Volume 134 Number 6 - Feb 08, 2007

News

Armstrong airport soars with new airline adding 12 flights per day
ExpressJet Airlines will begin service at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport this summer, offering non-stop service to Austin, San Antonio, Kansas City, Mo., Birmingham, Jacksonville, Fl., and Raleigh-Durham with 12 flights per day.

Bicentennial trivia ... celebrating SC Parish’s 200th B-day
Enjoy history? Like trivia? You’ve come to the right place. Because each week on these pages, we publish seven new historical tibits in honor of our Bicentennial Year. Here goes:

Norco 4-6 Elementary’s Honor Roll
This week's honor roll coverage: Norco 4-6 Elementary. Check out next week’s edition for more of the parish school’s prinicpal lists and honor rolls. Send all school news to Heather R. Breaux at heatherb@heraldguide.com.

Parish CARNIVAL Attractions
Des Allemands parade Grand Marshal Mazie Dufrene. Krewe of Lul and Krewe of Des Allemands ... Kings, Queens, Grand Marshals and Parade Route
Everything you need to know about Mardi Gras parades in St. Charles Parish ... first, we look at the Krewe of Lul and then move on to the Krewe of Des Allemands ...

So how ‘bout that GLOBAL WARMING?
It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important. - Martin Luther King Jr. I love my past. I love my present. I'm not ashamed of what I've had, and I'm not sad because I have it no longer. - Herma Briffault Colette, French novelist

St. Charles refineries get ‘thumbs up’ from environmental group
St. Charles refineries get ‘thumbs up’ from environmental group Ranking for carcinogenic emissions slams plants in other parishes and states, but Shell and Valero are O.K.
Nine oil refineries in the United States account for only 15 percent of the nation’s refining capacity but produce a shocking third of total carcinogenic pollution emissions that are reported by the oil industry, according to a new report from the nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project. But when it comes to local-to-St. Charles Parish refineries, we’re in good shape. None of the top polluters are located here. In fact, a spokesman for the environmental group tells the Herald-Guide that even though all plants produce toxic wastes, Valero St. Charles Refinery in Norco, Motiva Enterprises, LLC in Norco, and Shell Chem LP in St. Rose, all are doing a good job of handling theirs safely and guarding against releases into the environment. When considering toxic emissions, the size of the plant, and its overall refining capacity,, are prime considerations in how much is too much. “In a comparision of releases of so-called ‘OSHA carcinogens’ for the three refineries located in St. Charles Parish, you’ll find the numbers are lower on average than other refineries in the United States,” direction Eric Schaeffer, formerly of the Environmental Protectin Agency, told the Herald-Guide from his office in Washington, D.C. “Shell Norco (east chemical plant) was Louisiana’s second largest source of emissions of “OSHA carcinogens” in 2004,” he adds. “But that’s not surprising given the plant’s size and what it produces.” In other words, the waste produced was relative to the output and it was handled appropriately. Disturbingly, Schaeffer said, smaller refineries in other parishes and other states are producing a disproportionate amount of toxic wastes. And he says that what he calls “major inconsistencies” in the carcinogen emission data analyzed by EIP “raise serious questions about the accuracy and completeness of oil industry reporting to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about such pollution.” Entitled Refined Hazard: Carcinogenic Air Pollution from America’s Oil Refineries, the EIP report identifies the Top 10 refinery sources of air emissions of carcinogens in 2004 as follows: (1) BP/Texas City, TX; (2) Exxon Mobil/Baytown, TX; (3) Flint Hills/Corpus Christi, TX.; (4) La Gloria/Tyler, TX; (5) Lyondell-Citgo/Houston, TX; (6) Exxon Mobil/Baton Rouge, LA; (7) Valero/Corpus Christi, TX; (8) Sunoco/Philadelphia, PA; (9) Chalmette/Chalmette, LA; and (10) Citgo/Lake Charles, LA. “Overall level of emissions of carcinogens declined between 1999 and 2004,” said Schaeffer. “But there were big jumps at some refineries and inconsistency in the level of reporting at others. “EPA should stop taking industry self-reporting at face value, and investigate whether these emissions are being accurately reported as the law requires.” The EIP report uses data from the EPA Toxics Release Inventory to catalogue refinery air emissions of certain pollutants that are known or believed to cause cancer. The TRI is a database that contains information on toxic chemical releases reported annually by certain covered industries, including oil refineries. Designations of chemicals as carcinogenic or possibly carcinogenic in humans are made by expert consensus groups established by the U.S. National Toxicology Program, or by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is an agency of the World Health Organization. The carcinogens emitted by U.S. refineries include benzene, ethylbenzene, butadiene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, naphthalene, formaldehyde, and metals such as nickel and lead. Key findings of the EIP report include: - The BP Texas City refinery - where a major 2005 explosion resulted in 15 fatalities - was by far the largest refinery source of carcinogen emissions in 2004, due mostly to its reported release of nearly two million pounds of formaldehyde in that year. BP has claimed that the formaldehyde release resulted from a change in its emission calculations, raising questions as to whether other refineries are reporting accurately. * La Gloria, a small refinery in Tyler, Texas, is the largest refinery source of air emissions of benzene, a known carcinogen. * Sunoco’s Philadelphia refinery is the largest single U.S. refinery source of polycyclic aromatic compounds, which include suspected carcinogens. * Excluding BP Texas City, Texas refineries accounted for 36 percent of total refinery air emissions of carcinogens in 2004, but only 24 percent of the nation’s refining capacity. Questions? Comments? Write: editor@heraldguide.com

