A fresh spate of shootings left two people dead and seven wounded in New Orleans as the city geared up for this weekend's big Mardi Gras celebration.
Meanwhile, a grim article in the New York Times reported on the continuing exodus from New Orleans. The story was punctuated by news that my buddies Greg and Rod are leaving their long-time home in Faubourg Marigny and moving to San Francisco.
Of course, there's another side to this story. Some of the city's unflooded neighborhoods are thriving, and new residents continue to arrive in New Orleans to be part of the reconstruction effort.
My friend Chuck, who lives in the French Quarter, reports that business is booming at his high-end fabric supply shop in the Warehouse District.
As is often the case in New Orleans, things are far more complicated than they appear to be.