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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

India Association of New Orleans to light the night at Diwali festival

The India Association of New Orleans will join more than 1 billion Indians around the world in the celebration of Diwali, the festival of lights, on Nov. 14. An annual observance that marks the end of the summer harvest, Diwali means row of lamps.
But more importantly, it holds spiritual significance, reminding celebrants good prevails over evil and to keep hope during tribulation. As the largest festival in the  Indian culture, its hallmark is the illumination of the Southeast Asia night sky with lights, lamps and fireworks.
The observance of the India Association of New Orleans (IANO) will be Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Golf and Country Club in Kenner. The evening will feature cultural performances, music, dancing and a maharajah-styled buffet. Janice Miller and trumpeter Percy Williams are the headline acts.

Economy 'caught in a vicious cycle': Larry Summers

Economy 'caught in a vicious cycle': Larry Summers: In the continued absence of inflationary pressures in the economy, the Federal Reserve should be in no rush to increase interest rates for the first time in nine years, former Clinton Treasury Secretary Larry Summers said Wednesday.

"Even looking out 10 years, markets are expecting little more than 1 percent inflation on the index the Fed uses for inflation," he said in a CNBC "Squawk Box" interview. "You should kick up interest rates, as has been true forever, when you have an inflation problem."

Cibugnu closes, to reopen as event venue | Blog of New Orleans | Gambit - New Orleans News and Entertainment

Cibugnu closes, to reopen as event venue | Blog of New Orleans | Gambit - New Orleans News and Entertainment: Sicilian restaurant�Cibugnu�(709 St. Charles Ave., 504-558-8990;�www.cibugnu.com) has closed, its owners announced in a press release Tuesday morning. The space will become a "customizable event venue" called 709 Events and will be available for pop-ups and events including holiday parties and wedding receptions, the release stated.�

"The management of Cibugn� would like to thank all the locals (and) travelers who have believed (and) supported in us for over (a) year; however, apologizes for the inconvenience we have caused for any dinner reservation for the future," the statement said.�

In The Shadow Of The South: Haunted Mississippi | HottyToddy.com

In The Shadow Of The South: Haunted Mississippi | HottyToddy.com: A shadowy grandma rocks in her chair, seen through a window in Vicksburg. A spooky text appears on an unattended phone in Natchez. A man in Jones County is yanked from his chair by the ankle, pulled from the unknowable beyond. These are the things said to happen across haunted Mississippi.

The history of the state is often sorrowful, riddled with turmoil and tears. Many of its old structures still exist. Both features make Mississippi perfect for anyone who believes the dead walk among us, striving to keep their memories alive in buildings they either loved or hated.

Pay up or go to jail: how a Mississippi town resurrected the debtors' prison | US news | The Guardian

Pay up or go to jail: how a Mississippi town resurrected the debtors' prison | US news | The Guardian: Qumotria Kennedy, a 36-year-old single mother with teenage kids from Biloxi, Mississippi, was driving around the city with a friend in July when they were pulled over by police for allegedly running a stop sign. Though Kennedy was the passenger, her name was put through a police database that flashed up a warrant for her arrest on charges that she failed to pay $400 in court fines.

Where should real estate investors plunk down cash? Dallas-Fort Worth. - CultureMap Dallas

Where should real estate investors plunk down cash? Dallas-Fort Worth. - CultureMap Dallas: tin can’t beat Dallas real estate when it comes to investors, and we know how crazy that market is. But it seems as if real estate has lost its luster in larger “gateway” cities such as NYC, Chicago, and D.C., according to a survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Urban Land Institute. They asked 1,500 real estate industry professionals to tell them where there is moolah to be made, and North Texas towns of Dallas and Fort Worth topped the list.

18 inspiring real estate Instagram accounts to follow | Inman

18 inspiring real estate Instagram accounts to follow | Inman: But beyond the photo filters, Instagram can also be a new way to generate business. Real estate professionals like Anne Jones, Joyce Rey and Dusty Baker all make Instagram a core part of their branding and marketing efforts. Companies like Windermere and Houlihan Lawrence have turned the service into a powerful new way to promote their listings. And�accounts like Haute Residence have built large audiences around their tempting listing photos.

Real estate today: Older buyers, more bathrooms - Oct. 21, 2015

Real estate today: Older buyers, more bathrooms - Oct. 21, 2015: The median age of a homebuyer in 1985 was 35.
When the housing boom was nearing its peak in 2005, the median homebuyer's age was 39. Now it's 43, according to U.S. Census data.
"We consistently tell that story of people delaying homeownership," says Skylar Olsen, senior economist at Zillow. "People are delaying things that pre-date homeownership -- like getting married later and having children later."

HOFFMAN FILES Butter and voodoo, must be New Orleans!


Unlike the suburbs, it is America’s great cities that draw the curious and the adventuresome.  People visit cities for their attractions, their ethnic neighborhoods, their exquisite cuisine, their nightlife, and to some degree, the hint of dealing with a little danger.  (Not too much danger mind you, think Seattle in “Sleepless in Seattle” as opposed to New York City in “Serpico”.) When I think of places in the United States I’ve visited for the  purpose of having fun, places where I thought, “Hmm, I could make some really bad decisions while I’m here,” the two that come to mind are Las Vegas and Fort Lauderdale.  More specifically, the Las Vegas strip and “Spring Break” on the strip circa 1984 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  This was until a few days ago, when I found myself in “The Big Easy”, the “Crescent City”, the place where diets go to die, New Orleans.  I can tell you honestly, Bourbon Street on a Saturday at midnight, left Vegas and Fort Lauderdale looking pretty tame.