New Orleans hospitals better prepared for Isaac after Katrina | HealthLeaders Media

Hospitals in New Orleans started preparations several days ahead of Isaac's arrival. In fact, some of the preparations have technically been going on for months. Ochsner Health System, a non-profit healthcare provider located in and around New Orleans, is keeping all of its hospitals and emergency rooms open during and after the storm to help treat potential patients. According to Thomas, one of the biggest downfalls of hospitals and medical centers during Hurricane Katrina was their inability to sustain themselves after loss of power. Two of the most important aspects a hospital needs to consider, Thomas said, are air conditioning and water...

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Isaac steers clear of direct blow on New Orleans; heavy flooding elsewhere | WVUE

To the north and south of New Orleans people had to be evacuated or rescued as Isaac lingered over Louisiana.

The rain fell almost constantly for more than a day, flooding neighborhoods in a rural part of the state and in neighboring Mississippi. Officials had to respond quickly because the waters were rising fast - even as Isaac meandered slowly northward Thursday on a path toward Arkansas.

President Barack Obama declared federal emergencies in Louisiana and Mississippi late Wednesday, according to a statement from the White House. The disaster declarations free up federal aid for affected areas.
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Flash flood emergency in Slidell | WWL-TV

Around 4:30 a.m., officials noticed water was rising. Two hours later, the water had risen several feet. Parish President Pat Brister says flooding is occuring over the railroad tracks near Highway 11.

The water is not coming from a breach. Local law enforcement said surge flooding is occuring from Bayou Bonfouca and the W-14 canal and it is back-filling into areas of the city from Near Kings Point subdivision into most of central and south Slidell below an elevation of 9 feet including the Olde Towne area.

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Two-alarm fire Gretna at old LaRuth's Restaurant | WWLTV

Firefighters are working a two-alarm fire amid the high winds of Isaac at the former LaRuth's Restaurant. The fire is in the 800 block of Franklin Avenue.

The firefighters are struggling to fight the blaze with the high winds.
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Oil falls below $112 as Isaac misses oil platforms | CNBC

Brent crude oil slipped below $112 per barrel on Wednesday as Hurricane Isaac, which hit land in Louisiana, left U.S. Gulf Coast oil production facilities without significant damage.

U.S. energy companies have shut most facilities in the Gulf of Mexico, cutting the region's oil output by more than 90 percent. Most shutdowns were precautionary...

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Isaac in New Orleans for Katrina's 7th anniversary | Salon

Hurricane Isaac swallowed parts of the swamps south of New Orleans early Wednesday on its way toward the newly fortified city, as people across the region opted to ride it out despite its torrential rains, 80 mph winds and spooky timing — the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

A Category 1 hurricane, Isaac came ashore at 7:45 p.m. EDT near the mouth of the Mississippi River, driving a wall of water nearly 11 feet high inland and soaking a sparsely populated neck of land that stretches into the Gulf of Mexico. The worst was still to come as it zeroed in on New Orleans, 70 miles to the northwest, where forecasters said the city’s skyscrapers could feel gusts up to 100 mph.

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Authorities in Mississippi report coastal flooding from Isaac | abc13.com

Isaac's storm surge flooded low-lying areas along the Mississippi Gulf coast on Wednesday as hurricane-driven water rose several feet in the most vulnerable areas, emergency officials said.

Power outage totals in Mississippi remained below 10,000. Coast Electric Power Association said about 4,000 customers were without power when it called in crews after 10 p.m. because of unsafe conditions. Singing River Electric Power Association also reported about 1,500 customers with the lights out, mostly in Pascagoula...


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Isaac storm surge overtops hurricane levee in Plaquemines Parish, flooding homes | NOLA.com

Hurricane Isaac's storm surge has overtopped an 18-mile stretch of East Bank hurricane "back" levee in Plaquemines Parish, flooding an unknown number of homes with 9 to 12 feet of water, a parish spokeswoman said. The overtopping, which is occurring along a parish-owned levee from the St. Bernard Parish line to White Ditch, began about four hours ago, said Caitlin Campbell, and is still continuing...

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In bayou country and city alike, people batten down as Isaac takes aim at low-lying Louisiana | Washington Post‎

Forecasters warned that Isaac was a large storm whose effects could reach out 200 miles from its center. Water may be worse than wind because the storm could push walls of water while dumping rain to flood the low-lying coast in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami predicted Isaac would power up to hurricane strength, which starts at winds of 74 mph, later in the day and be at least a Category 1 hurricane by the time it’s expected to reach the swampy coast of southeast Louisiana.

