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Friday, December 28, 2012

New Year's in New Orleans |

When it comes to celebrating New Year's Eve in grand style, New York's Times Square has nothing on New Orleans. In New York, tens of thousands of people stand around in the street for hours in the chilly winter cold, waiting for a ball to drop. And then, ten minutes after that happens, it's all over. The police and street sweepers are clearing everyone off the streets. In New Orleans we do things differently. Midnight on New Year's Eve is just the beginning of an exciting night...

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Louisiana Tourism officials plan fishing website | The Advocate

Want to know the best fishing spots in Louisiana? Looking for a charter boat captain? Need a fishing license? State tourism officials are launching a “fishing microsite” in January that provides online information to those wanting to land the big one or talk about the one that got away. The microsite will be a link on the tourism agency’s website,

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

A musical look back at 2012 | Louisiana Weekly

It seemed that week after week in 2012 there was a festival of one sort or another happening around the city. Not that anyone’s complaining. Impressively, except for the biggies—the Jazz & Heritage Festival, Essence Festival and the Voodoo Music Experience—most of the events were free.

The addition of the new, spring and fall series of Jazz in the Park really hit the mark in its goal of bringing life back to the long, under-utilized Armstrong Park. The presenters, People United for Armstrong Park, get props for the organization’s imaginative bookings and for truly welcoming long-time Tremé residents to the festivities. Some of the outstanding shows included strong performances from the Africa-meets-New Orleans sound of Africa Brass. Vocalist Stephanie Jordan, undoubtedly being heard by many in attendance for the first time, impressed the audience with her emotional and sophisticated delivery. The Tremé Funktet led by one of this city’s finest trombonists and a Tremé native Corey Henry and featuring the back-on-the-scene trumpeter, Travis Hill, boosted the band’s reputation with its hot set.

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Hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District | MarketWatch (press release)

RLJ Lodging Trust announced that it has opened its Hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District. With the opening of this hotel, RLJ has completed its seventh and final brand conversion that was planned as part of its comprehensive 2011 and 2012 capital program.

The hotel operated as an independent hotel until it was closed in 2008. RLJ purchased the distressed hotel in 2010 for $6.4 million. After an extensive $16.9 million renovation, the property reopened as a 132-room Hotel Indigo. The all-in price of $23.3 million, or approximately $177,000 per key, represents a significant discount to replacement cost...

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Hubig's sues company over factory fire | WWL

Hubig's Pies is suing the Kenner company that created and maintained its fire suppression system.
Its plant in the Faubourg Marigny was destroyed in a massive fire in July.

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Who's Running Southeast Louisiana Hospital? | Gambit

When the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), along with St. Tammany Parish government, announced earlier this month that they had found a company to keep 58 patient beds — 42 juvenile and 16 adult acute — at Southeast Louisiana Hospital (SELH) open and operating, it was a relief to those who feared the Mandeville facility would shut down its mental health services entirely...

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Legendary Locals of New Orleans an Arcadia book |

In 128 pages with approximately 140 to 230 photographs, this series takes a different approach and design to reveal the faces of pioneering citizens who have built and shaped communities large and small across the United States. Individuals featured will run the gamut from local politicians to high school coaches and athletes; from notorious personalities to beloved entertainers. While famous personalities will be documented, the true purpose of the series is to highlight the unsung local heroes and stories of humanity. Vintage images coupled with facts and anecdotes culled by expert local authors will reveal the character of the people, past and present, who make up the fabric of each community.–Arcadia

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Curbing murders in New Orleans: Editorial |

Director Spike Lee speaks with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu Oct. 2 at the Joy Theater during the launch of the new "Flip the Script" PSA campaign by Lee's company that is part of the mayor's "NOLA For Life" anti-violence campaign. (Photo by Matthew Hinton,, The Times-Picayune)

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New Orleans sets festive table for reveillon | USA TODAY

In the weeks surrounding Christmas, some 50 restaurants offer four- to five-course meals of pan-roasted oysters, braised pork belly, duck confit, foie gras beignets and other holiday delicacies. The recipes have roots that date back to the beginning of the French city's nearly 300-year history...
Gerald Herbert, AP

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Friday, December 21, 2012

New Orleans' Best Cheap Eats, as Decided by Readers | NOLA Eater

Eater asked readers to recommend their favorite dirt cheap eats in New Orleans. Here are 15 of the best low budget dining recommendations from Eater readers, in map form...

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The Cosmic Convergence Festival | NOLA Defender

The Cosmic Convergence Festival is an all day affair, taking place at the Sugar Mill. Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, Star of The History Channel’s Ancient Aliens hosts the Apocalypse prevention festival along with The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus. The party will feature DJ’s and a long list of musicians including the Hot 8 Brass Band, electronic psy-rockers Ghostland Observatory, Alex McMurry and the Interstellar All-Stars, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Rotary Downs, James Singleton and Sun Domingo...

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Algiers Point Bonfire is back for second year since Katrina | NOLA Defender

Even the most elaborate Christmas décor will barely glimmer against this weekend’s bonfire at Algiers Point. The federal flood did all it could to wash out the time-honored tradition, but it returned last year to reclaim its rightful home near the ferry. Saturday at the point will be filled with merriment in the form of food, music, and Santa on a Segway.

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Hike for KaTREEna Big TREEsy 1000 Tree Giveaway for New Orleans | Faubourg St. John

Hike for KaTREEna is partnering with the City of New Orleans Department of Parks & Parkways for the third of five tree-giveaway events.

1000 free trees will be available on Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon at City of New Orleans Dept. of Parks & Parkways, 2829 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70122

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New Orleans Council makes 'difficult decision' of raising S&WB rate | WWL

In a 5-2 vote on Thursday, the City Council approved raising the rate by 10 percent a year for the next seven years. That will raise more than $500 million to pay for repairs to the city's aging sewer and water system. For the average consumer who pays $52 a month, next year's monthly bill would be about $58. By 2020, that same bill would be $112.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Young is upbeat on Jefferson Parish | WWL

An optimistic and promising State of the Parish address today from Jefferson President John Young.  Young foresees even better days ahead but warns that the fiscal cliff crisis in Washington better get straightened out and soon.  In an interview today with WWL-TV, Young predicted the economy is about to really take off, which could help with one of the biggest problems facing his parish.

