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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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Jazz Fest 2016: Photos from Sunday, May 1

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2016 at 11:12 AM


Rains lingered on the final day of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, though acts including folk Legend Arlo Guthrie touring on the 50th anniversary of Alice’s Restaurant, Grammy award-nominee and Austin Hall of Fame inductee Marcia Ball, gospel great Mavis Staples and others played though it on Sunday, May 1.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Rain cancels Saturday at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Sat, Apr 30, 2016 at 7:50 PM

Jazz Festers wade through the Fairgrounds for a bite before leaving after bad weather and rough conditions at the festival canceled the remainder of the afternoon's performances.
  • Jazz Festers wade through the Fairgrounds for a bite before leaving after bad weather and rough conditions at the festival canceled the remainder of the afternoon's performances.
Stevie Wonder's Saturday morning soundcheck included Prince's "Purple Rain," seemingly setting up his headlining set at the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for one of the biggest tributes to the late artist over the two festival weekends.

Instead, Wonder sang it with the crowd through a megaphone from the Acura Stage after announcing his 5 p.m. show had been canceled. So were all other stages for the rest of the day — including sets from Beck and Snoop Dogg and the second half of sets from Dr. John and Hurray for the Riff Raff, among others — after heavy downpours formed shin-deep pools and winds sent water onto stage equipment. Jazz Fest last shut down early during an anticipated but lightning-filled Wilco set in 2015.

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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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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Editorial: Help Louisianans affected by the March flooding

Posted By on Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 11:52 AM

In this photo supplied by the U.S. National Guard, 2nd Lt. William Hall and Cpl. Kurt Humpreys of the 2nd Squadron, 108th Cavalry Regiment, conduct door to door searches in Pecan Estates in Bossier City, March 10, 2016. - U.S. NATIONAL GUARD PHOTO BY STAFF SGT. JERRY RUSHING
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  • In this photo supplied by the U.S. National Guard, 2nd Lt. William Hall and Cpl. Kurt Humpreys of the 2nd Squadron, 108th Cavalry Regiment, conduct door to door searches in Pecan Estates in Bossier City, March 10, 2016.

Predictions of record-setting rainfall in New Orleans two weeks ago never came to pass, but it was a very different story north and east of Lake Pontchartrain. Monroe reported 24 inches of rain, while Shreveport got 12 inches. And most of that drained into Louisiana and Mississippi waterways, especially the Abita, Bogue Falaya, Tchefuncte and Pearl rivers.

The Northshore saw historic flooding in 1983, but by all measures the flood of 2016 was worse. The Bogue Falaya crested at 20 feet (flood stage is 6 feet). In Mississippi, the Pearl reached just over 20 feet (flood stage: 14 feet). At least four people died as a result of the storm and the flood. Areas of northwestern St. Tammany Parish that never had seen floodwaters before were flooded out, and many of those affected don’t have flood insurance. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries had rescued 777 people (plus 120 dogs and six cats) in St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington and more than a dozen other parishes as of March 14, when the waters were receding.

While metro New Orleans largely was spared, the cleanup effort for thousands of homes that flooded comes just two weeks after 10 tornados touched down in southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi. New Orleanians know how it feels to lose everything in a flood, and we know how it feels to know that others care. Here are ways you can help, along with resources for those who need them.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Final day of the 2015 Voodoo Experience is canceled

Posted By on Sun, Nov 1, 2015 at 11:40 AM

The crowd endures the rain at the Le Plur stage on Oct. 31 at the 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. - ALEX WOODWARD
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  • The crowd endures the rain at the Le Plur stage on Oct. 31 at the 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.

Rain has overwhelmed City Park this Halloween weekend — and the ongoing rough weather has forced organizers of the 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience to cancel the festival's final day, Sunday, Nov. 1. Here's the statement from the festival:
Due to dangerous weather conditions including forecasted persistent rain and flash flood warnings for Orleans Parish for Sunday, November 1, the final day of the 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience has been canceled. Fan safety is the top priority for the producers of the festival and current conditions at City Park do not meet our standards for maintaining a safe experience.
Organizers will offer full refunds to Sunday's ticketholders, and three-day pass holders will receive one-third of the posted price at time of purchase. Information on refunds is available on the Voodoo website. Organizers told Gambit that despite the bad weather, turnout this weekend was strong, and they're looking forward to next year's event.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Y@ Speak: runoff

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2015 at 12:42 PM

Hey, did you vote? Based on the poll turnout numbers, probably not. You probably had a pretty good tweet ready, though, and hey, you've got another month to brew up some governor's race zingers. Here are a few. Also: The New Orleans Saints didn't lose and rain unfortunately won.

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Y@ Speak: #HurricanePrep

Posted By on Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 1:15 PM

As we all begin stocking up one gallon of water per family member per day (this is a thing we all do, right? right?), we bless the rains down in Everywhere, talk about gentrification, and prepare for a summer full of Hurricane Katrina and federal flood retrospectives. Also this week: the unmasking of everyone's favorite turnt up governor @notBobbyJindal.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Y@ Speak: skywriters in flight, afternoon delight

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2015 at 1:30 PM


A skywriter clogged everyone's Instagram feeds as if one person's sky was different from everyone else's, Jazz Fest concluded its second weekend with a small country of crowds, and hey, remember when it rained terrifyingly hard and a train fell off a bridge? Good times. Also in this week's Twitter roundup: libraries, New Orleans Saints news and a vandalized St. Roch Market.

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