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The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate

The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate is an American newspaper published in New Orleans, since January 25, 1837. The current publication is the result of the 2019 merger of The Times-Picayune and the New Orleans edition of The Advocate, which began publication in 2013 as a response to The Times-Picayune switching from a daily publication schedule to a Wednesday/Friday/Sunday schedule in October 2012; the Times-Picayune was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2006 for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Four of The Times-Picayune’s staff reporters received Pulitzers for breaking-news reporting for their coverage of the storm; the paper funds the Edgar A. Poe Award for journalistic excellence, presented annually by the White House Correspondents' Association. Established as The Picayune in 1837 by Francis Lumsden and George Wilkins Kendall, the paper's initial price was one picayune, a Spanish coin equivalent to 6¼¢. Under Eliza Jane Nicholson, who inherited the struggling paper when her husband died in 1876, the Picayune introduced innovations such as society reporting, children's pages, the first women's advice column, written by Dorothy Dix.

Between 1880 and 1890, the paper more than tripled its circulation. The paper became The Times-Picayune after merging in 1914 with its rival, the New Orleans Times-Democrat. In 1962, Samuel Irving Newhouse, Sr. bought the morning daily The Times-Picayune and the other remaining New Orleans daily, the afternoon States-Item. The papers were merged on June 2, 1980 and were known as The Times-Picayune/States-Item until September 30, 1986. In addition to the flagship paper, specific community editions of the newspaper are circulated and retain the Picayune name, such as the Gretna Picayune for nearby Gretna, Louisiana; the paper is owned by Georges Media. In the vernacular of its circulation area, the newspaper is called the T-P. Hurricane Katrina became a significant part of The Times-Picayune's history, not only during the storm and its immediate aftermath, but for years afterward in repercussions and editorials; as Hurricane Katrina approached on Sunday, August 28, 2005, dozens of the newspaper's staffers who opted not to evacuate rode out the storm in their office building, sleeping in sleeping bags and on air mattresses.

Holed up in a small, sweltering interior office space—the photography department—outfitted as a "hurricane bunker," the newspaper staffers and staffers from the paper's affiliated website,, posted continual updates on the internet until the building was evacuated on August 30. With electrical outages leaving the presses out of commission after the storm and web staffers produced a "newspaper" in electronic PDF format. On, tens of thousands of evacuated New Orleans and Gulf Coast residents began using the site's forums and blogs, posting pleas for help, offering aid, directing rescuers. NOLA's nurturing of so-called citizen journalism on a massive scale was hailed by many journalism experts as a watershed, while a number of agencies credited the site with leading to life-saving rescues and reunions of scattered victims after the storm. After deciding to evacuate on Tuesday, August 30, because of rising floodwaters and possible security threats, the newspaper and web staff set up operations at The Houma Courier and in Baton Rouge, on the Louisiana State University campus.

A small team of reporters and photographers volunteered to stay behind in New Orleans to report from the inside on the city's struggle and desperation. They worked out of a private residence; the August 30, August 31, September 1 editions were not printed, but were available online, as was the paper's breaking news blog: Hurricane Katrina struck metropolitan New Orleans on Monday with a staggering blow, far surpassing Hurricane Betsy, the landmark disaster of an earlier generation. The storm flooded huge swaths of the city, as well as Slidell on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, in a process that appeared to be spreading as night fell. After three days of online-only publication, the paper began printing again, first in Houma, La. and beginning September 15, 2005, in Mobile, Ala.. The paper was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2006 for its coverage of the storm, four of its staff reporters received the award for breaking news reporting for their coverage of Hurricane Katrina, marking the first time a Pulitzer had been awarded for online journalism.