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La. SPCA helps shelter animals displaced by Sandy | San Francisco Chronicle

The Louisiana SPCA says in a news release that it has sent a team of staffers and volunteers to the emergency boarding facility established in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn by the ASPCA with help from a $500,000 grant from TV personality Rachael Ray.

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Ex-New Orleans Mayor Under Investigation | WSJ

Rodney Williams, center, who is accused of bribing former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, leaves federal court in New Orleans following his arraignment on Tuesday. The Times-Picayune/Associated Press
Federal prosecutors are investigating as part of an ongoing corruption probe former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who rose to national prominence as the city's leader during Hurricane Katrina but whose popularity was eroded by frustration with rebuilding efforts. Though federal prosecutors are investigating Mr. Nagin, any charges aren't imminent, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Celebration in the Oaks in New Orleans City Park 2012

Celebration in the Oaks in New Orleans City Park remains one of the most beautiful holiday light exhibits in the country, attracting over 122,000 people in 2010. Park and experience one of the nation's most unique month-long festival of lights!

Friday, November 23, 2012 - Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • Weekend only November 23, 24 and 25th.
  • Open nightly November 30th through Jan. 1, 2013
  • (Closed Dec. 24th and 31st)
  • Holiday Hours:
  • Sunday thru Thursday: 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday evenings: 6:00 - 11:00 p.m.
  • Saturday evenings: 6:00 - 11:00 p.m.

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Jimmy’s Music Club reopens on December 28 | Offbeat Magazine

The city needs more nightclub owners like Jimmy Anselmo, so it’s good that he is coming back to begin a new string of memorable shows. It was sure great to be there in the ’80s. Hot, sweaty and great.

Jimmy’s Music Club reopens on December 28 with a reunion show featuring the Limit with Christian Serpas, Jeff Oteri and Manny Reyes; the Models; Stephie and the White Sox; and the Backstabbers.

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The Complete New Orleans Christmas Guidebook | New Orleans Online

15 version of Christmas New Orleans Style tv spot featuring Bryan Batt

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Stan Lee to greet fans at Comic Con in New Orleans | Jackson Clarion Ledger

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Comic Con continues through Sunday. Comic book icon Stan Lee, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star Eliza Dushku and dozens of other celebrities will greet fans ó many of whom where costumes. The event is expected to lure in countless "trekkies" with a 25th anniversary reunion of the cast of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" on Saturday...

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Life sentence for Pal's Lounge murderer | WVUE-TV

A man convicted of randomly murdering a woman inside Pal's lounge in 2007 is sentenced to life in prison. During the trial, the bar owner described how a man got up from the table where he had been sitting and started trying to stab people...

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2013 New Orleans Jazz Fest tickets go on sale Dec. 1st |

Tickets for the 2013 New Orleans Jazz Fest go on sale Saturday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. Early-bird single-day tickets are $45 plus service charges, the same price as for this year's festival. Some time in January -- the exact date has not been announced -- the advance price increases to $50. Tickets will be $65 at the gate, also the same price as 2012.

Photo by John McCusker / Times-Picayune Archive

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

BP suspended from new US government contracts following Gulf spill settlement, EPA says | Washington Post

Two weeks ago, BP agreed to plead guilty to charges involving the deaths of 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which exploded and sank in April 2010, setting off the nation’s largest offshore oil spill. BP will also plead guilty to lying to Congress about how much oil was spewing from the blown-out Macondo well...

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New Orleans Cocktail History | The Daily meal

America has a long history of cocktails (one that gets fuzzier the more of them you drink), but there’s a special place in the heart of all drink aficionados for the city of New Orleans. Besides the fact that New Orleans never really allowed Prohibition to take effect, it also has remained a bastion for what many might call "serious" cocktails. As Abigail Deirdre Gullo of SoBou explains, "When the rest of the country fell into the dark ages of vodka sodas and cosmos, people were still drinking rye whiskey here."

SoBou's bar chef Abigail Deidre Gullo explains the unique place of New Orleans in the history of boozy drinks...

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Movie Filming New Orleans | KLFY

New Orleans officials say a production company will be filming scenes for a movie at the city's Naval Support Activity site from Wednesday through Friday.

A news release from the city says filming will involve simulated gunfire and loud dialogue Thursday and Friday nights from about 4 p.m. to 4 a.m., but the production isn't expected to disrupt traffic. The Naval Support Activity site is at 4400 Dauphine Street.

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Louisiana fails to inspect restaurants, putting public at risk, audit finds |

The state's restaurant inspection process is broken on multiple levels, putting customers at greater risk of contracting food-borne illnesses, according to a report issued Monday by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor. The Office of Public Health's Retail Food Program, the agency responsible for food safety and enforcement, failed to enforce penalties to ensure compliance, adequately inspect high-risk establishments, and fully disclose inspection reports to the public. It also issued permits to restaurants with critical health violations.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

New Orleans News Clippings | Paper-li

Get daily updates from the web on New Orleans News Clippings. An unedited list of News and Information about New Orleans, Louisiana and the Gulf Coast of the United States.

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Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Parade route, parking restrictions | WWLTV

The New Orleans Police Department is enacting the following restrictions for the Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Parade. The parade, which starts Thursday at 3:30 p.m., departs from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome at Sugar Bowl Drive and Lasalle Street, the parade will proceed downtown on LaSalle to Poydras Street, turn right onto Poydras to O’Keefe Avenue, turn left onto O’Keefe to Canal Street, turn right river bound with traffic onto Canal to North Peters Street, turn left onto North Peters to Elysian Fields and conclude at the French Market.

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Daiquiri Place Cafe loses alcohol permit | WVUE-TV

A Saint Charles Avenue daiquiri shop loses its alcohol permit. The city says Tuesday, The New Orleans Alcohol and Beverage control board voted to revoke the permit from Daiquiri Place Café, which is about four blocks from Lee Circle.

