Slideshow: Katrina front pages from the Times-Picayune

The reporters and editors at The Times-Picayune did some of their finest work in the days and weeks following Hurricane Katrina. They won a Pulitzer for it. Here are some of the eye-catching and emotional front pages published, in order of publication.

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Video: Questions During Commercial Breaks, pt. 6

Saints announce moves as roster is trimmed to 75

From a team media release:

The Saints released T/G Manase Foketi, DE Rufus Johnson, QB Logan Kilgore, LB Kevin Reddick, DB Rod Sweeting and DE George Uko and the contracts of TE Travis Beckum, LB Victor Butler were terminated.

The team announced the release of WR Andy Tanner, OT TY Nsekhe and S Ty Zimmerman Monday.

League rosters need to be reduced to 53 for the start of the regular season by Saturday, Aug. 30 at 3 p.m. CT.

Game preview: Saints vs. Colts

saints_logoThe Saints and Colts battle tonight in the third preseason game, which is the most important preseason game. The starters will play into the third quarter and jobs will be won and lost.

Here are a few things I’ll be watching tonight:

OFFENSE
Drew Brees will be on the field for the first time this preseason. I doubt he’ll be rusty, but it’ll be good to see him get some live-action reps in. I expect a couple of shots downfield to show off rookie first round pick Brandin Cooks and Brees’ chemistry, which they haven’t had much time to perfect. Mark Ingram has run hard and well in the preseason. I’m hoping his effort continues into the regular season. We’ll see how he handles the Colts defense, which was terrible against the run last season but is much-improved this preseason. Is Robert Meachem fighting for a roster spot? A good showing by Nick Toon could make decisions difficult in WR land. Starting center is up for grabs, too. I’m interested to see how the line protects Brees against the Colts front four. There’s some uncertainty at fullback with starter Erik Lorig suffering from a mystery ailment that could force him to miss some regular season time.

DEFENSE
Cornerback Champ Bailey and safety Jairus Byrd are expected to make their preseason debuts. Bailey needs to show something on the field to solidify his roster spot. Byrd has looked impressive in the few practices in which he’s participated coming off back surgery. Rookie corner Stanley Jean-Baptiste had a rough outing last week. The secondary will be challenged by third-year quarterback Andrew Luck.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Someone will likely win the place kicking job tonight — either veteran Shayne Graham, 36, or free-agent Derek Dimke, 24. Graham is nearing the end of his career and Dimke has never kicked in a regular season NFL game. This has been a pretty even battle throughout training camp, but I like Dimke here. Punter Thomas Morstead is as solid as they come. He should have another great season, so no concerns there. Who will be the full-time kickoff and punt returner?

A few questions left to be answered and not a lot of time to answer them. The regular season begins Sept. 7 in Atlanta against the Falcons.

Back to school reminder: Social Media can be dangerous

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I made a list… a selfie list

I take a lot of selfies, no doubt. But am I worthy of this list? NOLA.com thinks so. For the record, most of my selfies feature me AND other people on the set during newscasts. Anyway, here’s a list. I’m on it. Enjoy.

Video: What people do at WDSU

Social Media Boot Camp with Southern Miss student-athletes

Media | Social Media training at Southern Miss

IMG_0928Hattiesburg, MS – It’s been far too long since I visited this campus. The University of Southern Mississippi was home to me for four great years from 1993-1997. If I didn’t realize how long ago that was, it was hammered home today. Another freshman class is moving in — one that wasn’t alive when I was here. But the feeling in the air is the same — excitement and anticipation. The smells are the same. Heck, some of the people are the same.

I walked around campus and marveled at how much greater it has become in the 17 years since I left. Starbucks, Barnes and Noble, a new campus cafeteria, an improved football stadium and new dorm buildings are some of the highlights. IMG_0933This is a great place and it’ll always be like home for me. I met my wife here and my sister and brother followed me to Hattiesburg. I’m happy to see the experience on campus is constantly improving. I walked out on the football field this afternoon. It, and the stadium, looks fantastic.

Now, the reason I’m here — I’m doing a Media/Social Media training session for new student-athletes tomorrow morning. I look forward to meeting with them.

Video: Questions During Commercial Breaks, pt. 5

Video: Questions During Commercial Breaks, pt. 4

Video: Next time I’ll talk when we start recording promos

Video: Saints training camp tweet of the day, courtesy of Cam Jordan

Video: 45 seconds of a commercial break at 4

Video: Questions During Commercial Breaks, pt. 3

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