Thursday, February 23, 2017

New Orleans JCC bomb threat follows wave of anti-Semitism in U.S.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 6:00 PM

click image The Jewish Community Center on St. Charles Avenue in 2011. - INFROGMATION
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  • The Jewish Community Center on St. Charles Avenue in 2011.

Young children, seniors and staff were ordered to leave the Jewish Community Center (JCC) on St. Charles Avenue following a bomb threat called into the center this morning. The threat is among more than 60 similar threats at Jewish centers across the U.S. in 2017.

"The reported bomb threat at JCC deemed non-credible, is clear. FBI is investigating," Mayor Mitch Landrieu wrote on Twitter. "Be clear, anti-Semitism will not be tolerated in NOLA."

While the bombs themselves are "hoaxes," the threats and waves of anti-Semitism across the U.S., as the Jewish Community Center Association of North America has said, are very real. In a letter to Department of Homeland Security Director John Kelly, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey. Florida U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy and New York U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley — along with dozens of members of Congress and Jewish-led groups — demanded swift federal action.

"Federal law enforcement agencies must do everything within their power to punish those responsible for the threats that have already taken place, to prevent future threats from occurring, and to ensure these threats are never converted into action," Murphy said. "These phone calls have a severe economic, as well as emotional, impact."

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Report: Matthew Broderick to play Michael "Brownie" Brown in American Crime Story: Katrina

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 2:28 PM

Matthew Broderick. - PHOTO BY DAVID SHANKBONE/CREATIVE COMMONS
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  • Matthew Broderick.

Actor Matthew Broderick has been cast as hapless FEMA head Michael "Brownie" Brown in American Crime Story: Katrina, according to reports. Broderick joins the previously announced Annette Bening, who will play then-Gov. Kathleen Blanco. The production, which will air in 2018 on FX, is set to begin filming in Louisiana later this year.

Brown now hosts a radio show based in Denver. He wrote a book based on his experiences at FEMA, Deadly Indifference, and had his ass handed to him on a plate by Stephen Colbert on a 2011 edition of The Colbert Report.

Heckuva job, Broderick!

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Krewe of Nyx parades in Uptown

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 1:41 PM

The Landry-Walker College and Career Preparatory High School band played their renditions of popular hits. - KATHERINE M. JOHNSON
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  • The Landry-Walker College and Career Preparatory High School band played their renditions of popular hits.

Over 2900 women and 42 floats strong, The Mystic Krewe of Nyx rolled uptown Wednesday night. The parade theme, "Dancing the Night Away," was fitting, since almost every float played music from different musical genres for the riders to dance to as the parade wound its way from Magazine and Jefferson to the Convention Center.


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Gambit TV: Entertainment picks Feb. 24-26

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 11:57 AM

Gambit in-house music nerd Noah Bonaparte Pais stops by WWL-TV to share the meaning of "thrash metal" and talk about weekend picks, including a new ball at Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, Lundi Gras must-sees and more.


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Krewe of Druids paraded in Uptown

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 10:10 AM


The Mystic Krewe of Druids paraded in Uptown.
  • The Mystic Krewe of Druids paraded in Uptown.

The Mystic Krewe of Druids doesn't announce its theme in advance of the parade, and typically it offers dry wit or wry commentary on theme floats, but the group also can't help but grind a few axes and it's always amusing to see what it'll do.

"Druids' Olympics" had some entertaining takes on local icons and recurring grievances. One of the early theme floats featured the "SWB Discus Throw" with a sculpture of the city's iconic water meter plates. There also was a "Crime Camera Dash," with a replica of one of the city's growing number of cameras on the front of the float. There also was a "Po-boy Eating Contest" float with a giant po-boy on front.

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Interview: Reginald Buck, Mutual UFO Network state director

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 9:27 AM

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Earlier this week, we brought you reports of an alien's plans to land a UFO on Bourbon Street on Fat Tuesday. Should you happen to spot the alien — or a UFO at any other time — Reginald Buck, Louisiana's state director of Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), is ready to document your sighting.

Buck has been involved in UFO investigation since 2009, when a mysterious object appeared outside his window on a flight from Laredo, Texas, to Houston.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sen. Bill Cassidy's town hall: Fractious and furious constituents shout down the senator

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 8:02 PM

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy at a fractious town hall today in Metairie. - CHERYL GERBER
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  • U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy at a fractious town hall today in Metairie.

Town halls around the country are fractious affairs these days for Republican members of Congress, but the crowd of hundreds that showed up at the Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Library in Metairie today for a town hall with U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy was so raucous and furious that CNN began carrying it live.

People began arriving around noon to line up and hold a parking lot rally before the doors opened at 3 p.m., so attendees already were tired of waiting when Cassidy arrived 22 minutes late to the 3:30 p.m. town hall. The senator apologized, saying he was touring New Orleans tornado damage, an explanation that didn't go over well in the crowd of 200 or so who were allowed in, which jeered and booed him. And that was just the start.

"If all you want to do is vent," Cassidy said early on, "this will not be profitable."

They did. It wasn't.

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City Council defers vote on rental registry to March 9

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 4:35 PM

New Orleans City Councilmembers LaToya Cantrell and Jason Williams at a press conference outside City Hall before debate over a proposed rental registry.
  • New Orleans City Councilmembers LaToya Cantrell and Jason Williams at a press conference outside City Hall before debate over a proposed rental registry.

The New Orleans City Council will delay a vote on a rental registry and inspection program to next month. At-Large Councilmember Jason Williams and District B Councilmember LaToya Cantrell sponsored a measure that would require landlords of most private rentals to register their properties with the city and subject them to inspections that must meet a checklist of health and safety requirements before they can be rented out. The City Council deferred voting on the measure last month, and it will defer the measure again to March 9 at its meeting on Feb. 23.

Cantrell and Williams will "continue to work on the legislation with their fellow Councilmembers and with New Orleans citizens to ensure the best ordinance going forward," according to the City Council's agenda announcement.

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Slideshow: Protesters, supporters at Sen. Bill Cassidy's town hall in Metairie

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 3:05 PM

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Congressional town hall meetings have become heaty affairs back home, and U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy's town hall today at the Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Public Library is no exception. Several hundred people — mostly protesters — gathered outside starting at noon for the event, which was not scheduled to begin until 3:30 p.m.

Here are a few of the signs and people in the crowd.

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Scenes from Sen. Bill Cassidy's town hall in Metairie today
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Scenes from Sen. Bill Cassidy's town hall in Metairie today


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Carl Schaubhut’s DTB to open on Oak Street in Spring

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 2:58 PM

Chefs Carl Schaubhut and Jacob Hammel will open DTB restaurant on Oak Street this spring. - COURTESY DTB/FACEBOOK
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  • Chefs Carl Schaubhut and Jacob Hammel will open DTB restaurant on Oak Street this spring.

The proprietor of Northshore bao and frozen drink hub Bacobar has a new restaurant in the works. Chef Carl Schaubhut will open DTB at 8201 Oak St., next to the newly opened grocery store Simone's Market.

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