Today French Quarter Festivals, Inc. announces the addition of Thursday to the 2011 French Quarter Festival presented by Capital One Bank. 2011 dates are set for Thursday, April 7 through Sunday, April 10.
According to Marci Schramm, Executive Director of French Quarter Festivals, Inc., “We are extremely honored that our festival has been embraced by so many people over the past few years following Hurricane Katrina. Each year, we continue to make operational changes that are designed to greatly improve the quality of the festival experience for everyone. To that end, we are proud to announce the addition of an extra day to the schedule; a little something we like to call “Local Lagniappe”, that we hope will be enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.”
The 2011 Schedule is as follows:
It may be the ugliest, cruelest, and most vicious process engaged in by the Legislature. It is called “redistricting.” In some ways it is reminiscent of the Civil War: North against South and friend against friend, with significant racial implications added to the mix. It is the most contentious process legislators are engaged in—and it begins soon.
On February 3, all of the key population numbers for parishes and legislative and congressional districts will be available. Public hearings will then be held around the state and on March 20 the Legislature will convene in Special Session to draw the lines. When the opening gavels bang, the Capitol may quickly devolve into a spectacle reminiscent of the opening scene of the movie “Gladiator.”
Just about everybody thinks Marshawn Lynch' 67-yard touchdown against the New Orleans Saints last Saturday was one of the best runs in the NFL in a long time.
But Bears All-Pro defensive end Julius Peppers wasn't quite as impressed.
It's not that Peppers didn't think Lynch, the Seahawks running back, who will be playing at Chicago on Sunday instead of the New Orleans Saints, had a great highlight-reel run. But from Pepper's perspective, as a defensive player, he thought the run was at least as much about the Saints' inability to tackle as about Lynch's performance.
After eight long years in prison, Edwin Edwards has finally been released. He started his prison sentence in October 2002 in Fort Worth Texas and was later moved to a federal facility in Oakdale, Louisiana. Today, he reported to a halfway house in Baton Rouge for two hours and then departed for his daughter’s home in Denham Springs.
Despite his conviction and well known affinity for womanizing and gambling, the four- term Governor is a hero to many Louisiana citizens. Edwards possesses a combination of charisma, political skill and wit that is rarely seen in the political world. By comparison, our state’s leading politicians today seem downright boring.
BP Spill and Economic Impact
Today, Greater New Orleans, Inc., the economic development alliance for the 10-parish Greater New Orleans region, released Part Two of a comprehensive three-part study titled "A Study of the Economic Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill." Prepared by GNO, Inc., with help from the Louisiana Small Business Development Centers and insights from local business owners and industry experts, the study examines the impacts to-date of the federal deepwater drilling moratorium and the de facto shallow water moratorium on the region's coastal communities, economies, and small businesses.
If Wednesday’s Louisiana Association of Business and Industry’s (LABI) annual event is any indication of what’s upcoming this spring during the legislative session, hold on to your seats, if not your wallets.
During a morning panel discussion regarding the budget, it became obvious that at top of the upcoming debate about the “over-the-cliff” budget will be how severe might be the cuts to health care and higher education.
According to the LSU Athletic Department, LSU offensive coordinator Gary Crowton has resigned and will take a similar position at another school, head coach Les Miles confirmed on Thursday morning.
Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards has been released from federal prison.
The following is a press statement from his spokesperson, his daughter, Anna Edwards