No lax law enforcement for New Year's | WWL

New Orleans is gearing up for a huge New Year's celebration, with record crowds a possibility. But, a recently reported easing of arrests for minor infractions doesn't mean things will be getting out of hand...

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Green Goddess' Winter Tasting Menu | YatCuisine - restaurant review

In addition to a very interesting menu, Chef Chris DeBarr does a seasonal "tasting menu" of small plates. Five in all, it looked like fun. Mind you, deciding to do the tasting menu was tough, given such dishes as the "Sorcerers Galette" on the menu...
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Magnolia Court Restaurant - Apple Beignets | Studio 10 WALA

doesn't this sound delicious?
Dip apple slices into batter and fry until golden brown.
Remove and roll in sugar and cinnamon
Place on vanilla sauce...


Magnolia Court Restaurant is the dining room of The Hotel Magnolia, a landmark Bed & Breakfast Inn in Foley, Alabama, originally built in 1908.
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LA-SPCA to keep controlling strays in New Orleans | NECN

The mayor's office has announced a new four-year-agreement for animal control services with the Louisiana SPCA. The LSPCA has furnished the services in New Orleans for more than 60 years. But the time for renewal of the agreement came as Mayor Mitch Landrieu and city officials were renegotiating contracts with numerous city service providers as part of a major budget overhaul...
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Crescent Pie & Sausage Company shines brightest when it honors virtue of leaving well enough alone | NOLA.com

Crescent Pie's housemade bratwurst.
The Crescent Pie & Sausage Company is a neighborhood restaurant that serves the kind of unaffected, not-too-expensive food that can turn first-time diners into biweekly regulars. It also is a zeitgeisty business whose menu is a conflation of ideas that raises a series of probing questions. Blurred identity is part of the New Orleans restaurant tradition. It is one of the many reasons they provoke conversation...
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Darius Rucker Will Play Free Show in New Orleans Prior to Sugar Bowl | CMT News

Darius Rucker
Darius Rucker will play a free show in New Orleans on Monday (Jan. 3) at 6 p.m., one day prior to the Sugar Bowl game between Arkansas and Ohio State...
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Brees donates $100k to make Field of Dreams a reality | WWL

Saints superstar Drew Brees is helping a dream come true for one local high school. Coach and teacher Brian Bordnaick has been working on the 9th Ward Field of Dreams project to create a football field, track and community space at...


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December mineral lease sale brings approximately $2.3 million | Louisiana DNR

The state Mineral and Energy Board on Wednesday conducted its monthly lease sale in the LaBelle Room of the LaSalle Office Building in Baton Rouge.

The board collected more than $2.3 million in bonuses in the December sale, bringing the total collected for FY 10-11 to more than $21.1 million. For the calendar year, that total is more than $47 million.

At this month’s lease sale, the board awarded 20 leases covering more than 4,300 acres, out of 51 nominated tracts covering more than 14,300 acres.

The Board sold leases in Acadia, Allen, Bienville, Cameron, Jefferson, Plaquemines, Sabine and Terrebonne parishes. Of the 20 tracts awarded, seven were in north Louisiana and 13 were located in the southern parishes.

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Neslort Mystical Scam (Lort/Threadhead) Review | offBeat.com

Neslort is, of course, Trolsen backwards, and the return of this odd 1990s project led by the eccentric New Orleans trombonist Rick Trolsen is the latest gift from the ever-generous Threadhead social network, and something of a triumph for Jeff Albert’s Open Ears Series, which has featured the band...
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Saints Edge Falcons, Clinch Playoff Spot | AP video

A late touchdown lifted New Orleans over Atlanta 17-14 Monday, giving the Saints a playoff spot and preventing the Falcons from clinching the NFC South.

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Louisiana's Holiday Tree Recycling Outlives State Budget Cut | Huffington Post

New Orleans and nearby parishes plan to collect Christmas trees to build brush fences in bayous for marsh rebuilding this January even though the state decided to ax its funding for the program awhile ago. The state knifed $175,000 annually from the program, starting this winter, but the state's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority will provide technical assistance to environmental and other groups and companies interested in recycling holiday trees...

