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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‘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

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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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 | nolawise.org

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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Metallica to Fill in for Green Day at Voodoo Fest | RollingStone.com

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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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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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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

Photo: Louisiana World Traveler / Flickr
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 | NOLA.com

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

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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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 | NOLA.com

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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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 | NOLA.com

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. HonorĂ© 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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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 | NOLA.com


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

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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