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To stay or to go? New Orleans residents choose whether to face Isaac | WGNO

For those people who are not in a mandatory evacuation area, the decision of whether to stay in southeast Louisiana is entirely personal.

Buses and drivers remained ready Tuesday morning at Zephyr Field in Metairie, but as Tropical Storm Isaac gets closer and closer, emergency evacuation plans are less and less likely to be used.

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Forecasters say Tropical Storm Isaac on verge of becoming hurricane | LubbockOnline

Isaac was on the verge of becoming a full-blown hurricane today as it rolled over the Gulf of Mexico toward Louisiana, where residents of the low-lying coast left boarded-up homes for inland shelter while people in New Orleans waited behind levees fortified after Katrina.

Forecasters predicted the tropical storm would power up to hurricane strength, which starts at winds of 74 mph, later in the day and be at least a Category 1 hurricane

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Failed pumps at Corps pumping station could increase Mid-City flooding risk | The lens


With Tropical Storm Isaac bearing down on New Orleans, one of three key Army Corps of Engineers pumping stations that help drain the city during a storm is only at partial capacity – far less than what is needed to keep the Orleans Avenue Canal from filling.
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The city’s Sewerage & Water Board pumping station serving Mid-City and the City Park area can put significantly more water in that canal than the Corps could empty if the flood gates at Lake Pontchartrain have to be closed. Isaac is expected to be a Category 1 or 2 hurricane when it makes landfall in the New Orleans area Tuesday night..


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FEMA prepares New Orleans for a possible hurricane-strength Isaac | Los Angeles Times


The National Weather Service said the New Orleans could be in the path of the storm, which is projected to become a Category 1 hurricane by the time it makes landfall on the Gulf Coast late Monday or early Tuesday.

Evacuations were underway in some coastal communities in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Monday.

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Track Tropical Storm Isaac's path as it moves into the Gulf | weather.com

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Mayor Landrieu Declares State of Emergency for City of New Orleans | NOLA Ready

Mayor Landrieu Declares State of Emergency for City of New Orleans, Encourages All Citizens to Get Prepared Now for Impact This Week

August 26, 2012 - In anticipation of impact from Hurricane Isaac, Mayor Mitch Landrieu has declared a State of Emergency for New Orleans, in order to help all citizens and City officials prepare.  The storm is currently moving at 16mph and is expected to reach Category 2 hurricane status by the time it hits land.
While the storm track is still variable, New Orleans may receive up to 12-16" of rain, and feel the impact of sustained tropical storm winds.  ""We are going to prepare to shelter in place," said Mayor Landrieu. "You should think about how you will spend time w/o power or water."  Under current forecasts, New Orleans may feel winds as early as Monday night, with heavy weather Tuesday and Wednesday.  If things change tonight, we will change with the storm and will continue to provide immediate, accurate information to all New Orleans' citizens.
IMPORTANT CITY SERVICES UPDATES:
  • 311 will be open 24/7 beginning at 8am on Monday, August 27, 2012.  Do not use 911 for non-life threatening emergencies. Call 311 for any non-life threatening emergencies, as well as to register for City-Assisted Evacuation. Call 911 only for life-threatening emergencies
  • Sanitation services will pick up trash on Monday but will not pick up Tuesday or Wednesday.  City officials ask citizens to secure their trash bins by Monday night.
  • The Mayor will be issuing advisories about school closings by noon tomorrow
  • City departments have already begun activating plans to secure all outdoor construction materials on City projects like the Loyola streetcar.
  • The New Orleans Airport will close down when winds reach 40mph in order to ensure safety of all passengers.
  • City officials are in contact with hotels and conventions in town in order to ensure safety of New Orleans visitors as well as New Orleans residents.
  • As of Sunday, August 26, 2012, RTA buses are still running on normal schedule.  We will update you with more information as this changes.
"All public safety agencies are fully operational, fully ready to go, and are moving any assets they need for any operation," says Lt. Col. Jerry Sneed, Deputy Mayor of Public Safety.  The City of New Orleans Emergency Operation Center will be on 24/7 operation beginning at noon on Monday, August 27, 2012.

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School closures in prep of TS Isaac | Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB)

OPSB Website Tropical Storm Isaac Alert

Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) Interim Superintendent, Stan Smith, announces that the direct run schools for OPSB will be closed Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, August 27th, 28th, and 29th. All Central Office and all School Site personnel including teachers should report to work as usual on Monday, August 27th to aid in preparing the facilities for the storm. It is expected that storm preparations will be completed by noon and employees will be released to handle their personal preparations.

