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Copeland's of New Orleans in Alexandria closes | thetowntalk.com

Copeland's of New Orleans is entering bankruptcy proceedings. The restaurant at 2421 MacArthur Drive in Alexandria had been open for more than five years...

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'The Rachel Maddow Show' comes to New Orleans for K+5 anniversary shows | nola.com



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Obama Calls New Orleans a 'Symbol of Resilience' on Katrina Anniversary | voanews.com


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President Barack Obama greets patrons and staff at the Parkway Bakery and Tavern in New Orleans, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. 

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Looking back on New Orleans 5 Years After Katrina

A roundup of blog postings, 5 year Katrina Anniversary, found around the net...
And the disclaimer: There are others, this was not intended to be seen as all inclusive. Nobody was  intentionally excluded from the list.



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Technology and the Katrina Recovery | Huffington Post

There are lots of Katrina heroes - the first responders who saved lives, the millions who donated money, the volunteers who helped rebuild and, of course, the local residents who came back to reclaim their communities.

Although its role isn't quite heroic, technology has and continues to play an important role in the recovery of the community and the economy...

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Five Years After Katrina, A Return To Bay St. Louis, Mississippi | NPR.org

New Orleans was famously, treacherously flooded when Hurricane Katrina struck five years ago this weekend. But the eye of the storm didn't hit New Orleans. It struck Bay St. Louis, Miss., a small, proudly roguish old riverboat and resort town along the Gulf Coast, killing 12 people.

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Food Wars » New Orleans Po-boy War | Travel Channel

New Orleans Po-boy War » Airs on: Wednesday, September 15th at 10PM (Eastern)



Food Wars continues its journey throughout the country to settle the most heated restaurant rivalries, and next up is the legendary New Orleans sandwich- The Po' Boy. This iconic sandwich was invented in the 1920's to help feed striking streetcar workers in New O TV-G, CC

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Former New Orleans airport director faces federal charges | WWL.com

The former airport director at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans faces criminal charges in an alleged case of Katrina fraud.

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Feds to remove temporary cap from Gulf well | volunteertv.com

The federal government says it will start work Monday to remove the temporary cap keeping oil from gushing out of BP's blown-out Gulf well so that it can raise a key piece of equipment from the seabed.

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Feature Photo: Early "red cars" on Canal Street | CanalStreetCar (dot com)



Single-truck operation on Canal Street.  The green streetcars on the left are Ford, Bacon & Davis cars operated by the New Orleans & Carrollton Railroad Company.  The red-yellow streetcar near the center of the photo is a Brill single-truck, operated by the New Orleans City RR.  The red-yellow car to the right is a mule-drawn "bobtail" car operated by NOCRR...

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Project Breathes New Life Into Pontchartrain Park | WDSU

Five years after Hurricane Katrina, there are signs of new life in Gentilly, where new homes are going up as part of the Pontchartrain Park Community Development Project. The project is spearheaded by award-winning actor Wendell Pierce, a New Orleans native and star of the HBO show "Treme."

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Gallery: Lakeview in the Katrina flood, and five years after (32 photos) | nola.com

Times-Picayune art critic Doug MacCash and NOLA.com editor James O'Byrne retrace the steps of their Aug. 29, 2005, bike ride into Katrina's devastating flood...

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Video Essay: Trip Down Katrina Battered Highway | AP News



90 on 90: All along Highway 90 on the Gulf coast, many are still reeling from Hurricane Katrina. (Aug. 25)

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The state of working musicians in New Orleans: 'Half the gigs ... and the work pays less' | @PopHiss Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times



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According to the third annual State of the New Orleans Music Community Report, there are 50% fewer gigs in the Crescent City than there were before the storm, and it has been that way for the last two years.



