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It’s All About the Culture! Uptown Super Sunday!

Posted: 26 Mar 2018 01:41 AM PDT

NEW ORLEANS— Super Sunday in Uptown was a day full of good times, and this time the weather did not disappoint!

People came out to see family, friends, and most importantly, the Mardi Gras Indians!

This event was just more about those beautiful costumes, many people danced and skip all through the streets of  Uptown showing off their fancy footwork!

From different colors, shapes, and sizes, the culture of New Orleans can be seen through the heart of every citizen here!

Check out some of the videos from our favorite second line guy itchy_world!


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Following the second line the “Revolution S&P club’ with special guest 2nd line club “Keep’N It Real” were both there showing off their fancy footwork as well!

And don’t forget, If you didn’t make it to the Uptown Super Sunday, you’ll have another chance soon to see the Indians.

Downtown Super Sunday is scheduled for April 8 at 1 p.m.

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One person wounded in shooting near Gert Town

Posted: 26 Mar 2018 12:56 AM PDT

New Orleans – Police are investigating a shooting that left one person wounded near Gert Town.

According to New Orleans Police, the shooting happened around 11 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Broadway and Fig Streets.

No further details have been released.

Denham Springs man killed in Livingston Parish crash

Posted: 26 Mar 2018 12:33 AM PDT

LIVINGSTON PARISH–Shortly before 7:00 pm on March 24, 2018, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a single vehicle crash that resulted in a fatality on LA Hwy 447 south of I-12 in Livingston Parish.

The crash took the life of 26 year old Christopher D. Fowler of Denham Springs.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Fowler was traveling northbound on LA Hwy 447 in a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado.

Prior to the crash, witnesses observed Fowler driving at a high rate of speed and passing other vehicles in a no passing zone in a curved area of the roadway.

As Fowler attempted to pass another vehicle in a curve and re-enter the northbound lane, he lost control of his vehicle causing it to leave the roadway to the right. Upon doing so the Silverado struck some small trees and flipped onto its driver's side.

Fowler was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was partially ejected from the vehicle.

He sustained fatal injuries as a result.

He was pronounced deceased on scene by the Livingston Parish Coroner's Office. Impairment is a possible factor, and a toxicology sample was taken from Fowler to be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

Central Arkansas sweeps weekend series against UNO

Posted: 25 Mar 2018 08:36 PM PDT

New Orleans -- The Privateers lost their series finale against Central Arkansas on Sunday 5-3. The Bears got the weekend sweep, scoring 25 runs over the course of the 3-game set.

UNO starter, Kyle Arjona retired the first 9 batters of the game, but ran into some trouble in the 4th, when Central Arkansas scored 3 runs. With the bases loaded, Colby LeBlanc came-up with the RBI single and then right after, Rigo Aguilar drove-in two more with a 2 RBI double. The Privateers got one back in the bottom half of the 4th on the sacrifice fly from Owen Magee to make it 3-1, but Central Arkansas padded their lead in the 5th with a Josh Somdecerff 2-run homer to left field. With the 5-1 lead into the 8th, Cody Ducote did his best to close the gap, with a solo home run in the 8th and then an RBI triple in the bottom of the 9th, but that was as close as they could get.

On the mound, Cody Davenport got the win for the Bears. He had a no-hitter through 6 innings and pitched a complete game 4-hitter with 7 strike-outs. Arjona (2-2) got the loss in 5 innings of work, giving-up 5 runs on 3 hits and striking-out 5.

Next-up for UNO (9-15, 2-7 Southland) is a road game against South Alabama on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Strike a pose! Designers talk fashion at New Orleans Fashion Week show

Posted: 25 Mar 2018 07:49 PM PDT

NEW ORLEANS-- New Orleans Fashion Week features some of the best designers and looks around!   During New Orleans Fashion Week they held the "Top Design Competition and Runway Show" where designers got the chance to show off their amazing fashions.  News with a Twist's Kenny Lopez talked with some of the designers.

For more information about New Orleans Fashion Week, click HERE.  



Tulane drops series finale against Cincinnati

Posted: 25 Mar 2018 07:18 PM PDT

New Orleans -- Cincinnati avoided the series sweep against Tulane on Sunday, beating the Green Wave 1-0. Tulane starter Keagan Gillies gave-up the one run on an RBI double to Manny Rodriguez in the first inning, but after that he retired 15-straight batters. In 8 innings of work, Gillies gave-up just 2 hits-- both to Rodriguez-- and struck-out 6. He still got tagged with the loss though, as Tulane's bats had trouble getting going all game. The Green Wave finished with 3 hits of their own and struggled against Cincy starter, Cam Alldred, who had 9 strike-outs in 7 shut-out innings. Jonathon Artigues, Sal Gozzo and Ty Johnson were the only Tulane players to record a hit in the game.

