Week in Review

Monday, March 17, 2014

Y@ Speak: bad luck

Posted By on Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 12:15 PM

... like "I just got traded from the Saints" or "someone just gave birth at a donut shop" and even "Lil Boosie looks high... ly motivated about the election." Whether that's the luck of the Irish or not, this week's Y@ Speak goes out to the latter. And that baby's future. Also: New Orleans goes to SXSW, and Rob Ryan gets around.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Y@ Speak: Give it up for Lent

Posted By on Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Here it is: let's give a great big Y@ Speak welcome to our friend Lent. Give it up, people.

This week we indulge in Mardi Gras leftovers, sacrifice the New Orleans Saints, free Lil Boosie and letters from Loyola, and find and eat kale.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Y@ Speak: Mardi Gras Mambro

Posted By on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Let's look back at the last week before Fat Tuesday, from beer pong bros and Krewe of Chad bros to NOPD bros and "Blurred Lines" bros — even Pierre the Pelican can't resist bro-ing out. Also: King Cake Baby, Hannibal Buress, Hugh Laurie and more in this week's Y@ Speak.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Y@ Speak: Carnival Time Lord

Posted By on Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 1:45 PM

As Mardi Gras 2014 nears, let's look back at the first week of parades — and towed cars, electioneering, sci-fi nerd alerts and a French Quarter's eau de wet dog. Also: Kevin Hart eats chicken and Margaret Orr takes a selfie. Bonus: Dumpsters, Neutral Milk Hotel and gutterpunk advice.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Y@ Speak: extreme makeover

Posted By on Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Pierre the Pelican underwent reconstructive beak surgery to host The Tonight Show, the New Orleans Arena was Christened Smoothie King Center in time for the 2014 NBA All-Star weekend, Nike rolled out "gumbo" shoes, dachsunds replaced horses in races, and Krewe du Vieux revealed true colors — oh, and Ray Nagin may be wearing zebra stripes. That and more in this week's makeover edition of Y@ Speak.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Y@ Speak: New Orleans On Ice

Posted By on Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM



Ah, winter in New Orleans. An Ice Capades of children making snowmen with sleet, icicles dangling from shotgun porches and hot toddies. Also: panic over road closures, Drew Brees accidentally stabbing former mayors, the same former mayor going on trial, Mackels wearing scrunchies, and election day meltdowns. We have all that and more in this week's Y@ Speak: ON ICE.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Y@ Speak: a wintry mix

Posted By on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 4:15 PM

As certain doom approaches, we reflect on last week: Pierre's makeover, Sissy Nobby live-tweeting the Grammys, and, yes, the city's sneak preview of this week's rare winter weather.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Louisiana's week in marijuana

Posted By on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM


Recent polls in Louisiana suggest a majority of voters support legalizing marijuana in the state. Now Louisiana lawmakers have started considering decriminalizing pot possession — and asking what would happen if it was legal.

Yesterday, Gov. Bobby Jindal said he would be open to supporting marijuana use "if there is a legitimate medical need" and under "very strict supervision." And Tuesday, the Louisiana House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice fielded dozens of testimonies from doctors, civil rights advocates and law enforcement officials to discuss "the feasibility and effectiveness of legalizing marijuana possession and use." Earlier this month, state Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans, pre-filed House Bill 14, which would significantly decrease penalties for criminal simple marijuana possession.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Y@ Speak: feel the noize

Posted By on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 1:00 PM

This week's edition is dedicated to noise — from election debates, "mean" tweets and music festivals and James Carville brand spices to noise ordinance protests. Also, Wendell Pierce's caps-lock warnings about bald eagles.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Y@ Speak: the bright side

Posted By on Mon, Jan 13, 2014 at 11:50 AM

We spent a week dealing with cold weather, killjoys ruining our king cakes, new Carnival rules, Seattle in general, and finally, this:

Saints, go home, you're drunk. on Twitpic

How does one recover? In this week's Y@ Speak, our experts on Twitter help us learn to run into traffic in cutoffs, party with Beyonce, cure a cold, and the best way to ensure your Sunday paper delivery.

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