News roundup: Academy Day in B.R. set for Sept. 29 … Hurricane Isaac price-gouging complaints investigated … Special effects company of 'Titanic' fame files for bankruptcy
Attention! From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 29, those interested in joining the Military, Air Force, Naval, Merchant Marine or Coast Guard academies will be able to meet with representatives to learn about the nomination process and requirements. Dubbed Academy Day, the event will take place at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge. Academy Day is free and open to the public. All high school students and their parents are welcome to attend.
Sticker shock: More than 1,000 Louisiana consumers have filed reports of price-gouging in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac, but state officials tell The Times-Picayune that most have been deemed unfounded. Of the price-gouging reports received, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office reports all but eight concern the sudden increase in gasoline prices. A handful of complaints are still "trickling in" from Isaac-related price increases, but the office says most calls of that nature have stopped. The staff is now bracing for the next round of calls expected, voicing allegations of contractor fraud as flooded and wind-damaged homes get rebuilt. Get the full story here.
Seeing red: Less than a year after going public, the digital production company founded by director James Cameron has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and agreed to sell the core of its business to a private investment firm for $15 million. Digital Domain Media Group Inc., best known for its work on Cameron's Titanic, has produced visual effects for more than 90 movies. In April, its Tupac Shakur hologram made a splash when it took the stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and appeared to perform alongside Snoop Dogg. Read the full story here.
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