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A New Orleans Christmas in the Lower Ninth | The Nation

‘Twas the Sunday before Christmas here in New Orleans when the city offered up one of those unforgettable experiences found nowhere else in the United States: large numbers of black people, taking over the streets through song, dance and community, celebrating that their beloved neighborhood, the Lower Ninth Ward, is finally coming back, lo, these five long years since Hurricane Katrina. Sunday, December 19, also happened to be the birthday of two of the city’s musical giants: Professor Longhair, the piano genius who died in 1980, and Kermit Ruffins, the singer and trumpet player who is New Orleans’s most famous musician of the moment...

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Levee Bonfires Light Way For Papa Noel | WDSU New Orleans

A Christmas Eve tradition that dates back more than 100 years continues this weekend in south Louisiana with the lighting of huge bonfires along the Mississippi River...


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Leroy Thomas - Jewel of the Bayou CD album review | offBeat.com

Though Leroy Thomas’ CDs have been consistently good over the years, they’ve also had a run-and-gun sound that left them rough around the edges. His Maison de Soul debut stands out from previous offerings in that 1) more time was spent in the studio and 2) it’s his first disc recorded in Louisiana...
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Christmas message from Archbishop Aymond | WWL

The 14th Archbishop of New Orleans is also the first native son to hold the position. He's celebrating his second Christmas as archbishop of his home town. And, he says he sees much reason for optimism in the city during this season of hope...

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Whitney Nat'l Bank merges with Mississippi bank | DailyComet.com

In a $1.5 billion merger announced Wednesday, the parent company of Hancock Bank of Gulfport will buy Whitney National Bank of New Orleans. Whitney has nine branches in Terrebonne and Lafourche...

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La. accounts for many calls about 'bath salt' drug | WXVT

The head of the Louisiana Poison Center says dangerous new drugs being sold as fake bath salts, fake fertilizer or fake insect repellent appear centered in Louisiana...

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Low water pressure reported across Orleans Parish | WWL


The New Orleans Sewage and Water Board problems at the Carrollton pumping station station caused very low water pressure across the East Bank of Orleans Parish Wednesday evening...

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She went to New Orleans to clean up after Hurricane Katrina – and stayed to start a charter school | The Christian Science Monitor

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The aftermath of hurricane Katrina has resulted in what locals here call a "brain gain": Educated and passionate young people are settling in New Orleans to play a role in its rebirth. Take Channa Mae Cook. The city's comeback story surely will include a chapter on her Sojourner Truth Academy, a coed charter high school with a curriculum tailored around social justice...

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Alternative dinner ideas for New Years Eve in New Orleans | NOLA.com

New Years Eve is one of the two busiest nights of the year for restaurants. (Valentine’s Day is the other.) But you don’t necessarily have to book a table to enjoy the luxury of someone else’s cooking.
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Local shrimpers to get aid | NOLA.com

For several hours one day last week, about 20 Gulf Coast shrimpers sat indoors on an unusually warm December morning in lower St. Bernard Parish, learning about a program that could net them $12,000 apiece in subsidies because of increased shrimp imports, smaller domestic catches and plummeting shrimp prices in the past five years...
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Public Schools Break Ground in New Orleans | Construction Digital

Ground breaking at Willian Franz School
Five years after Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans and left it in shambles, the city is undergoing a full-scale revamp of it public school buildings, breaking ground on eight new elementary schools. The projects are funded through a $1.8 billion settlement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to cover the damages incurred during the natural disaster. The compensation was announced in August...

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New Orleans Rapper Magnolia Shorty Shot to Death | ABC News

A New Orleans rapper known as Magnolia Shorty was one of two people shot to death while sitting in a car. Renetta Lowe died Monday along with Jerome Hampton in a barrage of gunfire from what police described as several armed perpetrators driving by...

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New Orleans' newest public company boasts one asset: the Orpheum Theater | NOLA.com

New Orleans has a new publicly traded company: Orpheum Property Inc., which owns the city's unrepaired beaux arts theater, the Orpheum, and trades on the unregulated over-the-counter stock market.

