The school board for Orleans Parish in Louisiana voted Tuesday night to ban the teaching of creationism as science and what they called a “revisionist” history curriculum promoted by the state of Texas. The school district is not alone…

Louisana voucher law in court; Creationism claims highlighted

In an update to an earlier story regarding the teaching of creationism funded by these vouchers for schools in Louisiana, the law is now being argued in court. While not the main part of the case, it is clearly a part that draws ire from supporters of science. Louisiana education case highlights Bobby Jindal’s creationism…

Bunker buster: The Louisiana meteor that wasn’t

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…

Crazy ants like to short out electrical equipment

Credit: Univ of Nebraska, Lincoln

Another reason you might want to call in an exterminator if you are experiencing “paranormal activity” like electrical anomalies. Ants? Mysterious ‘Crazy Ants’ Identified. An invasive insect known for a decade as the Rasberry crazy ant now has a scientific moniker, say scientists who have identified the pest for the first time. The ant first…

The price of school lunch in a Louisiana district? Your soul.

You will not believe why parents in a Louisiana school district are OUTRAGED by palm scanners. Palm scanning causing concern among Moss Bluff Elementary parents A local elementary school is trying to implement a new program in their cafeteria. But the palm vein scanner is being met with much opposition from Moss Bluff Elementary parents.…

Grassroots opposition to Louisiana’s voucher law points at absurdities

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

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

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…

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

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…