Rebirth on the Bayou - Lessons from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast | Brookings Institution

At this sixth anniversary of Katrina, a new book by the Brookings Institution Press, Resilience and Opportunity: Lessons from the Gulf Coast after Katrina and Rita, attempts to answer the question, "what have New Orleans and Mississippi taught us?"

The contributors, many from the region, provide a rich portrait of post-disaster recovery and the challenges local leaders confronted in trying to remake a region in the face of multiple disasters.

The region needs to step boldly into a more innovative, energy diverse, post-recession economy that delivers meaningful prospects for residents. A deep investment in coastal wetland recovery must complement the re-opening of oil leases off the shores of Louisiana and Mississippi...

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Katrina +6: 2011 anniversary events | nola.com

The Hurricane Katrina commemoration event in Shell Beach
was photographed Aug. 29, 2010.
Some of the events Sunday and Monday marking the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina gathered by nola.com...

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Six years after Katrina, praise for Irene response | CNN.com

As Irene headed for the East Coast over the weekend, governors and mayors from the Carolinas to New England ordered residents to leave low-lying coastal areas. President Barack Obama cut his summer vacation a day short to return to Washington, pledging to make sure federal agencies "are doing everything in their power" to help after the storm moved inland Sunday.


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Hurricane Irene vs. Hurricane Katrina: How They Stack Up | Our Amazing Planet

The flooding in New Orleans nearly a week after Hurricane Katrina
hit, taken by NASA's EO-1 satellite on Sept. 6, 2005. Credit: NASA
Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast six years ago today (Aug. 29), flooding nearly all of New Orleans in the process. The storm remains a potent cultural touchstone, serving as a reminder of nature's power — and the importance of planning properly for worst-case scenarios. Since Irene made landfall and was downgraded to a tropical storm over the weekend, we can begin to take its measure a little better. So how does Irene compare to Katrina?

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Mayor Landrieu on New Orleans' recovery from Katrina | WWL

Satisfaction, frustration and impatience...what one hears when speaking with Mitch Landrieu on his city's recovery from one of the nation's worst disasters. Six years after Hurricane Katrina, Landrieu admits the city is still, very much, a work in progress. But he credits the city itself with much of the progress that has been made...

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Levees.org and Irvin Mayfield Jr. Unveil Plaque at Levee Breach Site | levees.org

On the 6th Anniversary of the Worst Civil Engineering History in US History, levees org is releasing this is 3-part feature length video.



First is the installation of the state-approved Historic Plaque at ground zero of the London Avenue Canal east side breach site by members of the Gentilly community. Next is the Unveiling Ceremony held on May 20, 2011. The final scene is Irvin Mayfield Jr playing a moving 2-minute version of "A Closer Walk With Thee" on the Elysian Trumpet, hand-built by David Monette, and dedicated to the memory of Irvin Mayfield, Sr. and all of the victims of the flooding on August 29, 2005 during Hurricane Katrina. The final scene is the release of two doves by Big Chief Clarence Dalcour of the Tribe Creole Osceola.


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Whole Foods requests don't suit tastes of New Orleans planning commission | NOLA.com

The New Orleans City Planning Commission turned thumbs down Tuesday on several changes that operators of the Whole Foods store at Magazine and Arabella streets were seeking in restrictions they said have hindered the store's operation for the past decade. More than a dozen neighbors spoke in opposition to the requests, citing noise from deliveries and other store activities, alleged damage to streets and buildings from the large trucks, a shortage of neighborhood parking and other problems.
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Woolworth high-rise wins approval from city planning commission‎ | WWL

With a 5-3 vote by the City Planning Commission, a controversial project to build a 19-story building, which would contain apartments and retail space, as well as parking. the edge of the French Quarter moved forward Tuesday...

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Innovative school struggles with learning curve | The Lens

Pioneer of urban farm and school learns lessons of his own, hopes struggles lead to success
It was almost time for dinner and no one had a ride home. Nat Turner unhooked a key from his belt and ordered a trio of grimy teenagers to follow him to the Volvo station wagon parked outside the Lower 9th Ward farm where they had been working all day.

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New Orleans JOBS: Director Of Digital Media, Louisiana Economic Development | WorkNOLA


Incumbent will utilize his/her significant knowledge of the digital media industry to develop and execute a program of work to successfully create, retain, expand and recruit the motion picture industry in Louisiana. He/She shall strive to identify natural synergies with other areas of entertainment (motion picture, music & live performance institutions of higher education, and other agencies within local & state governments by focusing on collaboaration and communication.