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Stars Who Stayed the Course Rebuilding New Orleans | FOXnews.com


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Law & Disorder - an online investigation into questionable shootings by the NOPD in wake of Katrina | PBS.org

Law & Disorder
An online investigation into questionable shootings by the New Orleans Police Department in the wake of Katrina.
Broadcast premiere Wednesday, August 25, 2010



Behind the enduring images of heroic rescues undertaken by the New Orleans Police Department in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, there is another story of law enforcement out of control. FRONTLINE, ProPublica and the New Orleans Times-Picayune investigate charges that NOPD officers inappropriately used lethal force against New Orleans citizens and then tried to cover up their actions. Airing days before the fifth anniversary of one of the deadliest hurricanes...
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Five Years After Hurricane Katrina: Soles4Souls Continues to Give Shoes to Gulf Coast Residents

In 2005, a footwear executive named Wayne Elsey called hundreds of his friends and colleagues in the shoe industry to gather new shoes for victims of Hurricane Katrina. He set up a website called KatrinaShoes.org to help publicize the effort, and over one million pairs of brand new shoes were donated by almost every shoe company in existence.

Soon after, Elsey's effort for people reeling from Hurricane Katrina became a full-time job under the name of Soles4Souls. It now counts famous actors, athletes and musicians as its ambassadors. The charity recently crossed the 10 million pair mark in donated footwear (into 126 countries) and is rapidly growing to become one of the most recognized charities in North America.

Few people are aware that Elsey and his team continue donating brand new shoes to people living in the Gulf Coast. "We cannot forget our friends in the Gulf Coast who are still working to rebuild their lives in the wake of the costliest natural disaster in our country's history," Elsey said. "A pair of new shoes is a luxury item to the thousands of Americans still living in FEMA trailers and struggling day-to-day. The least we can do is take care of their footwear needs," Elsey said.

The charity is donating another 50,000 pairs of shoes to residents in Gulf Port, Biloxi and New Orleans through trusted local agencies like Streams of Life in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They are continuing to distribute food, clothing, and household items to individual families on behalf of non-profit organizations like Soles4Souls. Some of those receiving supplies include single moms, mentally handicapped adults, veteran's groups, the working poor, and inner-city school children.

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NOPD Cops Got Orders Authorizing Shooting of Looters | ProPublica

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New Orleans Police Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann aims his gun on the Claiborne Overpass in New Orleans on Sept. 1, 2005.

In the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina, an order circulated among New Orleans police authorizing officers to shoot looters, according to present and former members of the department.  ...
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Rebirth Brass Band Flourishes After Katrina | NPR.org

The story of Hurricane Katrina can't be told without music, which is at the center of New Orleans culture. After the storm, Morning Edition heard from Phil Frazier, co-founder of the Rebirth Brass Band. Two weeks after Katrina, the band kept their tour dates.


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Children in New Orleans still feel impact of Katrina | NECN

This week marks the 5 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Life in much of New Orleans has gotten better, thanks in large part to the volunteers and private companies that have helped people get back in their homes and back on their feet.


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If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise Spike Lee continues New Orleans story | LAtimes.com

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Director Spike Lee has a new chapter to the saga of his post-Hurricane Katrina documentary, "When The Levees Broke." (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)...

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Witness: Katrina | National Geographic Channel

Over the course of 72 hours, Hurricane Katrina went from a cataclysmic storm to a catastrophic flood, which in turn became an apocalyptic human tragedy. All the while, amateur videographers, news crews, and countless others were recording the sights and sounds of the unfolding chaos. Weaving together more than a dozen of these sources, Witness: Katrina reconstructs Hurricane Katrina as it happened, entirely through the eyes of those who experienced it.
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Giant Oil Plume Found Below Surface Of Gulf | NPR.org

The Sentry automated underwater vehicle aboard the research vessel Endeavor.
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The Sentry automated underwater vehicle, shown aboard the research vessel Endeavor at the Deepwater Horizon oil spill site, was used to track the underwater oil plume.



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New Orleans Parking meters on Saturday will remain in some areas; get eliminated in others | WWLTV.com

Following a review of the parking meter policy, the city has decided to retain the meters on Saturday in the following areas: Magazine Street, Oak Street, Riverbend, the French Quarter, the Warehouse District and the Central Business District riverside of Loyola Avenue...

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'Treme' Mardi Gras indian costumes make it to Hollywood | NOLA.com

treme costumes.JPGCostumes from HBO's "Treme" are a part of the the fifth annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design Exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) Museum.
The journey "Treme's" Mardi Gras Indians costumes made here to stand tall in a special exhibit of TV costumes mirrored the return trip Albert Lambreaux's Indian suit made into flood-ravaged New Orleans in the premiere episode of the series. The hard way, all the way. By U-Haul...

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6 Classic Louisiana Breakfasts | MyNewOrleans.com @NewOrleansMag

Louisiana is renowned for its breakfasts, which run the gamut from sumptuous Creole dishes served in New Orleans restaurants to a simple but satisfying morning snack of beignets and café au lait or a link of hot boudin. For reasons of time and our waistlines, most of us don’t indulge in elaborate breakfasts on a regular basis, but for special occasions or a leisurely weekend morning, it’s nice to sample some of the specialties from our Louisiana repertoire...

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Mayor Announces 100 Projects For New Orleans | WDSU New Orleans

Mayor Mitch Landrieu said Wednesday that he's hoping to build a "new" New Orleans. He said the 100 projects deliver on a promise to rebuild a better, stronger New Orleans...

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Parasol's closing, changing ownership | neworleans.com New Orleans Food

Home of the legendary roast beef po-boy and ground zero for New Orleans' St. Patrick's Day revelry, Parasol’s Restaurant and Bar will close at the end of August and re-open at some point under new ownership. Parasol's is moving one block north to the space currently occupied by the Irish Garden bar and restaurant at 2604 Magazine Street. They’ll reopen with a new name — Tracey’s — but the same, familiar faces...

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Rebuilding New Orleans video | USATODAY.com USA Today

Five years after Hurricane Katrina, The Saints won the Super Bowl, the city elected a new mayor, and people are returning to their homes, but much work remains after the devastation from Katrina and the fallout from the BP oil spill. The people of New Orleans are optimistic about the future, but cautiously so.



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Five Year Jive - Celebrating New Orleans five years after Katrina


Five Year Jive is a site where you can celebrate New Orleans on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with people who love The Big Easy just like you.  Their goal is to raise $10,000 for Desire Street Ministries in support of their continued rebuilding efforts in the Crescent City...

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Houma comedian trying to launch improv comedy scene in New Orleans | DailyComet.com

With her brown eyes and straight humor, Grace Blakeman’s dry wit often catches recipients off guard. Yet beyond natural talent, Blakeman, 24, daughter of Andrea and Frank Blakeman of Houma, is becoming an influential force in New Orleans’ burgeoning comedy scene...

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The Stripped Down Strategy Behind Naked Pizza | msnbc.com


New Orleans-based franchisor Naked Pizza announced last week that it has signed multiunit area contracts in four more U.S. cities, is opening two test stores in Dubai by the end of the year, and plans to expand into Abu Dhabi by 2011...

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Questions Linger as Shrimp Season Opens in Gulf | NYTimes.com

Well before dawn on Monday, Nicky Alfonso set out down Bayou Terre aux Boeufs in his 38-foot shrimping boat, heading for open water. It was the first day of the first white shrimp season in Louisiana since the BP oil spill, and normally there would have been enough boats to make for a crowded, competitive rodeo of a day...


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New Orleans' Artist Uses Mardi Gras Beads in Mosaic to Support and Honor the City's Resilience | TradingMarkets.com

A Jazz Funeral and second line will be held to honor the countless survivors of Hurricane Katrina which which will be followed by the unveiling of "NOLA's Resilience" a massive mosaic of more than 250,000 Mardi Gras beads has been resurrected by artist Stephan Wanger in order to raise $1,000,000 for New Orleans-based charities that honor the countless victims of Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The mosaic, appropriately titled "NOLA's Resilience," will be unveiled by Charmaine Neville and Evelyn Pizani, two incredible women that suffered greatly during Hurricane Katrina and who rose up to become the faces of survivorship in New Orleans. About the Mosaic: Local mosaic artist Stephan Wanger's piece, appropriately named "NOLA's Resilience," will unveil his artistry on August 25, 2010 at 6:30 pm at the JW Marriott located at 614 Canal St. The unveiling will follow a traditional New Orleans jazz funeral and second line to mark the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and to recognize the struggle, perseverance and rebirth of a city and its people...

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Superdome facelift will be ready for New Orleans Saints' 2010 season | NOLA.com

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Part of Phase I was the demolition of the Gate C bridge that led from New Orleans Centre to the Superdome. In its place, a massive staircase has been added, serving as an entryway into the stadium from the new 60,000 square foot Champions Square presented by Verizon, a sports and entertainment area on LaSalle Street...
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From Vietnam to New Orleans, he's no stranger to catastrophe | latimes.com

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After the fall of Saigon in 1975, Kha Van Nguyen escaped Vietnam by sea. He and his family eventually settled in New Orleans, and he took up shrimping -- something he learned from his father on Vietnam's southern coast. (My-Thuan Tran, Los Angeles Times / July 29, 2010)

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While BP plugs busted well, Obama plugs Gulf tourism | msnbc.com

President Barack Obama declares Gulf Coast beaches safe and open for business but on a trip to the Florida Panhandle and he promises to keep up the cleanup effort.


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'Finish strong' to rebuild New Orleans | CNN.com

Today, nearly 900 families who own homes are still living in FEMA trailers. More than 6,000 families own homes that they can not afford to rebuild.  Rental prices have risen so that 49 percent of the population cannot afford the average cost of a home to rent. All too many family-centered neighborhoods now are pocked with blighted houses or vacant lots. As much as we would all like it to be, the recovery is not complete...

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New Orleans Tropical Storm or Hurricane by Monday | theweatherspace.com

Once known as Tropical Depression Five will be known as tropical Storm or even Category One Hurricane Danielle by Sunday, peaking sometime later on Monday into Tuesday over New Orleans. 

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Creole Soul in Mid-City at Neyow's | wwltv.com

Neyow's is, top to bottom, a New Orleans neighborhood joint, and though it opened late in 2009 it shares DNA with the classic casual Creole soul format. That means stewed and smothered meats, pork chops and chicken, lots of fried seafood, red beans, po-boys and a righteous gumbo.


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New Orleans Tooth Bus continues to treat pediatric dental patients | DentalPlans.com

New Orleans Tooth Bus continues to treat pediatric dental patientsA new type of school bus is riding through the streets in New Orleans - one that includes dental chairs and a staff of certified dental care specialists...

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Caroline Bean Ward, 88, former restauranteur and mother of local theater owners | nola.com

Caroline Bean Ward passed away peacefully at the age of 88 in her daughter's home on August 5. She was a native of Independence, LA, and a resident of New Orleans all of her adult life.

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Kermit Ruffins new album Happy Talk | MusicRemedy

There’s a point in the first season of HBO’s Tremé where Steve Zahn’s character remarks “America needs it some Kermit.”
This fall, America will get it some Kermit Ruffins with the release of his latest album, Happy Talk on October 26 via Basin Street Records... In the mean time you can download a free MP3 of I Got a Treme Woman.
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New Orleans Saints-themed play serves as a kick off to upcoming season | The Thiboudaux Daily Comet

New Orleans Saints themed play serves as a kick off to upcoming season
Thanks to a group of local theater lovers, New Orleans Saints fans can enjoy the Super Bowl experience again in a completely different arena: a playhouse... 

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BP well sealed, but relief well still needed to kill it: US official | AP News

BP's runaway well has been sealed, but US officials said Friday they are moving ahead with plans to make sure it's truly "killed" by pumping cement in through a relief well under the Gulf of Mexico.



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Water control system to monitor closure of New Orleans floodgates | WaterWorld

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With partners HKV Lijn in Water and Fugro, Royal Haskoning has won a new contract for water control structures in New Orleans. The project will develop a module that allows the local flood protection authority to monitor the opening and closing of gates on all flood defences. It is expected that the module contributes to a improved planning and coordination. The new system has to be operational for the peak of the hurricane season in September 2010.