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WWL-TV meteorologist Nash Roberts dead at 92 | NOLA.com

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Legendary TV weatherman Nash C. Roberts Jr., revered as much for his calm, level-headed presence as the accuracy of his hurricane path projections, has died at age 92, WWL-TV has reported.

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Displaced New Orleans residents still need help | RocNow.com

Five years ago, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. In that storm, 300,000 homes were made unlivable. Five years later, thousands remain homeless...

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New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau relies heavily on government funding | NOLA.com

The visitors bureau relies heavily on government contributions for its operation. From 2004 to 2008 no less than half and as much as 77 percent of the agency's budget came from "government contributions (grants)," according to tax documents...

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Rock And Pop Tours of Australia announce a tour to New Orleans Jazz Fest 2011 | @rockandpoptours eGlobal Travel News

Rock and Pop Tours announce the latest of their eagerly anticipated music discovery tours, travelling to arguably one of the biggest and most diverse music festivals on the planet – The 42nd New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

The 12 Day ‘New Orleans Jazz Fest Tour 2011’ will depart Sydney & Melbourne on April 28 returning May 9, 2011...


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2010 Best of the Beat Awards | offBeat Magazine

Voting for the 2010 Best of the Beat Awards is now open. Winners will be announced at the Best of the Beat Awards on January 28, 2011 at Generations Hall, featuring performances by Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Allen Toussaint, Dave Pirner, Susan Cowsill, Alex McMurray, Davis Gogan, Chubby Carrier, Stooges Brass Band, Washboard Rodeo, Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, Soundclash All-stars with Lyrikill, the Creole String Beans, and much more.


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Who's on your wish list for New Orleans Jazz Fest 2011? | NOLA.com

The Dixie Cups at the Acura Stage.
As New Orleans Jazz Fest goers wait in anticipation for the release of the 2011 line-up, now is the time to dream up your must-see performers ...

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Regional leaders galvanize to save New Orleans NBA franchise | WWL First News

Today the regional business community will hold a meeting in efforts to keep the New Orleans Hornets in the city. The business community is actively engaged in the discussions to keep the franchise in the city. And they're absolutely committed to keeping the 200 million dollar impact from the team in the greater New Orleans area...

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Dr. John "surprised" by news of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honor | WWLTV.com

by Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News
Dr. John, the New Orleans funk and rock pianist, guitarist and composer whose real name is Mac Rebennack, is one of the 2011 Hall of Fame inductees officially announced Wednesday morning...

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Real estate sales in New Orleans still reeling 50 days after database crash | WVUE

Fifty days after the real estate database crash in New Orleans, it appears the ground breaking for the new LSU teaching hospital, set for this month, will have to be delayed since a database fix isn't expected until January 2...

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Fans show there is New Orleans Hornets mania | NOLA.com

This is a time our governor, Bobby Jindal, and our mayor, Mitch Landrieu, are telling us the future of the New Orleans Hornets, keeping them in town forever and ever, is "in our hands.'' "We're asking people to buy those tickets, '' said the governor.

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Miley Cyrus and Kelly Osbourne Go Clubbing in New Orleans | Gather

Not long after her infamous Miley Cyrus bong video, the controversial teen celebrity was out and about clubbing. This time Miley Cyrus and Kelly Osbourne went clubbing together in New Orleans. According to the report from PEOPLE, the two co-stars of "So Undercover," hit the town as they headed to the club Republic in New Orleans. Also along with the pair were Alexis Knapp and two other women...

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Black & Gold Party Gras book | blackandgoldpartygras.com

The revelry surrounding the World Champion Saints, aka the Black & Gold, and their famously animated fans, known collectively as the Who Dat Nation, is the subject of our commemorative keepsake book. Chronicling the happiest time in the history of the Crescent City, Black & Gold Party Gras is, fundamentally, about Who Dats having fun (with most everything explained for the benefit of those who might not grasp the cultural nuances underlying the confluence of a Saints Super Bowl and the city’s most distinctive civic ritual, Mardi Gras).




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New Orleans' top restaurants for liver dishes | WWLTV.com

Napoleon, WWLTV.com's unknown food critic, put together a list of his top four favorite restaurants in the metro area for liver dishes, listed in no particular order.

