Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore were named NFL offensive rookie and defensive rookie of the year, respectively, by the Associated Press at the annual NFL Honors. The laurels made the New Orleans Saints the second team in NFL history to have two players win the awards in the same season. Kamara is a running back for the New Orleans Saints and Lattimore is a cornerback.
Leah Chase was named Humanist of the Year by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH). "Her life accomplishments certainly make her deserving of this recognition," LEH Executive Director Miranda Restovic said in a statement, "but it is also her compassion and generosity, her humanity, which is instantly felt by all who are lucky enough to be in her presence." Chase will be honored in May at the LEH's annual Bright Lights Awards Dinner.a
AccuWeather sent an emergency alert to many cellphones Feb. 6, falsely saying there was a tsunami warning for New Orleans (as well as many other Gulf Coast and West Coast cities). The private company mistook a routine test of the National Weather Service (NWS) alert system as the real thing. AccuWeather later blamed the NWS, saying the message was miscoded (a claim The Washington Post debunked) and saying AccuWeather computers had "sophisticated algorithms" — though not sophisticated enough, apparently.