New Orleans, La. – Courtney Theard's first day on the job as a cook at a Gretna country club turned into an unanticipated trial by fire. The 19-year-old New Orleans native reported for duty that first day last month ready to learn the ropes, but when the club's chef went home ill, he suddenly found himself responsible for turning out a luau-style dinner for a big party in the dining room.
New Orleans, LA – Community IMPACT Series: Urban Conservancy, July 6, 2010
Sometimes, deciding where we spend our money comes down to the most convenient option, or, thanks to relentless marketing, whatever brand name springs to mind first. But the Urban Conservancy asks people in the New Orleans area to also consider a broader impact of those decisions.
New Orleans, La. – Davis says dispersants being used to break up the oil spill are forming tar balls that sinlk below the surface and are drifting in water currents into the lake. He says it's impossible to fight oil that can't be seen as it drifts under booms and past other barriers. But retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says Lake Pontchartrain's contamination may not be the dispersants fault.
New Orleans, La. – Oil keeps gushing around a loose-fitting cap at the seafloor. Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says seas are too rough to finish hooking up a third production vessel called the Helix. When it's expected to be on line in a few days, Allen says the surface operations could suck up most of the oil as it spills. Officials are still not sure about putting a tighter containment cap at the seabed because the blown out well would be wide open for a week while the switch is made.
New Orleans, La. – The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation has been leading efforts to improve water quality in the estuary system. It's seen a replenishment in recent years of fish and other marine life. But 1,000 pounds of oil and waste managed to find it's way through miles of protective wetlands. Foundation spokesman John Lopez:
St Tammany Parish, LA – In this edition, reporter Jollaine Schear takes us to the grounds of a non-profit organization which is striving to eliminate homelessness and help provide low-income housing on the Northshore. Habitat for Humanity
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