September 24, 2012 |
NEW ORLEANS - Hurricane Isaac may have proved a successful test for the 840,000 people inside the New Orleans hurricane protection system - 133 miles of levees, floodgates and walls that surround the city and portions of four parishes like a fortress. But the storm highlighted the vulnerability of more than 200,000 people just beyond the system. As of last week, an estimated 13,000 homes were reported flooded in Louisiana, most just outside the $14.5-billion federal levee system rebuilt around New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
January 28, 2013 |
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.
September 30, 2012 |
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'.
March 13, 2012 |
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.
October 29, 2012 |
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.
September 1, 2012 |
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.
March 31, 2012 |
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.
September 24, 2012 |
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.
September 7, 2011 |
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.