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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Some frost potential Northshore [ Local Stories]

October 2019 was the third warmest ever. So far the average monthly temperature is 75.5. Remember we had 9 record highs at the beginning on the month, and several times we set the record for the hottest October day ever. This October was also the 2nd wettest ever with 12.46 inches of rain. The wettest was in 1985 with 13.20 inches of rain. That was the year of Hurricane Juan. The third wettest was in 2002 with 10.09 inches of rain. That was when we had Hurricane Lili.

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Slidell woman found guilty of stabbing death of aunt [ Local Stories]

A Slidell woman has been convicted of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of her aunt.



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New Orleans transgender actor featured in 'Chicago Med' [ Local Stories]

A New Orleans transgender actor got a big break in Hollywood.



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Where to Drink Malort in New Orleans - [Eater New Orleans - All]


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Find Chicago’s hometown hero in these 11 local bars

When it comes to drinking, the city of Chicago may have many crowning achievements, but we’re still trying to figure out why it has instigated a national cult-like following for Malort — the wormwood-based liqueur of Swedish origin that is arguably the most unsavory, palate-contorting spirit a drinker dares to down.

The most popular and recognizable version is Jeppson’s Malört, named after its Swedish immigrant creator Carl Jeppson, who came up with the concoction in 1930s Chicago. Sold as “medicinal alcohol”, it survived Prohibition and was the only legal wormwood product in America until the lift of the absinthe ban in 2008.

One thing is certain: it is unyielding in character as it is in flavor. Accordingly, New Orleans has embraced Malort with mouths wide open. Here’s a list of bars where to find the bold libation, if you dare.


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Judge allows 3 victims to testify during Strain child sex abuse trial [ Local Stories]

The judge in the case ruled to allow three victims to testify during trial.



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New Orleans Athletic Club owners file class-action lawsuit against Hard Rock hotel contractors [ Local Stories]

The businesses claim in the lawsuit that they suffered economic and property damage as a result of the collapse.



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Aloha Lei’s Uptown Hawaiian Restaurant Closes After Just Two Months - [Eater New Orleans - All]


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Aloha Grill & Sushi has closed, but its Auction House Market sushi stall Aloha Lei remains open

A promising Hawaiian grill that opened over the summer in the former El Libre location has closed after just two months, Aloha Grill & Sushi confirmed to Eater Wednesday. Aloha Lei, the restaurant’s Auction House Market sushi stall predecessor, remains in operation.

A tipster let Eater know that Aloha Grill & Sushi’s door was locked when they arrived for lunch on Saturday, and that a self-identified owner packing up inside told them the restaurant was closing due to unforeseen circumstances. An owner confirmed the closure to Eater, but has not yet responded to a request for further comment as of this posting. The restaurant and sushi stall’s website no longer lists the grill’s location and info, as it did previously.

Aloha Grill & Sushi opened in mid-August about a month after Uptown Cuban spot El Libre closed. The restaurant expanded on the sushi and poke offerings from the Aloha Lei stall with a Hawaiian-Southern grill menu, and was one of the only places in town to serve musubi, a beloved Hawaiian snack made with Spam, rice, and nori (seaweed).

Chef Tracey Davenport and her partner and husband Dave Kirtland started the Aloha Lei stall when Auction House Market opened in the Warehouse District food hall nearly two years ago. It was the first restaurant for Kirtland and Davenport, who has cooked at Brennan’s and held sushi chef roles at Sun Ray Grill and Metairie’s Conola.

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Kenner Police arrest man accused of impersonating an officer [ Local Stories]

Around 4 a.m. Thursday a woman dialed 911 to report a suspicious person in a truck who flashed his headlights and was blowing his horn at her, signaling for her to stop, police say.



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Donald Trump announces visit to Louisiana to help campaign for Rispone [ Local Stories]

President Donald Trump is expected to help gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone campaign in Monroe.



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NOLA’s urban farms need your moldy pumpkins - [Curbed New Orleans - All]


A jack o lantern cries at the sight of a smashed pumpking

Bring them to Compost NOW’s inaugural Pumpkin Smash event on Saturday, November 2

Face it, that jack o’lantern flickering on your front porch isn’t long for this world. Before you toss it into the mass grave otherwise known as a landfill, where it will decompose anaerobically, smothered by plastic, emitting methane gas and oozing toxic leachate, consider an alternative that’s slight less scary: New Orleans’ inaugural Pumpkin Smash.

Hosted by Compost NOW at the Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center (4300 S. Broad Street), the Pumpkin Smash takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 2. It’s a festive attempt to curb Halloween pumpkin waste.

“Over 1 billion pumpkins are sent to the landfill each year,” said Lynne Serpe, master composter and founder of Compost NOW.

At Pumpkin Smash, volunteers will collect decaying gourds for composting. That compost will be distributed to Compost NOW’s network of urban farms. Fresher pumpkins will be turned into soup.

