Vessel strikes inactive wellhead, causing oil spill | WWL

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The Coast Guard is responding to a report of a vessel striking an inactive wellhead, which apparently led to an oil spill southwest of Port Sulphur, according to the United States Coast Guard. The incident occurred Wednesday morning about nine miles south of Port Sulphur.


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Eating your way through the French Market cafes in New Orleans | NOLA.com


David Grunfeld, The Times-Picayune
The row of nine cafes, which run about the length of a block inside the food-market section of the French Market, were added as part of a four-year marketplace renovation project that ended in 2009, said Amy Kirk Duvoisin, marketing director for the French Market Corporation. Almost all of the cafes include countertop seating, and café tables have been added as recently as this year. Many are attached to stands that have been around a lot longer, selling spices, cooking mixes, seasoned nuts and other specialty Louisiana products...


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Superdome commission eyes change to power system | Houston Chronicle


The panel that runs Louisiana's Superdome approved spending up to $100,000 on Wednesday for an engineering study to be done with an eye toward changing the stadium's emergency power systems.

Entergy Corp. has said it believes the outage was caused by an electrical relay device it installed specially to prevent a power failure at the dome. But it's unclear whether the device had a design flaw or a manufacturing defect.


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Loyola Film Buffs Program to Screen Songs of Souls Friday | Offbeat Magazine


Songs of Souls is inspired by the folklore surrounding legendary Louisiana bluesman Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, who sang his way out of prison — twice.

The documentary follows four musicians (Michael Juan Nunez, David Egan, Roddie Romero and Eric Adcock) as they play a concert for the inmates of Louisiana’s Angola Prison. Director Ronnie Clifton asked the musicians to consider what they would play if they themselves were hoping to be pardoned.

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New train debuts at City Park’s Carousel Gardens | WVUE

City Park is unveiling a new train just in time for the opening of the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. The Black and Gold Train will join City Park's current two trains to take passengers along the two mile track that winds throughout the park.

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U.S. agriculture secretary to show importance of small farmers in N.O. | WWL

On Tuesday, the agriculture secretary is in New Orleans to talk about what we eat and why fresher is better.
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan will celebrate the importance of small farmers in providing healthy food to people across America.


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Transocean's Deepwater Opportunities In The U.S. Gulf Of Mexico | Seeking Alpha

The U.S. Gulf of Mexico (GoM) is currently the firm’s most important deepwater market and is likely to remain to be cornerstone in Transocean’s deepwater ambitions going forward. We take a quick look at the region's importance to Transocean and how it can drive revenue going forward.

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Port of New Orleans Courts Disney Cruise Ship | WGNO


The port of New Orleans is trying to lure the most famous mouse in the world. Disney Cruise Line executives have been asked to consider a home port in New Orleans. The conversations have begun; and with any luck New Orleans could become a new home port for a Disney Cruise Line.
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New Orleans Jazz Fest On The Cheap | Huffington Post


New Orleans on Mardi Gras is like a kid hopped on Halloween candy. A good time is a guarantee, but is it worth it? Maybe not. Don't fret if you missed out on the Mardi Gras frenzy. Instead, plan a visit this spring for the equally exciting New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (April 26-28 & May 2-5), which can earn you a cheaper and better time. While tickets to the fest are $50 a pop, you'll get quite a bit of bang for your buck, as this year's lineup includes Maroon 5, Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, Dave Mathews Band, the Black Keys, John Mayer, Willie Nelson and, last but definitely not least, tons of awesome food.

During your visit, you'll certainly want to sightsee and eat your way through NOLA, so here's a guide to doing it on the cheap.


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Jazz in the Park Fundraiser to Benefit Armstrong Park Music Series | Offbeat Magazine

On Wednesday, February 27, the People United for Armstrong Park (PUfAP) will host their first annual spring soiree, dubbed “Sowing Seeds in Sacred Ground,” to raise funds for this year’s Jazz in the Park series as well as other community initiatives. Performing at the fundraiser will be Bill Summers, Chris Severin, Khris Royal, Ricky Sebastian, Donald Harrison, Zulu Connection, the Baby Dolls, the Black Feather Mardi Gras Indians, and the New School Brass Band.