Suicide is NO solution - how schools help keep kids alive
Editor’s note: Within the past three weeks, teenagers in New Sarpy, Edgard, and LaPlace have been killed in heart-breaking accidents related to a lethal game of Russian Roulette, a drowning on the heels of a hospital visit in Luling, and an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head

Unemployment dips in St. Charles Parish, outlook is good, too
Labor statistics reports show more people are working in the state and in the parish, with the Louisiana Department of Labor reporting a decline in the unemployment rate for December, the latest figures available.

Valentine’s story you’ll NEVER forget
‘Love sentence’ for newlyweds who met in prison
Two former drug addicts who met and fell in love at the Nelson Coleman Correctional facility are happily married and teaching others how love and faith in God are the key ingredients in rebuilding your life.

Weather Girl Megan's
Weather Girl Megan's Extended Forecast - Feb. 8 - Feb. 13
Warm and chilly, cloudy and sunny, rainy and dry - we'll get it all in the coming week ... read on to find out more.

What parish teens really want - COOL PLACES TO SHOP
What parish teens really want - COOL PLACES TO SHOP Interns Nattie Swan and Megan Waters wrote this story. Waters photo for the Herald-Guide. Teens are paying close attention to all the new stores and shops that are projected to open in St. Charles Parish this year.


Sports

Revenge of the Saints
By Mike Detillier
It is very hard to win a Super Bowl championship, just ask the Indianapolis Colts and the guys who led them there: quarterback Peyton Manning and head coach Tony Dungy.
Tigers itching for a championship
By Caleb Frey
HAHNVILLE - The Hahnville Tigers were unexpectedly bounced from the first round of the playoffs in baseball last spring, and first year Head Coach Kade Rogers said it's going to take reaching the State Championship this season to wipe out the memory of that loss.
Sports Week with Megan Waters
By Megan Waters
GAME. Ponchatoula Green Wave, 2 - Hahnville Lady Tigers, 1. The game was played home at Tiger Stadium Jan. 31.
‘Super’ Bowl?
By Kristian Garic
Saints fans, feel any vindication? Well, I know, I know it isn't as sweet as seeing the Saints win the World Championship but seeing Peyton Manning do it is a nice silver lining. Going into this game you got the feeling that it would be a game of firsts, and it certainly was.
Parish softball sign-up shakin’ all month long
By Staff Report
The Luling Booster club will be accepting registration forms for the 2007 Baseball and Softballand Tee- Ball season beginning Monday Feb. 5, through March 1.
DHS Sports Week
By Nattie Swan
Check out what's happening with tennis, dancing, cheerleading, softball, baseball, basketball, golf, the drum line and the winter guard at Destrehan High School.

