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In the aftermath of Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn’s decision to ban city booster clubs using municipal playgrounds from spending tax dollars to purchase Nike products there has been a torrent of criticism. He was bashed online as a racist and bigot, while others said his actions were typical of so-called intolerance from Republicans.

In his response on Monday, Zahn said he did not want Kenner citizens to be used as pawns in Nike’s “political campaign.” This characterization is totally accurate for Nike’s decision to highlight unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the “face” of their new advertising campaign is clearly political.

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As Labor Day approaches, Monday, and if you are a Louisiana resident, why not start the month of September 2018 off with a family outing--at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans.

Here is a press release from one of the greatest museums in the world:

 The National WWII Museum is again showing its appreciation to local supporters by offering discounted admission to Louisiana residents. For the fourth consecutive year — during the entire month of September — locals will have the opportunity to enjoy the Museum’s exhibits and galleries for only half the price of a regular Museum Campus Pass.

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Louisiana is having a bad “hair week” it seems in overall rankings as Wallet Hub releases its rankings for best and worst states to have a baby, attend a community college and woman’s equality. The results? Not very good.

WalletHub also released its best cities to retire. New Orleans led Louisiana with a 19th spot rank.

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The Queen City of the South is under siege.  No, not from hurricanes. This time, the siege is from within.  New Orleans is known as the city that care forgot.  But it’s been hard to let the good times roll in the Big Easy when the dice keep coming up snake eyes.

New Orleans is in a battle to stay afloat as it deals with major street crime, inept public officials, and a dysfunctional criminal justice system where even federal officials can no longer be trusted.  Author James Lee Burke writes about this corruption and dysfunction in his novel Last Car to Elysian Fields.  “One of the most beautiful cities in the Western hemisphere was killed three times, and not just by forces of nature.”

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Louisiana business shorts: New Orleans is hosting two programs focusing upon business and entrepreneur leadership. On Today and tomorrow, the economic development organization for the region, GNO Inc.  Next month, Facebook is coming to the region to help digitize the small business community, the Facebook way. Here are the particulars:

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Prior to 2012, various concession stands operated at the Casino Building in City Park. None of them were very popular with park patrons.

All of that changed in 2012, when Morning Call Coffee Stand began operations as a 24/7 beignet parlor. Morning Call literally transformed the area, attracting a robust business and bringing people back to City Park.

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The Times Picayune reported last week that the New Orleans Saints may ask the state to pay for a $350 million upgrade to the Superdome before the 2024 Super bowl. That’s a huge taxpayer commitment for a state that can’t even fund education at all levels and basic healthcare for hundreds of thousands of its citizens.  So how should any upgrade be paid for?

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chelseaWhat can cities, such as San Diego and New Orleans, do to ensure they are being sufficiently innovative for the future, while at the same time, taking care of their citizens now? What must they do?

In many respects, that seems to be the thrust of the efforts being made by Chelsea Collier, founder of Digi.City, who was in New Orleans this week and who sponsored a program involving city officials, the private sector and young entrepreneurs.

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FUTURE SHOCKED 5Forgive me, but, I think I’m coming down with a bad case of Future Shock. At least, after discussing technology and digital cities with Chelsea Collier, the founder of Digi.City, I am somewhat in awe as to how far along the way other cities and countries are in making themselves smarter, more efficient, more Internet driven.

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punch 16It’s SWEET 16 and anniversary time for Politics with a Punch, a New Orleans favorite.

Sixteen years ago, Jeff Crouere and Bayoubuzz Publisher Stephen Sabludowsky launched what has become a wildly successful impromptu political comedy show. For their 16 year anniversary show, this Thursday, May 24,  appearing will be some of Punch’s favorite panelists and a couple of newbies gracing the Eiffel Society stage:

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