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   Shots fired in the gubernatorial gladiatorial: Sen. David Vitter, who far outpaces his challengers in polling, is the target of a new group called GumboPAC (www.gumbopac.com), which calls itself "a nonpartisan clearinghouse of information ... about Senator David Vitter's disgraceful record." (So much for nonpartisan.) The Advocate confirmed that GumboPAC is being run by Trey Ourso of the political consulting group Ourso Beychok, which also advised U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon in his ill-fated Senate race against Vitter in 2010 ...

   Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is coming to the Saenger Theatre for two nights Nov. 10 and 11. His April 2014 appearance at Tulane University drew huge lines and sellout crowds. If any scientist can pack the Saenger, it's probably Tyson ...

   Every year, the two New Orleans City Councilmembers-at-Large pass the gavel without fanfare. Take note: Jason Williams is now council president, while Stacy Head is council vice president ...

   The next president of Xavier University will be Dr. Reynold Verret, the university announced last week. Verret is the vice president for academic affairs at Savannah State University in Georgia. Dr. Norman Francis, who has led Xavier for 47 years, steps down June 30 ...

   Harry Shearer, the much-of-the-time New Orleanian who voices so many of the characters on The Simpsons, announced last week he was leaving the show after 26 years. So long, Harry, and thanks for Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner, the Rev. Lovejoy, Ned Flanders, Waylon Smithers and all the rest ...

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