New Orleans Saints' general manager, signed up Dallas Cowboys assistant head coach and passing-game coordinator Sean Payton to a multi-year deal after a thorough search for a new coach. In Payton the Saints found an offense-minded coach who stresses work ethic, attention to detail and discipline — something ex-Coach Jim Haslett was often criticized for lacking.
The Katrina Krewe,
a grassroots group started by friends Becky Zaheri and Danielle Heuer, began picking up debris in friends' neighborhoods and has since burgeoned into a cleanup crew that attracts as many as 120 volunteers to its twice-a-week outings to pick up rubble around the city as well as donations of supplies and cash from around the country .
Columbia Sussex Corp.,
owner of the Belle of Orleans gambling boat, failed to pay the Orleans Levee Board nearly $1.3 million in delinquent lease payments, moving the board to obtain a court order seizing the storm-damaged boat while it's being repaired in Mobile, Ala. Columbia Sussex has until Jan. 27 to pay the debt or the boat will be put up for auction.