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Last week, we pre-empted our usual Talking Points format for a pre-election column.
NEW ORLEANS ― Twenty-five years ago, the melting pot of culture and tradition that makes up the Crescent City was overshadowed by a cloud of evil. The historic metropolis that Louis Armstrong once dubbed the “Land of Dreams” had become a nightmare for the families of more than two dozen people who turned up dead in outlying swamps and bayous.
A hurricane’s wrath , the devastation of a wildfire , the unyielding torment of a drought , the terror of a flood : Extreme weather events have been dominating headlines in the United States this year. These events can be catastrophic for life and property — Hurricane Matthew killed at least 17 people in the U.S. and almost 900 in Haiti last week — and, as a new report shows, can also pose a staggering economic burden not just to communities impacted by a disaster but to an entire nation of taxpayers.
Any bartender or bar owner will tell you, the job isn’t always glamorous. The challenges of staying successful go beyond keeping glasses full. While many nights are spent creating, entertaining and hosting guests there is also the task of inventory, management and liability all while keeping morale up, staying focused on business while creating an environment where people want to come, stay and invite their friends
Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison was arrested Monday on a felony domestic violence charge after allegedly assaulting a woman at a residence outside Sacramento.
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Don’t suggest to CCH Pounder that she’s a “mother figure” on NCIS: New Orleans . “I hate that term,” says Pounder, who plays forensic pathologist/medical examiner Dr. Loretta Wade in the hit CBS drama
(Reuters) – Former New Orleans Saints footballer Will Smith was killed and a woman was wounded in a shooting in New Orleans on Saturday, the Times-Picayune newspaper reported on its website. The newspaper, citing law enforcement sources and a Saints source “with direct knowledge of the incident”, said Smith , 34, was shot and killed after a minor traffic collision in the city’s Garden District
Many say we should “run government like a business” and “save money” by “cutting spending” and “making government smaller.” Does this work?
By the time we get to the next Democratic presidential debate in Flint, Michigan, on March 6, we’ll have a lot better feel as to who will go forward as the party’s nominee. But now, there are only two Democratic candidates, because Martin O’Malley has ended his campaign. While no one, probably including him, thought he had a real chance to be the nominee, that doesn’t mean his candidacy was in vain.
Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal announced on Friday that it would be donating $1.5 million to social organizations, including non-profits that make sure the world knows black lives matter. The funds to be donated were raised at the Tidal X: 1020 charity event in Brooklyn last October, the company told Mic in a statement . The artists who performed at the sold-out event included Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Nick Jonas and, of course, Hov himself.
A white former suburban Detroit police officer was sentenced on Tuesday to 13 months to 10 years in prison for the beating last year of a black motorist during a traffic stop caught on video.
Kids getting footballs is still pretty great pic.twitter.com/949LSvUHEQ — The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) January 25, 2016 As has recently become a weekly tradition, the Carolina Panthers just made yet another young fan’s dream come true. Seemingly every Sunday, Cam Newton’s squad turns on-field success into off-field elation, as players run to the stands to give touchdown balls to Carolina loyalists
John Douglas Thompson as Louis Armstrong: His heart belonged to music. Photos by T. Charles Erickson Anyone old enough to recall Louis Armstrong’s many gigs on the Ed Sullivan Show or curious enough to view his videos on YouTube knows the great trumpeter/singer as a jovial guy with a radiant smile and an ingratiating way with words
SACRAMENTO (CN) – Yosemite National Park is changing the names of several iconic sites due to trademark concerns after awarding a $2 billion federal contract to a new concessionaire – but challenges the previous concessionaire’s trademark claim to “Yosemite National Park.” The Ahwahnee Hotel, built in 1927, will become the Majestic Yosemite Hotel on March 1 when Aramark takes it over from DNC Parks & Resorts. Curry Village, which has borne that name since it opened in 1899, will be renamed Half Dome Village
The night sky is shining bright for David Bowie, who’s been given his own constellation . When linked together, the collection of seven stars near Mars form the lightning bolt painted on the legendary late rocker’s face on the cover of his 1973 album “Aladdin Sane.” The MIRA Public Observatory in Brussels, Belgium, teamed up with local radio station Studio Brussel to register the fitting intergalactic accolade. MIRA Observatory employee Philippe Mollet said it was tricky finding the perfect spot in the galaxy to pay tribute to Bowie.
