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  • In the New Orleans City Council District B race. City Council Vice President Jackie Clarkson issued an early endorsement for her former aide, Eric Strachan, but after that things were largely quiet until last week, when LaToya Cantrell announced endorsements from two other councilmembers — Cynthia Hedge-Morrell and Kristin Gisleson Palmer — as well as state Rep. Neil Abramson and state Sens. J.P. Morrell and Ed Murray. The two other candidates in the race, Dana Kaplan and Marlon Horton (aka 10th Ward Buck), haven't announced any major endorsements to date ...

  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation president Jay Cicero, New Orleans Saints President Dennis Lauscha and other officials briefed the media last week about the latest plans for Super Bowl XLVII, which will be played Feb. 3 in the Superdome. The big news: Woldenberg Park will become "Verizon Super Bowl Boulevard" for the week before the big game, with concerts, staging areas, fan activities, interactive events and live national broadcasts. Giant "XLVII" letters will float on a barge on the Mississippi River to serve as a backdrop for the spectacle ...

  • The Louisiana Democratic Party selected Stephen Handwerk as its new executive director after a search that began last May. Handwerk, an Ohio native, is a Lafayette resident and served as co-chairman of the National Stonewall Democrats PAC ...

  • Gov. Bobby Jindal once again spent the week traveling the country: at the Republican Governors' Association gathering in Atlanta (Monday and Tuesday); on a bus tour in Iowa in support of unseating that state's Supreme Court justice (Wednesday); and delivering an address to the Republican Party of Pennsylvania in a hotel just outside Harrisburg (Friday). From Iowa, Jindal tweeted a snippy comment: "Some of these judges, they actually make the replacement refs in the NFL look like geniuses" ...

  • Diana Pinckley, longtime mystery reviewer for The Times-Picayune and former head of the Tulane University public relations office, died Sept. 26 after a battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, Times-Picayune writer John Pope. All in the media community who knew "Pinckley" are saddened by her passing ... — KEVIN ALLMAN


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