Inside, the crowd was pro-Bobby; outside, it was a different story
As expected, Gov. Bobby Jindal made it official last week. Hours before Jindal was set to make the formal announcement of his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination at Kenner's Pontchartrain Center, his team announced the news on Twitter and with a strange reality TV-style video.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu says it’s time for a conversation about Lee Circle
At the end of a ceremony celebrating the one-year anniversary of Welcome Table New Orleans, a forum on race and reconciliation supported by the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, Mayor Mitch Landrieu dragged a folding chair to the lip of the stage at the Mahalia Jackson Theater and followed a dozen anecdotes about the history of race in New Orleans with a hypothetical story.
Mental health experts warn that the stories and images from the federal flood can be harmful
Three months before the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods, local and national media outlets began to pay tribute to the storm with a flood of images, personal narratives and how-far-we've-come graphics designed to honor the past. Since May, The New Orleans Advocate has devoted its Sunday front page to remembering the storm.
A Mid-City house has become a shrine to the controversial “death saint"
Steven Bragg feared returning to New Orleans. He'd been living outside Boston for nearly five years, ever since floodwaters wrecked his home following Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods in 2005.
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Conservative writer Rod Dreher penned a definitive critique of Gov. Bobby Jindal's delusional bid for the GOP presidential nomination in The American Conservative on Feb. 6. Under the headline, "How Bobby Jindal Wrecked Louisiana," Dreher wrote, "I keep telling my friends in the national media that if you think Bobby Jindal has a chance in hell of becoming president, send a reporter down to spend a few days in Louisiana, seeing what condition he's leaving his state in."
Amid the bad news that came out of Baton Rouge during the recent legislative session, there was some good news for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Lawmakers passed several bills that increase penalties against abusers and provide stronger protections for victims.
The high drama and eleventh-hour brinkmanship that marked the final days of the annual Louisiana legislative session should stand as a warning to anyone who might — in a fit of temporary insanity — remotely consider voting for Bobby Jindal for president. To be sure, the governor did not bring on the state's fiscal crisis all by himself; he had plenty of help from state lawmakers.
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They get what they deserve
America's WETLAND Foundation art award winners,competing in last month's "Keep Your Eye on the Prize" art, essay and photography competition, include nine Louisiana elementary and high school students: Blaydon Richard, Reagan Woulfe, Brooke Cambre, Nikolai Karpovs, Ben Nguyen, Philip Mallet, Jonathan Eisterhold, Yasmin Silva and Seletra Sylve. Each student received a $500 grant for his or her school's environmental education materials.
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But state officials say: Not so fast
(This was a developing story as Gambit went to press. We'll have full coverage of the same-sex marriage ruling and how it affects New Orleans in next week's paper, and online at www.bestofneworleans.com.)
"[Gov. Bobby Jindal] began wearing cowboy boots more often and got a hunting license. In December, he and his wife Supriya were pictured on their Christmas card with their three kids decked out in camouflage.
Buckwheat Zydeco tells
governor using his music
'is not cool'
Louisiana music legend Buckwheat Zydeco doesn't seem to be a fan of Gov. Bobby Jindal — or a supporter of Jindal's run for the presidency. At Jindal's campaign announcement rally last week, organizers played songs by several Louisiana artists to entertain the crowd before the main event, including Buckwheat Zydeco's version of "Hey, Good Lookin'."
Racial reconciliation project presents proposals
Representatives from three Welcome Table New Orleans groups gathered last week at the Mahalia Jackson Theater to present their ongoing work on racial reconciliation to Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Deputy Mayor Judy Reese Morse, representatives from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, and about 200 members of the public. Welcome Table New Orleans is an initiative of the University of Mississippi's William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, a program that uses dialogue, writing and thought exercises to get people talking about racial issues.
Vitter campaigns at
U.S. Sen. David Vitter isn't fond of Gov. Bobby Jindal (and vice versa). So was it passive-aggressive, or just plain aggressive when attendees left Jindal's presidential announcement last week to find "David Vitter For Governor" push cards stuck under the windshield wipers of their cars in the parking lot?
Almost immediately after executives at NOLA Media Group, publisher of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, announced the company would be merging with the Alabama Media Group to form a new "Southeast Regional Media Group," managers at the media company's offices in One Canal Place met with reporters to announce the newsroom would shrink — again. "They're being pretty upfront about the fact there will be layoffs," said one newsroom staffer.
"I was very protective. He had taken a big chance with his career by choosing me over his wife.
The New Orleans City Council last week unanimously approved changes to how the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) responds to false alarms, updating a 20-year-old policy by significantly increasing fines for falsely tripped burglar and security systems. NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison says his department
spends 12,000 man-hours and $400,000 each year responding to false alarms — which account for one of every three NOPD emergency responses.
You may have heard the Louisiana Legislature eked through a tax hike on cigarettes — 50 cents more per pack — but one aspect of the bill went underreported. House Bill 119 also sought to bump taxes on "premium cigars" from 20 to 25 percent and to increase pipe tobacco taxes by 17 percent.
Photographer Harold Baquet, who photographed news, music and cultural events in New Orleans for decades, died last week after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 56.
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