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10 Best Brunch Restaurants in New Orleans, LA | 10Best Restaurant Reviews

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. 10Best directs you to the best Brunch restaurants in New Orleans and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours.

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Freret Street resurgence brings art galleries, theaters, restaurants | NOLA.com

In the last several years business owners say they've witnessed a significant resurgence in storefront occupancy, driven by an uptick in neighborhood involvement and new zoning regulations designed to promote nighttime and arts-related businesses.
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HBO's Treme coming out on DVD and Blu-Ray


Treme is coming to DVD and Blu-ray. The 4 disc DVD & Blu-ray collections includes the season’s first 10 episodes, including bonus features, behind-the-scenes "The Making of Treme,” “Treme: Beyond Bourbon Street”, a guide to the songs featured on the show and audio commentaries.

Treme to be available on DVD and Blu-ray (Warner Home Video / HBO) on March 29, 2011. The HBO show is an American television drama series created by David Simon and Eric Overmyer. It takes its name from Tremé, a neighborhood in the city of New Orleans. The series begins three months after Hurricane Katrina where the residents of New Orleans, including musicians, chefs, Mardi Gras Indians, and ordinary New Orleanians try to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane.

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Reveillon Dinner and Turtle Soup: A Creole Holiday Tradition | The Atlantic - Food

The talented chefs will put their special touch on what they prepare and it will be that special New Orleans experience that makes us remember why we love New Orleans...

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Three Muses offers a taste of the world in downtown New Orleans | NOLA.com

Braised pork belly with apple chutney and scallion pancakes at Three Muses eats like Peking duck getting naughty with bacon
A person who wanders into Three Muses unaware of its culinary program is likely to do a double-take after discovering such cavalier sophistication in dishes that exist primarily to beat back the munchies.

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First Jury Convictions In Federal New Orleans Police Probe | The Crime Report

Federal prosecutors won the first convictions in their sprawling probe of police misconduct after Hurricane Katrina when a jury yesterday found three New Orleans police officers guilty of killing Henry Glover, burning his body and fashioning an elaborate cover-up that kept the truth hidden for four years, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune...

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Louisiana Gay Group Praises FRC Hate Group Designation | Bayou Buzz

The Forum for Equality Louisiana has issued a press release on Monday applauding the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for designating the Family Research Council as a Hate Group. The Center issued the designation in November...

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Find a Missing Pet | The Louisiana SPCA

Losing a pet is a terrifying experience. Below are a few tips to help you find your pet:
  • File a lost report and submit a photo of the lost animal at local animal shelters. (Photos typically cannot be returned.)
  • Go to animal shelters to look for your pet.
  • Actively look around your neighborhood. Dawn and dusk are the most active times for lost pets.
  • Post "lost pet" notices in your neighborhood and inform your neighbors.
  • Put a "Lost" notice in your local newspaper.
  • Notify your area veterinary clinics.
  • Leave food and water outside for your pet with an article of your clothing or a bed your pet used.

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Entergy New Orleans Urges Customers to take Precautions during Colder Weather | Entergy - New Orleans

Colder temperatures have arrived and the National Weather Service is predicting a hard freeze across southeast Louisiana Monday night.

With customers likely to crank up their gas heaters to battle the cold, Entergy New Orleans, Inc. wants to pass along a few gas safety tips and conservation measures to help those customers reduce their energy use...
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I Wish This Was - Stickers imagine an improved New Orleans | MNN - Mother Nature Network

The designer Candy Chang, who made fun, civic-minded doorknob hangers for our Neighborhoods Issue, has a new project called I Wish This Was...

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Export NOLA: A New Orleans Music Experience | Kickstarter

The 3rd Annual EXPORT NOLA will take place on Friday January 7, 2011 at The Bitter End & Sullivan Hall and on Sunday January 9, 2011 at Sullivan Hall. The initial line-up will include Henry Butler, Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, Joe Krown Trio, Khris Royal, Paul Sanchez, Grayson Capps, Mia Borders, The Iguanas, Maurice Brown, Sasha Masakowski, Luke Winslow King and many more yet to be announced.


