Talking with the New Orleans musician whose new album is Create Your Own Mythology
Kristin Diable drove her Toyota Prius through Nashville while her hometown was dusting off weeks of glitter. She missed Mardi Gras.
The looming state budget cuts will push some public defender districts into insolvency
Even without the massive cuts announced recently by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration, the public defender board in Orleans Parish was already expected to slip into deficit spending at some point during the 2015-2016 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The picture is just as gloomy for surrounding parishes next fiscal year, with the public defender boards in St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes effectively broke and Jefferson's board operating with a deficit as well.
Less conventional parades with small floats and walking groups are becoming a bigger part of Carnival. Here are a few of the parades Rex Duke enjoyed
ChewbacchusThe Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus hosted comedian Andy Richter in a rickshaw and Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew (krewe emperor for life and pope of popes) on the Millennium Falcon float. Trailing them was a funky and bizarre universe of everything from Star Wars- and Doctor Who-inspired groups to a two-part giant white whale and a tune-blasting Oregon Trail covered wagon.
New Orleans’ foremost Mardi Gras parade critic grades this year’s rolls
Hail, loyal subjects! Your faithful arbiter of Mardi Gras merriment, Rex Duke™, returns to pronounce Carnival 2015 a celebration for the ages.
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Mayor Mitch Landrieu offered this response to Clancy DuBos' Dec. 2 column, "How Mitch Landrieu Will Be Measured." When I came into office, the U.S. Department of Justice had called the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) one of the worst departments in the country.
Which fitness band is just your type?
The wholesome onePros: The Jawbone UP24 automatically syncs with a smartphone using Bluetooth technology and has fun apps (one monitors your caffeine consumption and can tell you when to quit drinking coffee for a good night's rest). It's easy to take on and off and slim enough to stack with other bracelets.
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Last November, as the New Orleans City Council was passing the city's 2015 operating budget, District B Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell made a statement that in retrospect is ironic: "I view 2015 as the year of enforcement," she said. This Mardi Gras season would have been a great time to implement that resolution, given that the council spent nine months reworking its decades-old Carnival ordinances before Fat Tuesday 2014.
When you're running for president, you have to do a lot of things you'd rather not do. Tops on that list if you're Bobby Jindal is talking to the press, something he's been loath to do during his seven-plus years as Louisiana's governor.
The state's projected $1.6 billion (and growing) operating budget shortfall for the fiscal year that starts July 1 hangs over the heads of Gov. Bobby Jindal and state lawmakers like a modern-day Sword of Damocles. The enormity of that budget gap — and the draconian cuts it could precipitate — has public universities, public health care advocates and many others in a state of near panic.
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They get what they deserve
Dillard'sdonated more than $30,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater New Orleans. Area stores raised the money through sales of its Southern Living Christmas Cookbook, sold exclusively through Dillard's.
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All the traveling, all the media appearances and all the culture-warrior posturing don't seem to be doing Gov. Bobby Jindal any good with those who don't already know him. A CBS News poll conducted Feb. 13-17 and released last week had little good news for Jindal's nascent presidential campaign: In a field of 11 possible candidates, Jindal's familiarity rating was the lowest.
"I got called here recently and they got to asking me, 'What do you think about Jindal traveling all the time?' I said, 'Haven't you forgotten the biggest criticism
you had of me is that I didn't
Vitter offers 'Mardi Gras' koozies for donations
U.S. Sen. David Vitter hit upon a Carnival-themed fundraiser last week when it offered "exclusive Mardi Gras koozies" for people who would "chip in $10" online to his gubernatorial campaign. The email offer was sent out on Lundi Gras, which didn't give Vitter fans time to hit the parade route with the purple koozie bearing Vitter's logo.
The 'year of enforcement' rolls on
New Orleans landlords could soon face regular inspections to their rental properties. City Councilmembers LaToya Cantrell and Jason Williams are floating a measure to require many landlords to register their properties with the city and undergo code inspections.
"You mean I'm not white?" — Gov. Bobby Jindal, joking at a Feb. 9 breakfast meeting in Washington D.C. It was a response to the furor over a painting of Jindal in which the dark-skinned governor appears fair skinned.
Baquet to give sixth annual Ed Renwick Lecture
Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, will give the sixth annual Ed Renwick Lecture in Loyola University's Nunemaker Hall next month. Baquet, a New Orleans native and graduate of St. Augustine High School, began his career at the now-defunct States-Item before moving to The Times-Picayune and the Chicago Tribune, where he received a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 1998.
"I Endorse David Vitter For Governor" was the subject line on an email from Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul last week. Paul and Vitter have worked together on legislation before, including a 2011 bill that would have ended "birthright citizenship" and established a law making babies born on American soil U.S. citizens only if their parents were here legally.
All the news that doesn't fit
• Former U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, who represented Louisiana's 5th Congressional District from 2003 to 2013, has joined The Picard Group, a lobbying firm with offices in Lafayette and Washington D.C. Alexander will head the Washington office. The company sent out a press release announcing the move, with congratulatory quotes from U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany and U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy ...
Bars and casinos to go smoke-free in April
As New Orleans gets closer to its smoke-free deadline in April, the same campaign behind legislation that will ban smoking in bars and casinos has introduced a Mardi Gras-themed smoking cessation program. "Krewe de Quit" (www.krewedequit.org) is supported by Pfizer, the Smoking Cessation Trust, the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living, Ochsner Health System, the American Lung Association of the Southeast, the Cardiovascular Institute of the South, and the Louisiana Business Group on Health.
"Hey @CenLamar-that's not the official portrait. Constituent loaned it.
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Your recent editorial ("Debunking Jindal's 'frivolous' claim," Com-mentary, Nov. 2) praising the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East (SLFPA-E) for extracting a meager $50,000 settlement from two companies targeted by the board's controversial lawsuit overlooks several key points. First, consider the manner in which the settlement was negotiated.
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