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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Atlanta TV station report on the Saints egged bus incident

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Fox 5 Atlanta has a story about last night's egging of a New Orleans Saints charter bus as it pulled out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. (We'd provide a link to the story, but is there anyone in New Orleans who doesn't know it by now?)

Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5

FOX 5's Aungelique Proctor spoke with veteran bus driver Clarence Lester, who was behind the wheel of the bus when it was hit. He says he's appalled by the incident.

"When we got ready to pull off, I hear this thump, and that's when the egg hit the bus," said Lester.

Lester says he has driven team buses that have been egged before, but it's never happened to him on an airport tarmac. Lester said he feels that the person responsible should be disciplined.

Dried egg remained on the bus on Thursday afternoon. Lester said he had tried to get it off but couldn't—but that he would need to get it off by Friday afternoon before he is scheduled to take the Georgia Bulldogs to Atlanta for the SEC Championship on Saturday.

Great. Now this nice bus driver has to waste his time scrubbing that crap off his bus.

The Saints take on the Atlanta Falcons tonight.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy Birthday, Y@ Speak!

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 9:18 AM

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the beginning of Y@ Speak, in which we capture notable 140-character bon mots, newsworthy items, gaffes by Saints players and local politicians and whatever else pops up on the New Orleans Twittersphere. To celebrate this occasion, I've rounded up some of my favorite or most memorable tweets — like a multi-layered digital birthday cake of sorts — and divided them by categories: we got NFL players saying dumb stuff, #neworleansproblems, anguish over the Saints' challenging year, reactions to the Times-Picayune cutbacks, interesting celebrity encounters, deep thoughts from Ray Nagin and so much more. Get your retweet/favorite fingers ready for this massive retrospective.

NFL Players Say the Darndest Things

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Public Transit Tuesdays: St. Claude

Posted By on Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Ever have a day where your mind is clouded with memories, one triggering another? That's the kind of day I was having when I was on my St. Claude bus adventure for the final Public Transit Tuesday, before I take my new position as a general assignment reporter for The Times-Picayune.

The only way I could transcribe the memories in my mind that day would be to use stream of consciousness, which would end up looking about as messy as the legal pad I took on my adventure, where I jotted down notes including "The Mack, Charles, PTSD about Mom," "New Kids on the Box lunchbox from Eckerd's" and "Te-Te's cocaine and Cuban sandwiches?"

Since the St. Claude bus was pretty full, as is usually the case, I was able to keep from reminiscing so much by paying closer attention to the people on the bus with me.

When I made it to the end of the line in Arabi, I was tempted to catch my favorite bus, the St. Bernard Parish bus, but was too busy trying to listen to the boys freestyling and beatboxing in the back — not that they were good.

My hearing isn't the best so here are what I think are some excerpts from their verses:

"I met her on crack, f*ck the n*gga head up
Driver off the bus, went and had a heart attack."

"Make a n*gga feel the way my Uncle Terry feel."

"Dat boy said, dat boy said, dat boy said, 'MAMACITA!'"

"I think Wayne garbage though — and THAT'S that sh*t I don't like."

"Dat boy said, 'I'ont want no HIV, yes Lawd!"

"She sent me nekkid pictures — I LIKEDED DAT!"

It was a pretty day so I decided to walk down St. Claude, but not before stopping at a restaurant that's — get this — actually run by native New Orleanians...

Glad my bus only caught the bridge and not the train, too!
  • Glad my bus only caught the bridge and not the train, too!

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

CEOs for Cities: New Orleans is the least cultured city in America

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 3:54 PM

New Orleans, displaying its customary lack of culture.
  • New Orleans, displaying its customary lack of culture.
All that music, art, theater and costuming for which New Orleans is famous around the world? It ain't worth squat, we found out today.

The group CEOs for Cities just issued a report ranking "City Vitals 2.0" of 51 metro regions across the country, and ranked New Orleans #51 — dead last — when it came to "cultured cities." Which is ... interesting.

Who is this "CEOs for Cities," anyway?

Our mission is to be a strong, deep, and broad global, cross-sector, cross-generational, inter-connected network that serves as a cutting edge online and face to face platform and collaborative infrastructure for making American cities more vibrant, sustainable, and economically competitive and successful, with a focus on investing in the distinctive assets of cities.

(Oh! They're New Age sustainable bullshit trendy-word generator artists.)

Go on ...

Our value proposition is that we are a platform that serves as a connected, cross-sector, cross-generational, collaborative infrastructure for making cities better and more successful places to live and work - places where you can build your business and love your life. We a cross-sector, cross-generational learning network that facilitates online and face to face interaction through national, regional, and city convenings; research; and the collection and communication of smart ideas and practices for making cities successful. Our learning network is a delivery mechanism for cutting edge ideas, smart practices, and lessons learned.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Michael "Encyclopedia Brownie" Brown on Hurricane Isaac

Posted By on Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Michael Brown, who bounced from a job as an incompetent FEMA chief to a job in Denver as Mainstream Media Radio Host Who is Well-Compensated for Railing Against Mainstream Media, used that mighty brainpan of his over the weekend and ferreted out Mainstream Media Bias when it came to Hurricane Isaac:


... which might have made a better point if CNN and Anderson Cooper weren't here, or if CNN hadn't done the story on power outages before Brownie raised the question, and followed it with another one today.

As for O'Brien, she had already been covering Isaac for more than a week. Here's O'Brien in Plaquemines Parish interviewing parish president Billy Nungesser two days before Encyclopedia Brownie tweeted his question:

Note to Brownie: When complaining that the Biased Mainstream Media is not reporting something, it's usually best not to illustrate that point by linking to a story in the Los Angeles Times that's actually reporting it.