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Review: 2012 New Orleans Fringe Festival |

The New Orleans Fringe Festival included both conventional and unconventional theatrical productions, but some of the weekend’s great pleasures came from some of the fringiest moments. The scruffy contortionist/illusionist duo Button Wagon opened Trash Rabbit, a show full of gun-toting and references to living in poverty, by asking the audience to rise for the national anthem, which they delivered somewhat conventionally and brilliantly. Outdoors in City Park, the hilariously snide drag queen narrator in The Vanities of the Poor had no sympathy for Death, informing the distraught Reaper that his bar was not hiring. New York’s Freefall company performed its compellingly odd dance/performance art ode to hotel room trysts (lie, lay, laid) in a tiny hotel room with a twin-size bed and only enough room for 10 spectators.

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BP settlement helps, but recovery requires more | USA Today

editorial: "BP is acknowledging responsibility for the lives lost when the rig exploded in April 2010. The company pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court ... to felony counts of misconduct or neglect in connection to the (11) deaths. ... Despite the guilty plea, the expectation is the company will argue that the oil spill was an accident. BP is trying to avoid being found "grossly negligent" under the Clean Water Act, and limit its liability to as little as $5 billion. A finding of gross negligence could increase the fines to $21 billion."

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Dalai Lama to visit New Orleans |

The 14th Dalai Lama will be visiting and speaking in New Orleans May 16-18. Tulane University is presenting the visit, which will feature a conference titled “Resilience: Strength Through Compassion and Connection,” the construction of an elaborate sand mandala at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and two events open to the public, including speeches by the Dalai Lama at the Convention Center (May 17) and an address titled "Strength Through Connection" at the UNO Lakefront Arena (May 18).

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Love that music on Treme - "Poor Man's Paradise" | New Orleans Stuff

Every week on the HBO series Treme, it's another sound track of New Orleans.  This week, Poor Man's Paradise, is no exception. Enjoy it!

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Monday, October 22, 2012

New Causeway toll lane construction under way | The Daily News

Commuters heading south toward Metairie and New Orleans may have noticed a construction crane and workmen on the eastern side of the toll booth of the Causeway.

The construction has begun for a fifth toll lane that will help make the southside commute on the Causeway a little faster. Also planned is an updated toll collected system that will allow for more rapid passage through the booths with fewer cross reads and other errors.

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Disasters, Jazz Unite Young New Orleans, Japanese Musicians | 770kob

It was a scene straight out of Mardi Gras — parasols out, horns blaring that familiar sound. But the celebration played out thousands of miles from the French Quarter, along a Japanese coast still digging out of last year’s catastrophic tsunami.

The rousing performance by New Orleans’ Tipitina’s Internship Program Band, and The Chosen Ones brass band from O. Perry Walker High School brought traditionally shy Japanese musicians to their feet, dancing.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

‘Memphis Beat’ Creators Sell Supernatural New Orleans Drama To CBS | Deadline

Their praised drama Memphis Beat may have faced an untimely demise, but Liz Garcia and Josh Harto‘s time working on the TNT show has given them inspiration for a new series. CBS has put in development The Big Easy, a supernatural mystery series set in New Orleans and centered on the complex life and cases of Jack Lyons, a hard-living trumpet player and paranormal investigator with a dark personal tie to his work.

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4 (FOUR!) second line parades this weekend | Gambit

Take your vitamins and get your street shoes out cause we bout to get busy this weekend. Four (4) second line parades happening this weekend, three downtown, one uptown: Black Men of Labor, 6t'9 Halloween Parade, Men and Ladies of Class, and Treme 200 United Second Line...

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In Food-Crazy New Orleans, Food 'Deserts' Persist | ABC News

Dwayne Boudreaux's memories of the Circle Food Store in New Orleans 7th Ward neighborhood are so vivid he can walk through its colonnade of arches into the dark and empty shell and give a guided tour of how it was before Hurricane Katrina.

The 1930s-era Circle building is believed to be the first grocery in the city that was owned and operated by African-Americans, and it remains a geographic landmark with its Spanish tiled roof, pale stucco exterior and circus-style lettering.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Witches Brew Tours 2012

Experience the feeling of being in a city haunted with spirits, voodoo, vampires & witchcraft! Witches Brew Tour guides will bring out your goosebumps & make the hair stand on the back of your neck as they lead you through the mysteries of the French Quarter, New Orleans.

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Boo at the Zoo | Audubon Nature Institute

Bring your little ghosts and goblins to Boo at the Zoo Presented by Carnival Cruise Lines! This annual Audubon Zoo extravaganza is a safe, fun-filled Halloween event for children up to age 12, featuring trick-or-treat houses with candy, Ghost Train, a haunted house (scary and non-scary), games with prizes, entertainment and more. All games and treats, except concessions, are free with admission.

A limited number of tickets will be sold for each night, giving visitors the opportunity to experience Boo at the Zoo Presented by Carnival Cruise Lines in a more relaxed atmosphere.

October 19, 20, 26, 27, 2012; 5pm - 9pm

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Closure of Southeast Louisiana Hospital | Gambit

As of now, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration plans to close the hospital entirely by the beginning of 2013, less than four years after it closed New Orleans Adolescent Hospital and transferred its patients to SELH — promising the adolescent NOAH patients and their families that care would be provided at SELH.

  The latest changes will yield significant savings for the state, right after it was hit with a major cut to federal Medicaid payments, says Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Deputy Secretary Kathy Kliebert...

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Cajun Country: Crawfish, Cuisine and... Clarkson? | The Independent

Breakfast is more than just the best meal of the day: it proved the saviour of Breaux Bridge, a pretty Louisiana town whose first half rhymes with "crow" and whose population was in danger of declining to less than its meagre altitude...

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Birthday Roast: Parasol's Celebrates 60 Years with Gift to New Orleans Musicians | NOLA Defender

Legendary New Orleans watering hole and po-boy joint Parasol's celebrates it 60th year in business this weekend by showing its appreciation to the city that has helped make the restaurant what it is today. From 11 am to 10 pm, Friday through Sunday, owners Thea and John Hogan are donating 20 percent of food sales to the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Barnes & Noble founder builds new homes in Orleans | KATC Lafayette News

The founder and chairman of the Barnes & Noble bookstore chain has committed to building 100 homes in New Orleans' Gentilly neighborhood, which was badly flooded when levees failed during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

According to Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office this will be the second group of 100 homes being built and furnished for Katrina victims by Project Home Again...

