RTA Installs New LED Headlights On Streetcars ‎ | WDSU

The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority has replaced old streetcar bulbs with new LED lights to avoid accidents. The new LED headlights are said to be five times brighter than the old bulbs and the agency is hoping that the new lights will be hard for people to miss.

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How to muddle and not mush your cocktail | NOLA.com

Is muddling murky? The Times-Picayune Food editor Judy Walker shows how to gently muddle mint and melon for best flavors in drinks.


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NAFC to Hold a One-Day C.A.R.E. Clinic in New Orleans

The National Association of Free Clinics partners with MSNBC’s The Ed Show to bring a one-day health clinic to New Orleans on August 29, 2011.

The NAFC is excited to be returning to New Orleans and looks forward to serving more patients and working with some awesome volunteers.

Free clinics are volunteer-based, safety-net health care organizations that provide a range of medical, dental, pharmacy, and/or behavioral health services to economically disadvantaged individuals who are predominately uninsured.

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Louisiana Monks Can Keep Making Caskets | Courthouse News Service

The monks of St. Joseph, a Catholic monastery of 38 monks located in Covington, La., filed a declaratory-relief complaint in August, saying they do need Louisiana State funeral board licensing to continue producing the wooden caskets they have made and sold for generations...
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Satchmo Summerfest 2011 music lineup features top musicians | NOLA.com

The Satchmo Summerfest, an annual free festival celebrating the life of jazz great Louis Armstrong with free concerts, seminars, exhibits, vendors, food, films and children’s activities, kicks off Thursday, Aug. 4, with a launch party for “Satchmo,” a new, 10-CD overview of Armstrong’s career...
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Grocer forging ahead with plans to resurrect Circle Food Store | TheLensNOLA.org

Best known as a full-service grocery, Circle Food Store had physicians and dentists working in cramped offices a floor above the produce aisle, and a clerk to cash checks and sell school uniforms not far from a sweet-smelling bakery. It served as a one-stop shop for 7th Ward neighborhood needs long before such an integrated approach became the fodder for endless urban planning seminars...

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New Orleans Charter Schools Need to Respect Teachers' Experience, Students | Huffington Post

...Veteran teachers know to start off the year with team-building and foolproof lessons to start with successes and motivate. Nowadays, however, teachers are pressured to immediately jump into the aligned and paced curriculum, and not invest enough time in listening and building relationships...

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Kathleen Kathleen Blanco Talks About Her Eye Cancer | Bayoubuzz



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New Orleans airport worker shot in leg at check-in counter | CBS News

A bullet from a hunting rifle that was being checked in at Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans Monday struck a United Airlines employee in the leg, according to CBS affilliate WWL. The employee was taken to the hospital, officials said, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries...

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Latest Threadhead Records Releases

Recent releases on Threadhead Records:
* Beatin Path: Ghosts
* Chip Wilson & Jesse Moore: Side By Side
* Spencer Bohren: Blackwater Music
* Tom McDermott and Evan Christopher: Almost Native
* The Congo Square Project: Sacred Ground
* Drew Young: Home By the River
* Neslort (Rick Trolsen): Mystical Scam

Most releases can be purchased at the Threadheads Records Store, the Mystery Street Records Store, or through the Louisiana Music Factory.

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New Orleans skyscraper on auction block ‎| BusinessWeek

A joint venture putting the long-empty 45-story, Plaza Tower for sale, New Orleans-based Corporate Realty and DJM Realty, a national disposition company, says the skyscraper has a gutted interior shell and possible environmental hazards have been fixed.

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FBI agent doubted New Orleans cop's story‎ | UPI.com

The chief New Orleans Police investigator in the 2005 Danziger Bridge shootings gave a questionable account, an FBI agent testified Tuesday. Two people were killed and four wounded by police gunfire on the bridge Sept. 4, 2005, as the city reeled from Hurricane Katrina.

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Eau-de-Vie world's best Cocktail Bar ‎| The Shout

In just its second year of operation, Sydney speakeasy Eau-de-Vie has won the coveted ‘World’s Best New Cocktail Bar’ at the prestigious Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards. The five-day festival is held in New Orleans and internationally recognised as the industry’s biggest and most influential awards, acknowledging talented individuals and establishments that are helping advance the craft of the cocktail.

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New Orleans CVB partners with Experient for housing services ‎| Travel Daily News International

The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau has selected Experient to be their preferred partner for event housing services. This will allow the CVB to offer outstanding housing solutions, top quality service delivery and consultative personal attention to organizations that bring their conventions to the Crescent City.

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Agents round up more than 30 in crackdown on underage drinking at Carrollton bar | WWL

Neighbors on a quiet block in the Carrollton area say the street transforms when "The Frat House" Uptown opens for the night.


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John Mosca, whose roadhouse near New Orleans had worldwide fans, is dead at 86 | The Republic

AP Photo/Lisa Mosca
John Mosca, whose two-room roadhouse near New Orleans serves only big platters of food and has fans as far as Paris and Italy, has died. He died Wednesday night at his home in suburban Harahan, he was 86...
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New Orleans jazzman Lionel Ferbos | USA Today (photos)

Lionel Ferbos, who turns 100 on Sunday, plays some jazz in New Orleans. “I’ve had a wonderful life with music,” Ferbos says. “As long as I have teeth, I’ll keep playing. You can’t play trumpet without teeth.”...

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Across the Bar: Music Venue Bartenders | OffBeat New Orleans

Nobody knows New Orleans music like its bartenders. Those at local music clubs serve musicians and fans and see a different side of the industry than those directly in it. For new or touring musicians, they are the venue experts, answering questions about who runs the sound, what beverages are complimentary, and where you can grab a cheap bite to eat. For regular, local musicians, the bartenders are often friends, familiar faces encountered once a week or month...
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Foreclosure actions rise in Louisiana | Forbes

The number of Louisiana homeowners being hit by foreclosure actions is on the rise with the majority of those either losing their homes or facing a foreclosure sale, a national foreclosure tracking firm said Thursday.
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New Orleans Launches August Restaurant Promotion | RestaurantNews.com

New Orleans has announced the line-up of 40 world-class restaurants for its seventh annual COOLinary restaurant promotion, offering special two and three-course lunch menus for $20 or less and three-course dinner menus for $35 or less, August 1-31, 2011.

The event celebrates the famous, authentic cuisine of New Orleans and its culinary community, which according to Tom Fitzmorris and www.nomenu.com, currently boasts 1,205 restaurants. The COOLinary promotion runs throughout the month of August, coinciding with New Orleans summer hotel rates, a year-round unparalleled nightlife scene and one-of-a-kind attractions—making for the perfect summer vacation destination.
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Landrieu touts resumption of FEMA-funded demolitions of Katrina-damaged property | The Republic

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office is touting the resumption of demolitions funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a key development in the fight against blighted buildings remaining since Hurricane Katrina.
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Animal Activists Investigate Kitten Abuse | WDSU

The Humane Society of Louisiana is investigating a rash of kitten abuse in which the animals are being tossed from cars. The latest incident happened Saturday in New Orleans East.

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New Orleans Mint Once Used as a Jail | NumisMaster.com

It was turned over to Louisiana in 1966 by the General Services Administration. In 1979 it was transferred to the Louisiana Historical Society. Did you know that at one time after the mint closed the building was used as a jail? ...

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Local salaries lag behind the national average | WWL

Employees in the New Orleans area, on average, don't make as much money as workers elsewhere. The Dallas office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics just released "Occupational Employment and Wages in New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, May 2010."

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Danziger Bridge cover-up began day of shooting, NOPD officer testifies | NOLA.com

A former New Orleans police officer gave perhaps the most detailed account to date of a police cover-up of the Danziger Bridge shootings, he said began almost as soon as the gunfire stopped. After the shootings, which left two civilians dead and four seriously wounded, the officers involved returned to the Crystal Palace, the reception hall they were using as a temporary headquarters. All the officers who had fired weapons were called to a round table…


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HUD Reaches $62 Million Settlement With Louisiana Homeowners | BET

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced Wednesday that the agency would pay a $62 million settlement to 1,460 Hurricane Katrina victims who sued the federal government and the state of Louisiana for alleged discrimination in the Road Home program, which provided grants to people to rebuild their destroyed homes.
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City Taking Applications For 'Pedicab' Permits | WDSU

The city of New Orleans has moved closer to the launch of commercialized pedal-powered transportation with the solicitation of applications for "pedicab" permits.

