WGNO hires anchors with unconventional backgrounds to staff unconventional new show | NOLA.com

Fittingly, two anchors with unconventional backgrounds will launch WGNO’s unconventional “News with a Twist.” Susan Roesgen, a popular former reporter and anchor at WDSU-Channel 6 and WGNO in New Orleans, and LeBron “LBJ” Joseph is a morning-drive deejay at old-school R&B outlet KMEZ FM-106.7 and an alumni of St. Augustine High School...

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Edwards birthday bash will be roast in New Orleans | Washington Post

Two-and-a-half weeks after his house arrest is scheduled to end, former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards will be feted at an 84th birthday bash in New Orleans.

A Monteleone Hotel spokesperson says Edwards' brother wanted the party on his Eddie's birthday, but accepted July 30 so it could be in the ballroom where he held his election-night parties...
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Comic Con event takes visitors to fantasy worlds of their dreams | NOLA.com

The two-day Wizard World Comic Con, being held for the first time in New Orleans, featured vendors, artists and celebrity guests kicking off a yearlong tour that will travel to 13 more cities...

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"Chronic Problems" in the New Orleans Coroner's Office | PBS Frontline

Today the New Orleans Times-Picayune shines a spotlight on the office of the city's longtime coroner, Dr. Frank Minyard, who is featured in Post Mortem, our film on the nation's dysfunctional death investigation system that airs this coming Tuesday.

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BP to remove anchors after oil spill | UPI

The U.S. Coast Guard told BP to drop test anchors to find the best way to find and remove boom anchors left in the Gulf of Mexico after the oil spill.

BP left behind thousands of boom anchors in the Gulf and area waters, and locating and removing them will occur in three phases, the (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported Sunday...

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BP Accused by Victims of Racketeering Law Violation | BusinessWeek

BP Plc was accused by oil-spill victims’ lawyers of breaking civil racketeering law by engaging in acts that led to the worst such disaster in U.S. history...

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Best of the Beat 2010 Music Award Winners | offBeat.com

Friday, January 28, OffBeat hosted the 2010 Best of the Beat Awards at Generations Hall for a night of music, food, and awards.

Musical performances included Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns; Washboard Rodeo; Creole String Beans; Davis Rogan; the Soundclash All-Stars with Lyrikill, Tony Skratchere, Sauve, J-Dubble, A. Levy, Quest and more; Chubby Carrier; Stooges Brass Band; Dumpstaphunk; and two sets of tributes—one to the late Alex Chilton that included Dave Pirner, Susan Cowsill, Theresa Andersson, Alex McMurray, Louis Michot, Davis Rogan, Rene Coman and Doug Garrison...

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New Orleans: The place to perfect the gentle art of going nowhere | SFGate.com

It turns out that "going nowhere" is an art form - which makes New Orleans the Louvre. After years of trips to the Crescent City for work and sightseeing, my wife, Ann, and I got on a plane the most recent time without knowing exactly why. It wasn't specifically the music or the food or the history...


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New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau faces $2.3 million shortfall | NOLA.com

The New Orleans Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau expects to generate $10.3 million in revenue, but has expenses of $12.6 million, President Stephen Perry said in a morning meeting at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel...
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New Orleans Mardi Gras tips | Arizona Republic

Keri Hegre, a Republic page designer and frequent New Orleans visitor, gives "ideas on what to do and see" during Mardi Gras...

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Officials hope to have Lake Pontchartrain ferry ready for Jazz Fest | WWLTV.com

Passenger ferry service across Lake Pontchartrain could be ready as soon as Jazz Fest. The high-speed ferry is still being built, and should be ready and in place by late April...

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East New Orleans hospital closer to a reality | neworleans.com

On Tuesday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System and the Daughters of Charity will run a new hospital on the site of the former Methodist Hospital. Last year, the city purchased Methodist...

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Best of the Beat 2010 Business Awards Winners | offBeat.com

Last night OffBeat presented the 2010 Best of the Beat Business Awards at the Ogden Museum’s Taylor Library. These awards honor achievement in all aspects of the New Orleans music business, from club management to music photography...