RG3 cleared out his locker today, save for this note.
Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Mike Munchak has absolutely no chill. Towards the end of the first quarter of the Steelers’ Wild Card matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday night, Munchak yanked a handful of Bengals safety Reggie Nelson’s dreadlocks. Nelson barrelled into the Steelers’ sidelines after pushing running back Jordan Todman out-of-bounds. Munchak may have felt like Nelson unnecessarily shoved his running back into the sideline — Todman was nearly out-out-bounds when Nelson hit him, and the extra push sent Todman crashing into the bench. Todman should have been the star of the play for his darting run, but one of his coaches overreacted to a bit of chippiness on Nelson’s part.
LeBron James is arguably the best basketball player alive, but when it comes to building an NBA franchise, most NBA general managers would pick someone else to start a team from scratch. That someone else is New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis , according to NBA.com’s annual general managers survey, which was released on Tuesday. In past years, James was almost always the automatic answer to the survey’s question on which player a general manager would sign today if they were starting a new NBA team.
This blog is based on an article in “The Louisiana Weekly” in the Sept. 7, 2015 edition.
Photo courtesy of Matt Salacuse Featured in Nylon , Spin , and Stereogum , Mainland is receiving some well-deserved recognition for their hard work and infectious music. The band’s blended east coast/west coast vibe combined with their often dark, always upbeat musical style and magnetic stage presence make them a designated standout among other bands of similar genres. I recently had the opportunity to chat with the wonderfully charismatic singer and guitarist of Mainland, Jordan Topf
As we approached the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the requests for commemorative articles and reflections began to fill my inbox. Despite my experience as a grant-maker and fundraiser who has been working on Katrina relief, recovery, and rebuilding since the storm hit on August 29, 2005, I struggled to find words to best commemorate this day. Today, on the ten-year anniversary since Hurricane Katrina struck and devastated the Gulf Coast, there is little that has not been said already
1) I live on the first floor, so there would be no point. Pre-Katrina my husband Jeff and I lived on the second floor. Then we lived in Illinois, second floor again, while my parents both succumbed to the long goodbye of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Barack Obama is about to leave on a historic journey that could affect Americans for generations to come – he’ll become the first sitting American President to visit the Arctic to observe Alaska’s rapidly melting glaciers. This trip, coming on the heels of Obama’s historic clean energy plan is groundbreaking
Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina rumbled ashore, wreaking havoc across Louisiana, Mississippi, and the entire Gulf Coast. Here are some of the best articles and books written about the storm in the decade that followed it, as selected by The Huffington Post’s staff.
Few hurricane names conjure imagines of such severe devastation like the name Katrina. Ten years ago Hurricane Katrina, followed shortly by Hurricane Rita, devastated communities along the Gulf of Mexico, mostly famously New Orleans
“Ring out the bells again Like we did when spring began Wake me up when September ends” -Billy Joe Armstrong (Green Day) With the tsunami of media leading into the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Saturday, it seems impossible that an author could come up with a new, insightful and passionate history of the 10 years after the hurricane that is not a rehash of something that has been already said. Gary Rivlin made the impossible happen. His book Katrina: After the Flood will be the historic book of record for anyone studying that time period or those who want to learn the politics of rationing resources when a region is starting all over again
Pope Francis will make his first visit to the United States in September, with stops in Washington, New York and Philadelphia. His trip will add to the 50-year history of pope visits to the U.S. Pope Paul VI made the first papal visit to the U.S.
