Rob Nelson worked at The Times-Picayune for seven years before moving to WWL-TV and then ABC World News Now. This morning, during World News Now's "Morning Papers" segment, he talked about the upcoming cutbacks at the T-P, calling them "a hurtful and damaging decision for the city" and slamming the Newhouse "corporate beancounters" as he got more and more wound up about the fate of the paper.
"You need a drink, Rob," says his co-anchor.
Remember how I said I wasn't going to blog anything on the St. Charles streetcar line because of the problems it poses for wheelchair-bound citizens? That's still the case, but thanks to preventative rail maintenance, I was able to ride for a few blocks on the St. Charles streetcar line, via the St. Charles streetcar shuttle. Too bad I only have a few more months to ride it...
The NFL's full press release:
FOUR PLAYERS SUSPENDED FOR PARTICIPATION IN SAINTS' PAY-FOR-PERFORMANCE/BOUNTY PROGRAM
Four players - Scott Fujita, Anthony Hargrove, Will Smith, and Jonathan Vilma - were notified today that they have been suspended without pay for conduct detrimental to the NFL as a result of their leadership roles in the New Orleans Saints' pay-for-performance/bounty program that endangered player safety over three seasons from 2009-2011. Participation by players in any such program is prohibited by the NFL Constitution and Bylaws, the standard NFL Player Contract, and the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The specific discipline was determined by Commissioner Roger Goodell after a thorough review of extensive evidence corroborated by multiple independent sources. Under Article 46 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the standard NFL Player Contract, a player is subject to discipline by the commissioner for conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the NFL. The discipline imposed today for such detrimental conduct is as follows:
When the National Review's John Derbyshire came to New Orleans in 2007 and wrote about the experience, I defended the city but didn't come down too hard on Derbyshire — one, because not everyone has to like the same things, and two, because the flat affect of his prose made me wonder whether he fell on the high-functioning side of the autism spectrum.
The following passage, for instance, came close to the top of the travelogue and seemed to go a long way toward explaining why he felt so uncomfortable in New Orleans:
From the tourist’s-eye view, New Orleans is a black city. The servicepeople at the airport, the hotel, concessions, stores, museums, and fast-food outlets are uniformly black. Most of the people you pass on the street, outside the tourist precincts, are black. I think this is the blackest American city I have been in.
The affected pills are Lo/Ovral-28 and generic Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets. The packets have expiration dates ranging between July 31, 2013 and March 31, 2014, and lot numbers are available at at this site.
For those of you not familiar with the alchemy involved with hormal contraceptives, birth control packets contain three weeks of "active" pills — or those containing hormones — followed by sugar pills. In the Pfizer mix-up, many of the affected packets had too many or too few of the active pills.
Anyone with affected pills should return them to the pharmacy, and maybe pick up a pregnancy test while you're there.
New Orleans isn't the only metro area having an exceptionally bloody week. In Philadelphia, three 14-year-olds were gunned down by a 30-year-old man, according to Philly police, in a beef that started on Facebook. It prompted Mayor Michael Nutter to express his feelings to Philadelphia's Fox 29 News:
"The first way to stop this kind of stuff is for young people to be home, where they're supposed to be home, and for adults not to act like idiots and assholes."
Nutter had more to say:
“Seven young people, somewhere between 14 and 16 years old, on a Tuesday night, a school night, are out in a car going to somewhere to have a fight with some other teenager. That is completely insane, it is irresponsible. Parents have to know where their children are and what they are doing. Their little butts should have either been in bed, getting ready for bed, or doing some homework. Not out in a car, not in some other neighborhood, and not up to this kind of nonsense. I’m not your mom and I’m not your dad. We cannot completely legislate, or by policy, make people responsible for their children.”
Nutter spokesman Mark McDonald told the press: "On rare occasions the mayor will assume a somewhat earthy tone.”
From an email account she created on a campus computer and her own cell phone (she's clearly a master criminal), Hubbard sent these messages to the campus police:
[I have a] Mamba pistol with five bullets in it for five professors in Monroe Hall .... I have no sympathy for any accidental casualties!!!
(FBI agents would later discover the weapon mentioned was not one she actually owned, but a brand name she found out about online.)
You are really trying my patience! I am on the verge of blowing that bitch up and you'll be renovating from the foundation!
The FBI arrested Hubbard Dec. 9, and she was released from jail the same day on a $10,000 bond. No word on whether or not her fake bomb threats succeeded in getting her out of the exam, so just continue using the "family emergency" excuse until we know for sure.
Take your pick. You can either get the news from a New Orleans Saints press release or an identically written "news" story on WVUE's website ... either way, it's only good news for those who find TSA-style wanding procedures and Russian-hand, Roman-finger searches to be oddly pleasurable:
The New Orleans Saints would like to take this opportunity to alert fans attending the team’s remaining four regular season home games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome of security measures that are in place:
*In our continuing effort to ensure the safety of our patrons and venue, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome has adopted the NFL’s recommended enhanced security screening which will begin on Monday, November 28th. This enhanced security screening will include hand-held metal-detecting wands and/or pat down searches.
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