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  • In March, the New Orleans City Council barred residents from keeping roosters in the city (for more on urban poultry, see "Cock-a-Doodle Don't," July 30). On Aug. 14, the LA-SPCA had the largest seizure of animals in its history — more than 600 roosters and other birds from a property in New Orleans East. Also seized were cockfighting implements. In 2007, state legislators voted to ban cockfighting, making Louisiana the last state in the union to outlaw the practice (see Commentary, p. 15) ...

  • The first of at least two books about The Times Picayune's transition to a "digitally focused company" will be out in a few weeks. Rebecca Theim, a former T-P reporter, has completed Hell and High Water: The Battle to Save the Daily New Orleans Times-Picayune, which will be printed by Pelican Publishing at the end of September. A second book, from staffers at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University, will take a broader look at recent changes in the newspaper industry. It will be printed by Peter Lang, a Swiss publisher of academic books. No publication date has been set ...

  • Speaking of media: The Advocate relaunched in New Orleans Aug. 18 with a new name — The New Orleans Advocate — and a new tagline: "Seven Days • Home Delivered • Louisiana Owned," a direct slap at The Times-Picayune (which is physically home-delivered three days a week and not locally owned). Up next: a "major marketing campaign," according to the paper's COO, Dan Shea. "If New Orleans wants a seven-day paper, now is the time to act," Shea told Gambit. Meanwhile, The Times-Picayune began its own new advertising push last week, "Every Way. Everywhere," touting its mix of print and digital products ...

  • Grain of Salt Department: The Associated Press' Melinda Deslatte quoted Sen. David Vitter regarding his ambitions to run for Louisiana governor in 2015: "I haven't thought about it for five seconds. That's eons away politically." ...

  • Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni and his wife, Michelle Swanner Yenni, had their first child, a daughter, Aug. 12. Name: Reagan Swanner Yenni. A tribute to the Gipper, an old family name, or something else? A spokesperson for Yenni confirmed the moniker "was inspired by the president" ...

  • Travel + Leisure compiled one of its arbitrary city rankings — "America's Best Coffee Cities." New Orleans came in high at No. 3, with T+L citing Cafe Du Monde, Morning Call and the cafe brulot at Antoine's. — Kevin Allman

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