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Blues Born and Learned: Bobby Rush & Sonny Landreth | American Routes January 26th, 2011

This week (January 26th, 2011) on American Routes: The King of the Chitlin Circuit, Bobby Rush. The singer, songwriter, manager, harmonica player, guitarist and bus driver talks about a life in the blues and breaks down his famous stage show. Mississippi-born, Louisiana-bred guitarist Sonny Landreth drops by for a live set and reveals his special technique with the slide...


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City to up amount of tow trucks in time for Mardi Gras | WWLTV.com



The city of New Orleans expects to have a full fleet of tow trucks rolling just in time for Mardi Gras. Public Works Director Robert Mendoza said by the end of February, New Orleans will be much better equipped to deal with neighborhood parking complaints...

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NBA: Hornets meet requirement to keep franchise in New Orleans | lsureveille.com

Gov. Bobby Jindal and New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu announced Monday the Hornets met their attendance goal in the team's lease required to keep the franchise in New Orleans for another season. The Hornets had to average 14,735 fans per game in for the contract clause to kick in...

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New Orleans airport renovation will be ready before 2013 Super Bowl, director says | NOLA.com

New Aviation Director Iftikhar Ahmad has scaled back the sweeping $755 million modernization plan announced in late 2009, six months before his arrival, and replaced it with a $200 million effort that he expects to be done in plenty of time for New Orleans to host Super Bowl XLVII in two years...

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New Orleans develops film industry | Tulane Hullabaloo

One of the major reasons so many feature films have flocked to New Orleans is the 2002-implemented Motion Picture Investor Tax Credit, through which Louisiana grants a production company a 30 percent deductible for the total in-state spending related to the production of a motion picture, and an additional 5 percent deductible for the hiring of Louisiana residents. A production must spend at least $300,000 in Louisiana to qualify for benefits.

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New Orleans Food Co-op host 'Tasty Ball' | NOLA.com

On Jan. 29, 2011 at 7 p.m. at 535 Marigny St., the member owners of the New Orleans Food Co-op will host a "fun-raiser" Tasty Ball with music, food, drinks and prizes. There's no cover charge, but donations will be accepted...

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'New Orleans Besieged' offers an historic twist | The News Star

What if the British had captured New Orleans in January, 1815, changing the course of the city and the War of 1812? D.K. Midkiff plays with this alternative history in his novel, "New Orleans Besieged," by Louisiana publisher Margaret Media.
It's January 1815 and the treasure-city of New Orleans lies vulnerable and exposed to greedy, blood thirsty pirates. Protection comes not by force of arms but from the cracfty mind of an old Spanish monk. Britain, already exhausted from a generation-long war, has planned a final military campaign aimed at the seizure of the city. This is a novel of alternate history in which the unthinkable happens: the Battle of New Orleans is won by the British. Midkiff, through scrupulous research, posits what the repercussions of such a victory might have been for the time at hand as well as the long term. The work is inspired by many of the actual people and events surrounding the Battle. Several maps true to the period are included. The reader is pulled into the political, cultural and racial tensions of early 19th century Louisiana as seen through the eyes of Andrew Jackson, Jean Lafitte, Edward Livingston, Padre Antonio Sedella and many more.
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WWOZ JazzFest Brass Pass - This is how we do Jazz Fest

WWOZ Brass Passes are a great way to enjoy Jazz Fest and help WWOZ bring you the best in New Orleans music 24/7. Brass Passes are fully transferable. A different person can use the pass each day of the Fest. Passes are transferable from day to day but not within the same day...
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New Orleans City Council urges school systems to fight blight | NOLA.com

The New Orleans City Council had some advice this week for the city's public school systems: Take better care of your vacant and blighted buildings. A resolution sponsored by Councilwoman Stacy Head said unsecured buildings pose "a health and safety threat to the community."

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Governor Wants To Study SUNO/UNO Merger | WDSU

Gov. Bobby Jindal is asking the Board of Regents to study a possible merger of Southern University of New Orleans and the University of New Orleans...

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Utz has deal with Zappe potato chips | Philadelphia Inquirer

The maker of Utz potato chips has agreed to a business combination with Zappe Endeavors L.L.C. of Gramercy, Louisiana. Zappe was founded in 1985 by Ron Zappe. Its plants in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and California make chips under the Zapp's, Dirty, and California Chips labels. Utz, best known for the potato chips that William and Salie Utz began making in 1921...