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Obama to go to New Orleans for Katrina anniversary | The Oval | USA Today

President Obama will travel to New Orleans on Aug. 29 to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, spokesman Robert Gibbs said today.
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BP's broken oil well: Sealed for good? | MSNBC

Officials could know by early Friday if BP's broken oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has been sealed for good.

An analysis of tests on the well done Thursday was scheduled to be completed within 24 hours, letting the federal government and BP PLC know if work last month that was meant to be temporary had the unexpected effect of permanently plugging the gusher.

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Faith Hill to perform free Katrina-anniversary concert in New Orleans | nola.com

Country music superstar and Mississippi native Faith Hill will perform a free concert Aug. 24 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is slated to open the show.

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'Treme' soundtrack preview concert scheduled for August 28 at the House of Blues | NOLA.com

A preview concert for the “Treme” soundtrack CD has been scheduled for August 28 at the New Orleans House of Blues.
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BP: Cement Plug Has Hardened | TheStreet

BP said Sunday that the cement plug sealing its broken oil well in the Gulf of Mexico had hardened, according to published media reports and said pressure tests on the plug show that it's solidly in place, the Associated Press reported...
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Visionary behind Superdome dies | Post-Tribune

Businessman Dave Dixon, who fought to bring an NFL team to New Orleans and was the catalyst behind construction of the Louisiana Superdome, died on Sunday. He was 87...
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Katrina Pain Index 2010 New Orleans Five Years Later | OpEd News

It will be five years since Katrina on August 29. The impact of Katrina is quite painful for regular people in the area. This article looks at what has happened since Katrina not from the perspective of the higher ups looking down from their offices but from the street level view of the people a view which looks at the impact on the elderly, the renter, people of color, the disabled, the working and non-working poor...

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Dr. John's new 'Tribal' album released this week

429 Records released Tribal, the extraordinary new album by Dr. John and the follow up to his Grammy winning 429 Records album, "The City That Care Forgot" (2008). AKA the Night Tripper, the iconic American musician has returned with another spectacular slice of mercurial sounds. Steeped in his trademark melange of rock, funk, jazz, voodoo-inflected r&b and Creole flavor, "Tribal" is a statement that builds upon his already formidable musical legacy. Dr. John (aka Mac Rebennac) is joined by his band, the Lower 911 and they perform alongside several guest artists including 2009 Grammy winner Derek Trucks, New Orleans legend Allen Touissant, Donald Harrison and the late Bobby Charles, for whom the album is dedicated. "Tribal" is available now on 429 Records. Dr. John and the Lower 911 are currently on an extensive North American tour.

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One Book One New Orleans picks Louis Armstrong's 1954 memoir of the city as the 2010 title that everyone here should read


One Book One New Orleans picks Louis Armstrong's 1954 memoir of the city as the 2010 title that everyone here should read, Satchmo. My Life in New Orleans.

"ONE book. ONE New Orleans. What a ONEderful world" is the theme of the sixth annual One Book One New Orleans community-wide reading project, whose 2010 title will be announced today at the Satchmo Summerfest at the Old U.S. Mint.

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New NOPD graduates mark final class for 2010 | WWLTV.com

Friday, 25 new officers joined the ranks of the NOPD, at a time when multiple investigations hang over the department.

 

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FDA Reopens Gulf Waters to Fishing | Food Safety News @foodsafetynews

crab-plate-featured.jpgCommissioner of Food and Drugs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Margaret Hamburg released three statements on Monday announcing the reopening of fishing waters off the coasts of Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi. the FDA has opened state waters that span from the Mississippi River Delta to the Mississippi state line including in the Mississippi Sound, from the mainland to the barrier islands, to commercial fishing...
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Louisiana shrimp season opens Aug. 16 | The Advertiser @theadvertiser

Louisiana's fall shrimp season will open Aug. 16, the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced Thursday. The opening applies to much of the state's waters, including some areas only recently cleared for fishing because of the BP oil spill...
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BP says it still might drill in spill reservoir | The Associated Press

BP PLC might someday drill again in the same undersea oil reservoir that gushed millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico in one ...
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Satchmo Summerfest celebrates 10 years of Louis Armstrong love | NOLA.com

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10 Things I Learned While in New Orleans | culturefried.com (blog) @brunetgarcia

Aliera Peterson blogs about New Orleans (ACME, Café du Monde, the Streetcars, pralines, hurricanes, and more)...

