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The Tragic Tale of Slidell-Born Dee Dee & Gypsy Rose Blanchard to Air on HBO


A new documentary on a young Louisiana-born woman jailed for matricide will air on HBO this Monday (5.15.) The Erin Lee Carr-directed film, Mommy Dead and Dearest, tells the sad and disturbing story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, the victim and killer of her mother Dee Dee. 


State of Play: 1.12-2.02


Compiled by Michael Martin

Boom! Ten new shows open the weekend of the 16th, as everybody squeezes in a run before Mardi Gras takes over. Defying the Carnival calendar, NOLA Project opens its big spring comedy at the end of January and runs it into March, skipping only the big parade weekend.


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.


Times Grill Fundraiser for Wounded Officer


Thursday, grab a burger at Times Grill (1827 Front Street) in Slidell, and help a wounded NOPD Officer through his recovery. On the morning of February 23, NOPD Officer John Passaro was shot responding to an armed robbery on Poland and St. Claude. The wounded Officer has a difficult road ahead, and friends and family are asking the Greater New Orleans community to show their support.  


Slidell Man Returns from South Sudan Prison, Gets Arrested for Afghanistan Kickback Scheme


Elton "Mark" McCabe spent months in prison in South Sudan, and politicians like David Vitter pushed the government there for his release. But after returning to the U.S. Monday, the Slidell man quickly found himself back in custody. The feds arrested McCabe Thursday, accusing him of taking kickbacks from subcontractors in exchange for work on reconstruction at the Kandahar Airfield in Kandahar, Afghanistan. 


New Orleans-Area Nutcracker Performances Keep Holidays on Their Toes


by Erica Boni

Now that Thanksgiving is out of the way, it's time for the sugar plum fairies and rats to dance again. When the Nutcracker was first released in 1892, it was anything but well received. Since the 60’s, however, it has gained increasing popularity as the public has warmed to the fantasy filled Christmas eve tail that follows the imagination of a wealthy young German girl as her dreams of a Nutcracker prince slaying a mouse king of seven heads come to overtake reality.


Buyer's Remorse: Seafood Processor Turns Himself In After State Finds Hidden Purchases


Any local fisher knows it's hard to hide big haul. Pontchartrain Blue Crab's Gary Bauer learned that this extends to processors, too. Bauer allegedly hid the fact that his Slidell company didn't report buying about 285,000 pounds of seafood from January 2010 - July 2011. The 54-year-old turned himself in last week, and was charged on 18 counts of filing false public records and 18 counts of injuring public records, according to the state Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries.


Plane Plummets into Gulf After Pilot Passes Out


Unfortunately, the Blue Angels weren't the only fighter jets that had to be called into airspace above Southeast Louisiana today. A small plane flown by a Slidell doctor crashed into the Gulf around 11:20 a.m. The Cessna 421 took off from Slidell bound for Sarasota this morning. The plane was reported as flying erratically, and the Air Force dispatched a pair of F-15 fighter jets to attempt to make contact with the man WDSU is identifying as Dr. Peter Hertzak, who was alone in the plane.


Target: Sinkholes


When it comes to potholes in sinking South Louisiana, It's time to call in the big guns. According to the AP, Slidell is set to ring in the New Year with stealth technology originally designed for the military to detect where dirt seeped into sewers, and mete out serious sinkhole threats. The technology was developed at Louisiana Tech. Slidell Mayor Freddie Drennan seems surpisingly willing to allow forces to encroach across his border. Maybe Pakistan could take a diplomacy lesson. Full story here.


Eye on the Ball: Optometrist's Accused Killer Turned in By Family Member


FRENCH QUARTER - It took a little cooperation with the Show Me State, but the man New Orleans police believe killed a Slidell eye doctor in October was arrested today. Bobby Troy, 20, was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Moberly, Missouri, just before midnight Wednesday. He is accused of the October 16 robbery-murder of Brent Hachfeld, a 37-year-old optometrist, which occurred at corner of Dauphine and Dumaine Streets in the early morning hours. At a press conference from the scene of the crime, NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas said a family member called to turn Troy in.


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