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Super Bowl Festival
4:16 pm
Sat February 2, 2013

Verizon 'Super Bowl Boulevard' Concert Lineup

The Verizon Super Bowl Boulevard is a four-day festival located at Woldenberg Park, stretching along the riverfront from the Aquarium of the Americas to Toulouse Street.

The Boulevard features a four-day lineup of music and events spread out across four stages, along with food and drink, live television broadcasts, Host Committee partner events, and other assorted and sundry festival offerings.

The festival is free and open to the public, opening Thursday and continuing through Super Bowl Sunday. A printable map and schedule is below.

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Features
5:52 am
Sat February 2, 2013

For New Orleans, Superdome A Symbol Of City's Spirit

The San Francisco 49ers play the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII at the Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Sat February 2, 2013 2:07 pm

The Superdome in New Orleans has hosted heavyweight fights, papal visits, and — after this weekend — seven Super Bowls, an NFL record. But no event looms larger in the dome's history than Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 storm that turned the stadium into a teeming shelter of last resort.

During the storm, reporters spared no hyperbole when describing scenes of human suffering. The Superdome, in particular, was described as a "hellhole" and "apocalyptic," and it was sort of true.

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Andre Perry Commentary
4:45 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Education Thirty Years From Now (Super Bowl LXXVII)

Andre Perry, Ph.D.

Remember when football was king. Governments and their fanatical residents used to invest so much time and money just for a chance to say, “See, I won a championship. I live in the best city.” When you look back, you have to ask, “What were we thinking?”

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Super Bowl XLVII
4:01 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Inside the Super Bowl's Social Media Command Center

Volunteers monitor goings-on at the Social Media Command Center.
Jason Saul WWNO

Deep inside the Convention Center, well away from the throngs of journalists that have descended on the city and behind a false wall protected by a security guard, is a group of tech-savvy people manning the Super Bowl Host Committee's social media command center.

The job of the social media command center is to keep a close eye on the social space for trends and any problems that might arise, to promote the Super Bowl and the city, and to respond to people who have sent questions out into the ether on anything from sports-related inquiries to where they should eat dinner.

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Inside the Arts
10:55 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Lena Prima Sings

We go Inside the Arts for conversation with Lena Prima, daughter of legendary singer, trumpeter and native son, Louis Prima.

Lena Prima performs weekends at the Hotel Monteleone Carousel Bar.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Veterans Advocate Pushes For More Jobs

Paul Rieckhoff discusses veterans issues.

Amid the parties and hoopla that come with a Super Bowl, there is some serious business going on behind the scenes. There’s a drive under way to get more jobs for veterans.

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Features
3:19 am
Fri February 1, 2013

A Thousand Feet Up In The DIRECTV Blimp

The DIRECTV blimp comes in for a landing at Lakefront Airport.
Jason Saul WWNO

The DIRECTV blimp is never deflated.

With much of its crew of eighteen following along in a van, the blimp travels from site to site across the eastern half of the country by flying. It really only touches down for more than a few hours at a time once a year, to get a tune up at a hangar in Smyrna, TN.

The rest of the time, the blimp is above some of the most major sporting events in the country, including this year's Super Bowl here in New Orleans.

WWNO's Jason Saul and Paul Maassen took a ride up in the blimp this past Thursday, and sent in this report.

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Food
4:29 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Where Y'Eat: Dining Out when the Super Bowl Runneth Over

Mexican chicken soup and pupusas at Celina's Restaurant in Kenner, one of countless offbeat finds away from the Super Bowl hoopla.
Ian McNulty

With some creativity and finely-honed Mardi Gras survival skills, the New Orleans dining obsession need not take a knee just because the NFL’s big show is in town.

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Around the Nation
10:23 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Drought Causes Ripple Effect Along Mighty Mississippi River

International ships call at the busy Port of New Orleans. It's a major shipping convergence point on the Mississippi River. Ships come upriver from the Gulf of Mexico with imports from abroad, and barges come downriver, bringing U.S. goods for export.
Debbie Elliott NPR

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 7:30 pm

The persistent drought is raising questions about how the Mississippi River is managed — both upstream and down.

While cargo traffic upriver has gotten lots of attention, the drought is creating a different set of problems downriver at the mouth of the Mississippi, where saltwater has encroached.

An old-fashioned staff river gauge behind the New Orleans district office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shows the Mississippi is running just shy of 6 feet above sea level at the river bend.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

BP Facing Billions More In Fines Over Oil Spill

Huge civil penalties looming for BP.

BP has agreed to a $4 billion settlement of a criminal case filed by the Justice Department over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A pending civil case could cost tens of billions of dollars more in penalties.

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