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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Coming up in Gambit: FrenchQuarterJazzFest hangover edition

Posted By on Sat, May 9, 2009 at 6:16 PM

What to look for in this week's Gambit (in newsracks tomorrow and online Monday)? A few things:

• In our cover story, "Bonanza of Bills," Jeremy Alford snoops around Baton Rouge and examines a few bills that have been flying under the radar while the legislature grapples with the upcoming budget shortfall (currently estimated at eleventy-five gazillion dollars, more or less)....

David Winkler-Schmit looks at the delicate dance that Louisiana's gay and lesbian adoptive parents must perform in "The Gay Parent Trap." Under the proposed House Bill 60, unmarried couples (either same- or opposite-sex) would not be able to list both partners on the birth certificates, and on Thursday the N.O. City Council issued a unanimous condemnation of the proposal. (Councilman Arnie Fielkow, an adoptive parent himself, had some particularly strong words.)

• After a 10-year absence from the bookshelves, writer J.M. Redmann is back with Death of a Dying Man, her fifth mystery featuring P.I. Micky Knight. She'll be talking Micky at this weekend's Saints & Sinners Literary Festival....

Clancy DuBos has a few pointed words about Hizzoner C. Ray Nagin and his memory problems in a column called "The Blur"....

• ...and in Commentary, we have a few more words for David Vitter's foot-dragging when it comes to confirming the eminently qualified Craig Fugate as the nation's new FEMA director: Knock. It. Off.

Hey -- in all the hubbub of putting out the paper, we sometimes forget to say thanks to our readers, who are the entire reason we do this, week after week. So, if you're reading this: thank you for reading, thanks for your letters and comments on the blog (and keeping them so smart and civil), and thanks for being here. Summer's almost here, and we'll get through it, together.

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