Archive for May, 2012

New Orleans Hornets Get The Luck Of The Draw And Snag The Number One Pick

The NBA Lottery is a winner take all deal in terms of the number one pick. The New Orleans Hornets were able to parlay a number four pick into the number one pick. There are additional resources at the end of this article.


Who Dat Do Dat New Orleans Hornets

Who Dat Do Dat New Orleans Hornets

The New Orleans Hornets turned their luck around in the NBA lottery on May 30, 2012. The New Orleans Hornets took the pick that the received for Chris Paul, another former number one pick, and turned it into the number one pick in the 2012 draft. While this is not the biggest jump in NBA history it does create a turn of events for a team and a city looking for good news in the sports world.
The New Orleans Hornets for the past several months have been owned by the NBA. They have been sold to a group of owners, including New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, and now have the number one pick in the NBA draft this June. This is the first time in the history of the New Orleans Hornets that they have picked number one overall. Most experts agree that the New Orleans Hornets will most likely pick Anthony Davis, the center from the University of Kentucky.

The Charlotte Bobcats had the best chance of receiving the number one overall pick since they had the worst record last season. The Bobcats will now pick second overall. The Bobcats would have loved to been able to pick Anthony Davis but they are in dire need of help at all positions. Recent picks of the Charlotte Bobcats have not made contributions to the team.

The New Orleans Hornets are in need of a little good news. Chis Paul, the face of the franchise, asked to be traded and was sent to the Clippers. This was only after a string of on and off and then on again trades. This allows the Hornets to pick the consensus best player in this draft. Anthony Davis can rotate between center and forward which should help the New Orleans Hornets in their drive to make the playoffs and become a contender.


Here is the order that teams will pick on June 28th during the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft:

1. New Orleans Hornets

2. Charlotte Bobcats

3. Washington Wizards

4. Cleveland Cavaliers

5. Sacramento Kings

6. Portland Trail Blazers (from the Brooklyn Nets)

7. Golden State Warriors

8. Toronto Raptors

9. Detroit Pistons

10. New Orleans Hornets

11. Portland Trail Blazers

12. Milwaukee Bucks

13. Phoenix Suns

14. Houston Rockets

15. Philadelphia 76ers

16. Houston Rockets (from the New York Knicks)

17. Dallas Mavericks

18. Minnesota Timberwolves (from the Utah Jazz)

19. Orlando Magic

20. Denver Nuggets

21. Boston Celtics

22. Boston Celtics (from the Los Angeles Clippers)

23. Atlanta Hawks

24. Cleveland Cavaliers (from the Los Angeles Lakers)

25. Memphis Grizzlies

26. Indiana Pacers

27. Miami Heat

28. Oklahoma City Thunder

29. Chicago Bulls

30. Golden State Warriors (from the San Antonio Spurs)

Stay tuned for more!



NBA: New Orleans Hornets

New Orleans Antiques Forum Celebrates Two Bicentennials

Registration for the New Olreans Antiques Forum is coming up.  Mark your calendars because you don’t want to miss this.


New Orleans Antique Forum

New Orleans Antique Forum


New Orleans Antiques Forum celebrates two bicentennials

Registration for fifth annual event opens Friday, June 1; forum will be held August 2–5


WHO:             The Historic New Orleans Collection


WHAT:           2012 New Orleans Antiques Forum, “Circa 1812”


WHEN:           Thursday, August 2–Sunday, August 5, 2012

Thursday, August 2:    Two optional preconference tours (separate registration required):

Walking tour of the French Quarter, 8:30–10 a.m., or

Day trip to St. Francisville, La., 8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.*

*This is the anticipated time of return; the actual time may vary.

Friday, August 3:         Registration, 8:30 a.m.

Sessions, 9:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m.

Reception, 4:30–6:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 4:     Registration, 8 a.m.

Sessions, 9 a.m.–2:45 p.m.

Sunday, August 5:       Sessions, 9:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Optional brunch (separate registration required), 12:30 p.m.


WHERE:       All forum sessions take place at the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., in the French Quarter. The preconference day trip takes participants to three historical houses in St. Francisville, La. The preconference walking tour and additional activities take place in the French Quarter.


