Pointe aux Chene native Mel Guidry still lives steps away from where he played as a kid, but nowadays, one can only swim there. Like much of this area of coastal Louisiana, where man’s degradation of natural protections has exacerbated the effects of erosion and storms, the yard was swallowed by water. In Isle de Jean Charles, a smaller community to the south, more than 90 percent of the original land mass is gone, prompting the first relocation due to climate change paid for by U.S. tax dollars.
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See how countries are representing themselves at the “Olympics of the art world” with this tour from the media preview of the 57th Venice Biennale, which opens Saturday. For just the second time in its history, the Baltimore Museum of Art is presenting the U.S. entry in the competition. The theme is “Viva Arte Viva”.
At the weeklong Cheung Chau Bun Festival on an outlying island of Hong Kong, a competition to grab faux steamed buns from a 60-foot tower isn’t even the grandest spectacle. The stars of the traditional Chinese celebration are the children of the Floating Colors parade. Dressed as deities or cultural figures, the youngsters are hoisted over the crowd, the rigging supporting them hidden by their elaborate costumes, giving the appearance they are gliding.
Organizations and activists used World Water Day, designated by the United Nations as March 22 in 1993, to draw attention to and to work to reduce global and local water challenges. The UN’s children’s agency, UNICEF, released research saying that population growth and climate change will help lead to water scarcity for one in four children by 2040.
The next time you feel jealous of pro baseball players, remember this: They still have to do photo day. In major league camps in Florida and Arizona, that one bit of awkwardness you left behind in grade school remains a rite of spring.
If the third Saturday in May in Baltimore can be too hot for you, another horse racing spectacle, held over the weekend at a mountain resort in Switzerland, courts the opposite extreme, holding its meeting on a frozen lake.
Efforts to stabilize erosion authorities feared could lead to a failure of America’s tallest dam reached a point where they were no longer requiring evacuation of the Oroville, California, area, an order that affected almost 200,000 people. Still, work to lower the level of the reservoir above continued with urgency as a series of rainstorms approached.
Leading up to an expected government response to the court injunction that halted President Donald Trump’s restrictions on the travel of certain immigrants, people who had been stranded rushed back to the United States and demonstrators on both sides made their views known.
The 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, set for Feb. 13 and 14 at Madison Square Garden in New York, will be the first to include the American Hairless Terrier, Pumi, and Sloughi. Organizers announced the three new breeds at a media event on Monday, where they also promoted the 2017 Masters Agility Championship.
Professionals and amateurs on four and two wheels are about a quarter of the way through the 2017 running of the Dakar Rally, a grueling — and, over the course of its 39-year history, sometimes deadly — off-road endurance race. Originally run from France to Senegal, the race, inspired by a rider in a traditional rally who got lost in the desert, was moved to South America eight years ago due to security concerns. This year’s rally started Monday in Asuncion, Paraguay, and is scheduled to finish Jan. 14 in Buenos Aires.