Today in NOLA: 12.20.14

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The Ragin’ Cajuns face the Wolf Pack in the New Orleans Bowl today, and the Pelicans battle the Trail Blazers. A team of Cajun musicians plays at d.b.a. Irvin Mayfield celebrates a birthday with special musical guests. Helen Gillet and Lynn Drury will be providing the tunes for Siberia’s happy hour. Today marked the first fireworks display New Orleans has ever seen in 1803. Now more on Saturday happenings. 

 

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Bowl Flow: New Orleans Bowl Events

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If the Saints quest to make the playoffs despite no potential for a winning record is not enough football for y’all, this weekend has plenty of gridiron attractions to offer right in town. The R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl is offering a host of events ranging from Cheap Trick in concert to a footrace over the next two days. Click through for highlights.

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Council Grills Harrison on Sex Crimes

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The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is spending a lot of time investigating homicides, but to many, including the City Council, it appears that his focus comes at the cost of victims of other crimes. In the wake of an audit released by the Office of Inspector General, that sentiment grew into an impassioned exchange at CIty Hall. The report revealed five detectives in the Special Victims Section (SVS) were barely filing any paperwork on sexual assault cases at all. About 840 (or 65 percent) of the 1290 cases the unit had been assigned between 2011-2013 were designated miscellaneous. Councilmember Susan Guidry led a meeting of the Criminal Justice Committee (12.18) to discuss how the NOPD plans to rectify their entire police culture and regain the public’s trust.

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Israelite Baptist Church to celebrate live nativity scene

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The Israelite Baptist Church in Central City is producing a live nativity scene next week, supported by City Councilwoman Stacy Head, the NOPD Sixth District, the Central City Partnership, the Young Men Olympians Benevolent Association and others. The nativity production will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 22 and 23, at the church [...]

Failed Fence Provides Carjacking Clues

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Theft appears to be rampant in New Orleans. However, to monetize the crime, the crooks must find a way to fence the goods. Those in doubt need only visit Jean Lafitte’s old blacksmith shop in the Quarter. An attempt to sell off the loot provided Second District Detective John M. Castelin the clue he needed to identify two suspects in a Wednesday (12.17) carjacking.

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Hot or Not

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On Thursday (12.18) night, hundreds of bartenders, chefs, and drinkers gathered at House of Blues for the annual Tales of the Toddy cocktail competion. The toddies were served both hot and cold, and the two man bartending teams were decked out in their finest costumes. NoDef's Dr. Bill Copen was on hand to capture the action.

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Today in NOLA: 12.19.14

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Tonight New Orleans celebrates birthdays and anniversaries. WWOZ is 34. Kermit Ruffins is 50. Shotgun Cinema is one year old. In another type of celebration, Republic hosts a winter edition of Bounce night with Big Freedia to help locals tweak their way into the new year. Remembering our past, the Streetcars began running again today in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina. Now, more details on the festivities this evening. 

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New restaurant at Magazine and Nashville gets initial approval from City Planning

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The new venture at the corner of Magazine Street and Nashville Avenue planned by a husband-and-wife team of celebrated New York City restaurateurs received high marks from the City Planning Commission, sending it to the City Council with a positive recommendation. Sean Josephs and Mani Dawes are planning a restaurant with a baked-goods breakfast selection, [...]

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus: Is Jeb Bush conservative enough for today’s Republicans?

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A recent WSJ/NBC News poll pointed out that the majority of voters were pleased with the results of this year’s midterm elections and thought the Congress — rather than President Obama — should take the lead in setting policy for the country.  Though an overwhelming majority felt that not much change in direction for the [...]

Op-Ed: Let It Glow

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Tiny Daiquiri is busy running errands and fixing things this week, so his mom has taken over his column Rather than get all the-sky-falling and democracy-is-failing, she has decided to put a positive spin on things and write Christmas cards to some of Tiny’s favorite targets.

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Art Venue Opens in 'da Parish

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By Ashley Larsen

New Orleans is known for its art, and now Poydras is too. Poydras, Louisiana that is, not Poydras Street. Nestled next to the Mississippi River levee and the lake created by the Crevasse of 1922, a new art space, The River House, is taking center stage in an effort to mesh the talent of local artists with the local beauty of the area. 

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