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New Orleans corners hold key to city's future, Mayor Mitch Landrieu says | NOLA.com

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Mayor Mitch Landrieu pushed for $1.4 million in renovations to the Walgreens drugstore at Napoleon and Claiborne avenues, giving it windows that connect with the outside world and landscaping that makes the intersection seem well-tended

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Coco Robicheaux Passes After Collapsing on Frenchmen Street | OffBeat

Coco Robicheaux. Photo by Derek Bridges.
Coco Robicheaux passed away in the early evening Friday, November 25 at Tulane Medical Center. He had been rushed to the hospital after having a heart attack and collapsing at his favorite hangout, the Apple Barrel on Frenchmen Street, where he could often be seen lounging on the outdoor bench in his trademark reptilian boots...

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Tall Ships, Blue Angels to visit New Orleans in April | Our Flag Was Still There

Mayor Mitch Landrieu has announced that New Orleans will serve as the inaugural city in a three-year national celebration commemorating the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner. The 2012 celebration will take place April 17 – 23, 2012, featuring a colorful spectacle of ships spreading on the East Bank of the Mississippi River from Erato Street to Upper Poland Avenue. Additionally, the Navy’s famed Blue Angels will perform a memorable air show as part of the week’s festivities.

The U.S. Navy's amphibious warship USS Wasp, along with other large navy vessels, will welcome Class A tall ships from countries around the world to New Orleans, joining the U.S. Navy and OpSail 2012 for the celebration. The theme, "Our Flag Was Still There," will mark the festivities in seven ports and across the country...


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Movies in the Park concludes this weekend | City of New Orleans

This weekend, the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission’s (NORDC) Movies in the Park program will conclude. Since August, on Fridays and Saturdays through November 26, 2011, residents have had the opportunity to watch family movies for free on a large portable outdoor movie screen in grassy areas across the City.

NORDC provided a large portable outdoor movie screen, licensed DVD, security, trash receptacles and satellite restrooms. Community organizations and neighborhood associations served as the host by choosing a movie from NORDC’s inventory as well as providing space, concessions, a volunteer cleanup crew, and a table showcasing upcoming neighborhood events.
Tonight's Feature Presentation: A Bee Movie
Saturday, Nov. 26th @ 6pm
Olive Stallings Gentilly Playground
1600 Gentilly Blvd.
New Orleans

Movies in the Park is free and open to the public. However, participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and no pets, alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, firearms, weapons, smoking, or cooking is allowed during the event.

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New Orleans Healing Center Performance Sunday at Cafe Istanbul | Arts New Orleans

New Orleans Healing Center Performance
Sunday, November 27, 2011, 5pm
Cafe Istanbul, New Orleans Healing Center
2372 St. Claude Ave.
New Orleans, Louisiana

AfricaNola, and master African drummer Thierno Dioubate, of Guinea, host this monthly event; West Africa will lead the circle. Please bring your own drums, horns, flutes, cowbells, etc., additional drums will be provided and spoken word artists are most welcome. Following the drum circle there will be a performance by Africa Brass, a NOLA based African ensemble led by Tim Green, and Thierno Dioubate. Africa Brass blends Jazz, Brass, and African drums into a powerful and moving sound, bridging the music of two continents, and eight centuries.

This event is free and open to all. Donations to the musicians will be welcome. Delicious free food and discount coupons from Fatoush Restaurant, and Food Coop.

“AfricaNola brings African musicians to New Orleans to live, perform, teach, and share cultures that are uniquely intertwined with our own.”

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Fair Grounds: Gantry gives Faucheux his first stakes win in Thanksgiving Handicap | Daily Racing Form

Gantry gave 29-year-old New Orleans native Ron Faucheux his first stakes win as a trainer. He was ridden to victory in the $75,000 Thanksgiving Handicap by Richard Eramia, who was fortunate to escape injury in a spill earlier Thursday.

Gantry ($12.20) won the first stakes of his career while racing for the ninth time and making his first start since being privately purchased and turned over to Faucheux about three weeks ago...

