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Artists seek to paint houses on Industrial Canal floodwall

by Sheila Grissett, The Times-Picayune

Thursday April 09, 2009, 2:09 PM

 

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The floodwall along Jourdan Avenue would be covered in paintings of shotgun houses under a proposal that regional levee commissioners areconsidering.

A New Orleans public art group asked regional levee commissioners today to let 65 local artists paint shotgun houses on an Industrial Canal floodwall tohelp rejuvenate the Lower 9th Ward. Graffitti eradicator Fred Radtke is against theproposal.

The non-profit community group NoLA NoLA Rising told a committee meeting of the Sutheast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East that it wants paint 3,900 feet of floodwall visible from the neighborhood.

"This would be a controlled project. You'd get to approve the (art) in advance," said organization President Michael "Rex" Dinger."It's a wall that deserves a great deal of respect ... because of those who died."

The site is where the floodwall breached during Hurricane Katrina, destroying the surrounding neighborhood.

Radtke warned the authority's operations committee that granting the arts request would open Pandora's box.

"You cannot control this project ... in this city," he said, alleging that the amount of graffitti has tripled at other local mural sites in thepast several years. "It's out of control here because the city's out of control. There's no quality of life here."

Committee members voted to ask the Army Corps of Engineers whether it has a policy on painting federal floodwalls.

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Sheila Grissett can be reached at sgrissett@timespicayune.com or 504.717.7700.

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U2 can take guitar auction to the edge
Dundee music shop offers piece of band memorabilia for charity
By Mark Dowie

Published: 10/04/2009

A DUNDEE music shop is offering a rare opportunity for U2 fans to snap up a piece of band memorabilia - for a minimum of £8,000.

A guitar belonging to The Edge - David Howell Evans - will be auctioned at the weekend in aid of three charities.

The customised Epiphone Les Paul was used by the guitarist on the band's last album, as well as at gigs throughout the world.

It is on display at Kenny's Music in Castle Street and will be auctioned on eBay to raise money for the Children's HospiceAssociation Scotland, the Mary Leishman Foundation and The Edge's own charity, Music Rising.

Music Rising was set up after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, to help musicians there to replace instruments lost in the naturaldisaster.

Rory Stewart, guitar manager at Kenny's Music, said the instrument has already attracted considerable interest.

He said: "There's a starting bid of £8,000 which has been put up by The Edge himself, but despite that there are still a lot of people who want toknow when it's being auctioned.

"It still has The Edge's strings and guitar strap on it so it could go for stupidly big money."

The auction has been organised jointly by Kenny's Music and the Stuart Adamson Foundation, which was established in memory of the former Big Countryfrontman, who died in Hawaii in 2001.

Mr Stewart said: "We were contacted by Stuart Adamson's daughter, Kirsten, who asked us to handle the sale.

"The owner of the store, Kenny Graham, was a musician in the 1980s when Big Country were gigging too and was part of the same scene."

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U2 can take guitar auction to the edge
Dundee music shop offers piece of band memorabilia for charity
By Mark Dowie

Published: 10/04/2009

A DUNDEE music shop is offering a rare opportunity for U2 fans to snap up a piece of band memorabilia - for a minimum of £8,000.

A guitar belonging to The Edge - David Howell Evans - will be auctioned at the weekend in aid of three charities.

The customised Epiphone Les Paul was used by the guitarist on the band's last album, as well as at gigs throughout the world.

It is on display at Kenny's Music in Castle Street and will be auctioned on eBay to raise money for the Children's HospiceAssociation Scotland, the Mary Leishman Foundation and The Edge's own charity, Music Rising.

Music Rising was set up after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, to help musicians there to replace instruments lost in the naturaldisaster.

Rory Stewart, guitar manager at Kenny's Music, said the instrument has already attracted considerable interest.

He said: "There's a starting bid of £8,000 which has been put up by The Edge himself, but despite that there are still a lot of people who want toknow when it's being auctioned.

"It still has The Edge's strings and guitar strap on it so it could go for stupidly big money."

The auction has been organised jointly by Kenny's Music and the Stuart Adamson Foundation, which was established in memory of the former Big Countryfrontman, who died in Hawaii in 2001.

Mr Stewart said: "We were contacted by Stuart Adamson's daughter, Kirsten, who asked us to handle the sale.

"The owner of the store, Kenny Graham, was a musician in the 1980s when Big Country were gigging too and was part of the same scene."