Everyone that pledges will be entered into a raffle for a pair of Personalized ALL ACCESS VIP passes to the 6th Annual Backbeat Jazzfest Series - these passes provide admission to over 30 night time shows during the evenings of Jazzfest in New Orleans...

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New Orleans and sewer board named in personal injury suit | Louisiana Record

A New Orleans woman is suing the city and its sewer board for negligence after she allegedly slipped and fell in water from a leaking drain pipe and create a hazard...

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The Finest New Orleans Double Eagle Gold Coin to be Sold at FUN | Coin Collecting News

The upcoming 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction features what is probably the finest New Orleans twenty of any date. Easily the finest known 1852-O double eagle, this Gem has been off the market since the early 1970s, when our consignor purchased it through a private treaty transaction with Stack’s...

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Louisiana drops use of Christmas trees to save coast | wxvt-com

Since 1991, the state has collected more than 1.5 million Christmas trees from curbs and drop-off sites and built fences meant to trap sediment, stop erosion and even build land. The tough economy is putting the ax to an annual act of collective self-preservation in Louisiana.
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Imagining an improved New Orleans | Global Montreal

A new project called I Wish This Was by designer Candy Chang has New Orleans citizens imagining an improved city. Her project is part of a movement inspiring those in New Orleans and beyond to conceptualize the redevelopment of the Big Easy.

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HBO series Treme soundtrack is a Grammy nominee | New Orleans Stuff

The Soundtrack of the HBO Series, Treme has been nominated for Grammys in two categories!
  • Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
  • Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
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New Orleans No. 2 Place To Get In Holiday Spirit | WDSU.com

Unique local traditions and budget-friendly rates have landed New Orleans the No. 2 spot on AOL.com's list of the 10 best places in the United States to get into the holiday spirit...

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Second homes: The good times roll non-stop in New Orleans | USAToday.com

Although some residential areas are still in disarray, its main tourist areas — such as the French Quarter, Garden District and Warehouse District — are revitalized, so much so they attracted 7.5 million visitors last year, the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau says...

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Camellia Grill French Quarter Grand Opening 12/3 - 12/5 | New Orleans convention & visitors bureau

TheCamellia Grill French Quarter Grand Opening, December 3, 2010 - December 5, 2010, benefits the Louisiana SPCA and Big Easy Awards Foundation. Celebrate your holiday shopping and eating by stopping by the NEW French Quarter Camellia Grill
From 12/3-12/5, 50% of the proceeds are being donated to the LA/SPCA and the Big Easy Awards Foundation.
Camellia Grill in the French Quarter
540 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA

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New Orleans Museum of Art Celebrates First Century | ABC News

New Orleans Museum of Art celebrates 100 by saluting donors

When the New Orleans Museum of Art opened its doors 100 years ago thanks to a $150,000 donation offered by a local businessman to build a "temple of art for rich and poor alike," it owned only 11 pictures and a small collection of other objects.

Now, thanks to the donations of others over the years, NOMA has more than 35,000 pieces in its permanent collection...
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Recipe: New Orleans Shrimp and Grits Pie | WBRC

Cheddar cheese, butter, onions, shrimp, Italian seasoning... Hungry yet?

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New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness 25th Anniversary Event Backstage 2010 12/5

New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness
25th Anniversary Event

Backstage 2010

December 5, 2010, 7-10pm
Generations Hall, New Orleans, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive

Featuring NOAAHH Co-Founder Allen Toussaint
Plus:
Jimmy Buffett
Dr. John
Irma Thomas
Dave Bartholomew
Jon Cleary
Little Freddie King
Deacon John and the Ivories
And more!

Plus an outstanding selection of New Orleans dishes provided by Kajun Kettle and Southern Hospitality Catering
Black Tie Optional
The New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness, Inc. (NOAAHH) began in 1985 when Grammy Trustee Award Recipient and Hall of Fame Inductee songwriter/musician Allen Toussaint and Grammy Award winner and lead vocalist of the Neville Brothers Aaron Neville brought together a group of New Orleans musicians for the purpose of performing a concert to benefit the hungry and homeless of Metro New Orleans.
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Dominique’s, Rue 127 | New Orleans Magazine - December 2010, Restaurant Insider

Robert Peyton, Restaurant Insider, reviews Dominique Macquet, Rue 127 and Sucré...

