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Jalen Saunders' debut as Saints' kickoff returner came from roster shuffle

nola.com — Jalen Saunders owes his debut as an NFL kickoff returner to a series of roster choices that originated with offensive tackle Terron Armstead. "We went back and forth with the decision," New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said.
Dec 21, 2014

@TheSaintsBeat: #Saints roster shuffle resulted in Jalen Saunders making debut as kickoff returner bit.ly/1sOasqu” One positive

Dec 21, 2014

#Saints roster shuffle resulted in Jalen Saunders making debut as kickoff returner bit.ly/1sOasqu

Dec 21, 2014

RT @LarryHolder: My column: #Saints' fifth straight home loss puts 2014 team in lowly company s.nola.com/iX3r3NG

Dec 21, 2014

RT @LarryHolder: My column: #Saints' fifth straight home loss puts 2014 team in lowly company s.nola.com/iX3r3NG

Our Times: The Louis Armstrong childhood arrest that no one knew about

nola.com — South Rampart was a thoroughfare teeming with life on Oct. 21, 1910. The street, between the Central Business District and what was known as "the back of town," was part of a bustling, diverse neighborhood that included grocery stores and restaurants, hotels and jazz-fueled honky tonks, according to Tulane University geographer and writer Richard Campanella.
Dec 21, 2014

RT @jameskarst: "Mind-blowing" new details about Louis Armstrong's childhood, including a 1910 arrest. nola.com/entertainment/… pic.twitter.com/9vetPnZT9Z

Dec 21, 2014

RT @tedgioia: Newly-discovered records cast light on the life of Louis Armstrong in New Orleans. dld.bz/d4rmR pic.twitter.com/h0Q0pFZf0L

Dec 21, 2014

RT @jameskarst: "Mind-blowing" new details about Louis Armstrong's childhood, including a 1910 arrest. nola.com/entertainment/… pic.twitter.com/9vetPnZT9Z

New Orleans Saints stunned by Falcons, 30-14, eliminated from playoff contention

nola.com — The New Orleans Saints' pursuit of the postseason is officially over. The Falcons beat the Saints 30-14 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Carolina's win over the Browns eliminated New Orleans from the postseason. Trailing the Falcons by six points late in the fourth quarter with 90 yards to go to keep its season alive, New Orleans failed.
Dec 21, 2014

My column ... After loss to Falcons, it's evident #Saints' glory days are clearly over: Jeff Duncan s.nola.com/GhXQqZJ via @nolanews

Dec 21, 2014

RT @Kat_Terrell: Live updates from the Superdome as the New Orleans Saints host the Atlanta Falcons s.nola.com/CtEnByk via @nolanews

Dec 21, 2014

Live updates from the Superdome as the New Orleans Saints host the Atlanta Falcons s.nola.com/CtEnByk via @nolanews

Drew Brees disappointed as Saints eliminated: 'We have to sustain drives'

nola.com — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will turn 36 next month, and his birthday won't be disrupted by a playoff game. The Saints were eliminated from postseason contention after a 30-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Brees had two turnovers in the final three minutes.
Dec 21, 2014

Drew Brees disappointed as #Saints eliminated: 'We have to sustain drives' bit.ly/1sO9TNn

Dec 21, 2014

New Orleans Saints lament season that got away after losing to Falcons s.nola.com/smw8e7g via @nolanews

Jimmy Graham fumble or touchdown? You be the judge: a frame-by-frame photo gallery

nola.com — Here is a series of photos taken as Saints tight end Jimmy Graham catches the ball at the goal line before being stripped of the ball on a controversial call in the fourth quarter of the game between the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints at the Superdome on Sunday, December 21, 2014.
Dec 21, 2014

RT @NOLAnews: Jimmy Graham fumble or touchdown? You be the judge: a frame-by-frame photo gallery bit.ly/1Clcy9R