Despite Sunday's loss, Tulane (11-14, 2-1 AAC) won the weekend series against the Bearcats (10-12, 1-2 AAC), winning both Friday and Saturday's games. Next-up for the Green Wave is a road game against Southeastern Tuesday at 6 p.m. They'll get back to conference play next weekend with a 3-game series at USF.

STELLLLLLLLAAAAAAAA! Annual Stella/Stanley yell at Tennessee Williams Fest

Posted: 25 Mar 2018 06:46 PM PDT

NEW ORLEANS-- The Tennessee Williams Literary Festival wrapped up today, but before it did the annual Stella and Stanley yell was held in Jackson Square.

Participants yelled the names of the characters from one of Tennessee Williams' most famous plays, "A Streetcar Named Desire."

WGNO's Kenny Lopez joined in on the fun and competed, yelling "STELLLLLLLLAAAAA" at the top of his lungs!



80 people shave their heads for St. Baldrick’s fundraiser

Posted: 25 Mar 2018 04:57 PM PDT

METAIRIE, La-- St. Baldrick's is the largest non-government funder for childhood specific cancer research, and every year around St. Patrick's day thousands nationwide shave their heads.

"Shaving your head is a sign of solidarity for the children who are suffering through cancer," said Dean Arnett, an organizer of the weekend's event.

Nearly 40 people on Saturday, and 40 people on Sunday showed up to go bald, including Saints punter, Thomas Morstead. Morstead's foundation also spearheads funding for cancer research in children.

The hair shaved during the event is not donated. Since 2005 they've funded $213 million of childhood specific cancer research.



Stormy Daniels: A man threatened me and my daughter over Trump story in 2011

Posted: 25 Mar 2018 04:17 PM PDT

Adult film star Stormy Daniels said in a Sunday interview that seven years ago she was threatened by a man when she was trying to sell her story about her alleged affair with Donald Trump.

During her first on-air interview detailing her alleged relationship with Trump, Daniels told CBS’ “60 Minutes” that she was approached in a Las Vegas parking lot while she was with her daughter in 2011.

“I was in a parking lot, going to a fitness class with my infant daughter. T– taking, you know, the seats facing backwards in the backseat, diaper bag, you know, gettin’ all the stuff out,” Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, said.

She continued, “And a guy walked up on me and said to me, ‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.’ And then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, ‘That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.’ And then he was gone.”

At the time, Daniels had agreed to tell her story to In Touch magazine for $15,000, but two sources told “60 Minutes” that the deal fell through because Trump attorney Michael Cohen threatened to sue the publication. Daniels said she never got paid.

The actress said she was “rattled” by the parking lot incident.

“I remember going into the workout class. And my hands are shaking so much, I was afraid I was gonna– drop (my daughter),” she said.

But she said she never saw the man who she says threatened her again and never called the police to report the threat because she was “scared.”

Daniels is currently in a legal battle with Trump over a “hush agreement” that Daniels signed just before the 2016 election. In exchange for not divulging details of the alleged affair, she received $130,000 from Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen. Daniels argues that the agreement is void because Trump didn’t sign the agreement.

The White House has denied the affair took place.

Few noticed, but Congress just banned restaurants from skimming tips

Posted: 25 Mar 2018 10:41 AM PDT

Restaurant servers dodged a bullet this week with a provision tucked into the $1.3 trillion federal spending bill.

Late last year, the Department of Labor proposed a rule that would have authorized restaurants to share tips between servers and cooks. That would allow employers to keep some tip money for themselves, as long as each worker made at least the full federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

Workers’ rights groups argued the rule change would lower the pay of those who work at restaurants, hotels and bars. Opponents of the rule held splashy public protests. The Labor Department received more than 218,000 mostly negative comments on the proposal.

It appeared to have worked. The spending bill, which President Donald Trump signed into law on Friday, includes a section that makes it clear that employers may not pocket any portion of tips that diners leave for workers.

“We beat them,” said Saru Jayaraman, president of the nonprofit Restaurant Opportunities Center. “I think they realized how outrageous what they were proposing sounded to the public, and basically they backed down.”

Representatives for the restaurant industry, however, are also pleased.

