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   Mayor Mitch Landrieu's official budget presentation to New Orleans City Council has been pushed back to Oct. 29 from Oct. 15. The reason? Hurricane Isaac. ...

   The city has refined its official website,, with a streamlined interface, including one-click front-page access to online payments, performance reports, the NOLA Ready emergency and disaster communications service and the city's public notices calendar. According to Landrieu's press office, more online services will be added gradually, including the ability to search blighted properties online and apply for city permits. ...

   The New Orleans City Council voted 7-0 to allow musician Kermit Ruffins to reopen the former Mother-in-Law Lounge on North Claiborne Avenue ...

   Forbes issued its annual report of the 400 Richest Americans last week. The only Louisianan to make the list was New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, whose estimated net worth of $1.2 billion earned him a spot at No. 360. Also on the list: Donald Newhouse, chief of Advance Publications, which owns The Times-Picayune. Newhouse came in at No. 51, with an estimated fortune of $6.6 billion. ...

   And the NOLA Media Group, which publishes The Times-Picayune, announced the paper would be going into the Baton Rouge market to compete against that city's daily, The Advocate, just as The Advocate prepares to launch its New Orleans edition. Advocate publisher David Manship told Gambit, "We wish them well with their new venture in Baton Rouge as we begin providing New Orleans with a new daily printed newspaper." The Advocate's local edition officially launches Oct. 1, the day the T-P cuts back to thrice-weekly publication. The Baton Rouge edition of the Picayune is scheduled to launch by year's end. — KEVIN ALLMAN


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