“Some pumpkins are whole and edible, and those we use to create pumpkin soup that we donate to the hungry,” Serpe said. “Feeding people is always the best option if possible. We also expect to roast a lot of pumpkin seeds.”

There also will be crafts, games, and giveaways at the family-friendly event.

“Bring pumpkins and smash the pumpkins,” Serpe said. “It’s fun for all ages.”


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Orleans sheriff, coroner, public defenders ask for bigger budgets in 2020 [ Local Stories]

City Council holding budget hearings ahead of Dec. 1 deadline



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How playtime can affect your baby's development [ Local Stories]

WDSU Medical Editor Dr. Corey Hebert lets us know how playtime can affect your baby's development.



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Over 3,500 tickets issued on portion of Louisiana Avenue inaccurately marked as school zone [ Local Stories]

According to the drivers, speeding tickets were being issued between St. Charles Avenue and Claiborne Avenue marked as a school zone where there isn't a school. The speed limit is 35 miles per hour.



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WATCH: Halloween Thriller Flash Mob at New Orleans City Hall [ Local Stories]

Dancer, choreographer and actor Kenneth “Kynt” Bryan returns to host and choreograph this year’s event.



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Suspect accused of shooting at NOPD officer released from hospital, booked in jail [ Local Stories]

The suspect accused of shooting a New Orleans police officer was released from the hospital and booked in the Orleans Parish Jail.



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NOPD makes arrest in Warehouse District tire slashings [ Local Stories]

The New Orleans Police Department announced Thursday that an arrest has been made in connection with a series of tire slashings in the Warehouse District.



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11 creepy spots in NOLA - [Curbed New Orleans - All]


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New Orleans is a haunted city 365 days out of the year—but in October, it wears its spooky mantle of fog, Spanish moss, and vermin especially effectively.

With that Halloween spirit in mind, here are some legitimately creepy places around New Orleans. Are they haunted? Who knows. Hair-raising? Definitely. From an abandoned amusement park in New Orleans East to the scene of a murder-suicide in the French Quarter, these sites are all chilling in their own way. They speak to the bloody, violent, and downright disturbing history of New Orleans—and the United States itself.


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Organization asks for donations, volunteers after Tropical Storm Olga destroys construction site [ Local Stories]

Organization asks for donations, volunteers after Tropical Storm Olga destroys construction site



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Videocast: Wind Advisory, rain, plunging temps [ Local Stories]

A Wind Advisory has been issued for all of the south shore today until 5pm.



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Candidates for Governor square off in only runoff debate [ Local Stories]

Gov. John Bel Edwards and republican challenger Eddie Rispone square off in the only runoff debate.



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Thousands without power as heavy rain moves into Metro [ Local Stories]

As heavy rain and strong winds moved into the New Orleans metro Thursday morning, Entergy reported over 13,000 power outages.



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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Highs will happen at Midnight [ Local Stories]

Much colder weather forecast Friday morning. Lows on the Northshore will drop to near freezing. Light wind. Frost is possible. Highs Friday will be in the mid to upper 50s. Cold again Saturday morning with lows mid to upper 30s Northshore to low to mid 40s South. Highs will be in the low to mid 60s. Similar temps forecast Sunday. Sunny skies Friday through Sunday.

Daylight saving time ends Sunday. Turn your clock back one hour before going to sleep Saturday night. You get an extra hour of sleep!

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JPSO: One person dead in double shooting [ Local Stories]

JPSO: One person dead in double shooting



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Mardi Paws likely won't roll in Mandeville in 2020 [ Local Stories]

Mardi Paws likely won't roll in Mandeville in 2020



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Cold and Windy [ Local Stories]

Sunny and colder weather forecast Friday through the weekend. Lows on the Northshore will drop into the 30s. Wind dies down Saturday morning with lows in the mid 30s. There is some potential for some frost. Lows on the South Shore will be in the 40s. Highs Friday will be in the upper 50s to low 60s. Highs over the weekend will be in the low to mid 60s.

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Lebron James-Backed Pizza Chain Set for Southeast Louisiana Expansion - [Eater New Orleans - All]


Blaze Pizza will open five more locations between New Orleans and Baton Rouge | Blaze Pizza/Facebook

Blaze Pizza will open five more locations between New Orleans and Baton Rouge

Los Angeles-based chain Blaze Pizza announced a development deal this week that will see a group of New Orleans-based partners open five new locations of the restaurant between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

There are two local outposts already of the LeBron James-backed brand, which launched its first location on O’Keefe Avenue in the CBD in 2015 and opened on Freret Street two years later. The “fast-fir’d” pizza chain is known for personal sized, build-your-own pies priced affordably (Blaze says an average pie costs about $8). Founded in California in 2012, it was an early part of the massive growth of fast-casual pizza chains a few years back.