HOW:             Registration opens Friday, June 1, and packages start at $100. The optional programs require separate registration and are only open to forum participants. The forum is known to sell out, and those interested in attending are encouraged to act quickly. For more information, visit or call (504) 523-4662. Details on scholarships are available online.


WHY:             Since the 19th century, New Orleans has served as a marketplace for the decorative arts, and the city remains the region’s arts and antiques capital to this day. With the theme “Circa 1812,” the 2012 New Orleans Antiques Forum commemorates the bicentennials of Louisiana statehood and the War of 1812.

This year’s event includes speakers from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Hermitage: Home of Andrew Jackson, The American Revolution Center and the Tulane University School of Architecture, among others. The program also features three optional events—a preconference tour of plantation houses in St. Francisville, a preconference walking tour of the historic French Quarter and a Sunday brunch at Antoine’s Restaurant with the speakers and fellow participants.

The Historic New Orleans Collection established the New Orleans Antiques Forum in 2008 to promote the city as a cultural destination and to help local businesses after Hurricane Katrina. The four-day event celebrates its fifth year in 2012 and is expected to once again draw capacity crowds of antiques enthusiasts from more than a dozen states for presentations with decorative arts experts. Participants are also invited to partake in social activities and to visit the city’s numerous antiques shops. Details about the full schedule of events may be found at or by calling (504) 523-4662.

The 2012 New Orleans Antiques Forum is presented with the support of the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc., New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, the Coypu Foundation, Garrity Print Solutions, Hotel Monteleone, Antoine’s Restaurant, French Antique Shop, Inc., Neal Auction Company, New Orleans Silversmiths, Royal Antiques, Community Coffee, Fleur de Paris, and the Schon Charitable Foundation.

Founded in 1966, The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center and publisher dedicated to the study and preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. For more information, visit or call (504) 523-4662.


The Historic New Orleans Collection—Preserving our Past for a Brighter Future.


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The Historic New Orleans Collection

New Orleans Antique Forum


Fashion Week NOLA Poolside at the W New Orleans

It will be nice and steamy in NOLA for Fashion Week.  Come join us poolside!! 


Fashion Week NOLA Hosts Poolside Fashion Shows at W New Orleans


WHO:     Fashion Week NOLA and W New Orleans

This event is free and open to the public.


WHAT:    “Strut & Swim W Happenings” – a series of poolside fashion presentations featuring local fashion designers and boutiques, hair and make-up artists showing off their latest collections, trends, accessories and styles in summer fashions.  The fashion series will include live music, drink specials, pop up boutiques, giveaways and more. Sponsored by Ciroc Vodka, Planet Beach, Niki Walker Salon, Glenn Michael Salon, and Keith Noonan Salon.


WHEN:                 6 – 8pm

Sunday, June 3 – featuring Designer Jolie & Elizabeth, Hemline Boutique & Swim n Sport

Glam Squad – Niki Walker Salon


Sunday, July 1 – featuring Designer Leah Bauer, Designer Michele Marcombe (Swimwear) & Vernon Clothier

Glam Squad – Glenn Michael Salon


Sunday, August 5 – featuring Designer Kano Branon, Designer Alicia Zenobia (Some Swimwear) & Designer Elise Doran (Swimwear)

Glam Squad – Keith Noonan Salon


WHERE:               333 Poydras Street

Rooftop pool on the 4th floor


WHY:     Fashion Week NOLA and W New Orleans are redefining the traditional runway show and bringing the latest fashions poolside in a new summer series featuring the hottest up-and-coming local designers. Take a dip in WET, sip on new cocktail creations and indulge in the newest trends.


HOW:                   There is no entry fee, but space is limited and will be granted on a first come, first served basis.


