Monthly Archives: August 2008

KATIE COURIC IS HANGING OUT IN BATON ROUGE!

TIME TO COVER GUSTAV IN LOUISIANA!

If you’ve watched the CBS Evening News you’re probably familiar with the veteran anchorwoman. Katie Couric was in Baton Rouge this weekend to cover hurricane Gustav. She has plans to broadcast from the city only 70 miles from New Orleans. Baton Rouge has become the command and communication center for first responders who will be based in the city. Couric was interviewed at the Insite’s former home base – WAFB TV (CBS). She appeared on the news set with anchors Donna Britt and Andrea Moreau!

BATON ROUGE IS NOT A CITY FOR EVACUEES!

WHERE NEW ORLEANS RESIDENTS SHOULD NOT GO!

THOUSANDS OF NEW ORLEANS RESIDENTS ARE LANDING IN A CITY WHERE THEY SHOULDN’T BE…THAT’S BATON ROUGE. THE MAYOR OF THE CITY SAYS IT’S NOT DESIGNATED AS A RESIDENTIAL SHELTER LOCATION. HOWEVER THOUSANDS OF EVACUEES FLEEING GUSTAV HAVE GONE THERE. MAYOR KIP HOLDEN SAYS BATON ROUGE IS THE COMMAND CENTER AND SHELTER LOCATION FOR FIRST RESPONDERS FROM THE AREAS THAT COULD BE HIT BY THE STORM SYSTEM. BUT BACK IN HIS CITY THEY’RE ALREADY FEELING THE EFFECTS. THERE ARE SOME GAS STATIONS THAT ARE RUNNING OUT OF FUEL, STORES LOW ON FOOD AND HOTELS ARE AT THE MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY.

FOR THOSE WHO ARE WONDERING JUST BECAUSE BATON ROUGE IS NOT A SHELTERING CITY DOESN’T MEAN EVACUEES CAN’T COME HERE. IT MEANS IF THEY COME HERE THEY’RE ON THEIR OWN. THERE ARE NO RED CROSS OR OTHER EMERGENCY HELP SERVICES SET UP FOR HIM. BUT THEY ARE FREE TO GET THEIR OWN HOTEL OR FIND FAMILY MEMBERS OR FRIENDS TO BUNK WITH FOR THE DURATION OF THE STORM.

HOUSTON FACES COVERING GUSTAV IN NEW ORLEANS!

THE GANG IS ALL HERE!







In every major weather event you can expect to find news crews from Houston, Texas on the scene. Gustav is no different. Dozens of members of the news media made their way to New Orleans to cover the major storm that threatens to be just as bad as Katrina. I was there along with Phil Archer (KPRC), Brandon Martin (KPRC), Sally MacDonald (KRIV), Chris Gutierrez (FOX NEWS), Matt Matejka (KRIV), Mike Foster (KRIV), Alan Barlow (KRIV), Mark Jenner (KRIV), Jeremy Disel (KHOU) and the list goes on. I wasn’t able to get pictures of everyone but here’s what developed!

IT’S LIKE KATRINA ALL OVER AGAIN, EXCEPT BETTER ORGANIZED!

PEOPLE BEING BUSED OUT TO SAFETY!




It’s really sad to look into the faces of hundreds of people who are boarding charter buses this afternoon in New Orleans. They’re being shipped to various places as Gustav approaches the Big Easy. There are children, elderly, disabled and others. I know it has got to be very difficult on them to have to pick up and evacuate just three years after Katrina. A storm that claimed the lives of about 1500 people in a very unprepared city. This time things have change with buses getting people out of harm’s way well before a system touches the Louisiana coast. The SPCA is also here loading up the pets to ensure they aren’t left behind. Here are some the pictures I was able to get at the AMTrak train station!

IT HAS BEGUN!

WE’RE OUT OF GAS, SORRY BUDDY!

Obviously, you all know Gustav could hit New Orleans. People know what it was like during Katrina so many of them are leaving without an evacuation order. The early signs are already here in the Big Easy. I drove out to an Exxon and found the tanks empty already. I had to drive another 5 miles to find some fuel. I was able to fill up but the line was crazy with a bunch of nervous people afraid the gas was going to run out before they hit the pump. I hope the state and the oil companies have fuel trucks on stand by for the worst. I’ll keep you updated!

A HURRICANE IS COMING: I KNOW, NOW PUT $20 ON #14!

GAMBLING THROUGH THE BIG STORM!



No matter where I go and there is a storm approaching people still will go to the casino. I saw it in Lake Charles and I witnessed it again at Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans. People want to win their money while the winning is good. I noticed there was a steady stream of people entering the casino despite the impending doom. I think it may be a form of relaxation for people. A form of relaxation I just don’t understand. I lost $5 and almost had a heart attack. $20 is the maximum I will spend in a casino but Thursday night I would only part with $5. When and if I gamble it’s like my money is flying away with wings on the bills. I just can’t take that kind of torture. Do you know what I can do with $5!

