New Orleans, La. – Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says he will now take over news briefings apart from BP. Rear Admiral Mary Landry had been conducting briefings alongside BP officials since the April 20th rig explosion that preceded the oil spill.
"The goal is to create as broad a picture of this response, what's going on, and speak very frankly to the American public."
Allen praised Landry's oversight of BP's response.
New Orleans, La. – BP is no longer plunging heavy mud into the well. The gushing flow blasted out all 33,000 barrels of the material, and shooting debris into the well didn't work either. BP executive Doug Suttles says it's now getting robots ready to slice off a leaking pipe and fit a containment device to funnel oil to a surface ship.
New Orleans, La. – Captain Shepard Smith says the research ship Thomas Jefferson normally maps wetlands and shallow waters for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It's now in New Orleans, preparing to head out next week and look for deep-sea oil.
"We're really adapting sensors that are designed for other oceanographic purposes to this very particular task, and we don't know exactly how it's going to work out yet."
Thanks to the way they proliferate across the New Orleans calendar, most folks seem to have a pretty good lock on what a local festival looks like. Most are outdoors and have music, food and drinks. There will probably be T-shirts for sale, possibly even an official poster. This is the fundamental template for everything from Jazz Fest to small neighborhood festivals.
Lynette Bates and her brother, Larnell Bates Jr., grew up in New Orleans. They celebrate the close bond they have with each other and others in their family, as well as the friends and neighbors they consider part of the family.