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Chill out at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

1:17 PM EDT, April 10, 2009

 

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Festival attendees gather around the food outlets during the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans. (AP Photo / April 26,2008)

 

It's that time of year when New Orleans slathers up and chills out.

Never mind how spring temperatures tend to sizzle. Get a big hat and plenty of sunscreen and everything will be cool in the Big Easy for the last weekend ofApril and the first weekend of May.

About the festival

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest - that smorgasbord of music, food and fun - allows music enthusiasts to plan an itinerary around everything frommusical lectures and demonstrations to impromptu parties. And, oh yes, big-name acts and niche music abounds.

 

Related links

Restaurants In New Orleans Photos

New Orleans celebrates Mardi Gras Photos

Cocktails in New Orleans Photos

The New Orleans of TV and Film Photos

Burlesque in New Orleans Photos

New Orleans Fish Market Photos Fans stake out spots in front of stages or under shade trees at the Fair Grounds Race Track, chowing down on boiled crawfish,po-boys, fried chicken and even sushi.

This year's lineup

The fest itself will be 40 years old when it opens for the weekend of April 24-26. Opening day headliners will include Joe Cocker, Spoon and Marc Broussard.Music the first weekend also includes James Taylor, Wilco, Erykah Badu and the Dave Matthews Band.

The festival's second weekend kicks off on Thursday. Performers through May 3 include Emmylou Harris, Ben Harper, Bon Jovi, Neil Young and the NevilleBrothers.

Other entertainment

With the huge selection of music and other attractions - including hundreds of booths with food, art, clothing and native crafts - pacing is important forthose attending the event.

Many festival regulars set up a headquarters - folding chairs, umbrellas, blankets - near one of the stages or in shaded areas where they listen to musicnear a favored tent or stage.

There is also plenty of music and food available for visitors after Jazz Fest closes each day - for those with the energy remaining to do more.

Getting there: Jazz Fest runs April 24-May 3 in New Orleans. Continental, Delta and JetBlue airlines offer nonstop service from New York area airports whileAirTran, American, Southwest, United and US Airways offer connecting service. Expect to pay about $300 round-trip for flights during the festival.

Where to stay: Rooms in New Orleans during the festival are at a premium, with many people settling for lodging on the Mississippi Gulf Coast or in otherareas of Louisiana.

Tickets: $40 in advance or $50 at the gate

More info: 504-410-4100, nojazzfest.com

source: newsday

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Chill out at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

1:17 PM EDT, April 10, 2009

 

46149433.jpg

Festival attendees gather around the food outlets during the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans. (AP Photo / April 26,2008)

 

It's that time of year when New Orleans slathers up and chills out.

Never mind how spring temperatures tend to sizzle. Get a big hat and plenty of sunscreen and everything will be cool in the Big Easy for the last weekend ofApril and the first weekend of May.

About the festival

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest - that smorgasbord of music, food and fun - allows music enthusiasts to plan an itinerary around everything frommusical lectures and demonstrations to impromptu parties. And, oh yes, big-name acts and niche music abounds.

 

Related links

Restaurants In New Orleans Photos

New Orleans celebrates Mardi Gras Photos

Cocktails in New Orleans Photos

The New Orleans of TV and Film Photos

Burlesque in New Orleans Photos

New Orleans Fish Market Photos Fans stake out spots in front of stages or under shade trees at the Fair Grounds Race Track, chowing down on boiled crawfish,po-boys, fried chicken and even sushi.

This year's lineup

The fest itself will be 40 years old when it opens for the weekend of April 24-26. Opening day headliners will include Joe Cocker, Spoon and Marc Broussard.Music the first weekend also includes James Taylor, Wilco, Erykah Badu and the Dave Matthews Band.

The festival's second weekend kicks off on Thursday. Performers through May 3 include Emmylou Harris, Ben Harper, Bon Jovi, Neil Young and the NevilleBrothers.

Other entertainment

With the huge selection of music and other attractions - including hundreds of booths with food, art, clothing and native crafts - pacing is important forthose attending the event.

Many festival regulars set up a headquarters - folding chairs, umbrellas, blankets - near one of the stages or in shaded areas where they listen to musicnear a favored tent or stage.

There is also plenty of music and food available for visitors after Jazz Fest closes each day - for those with the energy remaining to do more.

