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Defender Picks



November 28th

Pelicans v. Jazz

Vivint Smart Home Arena

Utah takes on New Orleans


Mac Miller

The Joy, 8p.m.

Also ft. Tory Lanez, Michael Christmas and Njomza


Classic Weekend Jam

Lakefront Arena, 8p.m.

Ft. Yo Gotti and Rick Ross


Bayou Classic

Superdome, 4p.m.

Southern University v. Grambling State University


Football & Courtyard Bar

Gasa Gasa, 7p.m.

Football and alcohol— need we say more?


Bad Girls of Burlesque

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Drinks, music and burlesque


November 29th

Saints v. Texans

NRG Stadium, 12p.m.

Nola takes on Houston


Holiday Inn

Prytania, 10a.m.

1942 flick starring Fred Astaire


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Also ft. Walter “Wolfman Washington and Russell Batiste


Gospel Brunch

House of Blues, 10a.m.

Definitely try the chicken and waffles


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

Classic NOLA jams


November 30th

Big K.R.I.T.

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Part of the Kritically Acclaimed Tour



Higher Heights Reggae Band

Blue Nile, 9p.m.

Get your reggae jams on


Glen David Andrews

b.b.a., 10p.m.

Nola jams


Aurora Nealand & Royal Roses

Maison, 7p.m.

Traditional jazz meets modernity

BP Urges Brakes for Big Oozy Payouts

Kurt Engelhardt isn't the only federal judge in New Orleans who is meditating on misconduct. In the wake of a report by former FBI chief Louis Freeh, BP is pushing Judge Carl Barbier to halt Big Oozy payouts because of sins in the court-ordered office.

Former FBI Director Finds Potential Corruption in Deepwater Horizon Claims Office

Patrick Juneau is Freeh to carry on, for now. For months, BP has been alleging corruption in the office of Juneau, where claims connected to the oil company's settlement with thousands of Louisiana residents and businesses in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster are dispensed. An investigation of the claims office undertaken by former FBI Director Louis Freeh found conflicts of interest in the claims administrator's office, but cleared Juneau of wrongdoing.

Levee Authoritiy Seeks Big Money From Big Oil for Wetland Restoration

The shipping canals, pipes and other parts of South Louisiana's oil and gas infrastructure that stretch across the bayous and other wetlands downriver from New Orleans have long contributed to land loss along the coast. Facing down the prospect of less land for flood protection and more stress on levees, the group that oversees levees on the east bank of the Mississippi is going to court to get some of the money and repairs that Big Oil has never been forced to pay.

Tar Mat Spat: BP Says Oil-Related Fishing Closure Makes State Look Bad

BP is going to the mat over a fishing closure in state waters off Plaquemines Parish over Fourth of July weekend. The British oil giant isn't happy with the state's decision to close waters to fishing because of oil finds. Following a state Wildlife and Fisheries hold on fishing near East Grand Terre Island due to the discovery of an underwater tar mat, the company responsible for the Deepwater Horizon disaster accused the state of "perpetuating the myth" that Gulf seafood is unsafe.

I Turn My Cameron On: BP Asks PM for Help to Tame Claims

Three years after the Big Oozy, BP is now worried about a leak on the other side of the pond. Unsurprisingly, the British oil giant is worried about the money flowing out of their coffers into Louisiana and the other Gulf states that saw oil on their shores in 2010. According to a report by the BBC, BP HQ thinks their company is in jeopardy because of "fictitious" claim payments. The company is so worried that they want the prime minister to get involved, according to the report.

Anthony Bourdain, Andy Cohen Lock Tweets Over Top Chef's BP Bucks

We already knew that Anthony Bourdain knew and liked us better than most other chefs of his small screen stature. And now it seems he's prepared to take up arms for New Orleans - or, at least, fingers. The Parts Unknown host took a proposition to Bravo brass Andy Cohen in the wake of the revelation that Top Chef is coming to New Orleans -- partially on BP's dime. Despite cameos by Wendell Pierce and David Simon, Cohen appeared nonplussed. Click through for the full exchange:

Jindal: New BP Money for La. Coast

More of BP's millions are headed to the Louisiana's imperiled Gulf Coast. Today, Governor Bobby Jindal and key politicians of local and state government announced that BP had agreed to an additional $340 million in projects for Louisiana's Gulf Coast region, projects that the Governor promised would help restore critical coastal infrastructure necessary for storm protection and restoring land and wildlife to the region.

'Thanks, BP'

On Third Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon Disaster, Disappearing Land and Reappearing Oil in Plaquemines Parish (PHOTOS)

While oil globs in Bay Jimmy and the occasional sheen continue to serve as chemical reminders of the Big Oozy, some of the most damaging effects of the 2010 disaster three years later are revealed by what can no longer be seen.

No Shame in Their Claim: Feds Uncover $300k in Bogus BP Payments

The feds ended a group of of claim for more than a dozen people this week. The U.S. Attorney's office indicted 15 people this week accused of gaming the claims system set up by BP and the federal government following the Big Oozy. The fraudulent claims for reimbursement for financial harm caused by 2010’s BP Deepwater Horizon disaster totaled more than $300,000 in damages, U.S. District Attorney Dana Boente alleged in court documents filed Thursday. 

BP Oil Disaster Trial Opening Arguments in 6 Tweets

While locals were transfixed with tales of bomb robots and former political kingpins going to jail, a bevy of lawyers and reporters from all over were hunkered down at the federal courthouse. BP, the feds, the state and other parties began their trial today to determine what the responsible parties have to pay for the Big Oozy. The courtroom tussle is expected to last all day, every day for months. Thanks to the wonders of Twitter and Judge Carl Barbier's embrace of technology, members of the public who can't sit through the whole thing can find out what's happening in the courtroom. Click through for the best tweets from today's opening statements:

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