Blaze made the multi-unit deal for the new locations with brothers Kaleb and Khai Duong and partner Jacob Strider, who together opened the first New Orleans Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes five years ago. The New Orleans natives got their start franchising in 2010 with two frozen yogurt shops, and signed a five-location deal with Mooyah a few years later.

Blaze Pizza, which also counts Maria Shriver and Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner as celebrity investors, currently has 340 restaurants into 41 states and six countries. Check back for details on the forthcoming New Orleans locations.

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New Orleans holding art contest for 911 service with cash prize [ Local Stories]

The City of New Orleans wants kids to put their artistic skills to use by drawing a new poster for the city's 911 service.



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Taco Bell giving away free Doritos Locos Tacos Wednesday [ Local Stories]

Taco Bell is making good on its "steal a base, steal a taco" promotion, thanks to Washington Nationals player Trea Turner.



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Gubernatorial candidates gear up for statewide debate [ Local Stories]

The debate is critical, as the two candidates are extremely close in the polls.



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How to get the most out of employee benefits [ Local Stories]

CPA Kemberley Washington lets us know how we can take advantage of open enrollment.



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Halloween events around the Metro New Orleans area [ Local Stories]

Looking for something spooky to do this Halloween? Check out a parish by parish breakdown of Halloween events.



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Covington man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after pointing gun at wrong guy [ Local Stories]

On Tuesday sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a gas station on Highway 21 in Bush after a man followed another driver to the location and pointed a gun at him.



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Investigation: JP President Mike Yenni’s transition wasted taxpayer money, misused public funds [ Local Stories]

Jefferson Parish Inspector General criticizes Yenni’s spending in 731-page report



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A charming Uptown cottage with an equally charming pool house asks $650K - [Curbed New Orleans - All]


Living room with large windows, white mantel, bearskin rug and a formal couch

That vine-hung pergola! The cocktail pool!

Hidden from street view by slender trees, this Uptown abode presents a rather sweet, shy exterior to the world. The side hall cottage sits on Constance Street, a block away from Magazine Street and a block away from Wisner Park. The long, narrow home has a linear configuration of rooms in its 1,841-square-foot layout.

The entrance leads to a living room, where floor-to-ceiling windows provide views of the porch and petite, brick-paved front yard. That living room connects to a chandelier-hung dining room, which connects to a kitchen, where stained-glass windows lend a splash of color to the otherwise austere palette of white walls, stainless-steel appliances, and gray-veined marble countertops.

Beyond the kitchen, find a den that connects to the home’s most exemplary feature: its patio. There, a grapevine-hung pergola with a wood- or gas-burning fireplace overlooks the stylish, square cocktail pool. A pool house with a kitchenette and full bathroom spans the width of the yard. Together, the pool house and pergola enclose the pool to create an intimate area that blends indoor and outdoor living.

Two bedrooms and two bathrooms are tucked alongside the main house’s shotgun-like procession of living rooms, dining room, and kitchen. Twelve-foot-ceilings and heart pine floors are present throughout.

The home hits the market on November 1 asking $650,000.

Via: Michael Styles of Engel & Volkers

Dining room with six-person table, wood floors, and custom curtains, connecting to a room with built in bookshelves
NArrow kitchen with marble counters, stained glass windows, wood floors and stainless steel appliances.
Bedroom with tufted queen sized bed, wood floors, high slate gray walls and a curtained window
Bathroom with marble sink, tiled bathtub, white walls and rainfall showerhead
Patio with small pool flanked by a poolhouse and grapevine-hung pergola, underneath which wicker furniture and a stone fireplace sit

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More rain, isolated strong storm possible today [ Local Stories]

Keep the rain gear ready as more rain is expected through Thursday.



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JPSO investigating Terrytown Shooting [ Local Stories]

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Severe weather risk overnight [ Local Stories]

A strong cold front will move through Thursday morning. Highs Thursday will be at Midnight. Temperatures will fall during the day, and the wind is going to blow. Noon temps will be in the upper 50s. Trick or treat time temps will be in the low to mid 50s. The wind will be North 25-35 mph. That will make it feel a lot colder. Wind chills will be dropping into the 40s. Coats for the kids over the costumes! Make sure your inflatables are securely fastened, or they may blow away!

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Neighbors voice concerns over new airport traffic [ Local Stories]

Neighbors voice concerns over new airport traffic



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Isolated tornadoes possible [ Local Stories]

A strong cold front will move through Thursday morning. Highs Thursday will be early morning in the low to mid 70s. The cold front will move through around 5am, and temperatures will drop. By noon temperatures will be in the upper 50s. The wind will be North 20-35 mph. By 5pm temperatures will be in the low to mid 50s and the wind will be blowing. The wind chill will drop into the 40s. Coats for the trick or treaters! At least the rain should be done by then.

