Monday, February 11, 2008

The Ticket

The men are repelling down the face of the W Hotel building on Canal Street as New Orleans preps for The NBA Allstar Game, the next big thing for the city's tattered national visability. Luckily, the weather is nice for biking and walking and the huge purple billboards read "BasketBall is a BrotherHood".

As NBA dollars flood the non-profits and hospitality industries, citizens of NOLA still finds themselves emeshed in another fraternity, The Sacred Order of the Brotherhood Under the Gun.

Two people were killed in separate slayings Monday afternoon, one in eastern New Orleans, and the other in the 7th Ward, New Orleans police said. The killing in eastern New Orleans occurred sometime before 4 p.m. at Bullard Road and Hayne Boulevard. The second slaying occurred about 5:20 p.m. in the 2400 block of Allen Street, about 50 feet from the corner of North Dorgenois Street.
Thanks to the Times-Pic for the succinct update.

Luckily, NOLA crime's latest foray into the national spot light is much more engrossing than our run-of-the-mill murder plague.

The U.S. Justice Department on Monday declared it has blown the lid off what it described as a "classic espionage operation" involving two New Orleans residents and engineered by the Chinese government to obtain details of U.S. weapons sales to Taiwan.

That we have criminals of this mental caliber is astounding to everyone, including the FBI. China is getting to be quite the Russia, no?

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