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In brief for March 1, 2006

Mardi Gras parties on New Orleans tourism officials are reportedly upbeat after Mardi Gras ended yesterday. Even though crowds were smaller than in years past and featured more locals than usual, virtually all available hotel rooms were booked ...

That sweet SWAG What, you're not going to the Oscars on Sunday night? Here's what the goodie bag holds for presenters and other VIPs: a Frette throw worth $1,500, a $600 Krups espresso maker, and a two-night stay in a suite at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan worth nearly $2,500, among other treats ...

BlackBerrys to keep buzzing Event planners addicted to their BlackBerries can breathe a sigh of relief; they can continue e-mailing with abandon--at least for now. A federal judge who has threatened to shut the service down for patent infringement on Friday scolded the companies involved for failing to reach an agreement, but didn't pull the plug. A ruling could come as early as this week.

Photo by© Pam Roth

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