For years, advocates have pushed for selling liquor out of regular retail establishments. Last week, when the state’s House Business and Labor Committee held the latest hearing about the law, state Rep. Bill Kennemer, who is skeptical about changing the procedure, made the statement, “We just don’t want to get to be like Louisiana, where you have drive-up daiquiri shops.”
The concept of drive-through daiquiri shops was so foreign to the Oregonians that the group PolitiFact, which analyzes the veracity of politicos’ public statements, contacted Kennemer, who said he and his wife had seen them on a trip to New Orleans.
The group CEOs for Cities just issued a report ranking "City Vitals 2.0" of 51 metro regions across the country, and ranked New Orleans #51 — dead last — when it came to "cultured cities." Which is ... interesting.
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Ten months ago, Mr. Ghetto, infamous for his "Wal-Mart" music video, released his "Jailhouse Bounce" music video, a combination if-I-ever-go-to-jail manifesto and wishlist to his lover on the outside. Today, Mr. Ghetto is being held in Orleans Parish Prison on counts of resisting arrest, battery, failure to comply and extortion by threats following a six-hour standoff.
So how's jail treating Mr. Ghetto? I'm going to guess not as well as he imagined...
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Under the cut — lyrics and images probably NSFW or the easily offended...]
At lunch today, I fired up the NOLA.com iPad app to read about Frank Fradella's court appearance. That story wasn't on the front page, but this one was — click to embiggen:
"Everybody's laughing, and riding, and cornholing except Buster. ... "
Whaaaa? I thought it was some kind of spam (turned out it wasn't, but dummy text from the sitcom Arrested Development). It had clearly been up there for an hour; the timestamp was 12:39 p.m. and the time on my screenshot was 1:42 p.m. But it was odd, so I sent it out over Gambit's Twitter feed and forgot about it.
Late this afternoon, it got picked up by media reporter Jim Romenesko in a post titled "What's Going On, NOLA.com?" And it got a response from NOLA.com editor James O'Byrne:
"Approximately 5 or 10 minutes"? Hardly.
It's still on the front page of the site, more than 7 hours after it was posted:
After a week which saw Times-Picayune food critic Brett Anderson fired on Tuesday (confirmed by Gambit and reported on the T-P's own online site, NOLA.com), we now find it was all a big kooky culinary misunderstanding:
Earlier this week, it was reported that Anderson was to be laid off as part of the newspaper's reorganization into a digitally focused news organization. Anderson had previously announced his intention to accept a fellowship with the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, beginning this fall.
Times-Picayune Editor Jim Amoss said the newspaper has always wanted Anderson to be part of its dining and food coverage and that when Anderson applied for the fellowship, the newspaper agreed to give him a leave of absence for its duration.
Perhaps they should have told Anderson that on Tuesday, when he confirmed to Gambit and other media outlets that he had been fired. Anderson has not yet decided whether to accept the paper's offer to stay.
This reversal came after a 24-hour period in which Anderson and Amoss were seen having a lunch meeting at Mandina's in Mid-City, and after restaurant columnist Susan Langenhennig had confirmed on Twitter she would be writing dining reviews for the paper after the transition to three-day-a-week publication this fall.
Langenhennig would seem to be the victim in this latest fiasco in The Times-Picayune firings. Earlier this week, longtime sports columnist Pete Finney learned from NOLA.com that he had been fired before he had been given the chance to meet with his supervisors. In a reversal similar to that of Anderson, Amoss later announced Finney's column would continue on a freelance basis, telling Judy Woodruff on PBS' NewsHour, "The sports columnist, for example, will be writing for us with the same frequency with which he writes for us now, albeit on a correspondent, freelance basis."
A spokesman for the Finney family disputes Amoss' account, saying the columnist has made no agreement with the new NOLA Media Group — because no financial offer has been tendered.
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