The following charter schools will follow the OPSB decision to CLOSE Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday:
  • Audubon Charter School (both locations)
  • Hynes Charter School
  • Warren Easton Charter School
  • Lusher Charter School (both locations)
  • Science and Math Charter High School
  • Einstein Charter School
  • Encore Academy Charter School
  • Alice Harte Charter School
  • Edna Karr Charter High School
  • Ben Franklin Charter High School
  • Robert Russa Moton Charter School

PLEASE NOTE that directives for staff members at each charter school will come from each school's Chief Executive Officer.

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New Orleans stores sell out as residents prepare for Isaac | KHOU 11 Houston

Tropical Storm Isaac churned toward the northern Gulf Coast early Monday. Grocery and home improvement stores as well as fuel stations in Louisiana on Sunday reported brisk business as residents sought to prepare for Isaac. Some gas stations were running out of supplies.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called a state of emergency, and 53,000 residents of St. Charles Parish near New Orleans were told to leave ahead of the storm.
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Will Isaac hit New Orleans on Katrina anniversary? | Shreveport Times

Tropical Storm Isaac now has a chance of striking New Orleans as a hurricane on Wednesday, the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, according to one computer model at the National Hurricane Center.

The federal center put New Orleans on a hurricane watch at 2 p.m. ET Sunday, meaning that a hurricane probably will strike somewhere in the watch area — though not necessarily the city — in the next two or three days.

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Replanting Trees In New Orleans | NPR (blog)

More than 100,000 trees — including many beautiful live oaks and magnolias — were lost when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005.

In response, Hike For KaTREEna — a nonprofit group dedicated to reforesting the Crescent City — was created...

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Isaac looks like it's bound for Gulf | Houston Chronicle

Forecast models inched Issac slightly westward on Saturday, predicting a landfall between southeastern Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle.

Along such a track the storm will spend more time over the warm Gulf of Mexico waters, allowing Isaac the opportunity to strengthen into a hurricane, and possibly even a major hurricane, before striking the northern Gulf coast.

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Big Chief Monk Boudreaux Presents “The Legends Series” | New Orleans Music News

Legendary Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief Monk Boudreaux is presenting a series of shows at the Hi Ho Lounge in what he is calling “The Legends Series.” Starting Sunday, September 9th, 2012 and continuing every Sunday, you will be able to see Big Chief Monk Boudreaux of the Golden Eagles and Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr of the Wild Magnolias playing the Mardi Gras Indian funky grooves that made them world famous. The shows will take place from 7pm to 9pm at the Hi Ho Lounge located on St. Claude Avenue...

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"Top Chef Restaurants" Add Some Heat To New Orleans' Dining Scene | JustLuxe.com

Music, culture, and cuisine are some of the staples of a rich New Orleanian experience. Next time you take a trip down South, make sure to savor a true taste of this vibrant city by visiting a few of these Top Chef worthy restaurants. French and Cajun inspired cuisine are executed by some of the country's most talented chefs who represent the regional cuisine as well as current innovations in culinary trends...

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Katherine Howe at Maple St. Book Shop August 25th

Historical fiction novelist Katherine Howe, author of the New York Times-bestseller The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, will at August 25th, 2012 at the Maple Street Book Shop Saturday, August 25th, at 6pm to read and sign her newest book, The House of Velvet and Glass.

Set in 1915 Boston, The House of Velvet and Glass is the story of a young woman poised on the cusp of a tumultuous new century, torn between loss and love, driven to seek answers in the depths of a crystal ball.

From the opium dens of Boston’s Chinatown to the opulent salons of high society, from the back alleys of colonial Shanghai to the decks of the Titanic, The House of Velvet and Glass weaves together meticulous period detail, intoxicating romance, and a final shocking twist in a breathtaking novel that will thrill readers.

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New Orleans Overrun by Wild Dogs | The Atlantic

When residents fled the city, many left their pets behind. Today, those animals and their offspring are roaming the streets in overwhelming numbers.

The pets that didn't die in the storm were left to fend for themselves. In the end, over 600,000 animals were killed or stranded because of Hurricane Katrina. In addition, many houses that sustained 6 to 15 feet of water were uninhabitable after the storm and were abandoned. Hurricane Katrina didn't introduce stray dogs to New Orleans, but it certainly accelerated the problem. Today, much of the city looks as though it has not been touched since 2005, and the abandoned sections of New Orleans have been taken over by weeds, blight, and wild dogs.

