New Orleans to host major volunteer conference in 2011 | NOLA.com

Mayor Mitch Landrieu is in New York today to be on hand for an announcement that New Orleans will host the 2011 National Conference on Volunteering and Service, the world's largest gathering of volunteer and service leaders from the nonprofit, government and corporate sectors.
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World's largest oil skimmer heads to Gulf spill | MiamiHerald.com

With hurricane-whipped waves pushing more oil onto the Gulf of Mexico's once-white beaches, the government pinned its latest cleanup hopes Wednesday on a huge new piece of equipment: the world's largest oil-skimming vessel.

The Taiwanese-flagged former tanker named the "A Whale" is the length of 3 1/2 football fields and stands 10 stories high.

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Giants rookie Chad Jones moved to New York hospital | ESPN New York

Chad Jones is being transferred from LSU Public Hospital in New Orleans to New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center on Tuesday by the New York Giants to undergo plastic surgery and possibly additional orthopedic procedures, according to the team.
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Virginia Aquarium turtle expert heads to Gulf | HamptonRoads.com

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is sending one of its stranding response team experts to New Orleans to help care for sea turtles...
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Loyola introduces new students to New Orleans culture with iconic novel | Loyola University New Orleans

As part of the First Year Summer Reading Program at Loyola University New Orleans, all first-year students will receive a copy of John Kennedy Toole’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “A Confederacy of Dunces,” published by Louisiana State University Press. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the book’s publishing...
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Essence Fest food offers taste of New Orleans' favorite dishes | NOLA.com

More than 80 percent of the people at the Essence Music Festival this weekend are likely to be from out of town. They come for the music and seminars. But the Essence food vendors want these visitors to get a true taste of New Orleans before they leave.

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BP spill costs up to $2.65B; denies CEO resigning | The Associated Press

BP's mounting costs for capping and cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico spill have reached $2.65 billion, the oil giant said Monday, but the company denied reports out of Russia that CEO Tony Hayward is resigning.
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Susan Spicer, New Orleans Chef, Sticks It to British Petroleum - New York Restaurants and Dining | @ForkintheRoadVV @villagevoice Fork in the Road - Village Voice

Famed New Orleans chef and cook book author Susan Spicer has filed a class action lawsuit against British Petroleum, Halliburton, and Transocean, Ltd. Entered in New Orleans Federal Court
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Susan Spicer, New Orleans Chef, Sticks It to British Petroleum - New York Restaurants and Dining | @ForkintheRoadVV @villagevoice Fork in the Road - Village Voice

Famed New Orleans chef and cook book author Susan Spicer has filed a class action lawsuit against British Petroleum, Halliburton, and Transocean, Ltd. Entered in New Orleans Federal Court
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New Orleanians Join Hands Across Sand | WDSU New Orleans

In a show of solidarity, dozens of environmentalists gathered behind Audubon Zoo, joining tens of thousands around the world in what's called "Hands Across the Sand." Similar events took place in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and more than 30 countries...
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Is Chinese Drywall Making Habitat for Humanity’s Houses Uninhabitable? | ProPublica

Habitat has begun investigating as many as 50 post-Katrina homes that used the allegedly American-made product. Most of the targeted homes are in Musicians’ Village, which was largely bankrolled by Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis in an attempt to bring musicians back to the city after the hurricane. But some are in other New Orleans neighborhoods.
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Louisiana oil response shows divide | statesman.com

For weeks, Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., has attacked BP and the Coast Guard for not having adequate plans and resources to battle the oil spill.

But interviews with more than two dozen state and federal officials and experts suggest that Louisiana, from the earliest days of the spill in the Gulf of Mexico, has often disregarded its own long-standing plans and experts in favor of large-scale proposals that many say probably would have had limited effectiveness and could have even hampered the response.

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Essex CT gets a taste of New Orleans this weekend | The Middletown Press

Top traditional jazz musicians and bands from around the country will be playing for three days, bringing the best of New Orleans-style music to Connecticut during this annual treat. With four music sessions, two music sites and 13 bands, you can hear over 40 hours of great traditional jazz and New Orleans-style tunes.
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Abita launches S.O.S. pilsner to aid Gulf Coast | NOLA.com

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The beer is an unfiltered weizen pils with a high, 7% alcohol content.
In July, Abita will ship 120,000 bottles of its new pilsner across the country emblazoned with an urgent message: S.O.S., or Save Our Coast. For each 22-ounce bottle of S.O.S. sold, the north coast brewery will donate $0.75 to restore the Gulf Coast and support the men and women affected by the BP oil disaster.
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Essex CT gets a taste of New Orleans this weekend | The Middletown Press

Top traditional jazz musicians and bands from around the country will be playing for three days, bringing the best of New Orleans-style music to Connecticut during this annual treat. With four music sessions, two music sites and 13 bands, you can hear over 40 hours of great traditional jazz and New Orleans-style tunes.
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Ogden Playdate: Beach Blanket Bing-O | Ogden Museum @OgdenMuseum

June 26, 2010 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Patrick F. Taylor Library

Benefitting the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program

A special dance party for kids and their parents at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art to celebrate our beautiful Gulf, its beaches, wonderful sea life and everything it means to us—with special musical guest Susan Cowsill, of the legendary Cowsill family band – the real-life "Partridges"!