Lows Friday will be in the mid 30s to mid 40s. Sunny Friday. Highs near 60. Some potential for some frost Saturday morning on the Northshore. This will be something to monitor.

Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday morning. Be sure to turn the clock back one hour.

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Where To Eat the Best Banh Mi in New Orleans - [Eater New Orleans - All]


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A dozen of the best spots to get what New Orleanians call a Vietnamese po-boy

Getting a decent banh mi in the New Orleans area once meant driving to the Westbank. And while Gretna may still reign as the locus of authentic Vietnamese, the banh mi gap between the two sides of the Mississippi has narrowed. For banh mi served on airy French-style bread (the two principal New Orleans bakeries being Dong Phuong in New Orleans East and Terrytown’s Hi-Do); a never-ending variety of centerpieces; and a heap of pickled carrots, cucumbers, cilantro, and chiles, check out one of the spots below.

Worth noting: Track food truck Saigon Slim’s location on social media to find its excellent lemongrass chicken. pork, and house duck pate banh mi.

If we’ve left off a place, we want to know. Comment below or send the info via email.


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Former JP councilman pleads not guilty to federal tax evasion, wire fraud charges [ Local Stories]

Former Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts was in court Tuesday, where he pleaded not guilty to federal tax evasion and wire fraud charges.



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New Orleans city building inspector pleads guilty to federal bribery charges [ Local Stories]

Kevin Richardson, a former building inspector for the City of New Orleans’ Department of Safety and Permits, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to bribery-related charges.



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City officials provide update on Hard Rock collapse search, recovery, weather concerns [ Local Stories]

The City of New Orleans is providing an update to a search and recovery effort at the Hard Rock Hotel collapse site.



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The French Quarter’s LaLaurie Mansion will star in a new horror franchise - [Curbed New Orleans - All]


An eerie long exposure nighttime image of the legendary and historic LaLaurie Mansion in the French Quarter at the corner Via Shutterstock.com

The film is being developed by creators of the mega-successful Conjuring series

It’s a big week for one of New Orleans’ most notorious serial killers—which seems appropriate, given that Thursday is Halloween. A Bywater home owned by Delphine Blanque LaLaurie recently hit the market. Today, creators of box office smash The Conjuring announced that the hulking Vieux Carre property where LaLaurie tortured and murdered enslaved people will be the subject of their next horror franchise.

“We love writing films in which we get to tell true stories—incorporating moments that people can look up and discover did in fact happen. With the LaLaurie House we get to do exactly that,” said Chad and Carey Hayes in a press release. “There is a wealth of documentation of a very dark and frightening past of true events. Not to mention that after spending some time there, what we personally experienced was truly unnerving.

The LaLaurie mansion is a three-story masonry structure that sits at the intersection of Governor Nicholls and Chartres streets, where every ghost tour guide makes a stop. There in front of Verti Mart, a po-boy shop that sits catty-corner to the former house of horrors, they detail the gruesome story of sadistic slaveowner LaLaurie. Her position in society was rivaled only by her cruelty, which asserted itself when she chased a 12-year-old enslaved girl, Lia, onto her roof with a whip. The girl leapt to her death. On April 10, 1834, firefighters responded to a kitchen blaze started by an enslaved woman who was chained to the stove. She had set the fire as a suicide attempt.

Firefighters searched the house, and in the hidden upstairs chamber, they discovered “seven slaves, more or less horribly mutilated ... suspended by the neck, with their limbs apparently stretched and torn from one extremity to the other,” according to reporting by The New Orleans Bee on April 11, 1834.

An angry mob looted the LaLaurie mansion, and the Delphine fled—exactly where, nobody knows. Since then, the tragic, gruesome story has risen to prominence in local and national imagination. LaLaurie was played by Kathy Bates in American Horror Story: Coven, and Nicolas Cage owned the LaLaurie mansion briefly. “I bought it in 2007, figuring it would be a good place in which to write the great American horror novel,” Cage told Vanity Fair in 2014. “I didn’t get too far with the novel.”

Like Cage, the Hayes brothers are considering writing the first draft of their screenplay inside the house. It is currently owned by Michael Whalen, a collaborator with LA-based film and TV firm Faster Horse. Faster Horse and the Hayes brothers are partners on the project.

”Building a horror franchise starts with the IP, and for us to be able to tap the LaLaurie Mansion, and its twisted history, is a major coup for Faster Horse,” said executive producer Dylan Bond in a press release.

Principal photography starts in 2020 and will incorporate the LaLaurie Mansion.


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Man who admitted to drunken Endymion night bike crash sentenced to 90 years [ Local Stories]

A man who admitted to a deadly Endymion night bike crash was sentenced to 90 years in prison.