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New Grocery Store Opens In New Orleans East ‎| WDSU

Many people in New Orleans East have something special to be thankful for this Thanksgiving -- a new supermarket. City officials said there will soon be even more development to keep people satisfied...

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610 Stompers at Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade | wwltv.com

The 610 Stompers took the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade by storm.


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What is the best roast beef po-boy in New Orleans? |‎ NOLA.com

Po-boy varieties are more or less limitless. The annual food vendor mischief at the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival last weekend alone is testament to that. At this year’s fifth annual festival, the hordes of po-boy lovers found, among other acts of bread bravery, a savory doughnut po-boy with pork and an ancestry in Thailand. And then there is roast beef, the odd duck among the standbys. Unlike the Big Three seafood po-boys, roast beef can’t claim strong local roots as an ingredient. And unlike its cold-cut cousins — which po-boy restaurants might serve but seldom create with house-made ingredients — roast beef requires house-cooked beef and gravy to stand a fighting chance of being really good...

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Troopers to boost police presence in New Orleans | KTBS

The head of Louisiana State Police said he's sending 30 troopers from southeast Louisiana to New Orleans to help with enforcement over the Thanksgiving holiday in the central business district and French Quarter...

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Eight companies vying to redevelop Six Flags site‎ | WVUE-TV

The Landrieu administration said Monday that eight companies are vying to redevelop the site of the former Six Flags Amusement Park in New Orleans East. "We received a mix of proposals seeking to develop the former park site into an amusement park, a water park, a film [company] back lot, a retail outlet shopping center,” said Aimee Quirk, chief economic development advisor to the mayor. One of the proposals involves putting an electric power generation complex on the site...

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Treme Creole Gumbo Festival | New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation

Celebrate the musical culture of New Orleans' Treme neighborhood at the fourth annual Treme Creole Gumbo Festival on Saturday, Dec. 10 - another free festival presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

Saturday, Dec 10, 2011
11:00 AM – 5:30 PM
The Jazz & Heritage Center
1225 N. Rampart Street
New Orleans, Louisiana

Performance Schedule:
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Treme Brass Band
12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Shannon Powell and The Tuesday Night Allstar Band
1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Heritage School of Music
2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. The Characters of 'Treme'
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Glen David Andrews
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Rebirth Brass Band

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Holiday shuttle gives rides to airports |‎ LSU The Reveille

Student Government and the LSU Family Association will offer shuttle rides Tuesday and Wednesday to students heading to the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport for the Thanksgiving holiday. Students traveling to New Orleans will pay a fee of $20 while students traveling to the Baton Rouge airport will pay $10...

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Drew Brees: The Magic of the New Orleans Saints Quarterback ‎| Bleacher Report

Anyone who is a fan of the Saints is well aware of what quarterback Drew Brees has done for this team.

Brees has been part of one of the best offenses in the NFL over the past few seasons and is the main cog in the wheel for the success that the Saints have had on the offensive side of the ball. Brees instantly started to turn the Saints around after his arrival in New Orleans and in time he would help lead the team to a Super Bowl, the first in the franchise’s history...

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Church in Treme section of New Orleans vandalized | The Republic

The vandalism occurred Thursday morning between 9 and 10 a.m. at what some call the "murder board church" because it posts a list of the city's murder victims. Someone defaced the prayer cards with the images of saints and the Blessed Mother on them...

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Thanksgiving dinner a bargain in Louisiana | WWL

Louisianans are catching a break on that traditional Thanksgiving feast this year. While the cost of that meal is up 13 percent nationwide, it's down almost 4 percent here at home...

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Mermaid Lounge Reunion attracts club regulars for two nights of musical memories | NOLA.com

The Mermaid Lounge lost its lease in 2004 and closed. Tonight and Saturday, St. Claude Avenue nightclubs the Hi-Ho Lounge and Siberia Bar host the Mermaid Lounge Reunion Festival. The roster boasts 16 bands that frequented the Mermaid, including the original Royal Fingerbowl, guitarist Phil DeGruy, Egg Yolk Jubilee and Rotary Downs.
When: Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m.
Where: Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave., 504.945.4446, and Siberia Bar, 2227 St. Claude Ave., 504.265.885
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Oak Street Po-Boy Fest's Scheme to Take Your Money | Eater NOLA

This easily counts as the rant of the day, or maybe even of the week or the month. Steve of He Said/She Said NOLA (obviously Steve is the "He Said" half of that equation) totally excoriates the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival for, well, basically being a rip-off. The Po-Boy Fest has gained notoriety for being the event devoted to that delightful local sandwich, and also for being an annual cluster of unwieldy crowds and long lines...

