Tuesday morning news dump



BASKET-WHAT?: We know New Orleans is in football mania right now, but a team called the New Orleans Hornets would like to remind you that they start training camp today.

DUDE, YOU'RE GETTING A DELL, AND IT'S BEEN SITTING ON A SHELF FOR MONTHS: WDSU led its 10 p.m. news last night with images of computers still boxed up on shelves in the inspector general's office. Sounds like not much has changed since last January, when we reported the IG's office still didn't have networked computers or a dedicated server.

CHINESE DEMOCRACY: State Sen. Julie Quinn, who has been a bulldog on the issue of Chinese drywall, is in Washington today to lobby for legislation against the use of the material.

A LONGER CAUSEWAY?: The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway may no longer be the longest bridge in the world, if the Qatar-Bahrain Friendship Causeway gets built; it's planned to be 25 miles long, as compared to our Causeway's mere 23.6. Construction is skedded to start next year. (Hat tip to Chad Bower at WWL-TV.)

DUMB: Newsweek runs a piece advocating for the death of the daily newspaper. Apparently local news is better served by weekly newsmagazines running cover stories like "Is Your Baby Racist?".

FOOTPRINTS IN MID-CITY: "Inside the Footprint" examines the structures currently sitting where the proposed LSU/VA hospital is scheduled to be built:

We seek to document the "footprint" of the proposed LSU-VA Hospital slated for construction in Lower Mid-City in New Orleans, Louisiana.

We believe locating the hospital(s) in other downtown locations, such as the vacant Charity Hospital, represents a better plan for moving forward - one that does not involve the eviction of numerous individuals and families who returned after Hurricane Katrina, the destruction of viable businesses, and the elimination of many historic structures.

While much of the footprint is in tough shape by a number of measurements, we hope to focus on the many aspects that nonetheless show that the neighborhood's wholesale elimination to make way for vast swaths of parkings lots, for example, is unwise and should be avoided.

KATRINA FOOTBALL: The city collectively groaned during last Sunday's Saints game when Fox Sports saw fit to run images of New Orleans in the throes of the federal floods. Michael Homan asks the question that was on my mind:

I believe it is important to let people across the country know that we still need help rebuilding. But at what point will we be able to watch a football game and not have to hear about Katrina? At the same time, my passion for the Saints is inextricably tied to my experiences during the flood and afterwards.

We play the NY Jets this Sunday. Why is it appropriate to show our city under water after the federally maintained levees gave way, but not appropriate to show the twin towers collapsing?

• AND FINALLY: The Reggie-Kim romance is back on (at least in the press), and the Web site Sports Odds is wondering how such a momentous

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