In a January 14, 2006 address to the American Bar Association Communications Lawyers Forum, Times-Picayune editor Jim Amoss commented on the greatest challenge that the staff faced and continued to face as the future of New Orleans is contemplated: For us, Katrina is and will be a defining moment of our lives, a story we'll be telling till the day we die. Being a part of the plot is both riveting and unsettling. We don't yet know the end of this story... It's the story of our lives, we must both live and chronicle it. On May 24, 2012, the paper's owner, Advance Publications, announced that the print edition of the Times-Picayune would be published three days a week beginning at the end of September. News of the change was first revealed the night before in a blog post by New York Times media writer David Carr. A new company, NOLA Media Group, was created to

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

The Ellen DeGeneres Show is an American daytime television variety comedy talk show hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. Debuting on September 8, 2003, it is produced by Telepictures and airs in syndication, including stations owned by NBCUniversal. For its first five seasons, the show was taped in Studio 11 at NBC Studios in California. From season 6 onwards, the show moved to being taped at Stage 1 on the nearby Warner Bros. lot. Since the beginning of the sixth season, Ellen has been broadcast in high definition; the show has received 166 Daytime Emmy Award nominations and has won 61 Daytime Emmy Awards as of 2019, including four for Outstanding Talk Show and seven for Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment, surpassing the record held by The Oprah Winfrey Show, which won nine. The show won 17 People's Choice Awards; the talk show's YouTube channel is in the top 20 most-subscribed YouTube channels. On May 21, 2019, DeGeneres announced she had signed for three more years, renewing the show through 2022; the program combines comedy, musical guests, human-interest stories.

The program features audience participation games where prizes are awarded. During her Twelve Days of Giveaways promotion, audience members receive $3,000 worth of prizes on each of twelve episodes; because the show has become so popular, not all who arrive hoping to see a taping can fit into the studio, so an offshoot space, dubbed by Tom Hanks "The Riff Raff Room", was created. Persons seated here are referenced and shown on camera but watch the taping from off-stage. Other non-celebrities have been featured in an attempt by DeGeneres to give them 15 minutes of fame. Guests in this role have included small business owners, etc.. In the show's third season, DeGeneres began surprising fans by introducing them to their favorite celebrities. Several recurring sounds and catchphrases are used by DeGeneres depending on the topic of discussion or theme for a specific episode. For example, after DeGeneres says the phrase, "Aww Snap!", a sound effect of a whip cracking is played. In her monologue, DeGeneres thanks the audience's applause by saying "I feel the same way about you!"

Other video segments include DeGeneres scaring people, playing pranks, taking part in faux-breaking news segments, interacting with crew members, etc. Other recurring segments include those where DeGeneres comments on Internet videos, tabloid-style photographs of celebrities, advertisements on Craigslist, or voicemails left for her on an answering machine; some segments feature audience members more prominently, including having audience members show hidden talents, pictures of others that resemble DeGeneres, interviewing children, etc. DeGeneres plays games with audience members and awards prizes based upon their performance. Games have included Pictionary-style drawing games, finding hidden objects within the studio, current event or pop-culture-based trivia, various other stunt and charade-based games. DeGeneres joked several times on the show about when a sequel to Finding Nemo, in which she famously had a lead role, would release, as well as make references to the film; the sequel, Finding Dory, was announced by DeGeneres.

The show has many recurring segments throughout the years. Some include: Oh Hair No! is a segment that involves fans sending DeGeneres their funny haircuts, some of which appear on the show. Know or Go is a segment involving three audience members who answer questions based on different topics such as Thanksgiving, current events. Upon an incorrect answer, the contestant gets dropped through a trapdoor; the remaining contestant will have to answer 3 questions correct in a row. Clumsy Thumbsy is a segment. Oh Puh-lice is a segment. Ellen's Dance Dare is a segment in which viewers send videos of themselves secretly dancing behind oblivious people. Irish jigs were featured on the 2012 St. Patrick's Day episode. Many celebrities have participated such as Emma Stone, Zac Efron, Lilly Singh, The Janoskians and Taylor Swift. Bad Paid-for Tattoos Odd misspelled body art is displayed. A Little Yelp From My Friends Ellen reads reviews from the website Yelp. "What's Wrong with These Photos?" Photos Silly photos sent in by viewers are featured.

