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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tony the truck stop tiger euthanized after 17 years as Grosse Tete attraction

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM

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Tony — a 17 year-old Siberian Bengal tiger — has died, after living his life as a Grosse Tete truck stop attraction at the center of a controversial legal battle over his ownership and life in Louisiana.

According to a statement from the Tiger Truck Stop website, Tony was euthanized Oct. 16 after exhibiting "typical signs that death was imminent" to "prevent Tony from suffering." The statement says Tony will be "preserved through taxidermy" following an autopsy.

Tony had lived at the truck stop since January 2001, when the tiger was six months old. "Tony knew many of the regular visitors to his Grosse Tete home and was known for
rubbing against the bars of his enclosure and 'chuffing' to those he liked," the statement said.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Y@ Speak: Election, Round 2

Posted By on Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 6:15 PM


Thirty-two percent of New Orleans voters turned out to vote for mayor and City Council members Oct. 14, and Twitter celebrated with 69 jokes and speculation about never being able to afford living here again, followed by a weekly three-hour-long heart attack courtesy of Big Football. Also: Goodbye, Adrian Peterson, and hello, all of the water you stocked up for Nate.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

ACLU of Louisiana's Marjorie Esman to retire at the end of October

Posted By on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 4:24 PM

Marjorie Esman.
  • Marjorie Esman.
Marjorie Esman, who has served as Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Louisiana since September 2007, will be retiring at the end of the month, the organization announced.

Esman, a graduate of Tulane Law School, was a member of the ACLU of Louisiana board of directors from 1995 and the ACLU National Board from 1997.

In a statement, Esman said, “In the past 10 years we’ve accomplished a great deal, in legislative, litigation, and public education efforts that span the range of criminal justice reform, LGBT equality, rights of the incarcerated, and expanding First Amendment protections for the people of Louisiana. After 10 years at the helm, it’s time to turn the work over to new leadership that can steer this organization to even greater heights."

No successor has been named.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The New Orleans Film Fest starts tonight

Posted By on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 7:43 PM

Willem Dafoe stars in The Florida Project. - COURTESY A24
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  • Willem Dafoe stars in The Florida Project.

The New Orleans Film Festival kicks off tonight with a screening of The Florida Project, starring Willem Dafoe. More than 230 films screen between now and Thursday, Oct. 19, and there are interviews with filmmakers and stars, parties and more. A schedule and descriptions of all films are available on the festival website.

Some of the curated highlights include Mudbound, a story about a black veteran who returns from World War II and moves his family to rural Mississippi, where they struggle to survive (7:30 p.m. Saturday & 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19). Marshall tells the story of Thurgood Marshall as an attorney for the NAACP sent to Connecticut to defend a chauffeur against a socialite employer in a case that quickly became tabloid fodder (8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12). The Upside is a remake of the French film Les Intouchables. Comedian Kevin Hart plays an ex-con who gets a chance to rebuild his life by working as an assistant to a billionaire paralyzed by a hang-gliding accident (7:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16).

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

State of emergency issued for New Orleans as Tropical Storm Nate prepares to enter Gulf of Mexico

Posted By on Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 6:40 PM

Tropical Storm Nate's trajectory as of 4 p.m. Oct. 5. - NOAA/NWS
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  • Tropical Storm Nate's trajectory as of 4 p.m. Oct. 5.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu has declared a state of emergency for New Orleans, which could endure heavy rains and winds as Tropical Storm Nate moves into the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane.

By early Saturday morning, Nate is expected to move into the Gulf, where the National Weather Service (NWS) expects the storm will strengthen to Category 1 hurricane before it makes landfall on Sunday.

City officials expect the storm to bring 3 to 6 inches of rain over the weekend, and the NWS warns "the threat of direct impacts from wind, storm surge and heavy rainfall is increasing from Louisiana through the Florida panhandle." A hurricane watch and storm surge watch will likely be issued Friday.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Y@ Speak: patriot games

Posted By on Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 12:30 PM

The Saints go to London, KISS comes to Gretna, and Sen. Bill Cassidy beefs.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Gov. John Bel Edwards' office organizing donation drive to help Puerto Rico: how you can help

Posted By on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 at 5:28 PM

Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. - COURTESY PUERTO RICO NATIONAL GUARD
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  • Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is organizing a donation drive to help the people of Puerto Rico, who are just starting to recover from Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm that flooded the island and knocked out primary infrastructure.

The only donations being accepted are diapers, non-perishable baby formula, baby wipes, baby bottles and nipples and feminine hygiene products. In Orleans, donations can be made at 2218 Elysian Fields Ave.; 5403 Read Blvd.; and 2000 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. In Jefferson, donations can be made at 920 David Drive in Metairie and 5001 Westbank Expressway in Marrero. There are dropoff locations in every parish; a complete list of collection sites can be found here.

The Louisiana Army National Guard will gather items and transport them to Puerto Rico. The drive runs through Oct. 11, and may be extended.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Y@ Speak takes a knee

Posted By on Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 5:41 PM

A week of boil water advisories, Cassidy-Graham, Frank Scurlock's Uber adventures, and the president's war against silent protest.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cassidy vs. Sanders headed to CNN Sept. 25

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Sens. Bernie Sanders and Bill Cassidy join Lindsey Graham and Amy Klobuchar to debate health care legislation Sept. 25 on CNN. - PHOTOS BY AFGE & GAGE SKIDMORE/CREATIVE COMMONS
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  • Sens. Bernie Sanders and Bill Cassidy join Lindsey Graham and Amy Klobuchar to debate health care legislation Sept. 25 on CNN.


CNN will air a "town hall" Monday, Sept. 25 with U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham debating Sens. Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar over proposed health care legislation.

Anchor Jake Tapper and chief political correspondent Dana Bash will moderate the 90-minute event, aired live at 8 p.m.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Y@ Speak: when squirrels attack

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 5:30 PM

This week's episode chronicles the squirrel insurrection, Sen. Bill Cassidy's health care crusade, and the collapse of the New Orleans Saints.

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