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Monday, August 27, 2012


Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Storm's a comin'! Time to freak out on the Internet!! Twitter during the last 48 hours looks like an episode of The Newsroom. Chill out, guys! Everything will be OK (unless it isn't). Also this week: tweets about Legitimate Ape Todd Akin, a local news anchor and important government spokesman get feisty, Robin Williams eats a hot dog, and tweeters react both positively and negatively to the results of our annual Best of New Orleans readers' poll.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

"Dressed like he was attending a corn husking party"

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Your Digital Mainstreet for the crossroads of I-55 and I-12 in south Louisiana.
  • "Your Digital Mainstreet for the crossroads of I-55 and I-12 in south Louisiana."
ActionNews17 is a Northshore news website that bills itself as "Your Digital Mainstreet for the crossroads of I-55 and I-12 in south Louisiana," and it's a good source of small-town news for Hammond, Amite and the areas around rural Tangipahoa Parish — with straightforward stories ranging from "Body of Mandeville man found in lake" and "Olive Garden names O'Neill manager, gears up for Monday opening at Hammond Square." But reporter Don Ellzey's story yesterday, about Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White's appearance before the Tangipahoa Parish School Board, will probably earn Action News 17 fame far beyond the Tangipahoa Parish borders:

AMITE — State Supt. of Education John White addressed the Tangipahoa Parish School Board Tuesday, giving the same insipid speech he gave about a month ago in Amite.

For almost an hour, the board heard a stream of fast talk and hot air, similar to his boss, about the next layer of bureaucracy that is settling over the state's education system that will supposedly lift Louisiana students out of the muck and mire of ignorance.

Board member Al Link picked up on the cadence, saying, "My life is getting more difficult because young people talk too fast."

White arrived late, like he did for the previous speech, dressed like he was attending a corn husking party in an open shirt with the sleeves rolled up and wrinkled, too-tight pants about half way unzipped. ...

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Public Transit Tuesdays: Lake Forest

Posted By on Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 11:59 PM

The East is coming back and it's pretty close to what I remember. Ah, the East. Aside from having to live with my Mom's emotionally abusive first cousin and his even more emotionally abusive wife from October 2002-May 2003, after my Mom died and my Paw Paw took ill (He died in February 2003.), I have nothing but fond memories there: shopping at the Plaza as a kid and boy-watching there as a teenager, visiting family and friends of the family since practically every 7th Ward household engaged in the New Orleans East exodus and doing suburban family things like going to Denny's and Wal-Mart without having to go to Metairie, Kenner or the Westbank.

From what I gathered on this bus adventure, the majority of the East is back and there's not much blight — except for businesses. There were so many abandoned businesses and overgrown lots where businesses once stood. And it wasn't Mom and Pop places — these were strip malls, schools and other businesses that, if I had to assume, have the means to rebuild.

The fact that the Lake Forest bus was "oh-my-God-is-someone-else's-sweat-dripping-down-back," "please-mister-bus-driver-don't-make-a-sharp-turn-because-I-don't-want-to-fall-out-of-the-back-door" packed not only illustrates the rebounding population of the East but provides quite a few quotable moments...

Read near Morrison
  • Read near Morrison

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Friday, July 27, 2012

$500 Hubig's Pies on eBay — and a message from the bakery's owners

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Savory Simon for the ages.
  • Savory Simon for the ages.
At this moment, eBay sellers are hawking Hubig's Pies — not cases of them, but individual, $1.19 Hubig's Piesfor the low, low price of $500.

Your choice of chocolate, banana or apple.

The banana pie comes from Golden Meadow, La. and has a story behind it:

I was checking out at the store and the manager cut infront of me with a cordless phone and said to someone we only have two left, I looked at her then the pie's and said I want them, she then told the person "sorry someone just bought them" now thier are none to be found anywhere's

Meanwhile, the Bowman and Ramsey families, who own the landmark bakery that burned down this morning, have released the following message to New Orleans:

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sen. David Vitter urges Newhouse to sell The Times-Picayune

Posted By on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 3:57 PM

U.S. Sen. David Vitter
  • U.S. Sen. David Vitter
Sensing a trend today? On the heels of Tom Benson releasing a letter to Steven Newhouse asking Newhouse to sell The Times-Picayune (and getting an immediate no), now Sen. David Vitter has released his own letter to Newhouse — and specifically criticizing NOLA.com yes he went there.

Louisiana's junior senator went on to boast that he personally has "far more Facebook followers than your whole enterprise." OH SNAP.

Steven Newhouse
Advance Publications
950 Fingerboard Rd.
Staten Island, NY 10305

Dear Steven Newhouse:

In light of your decision to only print the Times-Picayune three times per week, and the multiple credible buyer groups that I know want to buy the paper and continue it as a daily, I urge you to enter into serious negotiations with them. Then I urge you to sell.

Maybe you truly believe that your new model for the Times-Picayune will serve the region well. I do not. More importantly, no citizen of the region whom I've spoken to about this does. And I literally mean no one. This includes everyone at the Times-Picayune itself that I've spoken to.

First, no digital platform, no matter how good, can completely replace a printed daily in substance, use, and significance to the community. This is particularly true in large, important segments of the population.

Second, you have a terribly inadequate digital platform which has actually gotten worse since your announcement. The new format has been universally panned (and I agree). And this is reflected in the numbers. As a single member of our Congressional delegation, I actually have far more Facebook followers than your whole enterprise.

Third, from a pure business perspective, you're about to get smoked. The Advocate and others are moving in to fill the void you are creating. And TP subscribers, including me, will be eager to cheer them on by trading our subscriptions.

For all of these reasons, do the right thing. Sell.

David Vitter
United States Senate

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