Editorial

It’s been a real good year in professional football
By Allen Lottinger
Well, a Southeast Louisiana team didn’t make it to the Super Bowl. But we did the next best thing.
Homestead exemption needs our attention
Letters to the Editor
Editor: I am writing as many others may be or want to about the homestead exemption.
Why early Christians dismissed the ‘Lost Gospels’ of Thomas and Judas
By Ann Taylor
This is the second of a three-part series on the Origin of the Bible: Human Invention or Divine Intervention?” by Dr. Brant Pitre. Dr. Pitre is a biblical scholar of international acclaim. For background information or CD's of his bible studies, visit www.brantpitre.com
Murder madness in New Orleans just won't stop
By C.B. Forgotston
New Orleans has just recorded its 21st murder in the first 35 days of the year - and the third murder in one weekend.

Our View

Krewe has no apologies for vulgar floats
Back in history, Christians jumped at the chance to proclaim Jesus as the Son of God. Thousands of them were even martyred because of their faith.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
By Staff Report
All subjects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.



Lifestyles

TOWN TALK
By Colette Lottinger
Much has been said about whether our school system really needs the millage renewed again in order to keep St. Charles Parish students ahead of the game.
Herald-Guide
By Heather R. Breaux
You can still enjoy delicious snacks and goodies and still lose weight with exercise and diet tips in Herald-Guide Weight Watch.
What's in a name?
By Heather R. Breaux
The ringing of wedding bells and the pitter-patter of little feet are becoming familiar sounds to me since most of my girlfriends from college are tying the knot and becoming parents.
Secret to losing weight
By Derek Clontz
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has concluded after a major study that Americans are getting fatter “because they eat more than they used to.”
Ask Nattie
By Nattie Swan
Nattie Swan is St. Charles Parish’s best new advice columnist for kids and their parents. Let her help you. Send questions to editor@heraldguide.com
Ronnie Gaubert is ...
By Heather R. Breaux
Bird-watchers nationwide are dusting off their binoculars for the Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 16-19. But Destrehan native and nature photographer Ronnie Gaubert keeps our feathered friends in sharp focus all the time.
50 ways to LEAVE your lover?
By Heather R. Breaux
There must be fifty ways to leave your lover ... Just slip out the back, Jack Make a new plan, Stan You don't need to be coy, Roy Just get yourself free Hop on the bus, Gus You don't need to discuss much Just drop off the key, Lee, Just set yourself free.
See what the NOISE is all about
By Staff Report
The St. Charles Community Band is looking for new adult members, especially woodwinds and percussion, who have had at least some high school band experience.
Don’t let Mardi Gras make you ... urp - sick!
By Staff Report
Most of us are too busy catching beads and trinkets during Mardi Gras parades to realize that it’s almost impossible to keep our hands clean and free of germs.
Paint like nobody's watching
By Staff Report
Unleash your creative side and sign up for a St. Charles Parish Community Education art course. From acrylic painting to calligraphy, there’s bound to be a class just for you.
MONEYTALK with Al Suffrin
By Al Suffrin
Dear Mr. Suffrin: My son is a high-school sophomore and we are beginning to look into what colleges he would like to attend. That way we can figure out how much his education will cost and also how we are going to pay for it.
Nifty $5 for YOUR jokes and riddles
By Staff Report
A VALENTINE’S DREAM A young woman was taking an afternoon nap. After she woke up, she told her husband, "I just dreamed that you gave me a pearl necklace for Valentine's day. What do you think it means?"
Speak with Authority
By Staff Report
BOUTTE - Experts agree that when you learn a new word, your world becomes a bigger and more interesting place.
Can you top this?
By Staff Report
Heather Breaux’s rocks might not look like much to the untrained eye, but they, well ... rock!
ASTHMA
By Staff Report
Asthma is a major problem in Louisiana with one in 10 households having at least one child who suffers.
Asthma-fighting advice from a Luling doctor; breathe easier - take charge now
By Shonna Riggs
You can prevent asthma attacks or minimize their severity with tips from a Luling doctor.
Recycling not quite back up to snuff
By Staff Report
Curbside recycling that was “blown away” and forgotten after Hurricane Katrina isn’t coming back anytime soon, say officials - because there’s nowhere to take the bottles, aluminium cans, plastics and newspapers.
Learn a lot about asthma and its dangers in seconds flat
By Staff Report
Asthma primer can help you ... read on and find out how.

Obituaries

Very Important Parishioners ... Transitions
Parishioners we’ll miss - obituaries of people we knew and loved.