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CBD streetcar funds approved, neighborhoods still left out | Best of New Orleans

The network is the first in RTA's appeal for more CBD transit: another stretch would supplement the French Quarter route with a 4-mile route on Convention Center Boulevard. But nearby neighborhoods — Marigny, Bywater and Treme — are left out...

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French Quarter to have its first solar panel-powered home | WWLTV.com



A house on Esplanade Avenue will be the first in the French Quarter to have solar panels installed on its roof.

In October the Vieux Carre Commission denied the original application, but Thursday the City Council overruled that decision, green lighting the green energy project...
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Mystery Street Records Debuts with the Release of 'Sounds of New Orleans: Frenchmen Street'

Mystery Street Records (Santa Monica, CA) is celebrating its official launch with the February 1 release of "Sounds of New Orleans: Frenchmen Street," the first in a series of themed CDs that explore the phenomenally eclectic music of New Orleans.

Fresh off an incredibly successful last few years with the fan-funded and volunteer run Threadhead Records label and its sister Foundation, founder Chris Joseph created the new affiliate Mystery Street Records label in part for the purpose of releasing themed albums from the Threadhead Records family of artists, which focuses on Louisiana's rich musical heritage.

Mystery Street Records, which is expected to quickly emerge as a premier label for Louisiana music, just secured national distribution with IODA/Red and has also announced a sponsorship with Zatarain's, a producer of New Orleans-style food products. Future themed releases will focus on the various unique streets and landmarks in the Crescent City, encapsulating the "Sounds of New Orleans."

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(Veni Vidi) Verti Mart Reopening | NOLA Defender @NolaDefender

The wait is (almost) over! Next Friday, January 28th, the ‘best kept secret in the quarter’ will rise again after the tragic May 29th blaze. Royal Street’s Verti Marte is coming back with brand new everything- kitchen, countertop, vending machines, and a brand new free-hand blackboard written by...

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Gulf oil spill creates economic boom for some, bust for others | NOLA.com @davidhammerTP

Across the Gulf Coast, counties and parishes are experiencing a mix of economic effects from the spill. The main cities closest to the path of the oil spill, New Orleans and Mobile, benefited from a flurry of activity during the 100 days of intense national focus on capping BP's gushing well and on cleaning the spilled crude. But right across Mobile Bay, in Baldwin County's popular Orange Beach and Gulf Shores resorts, there were huge tourism losses...
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New Orleans Jazz Institute to hold auditions for spring Saturday music school sessions | NOLA.com

The New Orleans Jazz Institute will hold auditions for the spring semester of its Saturday Music School on Saturday, January 22, from 10 a.m. til 2 p.m. at the UNO Performing Arts Center Recital Hall...
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Fair Grounds: Road To The Derby Kickoff Day


Fair Grounds: Road To The Derby Kickoff Day
Saturday, January 22

Road to the Derby Kickoff Day (First Post 12:10 p.m.) -- The Lecomte Stakes and the Silverbulletday Stakes, a pair of $100,000 races for 3-year-olds with Derby and Oaks aspirations, highlight a 13-race program with six stakes overall. The Late Pick Four on Races 10-13 will carry a $100,000 Guarantee. Fans are encouraged to show up early on Saturday for two free special Road to the Derby Kickoff Day events...


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Smoke-free venues in New Orleans | Let's Be Totally Clear

Let’s Be Totally Clear supports creating healthier environments for you and some of your favorite people: the ones who make the music and the drinks. Follow the link for Let’s Be Totally Clear's venue list.


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State Farm will raise rates for mom-and-pop landlords, drop their wind coverage | NOLA.com

State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. is raising insurance rates on nearly 30,000 small rental properties by a statewide average of 19 percent and dropping wind and hail coverage in the New Orleans area and other coastal parishes...

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Heavy economic hit from 'Australia's Katrina' | CNN.com

The floodwaters sweeping across the state of Queensland in Australia are also soaking one of the few economic success stories in the developed world since the Great Recession.