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Rising Tide 6 conference tells N.O. what the city still needs to work on | WWLTV.com

This weekend, the Rising Tide Conference will be focusing on just that - how to make New Orleans a better place.


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More than 39 tons of trash removed from Bayou Manchac | WBRZ.com

Thirty one volunteers from Ascension and East Baton Rouge Parish removed more than 39 tons of trash and a fallen tree over the weekend from Bayou Manchac.

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Finding New Investors, in 140 Characters or Less | WSJ.com @nakedpizza

Having trouble landing investors? Try showing some attitude on Twitter. This approach has worked wonders for Naked Pizza, an all-natural restaurant chain that began using the social-media service five years ago. The New Orleans company says it has gotten about 8,000 investment inquiries in the past year and a half thanks to its online presence. Investors see the tweets—either on Twitter itself or another site that mentions the notes—and then get in touch...
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New Orleans charter testing drama casts light on how cheating allegations are handled | NOLA.com

Last year, several teachers at Miller-McCoy Academy in eastern New Orleans told Recovery School District officials they feared someone on the school's staff had opened high-stakes exams in advance so students could be prepped on a few actual test questions...

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Mayor: New Orleans airport needs total makeover ‎| USA Today

Courtesy of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says it's time for a makeover of the city's Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY). WWL TV of New Orleans says "two options are now on the table. One calls for a new state of the art terminal complex north of the runways. … The other proposal would expand the existing terminal building to the west."
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1856: New Orleans street names are all over the map ‎ | NOLA.com

Bayou Road and Grand Route St. John predate the city; the route connecting what became known as Bayou St. John to the Mississippi River was in use by American Indians when French explorers arrived.
Can you say Tchoupitoulas? The city came of age under a number of different flags -- French, Spanish, American and even Confederate -- and the street names are a reminder of that diverse background. An 1816 map of the city shows street names in the Vieux Carre, many of them referring to French royalty...

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Irene Is Season's First Hurricane | WPBF

Hurricane Irene has formed and is moving over Puerto Rico with its projected path expected to take it toward the U.S. East Coast later this week.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said early Monday that Irene has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. It's centered about 25 miles west of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is moving west-northwest near 12 mph...


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Federal judge makes ruling in controversy between homeowners and Corps ‎| WWL

The Lakeview homeowner is one of the residents along the 17th Street Canal suing the Corp of Engineers and the Orleans Levee District. Its said the agencies have taken property, without compensation, to strengthen the levee, which breached during Hurricane Katrina...


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New Orleans seeks to knit together a downtown area | Houston Chronicle

Officials want to create a development plan for a section extending from the Superdome and New Orleans Arena to the former Charity Hospital and Veterans Affairs Medical Center. This area includes City Hall and other public buildings...

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Governor Jindal and Mayor Landrieu Announce $30 Million Investment in Orleans Landbridge Coastal Restoration Project | louisiana.gov (press release)

Governor Bobby Jindal, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other leaders announced a partnership between the city and the state to invest more than $30 million for the protection of the Orleans Landbridge, which separates Lake Borgne and Lake Pontchartrain.

Governor Jindal said, “We are continuing to ensure that New Orleans comes back better than ever before and this $30.42 million investment is an important part of that commitment. The Orleans Landbridge is not only home to important areas like Michoud, Venetian Isles, Lake St. Catherine and the nation’s largest urban wildlife refuge, the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge - but it also plays a critical role in reducing storm surge in Lake Pontchartrain. Without the landbridge, higher volumes of water would have been forced into Lake Pontchartrain and the effects of Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav and Ike would have been even worse.

“This important project would not be possible without the support and involvement of many, including the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority East, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Bayou Sauvage Refuge and many others.”

“The $30 million New Orleans East Landbridge project will serve as a vital coastal restoration and water management tool to better protect our residents, businesses, and infrastructure,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Unfortunately, along the eastern shore of Lake Pontchartrain, hundreds of acres of wetlands and marsh have been lost in recent years. Construction of this landbridge will help to stop those losses and to lower the flood risk to nearby eastern New Orleans communities such as Lake Catherine by helping us better control rising sea water levels in Lake Pontchartrain. The Landbridge will also protect critical infrastructure such as Highway 90, the CSX Rail Line, and industry along the Intercoastal Waterway.”