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MOMs Halloween Ball 2012

For over 30 years, the Mystic Krewe of Orphans and Misfits (MOMs) has presented a Halloween costume ball, which features the bawdiest, most entertaining costume contest in New Orleans. The winner of the contest earns a membership in the very exclusive krewe.

The theme is “End of Daze.”

Saturday, October 27, 2012
Howlin' Wolf
907 South Peters, New Orleans, Louisiana

9 PM- Doors
9:30 PM-Bas Clas
11:30 PM- Remedy Krewe
1 AM- The infamous costume contest
1:30 AM - Brass-A-Holics

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

An Urban Farm Puts New Orleans Teens to Work | National Journal

In a city that is perhaps the country’s most culturally rich, it is a bit surprising that the large city park in its heart is called, well, City Park. But don’t mistake the generic name for a place devoid of special activity.Indeed, at the heart of City Park is the much more colorfully named Grow Dat Youth Farm, which is developing a sense of responsibility, community, environmental stewardship, and service among city high school kids through the collaborative work of growing food.

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New Orleans Museum of Art appoints Brooke Minto as Deputy Director for Development and External Affairs | Art Daily

Susan M. Taylor, the Montine McDaniel Freeman Director at the New Orleans Museum of Art, announced today the appointment of Brooke A. Minto as Deputy Director for Development and External Affairs. Minto, who previously served as Director of Development at Miami Art Museum and has more than 10 years of experience in the museum field, will oversee the membership and development, communications and marketing, and publication departments. Minto will take her position at NOMA on October 22, 2012.

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New Orleans to Host the 42nd Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting 2012 | Conference Hound

Inside New Orleans‘ Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, the human brain will be studied, discussed, and analyzed as it hosts the 42nd Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting 2012. From October 13-17, influential doctors, scientists, and related companies will gather to share their research and discoveries in neuroscience. This year’s meeting will be as rigorous as it is informative, which is why attendees will unwind while enjoying the amenities of America’s notorious city of amusement and celebration!

Through lectures, workshops, and events, visitors will learn the latest breakthroughs in diagnoses and treatment of brain ailments.

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Beyonce set for Super Bowl halftime in New Orleans | The Daily Advertiser

All the single ladies will be watching the upcoming Super Bowl along with football lovers. That's because Beyonce is the halftime show performer.

The singer appeared to confirm the news on her Tumblr page Tuesday afternoon, as she posted a picture of herself sporting eye black where "Feb. 3" is written on one and "2013" on the other. The Super Bowl is set for Feb. 3, 2013.

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Former New Orleans mayor's sons go before grand jury | Chicago Tribune

The two sons of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin have appeared before a federal grand jury in connection with a probe of Nagin's business dealings in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, their lawyer said on Tuesday.
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin
(Chris McKay, Getty Images for Usher's New Look Foundation)

The appearance of Jeremy Nagin, 28, and Jarin Nagin, 26, came as federal prosecutors have been investigating the former mayor's dealings with city vendors and other businesses during his time in office, which encompassed the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster and its aftermath.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

SBA OKs funds for Isaac loans | The Advocate

The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $63 million in federal disaster loans for Louisiana homeowners, renters and businesses who sustained damage from Hurricane Isaac.

SBA District Director Michael Ricks said the agency approved $60 million in loans to 1,865 residents and $3.2 million in loans to 90 businesses and private, nonprofit organizations impacted by the disaster.

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Historic Treme neighborhood, New Orleans melting pot, celebrates 200 years of food and music | FOX News

The colorful and musical New Orleans neighborhood called Treme is marking the 200th anniversary of its origins as an early melting pot for the city and the nation.

Treme (truh-MAY) is considered one of America's most unusual neighborhoods and holds significant place in the history of jazz. It is also getting some new energy thanks in part to the spotlight provided by the HBO series "Treme."

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Controversial ‘Gabrielle’ dinners on hold again at the Uptowner amid litigation | Uptown Messenger

Greg Sonnier, owner of the Uptowner, has suspended the Gabrielle small banquet dinners at his restaurant pending the resolution of a lawsuit.

This spring, Sonnier resumed offering the dishes from his popular Mid-City restaurant at the Uptowner on Henry Clay Avenue through contracts for dinner service with individual patrons.

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One weekend, one cause, 1,000 po-boys | Gambit

Ian McNulty / Parasol's roast beef po-boy
Traditionally, the throngs of people descend on Parasol’s Bar & Restaurant in March for its annual St. Patrick’s Day block party. But the proprietors here are hoping to see a big crowd next weekend too, as the Irish Channel watering hole and po-boy joint celebrates its 60th anniversary while raising money for the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation.

This nonprofit provides free medical, health and wellness services to local musicians through the New Orleans Musicians Clinic. Parasol’s has pledged to donate a portion of its proceeds from Oct. 19 to Oct. 21 to the foundation and has set a goal of selling 1,000 po-boys for the cause...

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State to Launch Official Louisiana Certified Seafood Brand | Baton Rouge Today

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in coordination with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, LSU AgCenter, Louisiana SeaGrant, Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and fisheries industry leaders, launched the Louisiana Certified Seafood Program this week. This origin-based certification program aims to build a unified brand that will attract not only consumers, but also food service and seafood distribution buyers who want to ensure they are sourcing the best tasting seafood in the world – Louisiana seafood...

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New Orleans, sheriff can't agree on cost of fixing Orleans Parisih jail | The Republic

Although negotiators agree on how to improve conditions at Orleans Parish jail, talks have broken down because the city and Sheriff Marlin Gusman cannot agree on the cost of starting improvements. The Southern Poverty Law Center sued earlier this year, saying conditions in parish jails are unsafe and unconstitutional. The Justice Department, which has investigated the facilities over the past four years, joined the lawsuit last month...