It is said that this is an order of magnitude worse for Australia than (Hurricane) Katrina was for the U.S. Hurricane Katrina, one of the strongest Atlantic storms on record, wrecked havoc on New Orleans and surrounding areas of the U.S. in August 2005.


How you can help :: Make a donation to the Australian Red Cross at redcross.org.au

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New Orleans MLK Day Memorial March | nola.gov

The 25th Annual Martin Luther King Jr Memorial March begins at City Hall at 9:30am on Monday, January 17, 2011.

9:30am Opening Program with remarks by Mayor Landrieu
City Hall
1300 Perdido St.
New Orleans, Louisiana

10:00am 25th Annual MLK Memorial March
March Begins at City Hall and ends at MLK Monument at S. Claiborne Ave [parade route map]

1:00pm MLK Day Service Project
Norwood Thompson Park
7200 Forshey St.

2:00pm MLK Commemorative Art Exhibit
New Orleans African American Museum
1418 Gov. Nicholls St.

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Homeowners On 17th Street Canal Take Case To Fed. Court | WDSU

Some Lakeview homeowners found themselves back in court Friday, after they say the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took a chunk of their property and didn't pay them for it. An attorney for the Orleans Levee District said improving the levees is critical for flood protection in the city. And the Corps of Engineers -- which is handling the project -- hasn't done anything wrong...
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New Orleans biodistrict could create jobs, grown earnings in the region | NOLA.com

The fledgling New Orleans biodistrict is positioned to save or create 17,250 permanent jobs and grow personal earnings in the region by $630 million annually by 2030, according to a new analysis by a leading Louisiana State University economist...

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Energy Partners Reopens Louisiana Oil Well After Pipeline Leak | NASDAQ

Energy Partners reopened the well in South Pass Block 11 around 10 p.m. EST Thursday after repairing a six-inch transfer pipeline leak that forced the company to shut the well earlier that afternoon...

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Sliders bring the flavor in a few bites at New Orleans restaurants | NOLA.com

Evidence of the phenomenon is found all over New Orleans. Some sliders are hamburgers, some smaller versions of other sandwiches. There are sandwiches that don't borrow the slider name but embrace their spirit by satisfying cravings without demanding the investment of an entire meal's worth of your appetite...

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French Market in New Orleans gains a new director | Flea Market Zone

The French Market retains the historic architectural touches that lend it a sense of history.
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The French Market in New Orleans has some claim on being the oldest flea market in America. “There has been trading going on here for about 300 years. It is a historically, culturally, and economically significant spot,” says Frank Pizzolato, the new executive director of French Market Corp...

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Grocery may be built at strip mall on Bienville and Carrollton | WWLTV.com

In a New Orleans on the mend, one corner in Mid-City stands frozen in time. The Harry Ace Hardware, a Chinese restaurant and daiquiri shop that once did a good business here on Bienville and North Carrollton are boarded up and abandoned. The new grocery store would be right across the street from an existing Rouses Supermarket...

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New Orleans airport shaking off recession woes | USA Today

By Matthew Emmons,
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According to The Associated Press, which reports that more than 7.5 million passengers have flown through the airport through the first 11 months of 2010, passenger traffic at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is continuing to make a post-recession recovery...
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Coroner Admits 'Horrible Error' In Mistaken Cremation | WDSU

Orleans Parish Coroner Dr. Frank Minyard took responsibility Wednesday for the mistaken cremation of a 20-year-old shooting victim.
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ACLU Wants Information Regarding Proposed Prison Expansion | KATC.com - Lafayette, LA

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a public records request with Rapides Parish Sheriff Charles F. Wagner, Jr., seeking disclosure of the study and supporting data that some Rapides Parish officials tout as supporting expansion of the Rapides Parish Jail...
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Ray Nagin says Mayor Mitch Landrieu 'is in his honeymoon period' | NOLA.com

Former Mayor Ray Nagin, who largely has avoided the news media since he left office in May, weighed in on Mayor Mitch Landrieu's performance to date in "A Time Against Race," a Washington Monthly piece by Justin Vogt...


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Hard Freeze Warning - New Orleans - Gulf Coast | weather.gov

Urgent - Weather Message
National Weather Service New Orleans LA
1027 AM CST WED JAN 12 2011

...HARD FREEZE AND FREEZE WARNINGS MAINTAINED FOR TONIGHT...

