Massive sinkhole develops on Canal Street in downtown New Orleans | WDSU


A massive sinkhole swallowed a large portion of Canal Street in downtown New Orleans. It's the second sinkhole to develop in as many days. The first sinkhole developed Thursday near the intersection of Constantinople and Tchoupitoulas streets in Uptown New Orleans.

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US seeks outside control for troubled New Orleans jail | U.S. News & World Report


The Justice Department asked a federal court to appoint a third party to operate the long-troubled New Orleans jail, saying new leadership is essential because the city's sheriff has for years failed to improve conditions that endanger inmates.

The government, which was joined in the filing Monday by lawyers for inmates, also sought to place Sheriff Marlin Gusman in contempt over what it called his noncompliance with overhauls mandated in a settlement agreement involving the jail and the Justice Department and inmates. Gusman has repeatedly said he is making progress and faulted the city for not providing enough money.

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Prince 'Purple Rain Day' second line memorial parade in New Orleans | NOLA.com


A pair of white draft horses pulled a purple-draped casket atop a caisson, with a cluster of grape-like purple balloons bobbing above.  It was the symbolic centerpiece of the "Purple Rain Day" second line parade that took place in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans on Monday (April 25) in memory of pop superstar Prince, who died Thursday.

Celebrants danced, drank and found friends in the crowd. Someone completely unfamiliar with the 1980s icon would have immediately surmised the late singer's signature color, from the feather boas, wigs, hats and other accoutrement...



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Prince second-line: PETA urges no doves


This evening's Prince second line has a few minor tweaks.

The planned release of doves before the second-line is canceled at the urging of PETA.  Prince was a huge supporter of PETA and a vegan-general animal advocate overall. Instead of a dove release, organizers are thinking of a poetry readings or purple confetti.

The start time has moved to 6 p.m. from 5:30 p.m.

DJ Captain Charles will be spinning at Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar. James Andrews and the Crescent City Allstars will play.
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Hundreds of thousands of Jazz Fest fans equals hundreds of millions of dollars spent in the city | WDSU


Music fans are making camp in New Orleans this week for the 47th annual Jazz Fest, presented by Shell. In 2015, over 460,000 festival fans packed the fairgrounds for Jazz Fest. With the great weather we've had this weekend, 2016 may bring in even more. And the sea of people is bringing in a wave of green.

“We are talking about an economic impact of well over $300 million,” said Mark Romig, president and CEO of New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp. “You’ve got great weather. You’ve got great music, great food, great art, and it's just one of those mainstays of our economic calendar for the year.”

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Jazz Fest inspires renewed backlash in fight over Airbnb, other short-term rentals | The Advocate


Renting out rooms or entire apartments or homes during Jazz Fest, the annual two-weekend event, has been a longstanding tradition for some residents, but the advent of Airbnb has turned the practice into a major business. And that has inspired backlash.

According to a news release from the short-term rental site, 20,000 people in town for Jazz Fest this year are staying in short-term rentals they found through the site. The release said there are 15 different neighborhoods in the city where more than 200 people booked homes or rooms through the site.

The website couched that as a positive for the city, estimating that those visitors will generate $12 million in economic activity at local businesses or restaurants.

That’s not a view shared by all, particularly in some of the neighborhoods where short-term rentals offered through Airbnb and other sites like VRBO are most prevalent.

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Power restored in Kenner after outages affected 12,000+ | The Advocate



An equipment failure at a substation in Kenner’s University City section caused widespread outages in the area about 5 p.m., Entergy officials said.

The outages appeared to be clustered north of Louis Armstrong International Airport and west of Williams Boulevard

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Welcome to the 2016 New Orleans Jazz Fest: Mostly the same, but with a big, green difference | The Advocate


When the 2016 New Orleans Jazz Fest throws open its gates at the Fair Grounds on Friday, early arriving veterans will instantly recognize where they are. The consistency of Jazz Fest is one of its primary attractions, from the handwriting on the stage signs to the location of the Crawfish Monica booths.

But change comes when necessary.

This year, new rules and new infrastructure have been added to the 47th edition of what is now formally the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell. In an effort to alleviate congestion, huge green bleachers, open to all on a first-come, first-served basis, have sprung up alongside the Acura Stage and Congo Square Stage fields.

Blankets and chairs are no longer permitted anywhere on the dirt track that it is supposed to serve as the festival’s circular pedestrian freeway.

And the standing room-only areas in front of the three largest stages have been expanded.

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5 Mouthwatering New Orleans Restaurants You Must Try | Forbes


It’s no secret that New Orleans is a city of indulgence. What is often overlooked, though, is its rich history, the fusion of cultures that make it so beautiful, and well, delicious.  The city’s cuisine is a celebration of flavor: Cajun and Creole, subtle and bold, rich and creamy. To eat in New Orleans is to begin or continue a great love affair with food. There are countless restaurants to enjoy, which is to say, this is not an exhaustive list, but a great starting point.

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