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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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   What about Fats?: While Rob Maness made much of his endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — including a last-minute robocall recorded by the tea party favorite — another Louisiana candidate had a conservative celebrity recording a message of support for her. State Rep. Lenar Whitney, who placed fifth in Louisiana's 6th Congressional District race, had a two-minute robocall recorded by 1950s singer Pat Boone, who identified himself as the singer of "Ain't That a Shame," the Fats Domino song he re-recorded for white radio in 1955. That robocall might not have gone over well among New Orleanians, who love their Fats ...

   When Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents & Associates (VCPORA) sent out its weekly newsletter last week, it announced new board members, one of whom had a familiar name: Darrell Hammond. The former Saturday Night Live performer (and current announcer, replacing the late Don Pardo) has been living in New Orleans and performing a regular low-key set at House of Blues. Hammond's biography on the VCPORA website reads, "Although Darrell has been a longtime New Yorker, a seven-week stay in the French Quarter a few years back spurred him to look for a more permanent perch here, which he now has on lower Royal Street. As someone who's never quite fit in, he appreciates the Quarter's mysteries and idiosyncrasies" ...

   "ELTON-JOHN TO ADDRESS JEFFERSON CHAMBER" was the headline on a media alert sent out by the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce last week. What? The singer of "Bennie and the Jets" and "The Bitch is Back" was going to be a guest at the annual State of the Parish address luncheon Nov. 12? Nope, it's just the Brangelina-style nickname for Jefferson Parish Council Chairman Elton Lagasse and Jefferson Parish President John Young ...

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