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TODAY in NOLA 3.3.17


Today kicks off the first of many Lenten fish frys across the city, but there is so many other things to get up to this Friday. The Lumineers take the stage at the Lakefront Arena, while punk outfit Masters of the Obvious takes Circle Bar. Still have a Carnival itch that wasn’t scratched on Fat Tuesday? Hit up Krewe of Brew’s adults-only amusement park night. On this day in 1995, LSU mascot Mike the Tiger IV was put down after nearly 21 years, 14 of which were spent representing Louisiana State University. Now, more to do this Friday. 


Feds: Traffic Court Accountant Bought Bentley, Casino Chips with Stolen Money


Updated 11.4, 9:35 a.m.

A former accountant for New Orleans Traffic Court was indicted on embezzlement and money laundering charges, according to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite. Vandale Thomas, 40, was charged with stealing $680,000 through overbilling. He used the money to buy a Bentley and casino chips, the indictment states.


Casino Crime: NOPD Seeks Ticket Thief (Video)


It's not uncommon for people to lose all their cash in the casino, but last night's robbery victims lost more than money. The NOPD has surveillance of the crooks who stole seven NFL tickets from some unsuspecting gamblers. 


Harrah's Casino to Close Due to Tropical Storm Isaac


by Mary-Devon Dupuy

Those who were planning on riding out the storm behind the comfort of a slot machine, think again. Harrah’s is closing up shop tonight in preparation for the impending tropical storm, and devout gamblers will have to stick to playing cards by candlelight.  


Bellator Fighting Championships Brings Mixed Martial Arts to New Orleans in May


by Shay Sokol

On May 25, the New Orleans Convention Center will host the Bellator Heavyweight World Title fight between Army Boxing Champ Eric Prindle and reigning Heavyweight Champ Cole Konrad. Harrah’s New Orleans is presenting the Bellator Fighting Championships, which is in its sixth season of tournament-based mixed martial arts fighting.


Today's Events: 4/25/11


April 25th, the day the thimble was patented (1684) the first time the Guillotine was used (1792), America's introduction to automobile license plates, starting in in New York (1901), the first use of the seeing eye dog (1938) when Pioneer 10 traveled beyond Pluto’s orbit (1983), when Southern California saw 14” of snow (1994), when Oliver Cromwell (1599), Edward R. Murrow (1908), Al Pacino (1940), Jason Lee (recently spotted at Bistro Daisy) (1970) were brought into the world, and when Ginger Rogers (1995) and B. Arthur (2009) left it. Today, the sights and sounds continue- so don’t call this no reign of terror:


Robbed At The Slots


By Shay Sokol

CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT- An 85-year old woman had her purse stolen out of her hands on Tuesday, January 25th at Harrah’s Casino by a man who must’ve run out of luck at the slots. Surveillance tapes reveal the unknown perp as a middle-aged white male wearing a black leather jacket, light colored pants, and a fedora hat. Crimestoppers is now offering up a hefty $2,500 reward for information. Eighth District Detectives are on the case to teach us all a valuable lesson: not just anybody can blow their luck at Harrah’s, and leave with someone else’s.


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