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Today in NOLA: 5.06.15


As you recuperate from two weekends of Jazz Fest, there is still some music playing. Wednesdays at the Square are back in action and so is a local favorite. Metal is coming to the Civic. On this day in 1996, Aaron Neville performed for then President Bill Clinton and Hilary Clinton on the White House South Lawn. Now, more to do this hump day.  


Slow Down, Loosen Up

Opinion: A T-Shirt Inspires Life Advice



On my most recent return to New Orleans, I was privileged to deliver a lecture to a collection of honors undergraduate religion scholars. While back in town several days, I took in some of the local fare, sights, libations, and culture. While having lunch one afternoon Uptown, I saw a young woman wearing a shirt that caught my eye. The shirt was all black with only white lettering and featured a hand offering the familiar "peace sign." In a circle around the hand, almost as if to form a logo of sorts, I read the words: "Slow Down. Loosen Up."


Explosion Alarms Interfere with Rig Workers' Sleeping Patterns


by Arielle Schecter

Explosion and fire alarms are regularly turned off aboard oil rigs so as not to disturb workers' sleep, according to a Transocean technician's testimony before an investigative committee last week. False alarms are apparently common enough aboard oil rigs to warrant the disabling of the sound and light alarms that would otherwise communicate the presence of fire and explosive or toxic gas. The technician also indicated that some of the equipment aboard the Deepwater Horizon rig was faulty and outdated, referring to one on-board computer as the "blue screen of death." Anyone who's encountered such a crash on their office PC could understand why you wouldn't necessarily want to wake up at 3am to the sounds of an exploding ship, especially when you could just sleep through that baby.


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