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Today in NOLA 7.29.17


Today, feast on a shrimp boil (for a good cause!) at The Ace Hotel. Learn the art of brush lettering with Lionheart Prints, or cool off with some very funny people in the Orpheum's Ice Pit. Mecha Con's late night screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show will have you don your cult classic finery. On this day in 1862, Confederate spy Belle Boyd was arrested by Union forces. She was awarded the Southern Cross of Honor for passing information to General Stonewall Jackson. Now, more to do this Saturday.

 


Big Shrimpin'


It's mid-summer, which means you might have had your fill of crawfish boils by now. Turn your attention to another fruit of the sea with this weekend's upscale shrimp boil at The Ace Hotel. On Saturday (7.29), chefs from three top restaurants around town will go head to head to benefit the Audubon G.U.L.F. Institute. 

 


Tarpon Time

Grand Isle's Grandaddy Fishing Rodeo Returns



Anglers are jumping over to Grand Isle this weekend for the oldest fishing tournament in the United States, the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo.  Originally founded by a New Orleans fishing club back in 1928, the long-running competition celebrates its 93rd anniversary. Or, maybe it's the 94th.


Protesters March from Grand Isle to Governor's Mansion


by Chris Staudinger

Protests continue in the wake of the passage of SB469.  A group began a 155-mile walk from Grand Isle over the weekend. They expect to make about twenty miles each day and reach Baton Rouge at 1pm on Saturday, June 29.  Under the moniker “Flood into Baton Rouge,” the group has collected two gallons of water from the Gulf of Mexico and will carry them on their backs to the Governor’s mansion.


Grand Isle Tarball Rodeo

Four Years After Big Oozy, Oil Cleanup Continues on La. Beaches



Photos by Daniel Paschall 

April 20, 2014 -- In the parking lot of a nondescript office on Grand Isle, three petty officers stood over the gate of a pickup truck, and sifted through a pile of earthen clumps.


Grand Isle: 18 Lbs. of Pot Beached


The Gulf of Mexico is known for suspicious materials, but the most recent chemical discovery is legal to smoke in two states. Over 18 pounds of "suspected marijuana" washed ashore yesterday, according to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. The hefty bag of pot was recovered from the shoreline of the Grand Isle State Park.  


New Orleans, SoLa Communities Get Disaster Debt Relief


Debt relief came to a handful of New Orleans agencies on the front lines of disaster response this week. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's office announced that she and other lawmakers had cancelled nearly $36 million in Community Disaster Loans (CDL) and adjusted the CDL formula so that $286.7 million in debt was canceled for South Louisiana communities.


Blowout at Natural Gas Rig in Gulf


Updated 1:40 p.m.

A natural gas rig had a blowout in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The blowout occurred about 9:30 a.m., about 55 miles offshore, south of Grand Isle, according to the feds. Forty seven workers were evacuated from the rig safely, Colclough said.


Ersters with Beaver, Crawfish and an App


With most of the weekend left to wait until the Super Bowl, New Orleanians will be doing what they do best to count down to the Big Game: sitting around and eating seafood. On Saturday, a pair of events bring new flavor and digital technology to shellfish. A block party-sized crawfish boil in Mid-City highlights a new app. In the Quarter, an oyster-eating contest brings in hot beaver.


Return to the Sheen: Latest Mystery Oil is Near Deepwater Horizon Site


by Chase Lowenstein

Once again, the U.S. Coast Guard is scrambling to make sense of recent releases of oil in the Gulf. The source of the latest sheen, which appeared near the site of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, remains a mystery. But the USCG is investigating the oil to attempt to determine the cause.


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