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'Fit as a Firefighter' Camp Helps Kids Lose Weight

Louisiana firefighters are saving kids' lives, but not in the usual way. Image: sxc.hu
Firefighters don't just fight fires. In Louisiana, they battle childhood obesity too. In Slidell, a local "Fit as a Firefighter" camp for children -- overweigh...

Britney Spears' son rushed to hospital

Britney Spears' son Jayden was rushed to the hospital on Sunday, after suffering an apparent allergic reaction. Britney and her sons are visiting family in Kentwood, Louisiana. At some point in the afternoon, he became "vague and unresponsive," certa...

Science gets the boot in Louisiana schools

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal -- surprisingly, a biology major in college -- has signed into law a bill that allows school boards in Louisiana to select materials to be used in science classes in order to critique scientific theories. The law is su...

Ontario to ban smoking in cars

It looks like Canadians are on the bandwagon with several states in the U.S. in the war against smoking. Authorities in Ontario are moving to ban smoking in cars when children are present. Offenders will be fined $247 if caught in the act of smoki...

Reese Witherspoon teaches for a day

Reese Witherspoon made a surprise visit to a group of students at a New Orleans school where she performed teaching duties for the day. The star paid a visit to the Children's Defense Freedom Fund School in New Orleans, Louisiana where children con...

Improving science edumacation in Louisiana

Senator David Vitter of Louisiana wants to set aside $100,000 for a Louisiana Christian group to undertake a study of and to produce a report on ways to improve science education in Louisiana, as well as the development and distribution of educationa...

Small red-eared slider turtles could return as pets

I had one, my brother had one, my best friend and her brother each had one- those cute little turtles that lived in the small, fake ponds with the small, fake palm tree on and even smaller island. We all had them when I was a kid and we loved them. T...

My ferret ate my baby's toes

A woman in Louisiana was jailed after four of her baby daughter's toes were gnawed off. Gross. And it gets even weirder. The father claims the family pit bull did it, but the mom blames her pet ferret. "The way the bite marks were on her foot, the ...

Free Speech trumps video game prudishness

Governor Kathleen Blanco of Louisiana signed a new law last June that would have outlawed selling video games to minors that appealed to a "morbid interest in violence" or depicted violence that is "patently offensive," according to community standar...

Lost in the fifties tonight

When Ronnie Milsap recorded the song Lost in the Fifties Tonight back in the mid-eighties, I don't think he was thinking of returning to a pre-Rosa set of rules for school buses. Having been born blind, he probably has little or no concept of skin co...

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