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.

Thornton: Only a few inches separated the Superdome from utter chaos after Katrina

Video: That time when Sharief thought I was Fletcher Mackel

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

PIZZA NOLA TO HOST VIEWING PARTY FOR “SHARKNADO 3: OH HELL NO!”

Movie Premiere and Costume Contest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

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.

That moment when my shoe fell off at the end of the newscast…

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One-on-one with Steve Gleason (part 2 of 2)

NEW podcast: Scott talks to Jazz trumpeter Jeremy Davenport

One-on-one with Steve Gleason (part 1 of 2)

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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

The Mobile Leprechaun: Nine years later, we still haven’t found da gold

Nine years ago, the Mobile Leprechaun was born.

It was one of YouTube’s first viral videos and the original has amassed more than 24 million views. That doesn’t include the remixes and all the other creative variations. Every year around St. Patrick’s Day more and more people see it for the first time.

This year, for the first time, I’ve actually been accused of knowing where da gold at and keeping it a secret!

I’m forever linked to the iconic story because I’m one of the anchors who introduced it on camera. As a result, I’m peppered with questions about it several times a year. One question is often repeated: “Was that a real news story?” The answer is yes and no…

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