For most of the years we have lived here, there has been almost a murder a day in New Orleans. And as a sign that things are returning to normal, yesterday a New Orleans woman was stabbed to death in a violent murder. Read more about it in this storyfrom the paper today.
And sadly, something that is NOT normal along those same lines also happened this week in St Tammany where we live. The body of a teenage girl bound and gagged was found in the river, about 12 miles from my house. The police cannot identify her despite the detailed descriptions they've publicized over the past two days. I hope this is not a sign of a trend. With all the transient workers here in St. Tammany, this makes me very nervous. There are too many strangers here in our little suburb where we used to feel safe.
The Noah's Wish temporary animal shelter in Slidell where I spent a couple of days walking dogs will be closing this week on Thursday. They still have about 200 dogs and cats that are now up for adoption or fostering today. Read more about it in Lost and Pound.
Any of my neighbors reading this who still have a fridge hanging around please take note! St. Tammany residents can call the EPA's "Household Hazardous Waste Hotline" to have it picked up (800)401-1327. The fridges in my neighborhood were all picked up just before Halloween, but I'm sure there are many more lurking out there.
And can you stand one more fetid fridge story? When dh got back to his lab last week, he was greeted with a freezer full of dead rats that have been sitting for two months with no power. It may be some time before they can be disposed of since these are a hazardous waste that require certain protocal to remove them under normal circumstances. But there's no rush now that the power is back on, since they have simply been re-frozen. Yummy. ;-)