Less oil on surface means less work for fishermen | LJWorld.com

Many of those whose fisheries were shut down by the oil spill have found work skimming oil, putting out boom or ferrying cleanup supplies through BP’s Vessels of Opportunity program.
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Survey ranks Louisiana as second-buggiest state | DailyComet.com

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A new study out this week by a pest-control company reinforces a well-known fact of life in Louisiana: We share the state with a large, impressive and in-your-face insect population. The survey, which measured both consumer perception and anti-bug product sales, showed Louisiana to be the nation’s second-buggiest state, behind only Florida...

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Extra Scoop of Ice Cream or Soft Serve Deal at Baskin Robbins in New Orleans on July 31

Baskin-Robbins is offering a sweet deal in New Orleans on July 31st at all area stores. The "31 cents on the 31st" offer allows ice cream enthusiasts to receive an additional scoop of ice cream for just 31 cents* with any ice cream purchase (cup, cone, cake, frozen drink, sundae or quart). July 31 also marks the last day of National Ice Cream month so why not celebrate with an extra scoop...
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7 Louisiana parish presidents call for bigger say in oil spill cleanup and aftermath | San Francisco Examiner

The presidents of seven coastal Louisiana parishes and other local officials say the Coast Guard and BP PLC have banded together and ignored them, and they want a change...
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Louisiana biologist sees future in shrimp crawfish | The Associated Press

Shrimp crawfish lay their eggs about the time the current commercial varieties are harvested and would be full-sized in October and November... The small-headed, small-clawed shrimp crawfish have another advantage over the other species. Although they're not quite as big — growing to about 5 inches — their proportionally smaller heads and claws mean more of their weight is meat.
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Spirits preview of products is most promising #totc Tales of the Cocktail New Orleans | WashingtonPost.com

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Death in the South Pacific, a new tiki-style punch, was the official cocktail of the 2010 Tales of the Cocktail conference in New Orleans. (Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)
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Oil spewing from well near La. marsh | msnbc.com

Adding insult to the Gulf's injury, a wellhead hit by a tug boat is now spewing oil up 20 feet into the air near a Louisiana marsh area, officials said Tuesday.

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Louisiana Launches New iPhone App for Louisiana's African American Heritage Trail

The Louisiana Office of Tourism recently launched a new iPhone app for Louisiana's African American Heritage Trail at the ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans. This is the first app of its kind for tourism in Louisiana, and visitors attending the festival were the first to experience its features.
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'House' Star Hugh Laurie to Sing the Blues on New Album | ABC News

Warner Music Entertainment said Monday that British actor Hugh Laurie (star of tv show, House) has signed a deal to record an album of New Orleans-inspired blues. The album is to be produced by Grammy winner Joe Henry, who has also worked with Ani Di Franco, Elvis Costello, and Loudon Wainwright III.
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New book celebrates, century-old 'Krazy Kat' cartoons created by a Crescent City-born artist | NOLA.com

Krazy Kat, A Celebration of Sundays is a book-shelf must-have for anyone devoted to jazz-era expression. But beneath the quirky comedy of the antique cartoon, Herriman's real life story is a disquieting detour through the bad ol' days of American race relations that begins in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans.
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Who Dat mania at Pensacola book signing for Drew Brees | pnj.com | Pensacola News Journal

Drew Brees emerged into a sea of euphoria. Everyone craned necks and jockeyed for position from every aisle Saturday at the Barnes & Noble store on Airport Boulevard in Pensacola, Florida. The book, Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity, debuted as No. 3 on the New York Times best sellers' list.

