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  • New Orleans inspectors who OK'd parts of Hard Rock Hotel weren't properly certified: records

    02/18/2020 8:59:25 PM PST · by texas booster · 43 replies
    The New orleans Times Picayune ^ | Feb 18, 2020 | JOHN SIMERMAN AND DAVID HAMMER
    Some of the New Orleans city building inspectors who signed off at key points of the construction of the Hard Rock Hotel before it pancaked and collapsed on Oct. 12, killing three laborers, do not appear to have been properly certified for the work, records show. One inspector, Bryan Cowart, appears to be certified only for residential inspections. Inspector Julie Tweeter, whose whereabouts during inspections she claimed to have completed at the Hard Rock on several days last year are now under investigation, did not receive her commercial building inspector’s license until July 2018. By then, she’d signed off on...
  • Pablo Escobar’s Hippo Herd Is Treating Colombia’s Lakes Like One Big Toilet

    02/17/2020 8:02:12 PM PST · by robowombat · 33 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | FEBRUARY 12, 2020 | JESSICA LEIGH HESTER
    Pablo Escobar’s Hippo Herd Is Treating Colombia’s Lakes Like One Big Toilet They’re thriving, pooping, and fouling up the water around the drug lord’s former estate. JESSICA LEIGH HESTER FEBRUARY 12, 2020 You can't easily spot the poop in the soupy green water, but it's definitely down there. You can't easily spot the poop in the soupy green water, but it's definitely down there. FICG.MX/CC BY 2.0 In This Story PLACE Hacienda Nápoles DESTINATION GUIDE Colombia PABLO ESCOBAR, THE LATE COLOMBIAN drug lord who founded the notoriously violent Medellín Cartel, had a thing for hippos. He once installed a quartet...
  • Live coverage of the Hard Rock Hotel crane implosion

    10/19/2019 9:47:07 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 17 replies
    WGNO New Orleans ^ | October 19 | Staff
    NEW ORLEANS – Work crews are finalizing preparations for a controlled demolition that will take down twin tower cranes that have been swaying precariously over the ruins of the Hard Rock Hotel construction site since a fatal collapse one week ago. If all goes to plan, the cross beams of the cranes, which each weigh 145,000 pounds, will collapse where they stand, according to New Orleans Fire Department chief Tim McConnell.
  • Hard Rock Hotel collapses on Canal Street

    10/12/2019 8:02:07 AM PDT · by Meatspace · 90 replies
    WWL ^ | 10/12/19
    NEW ORLEANS — The Hard Rock Hotel that was set to open on Canal Street has collapsed while under construction. Few details were immediately available from city officials but no injuries were immediately reported. The cause of the collapse was not immediately clear.
  • New Orleans Hard Rock Hotel collapse: Four months later [shows incompetence of ...]

    02/17/2020 2:37:05 AM PST · by topher · 26 replies
    WDSU ^ | Updated: 10:51 AM CST Feb 13, 2020 | Jennifer Crockett
    [Intro by poster topher] Two bodies still trapped under wreckage after 4 months... NEW ORLEANS — Four months after the Hard Rock hotel construction site on Canal Street collapsed, the mangled concrete and twisted steel still looms over downtown New Orleans. On the border of the collapse zone, a memorial for the three men killed in the collapse continues to grow. Advertisement The site has become a landmark, with visitors and locals stopping to take pictures and write messages on ribbons for the families of Anthony Magrette, Jose Ponce Arreola and Quinnyon Wimberley, who died when the building fell Oct....
  • The 8 Republicans who voted to curb Trump's Iran war powers

    02/13/2020 12:13:49 PM PST · by conservative98 · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | - 02/13/20 02:33 PM EST | JORDAIN CARNEY
    Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.)Sen. Bill Cassidy (La.)Sen. Susan Collins (Maine)Sen. Mike Lee (Utah) Sen. Jerry Moran (Kan.)Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.)Sen. Todd Young (Ind.)  
  • Louisiana Man Pleads Guilty to Burning Three Baptist Churches in St. Landry Parish

