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Mailbag: Frenchmen Poet's Plea for Help

This fall, the growing safety concerns on Frenchmen Street resulted in the creation of the Frenchmen Street Patrol. While many locals applauded the move, street poet Heath Stevens is concerned that the stepped up police presence is stifling artistic expression. He explains his view in a letter to the editor.

Checkpoint Charlies

The time for crushing some beers at backyard barbecues is growing slim. But, do not over imbibe and drive especially not this week. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) announced beefed up drunk driving checkpoints set for the next few days.

Illegible License Plates Targeted by State Police

by Shay Sokol

The spelling on vanity plates doesn't have to be right, but a trooper better be able to read it. State Police announced this week that they will crackdown on obscured license tags statewide. A State Police press release on July 28, 2012 said the crackdown is “in response to numerous citizen and motorist complaints received throughout the state.” Obscured license plates include any tinted or fogged covers, novelty frames that hamper visibility of numbers, improper license plate lights, and mud.

Fashion Police

Bad news for those of you whose sartorial sensibilities are split between shirts reading "I Got Bourbon Faced on Shit Street" and "I'm Home Occifer, Take Me Drunk." The Lens informs us that CouncilWoman Kirsitin Palmer is proposing a crackdown, halting the expansion of T Shirt shops in the Quarter. Now, that's what we call "security!"

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