On Thursday, the City Council passed regulations that include a lottery system to select license-holders. The rules also ban smoking on the pedicabs and establish guidelines for reporting accidents and disputes.

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band to appear on David Letterman show | NOLA.com @citywinerynyc

Ben Jaffe of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band
performs on the Gentilly Stage in New Orleans
during Jazz Fest 2010.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and bluegrass bandleader Del McCoury are scheduled to appear together on “Late Night with David Letterman” on July 20. The bands will also perform that night at New York’s City Winery...
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Coyote sightings make NO residents uneasy | Houston Chronicle

Coyotes have been spotted in the suburbs and in New Orleans' biggest park, along river levees and on some streets. The wild dogs are snacking on cats and at least one small dog...
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Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band Raising Money for Boys and Girls Club | KATC Lafayette News

Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band invite you to "Zydeco for a Good Cause" on Friday, July 15th. All proceeds will directly benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs - Opelousas Unit.
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HUD announces new 'Road Home' funds available | WWL

Homeowners living in Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard and Cameron parishes may be eligible for additional compensation under the Louisiana's Road Home Program under the terms of a settlement agreement announced today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the State of Louisiana and plaintiffs in a federal housing discrimination lawsuit. An estimated $62 million will be awarded to approximately 1,300 homeowners.
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Wild dog pack in Mid-City | Blog of New Orleans

One of them went down the middle of the street zigzagging like Reggie Bush, while the second one took a straight line down the sidewalk. The smaller dog brought up the rear. They were as brisk and silent as a school of fish; at the corner, they simultaneously made a right and disappeared...
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A New Orleans cafe serves training, knowledge with its food | Christian Science Monitor

The small, bustling Cafe Reconcile serves up some of the finest local food at some of the lowest prices in Central City, one of New Orleans’ roughest neighborhoods. It also serves up hope for at-risk young people committed to escaping the violence and drugs of its streets.
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Essence Fest proved again to be boon to tourism | WWL

It's a big boost for the city of New Orleans.
The three day fest has an estimated $170 million economic impact on the Crescent City.


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New Orleans' recycling effort not a waste, but has a long way to go | NOLA.com

In its first couple of months of recycling, New Orleans has managed to divert roughly 2 percent of its waste from the landfill. In San Francisco, by contrast, 77 percent of the material set out on curbs is recycled rather than sent to landfills..

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New Orleans ranked one of the hottest destinations for 4th of July | WWL


Expect some fairly big crowds around the city this weekend for the Fourth of July festivities as New Orleans is one of the top spots for the holiday weekend this year. So as less people are traveling this holiday weekend according to AAA, that doesn't mean here in the Crescent City we're likely to see fewer visitors. According to Priceline¬com, New Orleans and the French Quarter rank #2 in destinations for Independence Day.

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Jindal agrees to allow online betting at tracks | New Orleans CityBusiness

Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the bill into law Thursday, allowing a practice that was already available for the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans...


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Essence Music Festival 2011 Kicks Off in New Orleans With Chaka Khan | Rolling Out

At the kick-off press conference presented by Coca-Cola, Essence representatives, the Mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu, and other participating sponsors like Verizon and McDonald’s, talked about their excitement to be a part of this year’s festival as it celebrates its 17th year. A special appearance by music legend Chaka Khan and the music of New Orleans’ own Rebirth Brass Band, solidified the festival weekend’s theme of transformation through family, community and faith...

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Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World | JustLuxe.com

To get the feeling of Mardi Gras year-round, visit Mardi Gras World, the largest float designing and building facility in the world. Here more than 80 percent of the floats that journey down New Orleans' streets during the Carnival season are designed and built.
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