“We strongly support the Orleans Landbridge Shoreline Protection Project championed by Mayor Landrieu and Governor Jindal because strengthening key land bridges is an important tool to prevent erosion of the Mississippi River Delta wetlands, which must be a state and national priority,” said Jim Tripp, senior counsel for Environmental Defense Fund, a national conservation group dedicated to restoring the Delta wetlands in coastal Louisiana. “The use of I-10 Twin Span Bridge demolition material to reduce wave energy also will transform a small piece of Katrina's wrath into a hopeful marsh and land protection memorial.”

“This project is a perfect example of combining opportunity and funding - on a national, state and local level - to construct a project, with nearby resources, that will enhance flood protection and slow coastal erosion,” said Tim Doody, President of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East. “The landbridge is a critical component of the flood protection system. We applaud the governor's vigilant focus on flood protection and coastal restoration.”

St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis said, “Alligator Point is a critical barrier controlling salt water intrusion into Lake Pontchartrain and helps maintain the delicate ecology of the area. It is crucial that all parishes in the region work in concert to protect our natural resources.”

"Pieces of the old Twin Span Bridge, destroyed by Katrina, are now being used to construct marine reefs in Lake Pontchartrain, fishing piers in St. Tammany Parish and now a coastal protection barrier in Lake Borgne," said DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas. "I'm proud of the part DOTD has played, in conjunction with Governor Jindal and CPRA, in pursuing the innovative reuse of the old I-10 bridge spans."

Funding for the project announced today includes $21 million from the CPRA and $10 million from the City of New Orleans for a total of nearly $31 million in Coastal Impact Assistance Program funds. This project will use 86,807 cubic yards of geogrid mats weighing more than 217,000 tons to help protect the shoreline. Rather than buying this material, the project will use material from the twin spans, which was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina – resulting in $11 million in cost savings for the project.

A total of 658 spans and 586 substructures are being crushed and mats are being filled to provide nearly eight miles of protection along the Orleans Landbridge – along the northwestern shoreline of Lake Borgne from Bayou Bienvenue to Alligator Point. The mats are being fabricated now and the shoreline protection measures will begin in January. Construction is expected to take approximately 15 months.

The United States Geological Survey recently released a report on coastal land loss in Louisiana. The report found that Louisiana has lost nearly 1900 square miles of land, but preliminary data show that approximately 200 square miles of land was created between 2008 and 2010.

The Orleans Landbridge has been eroding at a rate of nearly eight feet per year. The protection project announced today will prevent further loss of this important natural barrier and further encroachment of Lake Borgne and the Gulf of Mexico on a national wildlife refuge and lake-area communities.

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How New Orleans music survived the big storm ‎ | Philadelphia Inquirer

The specter of Katrina also hovers over a moving new book about the city's constantly rejuvenating music scene, Groove Interrupted: Loss, Renewal and the Music of New Orleans (St. Martin's Press). Penned by Keith Spera, a New Orleans Times-Picayune writer who began chronicling the city's music long before the storm, Groove Interrupted measures Katrina's toll on individual musicians' lives and their art. Here is a look at the real, wounded people behind the fabled music - a tale told in unsparing detail of jobs gone dry, homes destroyed, lives forever shattered.

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Year after oil spill, Gulf seafood rebounds | Washington Times

President Obama meets and eats with Grand Isle, La.-area residents
at Camardelle’s, a seafood restaurant, in June 2010.
(Associated Press)
The slick disappeared faster than just about anyone predicted, but not before it canceled vacations, ruined seafood meals and left people out of work coastwide. Now, a year later, the vacationers are back in force, and the local seafood industry is steadily reviving, but the national markets are still down as former customers found new suppliers outside the Gulf...

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BP Asked to Investigate Gulf Sheen Near Abandoned Oil Wells | Bloomberg

BP Plc said it was asked along with other Gulf of Mexico oil and gas operators to investigate a sheen in the Green Canyon area the U.S. Coast Guard observed last week. BP inspected two abandoned well-heads in the area and observed cloudy water near one of them, the London-based company said in a statement today. The cloudy water may be caused by a naturally occurring shallow water flow that is kicking up silt, it said.

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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Community Partnership Grants Informational Workshop

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation will hold an informational workshop to explain the guidelines and procedures for the 2011-2012 Community Partnership Grants cycle.

