The New Orleans Bowl
exceeded expectations in its inaugural year and directed a national spotlight on the city in a time of slowing tourism. Under the direction of Ron Maestri, the college match became one of the most-watched bowl games in the history of the cable television station ESPN2, and it brought revenue to local restaurants, hotels and other businesses.
A few Saints 'fans'
embarrassed the franchise, the city of New Orleans and the team's real fans by throwing bottles and debris onto the football field after a referee's unfavorable call during last Monday night's nationally televised game against the St. Louis Rams. Thirteen fans were arrested, and 15 more were ejected from the Superdome.
Christopher Miller and Adam Fulk
admitted they stole the identity of 15,000 Marines, using fake Louisiana drivers' licenses, to obtain credit cards in the soldiers' names. The men had broken into the state Office of Motor Vehicles in Kenner to steal license-making equipment. Federal agents are investigating whether a Marine helped Miller and Fulk get personal information on thousands of soldiers stationed at the U.S. Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va.