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The Prytania Theatre,
that cozy Uptown cinema that Ignatius J. Reilly loved, recently installed a new screen for the first time in 30 years. The screen, which cost about $2,000, has greatly enhanced both the sound and picture quality -- which should lure more googleplex-spoiled filmgoers to the old-fashioned movie house.

John Mosier, Ph.D.,
a professor of English literature and film at Loyola University, has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in history for his book The Myth of the Great War: A New Military History of World War I. The book grabbed public attention with its controversial premise that America's involvement on the Allied side of the war was much more influential than history has shown.

Fourth Circuit Judge Charles R. Jones
faces a three-month suspension and nearly $5,000 in fines after a foul-mouthed diatribe against two other judges that ended when Jones punched one judge in the face. The Louisiana Judiciary Commission recently recommended the sanctions to the state Supreme Court, saying Jones caused an embarrassing scene Jan. 31 when he screamed expletives at two colleagues and then assaulted one of them.

The Tricou House
announced the death of regular performer Al Broussard, who died of a heart attack, via news releases that read "Piano Legend Al Broussard Plays His Heart Out on Bourbon Street." Though the 95-year-old R&B/jazz musician was known for his sense of humor, his death should have been publicized in a more respectful manner by the Bourbon Street club where he often played.

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