Monday, May 19, 2008

Crime’s ‘Tipping Point’

Posted By on Mon, May 19, 2008 at 12:55 AM

“This summer will be the ‘tipping point’ for crime in post-Katrina New Orleans,” says crime expert Peter Scharf

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Blame the Parents

Posted By on Mon, May 19, 2008 at 12:53 AM

By: Jeremy Alford

If a lawmaker from Lincoln Parish has his way, parents will pay for their kids’ habitual tardiness at public schools.

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No Shortage of Opponents

Posted By on Mon, May 19, 2008 at 12:52 AM

By: Allen Johnson

Indicted Congressman Bill Jefferson is not expected to go on trial for bribery until after qualifying opens July 9 for the federal party primaries on Sept. 6 — but friends and foes alike are eyeing his seat.

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Faux Dunks, Missed Dunks and Favorite Game 7s

Posted By on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 7:08 PM

By Alejandro de los Rios

First of all, I want to apologize for not getting a better angle on Jannero Pargo completely busting his ass as he tried to attempt a one-handed dunk. What can I say? David West is a big man.

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Arrogance on Parade

Posted By on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 5:59 PM

New Orleanians love a parade, and they’re seeing quite a procession of arrogance at City Hall these days, courtesy of the Nagin Administration.

It starts at the top. Mayor Ray Nagin’s above-it-all attitude toward other elected officials, the media and even the public is emulated down the line by administration sycophants.

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Friday, May 16, 2008

Music Of My Mind: I, Octopus

Posted By on Fri, May 16, 2008 at 9:46 PM

Our ongoing spotlight on new music in New Orleans this week illuminates a strangely unlit place: the dark, experimental rock of I, Octopus. The four-piece outfit gigs constantly, has been around for years and seems incapable of writing a bad song. Yet it remains among the more obscure groups in the city. Why? These inspired instrumental head trips wouldn't seem such a steep hill to climb for a region weaned on jam bands, free jazz and circuitous zydeco.

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Time to "Fan Up" for Game 7

Posted By on Fri, May 16, 2008 at 6:22 PM

by Alejandro de los Rios

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So I have no idea how I missed this — probably because I was too busy musing self-indulgently on other Hornets fans — but this ingenious Hornets fan made and incredibly attractive sign that psyched out Tony Parker at the free throw line during Game 5 in New Orleans on Tuesday. And, deservedly so, this guy made it on a segment on ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption."

So there you have it, if you want to make opposing players miss free throws, and possibly make it onto ESPN, just hold up a picture of that player's wife. Seeing as how Hornets fans have gone above and beyond in terms of signs lately, I expect everyone to go all out for Game 7 Monday night. With that said though, I looked through the internet and found some possible sign fodder that could be used in Game 7:

Do as you please, Hornets fans.

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Broadmoor Fest and Public Dunking

Posted By on Fri, May 16, 2008 at 5:05 PM

From a Broadmoor guy: This is a fun little neighborhood festival and gives the New Orleans crowd a rare opportunity to soak the politicians, instead of them soaking you. The Broadmoor Improvement Association's Dunking Booth operates from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring "Dunk You Tax Assessor" with Nancy Marshall; and "Dunk the Council" with Stacy Head, Arnie Fielkow and Shelley Midura.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Bar Food

Posted By on Wed, May 14, 2008 at 10:00 PM

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Recent visits to Maximo's Italian Grill for last week's review got me thinking about the trend of open kitchen's and "food bars."

It's an entertaining concept, and there are now plenty of upscale restaurants where you can watch cooks prepare your meal. Emeril's has its food bar, for instance, and I've long regarded the handful of bar stools facing the tiny kitchen at One Restaurant in the Riverbend as some of the best seats in town because they allow such a detailed view into the preparation of your meal. Even the updated, post-Katrina reincarnation of Ye Olde College Inn, that once crotchety old dining den, has two seats facing the kitchen, for those interested enough to watch orders of onion rings and sheets of paneed veal come together.

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A Few Words on New Orleans Fans

Posted By on Wed, May 14, 2008 at 1:50 AM

by Alejandro de los Rios

Hornets superfans

Since moving down here back in August (still can't believe it hasn't been a year yet) I've been completely enthralled with New Orlenians and their passion for their sports teams. From LSU and Saints football to the recent emergence of the Hornets, it's a contagious atmosphere to say the least. Anyone who's paid attention to my entries on this blog knows how much attention I've given the fans. And I'd say it's been deservedly so.

Before moving down here I heard many people worry on my behalf about moving to a city that's still viewed in the rest of the country as a recovery zone. I had my own worries as well, as would be expected when you pick up and decided to move to a completely new city on a whim. But all of my trepidation was quickly assuaged the first night I spent here and it's been smooth sailing ever since.

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