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   WDSU-TV and WWL-TV will each host a debate featuring the candidates in the Nov. 4 U.S. Senate race. WDSU's debate will be held Oct. 2, while WWL's will be Oct. 27 — just eight days before the election. Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and Republican Rob Maness have both committed to the debates, while U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, Landrieu's major challenger, didn't respond to Gambit's query by press time. The League of Women Voters will hold its own debate Sept. 23 ...

   New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) Superintendent Ronal Serpas last week announced a revision of the department's "personal appearance policy," allowing for tattoos below the elbow — "minimal tattoos" no bigger than 4 1/2 inches on the lower arm — to remain visible. Previously, those tattoos had to be covered. The force still bans large forearm tattoos, face tattoos and offensive or political tattoos. NOPD reached an agreement on the new policy with the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), hoping it "will make policing in a hot climate a little more bearable," according to an FOP statement. The former policy, which was up for debate last year, forced officers to wear long sleeves under their uniform to hide tattoos.

   The Superdome debuted its new lineup of concession food last week. Among the new dishes: a "Category 5 Hurricane Dog." After a photo appeared on The Times-Picayune website and was circulated on social media (to reactions ranging from guffaws to horror), Centerplate, which caters the Dome, told the paper the name was never "approved" — despite a printed nameplate displayed next to the hot dog. Shortly thereafter, the paper's original photo vanished from its own website, replaced with a Centerplate-supplied shot of the same frankfurter, now downgraded to a more generic "Jumbo Louisiana Chili Dog."


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