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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Former New Orleans Saint Darren Sharper sentenced to 18 years in prison on drug charges

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 12:21 PM

Former New Orleans Saint Darren Sharper. - CREATIVE COMMONS/TAMMY ANTHONY BAKER
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  • Former New Orleans Saint Darren Sharper.

Darren Sharper, the former NFL safety who played with the New Orleans Saints in 2009 and 2010, was sentenced to 18 years and four months in federal prison this morning. He previously had pleaded guilty of conspiracy to distribute drugs with the intent to commit rape in four jurisdictions, including New Orleans.

Sharper earlier had negotiated a plea deal that would have netted him nine years in prison, but U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo rejected the deal, saying his crimes were too serious.

Below the cut: the statement from U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite's office.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Y@ Speak: "the sky's the limit"

Posted By on Mon, Aug 1, 2016 at 7:34 PM

Lil Wayne endorses Hillary Clinton after she maybe referenced Da Drought (or, more likely, her own speech in 2008), the Louisiana delegation steals the show, and New Orleans in deep summer means exploding streets, snakes eating bicyclists, and tourists who should be fired into the sun.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Watch the new trailer for the documentary Gleason

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 3:43 PM

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The first trailer for Gleason, the documentary about former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason and his ongoing battle with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease), was released today, June 17.

The film was a hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival and was described as "an emotional powerhouse" by Hollywood trade publication Variety. Directed by Clay Tweel (Finder's Keepers), Gleason had its New Orleans premiere this week at the Orpheum Theater.


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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Gleason makes its New Orleans premiere at the Orpheum Theater

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 11:54 PM

Steve Gleason and Leah Chase at the New Orleans premiere of Gleason, which was held at the Orpheum Theater June 14. - MATT BRENNAN
  • MATT BRENNAN
  • Steve Gleason and Leah Chase at the New Orleans premiere of Gleason, which was held at the Orpheum Theater June 14.

Five years after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason still can crack wise.

"I hope you enjoyed our film," he quipped from the Orpheum Theater stage Tuesday night, following the New Orleans premiere of his video diary-turned-feature-length-documentary, Gleason. "I need some tequila."

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Y@ Speak: AirBnBey

Posted By on Mon, May 9, 2016 at 5:30 PM

New Orleans debates Airbnb, worships at the altar of Beyonce and throws a party celebrating our crumbling infrastructure — because everything is such a silly goof in this magical town made of dreams that even the mayor had an "only in New Orleans" take. More from this week on Twitter: Sean Payton in seersucker, because horses/wealth:

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Monday, May 2, 2016

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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Monday, April 25, 2016

Mike Detillier, draft man: The Louisiana football analyst on the NFL draft

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Mike Detillier in his Raceland "man cave." - CHERYL GERBER
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  • Mike Detillier in his Raceland "man cave."

If the walls of Mike Detillier’s Raceland home could talk, they would regale observers with countless tales of the sports icons whose jerseys, pictures and autographs adorn the walls of his “man cave.”

Fortunately for observers, Detillier, with his trademark bayou drawl, can speak for his walls with an impeccable penchant for storytelling and an impressive wealth of sports knowledge.

Known to many simply as “The Football Guy,” Detillier, 55, is one of the premier football analysts in the region, and has recently wrapped up his annual pre-NFL Draft guide, aptly titled Mike Detillier’s Draft Report, in advance of the NFL draft, which begins Thursday.

The 200-page publication rates more than 700 college football prospects and features in-depth profiles on over 350 players. The M&D Draft Report has become a spring staple for many rabid football fans around the world over the last 30 years, selling thousands of copies each year to places as far as Japan and Australia.

“My mom always says, ‘You could’ve done this when you were 10 or 11 years old,’ Detillier explained. “It’s always been something I had a great interest in.”

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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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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Will Smith second line postponed to Friday, April 15

Posted By on Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 10:36 AM

Will Smith in 2012. - JEFFREY BEAL
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  • Will Smith in 2012.
Heavy rains postponed a second line led by James Andrews to honor former New Orleans Saint Will Smith, who was killed late Saturday. The second line — originally scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 — is rescheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, April 15.

Andrews tells Gambit the second line is not only a memorial to Smith but a message of nonviolence. Andrews says performers include his Crescent City All Stars and many musical members of the Andrews family.

The 2.7-mile route begins outside the Half Moon (1125 St. Mary St.) and continues north on Camp Street, left on Canal Street, and right on Basin Street to Orleans Avenue. It ends at the Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar at 1931 Orleans Ave. Andrews also will perform at the bar.

Organizers encourage people to bring anti-violence signs and "pictures to commemorate all lost to violence in New Orleans."

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Saints announce official visitation for Will Smith

Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 3:20 PM

Will Smith of the New Orleans Saints, in 2012. - JEFFREY BEALL
  • JEFFREY BEALL
  • Will Smith of the New Orleans Saints, in 2012.
The New Orleans Saints organization will hold a visitation Friday for fans wanting to pay respects to the late Will Smith. The visitation will be held at the team's practice facility in Metairie.

Smith, who played for the team from 2006 to 2012, was shot Saturday night in the Lower Garden District in an altercation following a fender bender. 

There also will be a memorial second line Wednesday night in the Lower Garden District near the scene of the shooting. It begins at 6 p.m. Update: Due to weather, the second line is postponed to Friday, April 15. Full route information here.

Information on the visitation is under the cut.

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