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The National Restaurant Association said it never asked for employers to be allowed to keep tips in the first place. Angelo Amador, senior VP at the trade group, argued that most employers wouldn’t skim tips even if they were allowed to.

“A decision by a restaurant to retain some or all of the customer tips rather than distributing them to the hourly staff would be unpopular with employees and guests alike, and it could severely damage the public’s perception of the restaurant,” Amador wrote in his comment on the proposed rule.

The left-leaning Economic Policy Institute disagreed, saying that many employers take a portion of tips even in places where it’s forbidden, and would do so even more often if it were legal. In a recent report, it estimated that servers would lose some $5.8 billion in tips annually to their employers.

The language in the spending bill also effectively does another big thing: It allows employers to pool tips and distribute them among staff, as long as the employer also pays the full minimum wage. Many owners have long sought to boost the pay of kitchen workers and bussers by forcing servers to share their tips.

“We want to ensure that servers, bussers, dishwashers, cooks, and others who work as a team to provide great customer service in the industry have access to share in tips left by customers, as this legislation clearly allows,” said Amador.

That’s fine with labor advocates at the National Employment Law Project, who say that pooling tips is a good way to create wage equity, as long workers are paid the full minimum wage and tips aren’t shared with managers or any other supervisors. “We enthusiastically support this compromise,” said Judy Conti, the group’s director of federal affairs.

Related: For gig economy workers in these states, rights are at risk

Going forward, however, there may be less agreement between workers’ rights advocates and the National Restaurant Association.

Currently, the federal minimum wage for workers who get tips is $2.13 an hour. Seven states have done away with the two tiers and made the minimum for tipped workers the same as it is for employees who earn regular wages.

Many cities and states have already raised their overall minimum wages, as the federal level has remained unchanged since 2009. The question of eliminating lower tipped minimum wages will be on the ballot this year in Washington, D.C., and Michigan and New York is considering the proposal.

All of these efforts have generally come over the objections of the restaurant industry, which argues that the economy and nature of the jobs have changed.

“The minimum wage, with all due respect, is a 1938 income support system for a workforce that worked in manufacturing and agriculture,” said Cicely Simpson, executive vice president for public affairs at the National Restaurant Association, at a panel discussion last month. “In our workforce, we have people who drive an Uber during the day and work in restaurants at night. They have no desire to spend their entire career in an entire industry.”

Simpson later softened her stance and said that the National Restaurant Association would like to see policies such as the minimum wage and overtime thresholds be “updated,” not trashed entirely.

The key players in the Stormy Daniels scandal

Posted: 25 Mar 2018 10:38 AM PDT

Adult film star Stormy Daniels is set to appear on television Sunday night to discuss her alleged affair with Donald Trump before he became President and the hush money she says she received to keep it quiet.

Here are some names that may come up during her interview with “60 Minutes.”:

Stephanie Clifford:

Daniels’ legal name is Stephanie Clifford. She’s gone to court to break her silence about an alleged affair she had with Trump before he became President. In the court filing, Clifford alleges their affair was more than a decade ago, and says Trump’s lawyer paid her $130,000 to stay silent just before the 2016 election.

The White House has denied the affair happened.

Michael Avenatti:

He’s the attorney representing Daniels. He has accused Trump’s legal team of “engaging in thuggish behavior” by accusing Daniels of violating a nondisclosure agreement.

“Now we have a sitting US President … who is threatening to sue a private citizen for over $20 million for talking about their relationship,” Avenatti said last week. He tweeted an image of what looked like a CD or DVD on Thursday, saying the disc contains evidence proving the porn star’s claims about her alleged affair with Trump.

Michael Cohen:

The President’s longtime attorney has accused Daniels of violating a nondisclosure agreement by talking about the alleged affair.

Cohen has admitted to facilitating a payment to Daniels in 2016. News of the payment led to allegations it may have violated campaign finance laws. He recently joked to Vanity Fair that he would take “an extended vacation on (Daniels’) dime.”

Charles Harder

He is part of Trump’s legal team, and is seeking to move the lawsuit by Daniels from state to federal court. The attorneys say that since Daniels agreed to pay $1 million for “each breach,” she could owe as much as $20 million if an arbitration judge sides with Trump’s attorneys. Harder is best known for representing Hulk Hogan in his lawsuit against Gawker, which resulted in its bankruptcy.

Karen McDougal:

The former Playboy model says she had an affair with Trump over a decade ago, around the same time as Daniels’ alleged relationship.

“I didn’t know he was intimate with other ladies,” she said last week on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360. “I thought I was the only one.”

The White House has denied the affair happened.