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Feed Hope this Holiday Season with a Gift to Second Harvest Food Bank

Searching for a unique gift for someone who has everything? Looking for a way to thoughtfully remember a loved one or friend? This holiday season consider a tribute or memorial gift to Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana on behalf of someone special. With your gift, you will feed hope to a family, senior or child at risk for hunger in your community. You can also make your donation securely online at: http://no-hunger.org/Donate.aspx

As the weather turns cooler and the holidays approach, Second Harvest Food Bank is graced with an outpouring of support from communities across south Louisiana. Food drives are critical to help Second Harvest stock its shelves and provide food assistance to thousands of families, children and seniors in need.
If you are planning a food drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank this holiday season, we can provide you with items and ideas to make your food drive a success. Don’t forget that you can pick up food collection boxes and tape for your drive at both Second Harvest Food Bank warehouses (New Orleans and Lafayette), Monday - Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Greater New Orleans
700 Edwards Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70123
504-734-1322

Lafayette
215 East Pinhook Road
Lafayette, LA 70501
337-237-7711
For additional tips on hosting a successful food drive, visit  http://no-hunger.org/TakeAction/HoldAFoodDrive.aspx.
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Yvonne 'Miss Dixie' Fasnacht, bar proprietor, dies at age 101 | NOLA.com

Yvonne “Miss Dixie” Fasnacht, the fun-loving, no-nonsense proprietor of two New Orleans bars where gay men and lesbians could socialize comfortably long before anyone thought of coming out of the closet, died Sunday at her Metairie home. She was 101. Dixie’s Bar of Music, which was in the Central Business District for a decade before Ms. Fasnacht moved it to Bourbon Street in 1949, became a landmark that attracted such luminaries as the ballerina Margot Fonteyn, the actors Helen Hayes and Danny Kaye, newsman Walter Cronkite and U.S. Rep. F. Edward Hébert...

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City of New Orleans aims to rein in pension costs | NOLA.com

People enrolled in the retirement system for New Orleans city workers would start paying more in pension contributions over the next two years, and the formula used to determine the size of their benefits would change, under separate measures set to go before the City Council today...

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Some Occupy NOLA members worry they could be next | WWL

The New Orleans branch of the "Occupy" protest has been primarily peaceful. But after the events in Oakland, Atlanta and New York, some protesters are starting to worry about what they're hearing from other cities. "With every crackdown in every other city, it raises the expectations that the same thing could happen here," one participant in Duncan Plaza said...

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Learning How to Cook Like a New Orleans Native‎ | Shape Magazine (blog)

During my weekend trip, my traveling buddy and friend, Joanna (from Seven Hills) and I participated in a cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking. We had front row seats for two hours of mixing, stirring, story telling and taste testing. We learned how to make some famous New Orleans dishes: Chicken and Smoked Sausage Gumbo, Jambalaya, and arguably my new favorite cookie, Pralines. We were also introduced to a new spice, Joe's Stuff. I highly recommend it if you're into a little adventure in your mouth. If you like beer, I also recommend Abita. It's a beer that was founded in the piney woods of a little town 30 miles north of New Orleans called Abita Springs. Abita can be purchased just about anywhere; if you haven't tried it, I recommend picking it up the next time you're grilling or having folks over for a fall fête.
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New Orleans Food Cooperative Grand Opening | bestofneworleans.com

Last week, the New Orleans Food Cooperative celebrated the grand opening of its new grocery, which the group says is Louisiana's first community-owned food store. The event was billed as a party to introduce the new 4,800-square-foot store to its neighbors and to recognize the community investment that made it possible...