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New Orleans mosquito-control expert shares expertise with Honduras | NOLA.com

Through early this week, dengue fever, a disease transmitted through mosquito bites, had claimed at least 21 lives, with nearly 18,000 cases reported, according to news accounts. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, joint and muscle pain, rash and easy bruising.
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Oil Rig's fire alarm was 'turned off' | theage.com.au

Vital warning systems on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig were switched off at the time of the explosion to spare workers being woken by false alarms, a federal investigation has heard.
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Disorganized Bonnie Dying Out? | WWL - AM870

The latest official update from the National Hurricane Center shows Tropical Depression Bonnie as a tropical disturbance that may be falling apart. However, the official forecast model still predicts that Bonnie will head toward the Louisiana coastline over the weekend, possibly bringing tropical-storm-force winds ...

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What Happens Next? @truthout | truth-out.org | Dahr Jamail

The Gulf Islands National Seashore, about an hours boat ride south of Gulfport, are considered a Gulf Coast treasure and home to fiddler crab, shrimp, flounder, oysters, blue crab, brown pelicans, osprey, great blue heron, raccoon, loggerhead sea turtle, Florida Pompano, shark, and hundreds of species of birds and fish. And now they are being oiled...
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Disorganized Bonnie Dying Out? | WWL - AM870

The latest official update from the National Hurricane Center shows Tropical Depression Bonnie as a tropical disturbance that may be falling apart. However, the official forecast model still predicts that Bonnie will head toward the Louisiana coastline over the weekend, possibly bringing tropical-storm-force winds ...

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Oil Rig's fire alarm was 'turned off' | theage.com.au

Vital warning systems on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig were switched off at the time of the explosion to spare workers being woken by false alarms, a federal investigation has heard.
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Troy Andrews, aka Trombone Shorty, and Christian Scott | Young Horns, Bending Tradition | WSJ.com

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Mr. Scott now lives in Harlem. Mr. Andrews has a home in the French Quarter. Both musicians have crafted music that speaks fondly and forcefully of their birthplace—up to a point...

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First Person: Musician Shamarr Allen's Oil Spill Anguish (video)

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New Orleans musician Shamarr Allen used his personal pain over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to make music. He says creating a song about it was a catharsis. (July 19)

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Tales of the Cocktail | New Orleans

Tales of the Cocktail® kicks off today, July 21st.

TOTC brings together the best and brightest of the cocktail community—award-winning mixologists, authors, bartenders, chefs and designers—for a five-day celebration of the history and artistry of making drinks. Each year offers a spirited series of dinners, demos, tastings, competitions, seminars, book signings, tours, and parties all perfectly paired with some of the best cocktails ever made.

Through its annual Spirited Award® Ceremony, Tales of the Cocktail® provides recognition to those individuals and establishments that have shown an outstanding talent for advancing the craft of the cocktail. To embody the ideals with which Tales of the Cocktail® was originally founded, these awards will recognize both national and international honorees who will receive exclusive Riedel Crystal awards.

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Spill chief says the capped well is holding up | The Associated Press

The government's oil spill chief tried to tamp down fears Tuesday that BP's capped well is buckling under the pressure, saying that seepage detected along the sea floor less than two miles away is coming from an older well no longer in production.
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New Wyndham Hotel Opens in New Orleans | MarketWatch

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, announced its continued expansion in Louisiana with the opening of the 170-room Wyndham Garden(R) Hotel Baronne Plaza New Orleans. Located at 201 Baronne Street in the city's National Historic Lower Central Business District, the new Wyndham(R) hotel, built in 1931, was completely renovated in 2009 and still features the building's original Art Deco stone and granite facade.


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Feds: Cap on ruptured BP's oil well leaking | The Associated Press

Oil is leaking from the cap on BP's ruptured oil well, but federal officials intend to leave it in place for now.

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says Monday afternoon that the leaks are so far not a major concern...

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Oil spills. Poverty. Corruption. Why Louisiana is America's petro-state | Washington Post

Huey P. Long, the famous Louisiana populist, launched his political career by waging war on the big oil companies, especially what he called Standard Oil's "invisible empire." …
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Urban farming is catching on in New Orleans | NOLA.com

In addition to livestock, New Orleanian urban farmers grow peaches, grapefruit, peppers, watermelons, blueberries, tomatoes, persimmons, figs and bananas.