"What Were They Thinking?" Audience Dancing Audience members are shown dancing with voices acting out the dancers' thoughts. "What's Wrong with These Signs?" Signs Viewers send Ellen pictures of signs. Tony Karaoke is a segment that features the show's DJ, singing wrong-but-hilarious lyrics to popular songs. Tea Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie is a segment in which Sophia Grace & Rosie interview celebrity guests on the show, all while enjoying cookies and tea. ApPARENTly Confused is a segment in which Ellen shows messages written by parents who don't understand texting and technology. In Your FACEbook is a segment in which Ellen shares funny Facebook photos taken from the profile pages of audience members. Weekly Tweetly Roundup is a segment in which Ellen shares interesting tweets. Classic Joke Thursday is a segment in which Ellen shares funny jokes/puns in a conversation with the show's DJ; this Plus That is a segment in which a montage of dancing audience members is shown combined with humorous sound effects.

Just KID-ink is a segment. INSTA-grammification is a segment in which Ellen shares funny and unusual pictures from the show's Instagram page. "Vine After Vine" is a segment in which Ellen shares funny 6-second video clips from th

Prunus rivularis

Prunus rivularis, known variously by the common names creek plum, hog plum, or wild-goose plum is a thicket forming shrub. It prefers calcareous clay soil or limestone-based woodland soils; this deciduous plant belongs to the rose family, is found in the central United States. It is a shrub consisting of slender; the fruit is a drupe. "Prunus" is Latin for plum. The leaves alternately arranged along the stems; the general shape of the leaf ranges between elliptic and ovate and is gauged out to be 5-6 centimeters long and 2-3 centimeters wide. The base shape of the leaf is considered cuneate; the margin or edges is described as serrate. Flowers of this plant blossom around March to April; the inflorescence type is considered as raceme, where there are flower spikes from stalks that pawn out from the stem. The flowers themselves stretch in entirety of 12-16 millimeter, they occur in clusters of 2 to 8 on leaf axils. The pedicels on which the flowers are attached to are measured out of around 15-16 millimeter.

They have a glabrous surface. The hypanthium is considered as the floral tube. Prunus rivularis is defined as a perigynous plant; the hypanthium's length and width is measured out to be 2 to 2.5 millimeters respectively. The calyx lobes, or sepals of a flower, are found in a cluster of 5; the sepal is measured 2 millimeters. The apex has a flat truncate shape. There is a sugar producing gland at the tip. Interesting to note that the margins ciliate and the sides are pubescent. There are 5 white petals; the petal margins have an undulated shape. There are on average of 20 stamen; the stamen is planted on the base of the hypanthium where the ovary is placed in the superior position. The ovary has a dark green hue and is measured 1-1.5 millimeter long while the style is white and is measured 5-6 millimeter long. The fruit of the ripens in late July, it is a drupe with fleshy mesocarp and soft exocarp. They can appear alone or in a cluster of 3 other fruits; the pedicel that stems from the fruit is slender and glabrous, measured to be 13-16 millimeters long.

The fruit shape has an orangeish-reddish tint. It is 17-22 millimeters long, it has a juicy mesocarp, though it is quite bitter in taste. The endocarp is 13-15 millimeters thick. Prunus rivularis is native to the United States, it can be found in a variety of places in nature: places like creeksides, wooden canyons, bottom of valleys and flooded plains. This plant grows on sandy soil; the moisture of the soil can vary between dry and moist, though the soil has to be well drained.. The preferred pH is more alkaline, it is hardy to levels of 6-9 because of its varied distribution. This implies that the USDA zones, or geographically designated zones of temperature of which plants can grow under, are found in the southern part of United States; the temperature ranges between 30 ° Fahrenheit. Again, because of the range of dispersion, the amount of precipitation this plant can experience is anywhere from 24 to 48 inches per year. Prunus rivularis is considered perennial, in which it can survive for more years.

The fruits produced are consumed by birds and other mammals. The flowers are known to attract insects such as bees. All members of the genus Prunus contain prunasin; these compounds are found in seeds. These substances can form hydrogen cyanide through subsequent reactions in water; the leaves can be used to produce dyes ranging from green to dark grey. The fruit was eaten by native American Indians in Texas. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, University of Texas, photo of fruit of Prunus rivularis in Texas photo of herbarium specimen at Missouri Botanical Garden, collected in Texas in 1846