Date: Monday, Aug. 22
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Jazz & Heritage Gallery, 1205 N. Rampart St. (map)
 
The informational workshop will be held on Monday, Aug. 22, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Jazz & Heritage Gallery, 1205 N. Rampart Street.
Staff from the Jazz & Heritage Foundation will be on hand to explain the application process for the currently open categories in the Foundation’s Community Partnership Grants program.  This is a great opportunity to ask questions about how particular projects may or may not fit within the grant guidelines.
The categories now open include two for education  – including a new category to support arts education in public schools – and one for nonprofit presenters of cultural events.
The two education categories are:
Jazz & Heritage After-School and Summer Education Programs in Music, Arts and Cultural Traditions. This category, which has been awarded in years past, supports after-school and summer educational arts programs offered by nonprofit organizations and educational institutions.
Jazz & Heritage In-School Music & Arts Education is a new offering from the Jazz & Heritage Foundation. This category, now in its second year, supports in-school music and arts education programs at public elementary, middle and high schools in the greater New Orleans region. Schools may apply for funding to purchase or repair instruments and other supplies, or to cover part of a teacher’s salary.
The third category that is now open for applications – the one for nonprofit presenters of cultural events – is called Jazz Journey Presenting: Festivals and Concerts in Music and Performing Arts. This category is open nonprofit organizations that hire Louisiana musicians or other performing artists to perform for the public.
The application deadline for all three grant categories is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. That is the time by which applications must be received at the Jazz & Heritage Foundation office.
Copies of the grant guidelines and application forms are available online at the Community Partnership Grants web site, and from the Foundation office.
 
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Ultimate Sandwich Smackdown: Po' Boys vs. Cheesesteaks | Fox News

In a Godzilla vs. Mothra-style Philly Cheesesteak vs. New Orleans Po’ Boy throw-down for the title of greatest sandwich, “Po’ Boys would be Godzilla,” says New Orleans food writer, Lorin Gaudin. “Because Godzilla always wins.” Yeah, but Mothra was never a cheesesteak. And neither was Ben Franklin.

Unlike most sandwiches, a po’ boy is defined by its outside, not its inside. Its baguette-style French bread is the key. And don’t ever call it a “roll.” It’s not French bread it’s New Orleans French bread, explains Lorin Gaudin who also runs Five-Oh-Fork, a chef-based social media company...

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Louisiana today rolls out 258 new laws | Alexandria Town Talk

Most of them will have little or no effect on the average Louisiana citizen because they are targeted to specific problems brought to legislators' attention. A few new laws:
  • Truck drivers with limited vision can haul non-hazardous loads in Louisiana. 
  • Taxpayers can direct their income tax refund money to the Louisiana Food Bank Association.
  • The state's alcohol and tax commission can conduct permitting hearings through teleconferences and video conferences.

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New Orleans' Lafitte Corridor park talks kick off ‎| NOLA.com

New Orleanians have been talking for years about turning the largely abandoned former railroad right-of-way along Lafitte and St. Louis streets into a linear park. Another planning effort gets under way when Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration launches a series of community meetings to help create a master plan for development of the entire Lafitte Greenway and of Lafitte Greenway Park, a 16.5-acre site within the corridor just west of North Claiborne Avenue...

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HBO Stands Behind Treme | OffBeat.com

Richard Plepler and Michael Lombardo, HBO’s co-president and programming president, respectively, both said they renewed their modestly-viewed, New Orleans-set drama because they like it and believe that it’s telling important stories...

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Readout of Secretary Napolitano’s Visit to New Orleans | IEWY News

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today traveled to New Orleans and joined U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, Rep. Cedric Richmond (LA-02), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Deputy Commissioner David Aguilar, General Services Administration (GSA) Regional Administrator JD Salinas, and New Orleans Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu for the rededication ceremony of the New Orleans Custom House damaged during Hurricane Katrina in 2005...

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WWE Studios rethinks its strategy after shooting seven films in New Orleans | NOLA.com

WWE Studios' New Orleans experiment might not be down for the count, exactly. But the wrestling-linked outfit's unique local strategy -- in which it shot seven films in town in less than two years, including the just-wrapped "No One Lives" -- is definitely changing...

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Guilty plea for Louisiana man in fake folk art case‎ | ArtfixDaily

The U.S. Attorney's office announced that Robert E. Lucky, Jr, 64, of New Orleans, pled guilty on Aug. 8 to mail fraud in connection with selling paintings falsely attributed to celebrated Southern folk artist Clementine Hunter (1886-1988). He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both when he is sentenced on October 21, 2011...

