What was supposed to be an economic development trip for the city of New Orleans has developed a case of the swine flu. A passenger on a flight to China, who was sitting near New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin and his wife, Seletha, developed suspected swine flu symptoms. The ailing passenger is under treatment, and the Nagin family are quarantined in a Shanghai hotel until further notice.
The Nagins, along with a four-member staff, were on a 10-day junket to China and Australia to drum up business for the Crescent City, as well as talking about government’s role in mitigating climate change, according to the Times-Picayune . They were notified Sunday afternoon that they would be quarantined in their hotel. The New Orleans team was scheduled to arrive in Sydney, Australia, mid-week, but plans are currently on hold. Meanwhile, Nagin’s CEO, Brenda Hatfield, is minding Crescent City business.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.