Coming up in Gambit Weekly: Would This Crazy Weather Make Up Its Mind Already Edition

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Last week it was snowing, right now it's 75 degrees, and by Monday the high is predicted to be 47. This is December? All this, of course, is just an excuse to publish a picture of Bob Breck in a Santa hat. (Bob is recovering from rotator cuff surgery, so if you want to wish him well, head on over to his blog and leave a comment.)

Anyway, coming up in Gambit Weekly (in newsboxes around town on Sunday, and online at our new Web site, bestofneworleans.com, on Monday):

• In our cover story, Noah Bonaparte Pais gets inside the world of Park the Van Records, the indie-rock label that disappeared from New Orleans post-Katrina and is moving back to the city this week....

David Winkler-Schmit looks at the site selection for the new LSU/VA hospital and finds it nearly identical to the one outlined in a memorandum of understanding issued a year ago, long before the public meetings gave the hoi polloi a chance to weigh in. A number of folks, including Dr. Ed Blakely, explain why this is standard operating procedure....

Clancy DuBos breaks down a new study gauging New Orleanians' issues about race....

Alison Fensterstock continues her obsession with bizarre Christmas music (David Hasselhoff! "Yuletide Disco"!), which is precisely why we love Alison....

• and remember that item on the blog a couple of days ago where I called out the Huffington Post (no link for them!) and Arianna Huffington for lifting material from the Chicago Reader and putting it up, wholesale and in toto, at HuffPo? The whole contretemps got picked up elsewhere, including in Wired magazine, and now the HuffPo's Jonah Peretti has apologized and taken down the appropriated material. But Jonah's still not getting it:

As for disgruntled publishers, Peretti seems genuinely perplexed and says The Huffington Post links should be good for them — and suggests that upset editors get in touch and build relationships with Huffington Post editors.

Nice try, Jonah. We don't want a "relationship." Just keep HuffPo's mitts off other people's stuff.

That's it. I'm going out and not sure whether I need shorts, a parka, or an umbrella. See you on the newsstand, and happy holidays to all. Especially Bob Cerasoli.

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