Arctic air will continue to keep cold temperatures entrenched across the region through the end of the week before slowly warming this weekend.

St. John The Baptist-Upper Lafourche-St. Charles-Upper Jefferson-Orleans-Upper Plaquemines-Upper St. Bernard-Upper Terrebonne-Including The Cities Of... Laplace... Reserve... Thibodaux... Raceland... Larose... Destrehan... Norco... Metairie... Kenner... New Orleans... Belle Chasse... Chalmette... Violet... Houma... Bayou Cane
1027 AM CST WED JAN 12 2011

A FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO
9 AM CST THURSDAY.

More cold weather is in store for the region tonight and thursday morning with low temperatures in 26 to 30 degree range.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

Be very careful with the use of space heaters and furnaces. Keep flammables well away. Ensure proper ventilation to avoid deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.

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New Orleans seizes bar in way of new hospital development | WXVT Delta News

A bar standing in the way of a contentious hospital development to replace hospitals damaged by Hurricane Katrina has been seized by city officials. The owner of the Outer Banks Bar had tried to stop city officials from evicting him from the building, but on Monday a state judge ruled against him...


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New Orleans African American Museum gets boost | WXVT Delta News

The New Orleans African American Museum in Treme is getting a big boost. The museum is based in the Treme Villa, an 1828 mansion. The city plans to give the museum an additional $3 million to help it expand...

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New Orleans Musicians' Clinic Benefit (New York) January 12, 2011

Up from the Bayou - A night of New Orleans Funk 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Sullivan Hall
214 Sullivan Street, New York, NY
7pm-1am 


with Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Russell Batiste, John Gros, Andy Hess, Christine Ohlman as well as Henry Butler and Justin Marcus. 

A benefit for New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation & The Ruth U Fertel/Tulane Community Health Center. Purchase Advance Tickets at jamsf.com.

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Bourbon Orleans Hotel completes Internet network upgrades | Travel Daily News


In a move recognizing the needs of today’s travelers and meeting attendees, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel announced today that the hotel has installed an all new network for wireless internet (Wi-Fi) provided throughout the hotel at no charge to guests, effective immediately...

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Oil findings boost chance of corp. criminal charge | Associated Press

Months of investigation by a presidential commission and other panels reinforce the likelihood that companies involved in the Gulf oil spill will be slapped with criminal charges that could add tens of billions of dollars to the huge fines they already face, legal experts said Thursday...

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Seattle’s Upset of New Orleans is Not Even Close to the Greatest Upset in NFL History | The Big Lead @thebiglead

Everything gets instantly hyped as the Greatest Ever. So it was with the Seahawks victory over New Orleans on Saturday afternoon, when the 7-9 team knocked off the defending Super Bowl Champions...

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On Dryades Street, a savory assortment of house styles | NOLA.com

This week's Street Walk block is in a portion of Uptown once known as West Bouligny, the counterpart to East Bouligny on the other side of Napoleon Avenue. Six homes dating to the late 1800s and early 20th century, in styles including Eastlake, bracketed, Neoclassical Revival and possibly Craftsman...

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Oil Still Fouling Louisiana Marshes, Tour Finds | WAPT Jackson

Federal and Louisiana officials got into a heated argument Friday over the cleanup of oiled marshes during a tour of an area that remains fouled 8½ months after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico...

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No home for jazz in ‘New’ Orleans | The Hindu

New Orleans’ heritage as the cradle of jazz helps it draw millions of visitors each year, and the city reminds them of that history with pamphlets, murals and bright neon. Yet numerous homes and music halls that incubated the art form have disappeared, with the city allowing the most recent of them to be razed late last year...
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New Orleans BBQ Shrimp (Recipe) | WBRC

BBQ Shrimp— it's not about the grill, baby!


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Kermit Ruffins to lease former site of Mother-in-Law Lounge | NOLA.com #nola


Kermit Ruffins says he has cut a deal to lease the former home of Ernie K-Doe’s Mother-in-Law Lounge. He and the building’s owner have agreed on terms for a longterm lease and expect to sign paperwork by early next week, Ruffins said. He hopes to open by Mardi Gras...