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Jane Stubbs' chickens, Dinner, left, Breakfast, center, and Lunch, right, eat in the alleyway at her home in New Orleans.
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Beloved pelicans offer us a way to wrap our minds around the Gulf oil spill | NOLA.com

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A Brown Pelican coated in oil flaps its wings while standing on Raccoon Island, a barrier island in Terrebonne Parish, La. on Thursday, July 15, 2010.
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BP, feds clash over reopening capped Gulf oil well | Houston Chronicle

BP and the Obama administration offered significantly differing views Sunday on whether the capped Gulf of Mexico oil well will have to be reopened, a contradiction that may be an effort by the oil giant to avoid blame if crude starts spewing again...
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Widespread oyster deaths found on Louisiana reefs | The Picayune Item

Surveys of coastal oyster grounds have discovered extensive deaths of the shellfish and are blamed on the opening of release valves on the Mississippi River in an attempt to use fresh water to flush oil out to sea...
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Temporary Cap in Place Now What for the Gulf? | ABC News

With temporary cap in place keeping oil gusher at bay, Gulf Coast residents ask: Now what? Where will the millions of as-yet uncollected, unburned, unseen gallons of oil from the blown-out Deepwater Horizon well end up?
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Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative to crack down on illegal firearms | NOLA.com

Since June 10, NOPD has assigned one new detective to each of the city's eight police districts, plus a ninth in the Special Operations Division, to meet weekly to review every firearm arrest in New Orleans...
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Mayor: Contractor damaged jazz great's statue | DailyComet.com

Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced July 8 that he ordered contractor A.M.E. Disaster Recovery Services off the job after the city found that, in addition to the countless other mishaps, its crews had cracked part of the Armstrong statue...
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Mayor: New deal for N.O. East hospital | wwltv.com

Nearly five years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans East is finally slated to have a hospital. The announcement came after the mayor's office said it had to enter into some tough negotiations to undo a deal the Nagin administration had put together.

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"A Whale" Giant oil skimmer won't work in Gulf spill cleanup | The Associated Press

"A Whale," a giant oil skimmer brought in from Portugal is too big to be used in the Gulf cleanup effort...
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New Orleans seafood restaurants stable despite BP oil spill | latimes.com

Seafood eateries in New Orleans

Alex Carter serves customer Mark McGrain a catfish po' boy and a root beer at the Parkway Bakery & Tavern. (Cheryl Gerber / For The Times)

The oil that began to spew after the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig about 120 miles southeast of New Orleans has not directly affected the city, except emotionally. But local chefs are scrambling to find new sources of oysters and other seafood as old ones close, then open, then close...

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New Louisiana-grown Rice Hits Store Shelves | WGNO

Three local childhood friends have a new Louisiana food business that's putting the image of Louis Armstrong on supermarket shelves and commercial kitchens across the region. What they are harvesting is the result of a crossbreeding program begun in 1996 between an aromatic Chinese line and Ahrent rice, an Arkansas variety, Sha pointed out. The Thai variety of jasmine rice will not grow in Louisiana's colder climate, which has different soil conditions and a two-hour difference in the length of the days.

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New Orleans student think tank zeroes in on violence, lunches | NOLA.com

Conflict resolution programs to end school violence, better quality lunches and oil-free schools by 2015 were a few recommendations a group of 150 members of "Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools," made...
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Oil spill fix going well, BP says | MSNBC.com

Engineers encouraged with no sign of fresh leaks

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BP was encouraged early Friday by results from an experimental cap shutting in oil from its busted Gulf of Mexico well, saying everything was holding steady 17 hours into the effort. BP vice president Kent Wells said on a conference call that there was no evidence of a leak in the pipe under the sea floor, one of the main concerns.

