The New Orleans Saints announced today that linebacker Scott Fujita has signed a one-day contract with the team and will announce his retirement from professional football. The announcement was made by Saints’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.
“I’ve been fortunate to play in this league for a long time and for some great organizations, but there is no doubt that my times spent in New Orleans were some of the best years of my life,” Fujita said. “The way the team and the community embraced us when we first arrived, and the way they continue to do so, even today, shows how deep this connection is. I’m honored to be a part of this organization and so proud to retire as a New Orleans Saint.”
Fujita, 33, signed his contract provided to him by the Saints in Machu Picchu, located in the Andes Mountains in the Urubamba Valley in Peru, South America. He is accompanying former New Orleans Saints teammate Steve Gleason on an adventure of the fabled Inca tribe in the South American mountains. Gleason, the founder of Team Gleason, is leading a valiant battle against ALS and raising awareness while continuing to forge forward on memorable experiences despite physical limitations.
Learn more about the lighthouse and the grand opening celebration scheduled for Saturday, April 20 on their website: http://www.saveourlake.org/lighthouse-history.php
Mandeville Police are investigating a suspicious briefcase at the post office on Saint Anne Drive. Highways US-190 and LA-22 and businesses in the surrounding area are now open after being closed most of the morning.
Everyone seems to be on high alert after Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon, so when a custodian saw the briefcase in a trashcan by the front door of the post office around 6:30 Wednesday morning, police called in the bomb squad.
After using an x-ray machine to examine the briefcase, bomb squad personnel were still not able to determine if it was a bomb or not, so they decided to try to detonate the package by shooting it with a shotgun at about 10 a.m.
At 11 a.m., the bomb squad just began to sift through the pieces of the briefcase to examine the contents, confirming that the briefcase contained only trash (read the Mandeville PD’s official statement here).
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It happened just before 7 o’clock Tuesday evening about two miles from the C & M Marina.
Authorities say a tug boat first caught fire, then the fire spread to the barge.
All four people on board have been accounted for. Two of them are being treated for burns.
The fire burned well into the night. The Coast Guard is still working to determine the cause.
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