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New Orleans homes have dangerous levels of Lead‎ | WWL

More than half of New Orleans homes contain dangerous levels of lead, according to a finding that comes from a new Tulane University study. Researchers at Tulane found that 61 percent of homes, from across the city, contained lead levels above the federal standard...



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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu launches "Don't Trash Dat!" campaign‎ | NOLA.com

As New Orleans prepares to host an array of high-profile sporting events, Mayor Mitch Landrieu rolled out a new public awareness campaign Monday designed to spruce up the city in advance of the onslaught of visitors. While the keep-it-clean push will focus on the French Quarter and other downtown "hospitality zones," the mayor said he wants the anti-litter spirit to spread across the city...

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How to Safely Deep Fry a Turkey this Thanksgiving

It seems that every year someone has a serious oil related fire to their at-home deep fried turkey fryer, so we're posting this link to frying tips. Have a safe and delicious holiday season! Share with your frying friends:


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Sample and enjoy tasty, insect-filled Thanksgiving dishes at the Insectarium | Audubon Nature Institute

Get ready for a fun-filled Hoppy Thanksgiving at Audubon Insectarium! November 22-23 and 25-27, 2011 you can sample traditional Thanksgiving dishes done in ways you'll only find at the Insectarium; turkey with cornbread and mealworm stuffing, wax worm cranberry sauce and cricket pumpkin pie. This might not be what the Pilgrims ate, but you'll be surprised at how tasty it is.

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Human remains, caskets discovered in French Quarter | WVUE

The discovery was made when the owner of some property on North Rampart wanted to do some construction work. Archeologists discovered that the man’s property used to be part of an old cemetery. The history of this goes back to the 1720’s when a cemetery existed on the plot of land from North Rampart and Burgundy, Saint Peters and Toulouse...



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New Orleans pushes forward with greenway | wwltv.com

This city is holding another round of community meetings to hash out the details of what officials hope will become a transformative project for inner New Orleans — a 3 mile open space for walkers and bikers from the French Quarter to near City Park that engineers hope will be done by spring 2014.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu has made the Lafitte Corridor, as the greenway project is known, a priority...

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NOMA Celebrates 100th Anniversary with 110 New Acquisitions and Centennial Odyssey Ball, 2011... A NOMA Odyssey

On November 12th the New Orleans Museum of Art will celebrate its 100th anniversary with the Centennial Odyssey Ball, 2011... A NOMA Odyssey, generously underwritten by the Lupin Foundation and Peoples Health.

Since 1911, the Museum has expanded a world-class collection, the facility, and gained recognition as the finest art museum in the mid-South. This year's Odyssey Ball, co-chaired by Brenda and Michael Moffitt, will mark the opening of NOMA 100: Gifts for the Second Century, an exhibition of extraordinary additions to NOMA's permanent collection, given in celebration of the Museum's first century and the commencement of the Museum's future.

"As we embark on our second century, we continue to build on traditions, like the Odyssey Ball and create new ones," said Moffitt. Susan M. Taylor, our new director, has articulated an exciting, innovative vision for NOMA. The core of this vision is to expand the reach of our collection to wider audiences, locally, nationally, and internationally."

This 100 year Anniversary Ball expands the scope of NOMA's extraordinarily successful past galas by creating a new venue: a VIP Lounge area sponsored by IBERIABANK for all donors at the $1,000 level and above. Ball patrons who participate at this level and higher will have private use of this special venue where ultra premium libations and hors d'oeuvres will be served, in conjunction with music, dancing and intimate spaces.

Deacon John and the Ivories will take center stage in the Freeport McMoran Great Hall sponsored by International Well Testers, Inc. and Jolie & Robert Shelton with additional entertainment by Leah Chase and ActionActionReaction in various parts of the Museum. Extraordinary cuisine by Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group, a Live and Silent Auction, valet parking, in addition to the opening of the NOMA 100 exhibition given by NOMA friends and family, will collectively set the stage for celebrating the museum's next 100 years!