    02/10/2020 1:01:25 PM PST · by ransomnote · 10 replies ^ | February 10, 2020 | DOJ
    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, February 10, 2020 Holden Matthews, 22, pleaded guilty today in the Western District of Louisiana to intentionally setting fire to three Baptist churches because of the religious character of those buildings.  Specifically, Matthews pleaded guilty to three counts of violating the Church Arson Prevention Act, 18 U.S.C. § 247(a)(1) — one count for each church — as well as one count of using fire to commit a federal felony, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 844(h).  The fires, which Matthews set over a 10-day period in March and...
  • 'Gray Death': Louisiana Sheriff's Office Warns People to 'Never Pick Up or Touch' New Deadly Drug

    02/05/2020 12:05:36 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    wyff4 ^ | Feb 4, 2020
    Officials with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office in southwest Louisiana issued the warning last week after making arrests in connection to the new drug. It's called gray death and is a lethal combination of "some of the most deadly opioids including heroin, fentanyl and various fentanyl analogues," officials said on Facebook. According to the Sheriff's Office, the new super drug began to surface in the South, first in Alabama and Georgia. Investigators said a "minuscule amount of this drug" can kill. Sheriff's Office investigators released photos of what gray death looks like after suspects were taken into custody with...
  • Former Major at Angola Prison Convicted of Beating a Handcuffed and Shackled Inmate

    02/03/2020 2:57:03 PM PST · by ransomnote · 24 replies ^ | January 31, 2020 | DOJ
    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, January 31, 2020   Officer Was Previously Convicted of Related Obstruction Offenses Daniel Davis, 44, a former major at Louisiana State Penitentiary (LSP) in Angola, Louisiana, was found guilty by a jury yesterday in federal court for his participation in the beating of an inmate who was handcuffed, shackled, and not resisting and for failing to intervene to stop his subordinates from participating in the same beating. In a previous trial in January 2018, Davis was convicted of conspiring with other officers to cover up the beating by...
  • Secret Service Agents And U.S. Marshals Are Patrolling Our Schools

    02/01/2020 2:59:24 PM PST · by davikkm · 20 replies
    IWB ^ | mapi
    The U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Marshals Service has been expanding into America’s school system at an alarming rate. The Secret Service is training school administrators and teachers to identify violent students in numerous states like Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Louisiana and Kansas. As the Secret Service report “Protecting America’s Schools” mentions, there is no profile that school administrators and teachers can use to identify a student attacker. “Attackers varied in age, gender, race, grade level, academic performance, and social characteristics. Similarly, there was no identified profile of the type of school impacted by targeted violence.”
  • How Drag Queen Story Hour Expanded Across America

    01/27/2020 1:41:10 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 27, 2020 | Mary Margaret Olohan
    Drag Queen Story Hours started out as niche events on the West Coast, but these events—aimed at children as young as age 3—have spread to libraries and schools across the United States, dividing local communities. These story hours are “just what they sound like,” Drag Queen Story Hour’s official website states: drag queens reading to children. The events are designed to be about 45 minutes long for children aged 3 to 8 years old, intended to capture children’s imagination and help children explore their gender fluidity through “glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models.” Books used during Drag Queen Story...
  • Special Trump Impeachment Trial Update, DOJ Disavows Trump Spy Warrants, & MORE! [Weekly Update]

    01/24/2020 3:36:21 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 24, 2020 | Tom Fitton
    Impeachment-Coup Update Judicial Watch Files New Supreme Court Brief in Key Abortion Case Honduras Arrests U.S.-Bound Iranians as New Caravan Heads North Trans State Workers Sue Florida Demanding Support for Controversial Surgeries The New Anti-Semitic Moment Impeachment-Coup Update The President, the rule of law, and our Constitution continue to be abused as the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump continues. We’ve done many media interviews on the current crisis, notably with Lou Dobbs and Dan Bongino. (My interview with Dan was retweeted by President Trump!) The president is going to be acquitted but with significant damage to our republic,...
  • John Kennedy: Many in Washington establishment think Americans are 'morons' for electing Trump

    01/22/2020 12:07:35 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 67 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 22, 2020 | By Talia Kaplan
    “I know it looks complicated, but this is really very simple,” the Senate Judiciary Committee member said. “From a larger perspective, here's what's going on. Large portions of the political establishment here in Washington, D.C. think the American people are morons and they're not qualified to pick their own president and that's why they want to replace President Trump.” “This case is about two issues,” Kennedy, R-La., added. “Why did the president ask for an investigation? Was he investigating a political rival or was he investigating corruption? And number two, what did Hunter Biden do for the money? Now, you...
  • Erosion, floods make some final resting places not so final

