NEW ORLEANS - French Quarter bar owners won a partial victory Friday when the city pushed back its curfew from midnight to 2 a.m., allowing a little more partying into the wee hours.
Bar owners on or near Bourbon Street had threatened to defy the midnight curfew, saying it was putting a damper on the famously raucous neighborhood.
City Hall announced that the streets in recovering neighborhoods will be off limits to pedestrians and vehicles between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. The city put businesses on notice, however, that violators of the extended curfew could be hit with a summons and could lose their liquor licenses.
Under normal circumstances, the French Quarter parties well into the morning. Business owners have been eager to let the good times roll again.
I-10 REOPENING: New Orleans' traffic flow also took a big step forward Friday with the reopening - two weeks ahead of schedule - of one of the twin spans that carry Interstate 10 across Lake Pontchartrain. The other is to reopen in January.
SHELTER DELAYS: Other elements of hurricane recovery fell behind schedule Friday. Officials had hoped to close the shelter at the River Center exhibition hall in Baton Rouge, but problems finding housing for people with special needs forced the shelter to stay open one more night.
BODY RECOVERY: The grim task of recovering bodies, meanwhile, continued in Mississippi, which raised its Katrina death toll to 224 Friday after two more bodies were pulled from the rubble of Gulf Coast homes. In Louisiana, 1,035 people died from the storm; 18 died in three other states.