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Isaac victims in St. John Parish say recovery is slow | WVUE

Longtime neighbors of the Cambridge Subdivision still gather every afternoon in Albert Batiste's driveway to share stories.

Nowadays, though, their conversations are mostly about the struggle to return home.

Most of the debris is gone, but the neighborhood remain quiet.
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Players appeal in New Orleans Saints bounty case | The Advocate

All four players punished in the NFL’s bounty investigation have filed appeals with the league. People familiar with the situation say the players have asked Commissioner Roger Goodell to remove himself as arbitrator because they do not believe he can be impartial.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed Friday that all four players had filed appeals, but said the league would decline comment on the substance of those documents.

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Cab companies say they can't comply with new rules | WWL

Some cab drivers in New Orleans say they're being forced off the streets by new taxi regulations recently imposed. They're complaining that there aren't enough installation companies to bring their vehicles into compliance...

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City to announce expansion of NOLA Wise Energy Efficiency Initiative |

On Monday, the City of New Orleans will announce that the NOLA Wise energy efficiency program is expanding to serve commercial clients and offer a loan program to help local businesses make energy-saving improvements. This builds on the services and loan program already offered to New Orleans homeowners.

NOLA Wise helps property owners navigate the home improvement process from start to finish. After completing an initial property assessment to determine how energy efficiency could be improved, property owners are provided with an inventory of suggested improvements. These might include new insulation, tuning up the heating and cooling systems, improving lighting, and sealing windows and doors to reduce air leaks. If needed, the program also provides help in obtaining incentives and loans to make the changes. NOLA Wise also provides specially trained and certified contractors to do the improvements. The program monitors their work to ensure quality.

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Metallica to Fill in for Green Day at Voodoo Fest |

Lars Ulrich of Metallica
Metallica will take over Green Day's headlining slot at New Orleans' Voodoo Music and Arts Experience later this month while Billie Joe Armstrong focuses on his rehab, festival organizers announced Friday.

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Feds approve plan to identify source of Gulf sheen | Bellingham Herald

Federal officials said late Friday they have approved a joint plan from BP and Transocean to identify the source of a sheen in the Gulf Of Mexico associated with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Officials said in a news release that the federal on-site coordinator approved the joint plan on Thursday. Coast Guard Capt. Duke Walker had required the plan, and federal officials informed BP and Transocean they might be held responsible for the costs of identifying the source and the cleanup.

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Armstrong Park honors opera singer Norman Treigle | Offbeat Magazine

The plaza outside of the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts will now be known as Treigle Plaza.

Norman Treigle, who was born in New Orleans on March 6, 1927 and passed away February 16, 1975, was a bass-baritone who electrified audiences at the New York City Opera with his portrayal of Mefistofele in Arrigo Boito’s opera of the same name.

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Trumpets Not Guns Annual Gala | Republic

This year’s Annual Gala features performances by some of the cities most talented musicians like Corey Henry, Travis “Trumpet Black” Hill, James Andrews, Gaynielle Neville, (Cyril Neville provided schedule allows), Paul Sanchez, Alex Mc Murray, Davi Jay, Lillian Boutte, TBC Brass Band, and many other special guests.

Trumpets Not Guns Annual Gala
Saturday, October 13
Doors: 7pm
Show: 8pm
Tickets: GA: $25 advance, $30 door | Patron Party: $75 advance, $80 door
Ages: 21+

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Find out what the city is doing about blighted properties in New Orleans

BlightStatus makes it simple for residents to find out what’s going on with blighted properties in New Orleans – no long waits on the telephone or visits to City Hall required.

A great example of government transparency at work, BlightStatus pulls up-to-date property information directly from the City’s official records, providing a single, comprehensive and authoritiative view to the public for the very first time.

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Po'boy exalted in New Orleans | San Antonio Express

Fried shrimp po'boy at Parkway Bakery & Tavern in New Orleans / SA
My po'boy is a hot mess. The spicy smoked sausage, slicked by its own fireball-orange grease, is determined to slide out the sides of the Leidenheimer loaf. The links are further lubricated by two types of mustard (yellow and Creole) and a slather of chili that ramps up the ooze factor. By the time I'm done with my sandwich at Domilise's Po-Boy & Bar, I've gone through at least a dozen napkins.

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Q&A With New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees | TIME

Last Sunday, Drew Brees broke Johnny Unitas’ NFL record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass – and helped lead the struggling New Orleans Saints to their first win of the season, a 31-24 victory over the San Diego Chargers. During a bye week, Brees spoke to TIME about the pressures of breaking the record, playing without suspended coach Sean Payton, his thoughts on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and his endorsement work Xbox...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Yum! Make po’ boy sandwiches at home | Today Show

Chef Chuck Hughes of the Cooking Channel demonstrates how to make one of New Orleans’ most famous dishes, whipping up fried cod po’boys with homemade tartar sauce.

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Marriott Completes Its Takeover Of The Maison Blanche Building | HotelChatter

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Plenty of time has passed since the historic Maison Blanche building first opened on Canal Street as a department store in 1908. Boy, would we have loved to have been a customer at the store in those days, picking through whatever kinds of hats, shoes, furniture and toothpaste folks used to buy in the 1900s.

These days, however, the building lives in hotel form. Two hotels, to be precise: the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, which opened in 2000, and, until recently, the Iberville Suites.

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$700000 grant for School of Nursing at Loyola University of New Orleans | Businessweek

The School of Nursing at Loyola University of New Orleans has received a two-year, $700,000 federal grant from the Health Research and Services Administration...

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Corps of Engineers needs to fix MR-GO damage: Editorial |

Congress said in 2007 that it wanted the Army Corps of Engineers to pick up the entire cost of replacing wetlands destroyed by the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet. The corps is continuing to ignore that directive, however. Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, chief of the corps, insisted again last week that Louisiana should pay 35 percent of the $2.9 billion tab. State officials said the corps is demanding that the state sign a letter giving up its claim that the corps is required to pay the full cost. The state refused to capitulate, and rightly so...