Getting there: Jazz Fest runs April 24-May 3 in New Orleans. Continental, Delta and JetBlue airlines offer nonstop service from New York area airports whileAirTran, American, Southwest, United and US Airways offer connecting service. Expect to pay about $300 round-trip for flights during the festival.

Where to stay: Rooms in New Orleans during the festival are at a premium, with many people settling for lodging on the Mississippi Gulf Coast or in otherareas of Louisiana.

Tickets: $40 in advance or $50 at the gate

More info: 504-410-4100, nojazzfest.com

source: newsday

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New apartments open for seniors in Lower 9th Ward
by Susan Finch, The Times-Picayune
Saturday April 11, 2009, 10:19 AM
A new Lower 9th Ward apartment complex, built with financial help from the city and the federal government, is giving some senior citizens a chance to returnto the part of the city they called home before Hurricane Katrina.

Rising Sun Homes, a 34-unit complex at 1420 Charbonnet St., offers efficiencies that rent for $375 a month and one-bedroom apartments for $475 to people 55and older with low incomes.

Each apartment at the complex, where gated off-street parking is available, has an electric stove, refrigerator and heat pump. Each floor has a laundryroom, and on the first floor there is a large community center and a nurse's station where wellness programs will take place.

Based on a proposal by Rising Sun Missionary Baptist Association, the $4.5 million project was underwritten with $4 million from the sale of tax credits bythe Louisiana Housing Finance Agency and $500,000 in Neighborhood Housing Improvement Funds furnished by the city of New Orleans.

Through word of mouth, Rising Sun Homes has already attracted 14 tenants, according to the complex's manager, Julie Vaucresson.

"Their kids are still in the area and wanted them back, so they could check up on them," she said. "I have one lady, her daughter lives ablock away and can stand out on her lawn and look at her mother's apartment."

Developer Jamie Neville, who worked with Rising Sun Missionary Baptist Association and its president, the Rev. W.H. Jenneford, to make the apartment complexa reality, said tenants had been living in Atlanta, Houston, Dallas and Birmingham.

Vaucresson said they wanted to come back to their neighborhood but before Rising Sun opened "there was no place to come back to."

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday to officially open the complex, Mayor Ray Nagin called the occasion "a great day for the Lower 9th Ward and theentire city of New Orleans."

Jenneford said his grandfather, who founded Rising Sun Missionary Baptist Association, dreamed of creating housing for senior citizens during the GreatDepression.

That dream has lived on in him and others in the association, Jenneford said.

The new complex "will allow us to provide people with a decent place to live at an affordable cost. It is part of what we want to do. We are just gladGod has opened a door."

. . . . . . .

Susan Finch can be reached at sfinch@timespicayune.com or 504.826.3340.

source: nola


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Ivor van Heerden, who pointed fingers in Hurricane Katrina levee failures, fired by LSU
by Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune
Thursday April 09, 2009, 10:06 PM

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Ivor van Heerden

Ivor van Heerden, the outspoken coastal scientist who led the state's independent Team Louisiana investigation into Hurricane Katrina levee failures,has been notified by Louisiana State University that he will be terminated as a research professor in May 2010.


Van Heerden, who is not a tenured professor, also has been stripped of his title as deputy director of the LSU Hurricane Center. Also, engineering professorMarc Levitan has stepped down as the center's director. University officials say they will reshape the center's research direction in the wake of themoves.

Van Heerden will remain director of the LSU Center for the Study of Public Health Impacts of Hurricanes, financed by a $3.65 million Louisiana Board ofRegents Health Excellence Fund, until his LSU contract ends next year.

LSU officials have refused to address the van Heerden decision, citing the school's policy of not commenting about personnel matters.

"Legally, we're not allowed to comment on any kind of personnel action, " said spokeswoman Kristine Calongne. "We're bound byconfidentiality of our employees."

Van Heerden said the university would not give him a reason, either. David Constant, interim dean of LSU's College of Engineering, told him the decision"wasn't due to my performance. But he couldn't tell me why, " van Heerden said.

Critical of corps

The decision has been brewing ever since van Heerden agreed to head the forensic investigation team in the days after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans inAugust 2005, he said. Within days of the team's formation, van Heerden was frequently quoted in national newspaper and television reports, and most of hiscomments were highly critical of the Army Corps of Engineers' levee and floodwall construction policies and designs.

In November 2005, he was called to a meeting with two LSU assistant chancellors who van Heerden said told him to stop talking to the press, because itthreatened the university's ability to get research dollars from the federal government.