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New Orleans Saints commemerative license plates now available | WVUE FOX 8

The specially created New Orleans Saints "World Champions" license plates will begin being sold Wednesday December 1st at selected Offices of Motor Vehicles and also on the Internet at http://www.expresslane.org under "Special Plates." The Saints also announced that formation of a special auction would be held for those interested in purchasing one of the first 98 specially marked license plates...

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Dine America: Night Out for Gulf Seafood, December 1, 2010 | dineamerica2010.com

On December 1st, 290 chefs and restaurateurs will participate in "Dine America/Dine Louisiana" serving Gulf Seafood quality to diners, friends and family. This communal activity will demonstrate that our professional food experts whose livelihood depends upon quality of their ingredients and cuisine recommend Gulf Seafood.

This “America's Night Out for Gulf Seafood” is a chef/restaurant statement supporting the Gulf Coast fishing families and their Gulf Seafood catch. TIZM online auction site will include restaurant donated cookbooks and dinners for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Foundation culinary programming...
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Louisiana launches new ads to promote tourism in oil-affected parishes | wwltv.com

Louisiana's parishes hardest hit by the BP oil spill are banding together to ask visitors to come back to the coast. They are launching a media blitz, promoting tourism and local seafood from St. Tammany to the Sabine.

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Christmas New Orleans Style - A Month long celebration of the season and the senses | neworleansonline.com

For thirty-one days, feasts and finery await you in every corner of town. A chorus of voices lifts your spirit to new heights inside the St. Louis Cathedral. Southern belles and Papa Noël greet you beneath iron-laced balconies and in cozy courtyards and antique streetcars guide you to a paradise of lights among the live oaks of City Park…
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Mother-in-Law Lounge final garage sale 12/4 + 12/5 | NOLA.com

Ms Betty Fox will host a final garage sale at the world-famous Ernie K-Doe Mother-in-Law Lounge on December 4th and 5th. She'll be keeping the many photos and posters that adorn the lounge's walls, but suits and dresses belonging to Ernie and Antoinette K-Doe will be for sale. Fox says she'll also be selling the Lounge's upright piano, amplifiers, barstools and some other bar equipment.

The sale starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, December 4 at the Mother-In-Law Lounge at 1500 N. Claiborne Ave.

Opened by Ernie K-Doe in 1994, the Lounge is a shrine to the immortal legend of K-Doe. The walls are adorned with photographs and artwork of K-Doe throughout his life. Many pictures of K-Doe's family and friends can be seen as well...

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Feds sue Transocean claiming company’s hiding safety reports | Energy Watch - FuelFix

The Department of Justice has filed a civil suit against Transocean, saying the drilling giant refuses to turn over documents requested as part of the investigation into the Deepwater Horizon accident. The suit was filed in district court in New Orleans. It says Transocean is refusing to provide two sets of documents related to safety audits on its rigs and safety training for particular workers...

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Six wanted in murder of Pat O'Brien's bartender | WWL


New Orleans Police released information late Saturday on six suspects they are seeking in connection with the Friday murder of a French Quarter bartender on Canal St...

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Tales of the Cocktail travels to Canada | NOLA.com

Every summer, Tales of the Cocktail draws 15,000 enthusiastic drinkers to New Orleans. This March, the team behind the festival will take its mix of seminars, tastings and parties to Vancouver with “Tales on Tour.”

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New Orleans Saints' Will Smith Arrested for Domestic Battery | TheCelebrityCafe.com

Police report that New Orleans Saints' Will Smith and his wife were having an argument outside a nightclub that turned physical...

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Jazzfest 2011 Performer Announcement in two weeks? | Swagland

Jazzfest 2011 Performer Announcement in two weeks?
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Classify this as an "informed rumor", word is that Jazzfest may announce the performers for 2011 during the week of December 13. The same week the performers were announced for the last two years...
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New Orleans’ musicians keep busy post-Katrina |

More than five years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans’ music scene remains vibrant and lively, despite the fact that some musicians forced from their homes haven’t returned and the doors to many places where they used to entertain remain closed...

