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hecht-hangoutThe distance between New Orleans and Panama got shorter today as Copa Airlines, subsidiary of Copa Holdings, S.A., {NYSE: CPA} and member of the Star Alliance global airline network, announced it will begin nonstop service four times a week between New Orleans, La., and Panama, Republic of Panama, on June 24, 2015. New Orleans will be Copa Airlines’ 11th U.S. destination and its 71st overall.

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BATON-ROUGE-SKYToday's Louisiana business shorts include the upcoming Baton Rouge Area Chamber's shareholder meeting featuring the Chairman of Whole Foods John Elstrott, the new Board of Directors of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Federal City, Louisiana Tech and JEDCO finalists.  

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roadshow-italy-compressedQuestion: What happens when you stir delicious New Orleans culture, unraveled history, a pinch of voodoo, the horrors of Katrina and the mystery of family roots?

Answer: The February 3rd PBS Genealogy Roadshow featuring upon the “Histories of Mysteries”, the City of New Orleans.

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cigarette-compressedWhether it ends up a tipping point for the remainder of Louisiana, at the very least the moderate-ranging smoking ban to begin in New Orleans this spring is significant.

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new-orleans-tourism-compressed1Today’s business shorts, from Press releases 

New Orleans Smoke free zone ordinace

 

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CRIME-SCENEBaton Rouge Louisiana is one of the best cities with ROI for police spending while New Orleans is not in that number, nor is it one of the worst.

The Louisiana capitol is ranked number 13 for best ROI;  New Orleans ranked 33rd.  Regardless, the two rankings put the Louisiana cities in the top 40.

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CRIME-SCENEBack in 2007, after the vicious murder of filmmaker Helen Hill, popular Dinerral Shavers and 8 other people in the span of one week, 5,000 citizens marched in the Central Business District of New Orleans descending on City Hall. At the time, Mayor Ray Nagin was on the stage, behind a lectern, not allowed to speak. Rally organizers wanted him to listen and not talk his usual nonsense. Sadly, he used his time at the rally not to listen to speakers, but to conduct business on his Blackberry for his family’s granite company. It was typical Ray Nagin, always self-focused and never interested in truly helping the citizens of New Orleans. Not surprisingly, the end result of this march was heightened attention to the problem, a catharsis for the thousands of bereaved citizens, but no real response from the Mayor’s office.

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dutch-morialby Jim Brown

I drove down to New Orleans for a funeral service last week. I find myself attending a growing number of funerals each year as I get older and as and long-time friends pass away. I’ll turn 75 in May of this New Year, so my memorial visitations will no doubt continue and grow.  My trip last week was for a reinterment; a re-burial of an old friend who passed away 25 years ago this week.  His family wanted to rebury him into a new family tomb.

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vets-hospitalThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Fernando O. Rivera, MBA, FACHE, as the new Director of the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS), effective January 11, 2015. Mr. Rivera will oversee the delivery of health care to more than 66,000 enrolled Veterans in 23 parishes of Southeast Louisiana.

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christmas-districtIt might not snow much in New Orleans.  And Santa gets hit later than elsewhere USA because we are so Deep South—far from the cold winds and reindeers of the North Pole.

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