New Orleans, LA – Culinary fusion is hardly a trendy idea for Vietnamese cooks. After all, their traditional food sometimes shows the stamp that a century of French colonial history left on their country. For a handheld lesson on the subject, simply order a banh mi, the Vietnamese sandwich made on crusty French bread and smeared with pate.
New Orleans, La. – At least eight federal investigations are being conducted into the department, some involving actions taken years after the 2005 hurricane. U-S Attorney General Eric Holder says his office is working with the city to ensure a well-run police department,
"We are committed to this kind of work generally and we are committed to making sure that we make a difference in this city specifically."
New Orleans, La. – Senator Landrieu told the National Oil Spill Commission at its first meeting in New Orleans that its findings will be key to drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. She made an unannounced visit to the commission, which she says will have a say in the national policy on off-shore drilling. The new rules clarify what safety steps are needed to resume drilling.
New Orleans, La. – Four officers are charged with opening fire on people after the 2005 hurricane left the city in shambles. Two men died; one was mentally disabled who was shot in the back and stomped on by one officer while still alive. Two other officers are charged with planting a gun and covering up what happened. Holder says the Danziger Bridge case came to his attention shortly after he took office.
New Orleans, La. – Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says the new cap will take pressure readings. If they're too low, it means there could be other breaks in the well and plugging oil from the top could trigger more leaks. If they're high enough, valves on the cap will gradually be shut off. Allen says he's very confident the cap will stay in place. If it's not able to stop oil from flowing out it will at least be able to funnel it to surface ships.