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NATIONAL
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.
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.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
A stadium full of screaming fans opened their hearts to Madonna and her music on Sunday in New Orleans. But to her political opinions? Different story. Madonna, touring the U.S. in support of her latest record, "MDNA," was vamping for the crowd (on her birthday!) and brought up the upcoming election.  "Are you all registered to vote?" she asked (concert footage can be found here but contains some profanity from Madge). After a few moments of pumping up the crowd, she added: "I don't care who you vote for as long as it's Obama.
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.
TRAVEL
September 30, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
NEW ORLEANS - The cab careened past Washington Square and onto Frenchmen Street. It was close to 10 p.m., and the neighborhood was filled with locals adorned with tattoos, piercings and lots of ragged black accessories. "The cab drivers call this 'Freak Street,'" our driver said. "Because a lot of crazy characters hang out here - guys in skirts with huge holes in their ears, that kind of thing. But we mean it in a good way. This is where all the music happens. " My Australian friend, Jordan, and I had spent the last few days finding novel ways to avoid Bourbon Street, where I had twice been accosted by drunken frat boys in flip-flops who wanted to ply me with foot-tall Hurricanes and make me listen to bad cover bands playing Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'.
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