The Gardener’s Lodge Cafe in Sydney’s Victoria Park has polished wood floors, Aboriginal art on the walls and customers tucking into kangaroo-stout pies and sipping on macchiatos. All this betrays none of its past: The 125-year-old sandstone structure used to be a public toilet.
<p>Mardi Gras, with its masquerade balls, beads, and floats is a financial fest for New Orleans. One million people will jam the city's streets during the two weeks leading up to Fat Tuesday (Feb. 21), says Jennifer Day at the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau. In 2011, those visitors had a $300 million economic impact on the city, accounting for 1.5 percent of New Orleans' gross domestic product, according to a study of Mardi Gras prepared by Toni Weiss, an economics professor at Tulane University.</p> Source: Photograph by Gerald Herbert/AP
The trial over liability for BP Plc’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill was postponed to Feb. 25 so the lawyers won’t lose their accommodations to Super Bowl and Mardi Gras crowds, a New Orleans judge said.
Mobile County spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to comply with a law designed to drive illegal immigrants from Alabama. Kim Hastie, the first-term Republican license commissioner, had an up-close look at the crackdown’s political cost.
Max Baucus, declaring himself “unconstrained” by electoral politics for the first time since coming to Congress in 1975, placed a 20-month clock on his efforts to push a tax-code rewrite through the U.S. Senate.
The trial that will determine the extent of any liability London-based BP Plc and its partners must face for the April 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is set to begin today in federal court in New Orleans.