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Gretna Farmers Market Saturday August 25th | New Orleans Food & Farm Network

Gretna Farmers Market - 739 3rd Street, Gretna, Louisiana
August 25, 2012 at 08:30AM to August 25, 2012 at 12:30PM CDT

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Morning Call to bring beignets to City Park this fall | NOLA.com

Early mornings, late nights and leisurely afternoons in City Park are about to get a little sweeter. This fall, Morning Call will begin serving beignets and cafĂ© au lait 24 hours a day in the park’s Casino building. The 142-year-old coffee and doughnuts stand is taking over the Casino concessions area previously operated by the park. The new Morning Call in the Oaks menu also will include jambalaya, gumbo, ice cream and other items that have long been Casino staples.

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New Orleans: The original city that never sleeps | Maroon

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Students, rejoice. Your few months at home end today. You now reside in a city where bartenders regularly watch the sun rise and drinks couldn’t be any cheaper. Say goodbye to all thoughts of a simple, quiet transition into your fall semester. You have entered a city that continually redefines what it means to party.

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New Orleans' New Urban Farming and Food Center | Epicurious


New Orleans hopes to gain new jobs as well as healthy, fresh food from a new Urban Farming and Food Center. The Recirculating Farms Coalition and New Orleans Food and Farm Network announced yesterday that they have received major grants for this innovative project, which will join innovative water-based recirculating farming with traditional soil-based growing.

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New Orleans in Isaac cone - at least for now | WWL

There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the future of Tropical Storm Isaac. For now, however, New Orleans is in the cone of possible landfall locations. The official forecast track calls for Isaac to be a hurricane in the Gulf early next week.

The man in charge at the Hurricane Center says until Isaac gets better organized, they are not going to be sure where Isaac is going.

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Levees.org releases new info on what may have led floodwalls to collapse | WWLTV

When it came time to rebuild his home near the London Avenue Canal, K.C. King decided to make sure he never flooded again.

"You see up there, the Katrina depth?" King said, as he pointed at a depth gauge several feet over his head. "That's the depth we were underwater."

Twenty years prior to the failure of the floodwalls along several of the city's outfall canals, a crucial test by the Army Corps of Engineers played a role in what may have ultimately led to the floodwalls' collapse, according to the advocacy group "Levees.org."

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New Orleans Port Unaffected So Far By Lower Mississippi River Levels | WWNO

Low water levels in the upper Mississippi River have not affected operations so far at the port of New Orleans. Port officials say no traffic restrictions are expected.

Port of New Orleans President Gary LaGrange says deep-draft shipping and cruise operations haven’t had any interruptions.
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New Orleans: Gustatory Adventures | Lovely County Citizen

Everyone who eats should experience the food of New Orleans. I lived there ...
long enough to discover the in's and out's of the fried shrimp po' boy, oysters on the half shell with horseradish and lemon juice, and of course the muffuletta, a sesame loaf the diameter of a Frisbee, split horizontally and stacked with layers of marinated olive salad, capicola, salami, pepperoni, ham, Swiss cheese and provolone.

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Tropical storm Isaac: GOP's Tampa convention likely to be wet | Christian Science Monitor

For now, forecasters have posted tropical storm warnings and hurricane watches for most of the major islands in the eastern Caribbean, including Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. At 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, Isaac's center was located some 230 miles east of Guadeloupe, an island in a long island arc forming the boundary between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

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Fraud pollutes BP oil-spill compensation fund for Gulf Coast victims | shreveport times


Not a single drop of the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico touched the land-locked city of Homestead, Fla., or the Keys peninsula to the south.

But a Homestead businessman saw the April 2010 oil rig explosion and subsequent environmental disaster as an opportunity to cash in, authorities say. Jean Mari Lindor filed about $15 million in BP damage claims for himself and others for wages purportedly lost due to the spill’s economic hit on the region’s tourism and fishing industry...

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New Orleans-Style Barbecue Shrimp | Washington Post

If you can find head-on shrimp, use them. The heads will contribute to the broth's flavor. (Five pounds of 15-count colossal shrimp will yield about 3 pounds of usable shrimp for this recipe.) As the broth cools, it will separate. Clear broth will be on top; murky broth on the bottom. Use only the clear broth...

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TREME Season 3 Poster | HBOWatch

Do you recognize everyone here? You should if you are a fan of TREME. They are the cast of Season Three of the New Orleans based show TREME on HBO. Together they weave a story about a neighborhood section of NOLA and their struggles after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005...

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New Orleans cuisine and go fresh at MiLa | Southern Living

You can tell a lot from the bread basket. That’s where surprises begin at MiLa, a recent entry on the New Orleans comeback scene. You start here with two miniature cast-iron skillets, one with a creamy, I-want-the-recipe lima bean puree and the other a luxurious butter crusted with sea salt--both accompanying sweet potato rolls and a softly textured shallot cornbread.