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Boil-water alert forces some New Orleans schools to cancel classes |

At least a dozen public schools in New Orleans have decided to cancel classes after officials warned residents that the city's water supply may have been contaminated by an unexpected mechanical failure. As of Monday evening, a boil-water alert remained in place and could last until early afternoon Tuesday, forcing another decision for school leaders on how to make up lost time after Hurricane Isaac took a week out of the schedule earlier this year.

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New Orleans awarded $3 million in grants to help HIV, AIDS victims | WWL

Nearly $3 million in grant money will be coming to New Orleans to help people with HIV and AIDS.

Researchers at LSU Health Sciences Center were awarded the research funds by the NIH to help patients who are treated at the HIV out-patient clinic run by University Hospital.

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New Orleans Film Festival selections | Gambit

From Thursday's opening night screening of The Paperboy, a crime drama starring Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey and John Cusack, to closing night's The Iceman, about an infamous assassin, the New Orleans Film Society presents a diverse and plentiful array of films at its annual film festival. Curated from major studios and culled from more than 1,200 submissions, there are major features and documentaries, highlighted Louisiana films and filmmakers, screenings of classic films and showcases of short films, animation and experimental films...

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New Orleans port positioning to capture more cargo | The Advocate

Facility upgrades at The Port of New Orleans — particularly the arrival of two giant blue cranes earlier this year — have positioned the port to capture its share of the expected swell in container cargo after the 2015 opening of an expanded Panama Canal.

But port officials said there is still more that can be done — including pursuing private investment in the port’s container terminal...

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Monday, October 8, 2012

WWOZ Broadcasts NOJO’s Carnegie Hall Concert Tonight | Offbeat Magazine

Big congrats go to Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra today. Mayfield and the NOJO play Carnegie Hall in New York tonight with an all-star lineup including Aaron Neville, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Branford Marsalis, Haley Reinhart, Casey Abrams and the Sphinx Virtuosi. Soledad O’Brien hosts the concert.

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Boil water advisory on city's east bank to last at least 24 hours |

A boil water advisory for residents of the city's east bank won't be lifted for at least another 24 hours, as state Department of Health and Hospitals conducts tests to determine if dangerous bacteria has invaded the tap water system. Sewerage & Water Board officials called for the advisory at 1 p.m., several hours after the agency's power plant failed, cutting power to pumps that maintain water pressure in underground lines...

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Former Gov. Edwin Edwards still has star power in Louisiana | Alexandria Town Talk

Former four-term Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards earns money these days crossing the state giving speeches and from the sales of his biography.

His presence, usually with wife Trina -- who has runway-model looks and is 33 years old to his 85 -- attracts throngs of people.

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The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Box Set | The Grateful Web

Fifty years ago Preservation Hall opened its doors in New Orleans, Louisiana with a mission to preserve, honor, and protect New Orleans Jazz. In celebration of turning a half century Preservation Hall Jazz Band is releasing: The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Box Set. This ear bud time capsule consists of specific tracks from recordings released between 1962 and 2010.

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San Diego Chargers Look to Keep New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees from First Win | Bleacher Report

The San Diego Chargers are taking on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday Night Football and I've got to say that it looks like a big game even though the Saints are 0-4.
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Drew Brees, the Chargers' former QB, is looking to set an NFL record by throwing at least one touchdown for a 48th consecutive game. It is more than just coincidence that Brees might just establish such a mark against his old team.

Brees is going to be looking for revenge on A.J. Smith, the Chargers' more-famous-than-he-should-be general manager, for letting him walk. Throwing the touchdown record in A.J.'s face would be icing on the cake...

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New Orleans' Top 10 restaurants for 2012 |

Every October for the past 10 years, Lagniappe’s Fall Dining Guide has been tucked inside a Sunday Times-Picayune. (Fall 2005 is the lone exception. Google Russel L. Honoré if you don’t know why.)

The tradition is biannual — a Spring Dining Guide started landing on doorsteps just before Jazz Fest 2004 — and premised on the idea that there are so many recommendable restaurants in the New Orleans area that boiling them down to a list of 100 Great Places to Eat is an exercise in tough pruning.

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

New Book Brings 'Foodie Monologues' of Local Notables | NOLA Defender

A heartfelt celebration of local food culture has been transformed from a performance to a compilation of foodie tales in a coffee table book complete with mouth-watering photographs and recipes.

Meanwhile, Back at Cafe du Monde... compiles monologues from a show of the same name...

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Julia Street Block Party Art for Art's Sake | CAC

Julia Street Block Party
Saturday, October 6, 2012
6–9pm CDT

(300 – 600 Blocks of Julia Street, FREE Admission)
Cocktails & Cuisine
DJ Brice Nice
Street Installations by Cinema Reset

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New Green Room on the Greenway | Friends of Lafitte Corridor

Join The Urban Conservancy, Friends of Lafitte Corridor, FutureProof, Massey’s Professional Outfitters and Merrell Shoes, to finalize building the third “Green Room” on the Greenway.

Meeting place is N. Carrolton at St. Louis (in front of Massey’s) Saturday, October 6,2012  from 9 am – 1 pm CDT.

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Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar named ESPN Mobile's Best Sports Bar in North America |

Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar was selected the Best Sports Bar in North America in the third annual contest by ESPN Mobile, the site announced Friday. The downtown sports bar and restaurant, located at 1009 Poydras St., was the only local restaurant in the competition. It bested Buffalo Blues in Pittsburgh, Hickory Tavern in Charlotte, N.C., Pluckers Wing Bar in Austin and Taco Mac in Atlanta in the final round.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

FelCor to Sell Convention Center Embassy Suites | Benzinga

FelCor Lodging Trust Incorporated  agreed to sell the 370-room Embassy Suites – New Orleans-Convention Center and the 296-room Embassy Suites – Nashville-Airport for an aggregate purchase price of $70 million. The purchaser has paid a $2.1 million hard money deposit toward the purchase price. The transaction is expected to close in October...

