Coming up in this week's Gambit

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Spring is ready to be sprung (tomorrow) and there's a lot to read in this week's Gambit:

• It's our annual Pet Issue, with profiles of area shelters, resources for animal lovers and photos of readers' pets ...

Uptown Messenger is an example of a "hyperlocal" news site — online news sources put together by professional journalists focusing on one neighborhood of a city. There are hundreds of them around the country, and they keep expanding as newspapers keep shrinking. Kevin Allman looks at the phenomenon of hyperlocal news and talks to the people behind Uptown Messenger ...

Clancy DuBos reads the Louisiana Board of Regents' recommendation for a possible SUNO/UNO merger and finds it's not as clear-cut as it's been made to appear ... but it may be irresistible catnip for politicians in an election season ...

• The Louisiana legislation is ready to reconvene, and Jeremy Alford's Baton Rouge column is back with the fight over the coming redistricting of the state. Guess who's got a proposed map? The Louisiana Family Forum. And is it good news for New Orleans? One guess ...

Will Coviello chats with Tales of the City creator Armistead Maupin, and previews next weekend's Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival ...

•¬†Previews of the Big Boi show at Harrahs, the Found Footage Festival at Chalmette Movies, and art and stage reviews ...

• ... and Ian McNulty goes dining at a Chinatown out in Kenner, brah ...

There's more. Read the paper to find out.

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