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/ 13 April 2008

New oyster-eating champion crowned

Patrick ”Deep Dish” Bertoletti looked down at the litter of empty oyster shells on the red plastic tray and savoured the sweet taste of victory. The Acme World Oyster-Eating Championship belt — a massive leather affair featuring a silver dish with a single oyster on the half-shell in the centre — hung on his skinny hips.

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/ 21 December 2007

Housing protests grip New Orleans

Protesters, unfazed by violent clashes with police hours earlier, on Friday vowed to continue their battle against a plan to demolish 218 public housing buildings in New Orleans, a bid that has further highlighted the growing tensions in a city struggling to recover two years after Hurricane Katrina.

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/ 24 September 2007

Anglican gay showdown looms in New Orleans

The United States Episcopal Church is in the middle of a debate that could end with its departure from the Worldwide Anglican Communion over disagreements about gay clergy and same-sex unions. The conflict was prompted when the US church consecrated Gene Robinson as the first bishop in an openly gay relationship.

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/ 29 August 2007

New Orleans mourns Katrina dead two years on

Still struggling to rebuild, New Orleans on Wednesday mourned the loss of about 1 500 lives when Hurricane Katrina ravaged the coast two years ago, as United States President George Bush vowed better days lay ahead. Scores of tiny hand bells tinkled as the city’s prominent mayor, Ray Nagin, led a poignant memorial service to the dead.

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/ 8 June 2007

Goosen eyes leaders in Memphis

Swede Fredrik Jacobson defied gusting winds to hold a share of the lead with Australia’s Adam Scott in the opening round of the St Jude Championship in Memphis, Tennessee on Thursday. Twice US Open champion Retief Goosen and American Brian Gay carded 68s to share third place

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/ 13 February 2007

Storm with possible tornado hits New Orleans

A powerful storm and likely a tornado hit the New Orleans area early on Tuesday, killing an elderly woman, injuring at least 15 other people and damaging dozens of business and homes in a region still trying to recover from Hurricane Katrina. Trailers provided by the government’s emergency agency were tossed around and homes collapsed.

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/ 27 October 2006

Chatterboxes talk their way to infertility

Research studies have indicated that two crucial aids to modern living — cellphones and anti-depressants — may undermine male fertility. Samples taken by the Case Western Reserve University in Ohio from men attending an American fertility clinic suggested that their sperm declined steadily in number, quality and ability to swim as cellphone usage increased.

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/ 7 June 2006

Jazzman Hilton Ruiz dies

Jazz pianist and composer Hilton Ruiz, who came to New Orleans to work on a Hurricane Katrina benefit recording, died early on Tuesday, his agent and manager said. He was 54. Ruiz had been comatose at a hospital since he fell early no May 19 in front of a French Quarter bar.

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/ 4 January 2006

Hurricane Katrina: The bus tour

A sold-out Hurricane Katrina bus tour, promising passengers a look at some of the city’s most misery-stricken spots, was to make its inaugural run on Wednesday morning. Passengers were told the bus would take them past the Superdome, the Convention Centre and neighbourhoods damaged by Katrina and the subsequent flooding.