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Tony Bennett visits New Orleans, plugs rebuilding ‎| 6abc.com

Grammy-winning jazz crooner Tony Bennett is championing a rebuilding effort to help New Orleans residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina. At the site of the 101st and final house built by Project Home Again, the 85-year-old singer said Friday that bringing people home is important to protecting the culture and traditions of New Orleans.

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Tailgating cookoff and Saints-Falcons watch party | NOLA.com

Celebrity chefs will feed the Who Dat Nation on the streets of the French Quarter, topping the list of entertainment best bets on a beat-the-Dirty-Birds Sunday in New Orleans.
Tory McPhail of Commander's Palace will be among the chefs taking
part in a tailgating cookoff Sunday outside of the Hotel Monteleone.

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610 Stompers heading to New York for Thanksgiving Day Parade

Have  you heard that the 610 Stompers are representing the City of New Orrleans in the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?

The 610 Stompers is a diverse group of ordinary men, from their 20s to their 60s. Doctors, lawyers, professionals, laborers, students, teachers, and parents. Different but the same, and brought together by their ongoing desire to entertain the world with their “Extraordinary Moves”, and in doing so, give back to the community.

Come by the Send-off party tonight in New Orleans.
Friday, Nov 11, 2011 9:00 PM CST
Howlin' Wolf, New Orleans, LA
18 years and over
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Powerball Mistake Creates a Louisiana Bayou Millionaire ‎| KATC

"I went to bed a nutria and woke up a mink!" exclaimed a surprised Robert Thibodaux Sr. after learning he held a $1 million-winning Powerball ticket from the Oct. 29 drawing. The 70-year-old Thibodaux native arrived at Louisiana Lottery headquarters this morning to claim his prize, accompanied by a dozen family members to help him celebrate his good fortune, which happened quite by accident...

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Louisiana can't appeal loss of $80M broadband grant‎ | BusinessWeek

Despite pleas from state leaders, Louisiana won't regain an $80 million federal grant to expand broadband Internet connections, and the money instead will be returned to the federal treasury, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. The department rescinded the grant last month, questioning whether Louisiana could accomplish its plan in the time allowed and whether changes made to the plans met the goals of the grant...

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Feds Hope To Overturn Katrina Flood Ruling | Salon.com

The federal government is seeking to overturn a 2009 ruling that found the Army Corps of Engineers responsible for massive flooding after Hurricane Katrina because it failed to properly maintain a navigation channel...

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Cruise ship industry cruising in New Orleans | WWL

It's a good time to cruise New Orleans, with three cruise ships making the city their new homeport this month. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is returning to the city for the first time since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It's more than 3100 passenger ship "Voyager of the Seas" docks at the port's Julia Street ship terminal this weekend...


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Coast Guard OKs Winding Down BP Spill Cleanup‎ | NPR

BP will no longer be responsible for cleaning up oil that washes up on the Gulf Coast unless officials can prove it comes from the company's well that blew out in 2010, causing the worst offshore spill in U.S. history, according to a plan approved by the Coast Guard and obtained by The Associated Press.

The plan marks the near end of the cleanup phase of the oil spill, according to the Nov. 2 agreement obtained by the AP on Tuesday. Now, BP will turn its attention to restoring areas damaged by the spill that began on April 20, 2010, when the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, killing 11 workers...

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2011 Papa Noel Rates New Orleans Christmas | New Orleans Online

More than 50 New Orleans hotels are celebrating the spirit of the season by offering fantastic Papa Noel deals through December. Book the most popular hotels in ideal locations throughout the French Quarter and beyond, and enjoy Christmas New Orleans Style. NOTE: Papa Noel rates are subject to availabillity.

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Former Mayor Ray Nagin's New Orleans "Ashtray House" on the market | WVUE

Former Mayor Ray Nagin listed his New Orleans home in Park Island for $729,000.
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Words and Music literary festival organizers keep finding fresh ways to surprise New Orleans book lovers | NOLA.com

The organizers call it “Words & Music, a Literary Feast in New Orleans.” That expansive title is a pretty good fit for the annual festival, which brings hundreds of writers, editors, book agents and impassioned readers to the French Quarter for the next five days. For some, the festival might just as well be called “Words & Cocktails & Gumbo,” since New Orleans customs are a big part of its appeal...