Those are just the first of the clean and different foods emerging from the kitchen of Slade Rushing and Allison Vines-Rushing on this (or any) day.

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Acadiana's coffee culture is thriving | The Daily Advertiser

Several brands hold a ubiquitous presence in Acadiana. The New Orleans Saints. The UL Ragin' Cajuns. Tony Chachere. Even the generic crawfish acts like a brand in our businesses and homes. So does our coffee.

Walk into an area business. Any given Chase Bank. There are the courtesy CC's thermoses. Elsewhere, one will find Mello Joy. CC's and PJ's actual stores always have a line. Grocery stores must carry the area brands. They can't afford not to.

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11-mile stretch of Mississippi River closed | KMOV.com

Nearly 100 boats and barges were waiting for passage Monday along an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed due to low water levels, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The Mississippi River from Illinois to Louisiana has seen water levels plummet due to drought conditions in the past three months. Near Memphis, the river level was more than 12 feet lower than normal for this time of year.

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Louisiana needs statewide plan to battle obesity | NOLA.com

For the past five years, Louisiana has consistently ranked in the top 5 percent of obese states in the nation. But Louisianans can lose pounds if individuals, communities and policymakers all collaborate to enact a statewide plan, local health experts say...

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Long After Katrina, New Orleans Fights For Home | WWNO

In just a few weeks, we will mark the seventh anniversary of one of the country's deadliest hurricanes. New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are still recovering from the devastating damage and loss of life caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita — the storm that would follow...

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Rebuilding New Orleans through dance | SFBay

When Katrina hit New Orleans seven years ago, everyone wanted to help. Some sent money. Those who could went there for a time. This is the story of a courageous New Orleans dance teacher fighting back after losing her home and the studio she taught at-risk youth in for 20 years, and me: A San Francisco woman blessed with an opportunity to help her...

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Lake Pontchartrain high-speed passenger ferry is treading water | NOLA.com

When Mandeville officials gathered to ceremonially break ground for a proposed high-speed passenger ferry, the ferry company said it hoped to have the venture up and running in time to carry the party crowd to and from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. That was in October 2010, nearly two years ago. As there's no high-speed ferry plying the murky waters of Lake Pontchartrain, it's obvious that things haven't gone as planned for the company,

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The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: New book and film detail the fight to rebuild New Orleans | CultureMap Houston

Five months after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans,
Academy Award winning director Jonathan Demme and his friend and neighbor, writer/producer Daniel Wolff, traveled to the Crescent City interested in documenting the damage and rebuilding. What they thought would be a few trips turned into a six-year project producing 500 hours of video that chronicles the individuals’ stories of survival, return, and reconstruction.

That project has yielded the documentary, I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad and the Beautiful, directed by Demme and produced by Wolff and the book, The Fight for Home: How (Parts of) New Orleans Came Back written by Wolff.

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Area artists chosen for Ogden exhibit in New Orleans | Monroe News Star

Works by artists Lacey Stinson of Ruston and Caroline Youngblood of Columbia were chosen for the new exhibit, "Louisiana Contemporary," at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans.

Stinson's drawings are from his "Small World" series to illustrate a poetry chapbook by Ruston area poet Ben Rogers.

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Many New Orleans church properties still in limbo, 7 years after Hurricane Katrina | NOLA.com

Nearly seven years after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to hundreds of millions of dollars in the Catholic infrastructure of churches, schools and other properties, the Archdiocese of New Orleans still cares for 10 empty churches, slowly working through conversations with dozens of parishes about what to do with them — and more: what to do with their former rectories, gyms, schools and other properties. A 2008 accounting found that Katrina damaged or destroyed 1,100 of 1,200 archdiocesan buildings, creating $288 million in damage.

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Vacations of the South: New Orleans | The Bradenton Times

For those who've never been, New Orleans immediately calls to mind images of Mardis Gras and the French Quarter, but it is such a sprawling and diverse city, that after a few trips, no one image can properly take hold. Like the music it made famous, it's the impromptu breaks and changes that separate it from similar endeavors. Though it's a relatively small city, it differs from any and all that I've visited in the sheer number of distinct neighborhoods, each with their own sub-culture, history and community.

