NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former Cosby kid Tempestt Bledsoe and singer Vanessa Williams are among the celebrities in New Orleans for the Essence Music Festival. Essence Fest is one of the premier music festivals celebrating black culture and music.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has amended his lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league, asking a federal judge in New Orleans to overturn his suspension and issue a preliminary injunction that would allow Vilma to work while the case is pending.
Vilma's latest legal maneuver Thursday came shortly after Goodell filed a motion to dismiss Vilma's defamation claims in connection with the league's bounty investigation.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A day after electing their first African-American president , Southern Baptists have passed a resolution opposing the idea that same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue. Thousands of delegates meeting in New Orleans were nearly unanimous on that stance Wednesday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden tells a gathering of black journalists that Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney's economic platform shows he is out of touch with the nation's middle class. Biden made the remarks last night at a National Association of Black Journalists convention in New Orleans.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hornets President Hugh Weber is leaving the NBA club as new owner Tom Benson appoints top Saints executives Dennis Lauscha and Mickey Loomis to oversee both teams. The change, made official on Monday afternoon, puts Lauscha in charge of both clubs' business operations.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The agent for suspended defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove says the NFL has used semantics, but not hard evidence, as the basis for punishing Saints players in its bounty investigation. In a statement, agent Phil Williams questions whether the NFL made Hargrove a central figure in its investigation because his past drug suspensions made him an "easy target."
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The National Retail Federation holds a conference in New Orleans next week that will focus on preventing shoplifting and other crimes.
The annual "Loss Prevention Conference and Expo" is scheduled for June 20. The NRF says the conference will bring more than 2,700 senior retail loss prevention executives and their business partners to the city.
A federation news release Wednesday said topics will include federal and state legislation and new technologies being used to combat crime, fraud and shoplifting.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A debate in New Orleans over whether Tulane University should be allowed to build a new football stadium is about to play out on campus.
Tulane has set a Wednesday night forum on the issue.
The university has played football at the domed stadium downtown for decades but Tulane now wants to bring football back to campus. It is an issue that has divided neighbors of the proposed site in uptown New Orleans. And it will be playing out in the coming weeks in court as well as before the New Orleans planning commission and the City Council.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Officials are expected to make a sponsorship announcement at a news conference tonight for the Super Bowl Host Committee Volunteer Services Program. The news conference was to include representatives from the New Orleans Saints and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation.