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Monday, August 29, 2016

Y@ Speak: Invest-ed

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 5:40 PM

President Obama visits Louisiana following the August floods, Invest 99 Luftballoons pops its head into the Gulf, the Saints pick up some Duraflame logs to get started on this season's tire fire, and more from the final hours of The Worst Month.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

An open letter to Louisiana flood victims

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 5:48 PM

COURTESY U.S. COAST GUARD
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Dear Neighbors,

This time of year always evokes memories of Katrina, but this year those flashbacks are much more poignant for seeing the devastation that you are now enduring. As I look back on my Katrina experiences, I feel many emotions and recall many lessons. I’d like to share some of those lessons with you in the hope that they will help you get through the difficult times ahead.

• Recovery happens from the ground up. Government does not move quickly, though it was heartening to see FEMA doing a much better job with this flood than it did with Katrina. Thank FEMA head Craig Fugate and his team for that. Still, the best way to start the recovery is by picking yourselves up by your own bootstraps. That’s what we did — with the help of neighbors and strangers alike. You’ve already seen how that works. (Big hat tip to the Cajun Navy.)

• This tragedy is also an opportunity — to rebuild better, smarter, stronger. New Orleans did it in fits and starts, and with a lot of pain, but we did it. No doubt you will do it faster and, hopefully, even better. I say this as a way of offering hope, not in any way to minimize the human toll of this disaster.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Surprise: Hannibal Buress performs in New Orleans on Aug. 26

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 10:55 AM

Hannibal Buress. - CONSTANCE KOSTREVSKI
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  • Hannibal Buress.

Comedian and actor Hannibal Buressno stranger to Louisiana — will perform a benefit show for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF) on Aug. 26 to benefit relief efforts in the wake of August's floods. Buress — of Broad City, 30 Rock and numerous film, stand-up specials and late-night appearances — is currently costarring in the fourth season of Adult Swim's Eric Andre Show as the host's bizarro Ed McMahon, and his 2016 stand-up special Comedy Camisado debuted on Netflix earlier this year, along with the documentary Hannibal Takes Edinburgh. He's in the middle of his Hannibal Montanabal tour winding through the U.S. this fall.

He'll perform 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 at The Joy Theater. Tickets are $25, and all proceeds go to BRAF. The password for ticket presale is "BURESS," ending at 1 p.m. Aug. 25.

Buress has popped into several open mics and showcases around town, headlined spots at the Civic Theatre and opened for Dave Chappelle at the comic's anticipated return to the stage at the Saenger Theatre. Gambit talked to him before his first visit here, and he's since talked up his love for and fascination of the city in his stand-up — here's an animated version of his infamous second line story.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Y@ Speak: after the flood

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 6:35 PM

The media's response, the lack of a response from the media, the governor, Trump, important phone numbers and donation information, rescue and relief, and neighbors helping neighbors  — a week of tweets following Louisiana's August flooding.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

New Orleans Public Library hosts food drive for flood victims, plus more donation drop points

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 2:48 PM

All New Orleans Public Library locations will collect dry and non-perishable food items as part of a food drive to benefit flood victims, it announced in a statement this morning.

Library Marketing and Communications Director John Marc Sharpe described food as "the most critical need" and called for donations of shelf-stable items such as canned fruit and vegetables, canned tuna and chicken, soup, beans, chili, pasta, rice, cereal and peanut butter, as well as supplements including protein bars and Ensure. Each library will have a donation box. Goods ultimately will be distributed to Second Harvest Food Bank

Relief efforts continue after last weekend's historic flooding wreaked havoc on the state, potentially leaving thousands homeless. Below, find additions to Gambit's early list of places to donate or get involved.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Where to help Louisiana flood victims: Donation drop points around New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 12:01 PM

click image Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, tweeted these photos Aug. 13 of the historic floods in central Louisiana. - TWITTER/@ONEVISIONARY
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  • Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, tweeted these photos Aug. 13 of the historic floods in central Louisiana.

After several days of record-setting rainfall, devastating floodwaters poured into much of Southeast Louisiana this weekend, including East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Ascension and surrounding parishes. Multiple news organizations are reporting the rescue of more than 20,000 people from homes and vehicles as of Sunday.

As many New Orleanians know well, flooding robs families of resources large and small: it's not just cars and homes, but day-to-day personal effects, from clothes and blankets to shampoo and toothbrushes. Here's our ongoing list of sites to donate these much-needed supplies to flood victims, as well as several contacts for direct donations and volunteer opportunities. 

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Brown needs to go

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 11:24 PM

A mugshot of state Sen. Troy Brown.
  • A mugshot of state Sen. Troy Brown.
As a lawyer and a citizen, I firmly believe in the notion that someone charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. That’s one of the foundation stones of the rule of law.

There’s another rule, however, when it comes to the court of public opinion: Those who make our laws are held to higher standards of conduct than those they govern.

Which brings us to state Sen. Troy Brown, a Democrat from (cough, cough) Napoleonville. At least, that’s Brown’s official story. In truth, Brown does not reside in the Senate district he represents. He instead lives with his wife in a posh home at 36518 S. Francine Circle, in Geismar, outside his district.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Y@ Speak: #BatonRouge, "I got you"

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Following Alton Sterling's death, protests against police brutality and Sterling's funeral, more tragedy in Baton Rouge. Also this week: Skip Holden and Pokemon fever.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Photographer Jonathan Bachman on how he got that iconic photo of the Baton Rouge protests

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 8:15 PM

A screenshot from the Reuters website, showing Jonathan Bachman's photo of the moment that police arrested Ieshia Evans. - JONATHAN BACHMAN/REUTERS
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  • A screenshot from the Reuters website, showing Jonathan Bachman's photo of the moment that police arrested Ieshia Evans.

It's a photo that's gone around the world via newspapers, television and social media: Two law enforcement officers in heavy gear — who appear to be Louisiana State Police — approaching a young woman in a long dress who is standing in the middle of Baton Rouge's Airline Highway, directly in front of Baton Rouge Police Department headquarters. The woman is about to be arrested for blocking the highway; she stands with perfect posture, impassive.

The photographer who captured the image is Jonathan Bachman, a New Orleans freelancer who was on assignment for Reuters that night. 

"When I took that picture, I had no idea it would get this kind of response," Bachman told Gambit, adding that CNN had been calling his mother in New Jersey, trying to get in touch with him. "When I was taking the photo, it was just a photo that represented what was going on in the moment." 

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Y@ Speak: #AltonSterling and #BatonRouge

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Twitter allows us nearly minute-by-minute live accounts of anything happening at any time, including the overwhelming, war-like response to protests and marches in the wake of Alton Sterling's death by Baton Rogue police officers last week. Reports from the weekend's protests have used words like "standoff" to describe what was more like a one-sided riot response — where there was no riot. This week's edition follows last week's vigils, rallies and updates from Baton Rouge, all aired on Twitter by the hundreds of witnesses who were there.

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