    01/22/2020 9:40:33 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | January 21, 2020 | By LISA RATHKE
    WEYBRIDGE, Vt. -- When Revolutionary War soldier Josiah Clark was buried in a small Vermont cemetery near a river bank in 1835, it was supposed to be his final resting place. But erosion over the years made worse by more intense storms has washed away some graves and left the remains of Clark, who fought at the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill in Massachusetts, precariously perched on the edge of the steep eroding bank. “That’s a big part of our history, and I think it’s terrible that ... this is happening,” said Tom Giffin, president of the Vermont Old Cemetery...
  • Odell Beckham Jr. arrest warrant: officer slapped wanted to retaliate, press charges

    01/16/2020 12:14:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies ^ | January 16, 2020 | Ramon Antonio Vargas
    Saying it was against building policy, a Mercedes-Benz Superdome police officer was telling LSU football players to extinguish their victory cigars Monday night in the jubilant locker room minutes after winning the national championship when he felt LSU alum and NFL pro Odell Beckham Jr. slap him on the backside. The 48-year-old lieutenant suppressed the urge to punch Beckham in retaliation, called the New Orleans Police Department a little more than a day later and told investigators he wanted to press charges, according to court records. Police by Thursday morning had obtained a warrant to arrest Beckham, 27, on a...
  • Odell Beckham Jr. handing out wads of cash to LSU players is one of the best celebrations ever

    01/14/2020 11:50:33 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Yahoo ^ | January 14, 2020 | Liz Roscher
    The LSU Tigers stand alone at the top of college football after beating Clemson 42-25 in the national championship game on Monday night, and once the clock ran out there was an absolute explosion of joy and happiness. Few people were happier than former LSU player (and current wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns) Odell Beckham Jr. OBJ was at the game and loved every single minute of it, and even found a phenomenal way to celebrate once the game was over: He whipped out what appeared to be a wad of cash and started handing money to players on...
  • Trump at LSU/Clemson Game

    01/13/2020 5:10:29 PM PST · by peggybac · 300 replies
    Did you hear the thunderous ovation and the USA! chant? WOW.
  • How Ed Orgeron persevered through all the jokes, firings and failure to win it all at LSU

    01/14/2020 6:47:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 73 replies
    Yahoo ^ | January 14, 2020 | Dan Wetzel
    Six football seasons ago, Ed Orgeron was out of work, spending his Friday nights sitting in the stands of Mandeville High School (Louisiana) watching his son Parker play. On Saturday afternoons he’d turn on the television. “Sitting on the sofa at my house,” Orgeron said. “I remember watching SEC games, going, ‘I know I can compete with these guys given the right place.’ ” He’d once been head coach at Ole Miss, but he won just three SEC games in three seasons. He’d essentially been retired into Southern football lore as a colorful character who couldn’t coach a lick. He’d...
  • Louisiana abortion case causes backlash for Chicago pro-life congressman

    01/12/2020 11:36:48 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Live Action News ^ | January 12, 2020 | Anne Marie Williams |
    As previously reported by Live Action News, the U.S. Supreme Court is slated to hear a Louisiana abortion law case, June Medical Services, LLC vs. Gee, on March 4th. The law requires that abortionists have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their facility. The law was enacted in 2014 but has not yet gone into effect due to various legal challenges. It would impact three abortion facilities, in Baton Rouge, Shreveport, and New Orleans. In total, these facilities commit about 10,000 abortions each year. Abortion advocates argue that the law, The Unsafe Abortion Act, provides no benefit...
  • RINOs Rand Paul and Mike Lee are Part of the Problem in the DC Swamp

    01/09/2020 10:46:04 AM PST · by EyesOfTX · 65 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | Gregg Updike
    If I remember correctly, several years ago Rand Paul was held up and harassed by the newly created TSA at an airport in either Nashville or Kentucky. He also had his ribs badly busted up at his home a few years back by some leftist radical wacko as a protest to something that got the left “OUTRAGED” over something Trump did to “OUTRAGE” them. Same with Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana and a bunch or GOP congressmen getting ambushed at a softball field by a Bernie Sanders’ supporter. In the past three years, we have seen numerous elected Democrats arguing...