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Monday, October 16, 2017

Y@ Speak: Election, Round 2

Posted By on Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 6:15 PM


Thirty-two percent of New Orleans voters turned out to vote for mayor and City Council members Oct. 14, and Twitter celebrated with 69 jokes and speculation about never being able to afford living here again, followed by a weekly three-hour-long heart attack courtesy of Big Football. Also: Goodbye, Adrian Peterson, and hello, all of the water you stocked up for Nate.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Y@ Speak: out past curfew

Posted By on Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Sean Payton learns about guns, Hurricane Nate brushes past New Orleans, and everyone makes plans for the pallets of soup and bottled water sitting on the kitchen counter.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Y@ Speak: patriot games

Posted By on Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 12:30 PM

The Saints go to London, KISS comes to Gretna, and Sen. Bill Cassidy beefs.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Y@ Speak takes a knee

Posted By on Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 5:41 PM

A week of boil water advisories, Cassidy-Graham, Frank Scurlock's Uber adventures, and the president's war against silent protest.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Y@ Speak: when squirrels attack

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 5:30 PM

This week's episode chronicles the squirrel insurrection, Sen. Bill Cassidy's health care crusade, and the collapse of the New Orleans Saints.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Y@ Speak: #OneTimeInNewOrleans

Posted By on Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 5:21 PM

A multimillion dollar ad campaign turned into a hashtag of horror stories, though it was discovered the hashtag was originated by Twitter user @BIG_KENNEY back in 2011 to document peeing in ashtrays and Mardi Gras stories. Follow your NOLA, folks.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Y@ Speak: Harvey

Posted By on Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 11:30 AM


Louisiana braces for Hurricane Harvey (no longer what I call myself on the way to Pho Bang) and reaches out a helping hand. Plus: Hurricane Katrina, 12 years later, and Southern Decadence and the Fight For $15 in an extended post-Labor Day edition.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Y@ Speak: partially eclipsed

Posted By on Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 6:15 PM

If you didn't fry your eyes while looking directly into the sun, which is a totally normal thing you should do at any time, catch up with a week of New Orleans protests against monuments, white supremacy and the Sewerage & Water Board.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Y@ Speak: pumped

Posted By on Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 6:35 PM

Broken pumps and bracing for impact in this week's edition.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

New Orleans endures more summer flooding Aug. 5; city officials provide updates on pumps, parking

Posted By on Sun, Aug 6, 2017 at 12:40 PM

Flooding near Banks and Carrollton Aug. 5. - PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
  • PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
  • Flooding near Banks and Carrollton Aug. 5.

As rains died down after 9 p.m. Aug. 5, both lanes of Banks Street in Mid-City were covered in several inches of standing water, with cars parked as close to houses and up against buildings and on neutral grounds to avoid creeping floods that submerged dozens of cars in the neighborhood.

A few people with their feet in the water sat in picnic benches outside Finn McCool's Irish Pub. Around the corner, Twelve Mile Limit only narrowly avoided water coming into the front door despite the bar standing only slightly above street level. Passing cars, however, frequently sent waves into the doorway and into nearby cars and porches, as residents braced for another round of impact after enduring a few hours of rain with seemingly nowhere for it to go.

New Orleans received 8 to 10 inches of rain in many parts of the city as an afternoon downpour on Aug. 5 flooded homes and cars and trapped people on roads. Residents pulled out kayaks and canoes or waded through shin- and waist-deep water across Mid-City, Gentilly, Treme, Lakeview and parts of Uptown and downtown.

"These no-notice rain and flooding events can be very dangerous, but luckily, there was no loss of life," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu in a statement. "We begin the hard work of assisting those who flooded and getting our streets passable for regular traffic. With additional rain expected today and the rest of this week, I would encourage all of our residents to clean in front of their catch basins."

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