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Soulja Slim's Cousin, New Orleans Rapper Twelve A 'Klok Murdered in New Orleans | @allhiphopcom AllHipHop.com Daily News

Rapper Twelve A'Klok the cousin of late rapper Soulja Slim was found shot to death on a street in New Orleans on Monday, August 2nd. Twelve A'Klok, born Argell White, was a founding member of the record label Cut Throat Committee group/record label, along with his relative Soulja Slim and rappers Re-Nitty, Doubla Crossa and Logga Black...
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BP to pump cement into blown-out Gulf oil well | Evansville Courier & Press

BP planned to start pumping cement into its blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, following up on a key development in the effort to kill the well when mud that was shoved in successfully held back the flow of crude.

After a series of unsuccessful attempts to stem the flow of oil a mile underwater, the tide appeared to be turning in the months-long battle to stop the massive oil spill...

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Striking BP's Oil, Barrier Island Oil Bubbles Up From Below | WVUE-TV

On a nameless Louisiana barrier island, oil oozes from a foot or two underground. The discovery, made over the weekend by a dive team, raises questions about how much oil might be present on the island, but hidden below the surface...

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Allen: The job is not finished on Gulf oil spill - Business | Centre Daily Times | AP

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Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen gives an update on efforts to stop the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico during a briefing at BP headquarters Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010 in Houston. Crews hoped to begin pumping mud and perhaps cement down the throat of the blown-out oil well on Tuesday in what BP officials said could be a final step toward snuffing the spill for good.

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Levees.org: Katrina levee breaches historic | theadvertiser.com | The Advertiser

The grassroots group Levees.org is nominating two places where levees broke after Hurricane Katrina to the National Register of Historic Places, and says it plans to nominate at least four more.
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New Orleans Saints 10 questions as they head into training camp | NOLA.com

The Saints reported to training camp Wednesday night, with weigh-ins and conditioning tests scheduled for today -- and the first set of two-a-day practices kicking off Friday at their practice facility in Metairie...
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Parish Presidents with Some Words for BP | YouTube Video

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser and St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro spoke with WWL 105.3FM on Friday, July 30th expounding on a frustrating meeting with United Command leadership. The video recording is taken from a BP boat from the Point-aux-Chenes base on Thursday, July 29th.

Why are parish presidents and affected community members able to spot slick and sheen while the US Coast Guard and BP are reporting no oil? What is the process for cleaning up the millions of gallons of subsurface oil that now seems to be out-of-sight and out-of-mind?

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Questions Surface On Dispersant Use In Oil Spill | @Chem_Info Chem.Info

As BP inched closer to permanently sealing the blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, congressional investigators railed against the company and Coast Guard for liberal use of toxic chemicals that helped disperse the oil, but at unknown expense to sea life...
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New Orleans responds to strife, as always, with song | The Republic


Street musician Jacob Fishesr sings the blues on a street corner in New Orleans, Louisiana, on July 21, 2010. Fisher has a song about government corruption as he and other musicians have written songs about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Music is everywhere on the streets of New Orleans, but these days many of the tunes in the city's vibrant jazz scene focus on the oil spill. Everyone from solo street performers to famous vocalists seems to be writing new songs about the spill or repurposing old standards to thrash out their feelings about the disaster.

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New venture gives former New Orleans inmates an alternative to jail | NOLA.com

A ceremony was held last week for graduates of the New Orleans Day Reporting Center, run by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety as an alternative to jail time. All of the graduates found employment by the time they received their diplomas...
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