Video: Questions During Commercial Breaks, pt. 2

In the news tonight… SHARKNADO!

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‘Sharknado 2′ panel discussion and viewing party is tomorrow in Lakeview

What could be better than a ‘Sharknado 2′ (trailer here) media panel and viewing party? The original Sharknado was such a success that it just begged for a sequel.

To observe this momentous occasion, I will take part in a panel discussion prior to the premiere of ‘Sharknado 2′ designed to help you “Survive the Sharknado.” All the details are below. Hope to see you there. Stay safe.

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Video: Scott answers viewer questions about makeup, newscast prep, socks and more

Video: Questions During Commercial Breaks, pt. 1

Video: Stay-at-home dads aren’t as rare as they used to be

Video: WDSU mourns the loss of Ariane Price

Video: Frank Caliendo reads LeBron James letter as Morgan Freeman

Video: Fletcher Mackel on the road to Saints camp in West Virginia

This is what happens when you take a picture on the air during a newscast

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WDSU wins five first-place Louisiana AP Awards: Reporter of the Year, Weathercast, Breaking Weather, Breaking News and Feature

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Travers Mackel – Reporter of the Year

WDSU was the recipient of five first-place awards from the Louisiana Associated Press on Saturday in Baton Rouge. Event photos here.

WDSU reporter Travers Mackel was named “Reporter of the Year.” It’s the second time in three years a WDSU reporter claimed that award. Heath Allen won in 2012.

WDSU Chief Meteorologist Margaret Orr won first place awards in the categories of Breaking Weather and Weathercast.

Travers Mackel and photojournalist Kevin Duckworth won for best Breaking News Coverage.

Photojournalist Megan Spencer and I won first place in the Feature category for “Grandmother Keeps Family Tradition Cooking.”

New Orleans Saints 2014 training camp schedule

saints_logoThe New Orleans Saints report to training camp in 10 days. The team will train at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.V. until Aug. 13. The first preseason game, against the Tennessee Titans, is Aug. 15 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Training camp continues at the team’s facility in Metairie until Aug. 27. The final preseason game is Aug. 28 against the Baltimore Ravens at the Superdome.

The regular season kicks off on Sept. 7 in Atlanta against the Falcons.

Full details on training camp, including fan travel information, here.

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Video: Fletcher Mackel reports from the Manning Passing Academy

Former New Orleans mayor Marc Morial responds to Ray Nagin’s 10-year sentence

“Justice has been served for the wrongdoing committed, and this matter can finally be put behind us,” he said. “The biggest tragedy in this day is that it is a reminder of the corrosion of trust and misuse of power that are counter to the ideals of public service. I pray for my city, and I have supreme confidence in the people of New Orleans to move forward in a positive and productive way – with grace, perseverance and dignity. New Orleans has a history of greatness, and our future will follow in that tradition.”

- Marc Morial, former New Orleans mayor

Ray Nagin sentencing coverage on WDSU

WDSU’s coverage of the sentencing of former mayor Ray Nagin begins at 10 a.m. We’ll be on-air and online with the latest from Federal Court as it happens.

Camille Whitworth and I will anchor our coverage. We’ll be joined by analysts Pat Fanning, John Fuller and Mike Sherman to break down everything that happens in court. Travers Mackel and Sula Kim will have live reports from Federal Court.

Legal experts expect Nagin’s sentence to fall somewhere between 15-20 years.

It’ll be interesting to see a couple of things: (1) If judge Ginger Berrigan lectures Nagin before sentencing him and (2) if Nagin tries to lessen his sentence by showing remorse and offering an explanation to the people of New Orleans, neither of which he’s done so far.

For comparison, here are other local public officials sentenced in corruption cases:

  • Former congressman William Jefferson: 13.5 years
  • Former governor Edwin Edwards: 10 years
  • Former Mandeville mayor Eddie Price: 5 years, 3 months
  • Former Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Jiff Hingle: 3 years, 10 months
  • Former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard: 3 years, 8 months

Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years after his conviction on extortion, bribery and fraud charges. Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years after he was convicted on numerous corruption charges.

I was talking to people at work about Nagin’s situation on Tuesday. It’s hard to believe a guy who came into office with such fanfare, bravado and big ideas is about to go to jail for a very long time. But it’s time to close yet another painful chapter in the political history of New Orleans.

I hope you’ll join us for our coverage.

 

 

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