Karen Lozinski, Director of Public Relations for PUfAP, says that the spring soiree will be “akin to what we do during Jazz in the Park, but in a slightly more refined, ‘evening out’ kind of way,” with an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction.

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More New Orleans restaurants court vegetarian diners | NOLA.com

V-marked specials on a recent visit to Wayfare included ratatouille arancini rice fritters, with tomato confit, bruschetta with chard and kale and a roasted beet and hummus sandwich with arugula and goat cheese on focaccia. Vegetarians and carnivores have long suffered a Montagues-Capulets sort of relationship, which can make for uneasy dinner dates. Often someone leaves the table unsatisfied. But over the past few years, the two divergent dining approaches are beginning to coexist peacefully at a growing number of local restaurants...
Field roast sausage pinox with chimichurri at Santa Fe Tapas restaurant on St. Charles Avenue. Restaurants like Santa Fe have expanded their menus to include more vegetarian and vegan offerings. (Photo by Kathleen Flynn, Nola.com / The Times-Picayune) 
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Nonprofits launch bead recycling drives | The Daily Advertiser

Signs advertise the Mardi Gras Bead Drive to passing motorists to benefit the Arc of Acadiana at Courtesy Automotive in Lafayette, LA, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. / By Paul Kieu, The Daily Advertiser
The Arc of Acadiana is working in conjunction with the Lafayette Auto Dealerships Association, and donations can be made at participating dealers. LARC will accept donations at any Goodwill Industries store and at several schools and businesses in Lafayette.

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Suspect in custody in Bourbon Street quadruple shooting | WDSU


Officials said they have made the first arrest in connection with a quadruple shooting on Bourbon Street over the weekend. New Orleans Police announced that a 23-year-old from Marrero, turned himself in to Eighth District detectives after images of him were shown on television newscasts...


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Mardi Gras rolling despite New Orleans rain threat | Newsday

Overcast skies and the threat of rain couldn't dampen the revelry of Mardi Gras as parades took to the streets early Tuesday, showering merrymaking crowds with trinkets of all descriptions.

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Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras parade cameras


Stream me something, mistah!

WDSU Lee Circle camera

NOLA.com at Fat Harry's parade cam

Bourbon Street Cat's Meow balcony cam

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New Orleans revelers face a soggy end to Carnival | Daily Journal Online

..Fat Tuesday could be a wet one: The National Weather Service expects rain for much of the day, when as many as 1 million people party in the streets.
Carnival season culminates Tuesday with the Rex and Zulu parades. So far, they haven't been canceled...

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Cold front moving through for Lundi Gras, timing is key | WVUE-TV

There will be frequent breaks in the rain and hopefully the timing can work in favor of Lundi Gras activities and parades this evening. It won't be nearly as warm and humid as Sunday with temperatures hang in the 60s today...

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4 wounded in Bourbon Street shooting during Mardi Gras | Tampa Bay Times


Gunshots erupted in a crowd of bead-wearing, drink-carrying late-night revelers on Bourbon Street during the countdown to Mardi Gras, wounding four people and sending bystanders running and screaming. Hours later on Sunday, though, the same stretch was packed with partiers who said they weren't letting the violence dampen their fun.

Police said that they were seeking three men and that they've identified one suspect, but won't release the name...


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The Bartender Questions: How to Spend Mardi Gras in New Orleans | (blog) Esquire

Dawn Kesslering, 38   The Old Absinthe House


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Unknown Food Critic: Post-Parade Restaurant Picks | WWL

Picking a spot to eat at the height of Carnival season can be a daunting proposal. Parade routes cut off access, parking is never easy and sometimes impossible and many restaurants curtail their menus or service format. But don’t give up.
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2013 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival offers plenty to entice | NOLA.com

This year's Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, running March 20-24, offers a typically sumptuous array of performances, panel discussions and intriguing presentations about Williams' life and work, plus various byways acknowledging New Orleans' singular influence on American culture – literary and otherwise.

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Mardi Gras Music Mix because Fat Tuesday is around the corner | Spotify ♫

With Fat Tuesday around the corner, here's the New Orleans / Louisiana music playlist, remixed with a Mardi Gras beat.