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New Orleans' oldest Navy base formally closing ‎ | Deseret News

New Orleans' oldest Navy base is formally closing, ending a 110-year presence in the city. Friday's ceremony is at the new national headquarters for Marine Forces Reserve, next to the public-private partnership called Federal City — formerly Naval Support Activity New Orleans. About 1,100 Marines and 275 civilians are at work there, and contracts are being negotiated for stores in a public area to open Sept. 15...

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MLB, New Orleans break ground on UYA‎ | MLB.com

It's hard to picture it now, with its worn-out grass, collapsing fences and nearly invisible backstop, but Wesley Barrow Stadium used to be a haven for youth baseball -- before Hurricane Katrina ravaged it with catastrophic flooding...

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Napoleon: Top sushi spots in metro area | WWL

The Unknown Food Critic reviews the best places for sushi in the New Orleans metro area.


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Sold as Lobster Salad, but Key Ingredient Was Missing | NYTimes.com

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For at least 15 years, Zabar’s, the Upper West Side grocery with the big crowds and even bigger prices, sold that as lobster salad — thousands and thousands of pounds of it, by itself in a plastic tub or on a bagel or a roll. Apparently no one noticed. Then Doug MacCash, a reporter from The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, stopped at Zabar’s while vacationing in Manhattan last month...

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Renovated Superdome is "new stadium" at fraction of cost | WWL

In just two days, New Orleans Saints season ticket holders get their first look at the new Superdome. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Superdome executives and commission members take a tour today to "officially" reopen the stadium.


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Saints license plates go on sale in Mississippi on Thursday | Sun Herald

Mississippi fans of the New Orleans Saints will be able to show their Who Dat spirit with a specialty license plate beginning Thursday...

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Corps of Engineers is delaying New Orleans flood defenses (editorial) | NOLA.com

When the Army Corps of Engineers awarded the $675 million contract to CBY Design Builders of New Orleans in April, two losing bidders protested. The General Accounting Office, which investigated, reported last week that there was a conflict of interest in CBY's hiring of a former corps official and that the corps didn't properly evaluate the company's technical proposal for pump station operation.

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Brisk traffic at eastern New Orleans urgent care ‎| Danbury News Time

A new urgent care center in eastern New Orleans saw almost 200 patients in its first full week — about triple what city officials expected for the area's first 24-hour medical service in that area since Hurricane Katrina. Plans call for the urgent-care center to close when a hospital emergency department opens.

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New Orleans not 'linked in' on social networks? ‎| WWL

Recently both the state of Louisiana and New Orleans have racked up many, many positive rankings in various business polls, but there's one area that a recent index finds the city is seriously lacking. New Orleans has been rated as one of the least socially connected on the internet, number 7 to be exact in the 'Least Social City' category...

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Video: Mardi Gras brings New Orleans to the Peconic River ‎ | Riverhead News-Review

An estimated 3,000 people gathered in downtown Riverhead Saturday to grab one of 15,000 strands of beads or 2,000 masks provided by the Riverhead Business Improvement District, and listen to the music from bands from all over the nation for the first Riverhead Mardi Gras Festival...



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A New Orleans, New Latin Quarter ‎| bestofneworleans.com

At the Viet My supermarket off Chef Menteur Highway, where a stream of customers has for two decades sustained an immigrant family's dreams, 21-year-old Eddie Benitez works day by day to fulfill his own. Arriving from Honduras 16 months ago, Benitez has been working at Viet My for the last year — except for two weeks in May, when he quit for the promise of better pay doing construction work. It rained hard and often during those two weeks, and he says the work was not as steady as he needed it to be.

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Orders to Draw Zinc, Copper From New Orleans' Warehouses Jump ‎ | Bloomberg

Orders to draw zinc from warehouses monitored by the London Metal Exchange surged for a second day this week, on bookings in New Orleans. Total canceled warrants for zinc have risen 162 percent this week, with a 988 percent increase in bookings at New Orleans, home to 63 percent of zinc stockpiles, this week’s data showed.

