The American Academy of Ophthalmology spokeswoman Dr. Monica Monica, a New Orleans area eye doctor, says children should not play with sparklers and backyard fireworks should only be handled by an adult wearing safety glasses. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates 1,600 Americans injure their eyes using fireworks each year.
A new mobile app called Texas Avenue Speaks tells the rich history of the Texas Avenue corridor in Shreveport. The multimedia history tour uses maps, images, audio and video to chronicle the area from 1839 -- Shreveport's incorporation -- to present day. The Texas Avenue Community Association created the downloadable app for Apple mobile devices through a grant from the Beaird Family Foundation.