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January 28, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
NEW ORLEANS -- A Secret Service dog fell to its death in New Orleans this past weekend while performing a security sweep of a six-story parking garage next to the Ritz-Carlton where Vice President Joe Biden was speaking. The dog, a bomb-sniffing Belgian Malinois, was working in the Premier Parking garage on Iberville Street near the French Quarter hotel when it fell off the roof around 6 p.m. Saturday night, New Orleans police told local reporters, including WWL-TV . It was a busy weekend in New Orleans, as the city prepared to host next weekend's Super Bowl and saw several Mardi Gras parades, including the Krewe of Barkus parade Sunday that drew plenty of dog owners and their pets to the French Quarter.
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SPORTS
March 13, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
Lakers Tonight AT NEW ORLEANS When: 5 PDT Where: New Orleans Arena. On the air: TV: Channel 9; Radio: 710; 1330. Records: Lakers 26-16; Hornets 10-32 Record vs. Hornets (2010-11): 4-0. Update: The Hornets have the worst record in the Western Conference and are 4-17 at home. Guard Eric Gordon has played only two games for the Hornets since coming over in the Chris Paul trade. He has been sidelined because of cartilage damage and a bone bruise in his right knee.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
'N Sync alum Lance Bass is engaged to Michael Turchin. The former boy-bander shared the happy news on Instagram on Sunday and confirmed the engagement to People. "He said YES!! Love this man," Bass wrote on Instagram, sharing a snapshot of himself and his fiance showing off the David Yurman engagement ring on Turchin's finger. The couple has dated since December 2011. Still on a high from his reunion with Justin Timberlake and the rest of 'N Sync at MTV's Video Music Awards this month, Bass said he decided to pop the question over the long weekend when he was in the Big Easy for a performance.
SPORTS
March 31, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Among the highlights of my breakdown on the Lakers' 88-85 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday: The Lakers tried putting a positive spin on the late-game effort, but don't buy it. New Orleans (13-39) remains the worst Western Conference team and played without five key players -- Trevor Ariza, Carl Landry, Emeka Okafor, Gustavo Ayon and Chris Kaman -- because of numerous injuries. Only Kobe Bryant could overcome a three-of-21 performance by nailing a game-winner.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2012 | By Lynell George, Special to the Los Angeles Times
NEW ORLEANS - Pianist Jon Cleary has lived in this city all of his life: Even when he didn't. Long before he saw it. And even when he was in forced exile from it. A musician by trade, a storyteller by consequence, Cleary has deeply absorbed New Orleans' pace and idiosyncrasies and, over time, its distinctive stories and sound. "My ambition," he says, "has always been to come to New Orleans. " Cleary, whose genre-bending style is steeped in early traditional New Orleans R&B, soul and funk, is not a household name but he's recorded and toured with marquee artists such as Taj Mahal and Bonnie Raitt (with whom he worked for more than a decade)
SPORTS
September 7, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
NEW ORLEANS AT GREEN BAY TV: Ch. 4, 5:30 p.m. (Al Michaels play by play; Cris Collinsworth analyst) Collinsworth says: Dom Capers and the Packers have a really underrated defense, but I still have a hard time imagining this will not be one of those high-scoring shootout games. Michaels says: Considering the Peyton Manning situation and considering Tom Brady is in his advancing 30s, I'm not sure that the way Aaron Rodgers played last year, and especially at the end in the Super Bowl, that a year from now people aren't saying he could be the best quarterback in the league.
NEWS
August 27, 2012 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - Emergency officials breathed a sigh of relief as the center of Tropical Storm Isaac moved past Tampa and the site of the Republican National Convention, but planners ramped up preparations in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast as the storm appeared to gather strength and march toward Louisiana and Mississippi. The National Weather Service said the New Orleans could be in the path of the storm, which is projected to become a Category 1 hurricane by the time it makes landfall on the Gulf Coast late Monday or early Tuesday.
NATIONAL
September 24, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Many residents of areas outside the improved New Orleans levee system blame it for the flooding they experienced during Hurricane Isaac. They say the system sent water to the north in Slidell, to the west in LaPlace and to the south in Braithwaite and Jean Lafitte. Officials at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say this is unlikely, but they have contracted with researchers at the University of North Carolina to help determine whether the new levee system redirected floodwater into certain areas during Isaac or whether the flooding would have occurred during previous storms, such as 1985's Hurricane Juan, which followed a path similar to that of Isaac.
NATIONAL
September 1, 2012 | By Paloma Esquivel
Isaac lost most of its destructive steam by Saturday -- with the Gulf Coast still recovering  from its battering earlier in the week -- but the storm managed to bring a small amount of needed rain to drought-stricken parts of the Midwest. “This by no means will be a drought-buster,” said Chris Vaccaro, a National Weather Service spokesman. “But we'll take whatever rain we can get.” Up to 3 inches of rain was expected in the Mississippi and Ohio valleys ­-- though some parts of Illinois and Indiana could get more, Vaccaro said.
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