The film industry is growing but is it costing the state too much?
This is the first in a two-part series. Part 2 will appear in next week's Gambit.
Releases his list of ‘da winnas’ and ‘da loozas’
Successful candidates get to take their bows and do their best not to gloat on Election Night. They deserve their moments in the limelight — their names and reputations were on the line, after all.
She’s playing House of Blues with her “Rolodex of Hate."
Snatch Game is a recurring challenge on the reality TV competition RuPaul's Drag Race. It's based on the old TV show Match Game, in which contestants tried to guess how a panel of celebrity guests would complete a sentence.
The comic advocated for wheelchair access to the St. Charles streetcars.
Jonah Bascle, the 28-year-old local comedian who ran for mayor as a platform to bring attention to New Orleans' lack of accessibility for the disabled, died Dec. 2 of complications relating to muscular dystrophy. Friends and supporters vow to ensure his love of good humor and his activism to improve the city live on.
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Mayor Mitch Landrieu offered this response to Clancy DuBos' Dec. 2 column, "How Mitch Landrieu Will Be Measured." When I came into office, the U.S. Department of Justice had called the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) one of the worst departments in the country.
Which fitness band is just your type?
The wholesome onePros: The Jawbone UP24 automatically syncs with a smartphone using Bluetooth technology and has fun apps (one monitors your caffeine consumption and can tell you when to quit drinking coffee for a good night's rest). It's easy to take on and off and slim enough to stack with other bracelets.
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Mary Landrieu's loss to Bill Cassidy in the Dec. 6 runoff will leave the Deep South without a Democratic U.S. senator for the first time in several generations. It also puts Landrieu's seat in Republican hands for the first time since 1883.
Smoking likely will be banned in New Orleans bars eventually, and if New Orleans City Councilwomen LaToya Cantrell and Susan Guidry have their way, that day will come sooner rather than later — early in 2015, in fact. Last month, Cantrell presented the first draft of an anti-smoking ordinance that she plans to introduce in the coming months.
The concept of "net neutrality" has been around for a while, and it's one that today's Internet users pretty much take for granted. It boils down to two principles: Internet users should be free to visit any (legal) websites they like, and Internet service providers (ISPs) should provide equal service to every legal website.
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They get what they deserve
The Galatoire Foundation
raised more than $35,000 for Lighthouse Louisiana and Liberty's Kitchen at its annual Christmas table auction Dec. 1. Lighthouse Louisiana serves blind and vision-impaired people, and Liberty's Kitchen provides job training and healthy meals for at-risk youth.
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Jindal prayer guide needs
In August 2011, Texas Gov. Rick Perry did two things: declared his run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination and held a huge prayer rally called "The Response" at an arena in Houston. Gov. Bobby Jindal, meanwhile, has said he'll announce after the New Year whether he'll seek the 2016 nomination — and has now scheduled his own "The Response" prayer rally at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge Jan. 24.
Mary Landrieu edition
"Oh, Lord, no." — Outgoing Sen. Mary Landrieu to Politico Dec. 10, when asked if she intended to run for office again. She quickly amended her statement to say she hadn't entirely ruled out running for the Louisiana governorship or Senate again: "I'm not going to say a definite 'no' about any of those two.
Fleming may run for
"The doctor is in the House, and now he's going to the Senate," crowed U.S. Sen. David Vitter on Dec. 6 at the election night victory party for fellow Republican Bill Cassidy. It's possible Louisiana could have two doctors in the Senate by 2016.
Election season finally over? Dream on.
FOP says raise won't keep officers on duty
Along with the New Orleans City Council's Dec. 11 passage of a city employee minimum wage raise to $10.10, the council also approved the 2015 city budget's 5 percent pay raise for New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) employees. The Police Association of New Orleans and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) said the raise isn't enough to slow attrition in the ranks, as the force has dropped to a little more than 1,000 officers.
District A City Councilwoman Susan Guidry announced on Dec. 9 that Mosquito, Rodent and Termite Control Board employees would begin enforcing a new ordinance to prohibit the mooring of boats along Bayou St. John. The New Orleans City Council passed that ordinance in September.
Report says cost greatest
barrier to treatment
Last week, Puentes New Orleans, Committee for a Better New Orleans and the New Orleans Health Department released the results of a Hispanic health survey ("I Don't Know Where to Go: Latino Community Health Issues in New Orleans") in which 275 people between the ages of 25 and 40 participated. Nearly all had immigrated to New Orleans — more than half of the respondents are from Honduras.
In the restaurant review, "In the dog house" (Eat + Drink, Dec. 9, ), Gambit referred to Dis & Dat as a "branch of the Dat Dog empire." The restaurants have similar names, share many menu items and Dis & Dat owner Skip Murray is a founder and co-owner of Dat Dog, but the two are separate businesses.
City looks to the stars for guidance
As New Orleans prepares to show off its assets to the world for its 300th anniversary, Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Dec. 1 officially named a star-studded committee tasked with planning the landmark occasion. Landrieu made it clear that the city's tricentennial in 2018 should inspire and reassert New Orleans as the soul of the U.S., while also promoting the city as a world-class destination.
The New Orleans City Council passed Mayor Mitch Landrieu's $537 million operating budget for 2015 last month with few changes. After a series of community meetings, Landrieu said New Orleanians wanted to see more funding for public safety, jobs, recreation and blight reduction.
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Your recent editorial ("Debunking Jindal's 'frivolous' claim," Com-mentary, Nov. 2) praising the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East (SLFPA-E) for extracting a meager $50,000 settlement from two companies targeted by the board's controversial lawsuit overlooks several key points. First, consider the manner in which the settlement was negotiated.
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