Monday afternoon news dump



• At the Values Voters Summit this weekend in Washington, D.C., a 2012 presidential straw poll favored Mike Huckabee. Louisiana's favorite governor? #7, just ahead of Ron Paul.

• At 3800 Howard, a few bumps on the way to "a more robust and interactive experience."

• A sadly familiar story from The New York Times: "As Galveston Recovers From Hurricane Ike, Some Residents Feel Left Behind":

About 20 percent of the 58,000 people who lived in the city before the hurricane have not returned, and one-quarter of the families whose homes were damaged by floods — about 4,000 households — are still unable to live in them.

Thousands of people are still staying with relatives or living in campers and government-provided trailers next to their ruined homes. About 3,000 are staying on the mainland in temporary apartments subsidized by the government. Many of these families are still waiting for more than $160 million in federal housing grants that have been approved but have yet to be disbursed because of bureaucratic delays in Austin, officials said.

“We have a lot of people who didn’t have insurance or who had some but not enough,” said Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas. “It’s just not fair. People are waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting.”

Mad Men was amazing last night. There truly is nothing like a John Deere.

Fashion forward: This winter, milady will have the chance to swaddle her shoulders in a luxurious nutria rat coat:

Cree McCree, a New Orleans writer and artist, hopes that by showcasing nutria fur in fashion — the reason the critters were brought to Louisiana in the first place — she can create a new market for the invasive water rats that are overpopulating, and eating away at, Louisiana's swamps. She'll be showing her nutria fashions this Saturday at La Fête d'Ecologie, a festival put on by the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program this Saturday in Thibodaux....

McCree will also being showing her line of nutria teeth jewelry. The teeth, which are orange and crescent shaped, are capped in bolognese silver and made into pendant necklaces and earrings. The jewelry will be available for sale at the festival.

• ... and speaking of high style: CUE acting editor Kyla Boutte was on the WWL-TV Eyewitness Morning News today to discuss fall fashion; you can see the clip here.

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