New Orleans Life

Monday, May 2, 2016

City provides sinkhole driving map for motorists; translation requested

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2016 at 5:04 PM

By now you know there's a sinkhole regular old hole in the middle of Canal Street right between The Shops at Canal Place and Harrah's New Orleans — an abyss that's going to take 3 to 6 months to repair, according to city officials.

Since this may be a traffic factor until, oh, Halloween, the city has issued the following map to help you get around downtown:

We have some questions. Let's break this down.

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Y@ Speak: purple rained out

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2016 at 4:05 PM

After you wash off the Patient Zero-level disease you collected from the musical horse river, let's look at some holes! Massive, people- and car-eating holes sprouting across the city like nightmare moles forecasting some kind of apocalypse or the earth's reclamation of our devil town — that's just so NOLA.

Also: meet a racist deputy!

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Purple reign: a purple Prince second line and celebration in New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 2:00 AM

The Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar in Treme spilled out with Prince fans and balloons before a second line and block party April 25.
  • The Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar in Treme spilled out with Prince fans and balloons before a second line and block party April 25.
One by one, purple balloons emerged from the Ooh Poo Pah Doo's front door. Hands found the balloons' strings and sent them into the crowd, where fans mourned and celebrated the life of Prince, who died Thursday, April 21 at his Paisley Park estate in Minneapolis.

Fans brought framed photographs and album covers and unframed sleeves, or plastic guitars shaped like his signature symbol, their faces flecked with glitter, eyeliner and pencil mustaches. A second line parade honoring the late performer, set for April 25, attracted fans far and wide, young and old to the bar on Orleans Avenue, dotted with rolling bar carts with Cognac and coolers with bottled water and Bud Light.

Two white horses pulled a Charbonnet Funeral Home carriage escort for a purple-draped casket, ceremoniously paraded and returned to the bar at sunset, where an enormous block party filled the streets, There, the crowd roared through the chorus of "Purple Rain," the memorial's finale, while holding up cellphone lights and peace signs.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Y@ Speak: dearly beloved

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 2:52 PM

New Orleans mourns the loss of The Purple One.

Also: nude dudes at Jazz Fest, which goes to peoples' heads on #NOLAscanner, 

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Y@ Speak: pregaming

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 7:15 PM

Glen David Andrews began the week with a call to action in the wake of Will Smith's death, and New Orleans answered. Also in this quiet ruining of a frat guy's week: : Inspector Gadget, jedi and lethal caterpillars are among us, presumably to enjoy the sights and sounds of Jazz Fest from a folding chair where you can neither see nor hear while blocking my way to a sun-roasted port-o-let.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Y@ Speak: "shocked, crushed and broken"

Posted By on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 2:05 PM

New Orleans and former Saints teammates mourn the loss of Will Smith, who was killed late Saturday night.

Also in this week's edition: bread wars, French Quarter Fest, monuments and bags of caterpillars.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Y@ Speak: endangered species

Posted By on Mon, Apr 4, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Dear Bird Lover Basketball Fan:

Our Pelicans need your help. One by one, these men are forced to wear suits and sit down instead of running for a few hours in their natural habitat: shiny, shiny wood in multimillion dollar state-of-the-art arenas. Please, think of the bird men.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Y@ Speak: Easter'd

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Ah, spring. Roaring in like a mutant crawfish man. And here come the two-dimensional cubes, Popeyes and boundin-filled bunnies.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

The USA vs. Big Freedia: on "affordable housing" in New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 6:15 PM

Several fans shouted their support for Big Freedia as the queen of bounce walked to a black SUV parked outside U.S. District Court on Poydras Street. That afternoon, Freedia pleaded guilty in a case that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Though Big Freedia had depended on public assistance for housing, as her career took off — in the studio, on TV, on stages around the world — she no longer qualified to receive it. Freedia relied on Section 8, shorthand for the Housing Choice Voucher program, which subsidizes a portion of rent through a local public housing agency, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In New Orleans, that agency is the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO).

On March 16, Freedia faced U.S. District Judge Lance Africk and pleaded guilty to receiving those vouchers. According to federal prosecutors, Freedia, over five years, was earning more income than the threshold for voucher eligibility. Freedia admitted to the charges in the weeks before her hearing.

"Housing vouchers are a vital lifeline for many people I know in New Orleans and around the country, including struggling artists," Freedia said in March 1 statement following the U.S. Attorney’s announcement of her charges. "I truly believe there needs to be more programs for artists and musicians to teach basic financial literacy and planning. Coming from where I came from, I know that I could have used that kind of assistance.”

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Confederate monuments can't be moved until appeal is heard, says 5th Circuit

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 11:36 AM

A federal appellate court put the brakes on the city’s plans to remove three Confederate monuments and a statue honoring a white supremacist revolt.

A March 25 ruling from the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an injunction against Mayor Mitch Landrieu and city officials, preventing the removal of the monuments before the plaintiffs have a chance to have their appeal heard. The monuments’ removal was decided by a New Orleans City Council vote in December following Landrieu’s proposal and several public meetings. The Monumental Task Committee, the Louisiana Landmarks Society, the Foundation for a Historical Louisiana, and Beauregard Camp No. 130 filed a suit against the city following that decision, but their case was dismissed in federal court.

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