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   Former Orleans Parish Sheriff Charles Foti, who faces current Sheriff Marlin Gusman in the March 15 runoff election, got an important endorsement last week from Ira Thomas, the Orleans Parish School Board member who placed third in the primary for the sheriff's race. Gusman just missed winning the election in the Feb. 1 primary, garnering 49 percent to Foti's 28.5 percent. Thomas received 19 percent ...

   In other endorsements, Carlos Williams Jr. — who placed last in a field of five in the New Orleans City Council District C primary — threw his support behind second-place finisher Nadine Ramsey ...

   After months of derision and jokes from fans and media about Pierre the Pelican's frightening visage, the New Orleans Pelicans debuted the new "cuter" Pierre during a Pels game Feb. 12. Perhaps a good omen: the Pels won that night's match against the Milwaukee Bucks, 102-98 — despite some fans saying Pierre's new lantern beak, while less disturbing, made the bird look like comedian Jay Leno.

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