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No White Flags at Sundance


Since 2011 when Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS, his battle with the disease has alternatively moved New Orleanians to tears and inspired us to greatness. Now, the rest of the world is learning Gleason’s story. “GLEASON,” a documentary about the local hero is dominating the Sundance Film Festival the same way that the former Saint dominated Atlanta on that fateful day in 2006.


Today In NOLA 10.3.15


Today in New Orleans, there are benefits galore. Art for Art’s Sake is taking over Julia and Magazine Street, and The Preservation Hall Ball is benefitting the Preservation Hall Foundation at The Civic. Gleason Gras is honoring Steve Gleason. Also, the Pelicans are taking on the Pacers in their first pre-season game. But back in the day, as they say, the Bloomingdale brothers open their first store in NYC (1872), Allen Ginsberg’s Howl was ruled not obscene (1957), the Dick Van Dyke Show premiered on CBS (1961), West and East Germany declared the creation of one unified nation (1990), and O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murder charges (1995). It’s Gwen Stefani’s birthday, and Woody Guthrie’s death (1967). Here's what's happening today:


K10: No White Flags


Many portions of the Recovery elicit controversy. When Gleason blocked an Atlanta punt in 2006, he earned a spot in locals' hearts. Then, the courage that the former Saint later displayed in the face of ALS coupled with his devotion to his adopted home moved the entire City. Ten years after the Federal Flood, Gleason has published an open letter about NOLA and Evacuteer.org.


CPR for ALS: Gleason Act Signed Into Law


David Vitter and Barack Obama do not agree on much, but Steve Gleason has a way of transcending traditional boundaries. On Thursday (7.30) night, the White House announced that the POTUS signed Vitter’s Steve Gleason Act of 2015 (S.9804) into law. The new legislation will help provide crucial technology for Americans stricken with ALS.


Gleason Wins Again


Steve Gleason’s football career may be over, but he continues to win awards. Today, the National Football League (NFL) awarded the Saints icon the George Halas Award for overcoming adversity and succeeding.


Vitter Pill: Gleason Scores Senate Win


Many Americans think that Congress could use a cold shower. However, when it comes to fighting Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the legislature is doing a lot more than dumping ice water on themselves. Senator David Vitter’s Steve Gleason Act of 2015 passed the Senate unanimously during Thursday (3.26) night’s votarama.


Hoops Coach Competes for Team Gleason


Football is king in Louisiana, but some locals are paying a little more attention to a college basketball tournament. That’s because the coach’s competition stands the chance of raising money for Team Gleason. Washington State mens basketball coach, Ernie Kent is representing the foundation in the Infiniti Coaches’ Challenge.


Mr. Gleason Goes to Washington


Steve Gleason has blocked punts, climbed mountains, and inspired a state. Now, the New Orleans hero and ALS advocate is heading to Washington D.C. for the State of the Union. On Tuesday (1.20), Gleason will also meet with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.


Mary Landrieu Sponsors Senate Funding for ALS Research, Team Gleason


Team Gleason could be getting some help from the U.S. Senate. According to U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's office, the state's senior senator has inserted $7.5 million for ALS research into a defense spending bill as a result of her partnership with Saints hero Steve Gleason.


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