A federal judge has denied petitions from four groups seeking to have a say in an agreement New Orleans has reached with the Justice Department to overhaul the city's troubled police department.
The Times-Picayune reports that U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan on Friday denied requests from two police association organizations, Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson and nonprofit Community United for Change.
The Shaw Group Inc. has completed the $290 million sale of its Energy and Chemicals business to Technip.
The Energy and Chemicals sale, which was completed on Friday, also helps Baton Rouge-based Shaw meet one of the requirements for Shaw to eventually be acquired by CB&I -- having at least $800 million in cash.
Shaw and Technip announced their deal on May 21, and the sale of the Energy and Chemicals unit was expected to close by the end of August.
The company said the sale will give Shaw an adjusted cash balance of around $1.3 billion.
The nearly 10-acre roof of the Superdome in New Orleans became a symbol of Hurricane Katrina's destruction in 2005, but the new, improved roof survived Hurricane Isaac just fine.
Superdome manager Doug Thornton said Friday that Isaac did cause some damage to the dome, including some sheet metal damage to exhaust vents. His early estimate of repair costs is $75,000 to $100,000 — a far cry from the $157 million in storm damage repairs covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Katrina.
"Public's anger at lengthy power outage after Isaac boils over."
According to the newspaper, after six days of camping outside in sweltering temperatures because Hurricane Isaac knocked out power last week, there are many angry folks in the city and surrounding parishes.
A week after signing an emergency declaration, President Obama saw first-hand the damage Hurricane Isaac inflicted in parts of Louisiana. Thousands are still without power, with temperatures in the 90s.
An art installation of a melting fan sits on display in a subway station Thursday, June 9, 2011, in Atlanta.
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Brian Stone Jr., director of the Urban Climate Lab at Georgia Tech, says that pavement stores heat during the day and makes cities hotter at night. Cities, he says, tend to be heating up at double the rate of the rest of the planet.
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Green spaces and water features, like this new one behind Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta, are ways cities can help combat rising temperatures. Trees provide shade, and evaporating water helps cool the air.
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Greg Levine, with the nonprofit Trees Atlanta, is working to plant new trees and saplings in the area.
More than 20,000 high-temperature records have been broken so far this year in the United States. And the heat is especially bad in cities, which are heating up about twice as fast as the rest of the planet.
High temperatures increase the risk of everything from asthma to allergies, and can even be deadly. But a researcher in Atlanta also sees this urban heat wave as an opportunity to do something about our warming planet.