Former LSU Vice Chancellor for Communications Michael Ruffner, now an official at the University of West Georgia, in a June 2006 letter to TheTimes-Picayune, gave a different version of the discussion.

"During fall 2005 an issue with Professor van Heerden arose relating to his technical and professional expertise to comment on levees and constructionmatters because he is trained in geology and botany, and not civil engineering, " Ruffner wrote.

"At the request of the Dean of Engineering and other members of the engineering faculty, we discussed this with the author and gained his assurancethat he would not speak on matters for which he has no professional credentials or experience, like civil engineering."

The letter appeared soon after the May 2006 publication of van Heerden's book about Katrina titled, "The Storm: What Went Wrong and Why DuringHurricane Katrina -- The Inside Story from One Louisiana Scientist." In the book, van Heerden described what he called attacks on his academic freedom bythe LSU administration.

Colleague defends work

A version of Ruffner's letter also appeared in The New York Times, which prompted Levitan to demand a meeting with Ruffner to get a retraction and anapology on van Heerden's behalf. Although he does not have an engineering degree, van Heerden was granted a doctorate in marine sciences by LSU in 1983,and the research he had overseen at his health center was aimed at determining the potential for hurricane storm surge to overtop the New Orleans leveesystem.

"I brought a copy of Ivor's resume, showed him his background and degrees and a copy of the summary of the Team Louisiana contract that Ivor wasappointed to head, " Levitan said Thursday. He also pointed out that van Heerden had issued his critiques of the corps as the director of the forensicinvestigation, which included a team of scientists and civil engineers.

Ruffner refused to retract the letter or apologize, Levitan said.

"At this point, Ruffner also mentioned to me -- and this was still in the post-Katrina environment when, every single day, hurricanes were front-pagenews -- that van Heerden was causing problems with the Hurricane Center and if he were no longer part of the center, things would probably be better for theHurricane Center on campus, " Levitan said, "at which point, I told him to go stuff it and walked out of his office."

Levitan, still an engineering professor in the university's department of civil and environmental engineering, said he expects to be criticized byLSU's leadership for revealing his meeting with the chancellors to the media.

"But it's time for me to come to his defense, " Levitan said. "For someone who has done so much for LSU and the state, this is uncalledfor."

The university actually moved to limit van Heerden's role in hurricane research soon after his book came out. The engineering school reclassified him asan associate research professor, which does not allow him to teach classes.

Van Heerden said LSU officials also told him the reclassification prohibited him from making public appearances or working with government agencies. Butuniversity officials backed off, in part, after he was able to show them that the grants paying for his research called for him to interact with state andlocal government officials.

Storm model withheld

Last year, van Heerden also was ordered not to distribute to the media storm-surge modeling results developed under his direction as Hurricane Gustavapproached the state. As part of the Hurricane Center, van Heerden was in charge of the university's development of ADCIRC storm-surge modeling untilKatrina. In that role, he provided surge modeling information to emergency managers at the state and local level and also provided model results to the mediain advance of hurricanes.

One such model published by The Times-Picayune the day before Katrina struck predicted that major flooding was likely in St. Bernard Parish, eastern NewOrleans and the Lower 9th Ward.

Last year, direction of the university's surge modeling was moved from van Heerden to Robert Twilley, associate vice chancellor of the university'sOffice of Research & Development. As Hurricane Gustav approached the Louisiana coastline, LSU scientists using early versions of the ADCIRC surge model raninto problems with the way the model projected water levels in western Louisiana.

Van Heerden said he began getting calls from state and local officials for more accurate information from a separate model that members of his staff wererunning, but that he had been told not to release the information by LSU officials.

The LSU modelers under Twilley then switched to a newer model developed through a collaboration of LSU, the University of Notre Dame and the University ofNorth Carolina. That model did a better job of measuring water levels throughout the state, according to scientists with the three universities.

. . . . . . .

Mark Schleifstein can be reached at mschleifstein@timespicayune.com or 504.826.3327.

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New apartments open for seniors in Lower 9th Ward
by Susan Finch, The Times-Picayune
Saturday April 11, 2009, 10:19 AM
A new Lower 9th Ward apartment complex, built with financial help from the city and the federal government, is giving some senior citizens a chance to returnto the part of the city they called home before Hurricane Katrina.