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25 blighted New Orleans properties will be auctioned off | NOLA.com

Officials will auction off 25 blighted properties at a sheriff's sale at noon, the first of two such auctions scheduled for this month, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration announced Monday. The auction will be held in the lobby of Civil District Court, 421 Loyola Ave. The second auction, set for Nov. 15, will also feature 25 properties...

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A Better Pill to Swallow: New Orleans’ reputation soiled by crime, but future is bright | LSU The Reveille

The city of New Orleans is an odd place. There are times when the compounding action of the city's food, music and hospitality combine to produce an atmosphere impossible to recreate anywhere else. And in those moments, it's the only place you want to be. Unfortunately, attempts to rejuvenate the city get caught up in the constant tug-of-war between New Orleans' unique attractiveness and grimy reputation...

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Mayor Mitch Landrieu finishes New York City Marathon in just over 5 hours | NOLA.com

Mayor Mitch Landrieu was probably glad there won't be a runoff after his latest race. After months of early morning training, the 51-year-old city chief finished the New York City marathon. The mayor wore a "Forever New Orleans" T-shirt during the race that was designed by Quintin Good, the owner of Purple Monkey Design in Bywater. Landrieu made the race's iconic start over Staten Island's Verrazano-Narrows Bridge with Mary Beth Romig, the city's director of public relations and special projects.

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Costly Changes For Plant That Caused Fish Kill | WDSU

Major, expensive improvements to the Bogalusa paper mill responsible for a massive August fish kill in the Pearl River will begin at the end of the year. The state Department of Environmental Quality released a timeline last week detailing when the Temple-Inland mill must begin and complete construction of new infrastructure designed to prevent another fish kill...


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New Orleans restaurants have turned Freret Street into a dining hot spot | NOLA.com


The Freret Street makeover: eyes, Midway Pizza and Company
Burger; nose, Sarita's Grill; smile, Dat Dog.
In 2008, when Neal Bodenheimer first walked into the building he now owns on the corner of Freret and Upperline streets, there were pigeons living on the second floor. A gone-to-seed renovation that had converted the century-old firehouse into an office space obscured the cypress ceilings overhead. Brick arches that would become signature elements of Cure, a stylish, uncompromising cocktail bar unlike anything New Orleans had ever seen, were filled in with cinder blocks...

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Louisiana Swamp Festival | Audubon Nature Institute

Louisiana Swamp Festival , November 5-6, 2011; 10 am - 5 pm

Louisiana Swamp Festival celebrates Louisiana Cajun culture and heritage through education and entertainment. This family-oriented festival gives visitors insight into the Cajun way of life through cultural demonstrations, music, food and crafts. The weekend salute to Louisiana's Bayou country at the Zoo features hands-on encounters with live Louisiana swamp animals and special animal feedings. Swamp Fest is free with Zoo admission.

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Best Festivals in New Orleans | Cheap air blog


There are a lot of things that make New Orleans one of the best destinations in the U.S., from a warm climate to a vibrant nightlife to delicious Cajun cuisine. Another one of its strengths is the many festivals that take place throughout the year. A weekend doesn't pass when there isn't another festival, fair, or concert happening. Today we present to you the five best New Orleans festivals that you'll want to plan your next New Orleans flight around...

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Battle Over Rents In Historic New Orleans Apartments | Huffington Post

Saxophone riffs from an unseen street musician waft up three floors to the balcony of Leslie Snadowsky's French Quarter apartment, punctuated by the bustle of waiters, bartenders, tourists and street people wandering among restaurants and shops below and enhanced by the view of sun glinting off the spires of nearby St. Louis Cathedral.

But inside, the hardwood floors are covered with sticky notes marking chinks and spots of rot. On the walls, along with paintings of plantations, are photographs of water spots – dated to note when they were taken and taped beneath the stains themselves...

