Saturday, March 6, 2010

Coming up in Gambit: Stuck on the Causeway overpass with you edition

Posted By on Sat, Mar 6, 2010 at 5:49 PM

That title? Check this story from WWL-TV about the upcoming construction around the Causeway, which looks like it will turn the normal commuting headache into a full-blown traffic migraine. And it's going to last two years. Pack an extra Thermos of coffee and make sure your iPod is charged.

Anyway ... what's coming up in this week's Gambit?

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• The Anthony Bean Community Theater is turning 10 years old. In our cover story, David Winkler-Schmit profiles the man who built New Orleans' only African-American community theater, which not only produces original and classic works, but provides a much-needed outlet for teenage drama students ...

"Heil Hitler" salutes and racial and religious slurs in the workplace directed at a Jewish employee? It happened in Jefferson Parish, and the supervisor who admits to overseeing all this was a parish employee. In a Gambit exclusive, Allen Johnson Jr. examines the depositions in a case reminiscent of other official Jeff Parish working environments over the years, including the "noose neckties" worn by Jeff Parish prosecutors in 2001 and the whipping post case investigated by the FBI in 2007 ...

Chris Rose reminisces about Barry Hannah, the Mississippi wild man of letters who died last week ...

Clancy DuBos looks at the mayor-elect's task force for selecting a new superintendent of police. Can the new chief come from the ranks of the NOPD, or will he or she have to come from elsewhere? ...

• Gov. Bobby Jindal is redoubling the state's effort to crack down on sexual predators. A good thing -- or just a way to avoid making some hard decisions about the state's fiscal crisis? Our man in Baton Rouge, Jeremy Alford, looks at the guv's priorities in "To Catch a Panderer" ...

Noah Bonaparte Pais previews the upcoming Foburg Music Festival, and Will Coviello gets a sneak peek at the Contemporary Arts Center's new production of Fantastic Mr. Fox ...

... and it's Election Day in Orleans Parish, at least if you live in City Council Districts A or E. Early indications are exceptionally low voter turnout, so you've got a chance to make a big difference. Polls are open till 8 p.m., and we'll Twitter the results as soon as they come in. Have a great weekend.

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