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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

Big Oozy on Trial

A Guide to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster's Day in Court

Barring an eleventh-hour settlement, BP is set to unleash another unchecked torrent on the Gulf Coast that will require many days to solve. This time, however, the action won't be at the bottom of the Gulf, but in federal court on Poydras St. And it might even be more gross.

BP Lawyers Hunker Down for Big Oozy Trial as Settlement Forecast Dims

BP and the feds will settle the rest of the Big Oozy blame game in the court. The British oil giant is sending signals this week that they're ready to go to trial with the U.S. government, and let a judge decide how much the company will have to pay for the 2010 Gulf oil disaster. The meat of the trial, set to begin Monday in federal court in New Orleans, will determine whether BP was "grossly negligent" in its operating of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

Transocean Pleads Guilty to Gulf Oil Disaster Charges, Pays $400 Million

The owner of the Deepwater Horizon pleaded guilty in federal court today, marking the second Big Oozy culprit to stand before a judge and admit guilt in the 2010 oil disaster. In entering the criminal pleading, Transocean LLC agreed to pay $400 million in Clean Water Act, and submit to five years' probation.U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo formally accepted the settlement, and imposed the sentence on the Switzerland-based submersible rig company.

BP Pleads Guilty to Deepwater Horizon Charges, Judge Accepts

As of today, BP is officially guilty of federal crimes in the Big Oozy. In U.S. District Court, the oil giant entered guilty pleas to 14 counts stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster and subsequent torrent of oil unleashed on the Gulf of Mexico in April, 2010. The British company was officially "sentenced" to pay $4 billion in criminal, but the day was devoid of courtroom drama as the number was worked out beforehand as part of a deal announced in November, 2012.

Oil Sheen Mystery Plot Thickens as Robot Voyage Yields Few Clues

In the Gulf, sheen appears once again to be winning - at least for now. BP's underwater robots recently completed their latest mission back to the bottom of the Gulf, and this time they came up empty. The ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) were looking for the source of the latest mystery oil sheen that has persistently hovering about the wreckage of the Deepwater Horizon since November, but found nothing on their expedition, which ended Saturday.

Vitter to BP: Cleanup Facts Don't Ad Up

Showing once again that he's well aware of the equal importance of perception and reality, David Vitter wrote a letter to BP today to urge the oil giant to make good on some of the post-Big Oozy promises they aired in the papers and on TV. In the letter, Louisiana's junior senator tells BP big shot Lamar McKay that the company shouldn't be hiring European contractors to do Gulf of Mexico work.

Harry Connick Jr., La. Musicians Let in Some Sunshine on PBS

We've seen troops and treasures unfurled to celebrate Louisiana's 200th birthday. But the bow on this bicentennial present to the Pelican State, as ever, will come in the form of a song that's near and dear to our hearts. And you can watch in on TV! Sunday night on PBS (LPB/WLAE, 7 p.m.). "Sunshine By the Stars" stretches Gov. Jimmie Davis' famed "You Are My Sunshine" into a full hour with some help from famed Louisiana musicians.

BP to Investigate New Oil Sheen in the Gulf

As any supermarket tabloid editor could tell you, sheen never goes away completely. Out above the wreckage of the Deepwater Horizon, another oil sheen was spotted on the surface of the Gulf earlier in November. That means even after fixing the leaky dome, loose oil is still seeping out.

BP Banned From New Government Contracts

BP won't be doing any new business with the federal government in the coming months. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that the oil giant won't be allowed to sign new contracts with the U.S. government. The temporary suspension comes as a result of a "lack of business integrity" the British company showed in the Big Oozy, according to EPA.

2 Missing After Explosion at Gulf of Mexico Oil Platform

Updated 7:30 p.m.

Not even 24 hours after BP admitted guilt for the Big Oozy, another oil facility explosion and fire was reported in the Gulf of Mexico. According to Plaquemines Parish officials, the explosions was reported at a shallow water platform owned by Black Elk Energy about 25 miles off Grand Isle at 9:15 a.m., and the Coast Guard dispatched crews to put out the fire. Two people are missing, according to the Coast Guard. It was previously reported that 

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