Copper Miner Caught

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It’s been nine years since Katrina, but some bad habits from the recovery still linger. Today, NOPD busted a suspected thief for copper mining in the East. 29 year old Thomas Williams did not quite make it to pulling wires from the walls, but authorities did catch him with copper piping and circuit breakers.

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NOLA Drag Queens Rally Against Facebook Policy

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By Ashley Rouen

What’s in a name? For the Facebook, apparently a rose by any other name does not smell as sweet. Lately, the social media titan has been deactivating Drag Queens’ Facebook profiles for using their stage names instead of their legal names. The issues has incensed the drag queens of New Orleans and they are taking a stand. The queens are planning a virtual protest for tomorrow (10.1).

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Theatre Review: A Lie of the Mind

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By Michael Martin

Becca Chapman is now giving one of the greatest performances I’ve seen in my theatergoing life.

Not to put too fine a point on it. I noodled about with different openings for my review of the Elm Theatre production of Sam Shepard’s gorgeous A Lie of the Mind: comments about the challenges of scaling the heights of a modern masterwork and whether failure to hit every peak invalidates the attempt; about the prevalence of machismo as a theme of so many of the serious dramas in New Orleans this year; even about the inventiveness of director Joseph Furnari’s on-the-diagonal staging, which does everything imaginable to make an unsuitable venue work for the play. Any of those would’ve amounted to burying the lead. 

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Teen suspects in shooting of Domino’s driver, Newcomb carjacking charged as adults

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Shane Hughes and Rendell Brown, both 16, have been charged with first-degree murder in the Sept. 22 slaying of Domino’s Pizza driver Richard Yeager in Mid-City and face charges in the carjacking of a woman on Newcomb Boulevard, and will be tried as adults in state court after their cases were transferred out of juvenile [...]

Sinking City

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The amount of water wasted from this country’s aging infrastructure is staggering.  While fruit trees wither, 630 million gallons of water leak in the Bay Area of Northern California every day. Across the United States, 657 water mains will probably break today. Even more pipes will spring new leaks. As of 2011, New Orleans had twenty-five times more leaks in its 1,400 mile system of water pipes than the adequate industry standard, according to ‘da Paper. Luckily for us, people from around the world have come to New Orleans to trade solutions for those problems.  

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Today in NOLA: 9.30.14

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It’s the last day of September and all the local gigs are returning.  Purists can catch Kermit or the Treme Bras Band and everyone can enjoy a farmers’ market. On this day in 1949, Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong recorded "You Can't Lose a Broken Heart," as well as "My Sweet Hunk O' Trash." Now, more to do this Tuesday. 

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Professor to discuss book on approaches to torture at Loyola lunchtime lecture

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The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University will host a free lunch lecture Tuesday, Sept. 30, by Rebecca Gordon on her book Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post-9/11 United States. Gordon teaches in the Department of Philosophy and for the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at the [...]

Firefighters rescue unconscious, injured man from burning Central City apartment

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A wounded, unconscious man was rescued Monday afternoon from a burning apartment in a house on South Roman Street in the Hoffman Triangle area of Central City, New Orleans firefighters said. The fire broke out around 12:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, in a two-story wood-frame camelback house divided into five apartments at 2300 South Roman [...]

Feds Grant NOPD $1.8 Mil.

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Senator Landrieu fares pretty well with New Orleans voters. However, her numbers should get even better after today. Landrieu along with Representative Cedric Richmond and her brother, Mayor Mitch announced a $1,875,000 grant for the NOPD from the feds. According to her office, the money will be used for jobs on the force, community policing programs, and anti-violent crime initiatives.

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Brew Krewe: Beer Fest Winners Announced

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The New Orleans on Tap (NOOT) beer fest came and went as fast as a keg at a frat party.  Attendees tasted from a selection of 300 beers and food from local vendors, such as Brats Y’all. Homebrewers lined up along the outer edge of the festival rousing up flavor controversy and exciting bland palates, while certified beer judges huddled with their flights of homebrews to determine winners in NOOT’s first juried competition.

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Drinking Culture

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Gentle reader, I wandered into the R Bar and it was dark like a good bar should be. Three O’clock in the afternoon and it was still dark inside. The walls were vertical slats of cracked wood, faded bordello red. Above that, black metal paneling reached to the ceiling and continued like a black sky. More cracked wood along the bar, brown and rich. Friendly kind of gloom. No music played. A humming silence reverberated from the last juke box song, dead before I had arrived. They say Bukowski stayed at the inn upstairs. Good place to start.  

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