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Interview: Benjamin Booker

Alex Woodward interviews the new New Orleans musician whose critically acclaimed debut album mixes punk, pop and blues
This is a good time for Netflix. It's also the only time for Netflix.

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Beatings in St. Roch roil the neighborhood

Jeanie Riess talks to two of the men who were beaten in St. Roch; NOPD says there’s no proof attacks were related
Facebook friends told Christopher Brumfield to seek revenge on the group of kids that attacked him July 26, while he was walking down St. Roch Avenue around 9 p.m.   "A lot of people react with vengeance, but I don't believe in vengeance," Brumfield said.

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One night on Frenchmen

Authentic New Orleans? Touristville? Or both? Four Gambit writers spent nine hours on Frenchmen on a Friday night
One night on Frenchmen slideshow: "Frenchmen Street is where the locals go."So say reviewers on Yelp!

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“Sober in New Orleans”: your reactions

Our cover story on sobriety in New Orleans inspired a lot of debate. Here are two counterpoints
Jules Bentley's recent cover story "Sober in New Orleans" (July 29) inspired dozens of emails, tweets and Facebook posts from Gambit readers. Some were angry with Bentley's take on his own sobriety; others didn't agree with his conclusions, but found it a powerful and personal piece of writing.

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Who Dat Say … ?

Bradley Warshauer on the New Orleans Saints’ first preseason game … and the Saints’ prospects in 2014
As they enter the earliest moments of the 2014 football season, New Orleans Saints fans are hyped. Here's an example: In the frozen food section of the Winn-Dixie on North Carrollton Avenue, I ran into a neighbor I hadn't seen in a few months.

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Mental health resources in Southeast Louisiana

In 1965, Simon and Garfunkel recorded "Richard Cory," which was based on a 19th-century poem of the same name by Edwin Arlington Robinson. Both the poem and the song were about a man who was rich, handsome, successful and kind, the envy of all who knew him — and both ended with the same line: "And Richard Cory, one calm summer night / Went home and put a bullet through his head."

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Policing Bourbon

During his reforms of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) in the 1990s, then-Superintendent Richard Pennington instituted a ban on cops working detail shifts at privately owned bars — a practice that had existed for decades in New Orleans. There were plenty of problems with the previous system of moonlighting, including the fact that some cops made more money at it than they did from their NOPD jobs.

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Jindal's war of attrition

For a guy who doesn't like frivolous lawsuits, Gov. Bobby Jindal apparently doesn't mind using one to further his political ambitions. That's the only logical explanation for the governor's decision to file a lawsuit seeking to annul a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that Jindal himself signed in 2010 — back when he supported the Common Core educational initiative.

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Bouquets & Brickbats: local heroes and zeroes

Bouquets & Brickbats

They get what they deserve
LaRita Francois-Flottewas named a Champion For Good by Allstate Insurance Company on Aug. 14 during a surprise ceremony as part of the company's Give It Up For Good campaign. Flotte founded the Take The Lead Foundation, a New Orleans-based nonprofit youth education organization.

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Scuttlebutt: Louisiana News Briefs

Council district budget meetings set

Mayor wants to gather input from residents
  Mayor Mitch Landrieu's annual "Budgeting for Outcomes" meetings in each City Council district begin this week with District C on Monday (Aug. 18) and will continue through Aug. 27 in District D. In a press release, Landrieu stated, "These meetings allow us to hear directly from New Orleanians on what their priorities are, and allow us to stick to our budgeting principles: Cut smart, reorganize and invest in the future."   Each meeting will be attended by Landrieu, the district council member, various deputy mayors and department heads, New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas and New Orleans Fire Superintendent Tim McConnell.

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Quotes of the week: The Jindal edition (again)

  "I think it's been an embarrassment to him, the district and the state. I won't be endorsing him, if that's what you're about to ask."

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Jefferson Parish President John Young runs for lieutenant governor

  Jefferson Parish President John Young wants to be Louisiana's next lieutenant governor, and he announced his intention Aug. 12 with the unveiling of a campaign website and online ad titled "A Stronger Louisiana." Young joins a roster of already-announced candidates that includes Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden and state Sen. Elbert Guillory, R-Opelousas.

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Uber vote deferred by New Orleans City Council to Sept. 4

Council to consider new hail-a-car regulations
  The New Orleans City Council had yet another installment of the vehicle for-hire debate Aug. 14, with taxicab industry lobbyists dressed in bright green T-shirts and Uber advocates sporting black. A few minutes into the meeting, though, the council decided to defer a vote on proposed revisions to the city's ground transportation ordinance until its next meeting on Sept. 4.  District E Councilman James Gray made the motion to defer, citing the many amendments to the legislation that still required votes.

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NOPD to crack down on ATV use after hit-and-run death

Action prompted by ATV death in Treme
  The New Orleans City Council opened its Aug. 14 meeting by addressing four-wheel all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on city streets. New Orleans cops will begin cracking down on ATVs, which lawmen stressed are not "street legal" in New Orleans.

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Tyler Gamble becomes NOPD’s new public information officer

Mayor's press secretary moved to NOPD, at least for now
  The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) has been without a public information officer (PIO) since Remi Braden left last April. The city finally advertised to fill the position in July, but after last week's embarrassing NOPD snafu during which an officer shot a man during a traffic stop but the department failed to notify the public, a quick switch was made.

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The cost of rejecting Medicaid expansion in Louisiana

State to lose $15.8 billion over 10 years
  With his opposition to Medicaid expansion in Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal will make the state lose out on $15.8 billion in federal reimbursements over the next decade, according to a report this month from the Urban Institute supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. States that have not expanded Medicaid will cause 6.7 million people to remain uninsured in 2016, according to the report, which also found that for every dollar spent to support Medicaid, a state would receive $13.41 in federal funding.

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St. Roch residents want more police patrols

  All summer, 50 Louisiana State Police (LSP) troopers have patrolled the French Quarter to increase crime-fighting efforts in that neighborhood in response to Mayor Mitch Landrieu's request for state and federal assistance after a shooting on Bourbon Street in June left one woman dead and nine other people wounded. Those state patrols, however, will end after Labor Day weekend.

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Quote of the week: David Vitter

  "I strongly support the Common Core standards. When you actually look at the standards — which is what Common Core is about — people who really read them, that may not be a whole, whole, whole lot, but when you look at them I think they're very strong, significant, positive standards."

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Austin, Texas dedicates a day to Edwin Edwards and Quiet Company rock band

Edwards and rock band get their day in Texas
  Just another day in the city that "keeps it weird" — the mayor of Austin, Texas, declared Aug. 7 "Governor Edwin Edwards Day" in honor of the former Louisiana governor and current congressional candidate's birthday.   Mayor Lee Leffingwell issued the proclamation, which reads, in part: "As Governor, Edwin Edwards reorganized state government and, as an outspoken civil rights leader, appointed more minorities and women to high governmental positions than had any governor in Louisiana history.

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