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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New Orleans Zephyrs become ... the New Orleans Baby Cakes

Posted By on Tue, Nov 15, 2016 at 8:17 PM

New Orleans Baby Cakes GM Cookie Rojas introduces the "determined baby."
  • New Orleans Baby Cakes GM Cookie Rojas introduces the "determined baby."

Season ticket holders, sponsors and costumed members of the Pussyfooters, Disco Amigos and El Lucha Krewe gathered at a rowdy press conference-slash-cocktail party Tuesday to hear which of seven cringeworthy crowdsourced options the New Orleans Zephyrs would choose for its new name.

Weighing the options, including a rumored "final three" — the Tailgators, the Nite Owls, and the Baby Cakes — crowd members seemed convinced, or resigned, that Baby Cakes would win out.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

President-elect Y@ Speak

Posted By on Mon, Nov 14, 2016 at 6:30 PM


Election night. The night after. The night after that. And the week after that damn election. America New Orleans, these are your tweets.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Amazing Acro-Cats return to New Orleans for another holiday spectacular

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 1:48 PM

The Amazing Acro-Cats (featuring Tuna, bottom) perform on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
  • The Amazing Acro-Cats (featuring Tuna, bottom) perform on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

Christmas in New Orleans means Mr. Bingle, garlands on the streetcars — and, in a new tradition, stupid cat tricks. Once again, The Amazing Acro-Cats are coming to St. Claude Avenue in December for an extended run of their show Meow-y Catmas in New Orleans.

Besides cats doing tricks (or not, depending on how the mood strikes them), other wonders of the Acro-Cats shows of past years have included a dog in a tutu, a cymbal-playing chicken named Gregory Peck and a hedgehog that wore a Santa hat and pushed a bowling ball, presided over (sort of) by ringmaster Samantha Martin.

Like Hamilton, a show it resembles in no way whatsoever, this is a hot ticket and usually sells out. Performances at the St. Claude Theatre are 7 p.m. on Dec. 2-4, 9-11 and 15-18 (4 pm meow-tinees Dec. 11 and 17). Tickets are $20-$34.

Here's the Acro-Cats amazing the audience of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert:

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Editorial: A debacle of a Senate debate

Posted By on Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 10:17 PM

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Wednesday night's U.S. Senate debate, sponsored by the TV company Raycom Media and staged in the rented Georges Auditorium at Dillard University, was a disservice to everyone concerned — the students and faculty at Dillard, the serious candidates, and most of all the voting public. Not just because of the inclusion of former Ku Klux Klansman, neo-Nazi, white supremacist and convicted swindler David Duke, but also because of the exclusion of the on-campus voices that have been there, and will continue to be there long after Duke goes back to peddling his venom and fleecing his bigoted followers on a less public stage.

Dillard, of course, is a historically black university and has been since Straight University and New Orleans University merged in the 1930s to form Dillard. It has educated generations of scholars through the days of segregation and the Civil Rights Movement until today. The appearance of a professional bigot on campus for one hour is an embarrassment, but does nothing to threaten Dillard’s legacy. However, Raycom missed a larger chance for civic engagement by holding the debate without an audience.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

In Jefferson Parish, now it’s the DiMarco scandal

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 11:36 AM

Jefferson Parish Registrar of Voters Dennis DiMarco said the private voting machine in his office was “really a convenience for those whose time is, for lack of a better word, maybe more valuable than others’.”
  • Jefferson Parish Registrar of Voters Dennis DiMarco said the private voting machine in his office was “really a convenience for those whose time is, for lack of a better word, maybe more valuable than others’.”


As if the Mike Yenni sexting scandal weren’t embarrassing enough for Jefferson Parish voters, now the feds have been notified that parish Registrar of Voters Dennis DiMarco set up a special VIP voting machine in his private conference room during early voting week.

DiMarco told WWL-TV’s Paul Murphy the private voting machine was “not a big issue,” but the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Secretary of State Tom Schedler begged to differ. Louisiana law expressly states, “Each voting machine shall be placed inside the polling place and shall be in full view of the public from the time the election begins until the last elector has voted.”

What part of that sentence does DiMarco not understand?

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Hole Gritty City: The New Orleans Sinkhole Tour rolls Oct. 22

Posted By on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 11:36 AM

Workers are busy repairing this pothole on Stafford Place in Lakeview. - SHARESSA G.
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  • Workers are busy repairing this pothole on Stafford Place in Lakeview.

Ghost tours, history tours, architecture tours, cocktail tours — and now a tour of some of New Orleans' most notable sinkholes. What took so long?

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Mike Yenni should resign — now

Posted By on Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 11:37 PM

Jeff Parish President Mike Yenni, addressing charges he sent an "improper text" to a 17-year-old boy.
  • Jeff Parish President Mike Yenni, addressing charges he sent an "improper text" to a 17-year-old boy.

Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni should resign. Period. No delays, no excuses, no time off with his family to pray over it. If you want to pray for someone, pray for the young man Yenni was sexting while the kid was still in high school — and for both their families.

Yenni has admitted sending “an improper text” to a 17-year-old. “Improper” is a charitable self-description of Yenni’s behavior. It was at best grotesquely inappropriate and at worst illegal under federal law. According to WWL-TV’s David Hammer, the FBI is looking into the matter.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Gumbo party! Disney can't make gumbo, and Poppy Tooker makes hers on the Today show

Posted By on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 6:21 PM

By now you've probably seen or heard about the "healthy gumbo" recipe that the Disney Twitter feed tried to foist off as, well, actual gumbo — the secret ingredients being those Creole favorites, quiñoa and kale:

DIsney's version of gumbo. - Boycott New Orleans Square.
  • DIsney's version of gumbo. Boycott New Orleans Square.

No.

Just no.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Suppressing free speech on the bayou

Posted By on Fri, Aug 5, 2016 at 6:26 PM

ExposeDAT, a website that drew the wrath of Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter.
  • ExposeDAT, a website that drew the wrath of Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter.



Former LSU Law Dean Jack Weiss, a highly respected First Amendment lawyer, taught me a valuable lesson about some of our most cherished freedoms.



“First Amendment freedoms, including free speech, freedom of the press, open meetings and public records, don’t get eroded in large cities where big news organizations can fight back,” he said. “They die in small towns, where entrenched politicians control virtually everything and most people are too afraid or too poor to fight back.”



I thought about Jack’s lesson when I read about Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter’s deputies executing a search warrant on the home of Houma police officer Wayne Anderson in hopes of learning the identity of an anonymous blogger who had the audacity to criticize Larpenter and other Terrebonne bigwigs.


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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Androids and anime: a day at MechaCon (slideshow)

Posted By on Sun, Jul 31, 2016 at 1:23 PM

Costumed con-goers strike a pose.
  • Costumed con-goers strike a pose.

The scene at MechaCon check-in is bedlam. A man in a glittery green bowler hat, possibly left over from St. Patrick’s Day, jostles a woman with blue and purple hair, who consoles her crying sister. A girl in a metallic red and blue jacket, matching bikini bottoms and black high-heeled boots shivers nearby. Other people in varying degrees of costume stand around the registration desk in vague gestures toward lines; the confusion seems to stem from the fact that there are multiple registration levels. Red-shirted volunteers keep trying to line people up based on the first letter of their last names (“N through Z!”) 

Behind me, a young man in an electric blue wig, a red fedora with playing cards tucked into the band and goggles seems indifferent to the chaos. He’s carrying two boxes at about chest-level. 

“What’s in the box?” I ask. 

The first box has a deck of Magic: The Gathering cards, he says. 

“And the other one?”

“It’s a box of string.”

"And what is the string for?

“No one is supposed to know what the string does.”

Shyly, he opens the box’s lid to reveal a tangled nest of extension and power cords.

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