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  • After a contentious three-hour hearing July 29, the New Orleans City Council's Transportation and Airport Committee voted to move forward legislation that would allow Uber and similar hail-a-cab smartphone apps to do business in New Orleans. The committee sent it to the full council — but made no recommendation as to its passage or defeat. The earliest date a vote can be taken on the measure is now mid-August.

  • Former New Orleans City Councilwoman Renee Gill Pratt, who was convicted on charges of racketeering in 2011, lost her bid for a new trial last week when U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle ruled that online comments on NOLA.com, posted by then-federal prosecutors, did not influence the jury. Lemelle ordered the former councilwoman to report to federal prison Sept. 2 to begin serving a four-year sentence.

   As first reported by nola.com, a prankster has taken over the personal website of former Mayor Ray Nagin, who was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison last month. The site, www.craynagin.com, now contains derisive photos and messages about the mayor. When Nagin's right to the domain expired last year, Gambit attempted to buy it from its registrar company, but was told it wasn't for sale. That was last November, but clearly things have changed.

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