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Where to Celebrate Halloween and Day of the Dead in New Orleans - [Eater New Orleans - All]


Casa Borrega’s Day of the Dead altar | Casa Borrega/Facebook

Craft a festive few days with good food and drink in hand

Everyone knows New Orleans is the best place to be for Halloween, making it all the more necessary to choose one’s stops discerningly. It’s also a great town for Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) revelry, what with the city’s affinity for the dead, and parties. Below are Eater’s picks for the best ways to celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos around New Orleans, with good food and drinks in mind.

Missing any food-and drink-related Halloween events below? Let Eater know through the tipline.

Thursday, October 31

Brunch at French Toast: Year-old French Toast is still one of few places to serve brunch every day, and its French Quarter location is a bonus on this particularly festive day. Fuel up with puffy Danish aebleskivers, fully loaded French toasts, and for the savory, a fried chicken biscuit, croque madame, or savory crepe.

Voodoofest: Stroll the quarter of a mile from brunch to this free festival in the Quarter (note: NOT the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in City Park that wrapped up over the weekend) celebrating the impact of voodoo on New Orleans’s culture, complete with music, refreshments, a craft market, and talks by Haitian and New Orleans Voodoo priests, historians, and authors. 1 to 7 p.m. at Voodoo Authentica of New Orleans Cultural Center & Collection, 612 Dumaine Street.

Frenchmen Street: Yes, we know Frenchmen Street is packed with tourists and not as fun as it used to be, but on Halloween night it’s still one of the best destinations to people-watch and see up close all this town can do when it comes to costumes. The best bet for food along the main drag is at the vegetarian-friendly 13 Monaghan, which offers a whole menu of tachos, boudin or tofu banh mi, vegan chili, and breakfast all night long.

Parlor at the Pontchartrain Hotel: The pretty new event space in the Pontchartrain, run by the duo behind the hotel’s restaurant Jack Rose, is hosting a concert for $20 (J & The Causeways, Roadside Glorious and Juno Dunes) 9 p.m. to midnight. A costume is also a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Jack Rose or Hot Tin, the hotel’s lively rooftop.

The Ace Hotel’s Three Keys Halloween Party: The small music venue inside the Ace Hotel downtown is hosting Papi Juice, an art collective celebrating the lives of queer and trans people of color for its Halloween party, starting at 10 p.m. Also featuring live music from Oscar Nn, Denisia, HaSizzle and Dreamer. One of the hotel’s restaurants Seaworthy, next door, serves food until 2 a.m., and hot new cocktail bar Bar Marilou is right across the street.

Friday, November 1

Day of the Dead/Fet Gede at the New Orleans Healing Center: Hit the Bywater for another chance to learn about voodoo, Mexico’s Day of the Dead, and Haiti’s Fet Gede. From 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the New Orleans Healing Center, this free celebration will host local artists, a potluck dinner, a parade, and traditional voodoo ceremony at 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 2

Batucada Day of the Dead at Casa Borrega: Casa Borrega’s Cinco de Mayo and Day of the Dead celebrations are the stuff of legend, if you can get inside for the party. From 7 to 11 p.m., come for a night of festive drinks, snacks, and as always, excellent live music. Special this year is owner Hugo Montero’s altar of lights, candles, and skeletons dedicated to a longtime friend of the restaurant who died recently.


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World Stroke Day [ Local Stories]

Brittany Gay and Dr. Sheryl Martin-Schild join us on the couch to talk about world stroke day and stroke prevention.



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New power outages plague Southshore after weekend in dark [ Local Stories]

Widespread power outages were reported Tuesday across New Orleans.



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Rockets fan arrested, accused of punching Pelicans coach [ Local Stories]

A Houston Rockets fan is charged with punching a New Orleans Pelicans coach at the end of a game between the teams.



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NOPD investigating shooting near Dillard University [ Local Stories]

The shooting happened Monday on Gentilly Boulevard between Saint Denis Street and Warrington Drive, according to police.



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NFL offering fans chance to bring Lombardi Trophy to hometown before Superbowl [ Local Stories]

Since its initial naming in 1970, the Vince Lombardi Trophy has been hoisted each season by the Super Bowl champion.



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Early, strong flu virus hits SE Louisiana harder than any other part of US [ Local Stories]

CDC tracking spike in illnesses months earlier than expected



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Man fired at NOPD officers while fleeing through broken window during police shootout, records show [ Local Stories]

Arrest records for a man apprehended by NOPD reveal new details about Monday's officer-involved shooting in the Lower 9th Ward.



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Hot Seat: State Senate District 3 [ Local Stories]

Travers Mackel interviews the candidates in the runoff for State Senate District 3.



