The driver of a truck bearing a construction company´s name shown in a video speeding down a heavily flooded Mid-City street and pushing wakes of water onto inundated cars Saturday (Aug. 5) has been fired, according to a message posted to the company´s Facebook page. The video, which has garnered nearly 160,000 views on Facebook since being posted around 7 p.m. Saturday, catches a white pickup truck racing down Banks Street with water up to the truck´s bumper, then -- without slowing -- veer onto South Murat Street in Mid-City. Along the way, the truck can be seen sloshing water onto
Comments: Just ysterday I was playing Randy Newman´s Louisiana 1927. (The great flood.)
Why would anybody still live below sea level after they saw what Katrina did? The sewage in New Orleans flows a couple of feet below streets and sidewalks and is now scattered with the water on every flooded street. Diseases will break out within days.
Thunderstorms down there continue for the next three days. Good luck people.
Sorry L-dotters but this is a serious issue down there. My in-laws live on a street that floods - not the houses though. After high-water there´s major issues with the 4x4´s who go sight-seeing. They push the trucks through the water and the wake floods houses. Total jerks.
TENS of thousands of people already devastated by the destruction of Hurricane Maria are being rushed out of their homes after a dam threatens to pour downstream onto the stricken island of Puerto Rico. Emergency officials in Puerto Rico raced to evacuate almost 70,000 people away from the eastern dam on the rain-swollen Guajataca River, which will cave “very soon” under the weight of flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Disaster-struck residents of the area were being ferried to higher ground in buses, according to bulletins issued by the National Weather Service from its office in San Juan, the capital
A powerful 3.4 magnitude earthquake has rocked North Korea, sparking fears the nuclear-obsessed nation may have conducted a missile test. The tremor was detected in the Kilju area in the North Hamgyong province hours after Donald Trump mocked ´madman´ Kim Jong-un and the dictator called the US President a ´rabid dog´. The earthquake was felt at 3.30am ET (8.30am GMT) at a depth of zero miles, with China´s official Xinhua News Agency saying it was a ´suspected explosion´. A tremor earlier this month was caused by Kim´s sixth nuclear test so it´s no surprise there are fears this is another.
Vladimir Putin´s hackers targeted 21 states before the 2016 presidential election, the Department of Homeland Security dramatically revealed Friday. Wisconsin, a key state in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, said on Friday it was one of the 21 states that the federal government notified were targeted by Russian government hackers but no votes were changed. Hillary Clinton lost the state in an upset which she has claimed was not her fault. The Department of Homeland Security confirmed it had notified the 21 states but declined to identify them Friday. States that told The Associated Press they had been targeted include Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland,
Americans support Obamacare over the Senate Republican Graham-Cassidy plan to repeal it by 20 percentage points, according to a new poll. People favor Obamacare over the Senate Republican bill by a vote of 56 to 33 per cent, according to a new ABC News poll. Even 23 per cent of Republicans say they´d prefer Obamacare to the latest plan Republicans came up with. Among independents, 31 per cent would prefer Obamacare. Public approval for Obamacare – which bans denial of coverage for people with preexisting conditions, set up exchanges for sale of private insurance, provided subsidies for medicaid expansion, while requiring people
Austria, Germany and France have threatened to stay away from the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea amid security fears over the nuclear-armed North. Winter Olympics powerhouse Austria also revealed it could stay away from the Pyeongchang Games next February if security concerns deepened. France´s Sports Minister Laura Flessel said yesterday: ´If this gets worse and we do not have our security assured, then our French team will stay here.´ The absence of Austria and other leading winter sports powers would be a hammer blow to the Pyeongchang Games. Austria alone took home 17 medals from the previous Winter Olympics Sochi Games in
A Paris train station near the Eiffel Tower was today evacuated amid a bomb alert. Police were called to the Cambronne Metro stop after receiving reports of a suspicious package. The station is less than a mile from the most famous landmark in Paris and is in the central tourist area. After an hour the package was deemed non-suspicious with passengers allowed to return at approximately 9pm local time. Security remains high around the Eiffel Tower following a series of terror attacks that have hit France carried out by the Islamic State. Just weeks ago tourists were locked inside the famous structure while the Eurostar was evacuated
A tenth elderly patient has died after being kept inside a nursing home that turned into a sweatbox when Hurricane Irma knocked out its air conditioning for three days. Police in Florida confirmed 94-year-old Martha Murray died on Wednesday and said her death was related to the problems at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills following Irma. The first eight patients from the home died on September 13, three days after Irma struck and he ninth died Tuesday, even though just across the street was a fully functioning and cooled hospital. Hollywood police and the state attorney´s office are investigating the incident.