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Liquid Specials - New Orleans | NOVCB

Beat the heat, quench your thirst. Margarita Mondays • ½ priced drinks • 25¢ Martinis • $5 After 5pm …

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American Girl unveils 2 characters, one journey through New Orleans in 1853

For the first time in American Girl's 25-year history, the company is introducing two different historical characters, Cecile Rey(TM) and Marie-Grace Gardner(TM), in one six-book series set in 1850s New Orleans. The new characters--one African American and one Caucasian--show the power of friendship and community as they reach across the boundaries of race and class to help their families, friends, and city during a time of great need. To celebrate Cecile and Marie-Grace's debut and the rich musical tradition of New Orleans, American Girl has partnered with 13-year-old Kate Connick and her father, world-renowned musician and actor Harry Connick, Jr., to create an original song--"A Lot Like Me"--with all proceeds benefiting the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans.

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210 new shelters at New Orleans bus and streetcar stops‎ | Hattiesburg American

The Regional Transit Authority is near the end of a two-year, $5 million project to install 210 bus and streetcar shelters across New Orleans. All but eight of the shelters are up, and about 11 percent of the stops covered...


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Appearing and disappearing graffiti murals in New Orleans ‎| NOLA.com

Swoon's art looks like graffiti but it's not -- not exactly. Her
transparent-paper prints, pasted on like wallpaper, appear
to be painted on the building's wall.
Graffiti is a feature of big-city blight. It is also a feature of big-city fashion. It is public expression on the grand scale, yet it’s usually inscrutably personal. It is egotistical in the extreme, yet ordinarily anonymous. Some graffiti may be beautiful and have genuine depth. Remember Banksy’s post-Katrina poetic cartoons?…

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Guilty verdicts in Danziger trial killings and cover up | WWL

Nearly six years later, the verdicts begin to close one of the darkest sagas that came to light in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. A jury made a sweeping statement, finding officers who were on the Danziger Bridge during the shooting of unarmed civilians and those involved in the following cover-up guilty of nearly all charges. Jurors only came back with less than a guilty charge on a small number of charges...

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Restraining Order Request Denied In Charter School Controversy ‎| WDSU

A new development sprung up Thursday afternoon in the battle for control of Abramson Science and Technology Academy. One day after the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education revoked the charter rights of the Pelican Educational Foundation, a judge has rejected the group's bid for a temporary restraining order.

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Council defers vote on controversial high-rise on Canal Street ‎ | WWL

A controversial project on the edge of the French Quarter came up for yet another vote on Thursday, but with no final decision on whether the project will move forward. Developers want to build a high-rise building at the corner of North Rampart and Canal Streets...


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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie donate 4.9m to charity | The Independent

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie donated $4.9 million to Make It Right Foundation, which constructs homes for working families after it was set up in 2006 following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans...



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Business, nonprofit leaders voice concerns about New Orleans | NOLA.com

A group of New Orleans business and nonprofit leaders is calling for city and state education officials to head "back to the drawing board" on plans for spending what's left of about $2 billion in federal aid earmarked for rebuilding the city's public schools...

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Property Tax Assessments Stun New Orleans Homeowners ‎ | WDSU

More than 30,000 homeowners in New Orleans were recently told that their property tax assessments are going up. Dozens headed to City Hall on Monday and expressed to leaders that their homes were assessed at a higher-than-expected rate.

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Some say 'illegal bars' are causing most Frenchmen St. noise problems | WWL

The problem now, according to the area’s councilwoman is that some businesses outside the district are breaking the law by hosting live, amplified music events well into the night.


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This Summer, a Snowball Fight Heats Up in Louisiana | Wall Street Journal

The owner of Jefferson, La.-based SnoWizard Inc. calls his company the originator of the "snowball"—a Louisiana summer snack made of super-finely shaved ice and flavored syrup, similar to the snow cone. The snowball-machine manufacturer and flavor supplier offers 144 flavors—90% of which Mr. Sciortino says he makes from scratch in his lab, where tall metal cylinders bubble and dozens of glass bottles of chemicals line the shelves.


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Urgent care center opens in New Orleans East ‎ | WVUE-TV

It will be at least 2013 before a full-service hospital is online in New Orleans East, but on Sunday, the city restored 24-hour health care in the area. The city and Hospital Service District A opened the clinic in a high-rise building at noon Sunday. The first patient walked in at 12:30 p.m.


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LB Clint Ingram agrees to terms with Saints after missing 2010‎ | Washington Post

Saints restricted free agent guard Carl Nicks has signed his tender offer and is at the club’s training headquarters in suburban New Orleans. The 6-foot-5, 343-pound Nicks, a fifth-round draft choice out of Nebraska in 2008, started 13 games as a rookie and has remained the starting left guard ever since...

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