Stripped of work: French Quarter strip club workers and the fight for jobs

Stripped of work: French Quarter strip club workers and the fight for jobs

After law enforcement raids, club workers fear for their future

 

Blakeview: 'If Ever I Cease To Love'

Rex adopted the song as its anthem in 1872
We conclude our look at the stories behind some Mardi Gras music by revisiting the history of Carnival's anthem, "If Ever I Cease to Love."...

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Safety, or something else? What's next for New Orleans strip clubs

Recent raids dovetail with the city's sweeping 'public safety' plans
In a broad and sweeping public safety plan introduced in January 2017, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and city officials called for a "rebranding of the French Quarter...

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Commentary: Every man a king, every homeowner a hotelier

New Orleans' short-term rental ordinance needs change, not expansion
When the New Orleans City Council came up with a comprehensive policy on short-term rentals (STRs) in 2016, both the council and the STR industry...

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Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore were named NFL offensive rookie and defensive rookie of the year, respectively, by the Associated Press at the annual NFL...

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The count: 'gutter buddies' blocking Mardi Gras beads from storm drains

200
After the New Orleans Department of Public Works pulled more than 7 million pounds of debris from storm drains over the last several months, the...

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Blake Pontchartrain: The names behind St. Charles Parish

The people (and a refinery) behind Destrehan, Hahnville, Luling and Norco
Hey Blake, While on a road trip through St. Charles Parish recently, I wondered about the origin of some place names: Destrehan, Hahnville, Luling...

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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...

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Blakeview: The Wild Magnolias' 'Handa Wanda'

Bo Dollis recorded the first commercially produced Mardi Gras Indian record
This week, our Mardi Gras music history lesson highlights a song featuring the sounds of the Mardi Gras Indians: "Handa Wanda." Jazz Fest producer Quint...

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Commentary: Cruising through Carnival

It's time to restore the 'public' to public space
We're squarely in the middle of Mardi Gras season — the best time of the year in New Orleans. The streets will be packed with...

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Clancy DuBos: A tireless advocate — Johnny Jackson Jr.

The former City Councilman and state lawmaker died Jan. 24
There aren't many first- generation civil rights leaders left in New Orleans, and we lost another one Jan. 24 when former City Councilman and state Rep....

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The count: public toilets along Mardi Gras parade routes

650
"Ain't No Place to Pee on Mardi Gras Day" goes the song, but on Jan. 31, the city of New Orleans began placing portable toilets...

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Terence Blanchard was awarded a fellowship and $50,000 grant by the Chicago foundation United States Artists to pursue his musical career. The trumpeter and New...

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Blake Pontchartrain: Regal Brewery

American Brewing's star beer closed in 1962
Hey Blake, I know where Dixie, Falstaff and Jax beers were brewed, but where was the Regal brewery located? When did it go out of...

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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...

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Blakeview: 'Mardi Gras Mambo'

Jody Levens recorded the song with The Hawketts in 1954
This week's Mardi Gras music history lesson has a mambo beat, sort of like what "Mardi Gras Mambo" says you'll find on LaSalle and Rampart...

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Thomas Morstead, punter for the New Orleans Saints, inspired Minnesota Vikings fans to donate to his charitable foundation What You Give Will Grow —...

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The count: how much would be cut from state health care under Gov. Edwards' proposed budget

$660 million
The "doomsday" state budget proposed last week by Gov. John Bel Edwards would cut half a billion dollars in care (mostly for the poor and...

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Commentary: Lawmakers, get to it

Lawmakers don’t have to like Edwards’ proposals, but finger-pointing and blame-dodging are not among their duties
Gov. John Bel Edwards proposed a dire state operating budget on Jan. 22. Faced with almost $1 billion in expiring taxes, the governor proposed gutting the...

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Clancy DuBos: One if by land, two if by air

Perhaps Mike Edmonson was just too busy looking for his own car keys
The latest news about former State Police Col. Mike Edmonson had me checking my calendar. When I heard the FBI was looking at his possible...

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Blake Pontchartrain: McKenzie's

From classic king cakes to Chicken-In-A-Box
Hey Blake, This time of year, lots of us think back to our memories of McKenzie's king cakes. When did they get into the...

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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,...

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Blakeview: Professor Longhair's 'Go to the Mardi Gras'

The New Orleans artist recorded at least six versions of the song
For this week's Carnival music spotlight, get your ticket in your hand and head to the corner of St. Claude and Dumaine to see the...

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Commentary: Rick Scott, Florida's Bobby Jindal

Given Scott’s affinity for all things Jindal, it’s rich that he would come to Louisiana to try to score political points
Louisianans are used to their politicians stunting to advance themselves, but last week we got something different: an out-of-state pol coming to Louisiana to pull...

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The count: African-Americans in Louisiana who would vote for Trump over Oprah

36 percent
In a hypothetical presidential matchup between President Donald Trump and media mogul Oprah Winfrey, 60 percent of Louisiana voters would choose Trump, according to a...

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Blake Pontchartrain: The bricks at the Audubon Aquarium

1989's "Pave The Way" campaign gathered names for sidewalk bricks
Hey Blake, Every time we walk past the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, we look for the bricks that we donated. Remind us of...

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