New Orleans Saints surprised Jimmy Graham fumble not reversed on review

nola.com — The video boards at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome provided multiple angle of Jimmy Graham's critical fumble in the fourth quarter, but New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton was convinced that the goal-line view told the story. "What we were looking at is a television angle," Payton said. "There is only one angle that matters.
Dec 21, 2014

#Saints surprised Jimmy Graham fumble not overturned; Ref says review inconclusive nola.com/saints/index.s…

A New Orleans holiday story: 'Last Christmas Tree on the Lot'

nola.com — Editor's note: What follows is an original short story about what happens when a lonely boy, a despondent man and a forlorn evergreen unwrap the magic of the Christmas season. Listen to author Chris Waddington read the tale by clicking on the video above or listening to the podcast below.
Dec 21, 2014

Caroling in Jackson Square tonight? ow.ly/GfjhR (details) Warm up w/our original #Christmas tale ow.ly/GfjhS

Winter solstice at 5:03 p.m. Sunday, marking shortest day of the year

nola.com — The winter solstice comes at 5:03 p.m. Sunday, meaning Sunday has the shortest day and longest night of the year. Traditionally, the solstice marks the start of winter. It occurs when the North Pole is tilted the farthest away from the sun. So while the Northern Hemisphere sees...
Dec 21, 2014

RT @NOLAnews: Winter solstice at 5:03 p.m. Sunday, marking shortest day of the year bit.ly/1Ckxrlz

Dec 21, 2014

L. Armstrong arrested under a law "to punish ... bunco steerers, confidence men, pimps, touts, fakers, pickpockets" s.nola.com/8gDlaGj

Akiem Hicks celebration: Photo of the Day

blog.nola.com — The importance of lens perspective: that's what we have on display here with this great bit of Saintly jubilation. Big man Akiem Hicks had just pressured future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers and thanks to this super-telephoto perspective, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune photographer David Grunfeld has taken us right out onto the field.
Dec 21, 2014

Bourbon Street shooting victim in stable condition, hospital reports s.nola.com/EGkPuHl via @nolanews

Jalen Saunders' 99-yard return on opening kickoff sets up Saints' touchdown

nola.com — New Orleans Saints rookie receiver Jalen Saunders returned the opening kickoff 99 yards to just inside the 1-yard line, electrifying the crowd and setting up the Saints' first touchdown. The Saints led the Atlanta Falcons 7-0 with 14:40 left in the first quarter. (Follow live updates here and live stats here.)
Dec 21, 2014

#Saints rookie Jalen Saunders gets 99 yards on 1st kickoff return of career bit.ly/1zRC58v

Top 10 list of the best in theater on the national stage in 2014, according to AP

nola.com — NEW YORK (AP) - This year's best-in-theater list includes a musical with multiple murders, another with a cross-dressing German, one that's set in a decadent Berlin nightclub, the revival of an America masterpiece and we celebrate someone who broke an important barrier.
Dec 21, 2014

New Orleans theater buffs: Theodore P. Mahne's best of 2014: ow.ly/Gfgzf & AP's best of in NYC ow.ly/Gfgzg

Best of 2014 New Orleans theater: top 10 plays, musicals and top theater company

nola.com — When a hometown team is on a winning streak headed to a championship, the word "dominate" finds its way into a sportswriter's lexicon. Since it doesn't appear that my colleagues on the sports side will be needing the term, I'll claim it for the New Orleans theater scene in 2014.
Dec 21, 2014

New Orleans theater buffs: Theodore P. Mahne's best of 2014: ow.ly/Gfgzf & AP's best of in NYC ow.ly/Gfgzg

Live updates from the Superdome as the New Orleans Saints host the Atlanta Falcons

nola.com — The New Orleans Saints have a lot on the line Sunday. They can clinch a spot in the playoffs if they beat the Atlanta Falcons, combined with a Carolina Panthers loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Dec 21, 2014

RT @brnola: After a quick start the Saints trail 13-7 at the half. 30 minutes to save the season. ow.ly/Gftb3