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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Thursday afternoon news dump

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 9:39 PM

• As expected, the New Orleans City Council this afternoon voted to give the next council a pay raise, with Arnie Fielkow as the swing vote in a 4-3 result -- not a veto-proof majority. What will Mayor Ray Nagin do?

• Speaking of the pay raise: Clancy DuBos argued for it in his column this week, and today The Times-Picayune editorialized against it, even as the paper acknowledged the council hasn't had a raise since 1986. Just wondering how many people on the editorial board over at 3800 Howard haven't had a raise since 1986...much less make $42,500 a year.

• Gov. Bobby Jindal kicked off flu season by getting a flu jab in Lafayette.

• Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao tells the Huffington Post he still doesn't know how he's going to vote on health care reform.

Scott Fujita's support this week of same-sex marriage has drawn more than 100 comments on the Saints fan forum Canal Street Chronicles.

• Rev. Ted Haggard, back in the saddle again. And, oh, yeah, he was lying when he said he didn't do meth, because he totally did.

CityBusiness reports this year's Tales of the Cocktail had a $10 million impact on the city. And we still remember when Ann Rogers Tuennerman ("Mrs. Cocktail") dreamed it up in her living room.

• And here's your final schedule for this weekend's Gretna Heritage Festival.

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