Thursday morning news dump

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Twitter is down, leaving people frantically trying to sign on to Twitter to tweet that Twitter is down.

• All anyone's talking about is the conviction of former Rep. William Jefferson on 11 of the 16 charges filed against him. The forfeiture hearing is tomorrow, and sentencing is set for late October. Clancy DuBos will have more analysis after the forfeiture hearing.

• Blogger Mary Ann Chick Whiteside aggregates the reaction to Advance Publications' ending its no-layoffs pledge as of next February -- a pledge that applies to the staff at The Times-Picayune. Depressing. Just as depressing is the fact that the T-P doesn't seem to report the news themselves, as many of the other Newhouse papers have done.

• NPR's Mara Liasson joins the vast cast of pundits who have made idiotic statements about Hurricane Katrina. Congrats, Mara. Say hi to Michael Moore and Neal Boortz for us.

Donna Douglas, who played Elly May on The Beverly Hillbillies, is back living in her native Baton Rouge and she couldn't be happier. Good for her.

Mad Men, starring New Orleans' own Bryan Batt, returns for its third season in 10 days, and thank God for that. In the meantime, amuse yourselves with this Esquire profile of his co-star, Christina Hendricks:

CH: ...two kinds of pork in one soup? Bring it on. I just learned what guanciale is, when I was in New Orleans. It's the pig jowl. I went to this butcher there, and I came home with lots of sausages: a big andouille and a blood sausage.

ESQ: You know your pork.

CH: I can see it in Esquire — "I know my pork!" Oh, my gosh, you've had chocolate-covered bacon, right? It's so perfect.

Of course, the accompanying photos aren't bad, either:

Hendricks

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