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A Blog Supreme
11:24 am
Thu November 15, 2012

In Memoriam: Bob French, New Orleans Drummer And Bandleader

Bob French sits at his drum set prior to performing at the New Orleans club d.b.a. in 2007.
Morris Schaefer Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 5:12 pm

Bob French, an iconic New Orleans drummer who led the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band for decades, died Monday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. He was 74.

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BP Oil Spill
11:08 am
Thu November 15, 2012

BP's $4 Billion Criminal Penalty: Who Gets The Money?

July 2010: Two pelicans sit on booms protecting Queen Bess Island, La., from oil that spilled after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in April.
Chris Graythen Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 1:37 pm

(We updated this post with more details at 2:25 p.m. ET. Scroll down to see them.)

Now that BP has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $4 billion in criminal penalties for misconducted related to the 2010 Gulf Oil spill, there's a logical question:

Where does the money go?

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New Orleans Hornets
9:36 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Outscored 2 To 1 In The Second Quarter, Hornets Fall To Rockets, 100-96

The Hornets lost to the Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston, 100-96, after trying to rally from a dismal second quarter performance.

James Harden led the Rockets’ scoring with 30 points. The Rockets had two players record double-doubles: Omer Asik supplied 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Chandler Parsons 13 points and 10 rebounds.

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BP Oil Spill
7:20 am
Thu November 15, 2012

BP Pleads Guilty, Will Pay $4 Billion In Criminal Penalties For Gulf Oil Spill

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burned on April 21, 2010.
U.S. Coast Guard Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 5:32 pm

Update at 11:30 a.m. ET: Oil giant BP has agreed to plead guilty to criminal misconduct related to the 2010 Gulf Oil spill and will pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties, the company just confirmed. And it will pay $525 million in civil penalties in a resolution with the Securities and Exchanges Commission. BP will make the payments over six years.

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Arts & Culture
9:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Loyola Ballet Celebrates Centennial With Classic And Contemporary Works

Loyola University

The Loyola Ballet launches its new season with a mixed repertory concert featuring excerpts from Yuri Grigorovich’s acclaimed Russian ballet, “The Stone Flower,” Nov. 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. Directed by Laura Zambrano, the performance will take place in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex, on Loyola University's main campus.

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Latest News
6:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Fair Grounds Announces Infield Festival

Officials announce the Infield Festival at the Fair Grounds.

For that lull in activity in New Orleans between Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest, a new event will debut next year. The Fair Grounds will be opening up the infield to mark the 100th anniversary of the Louisiana Derby.

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Interview
2:00 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Todd Simmons And "The Barber Of Seville"

WWNO's Farrar Hudkins talks with Todd Simmons, Executive Director of the New Orleans Opera Association, about the company's production of Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" this weekend.

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New Orleans Police
12:03 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

NOPD’s Decision To Drop Pepper Spray In Favor Of Tasers Raises Questions About Use Of Force

The NOPD plans to expand its use of Tasers and ban pepper spray. Although the police department considers both “intermediate” uses of force, Tasers have been linked to more deaths. The department says it’s easier to track their use.

The New Orleans Police Department is expanding its use of Tasers and dropping pepper spray from its arsenal as part of a consent decree addressing complaints over police brutality, training and civil rights violations.

The department says it’s dropping pepper spray because its cops hardly ever use it — just eight times so far in 2012, compared to 140 Taser discharges. The department prefers Tasers in part because it’s easier to track their use; the devices count how many times they’re discharged and onboard cameras provide video of incidents.

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In Memoriam
10:12 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Jazz Musician Bob French Dies At 74

Bob French at Snug Harbor in 2008, with the Charmaine Neville band.
Dan Lang Flickr

Bob French was one of the legends of New Orleans' jazz. French was a drummer and singer, and bandleader of the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band. He died Monday of complications from diabetes. He was 74.

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Super Bowl XLVII
3:27 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

New Orleans Preparing For Super Bowl XLVII

New Orleans is preparing for the Super Bowl.

New Orleans is scrambling to get the city in top shape for the upcoming Super Bowl. A new streetcar line is finishing up near the Superdome where the big game will be held February 3.

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