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JEUDI

May 25th

Soft Opening

Royal Brewery, 11AM

Come celebrate the opening of NOLA’s newest brewery

 

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Royal Street, FQ, 11AM

Doreen Ketchens and her band

 

Jazz in the Park

New Orleans Armstrong Park, 4PM

Music by Honey Island Swamp Band + Hot 8 Brass Band

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Featuring the funky sounds of Margie Perez

 

Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

Contemporary Arts Center, 7PM

Discussion on the “About to Happen” exhibition

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

R&B, rock blues, and everything in between

 

Luke Winslow King

Tipitina’s, 9PM

Support by The Washboard Rodeo

 

Dave Easley

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10PM

Witness one of the city’s best guitarists

 

VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl


NOPD: Suspicious Package Found in Mid-City, Bomb Squad Retrieves Devices


(Updated 5:00 p.m.)

New Orleans Police said they have found a suspicious package in a vehicle near a Mid-City Whitney Bank in the 3300 block of Canal St. Employees of the bank, located at the corner of Canal and Jefferson Davis Pkwy., and neighbors are being evacuated from the area, a NOPD spokesman said. Public transportation in the area has stopped. The New Orleans Fire Department and NOPD's Special Operations Division are on the scene.

 

New Orleans Police said they have found a suspicious package in a vehicle near a Mid-City Whitney Bank in the 3300 block of Canal St. Employees of the bank, located at the corner of Canal and Jefferson Davis Pkwy., and neighbors are being evacuated from the area, a NOPD spokesman said. Public transportation in the area has stopped. The New Orleans Fire Department and NOPD's Special Operations Division are on the scene.

 

UPDATE: Police found 8 devices in the vehicle

About 9:30 a.m., a private duty police detail officer working at Whitney Bank noticed that a brown Ford F-150 had been parked in the bank parking lot since Friday, according to police.

 

He approached the truck to try to see if there was a driver present. When he opened the door, the devices in the car began to smoke and spark. The officer then shut the door and alerted authorities.

 

The premise was immediately evacuated, and a bomb team was on the scene within minutes, NOPD spokesman Frank Robertson said. The bomb technicians deployed a bomb robot, which retrieved three of the devices from the vehicle. The bomb technician then went to physically check the truck for more devices, and found five. The devices were then placed in a bomb pod.

 

The devices resembled wrapped candlesticks, Robertson said.

 

New Orleans Police have not released any information about possible suspects.

 

UPDATE 2 p.m. All roads were open except Jeff Davis Pkwy. in the downtown direction between Canal & Iberville. Streetcars are now in service.

 

UPDATE 5 p.m. Device could've been explosive

The devices found could've caused a lot more than a mid-day traffic headache. A NOPD spokesman said that the bomb team found combustible compound in the devices that could have caused an explosion. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives worked with NOPD in this investigation, and has taken the devices to their labs for further analysis. The suspect responsible for this crime can now face federal jail time and fines, the spokesman said. 




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