The 55-year old Claiborne Avenue Bridge links the poverty-stricken upper and lower Ninth Wards of New Orleans, which has seen its share of hardship ever since the bridge opened in 1957. A floating barge struck it in 1993 causing two cars to spill into the water – killing one and injuring two others. And in 2008 a New Orleans police officer was killed when his car plunged into the canal after the Claiborne Bridge malfunctioned and was left in a raised position.
Many families travel for the holidays, and the beloved family pets have to get left behind; causing boarding kennels to get extremely busy, many of them even have waiting lists. Mindy Williford works at a local boarding kennel, and she says their facility can hold up to 80 dogs and during the holidays their all booked up. Boarding kennels are a lot more lavish these days, dogs can have suites with their own beds and TV.
During election season, attack ads are a massive revenue source for broadcasters around the country; it leaves many asking the question: how much money is too much when it comes to campaigning? Kevin Wiltz, head of the commercial department of Cumulus Media in Lafayette, explains that broadcasters are legally obligated to accept any and all campaign advertising. The law referred to is Section 315 of the Communications Act of 1934, which was established to provide equal advertising opportunity to all candidates.