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New Orleans remembers its biggest battle | WWL

Americans and British soldiers will again fire muskets and cannons on the plains of Chalmette Cannons, muskets, and a new Visitor Center highlight the Battle of New Orleans Anniversary today and tomorrow...
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Gulf restoration chief tours La.’s coast | 2theadvocate.com

The executive director of a federal Gulf restoration task force told state coastal groups Thursday that he recognizes that the state faces a crisis from its continuing land loss. He met with members of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation and took a flight over coastal Louisiana wetlands Thursday....

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Happy Mardi Gras - Carnival season gets underway today and tonight | WWL

Twelfth Night festivities kick off one of the longest possible Mardi Gras seasons. Fat Tuesday falls on March 8 this year, and the last time it was this late was the year 1859. Mardi Gras guide publisher Arthur Hardy says business owners are happy, because they'll have 61 days of the season to conduct business.
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Darius Rucker Joins Volunteers in New Orleans | CMT News

Darius Rucker
Photo Credit: Cheryl Gerber
Darius Rucker joined more than 500 volunteers in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward area on Monday (Jan. 3), helping the neighborhood that was heavily affected by 2005's Hurricane Katrina. Later that night Rucker performed a free concert in the French Quarter and also sung the national anthem at the Allstate Sugar Bowl...
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BP spill disaster 'down to bad management decisions' | scotsman.com news World News

Decisions intended to save time and money created an unreasonable risk that triggered the largest offshore oil spill in US history, which could happen again without significant reforms, reported the top-level panel probing the BP blowout. The commission findings - the result of a probe requested by President Obama after the April 20 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion - described systemic problems within the offshore energy industry and government regulators who oversaw it...
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Food Network show wants to make over New Orleans restaurants | NOLA.com

The Food Network show "Restaurant Impossible" is looking for failing restaurants in New Orleans that need a makeover. They are especially interested in finding family restaurants. The show is entering season two, and the series debut will be Jan. 19 on Food Network...
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New Orleans: Good times roll amid murder, mayhem | OrlandoSentinel.com

Every single waitress, desk clerk, taxi driver, tour guide, security guard and parking attendant effused about their city. It isn't just where they live, it is a part of who they are. New Orleans is the brassy, wild notion that binds them all together, regardless of its little flaws...

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Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans, LA | jazzednet.org

Jazz Education Network
2nd Annual Conference Jan 5-8, 2011
The theme of the 2011 Jazz Education Network 2nd Annual Conference will be “Honoring Performance in the Birthplace of Jazz!”, January 5 – 8, 2011 at the Roosevelt Hotel – New Orleans, LA.

Twenty-seven student jazz ensembles will be front and center in New Orleans! Most of the groups will perform in concert on the dedicated JENerations Showcase Stage in the Orpheum Ballroom, while a select few will be presented on the Main Stage. A select group of Student Composition participants will be invited to attend the 2011 conference and hear a professional performance of their music and receive adjudicated comments.

In addition to the impressive array of student talent, there are thirty plus pro ensembles!...then take in the assortment of topics covered in the sixty-five or so clinics and panels! Special attention has been given to weave a golden thread of New Orleans culture and heritage in the conference offerings. As we all know, New Orleans is where the seeds of this great music were planted, and therefore it is important to honor the music from its humble beginnings, to where it has evolved currently, embracing all developments along the way.

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Doctor who stayed during Katrina dies | Daily World

Dr. John Thiele, one of the doctors who stayed at a flooded New Orleans hospital during the chaos following Hurricane Katrina, died of cancer Friday, one day before his 59th birthday...
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As a playground reopens, another waits for help | WWLTV.com

It was a joyous note in Gentilly as the rebirth of Donnelly Park was celebrated Tuesday. Kids especially enjoyed using the new playground equipment their suggestions helped design. But a few miles away in Central City sit the shabby remains of what once was a city playground, the NORD Keller Center...

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New Orleans designates pot, prostitution as municipal offenses | Digital Journal

New Orleans has declassified marijuana possession, prostitution and several other minor offenses. This decision is expected to unclog criminal courts and save courts and police millions in enforcement dollars...