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One of Bywater’s oldest buildings, a 190-year-old townhome, asks $875K - [Curbed New Orleans - All]


Rustic old two story home behind cypress trees, with a low concrete wall

It was once part of the Macarty Plantation

In Bywater, $875,000 could buy you a condo or two in the glossy Saxony building...or it could buy you a plaque-adorned local historic landmark. Known as the Blanque-Paturzo-Sessums House, it is one of the oldest buildings in Bywater and stands on land that was once part of the Macarty Plantation, according to MyNewOrleans.com.

The 2,600-square-foot abode sits behind a triad of cypress trees, between Royal and Chartres streets, a five-minute walk to Crescent Park’s entrance. It includes three bathrooms and three bedrooms. The T-shaped building cradles a courtyard, giving the whole assembly a compound-like feel. Its balcony overlooks the slate-paved, fountain-studded courtyard, and its ground floor French doors and floor-to-ceiling windows provide access to the very Old-World space. A live oak, camellias, sweet olives, and begonias line the walkways.

Inside, the vibe is rustic and patinaed, thanks to hardwood and tile floors, exposed ceiling beams, and fireplaces. The masonry townhome was renovated by contractor Doug Matthews of Concordia and architect Jim Cripps in 2015, according to reporting by nola.com. The kitchen and master bath were totally rehabilitated, and built-in bookshelves were added.

The asking price is $875,000.

Via: Michael Wilkinson of French Quarter Realty

Yellow dining room with a six-person table, exposed ceiling beams, tile floors and an Oriental rug
Folksy kitchen with pots and pans hanging above a breakfast bar, tile backsplash, white cabinets
Colorful bedroom with green walls peeling to exposed brick, ceiling beams and a massive bed with wooden headboard
Sleek bathroom with marble trim, double sink and glass enclosure shower
Traditional New Orleans courtyard with fountain, slate floors and greenery, overlooked by a balcony

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Margaret's Weather Picture for October 29, 2019 [ Local Stories]

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WDSU Baby of the Day for October 29, 2019 [ Local Stories]

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Heavy rain at times over the next several days [ Local Stories]

A wet pattern is settling back in across southeast Louisiana through Thursday.



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Locally heavy rain [ Local Stories]

Clouds will increase overnight, and showers will begin to move onshore in the morning. We already have rain developing offshore and moving our way. Rain chances will stay high through Thursday morning. Strong cold front moves through Thursday morning with cooler weather and windy conditions. Sunny weather forecast Friday and Saturday with lows in the 40s and highs in the low 60s.

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Curry leads Warriors to first win, 134-123 over Pelicans [ Local Stories]

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Strong cold front Thursday [ Local Stories]

Keep the umbrella handy Tuesday through Thursday morning. A warm front is moving north out of Gulf, and a cold front will push through Thursday morning. Locally heavy rain is possible. The Weather Prediction Center has marginal risk excessive rainfall Mainly along the coast Tuesday, but on the Northshore and South Mississippi Wednesday. A strong cold front moves through Thursday morning with rain, but some rain may linger into the afternoon. The wind will increase as cold front moves through. Wind gusts of 30 to 40+ mph. Temperatures will drop Thursday afternoon and evening. Kids will need a jacket over their costumes Thursday evening. Highs will be in the morning Thursday, and fall in the afternoon into the low 60s. Mid 50s Thursday night. Wind will make it feel colder.

Sunny and cooler weather Friday and Saturday.

Say adios to Daylight Saving Time early Sunday morning. Turn that clock back one hour, and get an extra hour of sleep!

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NOPD officer involved in 'incident' in Holy Cross neighborhood [ Local Stories]

The New Orleans Police Department is investigating an incident involving one of its officers in the Holy Cross neighborhood.



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Demario Davis won't be fined by NFL for "Man of God" headband, will donate money to hospital [ Local Stories]

After Demario Davis was fined $7,000 for wearing a "Man of God" headband during Sunday's Saints game, students from a New Orleans school are lending him their support.



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Saints' Demario Davis surprises students with 'Child of God' headbands [ Local Stories]

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Vice President Mike Pence helps Rispone campaign in Baton Rouge [ Local Stories]

Vice President Mike Pence landed in Baton Rouge on Monday ahead of the Nov. 16 runoff elections.



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Replacement SNAP benefits available for food lost due to Tropical Storm Olga [ Local Stories]

Those who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program may be eligible for replacement benefits for food purchased and lost during Tropical Storm Olga over the weekend.



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Twelfth Night parade on Rampart streetcar line canceled due to Hard Rock hotel collapse [ Local Stories]

One of the streetcar parades that helps kick off Carnival season in New Orleans has been cancelled due to the Hard Rock Hotel collapse, according to The Societé des Champs Elysée Krewe Captain David Roe.



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A Beautiful Saints Monday [ Local Stories]

Expect a mostly sunny, mild and breezy day with no rain and afternoon temperatures in the mid 70s.



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Little girl nails Margaret Orr Halloween costume [ Local Stories]

Hope Harper is in fourth grade and wants to be a meteorologist when she grows up.



