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February 21, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
Fat Tuesday, the final frenzy before Lent, was kicked off in the wee hours with New Orleans' French Quarter decorated by a wild array of costumed revelers. The post-midnight bash featured entertainers Cyndi Lauper - who fit right in with her blond hair out to there -- and Bret Michaels, tossing beads and wearing his trademark do-rag.   Lundi Gras celebrations Monday night seemed to be a hit, culminating with the Krewe of Orpheus parade, according to the Associated Press, which was  led by  Harry Connick Jr.and Hilary Swank . PHOTOS: Mardi Gras 2012 Lundi Gras - or Shrove Monday - has become more popular in the last couple of decades with live music, parades and fireworks.  The centerpiece is the ceremonial meeting between the king and queen of the Zulu krewe and Rex, the King of Carnival, and his queen.
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NATIONAL
February 21, 2012 | By Richard Fausset
It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Bloody Marys are being downed before breakfast. Bands are on the march, revelers on the revel. Nobody's at work but the cops and the jailers down at Central Lockup, waiting for this year's crop of knuckleheads who let their bon temps rouler beyond even the generously stretched bounds of decorum that the day provides. For the rest of us, it's just Tuesday. To dull the pain, here is a quick-and-dirty Mardi Gras 101 playlist: First up is the late piano genius Professor Longhair with “ Go To the Mardi Gras .” The lyrics read like a Fodor's Guide entry set to Fess' shuffling mambo-rumba-boogie beat.
FOOD
February 16, 2012
Total time: 1 hour, 45 minutes, plus rising times Servings: 12 to 16 Note: The cake can be adapted to any occasion by substituting or eliminating the colored sugars. Colored sugars and plastic king cake babies are generally available at baking supply stores, as well as online. For better flavor, rehydrate the raisins in a small saucepan, covered with spiced rum, over low heat just until plump and tender. Apple filling 2 tablespoons butter 2 large tart apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored, quartered and sliced crosswise into 1/4-inch slices 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup raisins 1/2 cup toasted pecan pieces In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter.
NATIONAL
February 15, 2012 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
The beads were flying all around them, some pooling in the street, some caught by revelers and cherished for a moment — most of them destined, in all likelihood, for the landfill. It was Mardi Gras 2011, and Kirk and Holly Groh were stationed in their family's traditional viewing spot downtown, where they had watched so many parades roll by in years past. This time, they kept thinking what a waste it was. Their hometown had never seemed more environmentally fragile.
TRAVEL
September 11, 2011
Looking at a place you love isn't much different from looking at a person who has stolen your heart. There are flaws and distressing times, of course. But you learn to live with the annoyances, because there's something about that person - or place - that makes you think: "Beautiful!" Hello, New Orleans. I was born and have spent most of my life here. New Orleans is exuberant and sassy and smelly - in good and bad ways. Its people are an all-American mix. Rich, poor, middle class, black, white, Latino and some Asians live in proximity, packed between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain.
SPORTS
July 29, 2011 | By Douglas Farmer
Of the action sports featured over the weekend at X Games 17, one of the most popular remains absent: surfing. That is where the Nike U.S. Open of Surfing comes in, beginning Saturday and extending through Aug. 7, at Huntington Beach. The annual event attracts more than half a million fans and the top surfers in the world, as well as skateboarders and BMX riders who join in on the action next weekend. "Essentially, it's like action sports Mardi Gras," said James Leitz, the event organizer from IMG, which owns and operates the U.S. Open of Surfing.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2011
David Simon, executive producer of "Treme," "Generation Kill" and "The Wire," talks about life as a show runner on three of HBO's signature dramas. How did working as a newspaper journalist at the Baltimore Sun prepare you for being a TV show runner? There might be people in this industry who would suggest being a former journalist inhibits me. [chuckles] I'm not being facetious. It can be looked upon as an asset or a genuinely crippling factor. I'm not particularly equipped to be in the industry.
NEWS
March 8, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Mardi Gras party time and parades started around dawn in New Orleans, but when does the throwing of beads and doubloons come to a halt? The partying continues inside French Quarter bars into the wee hours, but another Mardi Gras tradition takes hold after midnight: the Big Sweep . At 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, the city's superintendent of police, dressed in full uniform, and his aides arrive on horseback to lead a brigade of sanitation trucks starting...
NATIONAL
March 5, 2011 | Tribune staff and wire reports
A tornado reportedly damaged more than 100 homes in southwest Louisiana Saturday, killing one woman, authorities said. Witnesses reported seeing houses completely ripped from their foundations. Eleven people were reported injured. The 21-year-old woman was killed when a tree fell on her house, said Maxine Trahan, a spokeswoman for the Acadia Parish sheriff. Debris was littered throughout Rayne, the town of about 8,500 people, after a line of violent thunderstorms moved through the area and left behind a swath of damage about a quarter of a mile wide to three miles long.
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