Nation: Mammon Conquers Bacchus

With police on strike, New Orleans' Mardi Gras collapses

If ever I cease to love, if ever I cease to love," goes the lighthearted theme song of New Orleans' Mardi Gras, "may the Grand Duke Alexis ride a buffalo in Texas, if ever I cease to love." Alas for the Lord of Misrule and his merry minions. With most of the carnival festivities canceled last week because of a protracted police strike, many New Orleanians have no love in their hearts, at least not the special kind that flowers during Mardi Gras. "The police are...

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