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By Richard Gorelick, Special to The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2010
Ten years later, Louisiana still makes a stunning first impression. There was very little resembling fine dining in Fells Point when Richard Saki opened his opulently appointed Creole restaurant in 2000, and certainly nothing on the grand scale of Louisiana. Saki designed Louisiana himself, and I had forgotten how much of the multistory interior is the result of his brilliant salvaging — pink marble from an old Saks Fifth Avenue, railings for the romantic grand staircase from the old Inner Harbor Power Plant and even a portrait of a nude from the legendary Stag Room at the old Haussner's.
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September 4, 2014
The air of seeming inevitability that had developed around the idea of a successful constitutional challenge to state bans on gay marriage was punctured Wednesday by a federal judge in Louisiana. After 21 consecutive decisions favoring marriage equality in federal district and appellate courts since the Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, federal District Judge Martin L. C. Feldman upheld the ban on same-sex marriage that Louisiana voters overwhelmingly supported in 2004.
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By KATHLEEN PARKER | October 18, 2007
NEW ORLEANS -- People here haul out multisyllable adjectives to describe the back-to-back storms that devastated Louisiana two years ago. Catastrophic, cataclysmic and apocalyptic are three of the favorites. Biblical is another. Touring New Orleans today, seeing barren lots where homes once stood and giant X's still marking houses to indicate if bodies were found, it is easy to think in those terms. But hurricanes Katrina and Rita did more than just destroy homes and histories. They seem to have changed Louisiana's personality.
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December 4, 2013
Damn it, Ohio! Ahem, pardon us, please. We got a little carried away when we saw that Ohio beat out Maryland as the state in which people are most likely to curse. But we're OK now, thank you for asking. That's because Maryland is also the third most-courteous state in the union. The data come from a Marchex Institute study of 600,000 recorded calls from the past 12 months. Those &#%! Ohio residents were most likely to use profanity, followed by Maryland, New Jersey, Louisiana and Illinois.
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By RAY JENKINS and RAY JENKINS,Ray Jenkins is editor of the editorial pages of The Evening Sun | November 10, 1991
In a burst of trenchant wit 30 years ago, the late New Yorker magazine writer A. J. Liebling described Louisiana as "the westernmost of the Arab states." The portrayal exquisitely captures that most eccentric of states as an rich mix of oil, spicy food, religious fundamentalism and explosive politics.David Duke, the enfant terrible of Republican racial politics, fits well into that tradition, and whether or not he wins the governorship of Louisiana this week, he is likely to be a menacing presence on the political landscape for a long time.
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By New York Times | November 19, 1991
DAVID Duke's defeat in the Louisiana governor's race brings both a sense of relief and fresh alarm about where American politics seems to be headed.Relief, because electing a former Nazi and Ku Klux Klansman governor would have been an appalling endorsement of bigotry. Alarm, because Duke's rapid rise in politics makes clear that racism has a large constituency.Nearly 40 percent of voters in Duke's state thought him suitable to serve. Tens of thousands from around the nation rallied to his support or contributed to his campaign.
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By Jack W. Germond and Jules Witcover | May 12, 2000
WASHINGTON -- In the nation's gallery of political rogues, none has dodged the law longer and more entertainingly than former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards, until now. The 72-year-old Cajun-speaking, high-stakes-gambling and onetime-womanizing Mr. Edwards has finally been convicted of 17 counts of fraud and racketeering for taking payoffs from casino license applicants and related offenses. If , as expected, he is sentenced to jail for most of the rest of his life, his incarceration will end a saga of fancy living at the public trough unmatched in his state and most others that for at least three decades amused and titillated the citizenry as much as outraged it. A dapper man of moderate stature with slick silver hair and the wardrobe of the inveterate gambler he was, Edwards defied all conventions with the openness of his gambling trips to Las Vegas and the audacity of his lifestyle.
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By JACK W. GERMOND AND JULES WITCOVER | January 19, 1996
METAIRIE, La. -- Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan was telling an audience of 200 enthusiastic supporters here the other night why he was in Louisiana, which is getting a cold shoulder from most of the other GOP hopefuls.He recounted how the others -- except himself, Sen. Phil Gramm and ultra-underdog Alan Keyes -- had signed a pledge in Iowa to boycott Louisiana's February 6 delegate-selecting because Iowa was upset that Louisiana was usurping its traditional role as the state that always begins the process.
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By GREGORY KANE | August 24, 1997
THERE'S a new law on the books in the great state of Louisiana, one that will be sure to get bleeding heart liberals weeping anew.Louisiana's law allows carjacking victims to use deadly force against their attackers. The bleeding hearts, ever mindful never to miss a chance to put in a kindly word for carjacking dirt balls, went immediately into moaning mode. The law is "a license to kill," they lamented.Then there are those of us who are only too happy Louisiana enacted the law. We don't see it as a license to kill.