Incredible colourised photos have been unearthed showing international volunteers in the Spanish Civil War. The images show members of the famous International Brigade, which counted literary stars such as George Orwell, Ernest Hemmingway and Laurie Lee as members, as well as the Red Cross and local Spanish Republican militia. They are all the work of Doug Banks, who painstakingly brought the images up to date. They show soldiers enjoying a spot of lunch in front of their aircraft and members of the Red Cross on a rescue mission after the detonation of a bomb. ´The images are mainly of American volunteers enlisted into
Yes, both leaders spoke well at Tuesday’s annual General Assembly, specifically as to the “great perils” from rogue regimes. For President Trump that meant both North Korea and Iran. For Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Iran was mostly on his mind. Trump offered Kim Jong-un an offer he’d better not refuse – behave or there’ll be “no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.” Netanyahu did not go quite that far, but he mentioned the consequences if Iran keeps threatening Israel, as it does every day. Israel’s prime minister delivered this "simple messages" for Iranian dictator Khameini. "The light of Israel will
Istanbul´s biggest airport was forced to close after a luxury private plan crashed into the main runway and burst into flames. The jet was trying to leave Ataturk Airport on its way to Cyprus when it reportedly fell from the sky. The plane crashed into the ground and burst into flames prompting firefighters to flood to the scene to extinguish the blaze. Initial reports suggested the plane´s failure alarm triggered having taken off from the runway. Seconds later, the tire exploded during the emergency landing attempt, which is thought to have caused the fire. Ataturk airport reopened to traffic after the private jet
Donald Trump found a light moment in the midst of Thursday´s stern news that the United States will be using harsh new sanctions as a weapon against North Korea. During a meeting in New York City, South Korean President Moon Jae-In blasted his communist neighbors for its tests of nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles. ´North Korea has continued to make provocations, and this is extremely deplorable,´ Moon said. ´And this has angered both me and our people. But the United States has responded firmly and in a very good way.´ Trump seized on the word ´Deplorable,´ a zinger that former election foe Hillary
President Donald Trump confirmed Thursday that he plans to visit Puerto Rico, the U.S. territory that´s beginning a long process of recovery after Hurricane Maria struck this week. ´Yes, I will,´ he said in response to a question about whether a trip there is in his future. ´I´ll be going.´ Trump was speaking during a photo-op at the United Nations, before a bilateral meeting with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told DailyMail.com that there is ´no set timetable´ yet for a presidential visit to Puerto Rico. ´We want to be respectful of the recovery efforts and not disrupt
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) announced on Friday that he will vote against the latest GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare, potentially dooming the legislation. “I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried," he said in a statement, referring to the legislation spearheaded by GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C) and Bill Cassidy (La.). McCain´s announcement leaves GOP leadership with no room for error.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama has spoken about what life was like for her and her family during her eight years in The White House. Her candid comments came during a moderated discussion at a tech conference in Salt Lake City, Utah on Thursday evening. ´It´s like being shot out of a cannon while drinking from a fire hydrant blind,´ she explained as she told of how she got used to her new way of living. ´You have to tell The White House what kind of toilet paper you like. You don´t know where your forks are.´ (Photos) Mrs Obama
Sen. John McCain almost certainly just killed TrumpCare — and gave a boost to managed-care stocks such as UnitedHealth (UNH) and Centene (CNC). The Arizona Republican declared that he couldn´t "in good conscience" vote for the Graham-Cassidy plan to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with block grants to states. John McCain?Verified account @SenJohnMcCain I cannot in good conscience vote for Graham-Cassidy. A bill impacting so many lives deserves a bipartisan approach. The news brought a sudden turnaround in managed-care stocks, though much of that was short-lived. Shares of Centene, whose fortunes are more tied to the ObamaCare exchanges and Medicaid
The Senate’s top Democrat offered praise for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) after he said he would oppose the latest ObamaCare repeal bill, which narrows the chance that Republicans can get the legislation to President Trump’s desk. “John McCain shows the same courage in Congress that he showed when he was a naval aviator,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said an hour after McCain’s statement. “I have assured Senator McCain that as soon as repeal is off the table, we Democrats are intent on resuming the bipartisan process.” McCain is the second Republican, after Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), to announce
