Arnold McCormick relaxes into the chair of his makeshift office in the back of Anita's Restaurant on Tulane Avenue, a sea of family photographs plastering the walls behind him, employees rushing in from time to time to grab packages of frozen pork chops and chicken breasts from a freezer beside his desk. In the three decades since he took ownership of the no-frills diner on the corner of S. Galvez Street, McCormick, now 79, has seen Tulane Avenue go from a well-trafficked thoroughfare filled with visitors and hotels to a strip dotted with desolate lots flanked by cheap motels and plagued by prostitution and drug activity.
A majority of councilmembers comes out against Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s plan to hike downtown meter rates
Downtown New Orleans service workers — from cooks and servers to musicians, bartenders and retail staff — oppose the city's plan to increase parking meter fees, and a majority of the New Orleans City Council agrees. Downtown meter rates were raised in 2010 from $1.25 per hour to $1.50.
Would you pay $3 per hour to park in the French Quarter, CBD and Warehouse District? Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration is banking on it.
How a group of bicyclists supports a bus program taking Orleans and Jefferson families to visit jailed relatives
Bruce Reilly buckles his Hello Kitty helmet strap outside New Orleans Police Department headquarters. It's 8 a.m. and he's joining 50 bicyclists for a ride through the state to the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, nearly 200 miles away.
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Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration seems determined to double downtown parking meter rates and extend meter hours to 10 p.m. — but the administration seems to be alone in thinking that's a good idea. As the law is written, Landrieu and the Department of Public Works have the authority to raise meter rates without the City Council's approval.
John Bel Edwards offers a vision of Louisianans working together to create a brighter future
Louisiana is unique among southern states for its rich ethnic and cultural diversity. Our music, our food, our architecture, our traditions — even our languages — reflect that richness.
In addition to the all-important runoff for governor, several other key races are on the Nov. 21 ballot. In those remaining races, Gambit makes the following endorsements:
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Rachel Piercey, executive director of The Pro Bono Project, will retire Dec. 31 after nearly 30 years with the organization, which provides free legal services to underserved communities in southeast Louisiana. In 2015, the Pro Bono Project served more than 2,000 people and handled more than 1,400 civil cases among its 1,800 volunteer attorneys and paralegals.
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Tax amnesty, a new march against Confederate monuments and Syrian refugees in Louisiana
1. A Confederacy in BeantownA big-budget stage adaptation of John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces opened last week in Boston, with Parks & Recreation star Nick
Offerman (pictured) playing the lead role of Ignatius Reilly (often portrayed on local stages by Spud McConnell).
The Louisiana gubernatorial election, Sister Helen Prejean, The Cure and … Allen Toussaint Circle?
1. Normand: I'll turn over tapes to FBIJefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said last week his office had audio and video evidence that Wes Bearden, a Dallas-based private investigator hired by Sen. David Vitter's gubernatorial campaign, had attempted to influence an unnamed woman to discredit American Zombie blogger Jason Brad Berry, who had published videos and stories tying Vitter to former prostitute Wendy Ellis.
GOP calls him a traitor
Fallout from last week's endorsement of Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards by Jay Dardenne — the Republican lieutenant governor who finished fourth in the gubernatorial primary — was mighty entertaining if you weren't Edwards' opponent, U.S. Sen. David Vitter. "Today Jay Dardenne became the Nick Saban of Louisiana politics," declared Roger Villere, head of the Louisiana Republican Party.
"Are you serious? I'm on national TV?
Head: Panhandlers bring 'mayhem, filth'
Mayor Mitch Landrieu plans to dedicate more than $17 million to affordable housing programs in his 2016 budget, including expanded efforts to reduce homelessness in a city that already announced success in effectively eliminating homelessness among the city's military veterans. But some City Council members also want the city to focus on panhandlers and "beggars," a problem At-Large Councilwoman Stacy Head says has become "unacceptable."
Mayor Mitch Landrieu handed Sophie Harris the blue ribbon wrapped around the sign announcing an ambitious 3-mile park that links Mid-City with the French Quarter, a project imagined over decades and completed nine years after residents — the Friends of the Lafitte Greenway (FOLG), formerly known as Friends of the Lafitte Corridor — started planning to make it reality. "It took a village," Harris, director of FOLG, told Gambit Nov. 6, after city officials formally opened the Lafitte Greenway.
State Rep. Tim Burns, R-Mandeville, didn't face any opposition to his House Bill 153 in the last legislative session; it sailed through the state House of Representatives (99-0) and the state Senate (36-0). Gov. Bobby Jindal signed it into law in June and it became effective Aug. 1.
For those who somehow still may be undecided in the Louisiana governor's race, you'll have two more chances to see the candidates debate. On Tuesday, Nov. 10 — during the week of early voting — state Rep. John Bel Edwards and U.S. Sen. David Vitter will hash it out in a live debate sponsored by Louisiana Public Broadcasting and the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL).
Jindal: I'll do for America what I've done for Louisiana
At the Oct. 28 GOP presidential debate in Boulder, Colorado, Gov. Bobby Jindal was once again relegated to the early "undercard" debate due to his low poll numbers, where he faced off with three other marginal candidates: former New York Gov. George Pataki, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and current South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. The debate, which aired on the cable network CNBC, focused on finance, and moderator John Harwood came out swinging at Jindal's fiscal policies.
"On Saturday night, sadly, Mike 'Chicken Commander' Boyter came up short in his campaign for state representative, but there is some good news. Mac 'Rooster Lips' Edmonston narrowly edged his way into a runoff for Ascension Parish Council.
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IF YOU THINK THIS ISSUE OF GAMBIT looks a bit different — you're right. We've had a complete redesign with the goal of keeping all the content you like, adding some new things and freshening up the look of the paper, from the cover to the classifieds.
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National press weighs in on what went wrong — and one writer says Jindal would have been best nominee
'A CAREENING PANDER-FEST' The Washington Post's Chris Cilizza comes to praise Jindal, saying that when he first spoke with gubernatorial candidate Jindal 12 years ago, "he was one of the most impressive candidates for any office that I had ever met."
What's news? Allen Toussaint's eternal style, Emeril is craving Mexican food and Fox News calls Gov. Bobby Jindal a 'raisin.'
SARTORIAL SALUTEAmid the encomiums for the music of Allen Toussaint, who died in Spain Nov. 10 at 77 (see story, p. 43), GQ's Liza Corsillo took a different tack with "A Tribute to Allen Toussaint's Singular Style." Among the amazing photos: a very young Toussaint in a buffalo plaid blazer, a 1968 shot of Touissant in a Superfly-inspired jacket and the familiar Toussaint of later years, seated at his piano, resplendent in bright colors, sequins and aviator glasses.
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Jindal's poll numbers never did rise out of the low single digits, but the Nov. 17 suspension of his presidential campaign also had financial roots. In the same third quarter, one of the GOP frontrunners, Ben Carson, raised $20 million, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush raised $13.4 million.
With an annual budget of $2.17 million from the city's general fund and another $400,000 from self-generated funds, Orleans Parish Coroner Jeffrey Rouse's office performs two times as many autopsies than that of Jefferson Parish, which operates on an annual budget of $5.4 million (more than double that of New Orleans). The St. Tammany Coroner's Office has a $4.6 million budget and performs 300 autopsies a year.
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