Bad Trip

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The vending rules at Jazz Fest are pretty strict. Even if you live nearby, the Fest frowns down upon unlicensed sales. If those unlicensed sales are enough drugs to stock Hunter S. Thompson’s suitcase, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) does not appreciate it either. Today, detectives busted a Mid City man for allegedly selling a potpourri of recreational narcotics.

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LSU Says No Exigency Yet

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News that Louisiana State University (LSU) would file for financial exigency has caused a stir with many residents. It also caused a stir with LSU who says that the reports are not accurate. A pair of statements from the school this morning (4.24) clarifies that LSU has not begun the “process of filing for financial exigency,” but is continuing to “explore a wide range of contingency plans.”

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Jazz Fest After Hours: 4.24.15

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The fest at the Fair Grounds closes around sunset, but New Orleans is not a city known for an early curfew (or any curfew for that matter). After dark, the Revivalists, Lettuce, the Meter Men, Warren Haynes, and a dozen more are all getting going. Check out all of tonight’s happenings below.

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Jazz Fest Weather Outlook

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Jazz fest has begun and so has the annual courting of the weather gods. Glancing at the skies festers may not be sure whether to bring a parasol or an actual umbrella, sun screen or lip balm. The National Weather Service  (NWS) is predicting that the elements will be okay(ish).

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Today in NOLA: 4.24.15

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Today is the big day! The Fair Grounds open their gates for Jazz Fest this morning and the music begins. For those looking for something more mellow than the after-hour shows, there’s a great NOLA doc at Indywood and an evening event at NOMA. Also, on this day in 1877, reconstruction ended in Louisiana.

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Gunman identified, alleged accomplice arrested in Magazine Street shooting, police say

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A 19-year-old man has been identified as the shooter in Wednesday morning’s burst of gunfire on Magazine Street, and the 19-year-old woman who drove his getaway vehicle has been arrested as his accomplice, New Orleans police said. Charlton Porter, 19, remains wanted on three charges of aggravated assault, after allegedly opening fire on two men [...]

Man punches victim in the face, takes wallet outside Louisiana Avenue lounge, police say

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An unidentified man punched another person in the face, knocking him to the ground, and then made off with his wallet earlier this week in front of the Sandpiper Lounge on Louisiana Avenue, New Orleans police said, and investigators are now hoping surveillance images of the suspect will lead to his arrest. The victim, a [...]

Drinking Culture

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Gentle reader, the winds of change know no compass, no season. The gale erodes the old traditions as it sows the seeds of the new. But be not dismayed by smoking bans and kneejerk gentrification, my friends. Come with me instead to an institution in the making. We’re headed into the storied Treme neighborhood to visit that most excellent new addition to the downtown music scene, into that veritable living room of New Orleans musical royalty: The Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar!

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Jazz Fest (Eve) After Hours: 4.23.15

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The Fest has not yet begun. The late night shows have. Over the next two weeks, there will be plenty of power pairing and celebrity sit-ins. Tonight is not a bad start though. Dr. John, Stanton Moore, Band of Heathens, Jon Cleary, and the Soul Rebels are just a few of the late night choices. A full guide to tonight’s music options follows.

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Allan Katz and Danae Columbus: Republican Scott Angelle hopes third time is the charm in gubernatorial bid

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As Acadiana-based gubernational candidate and Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle made the rounds at a Cajun Fais Do Do held in his honor last night in New Orleans, he reminded the close to 100 attendees that Louisiana voters have a history of electing governors who hail from Acadiana — Edwin Edwards and Kathleen Blanco — [...]

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