September 4th, 2012
05:39 PM ET

Mash-up: NOLA returns to abnormal

The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on in the past 24 hours. We top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs from around the world.

The end of bin Laden

Former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette's book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden was released Tuesday, feeding a public hungry for insider details and angering a Pentagon worried about classified information. In the book, Bissonnette (writing under the pen name Mark Owen) says he helped finish off bin Laden after the al Qaeda leader had been mortally wounded by another member of the team:

In his death throes, he was still twitching and convulsing. Another assaulter and I trained our lasers on his chest and fired several rounds. The bullets tore into him, slamming his body into the floor until he was motionless.

Ah, New Orleans

CNN iReporter Lynn Magnuson shot fun video of a ragtag group of "second line" musicians taking to the streets in the French Quarter of New Orleans after Hurricane  Isaac passed through the area.

"I was on my way home when I encountered the procession. Second lines are a part of the culture here, but several tourists on the street were quite surprised as the second line was totally spontaneous," Magnuson said. "I'm a musician myself and ended up tapping on a light pole to keep rhythm."

Crustaceans making Floridians crabby

Land crabs are walking (sideways) all over Stuart, Florida, these days, and they're getting to be a nuisance, even causing flat tires, CNN affiliate WPTV says.

"I've hit them myself. You just can't help it sometimes," resident Dennis Culver told the station. "They were all over everywhere. They were getting in the pool and all around the pool and all over the tennis court, and everybody that came to swim said, 'Oh, my gosh, there's crabs in the courtyard; there's crabs in the parking lot!' "

Here's something you don't see every day

This guy uses crutches, but he also dances and skateboards. At first you might think, "Is this really a good idea?" But once he explains what he's doing, you get it.

Are organics worth it?

CNN readers take their food seriously. They're having a healthy debate over the relative benefits of organic vs. conventional foods.

Tiffany Winn Rueckert
In reading some of the comments below, I just have to add that I am really really tired of hearing the whole "you have to be rich to eat healthy."  It's simply not true.  I happen to think that all the junk prepackaged foods take a lot more out of your pocketbook.  Check into your local farmer's markets.  You can get great deals.  Buy seconds!  You can get a whole bushel of "second" organic apples around here for $8.  Put back the frozen pizza, the cereal, the crackers, the chips and buy the dry beans, brown rice and organic fruits and vegetables.  A bag of dry beans costs under $1 and makes a huge pot that we eat and freeze for later. Rethink your shopping.  You can afford it.  And as I stated below, most farmer's markets accept government issued SNAP cards now.  The market I work at in Baltimore DOUBLES your SNAP dollars at the market.  There are all kinds of wonderful programs; not everyone takes advantage of them. Stop eating out!  You CAN eat healthy!  Stop believing the LIES!

I absolutely agree with you Tiffany on all counts.  Cooking our own meals from as close to their natural source as possible saves our family a TON of money.  Occasional "eating out" is reserved for birthdays and other special occasions and then is appreciated more.  There is SO much information on the internet on crock pot cooking, bulk cooking and freezing for later cooking etc. as well as any recipe you could possibly want.  I work full time and have two teenage boys at home.  We have a home cooked dinner every single night.

On the horizon: Big DNC speeches, NFL opener

Former President Bill Clinton and Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren will speak to delegates Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The National Football League will open its season Wednesday night using replacement on-field officials as the league and its referees union remain at odds on a collective bargaining agreement. The Dallas Cowboys will play the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. This will be the first NFL game to be played on a Wednesday since September 1948.

September 5 anniversaries

1774: The First Continental Congress begins in Philadelphia.

Mother Teresa

1972: Eleven members of the Israeli Olympic team are killed by members of the Palestinian terrorist group Black September at the Munich Olympics.

1975: Lynette (Squeaky) Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson, tries to shoot President Gerald Ford in Sacramento, California.

1977: The Voyager 1 spacecraft is launched to explore Jupiter and Saturn.

1997: Mother Teresa dies in Kolkata, India, at the age of 87.

2006: Katie Couric begins anchoring "CBS Evening News."

