COBWEBS IN THE MAYOR'S RACE: USA Today takes note of our paucity of candidates. Note the photo caption: "Nagin's popularity is at 24% this year, a poll shows."
MORE SWINE FLU DEATHS IN LOUISIANA: We're up to 14.
PRESSING LANDRIEU: Several groups, including the NAACP and La Raza, plan an ad blitz to push Sen. Mary Landrieu toward supporting the public option in health care reform.
THIS ITEM SPONSORED BY BOUNTY, THE QUICKER PICKER UPPER: The Federal Trade Commission is coming down on bloggers who don't disclose freebies when they're shilling products.
THOROUGHLY RETIRED MILLIE: Millie Ball, longtime travel editor of The Times-Picayune, penned a lovely goodbye column on Sunday, a column as gracious and vivacious as she's always been:
In my 41 years and six months at The Times-Picayune, I spent nine years as a reporter on the City Desk, wrote for Dixie magazine, the Living section, then Travel, and for the final three months, InsideOut, the home/garden/real estate tab, which enabled me to call strangers and say, "Hey, I hear your house is lovely . . can I come over and look at it?"
Newspapering has never been an ordinary job. I was a clown in a circus, interviewed famous people, including then-Gov. Bill Clinton (at a party), First Lady Rosalynn Carter, two Nobel Prize winners, Paul McCartney, Helen Hayes, an obnoxious Evil Kneivel, "All the Kings' Men" author Robert Penn Warren, Danny Kaye, Anne Rice, Jenny Craig (the diet maven grew up in New Orleans), so many more.
But the most memorable were the local folks, such as the late Edwin Hampton, legendary band director at St. Augustine High School, where photographer Bryan Berteaux and I spent a month, from first band tryout to first football game. And Dillard President Albert Dent, who told me in so many words, "Do good things because you want to, not because you think people will be grateful. They'll never thank you enough."
Read the whole thing. Happy travels, Millie.
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