of New Orleans recently won the highest honor bestowed by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, the Platinum Award. The trade organization praised Zehnder's "New Orleans Lagniappe" direct-mail campaign for the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau. The project also won a Gold Award in the category of complete campaign/group sales.
Renee Gill Pratt and Eddie
are urging fellow New Orleans City Council members to rename a Warehouse District park after the late casino developer Christopher Hemmeter, who left town in the 1990s after filing for bankruptcy. Hemmeter's legacy -- of dubious business deals that led to the razing of the Rivergate Convention Center and two devastating Harrah's Casino bankruptcies -- is inappropriate for such an honor. Might we suggest Buddy Bolden, Walker Percy or any number of worthy subjects?
National Alliance of Louisiana,
a neo-Nazi organization, recently distributed racist leaflets around the Lakeview section of New Orleans. The flyers, proclaiming "Love Your Race," advertised a toll-free phone number that contained a recorded message decrying America's "out-of-control immigration situation" and "the Jewish monopoly of our mass media" and touting "a free, strong, proud white America."
is one of 33 states whose "gun show loophole" -- which doesn't require criminal background checks on people buying firearms at gun shows -- makes it easy for minors, criminals and illegal gun traffickers to circulate firearms, says a study by the nonprofit Americans for Gun Safety. The study reports that a large percentage of firearms used in crimes have been traced to such gun shows.