Rising Sun Homes, a 34-unit complex at 1420 Charbonnet St., offers efficiencies that rent for $375 a month and one-bedroom apartments for $475 to people 55and older with low incomes.

Each apartment at the complex, where gated off-street parking is available, has an electric stove, refrigerator and heat pump. Each floor has a laundryroom, and on the first floor there is a large community center and a nurse's station where wellness programs will take place.

Based on a proposal by Rising Sun Missionary Baptist Association, the $4.5 million project was underwritten with $4 million from the sale of tax credits bythe Louisiana Housing Finance Agency and $500,000 in Neighborhood Housing Improvement Funds furnished by the city of New Orleans.

Through word of mouth, Rising Sun Homes has already attracted 14 tenants, according to the complex's manager, Julie Vaucresson.

"Their kids are still in the area and wanted them back, so they could check up on them," she said. "I have one lady, her daughter lives ablock away and can stand out on her lawn and look at her mother's apartment."

Developer Jamie Neville, who worked with Rising Sun Missionary Baptist Association and its president, the Rev. W.H. Jenneford, to make the apartment complexa reality, said tenants had been living in Atlanta, Houston, Dallas and Birmingham.

Vaucresson said they wanted to come back to their neighborhood but before Rising Sun opened "there was no place to come back to."

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday to officially open the complex, Mayor Ray Nagin called the occasion "a great day for the Lower 9th Ward and theentire city of New Orleans."

Jenneford said his grandfather, who founded Rising Sun Missionary Baptist Association, dreamed of creating housing for senior citizens during the GreatDepression.

That dream has lived on in him and others in the association, Jenneford said.

The new complex "will allow us to provide people with a decent place to live at an affordable cost. It is part of what we want to do. We are just gladGod has opened a door."

. . . . . . .

Susan Finch can be reached at sfinch@timespicayune.com or 504.826.3340.

source: nola


****

Ivor van Heerden, who pointed fingers in Hurricane Katrina levee failures, fired by LSU
by Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune
Thursday April 09, 2009, 10:06 PM

medium_van_heerden.jpg
Ivor van Heerden

Ivor van Heerden, the outspoken coastal scientist who led the state's independent Team Louisiana investigation into Hurricane Katrina levee failures,has been notified by Louisiana State University that he will be terminated as a research professor in May 2010.


Van Heerden, who is not a tenured professor, also has been stripped of his title as deputy director of the LSU Hurricane Center. Also, engineering professorMarc Levitan has stepped down as the center's director. University officials say they will reshape the center's research direction in the wake of themoves.

Van Heerden will remain director of the LSU Center for the Study of Public Health Impacts of Hurricanes, financed by a $3.65 million Louisiana Board ofRegents Health Excellence Fund, until his LSU contract ends next year.

LSU officials have refused to address the van Heerden decision, citing the school's policy of not commenting about personnel matters.

"Legally, we're not allowed to comment on any kind of personnel action, " said spokeswoman Kristine Calongne. "We're bound byconfidentiality of our employees."

Van Heerden said the university would not give him a reason, either. David Constant, interim dean of LSU's College of Engineering, told him the decision"wasn't due to my performance. But he couldn't tell me why, " van Heerden said.

Critical of corps

The decision has been brewing ever since van Heerden agreed to head the forensic investigation team in the days after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans inAugust 2005, he said. Within days of the team's formation, van Heerden was frequently quoted in national newspaper and television reports, and most of hiscomments were highly critical of the Army Corps of Engineers' levee and floodwall construction policies and designs.

In November 2005, he was called to a meeting with two LSU assistant chancellors who van Heerden said told him to stop talking to the press, because itthreatened the university's ability to get research dollars from the federal government.

Former LSU Vice Chancellor for Communications Michael Ruffner, now an official at the University of West Georgia, in a June 2006 letter to TheTimes-Picayune, gave a different version of the discussion.

"During fall 2005 an issue with Professor van Heerden arose relating to his technical and professional expertise to comment on levees and constructionmatters because he is trained in geology and botany, and not civil engineering, " Ruffner wrote.

"At the request of the Dean of Engineering and other members of the engineering faculty, we discussed this with the author and gained his assurancethat he would not speak on matters for which he has no professional credentials or experience, like civil engineering."

The letter appeared soon after the May 2006 publication of van Heerden's book about Katrina titled, "The Storm: What Went Wrong and Why DuringHurricane Katrina -- The Inside Story from One Louisiana Scientist." In the book, van Heerden described what he called attacks on his academic freedom bythe LSU administration.