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Slidell Jazz and Blues Festival [ Local Stories]

Robin Marquez joins us on the couch to talk about the Slidell Jazz and Blues Festival happening this weekend.



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Thousands still without power after weekend storms [ Local Stories]

The power outages were caused by Tropical Storm Olga.



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A mother was arrested Tuesday in New Orleans and charged with murder in connection to the May death of her toddler daughter, court records show. [ Local Stories]

She was arrested Tuesday in New Orleans and charged with murder in connection to the May death of her toddler daughter, court records show.



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Baby named after Taysom Hill [ Local Stories]

A Saints Superfan welcomed his baby boy over the weekend and named his after the team's Swiss Army Knife player, quarterback Taysom Hill.



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Look Inside Rockrose, a New Greek Restaurant in the International House Hotel - [Eater New Orleans - All]


The interior of a restaurant with an oval mirror hanging on a wall, blue velvet bench seating, an small exposed brick wall and a large olive pot Inside Rockrose, 217 Camp Street | Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Rockrose, from the owner of the Blue Crab, opens in the CBD today

The owner of casual Lakefront seafood destination the Blue Crab opens an upscale, modern Mediterranean restaurant downtown today, in a long-vacant space in the International House Hotel. Nick Asprodites and chef and business parter Brian Doyle teamed up for Rockrose, the first restaurant to serve the boutique CBD hotel since Rambla closed in 2012.

Inspired by Asprodites’s Greek heritage, the pair say they traveled in Greece extensively — with Doyle even spending time in a few kitchens — to develop Rockrose’s simple, herb-driven menu (rock rose is the name of a commonly-used herb in Greek cuisine). Starters like chickpea fries, Greek spreads, and grilled octopus range from $6 to $14, braised lamb gnocchi and squid ink cavatelli pasta dishes are both priced at $15, and mains including snapper, lamb chops, and a whole flounder topped with crab are between $25 and $35.

Bar director Jennifer Hussey crafted a wine list with an emphasis on Greek, Italian, and Spanish varieties, and her list of ten house cocktails includes a few featuring Greek spirits: the Greek Me Up is green Chartreuse, mastiha, lime, and watermelon; the Jonesey has Cynar and ouzo, and the Mentha Magic has clairin, lemon, yogurt, cucumber, and mint.

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The bar at Rockrose

With help from local designer Marie Palumbo, the 79-seat space was decked out with white marble tables, oversized olive urns, and a long, lowly lit bar. Industrial lighting, exposed and peeling brick walls, and a homey, deep purple antique rug help give it a neighborhood-appropriate warehouse vibe.

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The dining room at Rockrose
A three layered stack of chickpea fries served on a white plate with a dollop of roasted red pepper and feta spread Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA
Crispy chickpea fries
Tuna tartar with fennel confit, kalamata vinaigrette, and sunchoke chips is served on a white plate next to a dirty martini Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA
Rockrose’s Tuna tartar with fennel, kalamata vinaigrette, and sunchoke chips ($14)

Rockrose is open for lunch seven days a week and for dinner six days a week, Tuesday though Sunday. Monday nights are service industry-oriented, though open to the public, featuring “geeky” cocktails, new wines, and dishes the chef is testing. Eventually, Rockrose will serve breakfast and provide catering to the hotel.

Rockrose staff including chef Brian Doyle (center) and proprietor/GM Nick Asprodites, right, and bar manager Jennifer Hussey, far right, stands outside of the restaurant Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA
From left to right: sous chef Aey Iamkrasin, assistant GM Ilina Kumar, chef Brian Doyle, proprietor/GM Nick Asprodites, and beverage director Jennifer Hussey

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Shots fired during ICE raid in Metairie [ Local Stories]

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting.



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Man accused in deadly Endymion night bike crash will not stand trial, pleads to all charges [ Local Stories]

Tashonty Toney will no longer stand trial. He faces 80 years in prison.



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Tangipahoa Water District issues temporary boil water advisory [ Local Stories]

The Tangipahoa Water District has issued a temporary boil water advisory for parts of Tangipahoa Parish.



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Three juveniles injured in Central City shooting [ Local Stories]

The New Orleans Police Department said three juveniles are hospitalized after being shot in Central City.



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Some nice fall weather will start the week off, and then rain chances will start to return on Tuesday.



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Saints Sunday Costumes [ Local Stories]

Saints fans got extra creative with their costumes this Sunday. They showed off their spooky looks while spreading their black and gold pride.



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Easy Breesy: Drew Brees returns from injury to lead Saints over Cardinals [ Local Stories]

In his first game since a right thumb injury, Drew Brees led the Saints to a 31-9 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.



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LSU Tigers new No. 1 ranked team in college football [ Local Stories]

LSU has a bye next weekend then travel to Tuscaloosa to play Alabama on Saturday, November 9.



