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More Layoffs at Da Paper

The third wave of layoffs at Da’ Paper arrived on Thursday (9.17). In an article posted online, the NOLA Media Group (formerly known as the Times-Picayune) announced that “28 full-time and 9 part-time content staffers – or 21 percent of the overall content operation's full-time employees” will lose their jobs.

Pipe Are Calling TS Danny

The summer's gone, and all the flowers are dying. Danny’s tenure as a full fledged hurricane was brief. The National Weather Service (NWS) downgraded the weather formation to Tropical Storm today.

In the Service of the King: WWL's Ian Kramar Talks About Working Mardi Gras

Sure, Mardi Gras is the world's best party, but some people need to work through the festivities. As part of a running series, NoDef has been asking the people that punch the clock on Fat Tuesday five questions about their experiences. Today, we talk with television news producer Ian Kramar.

Zephyrs Drop 3rd Straight

The Nashville Sounds jumped on the New Orleans Zephyrs for six runs in the first inning, capped by a Taylor Green grand slam, defeating the Z's 7-1 on Sunday night.

University President Lost in Lafitte

Dr. Francisco Piedrahitas is the president of Icesi University in Colombia. he came to New Orleans to discuss accreditation and the state of business at Tulane, but decided to soak in the sights. Kudos to Piedrahitos, who decided to forgo Bourbon, and indulge in his love of nature by taking a trip to Pecan Grove Trail in Jean Lafitte National Park. He asked a cabbie to wait 25 minutes, but never returned. After two hours, authorities were contacted, and a search is underway. Details here, and here.

Spilling the Beans

Morganza Opening Live Blogged

With flooding on the way, the normally camera shy Army Corps of Engineers has decided to open up for two press conferences this afternoon. Plans call for theMorganza Spillway to open at 3 p.m. to prevent flooding in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. As the Corps briefs and water moves through the Spillway, we're writing what we hear, and what we see.

Dueling Headlines

By Kat Stromquist

In response to the Louisiana Workforce Commission's employment report released Tuesday, we've got City Business reporting that the New Orleans area gained 1,000 jobs in April, whereas the Times-Pic assesses the situation as 1,000 jobs lost. Which is it? Is this a "glass half full" editorial decision, or just a failure of graph-reading? One thing's for sure – the GNO unemployment rate for April stands at 6.1 percent, a number far below the national rate of 9.9 percent. We'll stop complaining about our (low-paying, lacking-in-benefits, total-waste-of-our-degree-in-Renaissance-art-history) service industry jobs now.

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