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The Next Generation of New Orleans Chefs | Mouthing Off (blog)

Legendary chef John Besh has set out on a new mission: diversifying the chef community of New Orleans, enlisting native sons and daughters to preserve the city's venerable culinary traditions. "Most of our young professional chefs look eerily similar to myself," says Besh. "Our kitchens were missing the minorities of the inner city who were not enjoying the same success or chance to get the kind of culinary education that is priceless in a kitchen."

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Louis Armstrong International Airport gets OK to refinance bonds for parking facilities | NOLA.com

The State Bond Commission Thursday approved a request by officials of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to refinance existing bonds to help enhance cash flow for additional parking facilities. Without objection, the panel approved the proposal to issue up to $40 million in bonds to refinance existing ones at a lower rate for an additional five years. Bond attorney Wayne Neveu of New Orleans said the move will save airport officials about $500,000 a year in existing costs but tack another five years onto the life of the bonds, now set to mature in 2031...

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Drew Brees & His Family Step Out In New Orleans (photos) | Growing Your Baby

Drew Brees and his pregnant wife Brittany were photographed enjoying lunch at the Grand Opening of his second Jimmy John’s sandwich restaurant franchise in New Orleans with their boys Baylen and Bowen...


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Daiq Attack: Celebrating New Orleans' Coolest Drink | EaterNOLA

Saturday, August 18th, the Nola Daiquiri Festival will unleash a slew of local bartenders, daiq machines, food trucks, DJs, artists and a Sailor Jerry photo booth onto St. Claude Ave in honor of the city's beloved frozen beverage. Founder of the event, Jeremy JF Thompson, chatted with Eater about all things Daiquiri...

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Plaquemines Parish issues drinking water advisory due to salt wedge | WDSU

Officials in Plaquemines Parish issued a drinking water advisory due to higher levels of sodium and chloride from the salt water wedge moving up the Mississippi River.
The Environmental Protection Agency said chloride is not a threat, but it could affect the taste, odor and color of the water.

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2 Louisiana sheriff's deputies die in 'ambush' responding to earlier shooting | Fox News

Two sheriff's deputies in Louisiana have been shot to death and two others injured after an early-morning shootout in St. John the Baptist Parish, west of New Orleans.
New Orleans Local News, Weather, Sports, Investigations

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UX for Good - New Orleans 2012

In New Orleans, music can easily be mistaken for a natural resource. It seems to emanate from every cobblestone and corner bar. But every note of every song is a product of human beings, many of whom are living in a system that is increasingly inhumane. At the second annual UX for Good event, user-experience designers from across the country convened in New Orleans, where they applied their unique brand of unrelenting empathy to the problems musicians face in their everyday lives. By the end of the event, the team of designers had devised three original ways to connect New Orleans musicians with the prosperity they deserve.


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Google Updates New Orleans Street View Imagery | Search Engine Land

The history of Google’s Street View is rife with cities and towns that are less than thrilled at the sight of those little cars driving down the street (remember when a Street View driver ran into an angry mob of UK villagers?), but the reaction today is quite different in New Orleans.

Seven years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city, Google has finally replaced the old images of destruction with new images taken over the past year or so...

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New Orleans could tap music industry's economic power | NOLA.com (Letter)

Recent crackdowns on music venues for lack of compliance to local ordinances reflect yet another example of the city's disregard for the very industry that defines it. The past few years have seen the closure of restaurants and clubs, arrests of street musicians and zoning ordinances seemingly designed to eliminate live music all together.
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Louisiana: Ingredients For Musical Melting Pot | NPR

Every week, writer and radio host Gwen Thompkins talks to Louisiana songwriters, musicians and producers. Her show Music Inside Out airs on member station WWNO in New Orleans. Thompkins talks with guest host Jacki Lyden about how Louisiana's jazz, Cajun, bounce, and R&B music have been influenced by other genres such as opera.

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Mr. Ghetto Arrest: New Details | WGNO

The swat team rolled into the 3100 block of Morrice Duncan Drive; in the desire neighborhood around 4-30 Saturday.

They immediately surrounded the home and tried to coax the local celebrity to surrender.

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Orleans Parish Prison likely will need more beds | The lens

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The prisoner projections don’t bode well for criminal-justice activists intent on holding city officials to their earlier cap of 1,438 beds in the Orleans Parish Prison complex.

That was the message from prison expert James Austin on Monday during a rare meeting of the Mayor’s Working Group on Criminal Justice at City Hall.

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Louisiana police: No state laws broken in New Orleans Saints | CNN

Louisiana State Police investigating wiretapping allegations against the New Orleans Saints football team said Monday they found no evidence any state laws were broken.

