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New York: best and worst city in schismatic survey

New York: best and worst city in schismatic survey Oct 21st, 2010 at 12:00PM: If you want to travel like a local, then it makes sense to know something about your destination ... and isn't the best city to live attractive? It's the kind of place you'd want to explore and see why it's so loved. And at the same time, you'd probably want to avoid the worst of the worst – who would want to go there? Well, a new Harris Interactive poll makes this thinking hard to...

Louisiana to host new endurance race ending at Mardis Gras

Louisiana to host new endurance race ending at Mardis Gras Sep 28th, 2010 at 8:30AM: Some people will do anything to get to a party. Case in point, the endurance runners who will be taking part in the inaugural Rouge-Orleans Ultramarathon scheduled to take place in Louisiana on March 4-6, 2011. The race also happens to fall on the same weekend as Mardi Gras, which has prompted race organizers to adopt the slogan "come to run, stay to party." The race is a true test of endurance...

Welcome back to New Orleans

Welcome back to New Orleans Sep 13th, 2010 at 10:30AM: This isn't a New Orleans story about disaster. It's a story about rebirth. Despite all that has happened to New Orleans in the last five years - the damage, the loss of life, the oil spills - the fact remains: New Orleans is still one of the most musically rich, culturally vibrant and historically important cities in the world. This is not a city that gives up easily. In fact, we're here to...

Marriott, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity and KaBoom! help rebuild NOLA neighborhoods

Marriott, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity and KaBoom! help rebuild NOLA neighborhoods Aug 24th, 2010 at 3:00PM: Five years have passed since Hurricane Katrina made her mark on the city of New Orleans but the city's spirit continues to thrive, thanks to the rebuilding efforts of NOLA residences and businesses. All this week hotels are banding together their staff and guests to help support local area projects. "Marriott's Spirit to Serve New Orleans" package allows employees and guests to partake in...

The best places in the world to smoke a cigar

The best places in the world to smoke a cigar Aug 19th, 2010 at 3:35PM: Smoking a cigar the correct way demands a critical mix of solitude, contemplation, and most important, awareness of surroundings. All other things become subservient to the act of observing and evaluating. With this game plan in play, the smoker's post-ignition environs take on as much importance as the flavor, taste, and draw of the tobacco. Here is one man's list of the top ten places in the...

Photo of the day (8.13.10)

Photo of the day (8.13.10) Aug 13th, 2010 at 6:00PM: Old Gadling hand Anna Brones snapped this image in New Orleans, catching a fragment of the 2009 campaign to draft Brad Pitt to run for Mayor of New Orleans. Pitt failed to take the bait, unlike another celebrity, Wyclef Jean, who is currently running for the job of President of Haiti. Jean recently announced his intention to run for Haiti's top office. He has been hit by scathing yet fair...

From the Shores of Louisiana -- Protesting to lift the drilling ban

From the Shores of Louisiana -- Protesting to lift the drilling ban Aug 13th, 2010 at 9:15AM: Lafayette, Louisiana -- Last month's Rally for the Economy in Lafayette, Louisiana, went largely unnoticed outside the state, though 11,000 vociferous oil workers, their supporters and the elected political elite of the state showed up and shouted to the rooftop about their concerns over the continuing moratorium on deepwater oil drilling. The Cajundome next to the campus of Louisiana...

From the Shores of Louisiana -- Turtle rescue!

From the Shores of Louisiana -- Turtle rescue! Aug 11th, 2010 at 9:30AM: Along the beaches of the Florida panhandle and Alabama there is a massive rescue effort underway involving butter knives and forks, tricked-out Styrofoam coolers and specially-rigged FedEx trucks. The job is to scoop 70,000 mostly loggerhead sea turtle eggs out of the sand (very carefully, using kitchen utensils among other tools) before the hatchlings can swim out into the Gulf where they...

Club Epoque offers loyalty programs for boutique hotels

Club Epoque offers loyalty programs for boutique hotels Aug 9th, 2010 at 12:30PM: You want your loyalty points AND a stay a chic and trendy boutique hotel? What in the world are you thinking?! You're thinking ahead, my friend, and thanks to a new program by Club Epoque, you can have your loyalty points and your boutique bedroom. The newest hotel loyalty program from the Epoque collection allows each club member to earn 6 percent of the pre-tax room price toward your account...

Marriott New Orleans' voluntourism package for guests

Marriott New Orleans' voluntourism package for guests Aug 3rd, 2010 at 2:00PM: It's been five years since Hurricane Katrina made her mark on New Orleans and the rebuilding continues today. In an effort to help travelers give back, Marriott New Orleans is offering a "Spirit To Serve New Orleans" voluntourism package available from nine of Marriott's Big Easy hotels, including the New Orleans Marriott on Canal St. Starting at $99 per night, the package allows guests to...