Come dance your heart out and show how much you love the Gulf Coast and the Gulf of Mexico. Dress as your favorite Gulf creature—land, air, or sea. Or just wear your bathing suit.

Admission is the donation of an original piece of artwork by your child. Please work on 8 1/2" by 11" paper – the rest is up to your imagination.

If you've wondered what you can do to help: The Museum will be displaying and selling the artwork at the Playdate and at the next Ogden After Hours on July 1, 2010, with all proceeds going to the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program. If you're old enough to hold a crayon or a brush, you're old enough to help.

A program of the Kohlmeyer Circle, a group of young arts and cultural enthusiasts that supports the Museum, Ogden Playdate is a series of one-of-a-kind experiences for parents to share with their children. The first Playdate was June 5 at Alex Beard Studio in the French Quarter. The Ogden Playdate is possible through a generous donation from Phelps Dunbar, LLC.

FREE and open to the public. The Museum will have milk and homemade cookies for the kids and a specialty cocktail for the grown-ups.

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Festival fun: Let's Boogaloo through the weekend | HamptonRoads.com

Zydeco, étouffée, beignet. Whether those words sound familiar or foreign, add a trip to the 21st annual Bayou Boogaloo to your calendar and top it with three stages of music with 15 musical acts.
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Storm could be latest problem in spill cleanup | Statesman.com

A tropical storm churning in the Caribbean could be the latest bad news for BP crews trying to contain and clean up the massive oil spill in the Gulf, an effort that has been plagued by setbacks for more than two months.

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Factbox: Developments in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill | Reuters

Compiled by Bernie Woodall...
The Obama administration lost another legal skirmish on Thursday when a judge refused to put on hold his decision lifting a ban on deepwater oil drilling imposed after the worst spill in U.S. history. BP shares hit new 12-month low in New York trading...
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Vietnamese fishermen in Gulf fight to not get lost in translation | CNN.com

For the Vietnamese-Americans living in the Gulf Coast region, the oil disaster is especially complicated. It's made murky by language barriers, cultural misunderstandings and a history of challenges that have shaped them for more than half a century.
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New Orleans Judge Rejects Obama Administration’s Drilling Moratorium | Personal Liberty Digest

A Federal judge has blocked the six-month moratorium on offshore drilling ordered by President Obama following the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
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2010 We Live To Eat Contest | Blackened Out

People the world over consider New Orleans a dining destination. This mantle is not just because we have Galatoire's, Antoine's, and August. It is also because we have mom and pop po-boy shops, charming bistros, and neighborhood joints. So give us your best shot at designing the perfect day of dining...

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Why isn't Treme Nominated for Any Music Emmys? | Paste @PasteMagazine

Despite having a totally awesome soundtrack, David Simon’s HBO New Orleans drama Treme won’t be seeing any Emmys for music this year. According to Variety, this is because Television Academy officials said the show is ineligible in at least three music-related categories (Outstanding Main Title Theme Song, Music Direction and Outstanding Music Composition for a Series) and has yet to enter any others. Its theme song, John Boutte’s “Treme Song,” isn’t eligible because it was recorded for one of Boutte’s studio albums.

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Groovin' to Keep Louisiana 'Stayin Alive' in Organ Donation | Ochsner.org

In an effort to increase organ donation in Louisiana, celebrate the gift of life, and reach a diverse audience, New Orleans based Ochsner Health System has released a disco video with a pop culture appeal – costumed organs and real-life transplant recipients dancing around New Orleans landmarks to the Bee Gee's hit song Stayin' Alive. The goal of the video is to increase the LOPA organ donor registry by 6,000 over the next 6 months.
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Wheel of Fortune coming to New Orleans in 2011 | FOX 8 WVUE-TV

Wheel of Fortune's 5K is looking to give out some money in New Orleans.  Here he is hitting the hot spots in town. (FOX 8 News)
Wheel of Fortune's 5K is looking to give out some money in New Orleans. Here he is hitting the hot spots in town. (FOX 8 News)

Wheel of Fortune is heading to New Orleans to tape three weeks worth of shows in April 2011

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Harold Battiste tribute and concert to benefit Historic New Orleans Collection | NOLA.com

The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Louisiana Musicians Biography Series documents key musicmakers. The first book in the series is Unfinished Blues...Memories of a New Orleans Music Man by Harold Battiste with Karen Celestan.

Tickets for “An Evening With Harold Battiste & Friends” at the Historic New Orleans Collection are $150 per person. Call 504.523.4662.

Tickets for the One Eyed Jacks concert only are $10 in advance at oneeyedjacks.net, $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit the HNOC's Louisiana Musicians Biography Series and Battiste's AFO Foundation.

