Katrina aftermath: My family’s camp in Mississippi destroyed

This is a story I did one week after Hurricane Katrina while working at WPMI, the NBC affiliate in Mobile. I drove over to my family’s camp in Clermont Harbor, Miss., a place we visited frequently over 25 years. The area near Bay St. Louis was left unrecognizable.

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‘Sharknado 3’ viewing party and costume contest — and I’m a judge 


Movie Premiere and Costume Contest


Contact: Will Samuels (504) 872-0731

NEW ORLEANS, LA- July 9, 2015– Will Samuels, co-owner of Lakeview’s Pizza Nola, announced today that the pizzeria will host a viewing party and costume contest for the premiere of the SyFy Channel original movie Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, from 7:00-10pm, at 141 W Harrison.

“The Sharknado films may comprise one of the most important cinematic trilogies of our time,” said Samuels. “At this point, it has become our civic duty as responsible media consumers and as a casual affordably-priced full-service family restaurant to commemorate it accordingly.” Previously, the restaurant has held viewing parties for the first two Sharknado movies, the SyFy epics Ghost Shark and Arachnoquake, and last year’s season premiere of NCIS: New Orleans.

According to SyFy Channel, in Sharknado 3 the entire Eastern seaboard is affected by the “shearing winds of teeth and death” as a Sharknado ravages from Washington, D.C. to Orlando, FL. Once again, Fin (Ian Ziering) and April (Tara Reid) must save the day with the assistance of David Hasselhoff, Bo Derek, Cassie Scerbo, and a host of celebrity cameos (including Mark Cuban as the President, Ann Coulter as the Vice President, and Lou Ferrigno as Secret Service Agent “Banner”) .

 The movie begins at 8pm, preceded at 7pm by a Sharknado costume contest. Celebrity judges include Sharknado experts Scott Walker (news anchor, WDSU-TV), Kevin Allman (Editor, Gambit Weekly), and Allison Kushner (Director, Jewish Community Relations Council, and Sharknado star Ian Ziering’s cousin). Contest prizes include a Sharknado2 screenplay signed by screenwriter Thunder Levin, signed DVDs by the movie’s director, Anthony C. Ferrante, Pizza Nola gift certificates signed by Will Samuels, and other goodies to be determined.

The movie will be projected on a large screen in the pizzeria’s parking lot. Food and drinks will be available for sale from the restaurant, and participants are encouraged to bring blankets and/or folding chairs (no outside food or drinks). The party also will include giveaways and door prizes. The event is free.

Pizza Nola is located at 141 W Harrison Ave in Lakeview and is open daily with dine-in and carryout service as well as delivery to 70124, 70005, UNO and beyond. On Fridays through Sundays, the restaurant offers a full breakfast (including delivery) from Bawk beginning at 7am.

For more information, call Pizza Nola at 504-872-0731, visit the event’s Facebook site at Facebook.com/events/880793095325209/, or visit PizzaNola.com, Facebook.com/PizzaNola, and follow @PizzaNola on Twitter.

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NEW podcast: Scott talks to Jazz trumpeter Jeremy Davenport

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Fletcher Mackel and Sharief Ishaq join Scott to breakdown the Saints’ two first round picks

NBC’s Jay Gray joins Scott from Baltimore

Scott and Fletcher talk Saints draft, Pelicans, marriage and clothes

Scott and Sharief discuss the Pelicans’ epic meltdown

Saints release preseason schedule 

New Orleans Saints 2015 Preseason Schedule Announced



For Immediate Release: April 9, 2015


In their four-game 2015 preseason schedule, three of the New Orleans Saints’ opponents will be from the AFC, while all four posted winning records in 2014.


The Saints will kick off their 2015 preseason when they travel to face the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. This will be the second consecutive year that New Orleans will face Baltimore in the preseason. In addition to hosting the Ravens in a 22-13 preseason loss at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on August 28, 2014, the Saints later dropped a 34-27 home decision to Baltimore on November 24. This will be the first time the Saints play at the Ravens in the preseason. Baltimore holds a 2-0 advantage in the preseason series.


The following week, the Saints will host the New England Patriots in the home opener at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It will mark the first time that the Saints have hosted the Super Bowl XLIX Champions in the preseason since 1986 and the first time the Saints play a defending Super Bowl champion in the preseason since they played at the Patriots in 2005. New England holds a 6-4 edge in the preseason series.


New Orleans will then host the Houston Texans on Sunday, August 30 in a nationally televised contest on FOX. Kickoff is 3 p.m. CT. The Saints have posted a 4-3 preseason record against the Texans, having faced them in exhibitions in six consecutive years from 2008-13. The Saints are also scheduled to play the Texans in the regular season at NRG Park.


New Orleans will wrap up its preseason slate in Green Bay. The Saints and Packers have not faced each other in the preseason since 2004, a game which was also played at Lambeau Field. New Orleans defeated Green Bay 44-23 on October 26, 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in their last meeting. This year’s contest will be the ninth preseason meeting between the two teams, with the Packers holding a 6-2 edge.


Specific dates and times for the Baltimore, New England and Green Bay games will be announced at a later date.


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