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Earn money for The Roots of Music by watching a video | Spin Backstage Pass spin.com @spinmagazine

You can now earn money for The Roots of Music simply by watching a video on spin.com. For every time you watch it, American Express will donate $1 to the program.
The campaign is called "Help ZYNC from American Express Support Youth Music Education".

The Roots of Music Program fills a void in music education programs in New Orleans educational institutions. Where marching bands were always an integral part of the New Orleans middle schools, this has changed drastically after Katrina and many schools don’t offer music programs anymore...

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More N.O. bars voluntarily switching to smoke-free policies | WWLTV.com

For customers at d.b.a., a popular nightclub on Frenchmen Street, there was a big change Monday. After years of operation, the venue is now smoke-free. d.b.a. joins a growing list of bar and club owners in the city who have taken it upon themselves to cut out smoking inside their establishments...

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New Orleans real estate records should be ready Tuesday | NOLA.com

On Tuesday, Civil District Court workers will be able to open the office doors and offer title researchers and others a complete -- if not totally verified -- database of New Orleans real estate records for the first time since a disastrous October computer crash...

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Landrieu leads New Orleans with optimism, realism | Bloomberg

Mitch Landrieu thought he knew the problems that awaited him when he was elected mayor of New Orleans in a landslide last February. There was the spotty, prolonged recovery from Hurricane Katrina, which exacerbated long-standing problems of blight and crumbling infrastructure; a $60 million budget deficit; a police department awash in scandal; and an explosion of violent crime...

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Former Louisiana governor Eddie Edwards to be released from federal prison | KFDM

After more than eight years in federal prison, Edwin Edwards will be released to a halfway house sometime this month - but no one's saying precisely when that'll be...
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Lessons Learned From A Culinary Road Trip South | Eater National

The worship of the golden pig has made its way South... Surely seafood remains an integral part of Louisiana cuisine — contrary to media reports, seafood never went away — but at most of the newest and best restaurants, pork is the prince regent...

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Premiere: Hear 'Oh My Heart,' A New Song From R.E.M. | NPR : All Songs Considered

It's a very quiet and very meditative song dedicated to New Orleans — about New Orleans. Jacknife [Lee] is great as a producer, because he saw that we were struggling with what is a very quiet song. We were standing really far away from each other in the room, and it was hard not only to actually physically hear each other, but it felt dispersed. He brought us into the middle, and instantly, of course, the song worked.
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Southern writers share best recipes in an excellent community cookbook | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Living / Food

An excellent community cookbook feels like a cherished hand-me-down. It's food history, generally reflecting a specific ethnic group or region. That's what you'll discover in "The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook." Like something a proud parent places in your hands -- a treasure, saying, "This is for you, my best recipes. The ones I love the most. You'll take good care of them..."

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NFL on FOX: Tampa 'Bucs' - Saints video | Fox Sports

Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick recap the Buccaneers 23-13 win over the Saints.


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Fried Turkey Grease Drive - Operation REACH Inc.

Did you know that the oil you use to fry your favorite foods could fuel an 18–wheeler?

The Gulfsouth Youth Biodiesel Project (GYBP), a program of Operation REACH, Inc., is collecting used cooking oil from households. All cooking oil will be used to produce eco–friendly biodiesel fuel.

This ongoing grease collection helps raise environmental awareness about alternative fuels and enables local households to recycle the cooking oil used to fry foods year–round. The used cooking oil collected by the GYBP is made into biodiesel fuel by youth participants involved in the program.



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30 Years of Gambit Covers [Slideshow] | Gambit - Best of New Orleans

30 Years of Gambit Covers--a look at some of the people, topics and designs that have graced the covers of Gambit since 1981...

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New Orleans moves to get rid of last FEMA trailers | The Washington Post

Citing the remaining 221 trailers as blight, New Orleans officials have told the last remaining residents to be out by the start of 2011 or face steep fines...

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Dumaine Street block has become one of New Orleans' most dangerous since Hurricane Katrina | NOLA.com

Police and prosecutors dusted off a rarely used state racketeering charge two weeks ago to indict 11 young men in the so-called D-Block Gang who, police say, sold drugs and plotted violence from a block police call one of the city's most dangerous, the block of 2600 block of Dumaine Street in the 6th Ward...
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