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Celebration in the Oaks Run/Walk | New Orleans City Park 12/11/2010

The second Saturday of December gives East Jefferson General Hospital the chance to host an event that is especially popular with families. After running or walking a beautiful 2-mile course through City Park, participants get to see the Celebration in the Oaks Light Display before the gates are open to the general public. The day is filled with cocoa, visits with Santa and much more. Many of those running and walking this event do so with strollers or children right by their side. This year's event is Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 3:30 PM.

This is one of the most festive holiday events in the country. Runners and walkers are encouraged to come out and check out the beautiful two mile course in City Park. The Park is decorated for the holiday season with over 500,000 lights. Afterward, participants can enjoy themselves at the post-race party and also head into the the Walking Tour of the beautifully decorated Botanical Garden, Storyland and Carousel Gardens...

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The Gravy: In the Kitchen with Big Chief Monk Boudreaux | offBeat.com

Photo by Elsa Hahne.
“When I was a kid, I did never go outside. Always stayed inside, and my grandmother used to cook. I helped her cut up the seasoning. Then when my grandmother died, I liked to stay home and watch my mom cook. I just wasn’t interested in being outside. I don’t go nowhere now, you know...

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New Orleans aiming for 'New York-style fashion atmosphere' | al.com

The fashion culture is on the rise in the Crescent City, with big plans to host New Orleans International Fashion Week at Bourbon Park in 2011.

In preparation for that event, a New Orleans Fashion Week Preview will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Biloxi on Dec. 9th...

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New Orleans sets recycling parameters for sanitation bidders | NOLA.com

Boxes of recycled materials are picked up in Algiers by a private curbside
recycling company in 2008. Officials are seeking bids to restart municipal
service to Algiers and other parts of town in January.
Contractors vying to replace Richard's Disposal as one of New Orleans' three major sanitation vendors must include the cost of processing recyclable materials - not just picking them up - when submitting bids to provide service starting Jan. 1, records show...

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A cooks' tour: St. Louis chefs eat up New Orleans | stltoday.com

St. Louis chefs Josh Galliano (Monarch), Kevin Nashan (Sidney Street Café), Mike Emerson (Pappy's Smokehouse) and Gerard Craft (Niche, Taste, Brasserie) returned early Monday from a weekend jaunt to New Orleans, where they did a little hunting, a little sightseeing -- and a lot of eating.

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Irma Thomas: She Sings The Songs | NPR.org

Legendary singer Irma Thomas recently paid a visit to KPLU in Seattle.
When New Orleans R&B singer Irma Thomas arrived for her studio session with KPLU, we knew she was ready for any song request we might throw at her. We knew this, because she brought her Book with her.

The Book is something Thomas takes to every performance, and it contains the lyrics to all the songs she's recorded in her 50-year career. She uses it when her fans call out requests for songs she might have forgotten, or songs she recorded years ago but never included in her ongoing live repertoire.

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East Bank Orleans Still At Risk For More Water Woes | neworleans.com

There are still questions about what actually led to the boil order on the East Bank. The power went out at the Sewerage and Water Board at 10:58 Friday night, by 3:25am Saturday the media was alerted, but subscribers to NOLA Ready, the city's alert system, were notified nearly 5 hours later at 8:08am...

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Podcast: Hear Kermit Ruffins, Abigail Washburn and much more | USAtoday.com - Pop Candy: Unwrapping pop culture's hip and hidden treasures

It's time for another podcast with bunches of music I've been listening to lately. This one is on the down-home side, which seemed appropriate, since many of us will be heading that way this weekend for Thanksgiving. (Note: Many of them contain the banjo!)