Colleague defends work

A version of Ruffner's letter also appeared in The New York Times, which prompted Levitan to demand a meeting with Ruffner to get a retraction and anapology on van Heerden's behalf. Although he does not have an engineering degree, van Heerden was granted a doctorate in marine sciences by LSU in 1983,and the research he had overseen at his health center was aimed at determining the potential for hurricane storm surge to overtop the New Orleans leveesystem.

"I brought a copy of Ivor's resume, showed him his background and degrees and a copy of the summary of the Team Louisiana contract that Ivor wasappointed to head, " Levitan said Thursday. He also pointed out that van Heerden had issued his critiques of the corps as the director of the forensicinvestigation, which included a team of scientists and civil engineers.

Ruffner refused to retract the letter or apologize, Levitan said.

"At this point, Ruffner also mentioned to me -- and this was still in the post-Katrina environment when, every single day, hurricanes were front-pagenews -- that van Heerden was causing problems with the Hurricane Center and if he were no longer part of the center, things would probably be better for theHurricane Center on campus, " Levitan said, "at which point, I told him to go stuff it and walked out of his office."

Levitan, still an engineering professor in the university's department of civil and environmental engineering, said he expects to be criticized byLSU's leadership for revealing his meeting with the chancellors to the media.

"But it's time for me to come to his defense, " Levitan said. "For someone who has done so much for LSU and the state, this is uncalledfor."

The university actually moved to limit van Heerden's role in hurricane research soon after his book came out. The engineering school reclassified him asan associate research professor, which does not allow him to teach classes.

Van Heerden said LSU officials also told him the reclassification prohibited him from making public appearances or working with government agencies. Butuniversity officials backed off, in part, after he was able to show them that the grants paying for his research called for him to interact with state andlocal government officials.

Storm model withheld

Last year, van Heerden also was ordered not to distribute to the media storm-surge modeling results developed under his direction as Hurricane Gustavapproached the state. As part of the Hurricane Center, van Heerden was in charge of the university's development of ADCIRC storm-surge modeling untilKatrina. In that role, he provided surge modeling information to emergency managers at the state and local level and also provided model results to the mediain advance of hurricanes.

One such model published by The Times-Picayune the day before Katrina struck predicted that major flooding was likely in St. Bernard Parish, eastern NewOrleans and the Lower 9th Ward.

Last year, direction of the university's surge modeling was moved from van Heerden to Robert Twilley, associate vice chancellor of the university'sOffice of Research & Development. As Hurricane Gustav approached the Louisiana coastline, LSU scientists using early versions of the ADCIRC surge model raninto problems with the way the model projected water levels in western Louisiana.

Van Heerden said he began getting calls from state and local officials for more accurate information from a separate model that members of his staff wererunning, but that he had been told not to release the information by LSU officials.

The LSU modelers under Twilley then switched to a newer model developed through a collaboration of LSU, the University of Notre Dame and the University ofNorth Carolina. That model did a better job of measuring water levels throughout the state, according to scientists with the three universities.

. . . . . . .

Mark Schleifstein can be reached at mschleifstein@timespicayune.com or 504.826.3327.

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In other words, he's a menace to the Corps and government so they made sure he was removed. And this is the guy that said everything that could happenduring a Hurricane Katrina type storm, did happen.

 

Typical Louisiana politics.

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ReggieReginaONumb wrote:

Nawlins wrote:

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sad to see him go. i photographed a wedding last year that he played at since he knew the bride and groom. my wife used to walk with him to work when we first moved here 15 yrs ago and lived on esplanade ave.

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thanks Nawlins for this info. Your job is great, I love your site!

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Ok, what "smile" icon????

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hi dear, Happy Easter, for you and yours! thumbsup.gif

The icons are in the set up above, starting with 'Font Color' at left side (A), after 'Font Size' (T)....until the 21st icon (Insert yourimage).

 

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hi dear, Happy Easter, for you and yours! thumbsup.gif

The icons are in the set up above, starting with 'Font Color' at left side (A), after 'Font Size' (T)....until the 21st icon (Insert yourimage).

 

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Tornado watch issued for New Orleans area as severe weather approaches
by Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune
Sunday April 12, 2009, 2:20 PM
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 9 p.m. for the New Orleans area and much of the rest of eastern Louisiana, as a strong cold frontwith a history of producing dangerous thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail and winds in excess of 60 mph approaches the area.

