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Monday, May 8, 2017

The decline and fall of First NBC Bank: What happened? | The Advocate

The affidavit, filed in Orleans Parish Civil District Court on April 28, the day of the seizure, added that First NBC was "in an unsafe and unsound condition, and cannot any longer continue the business of banking."

Despite a tumultuous year for the New Orleans-based bank that saw its stock price tumble by 90 percent ahead of the closing, the sudden failure still caught many observers by surprise.

Ducrest's affidavit shows the situation deteriorated rapidly, with the bank taking heavy losses in recent months in its portfolio of loans and tax-credit investments, despite measures to shore up its finances.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Report: Dangers Remain Under New Orleans Jail's New Leader | U.S. News & World Report

Prison experts say the New Orleans jail remains unacceptably violent and dangerous, even with roughly half its inmates farmed out to other lockups while a new director pursues court-ordered reforms.

Their report to U.S. District Judge Lance Africk this week, their first since Sheriff Marlin Gusman agreed to cede authority over the long-troubled lockup, illustrates the challenges faced by Gary Maynard, a former Maryland corrections official who was appointed by the judge to lead the reforms.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

City experiences tense week in anticipation of monument removal | WVUE

All eyes are now on Lee Circle, the PGT Beauregard and the Jefferson Davis monuments. Mayor Mitch Landrieu says they're coming down sooner rather than later.

Crews set up barricades Friday around the Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Circle. But, unlike the Jefferson Davis monument, you can still walk up to the statue.

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Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes for New Orleans gumbo and banana and cardamom tart | The Guardian

Gumbos vary tremendously from region to region, from family to family, from pot to pot. In the 19th century, for example, the Creole people of the city thickened their gumbos with okra or, in winter, when okra wasn’t available, with the ground leaves of the sassafras tree, known as filé powder; these days, either or both are used. In Cajun country, meanwhile, just outside New Orleans, they use a flour-and-oil-based roux (darker and richer than any French roux I’ve seen), as a base and thickener; they may or may not add filé to their gumbo, while some modern Creole versions use roux, too, only not as dark and not so much of it. See what I mean now about cryptic?

As for those bits floating about in the gumbo, I couldn’t find two people who agreed on what goes into a traditional one, be it Creole or Cajun. Seafood (often crab, shrimp and oysters) feature in many versions, as do chicken and duck; for extra flavour, the local smoked andouille sausage is another popular addition, along with tasso, a cured smoked pork shoulder a bit like ham that’s flavoured with cayenne and garlic.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

What America Eats: Po' Boys in New Orleans | Parade

On What America Eats, Chef Jon Ashton goes to different cities to learn all about the cuisine that America has to offer.

In the latest episode the chef heads to one of America’s greatest food cities: New Orleans. It’d be easy to spend a dozen episodes covering this Mecca for Cajun, Creole and soul food. But this time, we’re focusing on a classic many say is unbeatable: the New Orleans po’ boy.

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Formosan termites swarm Sunday night in New Orleans area |

The video above comes from Woodland Highway in Algiers, where | The Times-Picayune reporter Chelsea Brasted says the insects were surrounding light pole after light pole.

If you dare risk turning your porch light on, or venturing to a nearby street lamp, we want to see how big the swarms near you are.

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'Jealousy is behind it': Rapper BTY Young'N shot to death in Hollygrove | Advocate

The New Orleans-born rapper BTY Young'N, who had signed a deal with the Cash Money Records label last year, was fatally gunned down in Hollygrove late Saturday, according to his mother.

The shooting that left the artist dead occurred about 11 p.m. at a gas station in the 9200 block of Airline Highway, police said.

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