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Deep Fried Turkey - Safety - How to Safely Fry a Turkey this Thanksgiving

Tips to having a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

If you decide to fry a turkey, follow these tips to prevent fires and injuries:
  • Place the turkey fryer on a level surface, in an open area away from homes, fences, sheds, and other structures.
  • Never place the fryer on a wooden deck or porch or in a garage or carport.
  • Leave at least 2 feet between the fryer and the propane tank.
  • Keep the fryer in full view at all times.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer.
  • Check the oil temperature often. If you see smoke coming from the oil, turn off the gas right away.
  • Completely thaw and dry the turkey before frying. Adding a partially frozen or wet turkey to the pot makes the oil splatter a lot, causing a fire or explosion hazard.
  • Cover bare skin before adding or removing food from the fryer.
  • Raise and lower food slowly to avoid splattering or spilling oil.
  • Use the right amount of oil. To find out how much oil to use, read the fryer's instructions, or:
    • Place the turkey in the pot.
    • Fill with water until the turkey is covered by an inch of water.
    • Remove the turkey and pat dry.
    • Mark the water level in the pot.
    • Dump the water, dry the pot, and fill oil to the level marked.
  • If the fryer catches fire, call 911 right away. Do not try to put it out with water.
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Turkey Fryer Fire Facts

  • Cooking fires peak on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Between 1998 and 2005, the Consumer Product Safety Commission had 112 reports of fires or burns related to turkey fryers.
  • Most fires from turkey fryers occur while the oil is being heated, before the turkey is added.
  • Contact with hot oil can cause serious burns.
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After BP oil spill, thousands of ideas poured in for cleanup | USAtoday.com

As oil spewed from the BP well in the Gulf of Mexico last summer, so did ideas on how to stop it and clean it up.

BP received about 123,000 ideas, 80,000 of which had to do with plugging the leak and 43,000 on ways to clean up the oil. The ideas came in crayon from 9-year-old boys, in shaky handwriting from 90-year-old men and from scientists, inventors and engineers — even actor Kevin Costner...

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Thirty Years Ago, a Louisiana Lake Turned Into a Swirling Pit of Destruction | gizmodo.com @Gizmodo

In 1980, Texaco drilled down to look for oil beneath Lake Peigneur. A little too far down. The mistake drained the entire lake like a bathtub, creating an enormous whirlpool that consumed barges, drills, and 65 acres of land. Oops...

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Computer Crash Halts NO Real Estate Transactions | WDSU New Orleans

City leaders met with members of the real estate industry in an emergency meeting on Saturday to discuss a computer crash at the Civil District Court in October that halted transactions in the city...

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The Importance of Po' Boys | CBS News video

The people of New Orleans take their food seriously and no food is taken more seriously than the Po-Boy sandwich. Sunday Morning's Bill Geist went to New Orleans to taste and find out for himself why the Po-Boy sandwich, that has survived challenges like hurricane Katrina and the Gulf oil spill, is so important to the people of New Orleans.


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Top-Rated Barbecue in New Orleans | Zagat.com

Zagat rates three barbecue restaurants in New Orleans.  See who Zagat reviewed, and if you think someone has been left off their list...

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Lawyers Drop Their Opposition to Chinese Drywall Settlement | LawyersandSettlements.com, America's Premier Online Legal News Source

Lawyers who initially opposed a settlement with Lowe's regarding Chinese drywall have dropped their opposition now that the terms of the agreement have been changed. Consumers who experienced Chinese drywall problems filed a lawsuit against Lowe's, alleging the home-improvement chain sold drywall with high levels of sulfur, strontium or other compounds that caused problems in their homes. A settlement was initially reached with Lowe's, but critics argued that the settlement gave too much money to attorneys and not enough to the people with the allegedly defective Chinese drywall in their homes...

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Water outage leads to boil-water advisory | WWL

Residents from across a wide swath of New Orleans had to deal with low, or no, low water pressure overnight Friday night into early Saturday morning. The outage has led to a boil-water advisory for the entire East Bank of the city of New Orleans as a precaution, according to Sewage & Water Board spokesman Robert Jackson.

All of the city of New Orleans, except Algiers, is under a boil water
advisory after a drop in water pressure late Friday night...

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Levee authority votes not to raise property tax rate for New Orleans residents | NOLA.com

Regional levee commissioners have voted not to increase the millage rate that will be collected next year by the New Orleans Levee District. Instead, the board followed the recommendation of its finance committee and agreed unanimously to maintain the 2010 rate...

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Zagat says New Orleans most affordable dining in US | AJC.com

According to the latest Zagat Survey, the average cost of a meal in New Orleans has dropped for the first time in a decade, from $28.52 in the last survey to $28.36 this year...

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