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June 30th

Fresh Dressed

Zeitgeist, 9:30p.m.

Documentary chronicling the history of Hip-hop and urban fashion


Sasha Masakowski

Blue Nile Balcony, 10:30p.m.

NOLA songstress with elite pedigree


Crooked Vines

Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Progression music series


Jon Cleary

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

British-born keyboardist’s groove is all New Orleans


Teatros Sin Fronteras No. 3

Old Marquer, 9p.m.

Jose Torres-Tama tackles immigration


Crescent City Farmers Market

Broadway Street, 9a.m.-1p.m.

Uptown edition of the city's prime local market


JP Leads Way on Same Sex Marriage

Jefferson Parish is rarely cited as the model of progressiveness. However, on Monday (6.29), JP issued the first same-sex marriage license in the State of Louisiana. Until the wedding, the Boot held the distinction of being the only state in the Union with no same-sex marriages.

Jindal on MTP: Iowa, Marriage,& Poor Polls

For a change, Bobby Jindal is angling for some national publicity. On Sunday (6.28) morning, da Gov’ appeared on NBC’s Meet The Press to push his presidential bid. Jindal talked a lot about same sex marriage, polls, and even Buddy Roemer got a mention.

Uber Sketchy in JP

On Friday (6.27), the ride-sharing revolution made another leap forward in SoLa. Uber announced the start of operations in Jefferson Parish in an email reported on by Fox8 and WDSU. The only problem is that JP authorities say that the service is not licensed or permitted to do so.

SCOTUS Scuffle: Mitch Sick of Jindal's Games

Mayor Mitch is no fan of Candidate Jindal’s recent orders and declarations. A few months ago, he even began romancing the Old Grey Lady with the intent of rebutting Bobby J. The relationship did not get any better on Friday (6.26) after Jindal tried to block the SCOTUS decision guaranteeing marriage for all.

Lee Circle Saga Swirls

By Chris Staudinger

Several civil rights groups, including the The Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater New Orleans, held a press conference today in Lee Circle asking city leaders to support the removal of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s statue and name from the public space. Children stomped on the burnt remains of a Confederate flag as several leaders spoke about what the 72-foot monument means to the community.  

Jindal, Caldwell Ignore SCOTUS on Same Sex Marriage

Even as celebrations ring throughout New Orleans, Louisiana's leaders opposing today’s Supreme Court decision are working to block the ruling from affecting state laws. Today’s ruling declared that laws that ban same-sex couples from getting married are unconstitutional. Detractors of the decision include Governor Bobby Jindal and Attorney General Buddy Caldwell— both of whom say that they will not honor the ruling unless a court order is issued. 

Crawfish '16

By Lucy Leonard, additional reporting from NoDef Staff

As the 2016 Presidential campaign trail heats up, a new contender is throwing its hat into the race— that’s right, according to a Facebook page with upwards of 12,000 Likes, a crawfish, named Crawfish, is running for President of the United States. Specifically, he is trying to gain more support on social median than da Gov’.

Decision Day

SCOTUS Legalizes Marriage for All, NOLA Celebrates

In a landmark decision this morning (6.26), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The ruling, which makes it legal for same-sex couples to marry in all states, was won with a 5-4 majority. In the wake of the historic decision, many New Orleanians will celebrate tonight at the Decision Day Rally for Marriage Equality at Jackson Square. 

Auctions & Judgement

At today’s (6.25) City Council Budget meeting, the council heard and discussed a pair presentations. The legislators examined the city’s unpaid judgment backlog as well as the delinquent properties that will go to auction on Civic Source— both of which received a fair amount of comments from the public and from the councilmembers.  

Stop Work at OPP: Mitch Delivers CZO Smackdown to Gusman

Items like the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO) and conditional use permits have dominated neighborhood level politics for almost a decade now. On Wednesday (6.24), these issues went to eleven when the City declared the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office (OPSO) in violation of the CZO and issued a stop work order on the new jail. 

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