On Thursday, July 30, 50 Black and Latino students wearing mock bullet proof vests with stickers that stated #StudentsAintBulletProof #End1033, from the Strategy Center’s Fight for the Soul of the Cities, once again asked the Los Angeles Unified School District to give us a list of the weapons they received from the Department of Defense 1033 Program, to return 61 M-16 assault rifles we believe are still in their possession, and to apologize for being in the program in the first place.
The Chicago Tribute Editorial Board member’s piece: In Chicago: Wishing for A Hurricane Katrina (Later renamed but still offensive) spurred a mountain of justifiably hot takes. With the Hurricane Katrina 10-year anniversary in less than two weeks I had too much outrage fatigue to write a hot take. So this is a cold one, and it doesn’t single out the writer of the editorial (though it was awful) as much as the meme in general
WASHINGTON – Bloomberg Philanthropies on Wednesday announced the first eight cities it has selected to participate in a new pilot program to improve life in America’s cities. Chattanooga, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky; Kansas City, Missouri; Mesa, Arizona; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Jackson, Mississippi; Seattle and New Orleans will be the first to benefit from the What Works Cities Initiative.
The Special Olympics are about to begin in Los Angeles and by this time next year the Olympics and Paralympics will be underway; the world will be watching sport and judging success in wins and losses. While many of the athletes working with me at Laureus USA are Olympians and Paralympians, we understand something as a collective group which is very important – not every kid is going to compete for gold, but every kid deserves a chance to play sports. Therefore we’ve banded together as a Laureus family to promote universal access to sport for kids, which means a commitment to inclusion .
Ken Stabler, who led the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl victory and was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1974, has died as a result of complications from colon cancer. He was 69. His family announced his death on Stabler’s Facebook page on Thursday.
NEW ORLEANS — Ava DuVernay will not be directing Marvel’s “Black Panther” movie, she confirmed to The Huffington Post on Friday. “It wasn’t for me,” DuVernay told HuffPost at the 21st annual Essence Music Festival. “I loved exploring it, I loved the character, I love that they called me about it, but ultimately, when I delved into it, it wasn’t a good match, so I wish them luck.” More..
Remember that time the nation’s largest banks engaged in fraud and deceptive lending to fuel Wall Street’s insatiable appetite for dodgy investments backed by home mortgages? Remember how in the aftermath of the economic collapse, after the banks received massive taxpayer bailouts, some of the same financial institutions totally botched the handling of an epochal wave of foreclosures that their actions had helped to bring about? And how untold thousands of people lost their homes as a result?
A restaurant in New Orleans says it’s “shocked and appalled” after a receipt from the establishment bearing a racial slur began circulating on social media. An image of the itemized receipt from Huck Finn’s Cafe, dated May 21, shows the words “n—-r 100% dislike” typed beneath an order for a Thin Catfish Platter. It was uploaded to Facebook on Thursday by a woman who claims her daughter was one of the individuals given the receipt.
NEW ORLEANS – A federal appellate judge on Tuesday questioned why the Texas Legislature had not addressed concerns that its four-year-old voter ID law discriminated against minority voters. U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Catharina Haynes stopped short of rebuking state lawmakers while listening to attorneys spar over what are widely considered the nation’s strictest rules on the identification that voters must present at the polls.
“The Gods of Rock wouldn’t let it rain on The Who,” shouted a voice in the crowd fleeing an afternoon storm at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. And They didn’t – the sun broke through by late afternoon and The Who had the chance to sing Talkin Bout My Generation to their generation.
Stephen Curry is reportedly a mortal human-being. But recent events are throwing that widely held assumption into question. The best shooter in the world hit what could very well be considered the best shot of his NBA career on Thursday night during Game 3 of the Golden State Warriors’ first-round series against the New Orleans Pelicans
Ex-NFL safety Darren Sharper may have his penis monitored as part of his probation after he serves at least nine years for drugging and raping several women, according to a report.
(Adds detail on not guilty plea) By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS, April 6 (Reuters) – Former NFL star Darren Sharper entered a not guilty plea on Monday in New Orleans to federal charges that he drugged women with the intent to rape them, having already pleaded guilty to related charges in three states. Sharper, 39, last month pleaded guilty or no contest to rape or attempted rape in Arizona, California and Nevada as part of a series of plea bargains prosecutors have said will land him at least nine years in federal prison
NEW ORLEANS — Rap musician Michael Render, better known as Killer Mike, stood up for jailed recording artist McKinley “Mac” Phipps on Wednesday, telling Dillard University students that a prosecutor’s twisting of Phipps’ lyrics during his manslaughter trial threatens everyone’s free speech. “If we let this stand, what you’re going to see is that tool is going to be used to wipe out an entire potential generation of artists out of our community,” Killer Mike told students of the historically black college in Cook Auditorium.
KENNER, La. (AP) — Authorities says the machete-wielding man who was shot at New Orleans’ international airport after trying to attack security agents was carrying explosives at the time.
KENNER, La. (AP) — A 63-year-old man was shot Friday at a security checkpoint in the New Orleans international airport after he cut a guard with a machete and sprayed two others with wasp spray.
JANET MCCONNAUGHEY & BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The arrest of Robert Durst, a wealthy eccentric linked to two killings and his wife’s disappearance, came on Sunday just before the finale in an HBO show about his life in which he said he “killed them all.” More…
A group of 80 business and civic leaders will take the first direct flight from New Orleans, La., to Cuba since 1958 on Saturday, according to an article published on Cuban state media. Saturday’s flight comes after U.S
Brian Williams has been accused of many things, but being racist has not been one of them. Yet one of the stories Williams told whose authenticity has been called into question bears the hallmarks of subtle bigotry. That story — told over the years to various reporters, writers and others — concerns the time Williams spent at the Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, where he claims groups of dangerous men roamed the hallways with criminal intent.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One person was killed and another wounded in a New Orleans shooting along a Mardi Gras parade route in uptown, police said. Police spokesman Frank Robertson said there was an altercation around 10 p.m
You’ve seen the French Quarter, you’ve eaten too many beignets.
By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS, Jan 29 (Reuters) – A Louisiana inmate whose case for leniency is before the U.S. Supreme Court was freed from prison on Thursday after 30 years behind bars in a deal with prosecutors that cancels his life sentence handed down when he was a teenager, his lawyers said. In exchange for his release from prison and having his second-degree murder conviction vacated, George Toca entered a “best interest” plea to the killing and pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery, his attorneys said
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It will be oil giant BP’s turn Monday to call witnesses as it makes its case for a civil penalty lower than the $13.7 billion the federal government is seeking for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The second week of a three-week trial was set to begin in New Orleans.
(Updates snow, accident and flight delay figures, Mass. traffic death) By Mark Guarino Jan 24 (Reuters) – A winter storm spread freezing rain and snow and snarled traffic from the Middle Atlantic states into New England on Saturday, and forecasters said they expected a second system to lash the region early next week. Winter storm warnings remained in place for parts of New England, with up to 8 inches (20 cm) of snow expected in the area overnight as the storm system headed east, said National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist Brian Hurley in College Park, Maryland.
What do you get when you combine New Orleans products with Mexican flavors? Apparently that is a question famed chefs John Besh and Aarón Sánchez felt needed to be answered when they opened the new restaurant Johnny Sánchez in New Orleans. More..
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Cardale Jones came through again at the Sugar Bowl.
