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NOLA Lore: Jean Lafitte, the Pirate of New Orleans



Each week, J.A. Lloyd will take readers through the secret and sometimes unexamined legends, myths, and folklore of New Orleans past. This week, learn about the swashbuckling adventures of Jean Lafitte. 


Chasing the Green Fairy

NoDef's Absinthe Day Guide



Ten years ago, the nationwide ban on absinthe was lifted in the United States after almost a century. Given how quickly the anise-flavored herbal spirit has become a staple in cocktails, it's hard to believe that for over 96 years New Orleanians lived without green frappés, drips, and daiquiris. Today (3.5) is National Absinthe Day, so how better to celebrate the spirit's rise from madness-inducing elixir of the bohemian set to the superstar ingredient in cocktails nationwide than with a comprehensive guide to the city's best absinthe-minded offerings. From tours of distilleries and museums to cocktail crawls across the Vieux Carre, read on for NoDef's guide to absinthe in New Orleans. 


New Orleans, SoLa Communities Get Disaster Debt Relief


Debt relief came to a handful of New Orleans agencies on the front lines of disaster response this week. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's office announced that she and other lawmakers had cancelled nearly $36 million in Community Disaster Loans (CDL) and adjusted the CDL formula so that $286.7 million in debt was canceled for South Louisiana communities.


Bayou Blaze Still Burning, Oil Spill Creates Sheen (VIDEO)


The scorching fiyo on the bayou that started last night after a tugboat slammed into a pipeline near Lafitte continues to burn Wednesday afternoon. Officials are apparently set to let the Bayou Perot blaze run its course as they begin operations to contain and clean up oil that was spilled in the area, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. 


Bayou Blaze: Fiery Tugboat Crash in Lafitte Leaves 1 Injured, Oil Spill Reported


A fiery collision between a tugboat and a pipeline near the Jefferson Parish town of Jean Lafitte injured the boat's captain, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The 47-ft. tug Shannon E. Settoon was pushing a 154-ft. barge in Bayou Perrot about 6 p.m. Tuesday when it collided with a pipeline. The tug and barge burst into flames, but crew members were able to escape.


Today in New Orleans: 9.05.12


Today, network with over 50 New Orleans based cultural organizations at Culture Collision, take in some 80s fuzz pop or some aughts folk-punk and see a new program that's working for the kids in Central City. On this day in Louisiana history, the late trumpet player Jean Baptiste was born (1934) and Jean Lafitte’s brother Pierre and a group of other pirates escaped from the Cabildo, and remained free thank to his brother Jean's negotiations (1814) and Gov. Uncle Earl Long passed (1960).


Today's Events: 3.15.12


Today, Parasol's welcomes St. Patrick's Day a couple of days early to the Irish Channel, The Poetry Brothel gets up close at Allways Lounge, Room 220 hosts a dynamic local lit duo at Antenna Gallery and the LPO rolls into First Baptist Church. On this day, Andrew Jackson, the namesake of our city's most prominent Square, and the Old Hickory that lead the pirates and privates to victory in the War of 1812, would've been 245 years old and, just before that War of 1812 win, La. Gov. William C.C. Claiborne ordered Jean Lafitte's pirates of Barataria to disband (1813). Good thing he didn't. Now back to today:


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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Alexis Manrodt, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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