The cynics have spoken: The New Orleans Saints’ unbelievable season and Super Bowl championship will not — they repeat will not — help the city recover from Hurricane Katrina. To that we say, “Who Dat!” Tuning into the live coverage of the team’s victory parade last week on CNN, MSNBC, Fox, ESPN News, the NFL Network — virtually every news outlet carried a good part of it live and CNN even stayed with it over the transition from Wolf Blitzer to Campbell Brown (it helps that she’s a Louisiana girl; her dad is former Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown, fyi) — begged the question, “How can the story of the Saints and the rallying around them by the city not at least affect outsiders’ perception of New Orleans?” The party’s back on in the Big Easy, and we’re confident that will draw back the tourists and the conventions, which accounted for a huge chunk of Crescent City commerce. Much remains to be done, but we’ll whistle while we work.
This one we have to bestow on the fans of the vanquished Indianapolis Colts — not the 11 who showed up at Indy International Airport last week to welcome the team back from an unquestionably disappointing trip to Miami, but the thousands of Colts fans who didn’t bother; the thousands of Colts fans who, after the club enjoyed the most prolific decade in NFL history during which it won a Super Bowl and set the record for consecutive wins in the regular season, decided to blow it off, to let their tragic hero, Peyton Manning, and his teammates, hobbled and humbled, deplane on the chilly tarmac. Granted, it was 27 degrees and snowy, but these are Hoosiers. They like it cold, and that welcome home was definitely cold. Face it and embrace it: Even if the Saints had lost the Super Bowl, there would have been 10,000 Who Dats lining the road from Louis Armstrong International to welcome the Black & Gold home.
We’re pretty sure Gov. Bobby Jindal didn’t attend a single Saints game until the NFC Championship, but the bandwagoner-in-chief used the occasion of the Super Bowl to hold forth the tin cup, raking in lots of dough during a “Black & Gold Brunch & Tailgate” at the swanky Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Fla., just hours before the Saints took the field — $1,000 per hand shake, $4,000 for a photo op, according to our source. This is Jindal’s MO, so little surprise there. What’s troubling is that GOP uber-fundraiser Meredith O’Rourke was the maven of this money mania. O’Rourke once worked for the political “consulting” company Triad, which a U.S. Senate investigation in 1998 determined was a “corporate shell funded by a few wealthy conservative Republican activists” and which engaged in “a variety of improper and possibly illegal tactics to help Republican candidates win election in 1996.” Anything for a buck.
Fort Worth company's new facility at Lafayette Regional Airport will build helicopters primarily for the export market.
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Move over Hooters — there’s a new breastaurant coming to town.
Hashtag, retweet, like, share and do whatever else it takes to get in good today with the jolly man in red.
That would be Congressman John Fleming talking about Sen. David Vitter.
The alleged mastermind behind the bribery scheme that went on for four years under DA Mike Harson’s nose isn’t just schizophrenic, bipolar and recovering from mini strokes; he now says he has cancer.
Louisiana's higher education leaders are trying to work out a financing deal to keep the state's public colleges from running low on state cash to operate their campuses.
With their latest triumph, the Saints left little doubt about how tough they are to beat in the Superdome. Unfortunately, two of their remaining three games are on the road.
The festival is scheduled for March 21-22 in New Orleans.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, December 10, 2013:
For the first time in at least five years, retired teachers, state workers and school system employees could see an increase in their pension checks.
Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration shared a collective sigh of relief with the news that Louisiana's tax amnesty program brought in the $200 million that they used to help balance this year's budget.
Drew Brees often makes the extraordinary look routine, particularly during night games in the Superdome.
The Cane Fire Film Series will be screening The Savoy King, a feature documentary on Swing-era drummer-bandleader Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald, and Harlems Savoy Ballroom.
The teams were extended invitations Sunday for the New Year's Day matchup played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Outfit Of The Game looks at jewelry.
Holiday party with style
Funds will expand Early College Academy from 250 to 1,000 students
Let ’em know and you could win a $250 night out.