French Quarter residents second line for safety | WVUE

In three weeks, French Quarter residents will head to the polls to consider passing an additional quarter cent sales tax, meant to fund the French Quarter Task Force. In the meantime,  residents are coming together to raise money for the mission, they say, is putting a huge dent in crime.

What a difference nine months makes. Today, French Quarter residents celebrate an idea dreamt up by their comrades months ago; a task force, manned by off duty NOPD officers, aimed at keeping people safe.

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Local restaurant group expanding to New Orleans East | The Advocate

NOHSC Restaurant Group plans to open one of its New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co. restaurants at Bullard Avenue and Interstate 10 early in 2016, with the debut slated for early February in time for the seasonal uptick in seafood consumption at the start of Lent.

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Legendary Restaurateur Willie Mae Seaton Passes Away At Age 99 | Eater

Tragic loss for the city of New Orleans today, with Todd Price reporting that Willie Mae Seaton, founder of the iconic Treme restaurant Willie Mae's Scotch House, has passed away at 99 years of age.

Seaton quickly became known for cooking at the neighborhood bar, but her fried chicken—made with a wet batter that to this day remain's a family secret—was what made her famous.  Despite years of being a "neighborhood secret," Willie Mae's was named as an American Classic by the James Beard Foundation in 2005. Months later, Hurricane Katrina would destroy the restaurant (and Seaton's home), which was rebuilt and reopened in 2007 with the help of the Southern Foodways Alliance and chef John Currence. Since then, Willie Mae's has gained national recognition as a major New Orleans culinary destination known for its long line.

Ms. Seaton was born in a Crystal Springs, Miss., and moved to New Orleans during World War II so her husband could work at the Higgins Shipyard. She drove a taxi for five years, worked at a dry cleaners for several more and was a licensed beautician... In 1957, Ms. Seaton turned her beauty shop on the corner of St. Ann and North Tonti streets into a bar, where the house drink was a mix of Scotch and milk.

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Times-Picayune lays off 37 journalists in latest shakeup | The Advocate

In its third major restructuring in as many years, The Times-Picayune laid off 37 journalists Thursday in its latest push to cut costs three years after its controversial move to end daily home delivery.

Previous announced layoffs have claimed more than 300 workers.

The move Thursday trimmed the remaining news staff by a fifth, according to an announcement by NOLA Media Group President Ricky Mathews, and leaves 118 full-time journalists on staff.

Reporters at the paper said some who were spared the ax instead took a pay cut.

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Study: New Orleans residents do not like tourists | Stratos Jets

Tourism. It’s a trillion-dollar industry that has a positive economic impact on countless businesses and their employees in destinations all over the country. Still, while travel may be good for businesses, it does invite an influx of tourists who elicit varying opinions from the people who call these places home. And Twitter happens to be full of these local perspectives.

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University Medical Center New Orleans Celebrates Dedication (press release)

Hundreds of community members, industry professionals, business leaders and elected officials congregated this afternoon to celebrate the dedication of University Medical Center (UMC) New Orleans. UMC New Orleans, located in the heart of New Orleans’ BioDistrict, opened Aug. 1 and serves as a key center for quality, patient-centered healthcare, academic training and research.

“This is an exciting and pivotal moment for healthcare in New Orleans,” said Gregory C. Feirn, CEO of LCMC Health. “With the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina commemorated this week, the nation’s attention has been on this city and even on this institution. UMC New Orleans is a story of resilience and a symbol of rebirth. Together, we have reimagined what could and should be, instead of what once was. It took leadership, perseverance, many partnerships and 10 years to bring us to this moment.”

UMC New Orleans offers comprehensive primary care and specialty care, cutting-edge research and the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center. Home to the Avery C. Alexander Academic Research Hospital, UMC New Orleans has a capacity for 446 beds, including 60 behavioral health beds. As the state’s largest teaching hospital and training facility for many of the state’s physicians, nurses and allied health professionals, UMC New Orleans plays an integral role in shaping the future of healthcare for the region. It serves as a key partner of LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, Tulane University School of Medicine and other academic institutions.

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New Orleans Works to Rebuild Music Scene After Katrina | VOA

New Orleans is known for its music. But 10 years ago, the music was drowned out by the howling winds and rising water brought by Hurricane Katrina.

Musicians joined other residents fleeing the city. Part of the effort to bring New Orleans back to life focused on bringing back the musicians and creating a place where they could live and work, and make music.

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Best Of New Orleans Food & Drink 2015 | Eater

The Gambit has just released the results of their annual Best of New Orleans reader vote, available in this week's edition or online.

Although many of the winners in various categories in the Gambit's annual reader-decided "Best Of" poll are the same as previous years, the "Best New Restaurant" category has the one winner, by definition, that actually changes from year to year. This year Shaya nabs Best New Restaurant.

In a West Bank upset, 9 Roses takes best restaurant, although the fact that longtime West Bank champion Pho Tau Bay closed this year has something to do with it. Abita Amber wrested Best Local Beer back away from NOLA Blonde (Courtyard Brewery fans, step up and vote!) Otherwise, things are pretty much the same as last year, and as the year before.

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How the film industry changed New Orleans into ‘Hollywood South’ | WGNO

With its historic architecture, lush greenery and dedication to open-air entertainment, New Orleans often seems like a real-life movie set.

To many, the city IS a real-life movie set.

In the years since Katrina struck in 2005, the film and video industry has been key to the area’s recovery, says Peter Loop, a former member of the Louisiana Film Commission.

According to a 2014 story on, the film business brought more than a billion dollars into the state in 2011. Two years later, it even outpaced New York and California as the No. 1 location for film production in America.

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