Check it out. Is your favorite musician in the mix?

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Paul McCartney sings to street car passengers | azcentral


Sir Paul McCartney was mistaken for a busker. The 70-year-old star left fellow passengers bemused when he burst into a medley of some of The Beatles' biggest hits on a New Orleans street car, and the commuters did their best to ignore him until they realised the crooner was none other than the legendary musician...

Paul McCartney. Bang Showbiz

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New Orleans' Food Truck Debate [blog] | My New Orleans

You may remember a bit of controversy a year or so after Katrina, when folks started objecting to the mobile food operations that had sprung up largely to serve the thousands of workers who'd come here from Central and South America. Many of those early trucks have left, but lately New Orleans has been host to a new breed of movable eateries. These are typically operated by young folks, some of them professionally-trained chefs, and the food they're serving tends to be more eclectic. There's another dispute these days, this time over whether to loosen existing restrictions on mobile food vendors in New Orleans...

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How Drought on Mississippi River Impacts You | National Geographic


The middle Mississippi—the 200-mile (322-kilometer) stretch from St. Louis to Cairo, Illinois—is experiencing drought conditions unrivaled in the last 50 years. That's been the case  since November.

From December to March, this part of the river is always at its lowest because extra feed from the Missouri is cut off when that river's navigation season ends. The Mississippi typically loses about three feet at St. Louis as a result.

But this winter the river has lost more depth, since spring ice melt and rains weren't forthcoming and reservoirs that help feed the river didn't get filled.

The result is that transport along the Mississippi is down dramatically. In December, total barge cargo was down more than 1,100 kilotons from December 2011.
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Guy Fieri "Threw a Fit" After Being Rejected From VIP Super Bowl Party | US Weekly

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On Saturday evening (Feb. 2), Guy Fieri headed to a bash at Second Line Studios in the party-friendly Louisiana city, a source tells Us Weekly. "He couldn't get into VIP," the insider says. "He threw a fit and was kicked out!" …

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Five Good Po'boys | Garden and Gun

Sara Essex Bradley

Po'boys are almost infinite in the variety. Here are five of New Orleans' best via Garden and Gun
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New Orleans City Park's black swan injured | Daily Comet


Police say New Orleans City Park's lone black swan was injured and the five eggs she was tending in her nest were broken, sometime between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. The vet said he thinks the swan should make a full recovery.


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Dunkin' Brands Expanding in New Orleans | Motley Fool


On Tuesday, Dunkin' Brands announced it has signed agreements with a pair of franchise groups to develop 11 new restaurants in New Orleans over the next several years.

One franchise group, run by Alaa and Dhiya Esmail, intends to open a Dunkin' Donuts shop in the Big Easy this year, with five more to follow between now and 2016. A second franchisee, BBC Foods LLC, says it will be developing five more Dunkin' restaurants in New Orleans between 2014 and 2018.


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This heat map from Square shows how local commerce exploded around the Super Bowl | Quartz

A heat map of sales conducted over Square's mobile payment system during Super Bowl weekend. Square

American football’s Super Bowl, like all major athletic events, is traditionally a huge boon for the city that hosts it. Analysts estimated that this year’s game, held this past Sunday in New Orleans, Louisiana, would bring $185 million to the city, which is still recovering from the impact of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The jury is out on exactly how much money the event brought to the city as a whole. But Square, the mobile payment system that allows vendors to accept credit cards through their smartphones and tablets, has given Quartz some stats and a couple of maps showing how the game boosted sales carried out with their software...


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Mardi Gras Day - The Marching Clubs | mardigrasparadeschedule.com

February 12, 2013
Mardi Gras Day

Irish Channel Corner Carnival Club
Start time: 6:30am
http://www.thecornerclub.org

Jefferson City Buzzards
Start Time: 6:45am
6:45am at Exposition Blvd. and Laurel St.
http://www.jeffersoncitybuzzards.com/

Lyons Carnival Club
Start time: 7:00am
Starts: Annunciation and Lyons
http://www.lyonscarnivalclub.org/

Pete Fountain's Half-Fast Walking Club
Start time: 7:45am

Mondo Kayo Social & Marching Club
7:45am
Starts: Third and Magazine
https://www.facebook.com/groups/218339064909298/?fref=ts

Societé de Saint Anne
Usually starts at Bud Rips in Bywater Piety and Burgundy at 10:00a.m.
http://www.kreweofsaintanne.org/

KOE
10:15 A.M. in front of St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter
http://www.koemardigras.com

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Mardi Gras History & Traditions | Mardi Gras New Orleans


During Mardi Gras, all of the businesses and roads are practically shut down--people walk everywhere and meeting new friends. People are dressed in crazy costumes, kids are everywhere, and they love it! How did it all begin, and have the traditions changed?

