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.
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The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.