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   The New Orleans Police Department graduated 29 recruits from its academy last week. The new cops now head to NOPD district stations for 16 weeks of field training. NOPD's aggressive "Get Behind the Badge" recruitment campaign attracted 3,000 applicants in 2014, but the department's numbers still are below Mayor Mitch Landrieu's ideal 1,600-member force with 1,150 officers on the streets ...

   After Fox News was criticized for its "two-tier" GOP presidential debate in August, CNN has tweaked the format of its Sept. 16 debate. Now any candidate who cracks the Top 10 in an average of national polls between Aug. 7 and Sept. 10 will be included in the top tier debate. That still would exclude Gov. Bobby Jindal — who was relegated to the early show last time — but at least the governor now has a couple of weeks to pull himself above that bar ...

   The New Orleans City Council recently honored New Orleans music legend Dave Bartholomew — bandleader, composer and songwriting partner with Fats Domino — by naming Aug. 19 "Dave Bartholomew Day." He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2009 ...

   Comedy Central's Drunk History has returned for its third season, and at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, the show heads to New Orleans for inebriated history lessons on Louis Armstrong, Jean Lafitte and bananas. Treme and The Wire showrunner David Simon also appears this season in a journalism-centric episode ...

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