'Tombstone Tourism' on the rise, allows you to get close to your favorite celebs

'Tombstone Tourism' on the rise, allows you to get close to your favorite celebs Aug 3rd, 2010 at 12:04PM: Strapped for vacation cash? Spend a day with the dead. "Tombstone tourism" is on the rise. See fabulous artwork, enjoy nature and get within six feet of some of your favorite celebrities. Better yet, admission is always free. It's a grave-cation! Did you know that before Disneyland opened in 1955, Forest Lawn Memorial Park cemetery in Glendale was the number one tourist destination in the Los...

From the Shores of Louisiana: Dredging

From the Shores of Louisiana: Dredging Aug 2nd, 2010 at 10:00AM: Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana -- The French-born helicopter pilot zooming low over the Gulf is focused on two things: Whether he can find more fuel in Venice and whether or not the brown streaking we're seeing north of the Chandeleur Islands is oil or just the transition of muddy Mississippi River water mixing with salt water. It's his first day flying out of Plaquemines Parish and, with maps...

From the Shores of Louisiana -- Call in the navy!

From the Shores of Louisiana -- Call in the navy! Jul 29th, 2010 at 10:31AM: Cat Island, Louisiana -- During the past eleven weeks I've been on and around the edges of Barataria Bay for many days. This is ground-zero for the oil mess clean-up in southern Louisiana, a 650-square-mile jigsaw puzzle of marshes and wetlands where hundreds of workers have been sweating for weeks, valiantly attempting to wipe, absorb and suck up the oil which has penetrated it deeply. If...

From the Shores of Louisiana -- Crane Rescue

From the Shores of Louisiana -- Crane Rescue Jul 27th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Barataria Bay, Louisiana – 6:50 a.m.: We'd been on the water for more than two hours already and had seen a particularly haunting sunrise thanks to a partial lunar eclipse by the time we reached the edge of Cat Island. Marsh grass covers the muddy island, located about fifteen miles west of Sulphur Grove in Plaquemine Parish. The island is nearly identical to a couple hundred other...

The animals that helped win World War Two

The animals that helped win World War Two Jul 20th, 2010 at 12:30PM: Animals have always been used in war, but historians tend to dismiss them as living equipment and say little about their experiences. A new exhibition at The National World War II Museum in New Orleans seeks to right that imbalance by focusing on the war effort of animals on both sides of the conflict. Loyal Forces: Animals in WWII features life-sized mannequins of horses and mules with...

From the shores of Louisiana: a peek inside of the oil industry

From the shores of Louisiana: a peek inside of the oil industry Jul 20th, 2010 at 11:00AM: Morgan City, Louisiana – Driving old Highway 90 paralleling the Gulf Coast under a vast, super-heated blue sky filled with cumulus it's almost possible to forget the horror that continues to seethe beneath the nearby sea. But the manmade scenery that lines the road – warehouse buildings, one after another, parking lots filled with pick-up trucks and SUVs -- brings me right back...

From the Shores of Louisiana: Jon takes to the road

Jul 16th, 2010 at 5:00PM: From the Shores of Louisiana: Jon Bowermaster from gadling on Vimeo. Lafayette, Louisiana -- It's a steamy, early-summer day in Southern Louisiana – expecting the "heat index" to top out today around 108 degrees F! – but it's good to be back on the ground here. I've been coming every few months for the past two years, producing a documentary film, and it's started to feel like a...

From the Shores of Louisiana: A letter from a Louisiana fisherman

From the Shores of Louisiana: A letter from a Louisiana fisherman Jul 15th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Among the many I've met and worked with in southern Louisiana (SoLa) these past two years, making a film about the relationship between man and the sea, no couple has impressed me more than Tracy Kuhns and Michael Roberts. Committed to family, community, and the environmental concerns of them all, they share many hats: Both work as the Louisiana Bayoukeepers. Mike is a fulltime fisherman and...

From the shores of Louisiana: What fuels energy change?

From the shores of Louisiana: What fuels energy change? Jul 10th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Born in the Natal province of South Africa, Ivor van Heerden has been an adopted Louisianan for more than thirty years. During his years here he's been head of the state's coastal restoration program, on the staff at LSU, co-director of the state's hurricane center and a head of Team Louisiana, which investigated the hows and whys of the levee failures during Hurricane Katrina. Also along the...

Hyatt Regency to reopen New Orleans hotel

Hyatt Regency to reopen New Orleans hotel Jul 9th, 2010 at 12:30PM: The Hyatt Regency New Orleans closed its doors after the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, but five years later the hotel is poised for a grand reopening. The New Orleans Hyatt was a familiar fixture during the city's coverage of Katrina. The hotel, located near the Louisiana Superdome, suffered from water and wind damage after the hurricane. In 2007, was purchased by Poydras Properties...

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