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BP Would Be Barred From U.S. Leases in House Bill | WashingtonPost.com

A congressional committee approved a measure barring BP Plc from new U.S. offshore leases to drill for oil or natural gas because of safety violations, sending the legislation for a vote by the full House of Representatives...
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Property tax hike on the horizon for New Orleans? | wwltv.com | WWLTV.com News

With a current multi-million dollar deficit and worries future budgets may not look much better, some believe the possible solutions for New Orleans may be few and far between. So could that mean an increase in your property taxes?

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Air Canada Adds New Orleans to Route | Travel Agent Central

Beginning October 30, Air Canada's expansion of eight new routes will include exclusive daily, nonstop service from Toronto to New Orleans. Operating with a 75-seat, Jazz...

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July Recipe: Louisiana Jumbo Lump Crab and Beet Salad | July 2010 'OZone: Summer Edition WWOZ.org

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This month's recipe comes from Brian Landry, Executive Chef of Galatoire’s Restaurant in New Orleans and Galatoire’s Bistro in Baton Rouge. When you're out shopping, please do your best to buy Louisiana seafood — that's the kind of support fishermen, families and businesses need right now.

If you like the recipe, then check out Louisiana Cookin' magazine. Subscribe with the promotion code wwoz2010, and they'll donate $5 to WWOZ.

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BP Delays Work on Cap, Relief Well | WSJ.com

If BP determines that using the cap to shut in the well is too risky, the U.K. oil giant would use the cap to produce oil from the well.
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With New BP Oil Well Cap in Place, What Now? | Newsweek

The integrity test will involve completely "shutting in" the well so the full pressure of the oil gusher can be measured, giving the scientists and engineers a read on the structural stability of the piping that lines the 13,000-foot-long well. The results of the test will be critically important for determining whether it's safe to leave the well shut in, ending the flow indefinitely, or whether the well will have to be opened up again.

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Northrop May Shut Louisiana Shipyard With 5,000 Jobs | Washington Post

Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana said yesterday that Northrop has told the state that the yard in Avondale near New Orleans risks being shut because it lacks orders beyond 2012, putting about 5,000 employees out of work. Louisiana is in talks with possible buyers and tenants, Jindal said in a statement.
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Feds charge 4 New Orleans officers, 2 ex-cops in Katrina bridge shootings | USA Today

A federal grand jury has indicted four New Orleans police officers and two former officers accused of civil rights violations and covering up the investigation of the fatal shootings of unarmed civilians on a bridge in the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina...
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Navy blimp hovers over Gulf on oil spill duty | Crestview News Bulletin

A Navy blimp has started looking for oil and distressed wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s operated by a Navy contractor and staffed by the Coast Guard...
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New Orleans Saints 2010 Season Preview | The Fifth Down Blog - NYTimes.com #whodat

Tracy Porter’s fourth-quarter interception that he returned for a touchdown sealed the Saints’ victory.
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Perhaps the Saints should shoot for a perfect season. Most great teams avoid this kind of talk. They find it too distracting. But the Saints might need it. They’re young and unfamiliar with the concept of building on success.

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Thibodaux fairgrounds renamed for fire chief | DailyComet.com

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The family of Linwood “Popedo” Benoit unveils the plaque naming the Fireman’s Fairgrounds in Thibodaux after the former chief. Pictured from left are son Eric Benoit (from left), son Linwood Benoit Jr., daughter Tammy Naquin, son Ned Benoit, daughter-in-law Elaine Benoit, daughter Simona Benoit-Chiassion, and daughter Valarie Benoit-Lefevre.

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New Orleans back in Travel + Leisure top 10 cities | Daily Herald

New Orleans is back in Travel + Leisure magazine's top 10 cities list for the first time since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city and its tourism industry in August 2005...
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Nell Anne Hunt of Irving: Home floats in New Orleans | Dallas Morning News

There really is a float house in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans. It is actually designed so that if the floods ever come again, it snaps off its foundation and floats like a giant raft...
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Work on new cap for Gulf oil well moves ahead - Green House | USATODAY.com

Oil is temporarily spewing into the Gulf of Mexico while BP engineers prepare to install a new containment system they hope will catch all the crude in the coming days...

