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Interview: Kristin Diable

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.

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Louisiana public defenders’ offices in jeopardy

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.

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Rex Duke™’s favorite alternative krewes of Mardi Gras 2015

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.

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Rex Duke™’s reviews

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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Vox Populi

A word from Mayor Mitch Landrieu

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.

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I'm with the band

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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Commentary

New Orleans City Council and Latoya Cantrell’s ‘Year of Enforcement’

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.

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After recent press appearances, it’s no wonder Jindal avoids them

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.

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9 budgetary reforms Louisiana’s lawmakers need to address budget gap

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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Bouquets & Brickbats: local heroes and zeroes

Bouquets & Brickbats

They get what they deserve
9 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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Scuttlebutt: Louisiana News Briefs

Recent polls show Americans still don’t know Louisiana Governor Jindal

  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.

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Quote of the week: Former Gov. Mike Foster

  "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 travel enough?'"

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U.S. Senator David Vitter offered Mardi Gras koozies for donations…but not in time for Mardi Gras

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.

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New Orleans City Councilmembers propose regular inspections on rental properties

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.

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Quotes of the week: Bobby Jindal

  "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.

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New Orleans native and New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet to give Loyola lecture

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.

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul endorses David Vitter for Louisiana Governor

  "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.

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Scuttlebits

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 ...

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New Orleans smoking cessation program kicks off before ban takes effect in bars and casinos

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.

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Quote of the week: Kyle Plotkin

  "Hey @CenLamar-that's not the official portrait. Constituent loaned it.

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Letters to the Editor

Debunk challenge

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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