New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is under fire on several matters that he confronted in a wide-ranging news conference outside City Hall.
It was set up to announce direct flights to Mexico and Honduras. But after only a few questions were posed on that subject, Mayor Nagin stood alone in front of the podium and answered questions about how he's been making the news lately.
About his former technology director, Greg Meffert, picking up the tab for a Hawaiian vacation for the Nagin family in 2004.
The Carnival parades are under way, with one of the most unusual setting out from Armstrong Park: the canine Krewe of Barkus. Holding court this 17th year in Mardi Gras were King Scrappy and Queen Paris-- both qualified because they are rescue animals.
Roxanne Mentzer cuddled the queen, who donned a cape of feathers and gold lamme and a bow. She's come a long way from the shivering, thirsty Chihuahua found by the side of the road in Kenner, just after Hurricane Katrina.
Some analysts say young voters may have been the key to Barack Obama's presidential victory. According to CIRCLE, a non-partisan organization promoting research on the political engagement of Americans aged 15 to 25, young voters preferred Obama over McCain by 68 percent to 30 percent. But President Obama has inspired even those youths not old enough to vote. Eve Abrams brings up this story.
Hundreds of college students continue to volunteer in rebuilding homes throughout New Orleans, and a few are coming back to stay.
Volunteers who painted a two-story home in New Orleans last week are back home, getting ready to return to college. But there were two at the Broadmoor site last week who are home now. They both signed up for week long assignments last year through the Hillel foundation of Jewish students, and decided to come back for the long-term.
The Archdiocese of New Orleans has yet to settle the disputed closings of the Church of Good Counsel and St. Henry Church in Uptown. Parishioners there continue to occupy the churches, hoping a settlement can be reached.
Pastor John Raphael Jr. of the New Hope Baptist Church has been preparing his New Year's Eve sermon while holding a vigil at South Claiborne Avenue and Felicity Street.
Pastor Raphael had thought his three-day fast and anti-violence vigil would be a solitary experience. But his signs calling for and end to the city's killings have drawn supporters to his encampment on the neutral ground. He chose the spot for its memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King.