Monday, July 24, 2017

Y@ Speak: It rained?

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Wasn't just me? It rained, right? I didn't just imagine my neighbor sailing to the bar for "provisions"? Cool.

Also this week: Health care, Atlanta Falcons pettiness and no Tales zones.

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Youth who commit misdemeanors could receive warnings or summonses under proposed ordinance

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 5:45 PM

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New Orleans youth who commit misdemeanor offenses could receive warnings or summonses to appear in court with a guardian, under a proposed ordinance aimed at preventing young people from entering, and often re-entering, the criminal justice system after an arrest.

The ordinance was supported by the New Orleans City Council's Criminal Justice Committee July 24, and it also has the support of Orleans Parish Juvenile Court judges and, for the most part, Mayor Mitch Landrieu. It now heads to the full City Council for approval.

Committee chair and District A Councilmember Susan Guidry said "police have no alternative but to handcuff the child [who commits minor offenses]. I mean that is a serious, traumatic event.”

Under the ordinance, youth who have committed a status offense (truancy, running away, displaying "ungovernable behavior") would receive a juvenile warning notice (JWN). Police also would write JWNs or issue summonses for 11 types of misdemeanor crimes — including simple assault and simple possession of marijuana, misdemeanor theft, criminal mischief and criminal trespassing — at the officers' discretion.

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Alabama Senate candidate uses audio of Scalise shooting in campaign ad

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 2:42 PM

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks.
  • U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks.

Audio from last month's shooting of U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise and three others at a baseball field in Virginia is being used in a campaign ad by a U.S. Representative from Alabama  who hopes to replace Jeff Sessions in the Senate.
U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, a Republican running in a Senate special election to replace Sessions, debuted the ad featuring the sound of gunshots and the information that "Mo Brooks gives his belt as a tourniquet to help the wounded." It closes with a gripe about the "liberal media" asking Brooks questions about gun control after the tragedy, and reiterates Brooks' support of the Second Amendment.

Brett Horton, Scalise's chief of staff, tweeted that the audio "makes my stomach turn," while an unnamed spokesperson for Scalise told NBC News, “I guess some people have their own ideas about what’s appropriate."


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New Orleans museums offer free admission again this August

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Purple Rain Lounge by Birney Imes and more Southern photography currently is on display at Ogden.
  • Purple Rain Lounge by Birney Imes and more Southern photography currently is on display at Ogden.

In an annual event that's actually kind of a steal, a network of New Orleans museums offers free admission in August during "Museum Month," as long as you're a member at a participating institution.

The event includes all the major art museums, including New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art and others, plus cultural landmarks such as Longue Vue House and Gardens, The National World War II Museum and New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. As always, this is a good way to play tourist during a time of year when facilities tend to be less crowded.

Some of the more economical memberships include Ashe Cultural Arts Center ($25-$49), Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Museum ($30) and Contemporary Arts Center ($35 through July, $45 thereafter).

A complete list of "Museum Month" locations is available online.

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Public Service restaurant now open in the NOPSI Hotel

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 12:17 PM

Soft-shelled crab with watermelon, blue crab dip, and tasso hushpuppies are served at Public Service, which is now open inside the NOPSI hotel. - PHOTO BY HELEN FREUND
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  • Soft-shelled crab with watermelon, blue crab dip, and tasso hushpuppies are served at Public Service, which is now open inside the NOPSI hotel.
The NOPSI Hotel (317 Baronne St., 504-962-6500) recently opened and with that comes  two new bars and a restaurant.

The luxury 217-room hotel opened July 6 in the CBD. It has a gleaming central lobby with tall vaulted ceilings and chandeliers. The hotel's lobby bar, underCURRENT, serves snacks and drinks to lobby guests and on an outdoor patio.

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Lakeview Harbor to move

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 10:05 AM

Lakeview Harbor will move to a new location next year. - COURTESY LAKEVIEW HARBOR/FACEBOOK
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  • Lakeview Harbor will move to a new location next year.

Lakeview Harbor (911 Harrison Ave., 504-486-4887), the longstanding Lakeview restaurant, will move to a new location next year.

The announcement was made by the restaurant’s owners in a release Friday, and stated that the restaurant’s lease will end January 31, 2018.


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Gambit's Digital Edition, July 25, 2017

Posted on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 9:06 AM

Friday, July 21, 2017

West Nile virus discovered in New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 4:05 PM

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Time to dump out the kiddie pool. New Orleans' Mosquito and Termite Control Board has discovered West Nile virus in mosquitoes in the parish for the first time in 2017, according to an announcement from City Hall. There have not been any reported human cases of the virus or the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus, however.

West Nile also was discovered in 14 samples in St. Tammany Parish. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly one in five people infected with the virus develop fever and other symptoms, and less than 1 percent develop a serious illness.

The board and the New Orleans Health Department will be "aggressively applying insecticides by airplane and truck" to target the virus-carrying southern house mosquito, as well as "applying larvicide to storm drains and standing water, reducing breeding sources, and educating residents through community outreach efforts."

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Review: Dunkirk

Posted By on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 3:02 PM


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“The Dunkirk Spirit” is a phrase known to British citizens of all backgrounds and a source of pride for many. It refers to the ability to succeed under impossible circumstances. That capacity is ascribed to the British for events at the Battle of Dunkirk, which occurred at the beginning of World War II in late May and early June 1940. It was a rare set of circumstances in which ordinary citizens were needed to help rescue more than 300,000 British soldiers surrounded by enemy troops and trapped on the beach at the French town of Dunkirk.

That story is not well known in the U.S., in part because the heroics belonged solely to our allies, and also because no one has tried to tell it through an appropriately epic-scale Hollywood film. The ascent of filmmaker Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception) has made that idea not only possible but advisable. A British-American with dual citizenship, Nolan possesses what may be Hollywood’s most elusive gift — the ability to create blockbuster movies that also appear substantial.

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Gov. Edwards calls conservatives' bluff

Posted By on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 1:39 PM

From left, House speaker Taylor Barras, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Senate president John Alario. - PHOTO BY SARAH GAMARD
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  • From left, House speaker Taylor Barras, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Senate president John Alario.

If you talk to conservative state lawmakers and business leaders in Louisiana, they’ll tell you there’s no “appetite” for fiscal reform. They all know what fiscal reform looks like, they just don’t see a way to get from where Louisiana is today to where it needs to be in the future, or even next year.

Gov. John Bel Edwards blames House Republicans, who have blunted his efforts to raise taxes. In fairness, the governor also balked at reforms proposed last November by a nonpartisan task force that studied tax policy for almost a year. Instead of backing the task force’s recommendations, Edwards floated an idea that struck many as coming out of left field: a commercial activity tax, or CAT. That idea went nowhere fast.
On the other hand, the GOP-led House failed to offer a reasonable alternative of its own, other than significant cuts this year and draconian cuts next year. Edwards and the Senate, which generally sides with the governor on fiscal issues, tamped down the House plan this year — but Louisiana’s long-range prospects remain untenable.

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