By Emily Le Coz (Reuters) – A Mississippi pastor brought a horse in a wedding dress to stand with him outside a federal courthouse on Friday in Jackson to protest a federal judge’s ruling, currently on hold, to overturn the socially conservative state’s ban on gay marriage. The horse, complete with white flowers tucked into its harness and a bouquet at its feet, munched grass as the pastor, Edward James of Bertha Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, spoke and waved signs at passersby. “Do you take this horse to be your unnatural wedded spouse to have and to hold?” one sign read
By Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister FERGUSON, Mo., Nov 26 (Reuters) – National Guard troops and police aimed to head off a third night of violence on Wednesday in Ferguson, Missouri, as more than 400 people have been arrested in the St. Louis suburb and around the United States in unrest after a white policeman was cleared in the killing of an unarmed black teenager.
The news that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for killing unarmed black teenager Michael Brown has penetrated deep into American society , eliciting a range of strong emotions from anger to compassion. Benjamin Watson , a tight end for New Orleans, captured the impact of the Brown case, and what it means for the state of race and justice in America .
Sept 16 (Reuters) – A Mississippi coroner who advised residents to arm themselves and shoot home intruders said on Tuesday that he had been angered over a recent spate of burglaries and was not seeking to drum up business.
(This article was published in “The Louisiana Weekly” in the August 18, 2014 edition.) Last Wednesday evening, the Gretna City Council in Jefferson Parish approved a resolution calling for coal trains–which could supply a planned RAM Terminals, LLC export site in Plaquemines Parish–to be routed away from their city. That measure backs a rerouting plan by the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission. Trains run on the streets in Gretna
The night is warm, the sun is setting, the PBR is flowing, and suddenly you find yourself with a burning and insatiable urge to explore the great United States before summer runs out. Trust us: The classic cross-country trip of your dreams — whether you’ve got a week in the car or a couple days by plane — isn’t out of reach.
Congrats go out to Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson ! The longtime couple, who have been engaged since 2010 and have two children together, finally tied the knot at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California on July 5 in front of family and friends, E! News reports. More…
Prayer is a powerful practice, as many who do it regularly can attest to. But in addition to being a powerful personal practice, prayer can play a role in strengthening even the most diverse communities, according to a new study led by a University of Connecticut sociologist Ruth Braunstein, Richard L. Wood from the University of New Mexico and Brad R
Lately we’ve been wondering: could the cast of Orange Is The New black get any more awesome?
Alecia Phonesavanh still can’t bring herself to look at the deep wound in her son’s chest caused by a grenade hurled by a SWAT team. But watching donations and well wishes pour in from friends, family and complete strangers gives her hope. The mother of four’s world was completely rocked last month when a SWAT team raided her sister-in-law’s Atlanta home — in search of drugs they never found — and detonated a flashbang grenade , WSBTV reported.
LONDON–Ivan Turgenev’s 1862 novel Fathers and Sons , which Brian Friel adapted for the stage under the same title in 1987 is just revived at the Donmar Warehouse. In other words, a revered Russian work by way of an Irish playwright is being performed by an English cast enhanced in part by the American actor Seth Numrich. And Turgenev couldn’t be in a better collection of hands, certainly not as Lyndsey Turner directs it for all the bruised feelings, flaring tempers, confusions and passions that are on Turgenev’s pages–and as played with those emotions in mind by a cast including Anthony Calf as one of the fathers, Karl Johnson as another, Joshua James as one of the sons, Numrich as another and Elaine Cassidy, Caoilfhionn Dunne, Susan Engel, David Fielder, Tim McMullan, Jack McMullen, Siobhan McSweeney, Phoebe Sparrow and Lindy Whiteford dynamic in the other roles.
LONDON, THE GLOBE–Scholars aren’t certain when William Shakespeare wrote Titus Andronicus , although they favor 1593.
By Kristen Klein for Bridal Guide With wedding costs on the rise, it can be harder than ever to keep your wedding budget on the right track. Rather than stressing over every little detail, we recommend focusing on the aspects that your guests will really notice — and that’ll improve their experience at your wedding. Here, check out the top seven areas worth the splurge.