Working downtown, gives us a front row seat to watch the demolition crews do their thing to bring down the old parking garage and Executive Inn. In our excitement to share it all, we even set up a demolition camera with a live feed to our website
Maybe you’re throwing a big party, or maybe Mardi Gras is just your excuse to feast on the amazing cuisine of New Orleans -- either way, you better get it right. Break out the spices and let’s get cooking!
Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday," a reference to the binge eating a lot of Catholics do before Lent. As is often the case with holidays, the Christian roots are intertwined with earlier pagan practices. It was very common for early church fathers to integrate elements of pagan ritual in an attempt to attract potential converts.
Mardi Gras itself originated in the Middle Ages and was brought to the U.S. by the French explorer Iberville. In 1827, Parisian-style masked balls were legalized in New Orleans after a long period of prohibition. The celebration soon became known for its celebrants' raucous behavior during fanciful parades.
There weren't a whole lot of surprises at the 83rd Academy Awards -- as expected, "The King's Speech" took the big prize as Best Picture. The film about King George VI overcoming his stutter also garnered a Best Actor statue for Colin Firth and a Best Director win for Tom Hooper.
"King"'s four statuettes tied "Inception," which also nabbed four awards in technical categories, for the most Oscars.
Oscar favorite Natalie Portman also took home the Best Actress statuette for her role in "Black Swan," and Melissa Leo and Christian Bale of "The Fighter" cleaned up in the supporting role categories.
Used to be that our presidents had bears and silkworms and stuff lying around the White House. Now it's mostly cats and dogs. But are they ever adorable. We've collected some of the White House's cutest pets, from Barack's Bo to Billy the Hippo
Many of you may be familiar with the City-County Observer as the website that is always asking, "Is it true?" They broke the story on the Convention and Visitor's Bureau party with the $250 bottles of wine, the new Hyatt Hotel downtown, and today they're talking about the mayor's campaign finance reports.
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