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Hyatt Regency to reopen New Orleans hotel | BusinessWeek

Hyatt Hotels Corp. said it is revamping and reopening its Hyatt Regency New Orleans in fall of 2011.

The operator said it will launch a multimillion redevelopment of the 1,193-room hotel located adjacent to the Louisiana Superdome.

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New Orleans' Orpheum Theater acquired by Pacific Land and Coffee Corporation | MarketWatch.com

Pacific Land and Coffee Corporation announced today that it has acquired 129 University Place LLC, which owns the Orpheum Theatre located in the New Orleans business district. The Orpheum Theater is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Flood damaged in Hurricane Katrina, this historic venue will be refurbished by the Company's subsidiary...
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Oil in Lake Pontchartrain stokes worries in New Orleans | Washington Post

Experts say that the newly discovered oil in Lake Pontchartrain near New Orleans is not likely to cause much environmental damage. But the presence of tar balls and oil sheen so close to the Big Easy is a psychological blow.

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New Orleans Noise Ordinance Music Curfew meeting | offBeat Magazine @OffBeatMagazine

Tonight, 7/8/2010, the music curfew on Bourbon Street will be on the agenda at the meeting of the New Orleans Neighborhood Police Anti-Crime Council. The meeting takes place at 6 p.m. at the Maison Dupuy Hotel’s Renoir Room (1001 Toulouse St.).
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BP gas station owners switching brands as customers boycott | Detroit Free Press

Retailers that can switch brands are rushing to do so, but many station owners are under multiyear contracts with BP that force them to stick with the brand...
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Danger below: 27,000 abandoned wells in Gulf still pose threat | The Town Talk

More than 27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells lurk in the hard rock beneath the Gulf of Mexico, an environmental minefield that has been ignored for decades. No one -- not industry, not government -- is checking to see if they are leaking, an Associated Press investigation shows.

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Jimmy Buffett hopes to boost Gulf spirits with concert | dailyworld.com | Daily World

Jimmy Buffett and his band will play Sunday on the beach in Gulf Shores, Ala., in hopes of lifting residents’ spirits.

Jimmy Buffett and his band will play Sunday on the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama, in hopes of lifting residents’ spirits. (AP photo)

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Dr. John on How BP Has Decimated His Hometown | RollingStone.com

The legendary Dr. John has been a cornerstone of New Orleans music for decades. Best known for everything from his 1973 hit "Right Place, Wrong Time" to "Down in New Orleans" (from last year's animated movie Princess and the Frog), he was born in New Orleans and still lives there much of the year, so he's witnessed first-hand how the BP oil spill has decimated the ecosystem and the livelihoods of its people. Rolling Stone caught up with the songwriter to talk about how the environmental nightmare has destroyed his own backyard...

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The Year Before the Flood: A Story of New Orleans | Book Review

The Year Before the Flood: A Story of New Orleans is not a Katrina story, it's a story of pre-Katrina in New Orleans.

For a long time, and especially since 9/11, Constance had been feeling claustrophobic in New York. We’d had two power blackouts downtown since 9/11, which served as reminders of how from one moment to the next you can be sucked from what you think of as your life into Disaster World. Constance had been wanting to go somewhere less vulnerable. So naturally we had gone someplace more vulnerable than Manhattan. I hadn’t quite realized that New Orleans was an island too.

By then I realized that moving to New Orleans was one of the stupidest things I had ever done.

Except for one thing. Despite the fact that we had to live in New Orleans, we were getting to live in New Orleans.

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Coast Guard bans reporters from oil cleanup sites | Raw Story

Under the rule, reporters or anyone else wishing to get within 65 feet of a cleanup operation need to get permission from the Coast Guard Captain of the Port of New Orleans.

A "willful" violation of the new rule could result in Class D felony charges, which carry a penalty of one to five years in prison under federal law...

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An ear for New Orleans diversity | The Louisiana Weekly

Diversity marks the latest crop of CDs from New Orleans musicians who are regularly heard on the scene. Two artists — bassist Brian Quezergue, the son of the legendary Wardell Quezergue, and drummer Simon Lott — both make their recording debuts as leaders on these new discs...
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New Orleans musicians give voice to rising tide of anger over gulf oil spill | Threadhead Records


New Orleans music is at its heart good-time music, and locals are more likely to get up and shake that thang rather than cry into their daiquiris...
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Mayor Mitch Landrieu wants New Orleans to keep its 'Eyes Wide Open' | NOLA.com

Mayor Mitch Landrieu aides say the mayor will sketch out some of the "painful" steps City Hall will take to erase a 2010 budget deficit projected at more than $60 million, along with measures needed to bring order to what his staff has described as a "disorganized, dysfunctional municipal government."
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"Phantom Power" Cranking Up New Orleans Utility Bills | WWL - AM870

75% of the electricity used to power home electronics and appliances is actually consumed while the products are turned off.
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New Orleans' Airport Activity Sky High | WWL - AM870

New Orleans International Airport has been a busy place lately, and it's expected to be exceptionally busy today.

An estimated 400,000 people have been in town over the last three days for the Essence festival.

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Gulf Coast Travel Destinations Request $55 Million Grant from BP to Promote Tourism | DailyFinance

A consortium of 11 tourism destinations near the Gulf of Mexico has asked BP (BP) for a $55 million grant to pay for a marketing campaign to promote the areas affected by the oil spill.
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Volunteers ready but left out of spill cleanup | Hutchinson, Kansas news

BP and the Obama administration face mounting complaints that they are ignoring foreign offers of equipment and making little use of the fishing boats and volunteers available to help clean up what may now be the biggest spill ever in the Gulf of Mexico.
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EPA scientists discuss chemicals used to break up oil in Gulf | CNN.com

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson's briefing on dispersants in Gulf Breeze, Florida, comes two days after the agency released results from its first round of toxicity testing on eight of the dispersants used in the Gulf.
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Fair Grounds president Tim Bryant optimistic about future of racing in New Orleans | NOLA.com

It's the offseason at the Fair Grounds, but Tim Bryant has been busy. Besides getting to know his staff, he's learning about all facets of the operation - racing, off-track betting and slot machines.
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Federal judge tries to streamline oil spill suits | The Associated Press

A federal judge in New Orleans is trying to streamline the legal process for more than 30 lawsuits arising from the oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Revel through Independence Day at parties across New Orleans | NOLA.com


Party your way through Independence Day at events all across the New Orleans area this weekend...
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Janet Jackson performs at Essence in New Orleans | The Associated Press @essencemusic

Jackson marks her stage return Friday with an opening night, first-time performance at the Essence Music Festival inside the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.

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Whale sharks unable to avoid oil spill (with video) | al.com

Three whale sharks swimming in heavy oil four miles from the gushing Deepwater Horizon wellhead.

Our worst fears are realized. They are not avoiding the spill area... Taking mouthfuls of oil is not good. It is not the toxicity that will kill them. It's that oil is going to be sticking to their gills...

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4th of July Fireworks on the Mississippi River of New Orleans LA

Celebrate Independence Day New Orleans Style, at the 20th Anniversary Celebration of GO 4TH ON THE RIVER Featuring the Dueling Barges Fireworks Extravaganza

Bring your radios to the river for this passionate salute to America’s independence, which will feature the one-of-a-kind dueling barges fireworks display along the New Orleans Riverfront. Simulcast on Magic 101.9 and WWL AM, FM, and .com and heard in 38 states! This patriotic tribute is one unique to New Orleans.

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