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Gen. Russel Honore at Rising Tide 8 

  Gambit second line correspondent Deborah Cotton, who was scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the eighth annual Rising Tide conference of bloggers and new media this weekend, has pulled out due to ongoing health concerns. Cotton was among the 19 people shot at a Mother's Day second line that made international headlines.

  Cotton's replacement will be Gen. Russel Honore, commander of the joint task force tasked with coordinating relief efforts in the days following Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods (and the man former Mayor Ray Nagin famously referred to as "that John Wayne dude").

  Rising Tide 8 will be held Sept. 14 on the grounds of Xavier University. Admission is $20 (which includes lunch). For tickets and more information, visit www.risingtidenola.com. — KEVIN ALLMAN

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