September 5 birthdays

Raquel Welch in 1966

• Comedian Bob Newhart, 83

• Singer/actress Carol Lawrence, 80

• Actor William Devane, 75

• Actress Raquel Welch, 72

• Cartoonist Cathy Guisewite, 62

• Singer/actor Dweezil Zappa, 43

• Actress Rose McGowan, 39

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  1. raven

    psst, m.s. ...Melanin....we need melanin....

    September 4, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I love sarcasm, raven...

      September 4, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      y'all are sooo silly...i think you two need melatonin...

      September 5, 2012 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    Dang it, you beat me ...

    September 4, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Lol, I'm good that way...

      September 4, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    lmao @ dazzle, dont ya know i only bet on sure things? lol

    September 4, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Wow! That Michelle Obama is one CLASS ACT!

    September 4, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    I'm out of here.
    Good night, gentle readers.

    September 4, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO ©

    Like Alexander Pope?

    September 4, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    I guess vampires really do sleep.

    September 5, 2012 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. Daryl

    Happy Birthday the ever beautiful Raquel Welch !!!

    September 5, 2012 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. About UV light

    Without 20 minutes of direct UV light exposure to the human retina, the human body cannot metabolize vitamins for fighting-off excessive cancer and the buildup of excessive fats and toxins in human cells.
    After 20 min. of UV exposure, a switch is literally turned-on in your brain. This is the switch to the machine that takes sunlight and live green vegetables and converts it into the only substance known to science that can literally dissolve fat. (safely)
    You may have noticed that most obese people have pastey white skin and wear dark sunglasses excessively. Or not. Some people don't get out much.

    September 5, 2012 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Manic Panic

      What? There is no "switch". The iris of the eye is just as suseptable to cancerous melanoma as any part of the body.

      Is this like the swtich that women have to prevent pregnancy during a "legitimate ra pe"? Although the body needs sunlight, it does not have to be DIRECT, and your information is a lot of bs with a little junk science thrown in. There is no link between lack of sunlight and obesity, except in the questionable connection made here.

      September 5, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Daryl

    If the so-called "organic foods" are really chemicals-free..... you eat it....they're healthy.....

    September 5, 2012 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. Daryl

    Wildfires and forest fires among other things are disastrous effects of abnormal weather conditions brought about by climate change/global warming........Re-cool the planet gentlemen !!!!

    September 5, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    @BOMBO. Google also has the USGS website.
    Not every book in the library contains the truth. This is no excuse to put libraries down or to criticize using internet search engines for research.
    Sybel D. Edmonds and our 9/11 victims families are not conspiracy theorists. They are freaking national treasures, people. Your ignorance of their plight speaks more volumes than libraries contain.Your general lack of interest in truth and excuses given for not seeking it are amazing. (Not particularly you, BOMBO. Nearly everyone)

    September 5, 2012 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. Rascal Rabble

    stuart, florida, you people are crazy! y'all need t'throw a festival for dem local critters...wittah lil purgin', crab boil, seasoning, and some brewskies...that would be good times and good eatin' nottah nuisance...mayor stuart I see some earning potential for your community...y'all should be helpin' dem female crabs to cross dah highway not mowin' nem down...

    September 5, 2012 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. About UV light

    50 years ago, the Al Gore's and Chicken Little's of this world blamed a hole in our ozone layer on us. (same folks who blamed Iraqis instead of Saud's for 9/11)
    Now we know that a single volcano in Antarctica burned that hole over thousands of years of time, naturally. (just as we now know Iraqis had zero WMDs or anything at all to do with 9/11, just as the FBI, CIA, and UN had informed US before US invaded Iraq anyway)
    That hole in our ozone layer is natural just like global climate warming. Mankinds excessive pollution has only turned a very slow and natural occurance into one with fast and violent daily weather extremes.
    Nothing can stop the earth from becoming a warm paradise earth. And nothing can (or should even try) to close our life-giving hole in our ozone layer. Without it, we all die.
    Now, all of you who were wrong about Iraqis and the hole in our ozone layer need to apologize and/or face charges.

    September 5, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. About UV light

    George W. Bush and the Dick Cheney will be prosecuted. You heard it here first.

    September 5, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
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