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Visitor spending up significantly in New Orleans | Travel Weekly

New Orleans welcomed 4.9 million visitors in the first half of 2012, up 2% over the same period in 2011. The city hosted 8.75 million visitors in 2011. Visitor spending jumped 11% to $3.35 billion, according to a study by the University of New Orleans Hospitality Research Center...

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The Meters among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees | blog of new orleans

New Orleans funk fore-bearers The Meters are among nominees for the 2013 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Other nominees this year include songwriter Randy Newman; bluesman Albert King; dance legends Donna Summer and Chic; electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk; groundbreaking rap groups N.W.A. and Public Enemy; girl group The Marvelettes; and rock icons the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Joan Jett, Deep Purple, Rush, Procul Haram and Heart.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

New Orleans Afrikan Film and Arts Festival Returns This Weekend | NOLA Defender

The New Orleans Afrikan Film and Arts Festival returns this weekend with a new, innovative lineup of films, music, dance and literature at Café Istanbul.

The festival, founded in 2008 by Senegalese filmmaker Joseph Gaoamake and New Orleanian professor of French, comparative literature and African diaspora studies at Indiana University, Eileen Julien, allows attendees to experience diverse strains of life and culture, and film isn't the only medium...

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Katrina victims take on hurricane tour operators | WWL

Some New Orleans residents and city officials are pushing back against tour operators who bus out-of-towners into the city's Lower 9th Ward, where Hurricane Katrina unleashed a wall of water that pushed homes off foundations and stranded residents on rooftops when the levees failed.

About 9 million people visit New Orleans each year, mostly to see its stately homes along oak-lined avenues, dine at its renowned restaurants and take in the jazz and ribaldry of Bourbon Street. But Katrina's devastation in August 2005 unleashed an unexpected cottage tourism industry, drawing a daily parade of rubbernecking tourists for a close-up look at the city's hard-hit Lower 9th Ward.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Anne Rice on return to New Orleans: 'I need to be with my characters' |

Anne Rice, the New Orleans-born master of macabre fiction, is ready to return to New Orleans after a seven-year absence that began just before Hurricane Katrina. Rice, who lives in Palm Desert, Calif., is looking for a small place in the French Quarter to allow her to regularly visit the Crescent City. Despite having lived at several New Orleans addresses, Rice has never had a home in the Vieux Carre.

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Spirited Renovation for W New Orleans French Quarter | Huffington Post

When W New Orleans French Quarter hotel first revealed its redesigned Marie Laveau themed room, hospitality staff entering to clean the room saw the giant image of the Voodoo Queen and responded: "Oh, HELL no." The design team noted that the difference between a nod to Voodoo and full on Voodoo is significant in New Orleans. Rooms were redesigned accordingly, with more subtle touches. Anurag Nema, principal at nemaworkshop, says you can see Laveau's eyes on the guest room placard, or her headdress on a directional sign but there is no giant Voodoo Queen watching you sleep. This makes the W's comfortable beds far more restful. On alternate floors, the jazz-themed rooms have a nod to New Orleans musicians with a floor-to-ceiling image modeled after the brass bell of a horn.

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Big Chief Bo Dollis reclaims title "Wild Magnolias" Mardi Gras Indians | Offbeat Magazine

Big Chief Bo Dollis has regained title to the name Wild Magnolias after a decade-long dispute between former manager Glenn Gaines and members of the Mardi Gras Indian gang. “Theodore ‘Bo’ Dollis now has clear, exclusive and unambiguous right to identify musicians as the Wild Magnolias"

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Mayor Landrieu, Spike Lee launch 'Flip the Script' campaign | WVUE

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and film director/producer Spike Lee want to change the attitudes of young African-American men heading down a path of destruction.

The two men introduced a multimedia, public awareness campaign called "Flip The Script" Tuesday evening at the Joy Theater. Mayor Landrieu partnered with Lee and his international advertising agency, "Spike DDB," in an effort aimed at changing the attitudes of -- and about -- young, black men across New Orleans.

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

New Orleans taxis start new era Monday | Shreveport Times

New Orleans' taxi fleet is being forced to modernize — over the objections of protesting taxi cab drivers. Starting Monday, the city's fleet of about 1,600 cabs will have to be equipped with air conditioning, surveillance cameras, credit card machines and global positioning devices. The vehicles also will need to be no older than 11 years, with that age limit reduced even further to seven years in 2014. Cabs without these upgrades will fail their next biannual inspection.

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New Orleans to be Largest City Without Daily Newspaper | Newsy

The saying “out with the old, and in with the new” is hitting home in New Orleans. The city’s daily newspaper, The Times-Picayune, announced starting this fall it will only publish Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Jobs will also be cut as the paper makes some more modern changes.

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Lower 9th Ward urges city to fight blight | WDSU

People in the Lower 9th Ward are demanding the city of New Orleans do a better job of fighting the blight. One homeowner in the ward said he has been trying to get the city to tear down the blighted home next door for four years. He said he fears the home is in imminent danger of collapsing onto his house.

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New Orleans second-line parade vendors, artists now will need city permits |

When "Treme" star Wendell Pierce heard of the city's proposed permits for vendors at second-line parades, he took to Twitter last weekend with a common, gut reaction to such propositions: "We challenge this idea that the culture serves the City, while the City doesn't serve the Culture," he wrote in a string of more than 20 tweets. "Harassment & restriction of street culture."

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman wants city of New Orleans included in jail lawsuit |

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman wants the city of New Orleans included in an ongoing lawsuit about conditions at the jail facilities he runs, arguing in federal court that the city needs to contribute more money to his operations as he prepares to enter into a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice. In a motion, Gusman said he is willing to change how he runs the jail but will need money to do it. He also accused Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the New Orleans City Council of failing to provide him with adequate funding...

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First Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Fest is Saturday |

The Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival was conceived about exactly nine months ago, and the gestation period has been remarkable by all accounts.

On Saturday, Sept. 29 the inaugural BBHF will take place. Hundreds and maybe thousands of people are expected to attend the event that will focus on music, education and family fun.

Organizers say they have been getting calls from people around the region expressing an interest in attending.

