Monday, May 1, 2017

Jazz Fest 2017: Photos from Sunday, April 30

Posted By on Mon, May 1, 2017 at 1:43 AM


The first Sunday of the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival was almost a washout due to severe thunderstorms that rolled through the area all morning and early afternoon. However, gates opened at 3 p.m. and fans of Dr. John, Lorde and Tom Petty, to name a few, were not disappointed with the quality of the music that ended the last day of the first weekend.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Y@ Speak: emergency alert

Posted By on Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 6:35 PM

Congratulations, we survived April Fool's Day and woke up way too early thanks to the powerful combination of technology, weather and leaving our phones close enough to immediately grab upon waking. Once more unto the tweets:

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Rep. Cedric Richmond to Trump: "act quickly" for emergency relief

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 3:10 PM


U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond is urging President Donald Trump to act quickly following  devastating tornados that damaged hundreds of homes in New Orleans East Feb. 7. Trump's only public response to the disaster this week came from the @POTUS account: "Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in southeastern Louisiana affected by today's severe tornadoes." His more-active personal account hasn't mentioned it.

Gov. John Bel Edwards — also lobbying in Washington D.C. for more flood relief in the wake of August flooding (which Trump visited) — is requesting a federal emergency declaration, which would activate FEMA Individual and Public Assistance for New Orleans. Currently, a network of city and state agencies and nonprofit organizations are assessing damages, offering temporary shelter and serving meals. Edwards declared a state of emergency Feb. 7. In a letter to Trump, Richmond writes that a FEMA activation is "absolutely essential to the recovery of the men and women who live in this important New Orleans community."

"Declaring a disaster for the people of Orleans Parish would show that you are serious about your commitment to be a president for all people and fulfill the promise you made in August to be there for the people of Louisiana when they are in need after a disaster," Richmond said.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

How to help New Orleans tornado victims: donations needed for people and pets

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 5:00 PM

A resident of New Orleans East outside her home, which was destroyed by the tornado that hit Louisiana Feb. 7. - CHERYL GERBER
  • A resident of New Orleans East outside her home, which was destroyed by the tornado that hit Louisiana Feb. 7.

A massive tornado that touched down in New Orleans East Feb. 7 damaged hundreds of homes and properties and injured several people. The tornado "severely" damaged 300 structures and damaged hundreds of other buildings, according to city officials.

The city has opened a temporary shelter at Joe W. Brown Recreation Center (5601 Read Blvd.), where the New Orleans Health Department, New Orleans Fire Department, Catholic Charities and the Red Cross are offering help and assessing needs for short-term and long-term housing.

Below is a list of local organizations collecting donations for people and pets and registering volunteers.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Y@ Speak: the birth of King Cake Baby

Posted By on Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 6:31 PM

We're frozen in place with no choice but to eat all of this king cake until our waists expand to break the ice. Or just wait a couple minutes and it'll be 94 degrees with 4,000 percent humidity. It's our annual awakening of the King Cake Baby from his diapered slumber under the wood of the basketball court, emerging only to deliver cakes and make some sportswriter dork spill a few hundred words about "nightmare fuel" or whatever. (I am #TeamKCB.) Also this week: everyone is fired and Comic Con.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Y@ Speak: Invest-ed

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 5:40 PM

President Obama visits Louisiana following the August floods, Invest 99 Luftballoons pops its head into the Gulf, the Saints pick up some Duraflame logs to get started on this season's tire fire, and more from the final hours of The Worst Month.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Y@ Speak: after the flood

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 6:35 PM

The media's response, the lack of a response from the media, the governor, Trump, important phone numbers and donation information, rescue and relief, and neighbors helping neighbors  — a week of tweets following Louisiana's August flooding.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

New Orleans Public Library hosts food drive for flood victims, plus more donation drop points

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 2:48 PM

All New Orleans Public Library locations will collect dry and non-perishable food items as part of a food drive to benefit flood victims, it announced in a statement this morning.

Library Marketing and Communications Director John Marc Sharpe described food as "the most critical need" and called for donations of shelf-stable items such as canned fruit and vegetables, canned tuna and chicken, soup, beans, chili, pasta, rice, cereal and peanut butter, as well as supplements including protein bars and Ensure. Each library will have a donation box. Goods ultimately will be distributed to Second Harvest Food Bank

Relief efforts continue after last weekend's historic flooding wreaked havoc on the state, potentially leaving thousands homeless. Below, find additions to Gambit's early list of places to donate or get involved.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Where to help Louisiana flood victims: Donation drop points around New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 12:01 PM

click image Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, tweeted these photos Aug. 13 of the historic floods in central Louisiana. - TWITTER/@ONEVISIONARY
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  • Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, tweeted these photos Aug. 13 of the historic floods in central Louisiana.

After several days of record-setting rainfall, devastating floodwaters poured into much of Southeast Louisiana this weekend, including East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Ascension and surrounding parishes. Multiple news organizations are reporting the rescue of more than 20,000 people from homes and vehicles as of Sunday.

As many New Orleanians know well, flooding robs families of resources large and small: it's not just cars and homes, but day-to-day personal effects, from clothes and blankets to shampoo and toothbrushes. Here's our ongoing list of sites to donate these much-needed supplies to flood victims, as well as several contacts for direct donations and volunteer opportunities. 

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Y@ Speak: purple rained out

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2016 at 4:05 PM

After you wash off the Patient Zero-level disease you collected from the musical horse river, let's look at some holes! Massive, people- and car-eating holes sprouting across the city like nightmare moles forecasting some kind of apocalypse or the earth's reclamation of our devil town — that's just so NOLA.

Also: meet a racist deputy!

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