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Saints secondary a primary concern against Jameis Winston, Bucs

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The Saints’ battered secondary has become a primary concern for New Orleans as it prepares to host the NFL’s top overall draft pick, Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston. After losing their season opener in Arizona without starting cornerback Keenan Lewis or starting free safety Jairus Byrd, the Saints now must replace Byrd’s replacement — veteran Rafael Bush, who tore his pectoral muscle Sunday. New Orleans had to finish the game with veteran strong safety Jamarca Sanford playing free safety for…

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Unpermitted Florida gun owners get exemption for hurricanes

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Florida gun owners who don’t have a concealed weapons permit can now take their firearms with them while fleeing a hurricane. Not that it’s been a big problem in Florida in the past. No one can cite an example of a gun owner being arrested while evacuating ahead of a hurricane, but lawmakers didn’t want what happened in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago happening here. New Orleans Police confiscated hundreds of guns from people’s homes and from…

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Bill Day’s latest: Welcome to the Gunshine State

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As Bill Day sees it, you know it’s springtime in Tallahassee when gun bills begin floating around the Florida Legislature. It’s the Gunshine State, after all. Last week, a bill advanced allowing gun owners to carry concealed weapons during emergencies such as hurricanes. Backed by the National Rifle Association, the measure gives gun owners a 48-hour exemption from needing a concealed weapon license during an evacuation. Supporters cited Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged New Orleans in 2005, as the reason to…

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Judge faces death threats after BP Gulf oil drilling moratorium ruling

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While many Americans undoubtedly agree with the decision of U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman to overturn the Obama administration’s moratorium on deepwater drilling, not everyone is happy. In fact, the judge is now receiving death threats in the aftermath of his bold ruling. Last night, Feldman served as a celebrity judge at a cooking contest at a school gymnasium in Uptown New Orleans. Due to the threats, Feldman was accompanied by a federal marshal security team. It is a…

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New Orleans launches ad campaign

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From Gambit: The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) plans to launch a rapid-fire public relations and advertising campaign across major U.S. markets starting Friday, June 18 — burning through its $5 million share of a $15 million tourism check written to Louisiana by BP on May 17, within five weeks. An emphasis will be placed on separating New Orleans in the public imagination from the disaster afflicting the Louisiana coast. One campaign slogan will say: “This isn’t the…

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As oil threat creeps closer, a rush on seafood

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Margie Scheuermann, who has lived here for 78 years, went over her list as she waited in line Tuesday to buy local seafood at the Crescent City Farmers Market: a pair of soft-shell crabs, a pound of lump crab meat and five pounds of unpeeled white gulf shrimp. “This could all be gone next week,” she said. “And if we don’t get fresh seafood, what are we going to do? You can’t cook.” In good times and bad, New Orleans…

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Wednesday is for Food and Wine

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Frank Bruni dishes on Nightline tonight. BayWalk’s Friday Night Wine and Music Series is still free and open to the public and (each guest’s first glass of wine is still compliments of Barefoot Wine and Bubbly), but now a $2 donation collected for a second or third glass will help make one terminally-ill child’s dream come true. On Friday, August 21, 5 to 8 p.m., enjoy the swinging sounds of the Tom Mullinix Jazz Band. All proceeds will benefit the…

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