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Sentencing Set For Rev. Toris Young of New Orleans | WWL - AM870

A New Orleans minister will be sentenced Aug. 19 after pleading guilty to using stolen money orders during a spending spree in Mississippi...
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BP Cap Is Recovering Gulf Oil, May Get 90% of Leak | BusinessWeek

BP Plc said its effort to divert oil leaking from its Gulf of Mexico well to a ship on the surface is working, with a goal of capturing more than 90 percent of the spill.
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Gulf Coast Oil Spill Causes Seafood Price Increase in Oklahoma - NewsOn6.com

Due to the Gulf oil spill the price of seafood items such as shrimp have gone up even more than usual. Due to the Gulf oil spill the price of seafood items such as shrimp have gone up even more than usual.
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Spill Workers Complain Of Flu-Like Symptoms - Health News Story - KXLY Spokane

Few studies have examined long-term health effects of oil exposure. But some of the workers trolling Gulf Coast beaches and heading out into the marshes and waters have complained about flu-like symptoms -- a similar complaint among crews deployed for the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska.
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Copeland's of New Orleans Signs on as Title Sponsor of Third Annual Chris Paul Basketball Camp | Earth Times News

Copeland's of New Orleans has teamed up again with New Orleans Hornets point guard and Olympic Gold Medal winner Chris Paul as the official title sponsor of the 2010 Chris Paul Basketball Camp, which provides scholarships for children of the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana to attend the premiere camp. In addition to the title sponsorship, Copeland's of New Orleans introduces a new limited edition CP3 dish to the Chris Paul signature menu lineup, with proceeds to benefit the Al Copeland Foundation and the Chris Paul Basketball Camp.
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BP's CEO Tony Hayward: The most hated man in America | @nydailynews NY Daily News

After a series of gaffes - including dismissing the amount of oil in the Gulf of Mexico as "tiny" compared with all that seawater, and then whining that "I want my life back" - calls are growing for the British oil titan's head to roll.
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Chef Chris Lusk Wins Seafood Cook-Off | Louisiana Seafood Newsroom @LA_Seafood

Anthony Spizale (l), thrid place winner of the 2010 New Orleans Seafood Cook-off and Chef at the Rib Room, and 2010 winner and king, Chris Lusk (r), Chef at Café Adelaide, give 2nd place finisher and first woman to enter the event, Diana Chauvin, Chef at La Thai, a kiss after the event...

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@BPGlobalPR Twitterer donates $10K to nonprofit - WXVT-TV Delta News

A spoof on BP PLC's oil spill press relations has brought in $10,000 for a nonprofit group created in 1995 to restore the Gulf region's natural resources...
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Gulf oil spill: Will Deepwater sink the 101-year-old BP? | Environment | The Guardian

Deepwater Horizon protest Crosses erected this week on Grand Isle, Louisiana, flagging up the damage from the Deepwater Horizon rig spill. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP
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Zapp's creator, owner dies at age 67 | WBRZ News

Ron Zappe, creator and owner of Zapp’s Potato Chips, died today in Houston while undergoing treatment for throat cancer at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He was 67.

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New Orleans, Gulf Coast Tourism, and The BP Oil Gusher | New Orleans Stuff

New Orleans is open for business! There here are plenty of attractions and events in New Orleans and around the Gulf. And if the local seafood is impacted, there is still plenty of great regional food to consume. Visit New Orleans and other Gulf Coast towns and show your support!

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Hurricane Katrina - a Storm of Change | Earth Times News

Hurricane Katrina's deluge was Biblical. When it hit Louisiana and Mississippi the morning of August 29, 2005, the storm caused fearsome destruction. Then the disaster grew worse. The levees ? the man-made walls built to protect New Orleans from the water surrounding it ? failed. Their collapse flooded 80 percent of the city. By the time the waters receded and the survivors regrouped, Katrina, and then Hurricane Rita, had claimed more than 1,400 lives and the dreams of hundreds of thousands.
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Gov. Bobby Jindal to attend barrier island berm meeting | NOLA.com

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Gov. Bobby Jindal will travel to New Orleans Tuesday afternoon to attend a meeting with the National Incident Command to discuss the state's plan for sandbooming and dredging to create barrier island berms to protect the coast from the Gulf oil spill. After the meeting Jindal will hold a press conference at 4:30 p.m. at auditorium in the Port of New...

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Hundreds Protest BP in New Orleans | DemocracyNow.org

BP is under continued criticism here in Louisiana. On Sunday, hundreds of people marched in New Orleans to protest BP’s control of the spill response. The New Orleans musician Dr. John said BP shouldn’t be in charge of the cleanup.
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2010 Hurricane Season Begins Today | The Westside Story

The north Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts through November 30. The U.S. Census Bureau produces timely local data that are critical to emergency planning, preparedness and recovery efforts. This edition of Facts for Features highlights the number of people living in areas that could be most affected by these dramatic acts of nature...
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