BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge police are investigating a former employee of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center on felony theft charges. Police says the former center's director of facilities allegedlymore>>
Baton Rouge police are investigating a former employee of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center on felony theft charges.more>>
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a deadly shooting in Marrero. The incident happened around 6:45 a.m. Thursday in the 6600 block of 14th Street. Officers arriving on the scenemore>>
Police have identified the victim in Thursday's deadly shooting in Marrero. Police say Terry Holden, 47, was shot and killed Thursday morning.more>>
Boyz II Men have canceled Sunday's show in New Orleans for "unforeseen circumstances." The group was scheduled to play August 24 at Champions Square along with Keith Sweat and En Vogue. A press releasedmore>>
Boyz II Men have canceled Sunday's show in New Orleans for "unforeseen circumstances."
New Orleans, La. - When researchers from Tulane and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette began a study of blue crabs in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, they expected a big kill-off. However, their investigations have not indicated any obvious or dramatic mortality rates. The ongoing study is funded by the BP/Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.
Six months before the spill, Caz Taylor, assistant professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and co-principal investigator of the study, was already researching crab movements along the coast.
For months her team collected samples of megalopae, the secondary stage in a crab's development from larvae to adult. Blue crabs live near the shore for most of their lives, but at spawning time, the females swim out into the Gulf. Their eggs hatch into tiny larvae that drift with the currents. Some reach shore and develop into adult crabs.
"The spill began at the peak of the spawning season, and the Deepwater Horizon rig was smack in the middle of my study area," says Taylor. "My first thought was that everything would die, but as far as we can tell, that didn't happen."
With the spill, her investigation shifted focus and expanded to seven sites from Galveston to Appalachicola from mid-May to the end of October, 2010.
"We certainly didn't get zero crabs in any places, and in some places we collected tens of thousands of megalopae," Taylor says.
Taylor and her colleagues are trying to determine why the crab population seems unaffected by the spill. Among the causes they are considering is that the closure of some fishing areas for several months gave crab numbers an opportunity to increase, and another is that larvae at the spill site may have been killed but were replaced by larvae drifting from other areas of the Gulf.
Investigators say an Algiers man shot and killed a masked robber who held him and his wife at gunpoint. The incident happened just before 10 p.m. Wednesday in the 1800 block of West Homestead Drive. Policemore>>
Investigators say an Algiers man shot and killed a masked gunman who attempted to rob him and his wife at their home.more>>
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The police chief for Gulf Shores along Alabama's coast is weighing-in on the actions of the law enforcement commander in charge of Ferguson, Missouri's in the wake of an escalating crisis brought on bymore>>
Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore wrote a blistering open letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson, who was given command of law enforcement operations following days of looting and rioting in the city.more>>
Dashcam footage captures an amazingly acrobatic motorcycle accident. As a car switches lanes, a motorcyclist slams into the vehicle's rear bumper. The motorcyclists is launched into the air, flips andmore>>
Dashcam footage captures an amazingly acrobatic motorcycle accident.more>>
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