For more information about W New Orleans, please visit Follow W New Orleans on Twitter @whotelsnola and become a fan on Facebook at and Pinterest at


About W New Orleans

Located just steps from the French Quarter in the heart of downtown New Orleans, W New Orleans is close to shopping, Harrah’s Casino and the Warehouse District. The property boasts 410 guest rooms including 22 suites and over 13,000 square feet of meeting space. Delight in Zoë, featuring innovative New Orleans cuisine; workout in SWEAT, the fully equipped fitness center; lounge in a cabana at WET, the rooftop pool overlooking downtown New Orleans; or sip a cocktail at Rande Gerber’s Whiskey Blue, one of the hippest bars in the city. For more information, visit


About Fashion Week New Orleans

Inspired by Fashion Week NYC, and Louisiana’s rich diverse culture, Fashion Week New Orleans’ goal is to showcase the talents and collection of the Gulf Coast region’s emerging fashion designers and boutiques. Fashion Week New Orleans produces an annual event which celebrates all things fashionable in a weeklong event, giving designers, retailers, hair and makeup artist a platform to display their talent in a series of runway shows, fashion events and exhibitions. The organization’s goal is build awareness, broaden and cultivate relationships between designers, boutiques and consumers.  For more information, visit


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The W New Orleans

Fashion Week NOLA


New Orleans Police Department Says Murder Rate is Down

According to the New Orleans Police Department -Public Relation Office there has been a significant drop in the murder rate for the first Quarter.

NOPD Public Relations Crime Report

NOPD Public Relations Crime Report

New Orleans Police Department- Public Information Office


First Quarter Crime Report  of 2012 Shows Significant Drop in Murder




(May 15, 2012)-  The first quarter of 2012’s Uniform Crime Report (UCR) for New Orleans shows the murder rate fell more than 27% from January through March, as compared to the first quarter of 2011.  The number of shootings dropped more than 5%.  And the number of burglaries- including home and auto burglaries- was also down, more than 16%.



While the number of rape cases reported through March of this year was the same as that of last year, there were increases in the number of assaults, thefts, as well as armed and simple robberies.



However, the number of arrests made in robbery cases during the first quarter of this year is up 65% compared to the number of arrests for robberies committed during the same time last year.   



“First and foremost, it’s encouraging to see a substantial drop in the number of homicides at the beginning of this year.  That has been Mayor Landrieu’s and my top concern, and the downward trend in that violent crime, which severely affects countless families and friends of victims, is what we want to see more of,” said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.

“In 2011, we outlined new crime-fighting initiatives.  We activated those initiatives in January and we have now developed a good stride.  We will continue to redouble our efforts until we can get all crime statistics down, and I’m confident that with our plans in place, overall crime will be down come December of this year,” Serpas said. 


“These numbers also reflect a public that calls its police department if it’s been a victim of crime.  Victims in New Orleans continue to contact the NOPD at an extremely high rate- about 80%- because they believe our officers will be effective in helping them.  That percentage beats the national average of reported calls by some 20%.   It’s apparent that New Orleans citizens are gaining faith in their police department, and I want to thank them for that.”


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New Orleans Saints News Let The Games Begin Jonathan Vilma Sues Roger Goodell

The New Orleans Saints have been the target of an investigation by the National Football League. This article talks about Jonathan Vilma’s decision to sue Roger Goodell.

Who Dat Do Dat Jonathan Vilma Sues Commissioner Roger Goodell

Who Dat Do Dat Jonathan Vilma Sues Commissioner Roger Goodell

Just when you thought the season could not get any crazier for the NFL, Roger Goodell and The New Orleans Saints it does. Jonathan Vilma, New Orleans Saints linebacker, has decided to sue Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner. This lawsuit is historic on many fronts.

Jonathan Vilma has what would seem to be a basis for his lawsuit. The punishment that Goodell has handed down to Vilma is based on facts received by third parties. Vilma did not provide any information since he was not interviewed in the investigation. Goodell says there are 50,000 pages of information but this information has not been made public. Goodell alleges that Vilma made an offer to give anyone who knocked Brett Favre out out of the 2010 playoff game $10,000 in cash.
How much Vilma will receive in damages in terms of how his career has been impacted will be difficult to determine. It does not have an impact on Vilma’s ability to perform on the field, if allowed to play whether for the New Orleans Saints or another NFL team. However, the statements made by Commissioner Goodell are very specific which will play in Vilma’s favor.

The most likely responses by the NFL are as follows:

1. It is frivolous suit and should be dismissed.

2. It can not move forward because it falls under the collective bargaining agreement. This means the suit should be dismissed.

3. Vilma is a public figure so actual malice must be proven if the suit goes forward.

4. The truth is not defamation and the statements regarding Vilma are true. The danger with this defense is that it will lead to discovery which the NFL wishes to avoid.

