A tropical wave is moving from the Caribbean into the Gulf of Mexico. The circulation is over land right now, but it is worth watching as it pushes west. It is not likely anything will develop untilmore>>
Dolly has developed in the southern Gulf of Mexico, but not a threat to the northern Gulf coast.more>>
Event planners seem to no longer be wary of booking in New Orleans during the height of hurricane season. more>>
Event planners seem to no longer be wary of booking in New Orleans during the height of hurricane season. The traditionally slow months are transforming with the return of some big-name conventions. more>>
Labor Day is the official end of the summer season, and it's been known as the last day to wear white.more>>
Labor Day is the official end of the summer season, and it's been known as a stopping point for wearing white.more>>
First, the good news: As reviews come in from neighborhoods far and near, it appears that the starkest contrast between Hurricanes Isaac and Katrina was the adherence to social order this time around, compliance with law, order and common decency.
Sure, there were a few looting incidents, but it sounds like most of the SOB's got caught and I hope the Mayor and Police Chief keep true to their promise to stick these guys with as much hard time as is legally possible.
In my memory still, it was the looting – the preying upon neighbors by other neighbors; a free fall from civic grace and values – that pained me the most during Katrina.
Most of our peril, danger and suffering were wrought by outside forces during that disaster.
The looting was of our own making.
This time around, also, it seems the police were able to keep their darker natures in check.
Obviously, they didn't face near the apocalyptic scenario as Katrina, but it's comforting still to know they kept their heads this time, kept the peace and – this part's important – can therefore keep their jobs.
Even politicians are getting high marks for Isaac. The media is falling all over itself in praise of Jindal, Landrieu and Obama's engagement, actions, decisions.
By noting that it would have been very difficult to perform worse than their respective Katrina predecessors, I hope not to take anything away from their high marks this time around.
And now, the bad news: Isaac was a Category 1 Hurricane. Baby Bear.
And yet, it beat the hell out of this place.
I mean, when 1,600 people don't die and the city of New Orleans manages to stay dry, it's maybe difficult to appreciate the wrath of Isaac.
Not so for folks in LaPlace, Plaquemines, Slidell and others. They know the power.
And I don't like the role of harbinger of doom, but it leaves something to seriously consider: What if the next one is bigger? Cat 2? Cat 3?
Will the people, the cops, the pols – and the levees – perform so admirably again?
There's only one answer to that question, of course.
Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:07 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:07:52 GMT
Labor Day weekend has a special significance for alligator hunters in Mississippi. A few days into the start of this year's hunting season, a record-setting 756-pound gator was caught by Robert Mahaffeymore>>
Labor Day weekend has a special significance for alligator hunters in Mississippi. A few days into the start of this year's hunting season, a record-setting 756-pound gator was caught by Robert Mahaffey of Brandon in the first weekend of the season.more>>
For some, it may be hard to believe that nine years have passed since Hurricane Katrina made landfall and left major devastation in Louisiana and Mississippi. Most people will never forget where theymore>>
Friday marks nine years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall, causing major devastation in Louisiana and Mississippi.more>>
Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.more>>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.more>>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:42 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:42:59 GMT
The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Katelyn Beard. She was abducted Saturday morning from between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from 4244 Lynda Street in Jackson. Beardmore>>
Monday night, Thompson was seen leading officers around a field in the Pocahontas area, but there is no clarification or information to confirm what this was about.more>>