Forecasters issued a special weather statement warning of severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes this afternoon and evening throughout the New Orleans area.

Wet air is flowing north from the Gulf of Mexico along the frontal system, which is being powered by an upper level low pressure system along theColorado-New Mexico border and a surface low that has been tracking northeast across Texas and will enter Arkansas this evening.

That combination, combined with a dip over the area of the jetstream, is expected to create windshear conditions in the area that could produce tornadoes aslarge thunderstorms develop, forecasters warned. Hail of up to 2 inches in diameter and gusts of as much as 80 mph could accompany some of the storms.

Some of the severe weather could occur after 1 a.m. Monday.

Monday will bring a 50 percent chance of rain during the day, dropping to 20 percent by evening.

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Tornado watch issued for New Orleans area as severe weather approaches
by Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune
Sunday April 12, 2009, 2:20 PM
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 9 p.m. for the New Orleans area and much of the rest of eastern Louisiana, as a strong cold frontwith a history of producing dangerous thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail and winds in excess of 60 mph approaches the area.

Forecasters issued a special weather statement warning of severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes this afternoon and evening throughout the New Orleans area.

Wet air is flowing north from the Gulf of Mexico along the frontal system, which is being powered by an upper level low pressure system along theColorado-New Mexico border and a surface low that has been tracking northeast across Texas and will enter Arkansas this evening.

That combination, combined with a dip over the area of the jetstream, is expected to create windshear conditions in the area that could produce tornadoes aslarge thunderstorms develop, forecasters warned. Hail of up to 2 inches in diameter and gusts of as much as 80 mph could accompany some of the storms.

Some of the severe weather could occur after 1 a.m. Monday.

Monday will bring a 50 percent chance of rain during the day, dropping to 20 percent by evening.

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Nawlins wrote:

In other words, he's a menace to the Corps and government so they made sure he was removed. And this is the guy that said everything that could happen during a Hurricane Katrina type storm, did happen.

 

Typical Louisiana politics.

 

 

thank you so much for your comment, the truth.

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Nawlins wrote:

In other words, he's a menace to the Corps and government so they made sure he was removed. And this is the guy that said everything that could happen during a Hurricane Katrina type storm, did happen.

 

Typical Louisiana politics.

 

 

thank you so much for your comment, the truth.

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Nawlins wrote:

In other words, he's a menace to the Corps and government so they made sure he was removed. And this is the guy that said everything that could happen during a Hurricane Katrina type storm, did happen.

 

Typical Louisiana politics.

 

 

Unfortunately, LSU politics as well as the state government's.

 

His wife is a friend; they have known about this "demotion" for a while. Really, really a shame.

 

Hope Easter is more peaceful than the day before around here.

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Nawlins wrote:

In other words, he's a menace to the Corps and government so they made sure he was removed. And this is the guy that said everything that could happen during a Hurricane Katrina type storm, did happen.

 

Typical Louisiana politics.

 

 

Unfortunately, LSU politics as well as the state government's.

 

His wife is a friend; they have known about this "demotion" for a while. Really, really a shame.

 

Hope Easter is more peaceful than the day before around here.

 

thank thank you for your explanation; it's very important for us, out off NOLA, to know better the things....

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jeldahr wrote:

Nawlins wrote:

In other words, he's a menace to the Corps and government so they made sure he was removed. And this is the guy that said everything that could happen during a Hurricane Katrina type storm, did happen.

 

Typical Louisiana politics.

 

 

Unfortunately, LSU politics as well as the state government's.

 

His wife is a friend; they have known about this "demotion" for a while. Really, really a shame.

 

Hope Easter is more peaceful than the day before around here.

 

thank thank you for your explanation; it's very important for us, out off NOLA, to know better the things....

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Fitch upgrades bond rating for New Orleans

By BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press Writer Becky Bohrer, Associated Press Writer - Mon Apr 13, 6:36 pm ET
NEW ORLEANS - Fitch Ratings upgraded its investment-grade bond rating for New Orleans Monday, saying the financial picture for the city devastated by HurricaneKatrina less than 4 years ago has stabilized.

This comes less than a month after Moody's Investors Service affirmed its investment-grade rating and is seen as another sign of recovery. But withlocal officials hoping to sell $80 million in bonds for infrastructure work this year, the big question is: What will Standard & Poor's will do?