The musical lineup includes Blues Artist of the Year Tab Benoit, Kenny Neal, Carolyn Wonderland, Luther Kent, Homemade Jamz, Wes Lee and Big Daddy O and more...

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Another cement lawn, but this one gets cited by city inspector | The Lens NOLA

Neighbors may find it simply hideous. (Skateboarders may disagree.) But in a city as prone to flooding as New Orleans, leaving some open landscape to soak up rainwater is kind of a no-brainer.

The inspector’s report cites the “100-percent” front yard paving job and notes that it deviates from the plan submitted. The upshot: “No C of O until remedied.”

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NOPD, NOFD running large budget deficits | WWL-TV

The police and fire departments in New Orleans are having a tough time sticking within their budgets.

Out of a $119 million budget, the NOPD is now running close to $4 million deficit. The NOFD, which received an $83 million line item is about $1.3 million in the hole.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

NBC Developing Marching Band Comedy Set In New Orleans | Deadline Hollywood

NBC has put in development The Swamp, a single-camera musical comedy from writer-director Tom Brady, Werner Entertainment and Warner Bros. TV. Set in musically rich New Orleans, The Swamp follows the misadventures of a scramble-style college marching band and its unlikeliest of mentors. Named after the name of the off-campus house where the band members reside, the show is described as a contemporary character comedy with social commentary and musical performances. Brady executive produces with Werner’s Tom Werner and Mike Clements.

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Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue survives cancer, returns to painting |

Artist George Rodrigue, known for his paintings of a beseeching, yellow-eyed blue dog is recovering from months of cancer treatment. Rodrigue said that while preparing for surgery to eliminate back pain, doctors discovered that he suffered from a rare form of lung cancer that had spread to other parts of his body. After undergoing a series of “very tough” radiation treatments and chemotherapy at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Rodrigue said that doctors are satisfied the cancer has been eliminated...

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In New Orleans, a fight for print readers begins as The Times-Picayune goes to 3 days a week | Washington Post

When The Times-Picayune decided to print three days a week, a nearby publication saw a chance to expand in the newspaper’s backyard and fill a void that for some in the New Orleans area is as much a part of the morning routine as beignets and French coffee.

The Advocate of Baton Rouge, a family-owned daily published 70 miles north, will begin a daily New Orleans edition Monday, setting up an old-fashioned newspaper war. The battle for print readers comes even as more people get their news online and from cellphones — generally from newspaper websites — and more news media share stories to save money.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Residents celebrate lighting of New Canal Lighthouse | WVUE

There was a big celebration on the New Orleans lakefront Wednesday night for the lighting of the New Canal Lighthouse.

For some, it was a night for sharing those fond memories. For others it was cause for a party with lots of music and dancing all to celebrate this salute to history...

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Sen. Mary Landrieu pushes for levee that would have protected St. John from Hurricane Isaac's surge |

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., told residents of storm-battered St. John the Baptist Parish Wednesday that it’s time to scrap the federal process that has delayed the construction of a levee that would have protected thousands of parish residents from tidal flooding brought on by Hurricane Isaac. “When the rest of the country doesn’t get funded, it’s an inconvenience. It’s a problem, etcetera, etcetera. When we don’t get funded, we drown,” she said at a meeting of parish officials at the New Wine Christian Fellowship in LaPlace, whose property is being used as the area’s disaster recovery center.

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The Heart and Soul of Dixieland | Wall Street Journal

"You know what makes me feel old?" Harry Connick Jr. said to me recently. "When I learned that some of the musicians I work with are also playing in the Preservation Hall Jazz Band."

As its name implies, the idea behind the venerable New Orleans hall and its house band was to create a permanent home for the region's older forms of jazz—and continued employment for the rapidly aging musicians who played them. As it turned out, that wasn't completely necessary: Even though the city also developed a parallel heritage of rhythm and blues (later forms of jazz, like big-band swing and bebop, never really gained a foothold there), the classic "dixieland" style would always be the Crescent City's musical mainstay...

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As Louisiana Gov. Refuses To Expand Medicaid, New Orleans Pursues Its Own Solutions | ThinkProgress

City officials in New Orleans are taking matters into their own hands while Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) continues to resist implementing an Obamacare provision that would expand the Medicaid program in his state to cover additional low-income Louisianans.

Despite the fact that about 20 percent of Louisiana residents lack health insurance — one of the highest rates of uninsurance in the nation, behind just Texas and Nevada — Jindal refuses to accept federal funds under Obamacare’s proposed Medicaid expansion to address this coverage gap...

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Lil Wayne opens skate park in hometown New Orleans | The Associated Press

Lil Wayne is returning to New Orleans, his hometown, for the opening of the Trukstop skate park in the Lower 9th Ward — one of the most devastated sections of the city after levees failed during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The Grammy-winning rapper, who recently launched a skateboarding-inspired clothing line called Trukfit, is scheduled to open the park Wednesday with his corporate partners...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Reversing the Deadly Obesity Trend in New Orleans | WGNO

America is getting fatter according to a new report by the Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Worse yet, people in Louisiana are among the fattest. The report is called F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future and it shows obesity rates topping 60% in 13 states by 2030. Here in New Orleans, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Health Commissioner Dr. Karen DeSalvo are actively working to combat the problem...

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Court tosses Katrina ruling, says Army Corps not liable for flood damage | The Detroit News

A federal appeals court reversed itself Monday and threw out a judge's landmark ruling that the Army Corps of Engineers was liable for billions of dollars in Hurricane Katrina flood damage that property owners blame on the corps' maintenance of a New Orleans shipping channel.

The same three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that sided with plaintiffs earlier this year withdrew that decision and replaced it with a new ruling in the federal government's favor.

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FEMA reaches out to Isaac survivors who don't have flood insurance | Amite Tangy Digest

After receiving federal assistance for past disaster-declared storms and hurricanes, thousands of Louisianians were required to purchase flood insurance policies through Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) programs.

In the Hurricane Isaac disaster, FEMA is reaching out to survivors who let those policies lapse.

The insurance policy, issued under a FEMA Group Flood Insurance Policy, is a three-year, nonrenewable, group flood policy funded by a portion of the survivor's FEMA grant money.

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