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"I kind of ask that the press leave the Mefferts alone, and move onto some other cases, move onto some other things, because there's really gonna be nothing more to be said." — Defense attorney Randy Smith, after the city's former technology chief Greg Meffert and his wife Linda Meffert were arraigned Nov. 30 on federal corruption charges. The Mefferts both pleaded not guilty. A criminal corruption trial is set to begin Jan. 11.

"I think it depends upon the conviction. I don't want child molesters and rapists and those kind of people, but if somebody has made a mistake and has a white-collar crime and they've paid their time and they're back in the business, then I don't really see a problem with that." — Mayor Ray Nagin to WWL-TV's Bigad Shaban Dec. 3, explaining he didn't think a conviction on public corruption charges should be a barrier to getting future city contracts.

"The Superdome, packed with 70,768 swaggering Cajuns who chanted 'Who dat?' all night, shook from opening kick to final whistle..." — sportswriter Adam Kilgore Nov. 30, hours after the New Orleans Saints trounced the New England Patriots 38-17.

"I found the most voracious readers to be outside of New York. My readings in New Orleans have been great. In New York, forget it: People want a free drink and then they'll leave." — Ethan Brown, author of Shake the Devil Off, in New York magazine


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