Standard & Poor's had rated the city at below investment-grade after the 2005 hurricane, and officials see an upgrade to investment grade ascritical to the bond sale prospects.

Without that upgrade, "market access will be extremely limited and very expensive," Peter Kessenich, a financial adviser to the Board ofLiquidation, City Debt, said in an e-mail Monday.

Before Katrina, voters approved a $260 million bond issue for roads, public infrastructure and other work. The city sold $75 million in bonds in 2007 andhoped to sell $80 million in 2008.

But the board in October delayed the planned $80 million sale due to the Standard & Poor's rating and what Kessenich called "lousy" marketconditions. City officials hoped for a sale in early 2009 to keep public works and other projects on track, but the board has been waiting to hear from therating agencies before deciding its next step.

Representatives of the three agencies visited the city in March. The findings by Standard & Poor's are expected soon and Kessenich said he'soptimistic about the city's prospects for the desired upgrade.

Public Works Director Robert Mendoza said about one-third of his $600 million rebuilding program is dependent on bond funds, and that segment of projectswould essentially grind to a halt if the planned sale does not take place this year. He said he's already running out of funds from the previous sale andis waiting on a new infusion of cash to put out some bids for work and begin design on others.

Other segments of the public works' program include projects that are federally backed and not affected by the bond funding.

Fitch, in its report Monday, noted that the city still faces years of recovery and plenty of work in key areas such as housing, health care, publicinfrastructure and education.

But it also cited gains in property tax collections, a population at about 70 percent of the pre-Katrina level and rebuilding aid in its assessment that NewOrleans' financial profile had stabilized. The city, which has relied on federal loans to prop up its budget since the storm, also hopes to beself-sufficient by 2011.

The level of rebuilding aid flowing to the region "is providing a measurable boost to economic activity during the current (national) recession andwill establish a solid foundation for future economic growth," the agency said.

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Fitch upgrades bond rating for New Orleans

By BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press Writer Becky Bohrer, Associated Press Writer - Mon Apr 13, 6:36 pm ET
NEW ORLEANS - Fitch Ratings upgraded its investment-grade bond rating for New Orleans Monday, saying the financial picture for the city devastated by HurricaneKatrina less than 4 years ago has stabilized.

This comes less than a month after Moody's Investors Service affirmed its investment-grade rating and is seen as another sign of recovery. But withlocal officials hoping to sell $80 million in bonds for infrastructure work this year, the big question is: What will Standard & Poor's will do?

Standard & Poor's had rated the city at below investment-grade after the 2005 hurricane, and officials see an upgrade to investment grade ascritical to the bond sale prospects.

Without that upgrade, "market access will be extremely limited and very expensive," Peter Kessenich, a financial adviser to the Board ofLiquidation, City Debt, said in an e-mail Monday.

Before Katrina, voters approved a $260 million bond issue for roads, public infrastructure and other work. The city sold $75 million in bonds in 2007 andhoped to sell $80 million in 2008.

But the board in October delayed the planned $80 million sale due to the Standard & Poor's rating and what Kessenich called "lousy" marketconditions. City officials hoped for a sale in early 2009 to keep public works and other projects on track, but the board has been waiting to hear from therating agencies before deciding its next step.

Representatives of the three agencies visited the city in March. The findings by Standard & Poor's are expected soon and Kessenich said he'soptimistic about the city's prospects for the desired upgrade.

Public Works Director Robert Mendoza said about one-third of his $600 million rebuilding program is dependent on bond funds, and that segment of projectswould essentially grind to a halt if the planned sale does not take place this year. He said he's already running out of funds from the previous sale andis waiting on a new infusion of cash to put out some bids for work and begin design on others.

Other segments of the public works' program include projects that are federally backed and not affected by the bond funding.

Fitch, in its report Monday, noted that the city still faces years of recovery and plenty of work in key areas such as housing, health care, publicinfrastructure and education.

But it also cited gains in property tax collections, a population at about 70 percent of the pre-Katrina level and rebuilding aid in its assessment that NewOrleans' financial profile had stabilized. The city, which has relied on federal loans to prop up its budget since the storm, also hopes to beself-sufficient by 2011.

The level of rebuilding aid flowing to the region "is providing a measurable boost to economic activity during the current (national) recession andwill establish a solid foundation for future economic growth," the agency said.

source: yahoo

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