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$2 Powerball ticket scores $2 million prize in Metairie [ Local Stories]

$2 mil Powerball ticket sold at Metairie store



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Thousands still in the dark as utility crews work to restore electricity [ Local Stories]

Massive outages were first reported Saturday when Olga skirted the metro



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Colston, Bush inducted into Saints Hall of Fame [ Local Stories]

Former Saints players Marques Colston and Reggie Bush get inducted into the team's Hall of Fame.



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Burrow's 321 yards helps No. 2 LSU down No. 9 Auburn, 23-20 [ Local Stories]

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Drug Take Back Day [ Local Stories]

The DEA hosts its Drug Take Back Day to allow residents to dispose of their unwanted and expired prescription medicine.



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Nicer weather for Saints Sunday [ Local Stories]

Expect nicer and cooler weather for the end of the weekend.



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Nichols' 48-yard field goal lifts Navy past Tulane, 41-38 [ Local Stories]

Nichols' 48-yard field goal lifts Navy past Tulane, 41-38



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Report: Saints plan for Drew Brees to start Sunday against Arizona [ Local Stories]

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is set to return Sunday as the team's starting quarterback against the Arizona Cardinals, ESPN analysts say.



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Mississippi board selects projects for BP oil spill money [ Local Stories]

A Mississippi board has recommended more than a dozen projects for funding next year from a settlement the state received after the 2010 BP oil spill.



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Boil Water Advisory issued for parts of Slidell [ Local Stories]

According to Coast Waterworks, Inc., the advisory was issued Saturday morning for the Eden Isles Oak Harbor water system.



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Thousands without power Saturday after powerful winds sweep through [ Local Stories]

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Doncic's triple-double lifts Mavericks over Pelicans 123-116 [ Local Stories]

Doncic's triple-double lifts Mavericks over Pelicans 123-116



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Voodoo Fest patrons flood City Park despite rain [ Local Stories]

Costumed festivalgoers fill City Park for annual music fest



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Videocast: Flash Flood Watch through Saturday AM, drier weekend [ Local Stories]

The Flash Flood Watch continues through early Saturday morning, along with an isolated severe threat.



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Comedy show benefits breast cancer survivors [ Local Stories]

Comedians tells about the NOLA Comedy for the Cure event.



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Law firm now representing 42 Hard Rock collapse clients, suing 19 companies [ Local Stories]

A law firm representing those injured during the Hard Rock Hotel collapse has announced that it has amended its lawsuit to include dozens of new clients.



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S&WB: SELA project did 'exactly what it was supposed to' during July 10 floods [ Local Stories]

The meeting focused on the July rain events where many homes and businesses flooded.



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NOFD: Rain could cause parts of collapsed Hard Rock hotel to move, fall [ Local Stories]

All eyes are on the dangerous and unstable Hard Rock Hotel collapse site as rain from Tropical Depression 17 moves through the area.



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Lafourche sheriff's office still searching for missing teenager [ Local Stories]

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 532-2808 or dial 9-1-1.



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Restaurant group sues developer, contractor of Hard Rock Hotel project [ Local Stories]

A New Orleans restaurant group is suing the developers and contractors along with other parties involved in the Hard Rock Hotel project that collapsed two weeks ago.



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Vice President Mike Pence visiting Louisiana next week [ Local Stories]

Vice President Mike Pence will be taking a trip to Baton Rouge next week ahead of the Nov. 16 runoff elections.



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Hot Seat: Jefferson Parish Council District 2 [ Local Stories]

WDSU's Travers Mackel interviews the two candidates in the runoff election for Jefferson Parish Council District 2.



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WDSU in the Kitchen: Arizona Chimichanga [ Local Stories]

Chef Marc whips up a chimichanga for the perfect tailgate food against the Arizona Cardinals.



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Voodoo organizers say gates open rain or shine at 12 p.m. [ Local Stories]

Voodoo Festival organizers plan on opening the gates for the first day of the Halloween festival whether it is raining or not.



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Tropical Depression 17 forms in Gulf of Mexico, brings rain to SELA [ Local Stories]

It continues to send a lot of tropical moisture to Southeast, Louisiana, and will continue to do so all afternoon.



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Scout Island Scream Park, Boo at the Zoo cancelled due to weather [ Local Stories]

Two popular Halloween attractions in New Orleans will be closed Friday due to weather.



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NOPD searching for missing teenager who didn't report to group home after school [ Local Stories]

Eriel Cottrel, 15, was last seen on Wednesday, but failed to return to Raintree Girls Home after school that day, according to police.



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Franklinton High School student arrested, accused of making threats to school [ Local Stories]

During the investigation, it was determined a student at the high school had communicated a threat via the website chatroom, which was relayed to the Franklinton Police Department.



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