I SAW HIS SUPER BOWL RING AS HE WAS PUMPING GAS!

ROOSEVELT TAYLOR FROM THE NFL!

You never quite know who you are going to run into in the Big Easy. On this very hot Friday I met NFL legend Mr. Roosevelt Taylor. Most of you blog readers are too young to know who he is. Taylor played in at least two Super Bowls in his career that began in 1961. He also played for the Chicago Bears, the Washington Redskins and the San Francisco 49er’s. Taylor, who’s from New Orleans, was in town from Arkansas to check up on the progress of his home. It’s being renovated after it took quite a hit from Katrina. Now Mr. Taylor says he’s worried about Gustav. Would you blame him. It was cool meeting the former NFL great pumping gas at the service station!

GLORIA OLIVER HAS A WAY WITH WORDS!

THE PERFECT PICTURE OF KNOWLEDGE AND COURAGE!

It’s likely something you can only get from an older person who’s seen a lot in their life time. It’s that feeling you get from a person who’s the perfect example of knowledge and courage. I think I got that today from a New Orleans resident by the name of Gloria Oliver. I was interviewing her about the approaching storm we now know as Gustav. I think the 65 year old hypnotized me with her words. I lost track of thought and forgot what I was doing because she made me just want to listen to her words. She talked about the devastation and death she witnessed in Katrina. She talked about losing her home and mother in a matter of years. She talked about the crumbling community she lives in. She talked about a lot but through it all Ms. Oliver says she has endured. The Treme resident says her faith comes from God and God alone. Her words of wisdom was like opening a good book you’ve been waiting to read. She was truly a pleasure to meet. A person i will probably never forget. Ok, I’ll stop now before it sounds like I’m crazy. I just hope all of you run into your Ms. Oliver. She makes the problems we endure seem very bearable. Just a day in New Orleans for me!

video report:
http://www.myfoxhouston.com/myfox/MyFox/pages/sidebar_video.jsp?contentId=7320916&version=1&locale=EN-US

YOU AIN’T GOT TO LEAVE NOEW ORLEANS, BUT YOU GOT TO GET THE H*LL OUT OF HERE!

HOTELS IN NEW ORLEANS ARE BOARDING UP FOR GUSTAV!




It’s kind of scary when you see construction guys boarding up the place you’re staying in. That’s exactly what’s happening at the hotel I’m booked in while covering Gustav for FOX 26. Most hotel workers are telling their guest check out will be Saturday morning at 10 am. I’m at the LaQuinta where the manager is really nervous. I don’t blame Mohammad because he just went through Katrina three years ago. And believe it or not there are guests who are just down right upset with the hotel. They want to stay but there is no where for them to lay their heads. By the way, the Gay Decadence festival is apparently going on and those participants say they’re catching early flights back to where they came from!

MARY BENTON IS KEEPING IT REAL WITH SLIM THUG!

THE INSITE PICTURE OF THE MONTH!

By: Mary Benton – I was on my way to interview Breakfast Klub owner Marcus Davis, on a story about Senator Barack Obama, when I saw Houston Rapper Slim Thug walking out of the restaurant.

He’s an intimidating 6’6” and was very friendly and receptive to me – his fan.

I asked him to pose for a picture and said I would “send it to my friend Isiah Carey.” (how’s that for shameless name dropping)

Of course Slim Thug knows who you are, I was surprised and flattered when he said that he recognized me from TV.

This proves you are never to young to watch the news, or too old to know who the Boss is, and never too cynical to realize that life is made up of little moments that leave big impressions.

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF BARACK OBAMA’S SPEECH!

DID HE HIT A HOME RUN OR SCORE A FOUL!

On a night rich with political spectacle and historical symbolism, Barack Obama vowed to “restore America’s promise” after eight years of Republican rule that he said has badly damaged the nation’s image abroad and set it on a path to economic ruin at home.

“We meet at one of those defining moments – a moment when our nation is at war, our economy is in turmoil, and the American promise has been threatened once more,” Obama said Thursday night, as he accepted the Democratic presidential nomination before an estimated crowd of 85,000 people at Denver’s Invesco Field.

“This moment – this election – is our chance to keep, in the 21st century, the American promise alive.”

THE INSITE IN THE BIG EASY COVERING KATRINA ANNIVERSARY AND GUSTAV!

IN THE PATH OF THE STORM THAT COULD KNOCK THE SHADES OFF MY FACE!

Hey Guys,

Just wanted to let you know to expect fewer posts. The Insite has made the trek to New Orleans, Louisiana to cover the Katrina Anniversary and the approach of Gustav. I think we will be here until the storm hits or if it hits. Keep me in those prayers!

The Insite!