5. The NFL could also claim that it did not release any information to the media thus no real damage.

Vilma’s attorney’s could argue the following:

1. There is no language that allows the NFL or the commissioner to defame any player.

2. Goodell’s statements are so egregious that there would be no need to examine them any further and the court should rule in Vilma’s favor.

3. Vilma could say that the NFL impacted his ability to gain employment by releasing false information to potential employers, the other NFL teams.

This lawsuit is a challenge to a commissioner who has acted with more power than any other in U.S sports history. Goodell has wielded power to control the entire process when there has been any issue or complaint. The results will have a large impact on the sports industry whichever way it goes.


Sports Illustrated: Saints Vilma Sues NFL’s Goodell

ESPN: Jonathan Vilma sues Roger Goodell

Is Arthri-d a Miracle or Scam

In Louisiana and New Orleans in particular the humidity causes many people to suffer with arthritis and joint pain. Arthri-d is one of several supplements that claim to provide relief for its users. This article discusses those claims. You should never use any treatments for arthritis or joint pain without first checking with your physician. There are additional links to resources at the end of this article.



Arthri-D for arthritis and joint pain

Are you an arthritis sufferer?  Do you hope each day for a medical miracle to take the pain away? If so you are just one of many people who suffer with arthritis and joint pain.  There are numerous products available that claim to help people with arthritis and joint pain.  Arthri-d is a natural product that has come on the market.  This product has not been tested by the FDA but has received mixed reviews.  Arthri-d is claimed to be a miracle drug by some and a scam by others. Arthri-d claims to provide relief for arthritis pain. What is arthritis? How does arthritis affect people?

Does Arthri-d do what it claims in terms of providing arthritis relief?


What Is Arthritis?

Arthritis has a great diversity of inflammatory in addition to noninflammatory joint diseases for instance osteoarthritis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, in addition to juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

Even though the word arthritis is placed on numerous types of disorders, arthritis usually means inflammation of a joint, whether the consequence of an illness, infection, a hereditary defect, or some other cause. Arthritis inflammation will cause pain, stiffness, and also swelling in the joints as well as surrounding tissues. Many individuals, even so, view arthritis as any form of pain or discomfort connected with body movement, this includes such localized problems as back pain, bursitis, tendinitis, along with general stiffness or pain within the joints.

For most, although by no means absolutely everyone, arthritis seems to be a predictable portion of the aging process, and there are no signs and symptoms of long-lasting cures inside the immediate future. For the positive side, advances both in conventional treatment and alternative therapies make managing arthritis more bearable.

Based on what we have seen Arthri-d does not perform as advertised.Consult your doctor, do your research and make your own decision as to whether Arthri-d is right for you. If you have had any experience with Arthri-d please feel free to post your comments or share your experiences in the comments section.

Make sure and consult your physician prior to using Arthri-D or any other supplements.


Arthri-d disclaimer



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MedicineNet: Arthritis

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Is The French Quarter Safe

Many people are questioning the safety in the New Olreans French Quarter.  Even though the Quarter is considered safe, incidents still occur like the one below.  Be aware of your surroundings at all times and use common sense when out alone.


French Quarter New Orleans

French Quarter New Orleans

On Saturday, May 5, 2012, at 4:00pm, the victim, 27 y/o W/M, was walking near Dauphine & Toulouse when he was approached by three unknown black males.  Two suspects attempted to take the victim’s cell phone while the third acted as a look-out.  The victim was able to maintain control of his phone and the suspects fled the scene.

Responding officers apprehended one suspect, who is a juvenile.

The remaining two suspects are described as (1) a black male, 15 – 16 y/o, 5’10”, 150lbs, light complexion, long afro, thin build, wearing a grey tank top and blue jean shorts, and (2) a black male, 15 – 16 y/o, 5’10”, 150 lbs, short hair, wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.

If you have any information on this incident, please contact Det. Jones at 504-658-6728 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              504-658-6728     end_of_the_skype_highlighting or by email at  You may also call Crimestoppers anonymously at 822-1111.


Remember to report any suspicious persons or activities you see in your neighborhood by calling 821-2222.  In an emergency, call 911 immediately.


Commander Jeffrey Walls




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