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Here's Why the Lights Went Out in New Orleans: The Super Bowl | Gawker

The AP reports a joint statement from Entergy New Orleans, which provides power to the stadium, and Superdome operator SMG  …
A piece of equipment that is designed to monitor electrical load sensed an abnormality in the system," the statement said. "Once the issue was detected, the sensing equipment operated as designed and opened a breaker, causing power to be partially cut to the Superdome in order to isolate the issue. ... Entergy and SMG will continue to investigate the root cause of the abnormality.
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A New Orleans Streetscape of Southern Sculptures | WWNO


"Zach's Tower" at Harrah's New Orleans. Monumental Sculpture along the Poydras Corridor.
Photo: Britney Penouilh
The first phase of a public art project to install the work of Southern sculptors around New Orleans was completed in time to be seen by visitors in the city for the Super Bowl.

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art said Thursday that the first phase includes seven sculptures placed along the busy Poydras Corridor and Convention Center Boulevard. The Ogden is curating the exhibition along with the "Sculpture for New Orleans" organization, founded in 2008.


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Mamou Mardi Gras schedule told | Ville Platte Gazette

Mamou’s Mardi Gras celebration is set to begin Friday, February 8, and will continue through Tuesday, February 12, Mardi Gras day, when the traditional Courir de Mardi Gras.

On Friday, Savoy Care Center will host a Mardi Gras celebration for its residents at the Mamou Teen Center at 10 a.m. The public is encouraged to visit the celebration in costume to help the care center residents get into the Mardi Gras spirit.

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Super Sunday brings with it Super sideshow | NBCNews.com

More than 100 million people will watch Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday. Those not in New Orleans will be chowing down on pizza and wings (some from luxurious man caves that probably aren’t in your neighbor’s basement ), waiting to laugh at ads, gawk at the halftime show and maybe even catch some football.



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Super Bowl 2013 guide to surviving New Orleans' airport-palooza | NOLA.com

When Super Bowl 2013 is over, tens of thousands of visitors will have flights to catch, many late Sunday night. Up to 50,000 people – including some with hangovers – are expected to pass through New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong International in the first 24 hours after the game. Here’s a quick guide to surviving that airport-palooza with your luggage – and sanity – intact.

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Mardi Gras exhibit in Arnaudville | Opelousas Daily World

Mardi Gras revelers are depicted in this painting by artist Herb Roe. In the foreground, courir riders in their regalia are shown, while children in costume chase a chicken (a Mardi Gras tradition)

The Mardi Gras season is upon us and NUNU's Art and Culture Collective in Arnaudville is celebrating with an exhibit of paintings and prints by artist Herb Roe.

While the exhibit will be up through Feb. 28, a reception honoring Roe will be held Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the NUNU's gallery at 1510 Courtableau Road.


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Mardi Gras Walking Clubs | My New Orleans

The Jefferson City Buzzards, founded in 1890, make their way down St. Charles Avenue. Pete Fountain leads his Half-Fast Walking Club in 1966, top. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY MARILYN NONEMACHER
It’s the neglected part of Mardi Gras,” Marilyn Nonenmacher insists, “but it’s wonderful!” Nonenmacher is talking about the clubs that walk a route on Mardi Gras Day.

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Carnival Cocktail Recipe | My New Orleans

In all the world there’s nothing like Carnival season in New Orleans. This month, streets in every part of the metro area become stages for a celebration that’s widespread but personal and enthusiastic. It is the annual party we throw for ourselves and invite anyone from anywhere to join in.
SARA ESSEX BRADLEY PHOTOGRAPH

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