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By Thomas W. Waldron and Thomas W. Waldron,SUN STAFF | October 20, 1995
NEW ORLEANS -- When it comes to corruption, it takes a lot to alarm the people of Louisiana. But the forces of gambling may have done it.In the four years since the Louisiana legislature embraced casinos and video poker machines, the state has endured report after report of Mafia profit-skimming, insider dealing, political payoffs and possible State House bribery.Today, a public backlash is short-circuiting political careers and may even force the repeal of some Louisiana gambling laws next year.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
Damn it, Ohio! Ahem, pardon us, please. We got a little carried away when we saw that Ohio beat out Maryland as the state in which people are most likely to curse.  But we're OK now, thank you for asking. That's because Maryland is also the third most-courteous state in the union. The data comes from a study of 600,000 recorded calls from the past 12 months. (Something about the phrase "This call may be recorded for quality assurance... " makes the Insider want to utter a few choice phrases.)
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | November 17, 2013
Those familiar with my life story understand my emotional approach to educational opportunity - particularly where the story line ends in opportunity denied. Simply put, I got lucky at a tender age. Enough athletic and academic prowess, in addition to scholarship aid, gave me the opportunity to attend excellent schools. These institutions set me on a successful path; each afforded me unlimited opportunities and important relationships that I have taken advantage of throughout my life.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2013
The third man believed to be involved in the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old boy that rocked the city in May has been apprehended in Louisiana, Baltimore police said Saturday. Rashid Mayo, 22, one of three gunmen who fired into a red Chevrolet on May 24, killing toddler Carter Scott and wounding his father, was tracked by the department's Warrant Apprehension Task Force to the campus of Grambling State University near Ruston, La., according to Detective Vernon Davis, a Baltimore police spokesman.
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By Bob Allen, For the Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2013
When Scott and Jackie Dunkel left Millersville last weekend and headed south to New Orleans, two Super Bowl tickets in hand, they took all the comforts of home with them, including satellite TV, Internet hookups, a king-size bed and the kitchen sink. Actually, these veteran recreational-vehicle road warriors didn't leave "home" at all - at least not their vacation home. They made the 1,000-mile jaunt in their 45-foot, 45,000-pound, seven-miles-per-gallon Holiday Rambler Navigator.
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By Edward Lee | September 6, 2012
While working on Thursday's article on Lardarius Webb, I talked to the Ravens cornerback's coach at Nicholls State. Jeremy Atwell was the linebackers coach for the Colonels before getting promoted to defensive coordinator during Webb's senior year in 2008. Atwell, who is still the defensive coordinator there, said Webb's popularity has grown to the point where among Atwell's current players, Webb is more popular than New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. “I think if they had to choose between Drew Brees and Lardarius Webb coming to visit, I think more people would want to see Lardarius,” Atwell said.
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By Mark Shriver | August 30, 2012
The earthquake struck without warning during children's naptime. Fortunately, Judy Tribby and her fellow staff members at the YMCA-Arc child care center in Bowie knew exactly what to do last August, when the ground started to shake. Within seconds, well before the crying children were fully awake, the caregivers began placing infants and toddlers into evacuation cribs. They grabbed ready-to-go emergency bags prepared for each child and quickly moved all 40 children, including a number of children with disabilities, into the main hallway away from the windows.
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By New York Times News Service | September 3, 1992
LA PLACE, La. -- A week after Hurricane Andrew slashed through Louisiana, plastic sheets are spread on hundreds of roofs like oversized Band-Aids, utility crews jam the streets and National Guard troops direct traffic as the storm's victims begin the painful march from recovery to rebuilding.Some communities have been so swamped by donations of food and other supplies that they have begun turning away contributions, while other towns remain dependent on daily truck convoys for water.Across the state, fewer than 800 people remain in emergency shelters while about 32,000 people are still without power.
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By Mike Royko and Mike Royko,Tribune Media Services | November 11, 1991
IF BOB MCLANE scared easily, he would have backed off after two men ominously snapped a picture of his daughter as she got off a school bus. Or when a Jeep drove on his lawn at night and dumped litter. Or when the phone rang at 2 a.m. and the voice asked if he knew how much damage a stick of dynamite could cause. Or the 10 death threats.But McLane, 46, a Marine in Vietnam, doesn't scare. So he's pushing along with an organization he formed called Dukebusters.It's aimed at David Duke, the ex-Nazi and ex-Klansman who is trying to con the voters of Louisiana into electing him governor.
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by Annie Linskey | August 4, 2012
Not sweltering enough in Maryland? Gov. Martin O'Malley flew south this weekend to Louisiana where he is giving the keynote address at the state party's annual fundraising dinner. It's the latest in a string of Democratic money events for O'Malley, who has tended to his national profile this summer while also reaching out to lawmakers to push a gambling expansion legislation for next week's special session. O'Malley, who chairs the Democratic Governors Association, has made trips to Virginia, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and Wisconsin this year.
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By Wesley Case | February 15, 2012
When Hunter Hayes, the 20-year-old sensation just nominated as the Academy of Country Music's Best New Artist, has a day to himself, the first thing he does is find a music store. "I'm obsessed with gear," Hayes said recently on the phone. Look at the liner notes of his 2011 self-titled album and it's clear to see why: Hayes can play everything in the store. On the album, the self-taught Hayes plays 22 instruments, including the clavinet (an electronic keyboard) and the accordion. After opening for Taylor Swift last summer, Hayes hit the road for his own headlining venture, the Most Wanted Tour, which stops by the Recher Theatre for a sold-out show tonight.
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