What to know in New Orleans this week (March 13 - 19, 2018)

Council approves Entergy plant in N.O. EastDozens of New Orleans East residents challenged Entergy's plan to build a 128-megawatt, gas-fired power plant in Michoud, but after six hours of public comments on March 8, the New Orleans City Council approved the utility's plan by a 6-1 vote.   Council members hoped to remedy the city's inability to generate local power after routine power outages underscored the city's defective energy infrastructure.

What to know in New Orleans this week (March 6 - 12, 2018)

Cantrell transition team still working The transition team helping build the agenda for New Orleans Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell is halfway through its meeting schedule, but details about what the team's recommendations will look like and who will head up the new administration are still taking shape.

What to know in New Orleans this week (February 27- March 5, 2018)

NOLA students join gun control pushNew Orleans area students are joining a national movement to pressure lawmakers to support stronger enforcement of gun control measures following the shooting deaths of 17 people at Parkland, Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Feb. 14. Groups across the U.S. have organized rallies for March 24.

What to know in New Orleans this week (Feb. 20-26, 2018)

RECYCLE ME SOMETHING, MISTERIf you're looking to unload those 40-pound sacks of plastic headed for the back of your closet, consider making a trip to one of several branches of the New Orleans Public Library, which is partnering with the Arc of Greater New Orleans to recycle Mardi Gras beads and other parade throws.   Arc of Greater New Orleans helps create wage-earning jobs for people with intellectual disabilities to sort and repackage throws for future Carnivals.

What to know in New Orleans this week (Feb. 13-19, 2018)

Bywater's Sun Yard hotel on hold until MarchThe New Orleans City Planning Commission (CPC) has deferred action on zoning plans for the proposed Sun Yard hotel on St. Claude Avenue in Bywater, buying more time for developers to amend their plans or work with the CPC on a compromise. The CPC decided last week to delay action on the plans until its March 13 meeting.

What to know in New Orleans this week (Feb. 6 - 12, 2018)

Workers protest club shutdownsUnder the neon daiquiri-shop lights and to the cheers of barkers in bad suits, hundreds of gentlemen's club workers and allies converged for a Feb. 1 march that filled Bourbon Street. It was the second in as many days organized by workers to protest investigations and raids of eight strip clubs in January, which resulted in suspended liquor and tobacco licenses.

What to know in New Orleans this week (Jan. 30 - Feb. 5, 2018)

Aretha, Aerosmith, Sting among2018 Jazz Fest headlinersAerosmith, Aretha Franklin, David Byrne, Jack White, Sting, Jimmy Buffett, Beck, Lionel Richie, Steve Miller Band, Sturgill Simpson, Sheryl Crow, Anita Baker, Bonnie Raitt, Smokey Robinson and many others will perform at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The fest returns to the New Orleans Fairgrounds April 27-29 and May 3-6.   Tickets are $65 in advance and $80 at the gate.

What to know in New Orleans this week (Jan. 23-29, 2018)

CITY UNPREPARED TO DEAL WITH FREEZE CONDITIONSNew Orleans endured another bout of extreme weather last week, once again leading to questions about the adequacy of the city's troubled infrastructure and its ability to handle weather events in the future.   For the 13th time since 2010, New Orleans' East Bank fell under a boil water advisory Jan. 18.

What to know in New Orleans this week (Jan. 9-15, 2018)

The latest on CarnivalFilmmaker Spike Lee is the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club's honorary celebrity grand marshal for its 2018 Carnival. The krewe rolls on Fat Tuesday morning (Tuesday, Feb. 13).

What to know in New Orleans this week (Jan. 9-15, 2018)

Cantrell to announce transition teamMayor-elect LaToya Cantrell is expected to announce members of her transition team this week, after a celebratory Mass in honor of her transition St. Peter Claver Church Jan. 4.  Through an organization named Forward Together New Orleans, Cantrell's transition staff moved into offices at Xavier University Jan. 2, with the District B Councilwoman's Chief of Staff John Pourciau formally leading the transition team. The Greater New Orleans Foundation and the Foundation for Louisiana are the organization's fiscal agents.

What to know in New Orleans this week (Jan. 2-8, 2018)

The Tales will go on ... maybeBusinessman Gary Solomon Jr. and restaurateur Neil Bodenheimer have signed a nonbinding letter of intent to buy the Tales of the Cocktail spirits festival, the future of which has been in doubt since founder Ann Tuennerman and her husband Paul Tuennerman stepped down a few months ago.   The Tuennermans — known as "Mr. and Mrs. Cocktail" — had built Tales from a small summer gathering of cocktail lovers 15 years ago into the drinks industry's premier convention.


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