The investigation began in April after ESPN, citing anonymous sources, reported that Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis had a device in his Superdome suite that was wired to allow him to hear members of the opposing coaching staff from 2002 to 2004.

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New Orleans Ballet Association announces 2012-2013 season


The New Orleans Ballet Association announces "Season of Dance American Moves" 2012-2013 celebrating American dance pioneers, visionaries, and legends.

NOBA The Central Gulf region's premiere presenting and service organization dedicated solely to dance. Incorporated in 1969, NOBA has been serving and helping to advance the dance field for more than 40 years with a mission to cultivate understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of dance through performance, education, and community service...

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New Orleans Musicians Clinic reaching out for money to make up for cuts | Bayoubuzz

In its nearly 15 years in business, the New Orleans Musicians Clinic has been, literally, a lifesaving resource; its innovative model, connecting musicians with free or low-cost care, has connected performers with affordable access to everything from smoking cessation programs to full courses of radiation and chemotherapy...

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Southern mayors to meet about restoring coastal train service | Mississippi Press

Mayors and other officials from Florida to Louisiana will be in Alabama this week for a conference to discuss restoring passenger train service in the region.

The service from Jacksonville, Fla., to New Orleans was at one time part of Amtrak's Sunset Limited line from Los Angeles to Jacksonville. It was discontinued after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 wreaked havoc in the area, destroying lives and damaging homes, businesses and railroad tracks...

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Old Schwegmann store on Broad Street could become fresh food hub | NOLA.com

The nonprofit Broad Community Connections has purchased the former Schwegmann Giant Super Market building at 300 N. Broad St., and plans to create a "fresh food hub" to spur redevelopment along the Broad Street corridor. Plans call for a grocery store, a culinary and life-skills training program for at-risk youth, a teaching kitchen and other health- and wellness-related tenants.

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Irish Channel neighbors seek more information on possible private security patrols | Uptown Messenger

The Irish Channel Neighborhood Association wants a lot more information before deciding whether to recommend establishment of private security patrols throughout the neighborhood.

Thursday night’s meeting at the Irish Channel Christian Fellowship building resulted in agreement to establish a committee to seek information and create a list of pros and cons before doing an informal poll of residents...

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Music education alumna commits to educating New Orleans youth | Loyola University

Several recent graduates of the music education program at Loyola University New Orleans have made a passionate commitment to the schools in the New Orleans region.

The St. Clement band program has a long history and strong tradition of excellence, and Megan Bordelon’s passion and enthusiasm for teaching provoked her to accept the challenge of maintaining a prosperous music program in spite of many changes within the school...

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Firms Pitch Plans to Renovate Rapides Coliseum | KATC Lafayette News

Two architectural firms have pitched their vision of a transformed Rapides Parish Coliseum to the Coliseum Authority and members of the Police Jury. The Police Jury has approved taking a $23 million property tax to the voters in November to completely renovate the nearly 50-year-old facility.

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Louisiana charter school changing pregnancy policy | Education Week News

A Louisiana charter school is changing a policy that kicked pregnant students out of class and required them to be home-schooled, the school's board chairman said Wednesday.

No one at Delhi Charter School in rural northeast Louisiana realized there was anything wrong with the policy until the American Civil Liberties Union's state chapter threatened to sue...

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New Orleans City Council wraps up more Costco arrangements | NOLA.com

The New Orleans City Council can't seem to finish its business with Costco. For the third time in its past four meetings, the council Thursday dealt with various approvals and financial incentives for the retailer's planned big-box warehouse store in the Carrollton area. Officials have said Costco plans to invest $45 million in the 148,000-square-foot store, its first in Louisiana.

...the council voted for a second time to give Costco a tax break of as much as $3.3 million -- $660,000 a year for five years -- to help pay for expenses that officials say the company would not encounter in other cities. The money will be used for site elevation work needed to meet FEMA base elevation requirements to mitigate flooding. The work includes driving 2,600 timber piles.

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Bayou Corne sinkhole 'No natural radioactive materials' | WAFB

Scientists took samples from the giant sink hole in Assumption Parish Thursday to test them for naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM).

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) said because the slurry in Bayou Corne is near areas used for oil and gas exploration in the past, the presence of low levels of NORM is possible.

However, initial test results say there were no detectable levels for NORM...
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Live music crackdown unplugs entertainment popular New Orleans bars | NOLA.com

The chalk-written sign outside a venerated city dive bar -- typically reserved for its busy calendar of live music acts -- now instead carries an apology to prospective patrons. "Shh!" the sign warns. The recent crackdown, coordinated with Essence Festival in early July, targeted businesses in the French Quarter, the Marigny and the Central Business District.

