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Ambien Into History: Perricone Blames Sleeping Pills for Online Commenting

Henry L. Mencken1954 was the result of Ambien-fueled haze, says the former New Orleans prosecutor who was behind the handle. In a 13-page letter to a judge, Sal Perricone says that he doesn't remember making the online comments that eventually ended his long tenure in the local U.S. Attorney's office.

PBS Doc Looks at New Orleans Race Relations, Politics

New Orleans is frequently on TV these days for food, music and True Detective, but a Monday night program is set to take a deeper look at the city's racial and political realities. PBS is set to air the long-awaited documentary, Getting Back to Abnormal, which chronicles New Orleans' post-Flood race relations through the lens of the 2010 District B City Council race.

Uber Debate

City Council Defers Vote on App-Based Ride Sharing Services for Limos

The New Orleans City Council heard debates Tuesday (6-24) on a change to the city’s transportation regulations that could open the door to limousine companies working with app services like Uber. After nearly three and half hours, the Council moved to defer the discussion to next month.

Uber Renews NOLA Push

Despite some initial spurning, Uber is still standing on a New Orleans sidewalk trying to hail some business. The national app-based ride service (that's not a taxi company) hasn't been shy about their desire to expand to the Crescent City. But City officials have said the laws would need to be changed to allow the company to operate.

Melissa Harris-Perry Moving from Tulane to Wake Forest

Melissa Harris-Perry is heading to North Carolina. The current Tulane professor and MSNBC host will join her alma mater of Wake Forest University, according to a news release from Wake Forest.

Mary Landrieu Sanctioned by Vladimir Putin

With her new spot as the chair of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee, Mary Landrieu is apparently now joining Crimea in Vladimir Putin's crosshairs. On Thursday, the Russian president announced sanctions against the Louisiana senator and eight other high-ranking U.S. officials.

Runoff Election Results: Williams, Ramsey Cruise Onto Council

Updated 4:25 a.m.

Election results are coming in, and a longtime councilwoman is the first to fall. Jason Williams beat Current District D rep Cynthia Hedge-Morrell for the remaining at-large seat. Hedge-Morrell conceded the race, ending her attempt to stay on the council despite term limits. Williams handily won the race, securing 68 percent of the vote to Hedge-Morrell's 32 percent.

Runoff Rundown: Sheriff, Council, Audubon Millage on Saturday Ballot

It's time to stop the robocalls and head for the polls again. A slate of runoff races are on the ballot to determine the outcome of the local elections that weren't settled in the Feb. 1 primary. Three citywide races are in play, as well as a hotly-contested City Council district.

Poll: Gusman in Firm Control of Sheriff's Race

Marlin Gusman is on his way to a big victory over Charles Foti in the Orleans Parish Sheriff's race, according to a poll conducted days before the local runoff elections. The WIN Partners poll, which surveyed 756 likely voters on Tuesday (March 11), shows current sheriff Gusman with a commanding 30-percentage point lead over his predecessor Foti heading into the Saturday vote.

NOPD, Harrah's Figure Into City Legislative Agenda

Even with some unfinished local election business coming up next Saturday in New Orleans, the state's political attention is set to shift upriver this week with the kickoff of the annual state legislative session on Monday. Like most going concerns, the City has a legislative agenda in Baton Rouge. Late Friday, Mayor Mitch's office released the details of the bills he's backing, most of which are focused around public safety, blight and City Hall itself.

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