Evacuations Ordered on Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Nears

A potential tropical storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico presents twin troubles for coastal Louisiana and Mississippi — the possibility that the flooded Mississippi River will strain the levees this weekend, and a danger of flash floods like the one that unexpectedly walloped New Orleans on Wednesday.

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Son of Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested After 3 Black Church Fires

Holden Matthews, the white, 21-year-old son of a Louisiana sheriff’s deputy, was behind bars Thursday, accused of torching three century old African American churches during a 10-day period in and around Opelousas. The city of 16,000 people was set on edge by blazes, which evoked memories of civil rights terrorism.

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