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NOLA.com commenter in Stacey Jackson case not a fed, judge says

nola.com — A federal judge has ruled that an anonymous online commenter who disparaged Stacey Jackson, a former head of an anti-blight program now under indictment in connection to an alleged kickback scheme, was not a federal agent or prosecutor. U.S.
RT @GinnyLaRoe: Nola.com commenter in fed corruption case not a fed, judge says. 1A rights trampled, our lawyer says bit.ly/1kavLA1
RT @GinnyLaRoe: Nola.com commenter in fed corruption case not a fed, judge says. 1A rights trampled, our lawyer says bit.ly/1kavLA1
Nola.com commenter in fed corruption case not a fed, judge says. 1A rights trampled, our lawyer says bit.ly/1kavLA1

The Weather Channel's 'AMHQ With Sam Champion' comes to NOLA for its first-ever road trip

nola.com — Sam Champion had just a few minutes to see the sights when he got to town for this week's two-day Weather Channel road broadcast of " AMHQ With Sam Champion." The morning broadcast has an early call, after all. Still, he was able to get out for a little walk, and a chance to reconnect.

New Orleans City Council silences Bourbon Street noise ordinance proposal

nola.com — The New Orleans City Council killed the latest proposed noise ordinance for Bourbon Street that would have regulated the loud music booming out of bars and clubs along that boisterous strip. The council voted 3-3 with members Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, LaToya Cantrell and Jackie Clarkson voting against it.

Unlicensed tour guides remove bones, take pictures of bodies in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 tombs

nola.com — Buggy driver Maia Settle knew there was a problem when a customer told her Monday (April 21) there was a tour guide inside St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 reaching into tombs and pulling out jawbones to show the crowds. Settle said she knew of one man named "Walter" who for years had been giving unlicensed tours of the cemetery.
Unlicensed New Orleans tour guides remove bones, take pictures of bodies bit.ly/1rr7B7o
Crazy story: Unlicensed tour guides remove bricks, take bones, snap pictures of bodies in St. Louis Cemetery tombs nola.com/politics/index…

Mr. Ed's Oyster Bar will expand to the French Quarter

nola.com — Ed McIntyre runs five restaurants in Metairie and Kenner, including Mr. Ed's, Austin's and Cheeseburger Eddie's. In early June, he'll open a sixth in the heart of the French Quarter. Mr. Ed's Oyster Bar & Fish House will be a second outlet of the Metairie restaurant of the same name, which revamped the long-running Bozo's.

Probe of ex-prosecutors' online posts complete

nola.com — The U.S. attorney's office in New Orleans says the Justice Department has completed an investigation and discipline process involving two former assistant U.S. attorneys who acknowledged making anonymous online posts about federal cases. Court records show a lawyer in U.S.

Bill to allow parishwide vote on St. George incorporation passes House committee: Snapshot

nola.com — At-a-Glance: A bill that would allow an entire parish to vote on city incorporations passed through the Louisiana House committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs on Thursday. But what was originally a statewide bill will now be amended to only apply to East Baton Rouge Parish.
RT @dzsamuels: Bill to allow parishwide vote on St. George incorporation passes House committee: Snapshot nola.com/news/baton-rou…
Bill to allow parishwide vote on St. George incorporation passes House committee: Snapshot nola.com/news/baton-rou…

Louisiana Racing Commission Chairman Jerry Meaux killed in car accident on Thursday

nola.com — Louisiana State Racing Commission Chairman Jerry Meaux, 74, was killed Thursday in a car accident, according to KATC Lafayette. According to the web site, Meaux was struck by a vehicle around 1 p.m. Thursday on Hwy 342. "Troopers say around 1:00 p.m.
Extremely sad news. Louisiana Racing Commission Chairman Jerry Meaux was killed in a car accident on Thursday: nola.com/horseracing/in…

Spirit Airlines adds direct flights from New Orleans to Houston, Ft. Lauderdale

nola.com — Spirit Airlines will offer daily flights from Louis Armstrong International Airport to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport beginning Aug. 1, the company said Thursday. The expanded service will begin 1 1/2 years after Spirit Airlines first moved into the New Orleans market.

NOPD seeks 3 men in Marigny and French Quarter armed robberies

nola.com — The New Orleans Police Department said it is looking for three men who perpetrated two armed robberies over the last two nights on the 1000 block of Governor Nicholls Street and the 2100 block of Rampart. Police said the French Quarter robbery occurred at 1:00 a.m. Tuesday (April 22).
In spite of this, and 2 shootings at Iggy's, I still love my neighborhood. nola.com/crime/index.ss…

The 'dog pile' is what Jesuit grad, pro baseball player Johnny Giavotella recalls from 2005 state title | VIdeo

highschoolsports.nola.com — Being among a pile of teammates after pitching a complete game at Zephyr Field is what Johnny Giavotella recalls most about winning a high school state championship with Jesuit in 2005. Giavotella returned to the ballpark in Metairie to open a four-game series Thursday as a member of Omaha Storm Chasers, a Class AAA affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
The 'dog pile' is what Jesuit grad, pro baseball player Johnny Giavotella recalls from 2005 state title | Video highschoolsports.nola.com/news/article/2…