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New Orleans fishing top spot: The Trestles | NOLA.com

The rest of the sporting world may think the World Series ended a week ago, but Lake Pontchartrain anglers know that just isn't so. Their special season is now into extra innings, with no end in sight. We're talking about one of the most interesting points on the local fishing calendar, "The World Series of Trout." Each October, just as the pennant winners are set to square off, something equally special happens along the bridges that span the narrow eastern neck of Lake Pontchartrain between Irish Bayou and Slidell: Hefty speckled trout that had been largely missing from the area during the summer suddenly return...

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Louisiana Judge Pulls Permit For Truck Stop Tiger‎ | NPR

Judge Mike Caldwell ruled Wednesday in favor of a motion by the Animal Legal Defense Fund to force the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to revoke the permit that allows Tiger Truck Stop Inc. and its owner, Michael Sandlin, to keep the tiger at the business.

For years, the Siberian-Bengal mix has been a draw for gawking motorists who patronize this truck stop, buying food, gassing up and sticking around to get a picture with Tony...

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Scientists urge Louisiana to protect netted sea turtles | MiamiHerald

Dozens of scientists asked Gov. Bobby Jindal on Wednesday to scrap a 1987 law that bars state marine agents from enforcing federal rules requiring shrimpers to have special devices on their trawl nets that allow ensnared sea turtles to swim to safety. More than 60 scientists - most from Gulf Coast states but many from universities across the nation - sent a letter to Jindal urging him "to revisit and revise" Louisiana's laws and "align with modern fishing and environmental practices."

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NOPD: Victim Injured In Bourbon Street Shooting Was Tourist‎ | WDSU

New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Ronal Serpas confirmed to WDSU that one of the victims in a shooting on Bourbon Street early Tuesday morning was an international tourist from France. The victim's name wasn't released...


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Destination of the Week: New Orleans | Travel Zoo

Celebrate the holidays with huge savings in New Orleans, where there's no such thing as a "Silent Night." In fact, the city swept No. 1 for all nightlife categories in a recent "America's Favorite Cities" poll, as voted by readers of Travel + Leisure.

A true cultural melting pot, New Orleans gets dressed up for the holidays, welcoming visitors with Christmas events and traditions -- not to mention, an opportunity to pick up some unique holiday gifts. Voodoo dolls or Mardi Gras masks, anyone?

Before the crush of Mardi Gras crowds in February, come live out the city's motto: Laissez les bons temps rouler (French for Let the good times roll)...
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Michelle Obama urges children at New Orleans preschool to eat their peas, exercise more | Washington Post

First lady Michelle Obama led toddlers at a New Orleans daycare center in calisthenics and read them a book about a mouse that eats green peas, bidding to get America’s children eating better and exercising more. Obama stretched, jumped and marched in place before reading to the children who gathered in a classroom with their parents and teachers at the Royal Castle Child Development Center...

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Franksgiving N'Awlins Slow-Roasted Turkey | WWL

... season the turkey front and back, inside and out, with the poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper. And I don’t mean just sprinkle it on—rub those seasonings into the bird hard! Then, with the real butter (not margarine), massage the bird liberally—again both inside and out—until the butter coats the skin completely...

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Minerals named after pair of UNO professors | NOLA.com

A couple of professors at the University of New Orleans have become official rock stars. The International Mineralogical Association has named new minerals after Alexander Falster and Karen Webber...

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Bid Deadline For Six Flags Park Passes ‎| WDSU

More than six years after Hurricane Katrina, the Six Flags amusement park is still vacant and the city is looking for someone to buy it. Monday was the deadline to bid on the land..
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Poetry and Jazz at the St. Tammany Art Association | NOLA.com

On Nov. 4, the 7th Annual President’s Arts Awards are hosted by Parish President Kevin Davis and the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs from 6 – 8 p.m. at 64030 Louisiana 434, Lacombe. Sponsoring the event is the Louisiana Medical Center & Heart Hospital, and the honorees will be presented in the reception area.
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15 shot, 2 dead in N.O. Halloween shootings | WWL

Revelry turned into horror during New Orleans Halloween celebrations when gunfire erupted at four scenes leaving 15 people shot, two of whom died.

The shootings began just after midnight in the 400 block of Bourbon Street...


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