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Monday, July 21, 2014

Y@ Speak: @BeingYONCE

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Before Beyonce and Jay-Z unhinged their jaws and ate the City of New Orleans, we got maybe a little too drunk, bought a llama, ordered Uber ice cream, and went to Shamrock, and somebody (cough Wendell Pierce cough) passed out at our house. Also, Rob Ryan ate three airport pizzas, and Scott Walker mesmerized audiences by... cleaning his closet.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Y@ Speak: "targeted, smeared, tarnished"

Posted By on Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Or smothered, covered, chunked, diced, peppered and capped. Your Waffle House hashbrown preparation is not far off from how you would describe how you've been treated by the public. This week's Y@ Speak looks at Ray Nagin's sentencing, as well as the return of Sidney Torres, Disney-fication, and the annual Running of the Bulls.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Y@ Speak: #EssenceFest

Posted By on Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 12:38 PM

It purple rained all over the place, from fireworks to Prince to... nope, just those things. This week's Y@ Speak looks at some 2014 Essence Fest highlights to local pols reacting to Hobby Lobby and if New Orleans was built for bumper cars.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Y@ Speak: the heat is on

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 1:18 PM

It's summertime in New Orleans. It's hot and violent and due for a vacation from both of those things. A week after New Orleans officials celebrated its award of "most liveable city," a group of people were shot on Bourbon Street. Here's a look back at a taste of swampy weather, shootings and Keanu Reeves oberving a Jefferson Parish murder trial.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Y@ Speak: chicken boxing or boxed chicken

Posted By on Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Which do you prefer? Mild or spicy? Boxed or boxing? This week New Orleans asks the tough questions: Common Core or not? Where do all the vape stores come from? Would you like a weed lollipop? What is soccer?

Your questions answered, kind of, in this week's Y@ Speak.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Y@ Speak: closing time

Posted By on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 1:02 PM

You don't have to go home but you can't stay here. That goes for you, nude bicyclists, dudes passing out in public and a certain restaurant. For others, it's primetime futbol, reality TV, Walmart, dad and "beignets raining from the trees" season — all in this week's Y@ Speak.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Uber takes it to the people

Posted By on Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 5:10 PM

A screen grab from the website of hail a cab app Uber.
  • A screen grab from the website of hail a cab app Uber.

Uber, the cellphone app that connects riders to drivers, is stepping up its grassroots game in the wake of a New Orleans city Council ordinance introduced Thursday that would make changes to the city's transportation code to be more receptive to the app, but would also enforce a minimum $25 charge for sedan rides, a minimum $35 charge for SUV rides and a flat rate of $75 for trips to the airport.

Uber, whose business model is based on fluctuating prices that are determined by demand, isn't happy with those minimum charges — though, in an email blast to its New Orleans base, it did call the proposal a "step in the right direction." That's compared to the city's initially not-so-warm welcome last October, when Taxicab Bureau Director Malachi Hull issued a cease-and-desist letter before the San Francisco-based Uber even began operating in New Orleans. (Read our February cover story, "Why New Orleans Doesn't Have Uber.")

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Y@ Speak: that's a wrap

Posted By on Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 12:55 PM

This week's Y@ Speak reflects on the last breath of the 2014 legislative session in Baton Rouge, from climate change deniers to Gov. Bobby Jindal's signing of Senate Bill 469, and begins another year of Y@ Speak — catch up on last week's winners from our second-ever awards.

Also: Kurt Braunohler jet skis from Chicago to New Orleans and a cat gets stuck in a news crew truck.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Y@ Speak: trophies

Posted By on Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Greek Fest dancing, career send-offs, oyster eating champs, Saints injuries, Miss USA, legislative triumphs and failures, Applebee's menu aficionados — this week's Y@ Speak is dedicated to a week of winners (and losers).

Speaking of, tonight is the 2014 Y@ Speak Awards, hosted by actor/comedian/media personality/charmer Ian Hoch. We'll reveal the winners you nominated and voted for as the best of the best (and some of the worst) of New Orleans Twitter users. It's at PubliQ House (4528 Freret St.) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Remember: if you voted, you were entered to win a bar tab. Tweet us at @yat_speak and see your glorious Internet messages come to life on the big screen. Come for the booze, stay for the cheers and jeers to your fellow Twitter friends and frenemies — also, there will be a #twitterprom photo booth and Twitter crush box:


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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Y@ Speak: bugging out

Posted By on Tue, May 27, 2014 at 12:47 PM

We're back from a three-day weekend. This week's Y@ Speak looks back at a week of Super Bowl snubs, termite invasions and a whimsical Rob Ryan holding hands while dancing in a circle.

Thanks for all your votes in the second-ever Y@ Speak Awards. We'll announce the winners June 2 at PubliQ House. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m., so you'll have plenty of time to spend the rest of your night refreshing Twitter for more validation.

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