If NFL fans continue to turn away from football, the TV networks could lose as much as $200 million in earnings, according to a new report. After ratings for Week Two crashed, adding to the angst already felt by a poor showing in Week 1, industry insiders and analysts are sounding the alarm. A new report claims that CBS, ESPN, Fox and NBC could take a $200 million hit to their estimated $2.5 billion in NFL advertising earnings if fans continue to turn off the TV, the The Hollywood Reporter noted recently. The worries over earnings are not allayed by
A new fifth grade teacher at Canopy Oaks Elementary is asking students to use gender-neutral pronouns in the classroom. Math and science teacher Chloe Bressack sent the request home in a letter to parents headlined "About Mx. Bressack." “... my pronouns are ´they, them, their´ instead of ´he, his, she, hers.´ I know it takes some practice for it to feel natural,” the letter reads, “but students catch on pretty quickly.” The letter also asks that students use “Mx.," (pronounced ´Mix´) when addressing the teacher rather than Mr. or Ms. The note alarmed some parents. In a post written Tuesday night in the Facebook group
ABC has greenlit a new sitcom tentatively titled "Sanctuary Family" about an undocumented family living in the U.S. The network says the show will follow the pandemonium that unfolds when a married couple allows their undocumented nanny and her family to live with them. The guests put a strain on the marriage of the host family but they eventually learn that “the differences both families have aren’t as significant as their similarities,” according to the description provided by ABC. Undocumented immigrants are foreign-born people who don’t have a legal right to be or remain in the United States and the
Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel used his opening monologue Thursday to once again lambast supporters of the Graham-Cassidy health care bill -- and at one point called a Republican senator from Louisiana an "inbred." The host of ABC´s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” has emerged as a strong celebrity advocate for universal health care since his infant son had to undergo open-heart surgery in April. Kimmel made an announcement about his son during a memorable monologue at the time and has taken up the cause ever since. Part of his goal is for every child in the U.S. to have the same access to
Michelle Obama said in a speech Thursday that the White House is currently being led by fear, comparing President Trump´s administration with her husband and former President Obama´s administration. (Snip) “It isn’t just us first,” she said, referring to Trump´s "America first" policies. “We live in a big country and a big world," she said. "You can’t just want to help someone in a hurricane and not make sure they can go to the doctor when they’re sick.” Trump reiterated his "America first" doctrine in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly this week, emphasizing that America would put
The San Francisco 49ers Thursday night game against the Los Angeles Rams kicked off in front of a nearly empty stadium. Los Angeles Times reporter Lindsey Thiry tweeted a photo at the time of kickoff, which showed thousands of open seats. In fact, most sections in the photo have more empty seats than fans. (Tweet/Photo/Video) ESPN’s Darren Rovell reported that 63,500 tickets had been sold for the game, but of course, simply selling a ticket doesn’t mean the buyer will actually show up to the game. It’s hard to believe there are more than 30,000 people in the stadium, judging
Democratic Rep. John Lewis said Thursday he sometimes feels like “taking a bullwhip” to people in order to make them care about civil rights. “It doesn’t matter whether they’re black, or white, Latino, Asian-American or Native American. When you see something that’s not right, not fair, not just, you have an obligation to do something, to say something. They’re just too darn quiet. I really wanna use some other words sometimes,” Lewis told the audience of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Town Hall on Civil Rights in Washington, D.C. “I believe in the philosophy and the discipline of nonviolence, but sometimes
A team of four current and former NFL players is lobbying commissioner Roger Goodell to engage the league in fighting for the cause of social justice, even asking him to formally designate November as activism awareness month. Current players Michael Bennett (Seattle Seahawks), Torrey Smith (Philadelphia Eagles), and Malcolm Jenkins (Philadelphia Eagles), along with former player Anquan Boldin, sent Goodell and another executive a 2,800-word memorandum in August requesting the league invest significant resources in the cause. The memo, available in full here, is specific and thoughtful, but its requests would almost certainly prove divisive among fans, many of whom are