Of the 100 businesses checked for business permits and occupational licenses, around 40 were caught with some sort of problem...

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Lacking contracts, New Orleans teachers use old-school tactics | Facing South

Just months after Hurricane Katrina, the city of New Orleans fired all 7,500 of its teachers. After a seven-year legal battle, the teachers union won a measure of justice in June when a judge ruled the firings illegal...

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Hospital Building Accelerates in New Orleans After Homes Were Moved | Huffington Post

Husband and wife Justin and Christy Pitard, who opened Avery's Po-Boy's on Tulane Ave. near downtown New Orleans in March, are waiting for the University Medical Center and the adjacent Veterans Administration hospital to rise. This summer, the Pitards have listened to piles being driven on the 70-acre Tulane-Gravier site that was vacated of homes and businesses. They anticipate a brisk sandwich business in the fall as thousands of construction workers arrive.

The UMC is bounded east and west by Canal St. and Tulane Ave. and north and south by South Galvez St. and Claiborne Ave. The VA site is bordered east and west by Canal and Tulane and north and south by South Rocheblave and South Galvez.

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New Orleans City Council members to host Federal City community meeting in Algiers | NOLA.com


Presentations will be made on the accomplishments at Federal City and plans for the future, according a the notice e-mailed Monday.


Federal City is anchored by the 29-acre Marine Corps Support Facility New Orleans, home to the national headquarters for Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North. The state has spent up to $150 million to ensure the Marines remained in Algiers.

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New Orleans cracks down on problem bars | WVUE-TV

When Alcohol and Tobacco Control agents raided the Sports Vue bar last year, owner Carlton Charles was among dozens arrested. He pleaded guilty to several felony counts, including conspiring to distribute narcotics.

The city is asking neighbors to report nuisance bars, so that ATC can investigate. The ATC is adding ten additional reserve agents to work in the city limits. That will double the number of agents in New Orleans.

New Orleans Local News, Weather, Sports, Investigations

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Overall Major Crime Down in 2nd Quarter of 2012 | NOPD

Press Release from City of New Orleans: NOPD 8/2/2012:

Overall major crime in New Orleans was down nearly 6% in the second quarter of 2012 compared to last year at this time. The Uniform Crime Report (UCR) for the months of April, May and June of this year also shows a 25% drop in burglaries, an 8 % decrease in armed robberies, a 15% fall in the number of rapes and a 10% decrease in auto thefts.

There were some increases in the number of simple robberies, assaults and thefts. And while the number of murders rose in the second quarter compared to last year, the murder total from January through June of this year was actually 8% lower than the total number of murders in the first half of last year.

“Double-digit drops in the percentages of rapes, burglaries and auto thefts are encouraging, and prove that- despite the on-going transformation of this department- our officers are focused, working hard and making a difference in our neighborhoods”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.

“We continue to move in the right direction, and I remain confident that the dip in overall crime will extend through the end of the year”, Serpas said.

“New Orleans’ murders continue overwhelmingly to originate between people who know each other and choose to resolve arguments by ending lives. These are the most disturbing and frustrating crimes our city faces. But I believe with the community’s help, we can and will curb this most heinous crime.”

The 2nd Quarter UCRs for 2012 are below: 
UCR Citywide - 1st half 2012
UCR Citywide - 2nd Quarter 2012

Two years ago, the NOPD- which receives about 9,500 calls for service every week- initiated several auditing procedures to ensure that crime reporting is as accurate as possible.
One of these new practices is the “victim call-back” system. Starting in the summer of 2010, NOPD supervisors started randomly selecting and then calling victims of crimes (like armed robberies or assaults), reading them the reports written by the investigating officers, and asking them if the reports were an accurate account of what happened to them. With the permission of victims, the calls have been and continue to be recorded.
Since August of 2010, 1,366 victims have been called back by our supervisors. In 99% of the cases, victims have said the reports were accurate. In 23% of these call backs, supervisors were able to obtain additional information from victims to further advance our investigations. As with any occupation, human error does occur. But the system of crime reports is proving to be reliable.
The NOPD actually has six different audit and quality control systems in place operating continuously, four of which have been added during Chief Serpas’ tenure. To read about them, please visit http://www.nola.gov/GOVERNMENT/NOPD/NOPD-Police-Reports-and-Audits-2012/
And for more information about how crimes are classified following FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Rules, please visit http://www.nola.gov/GOVERNMENT/NOPD/UCR-Classifying-Crimes-PowerPoint/.
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7 years after Katrina, New Orleans homeless twice pre-storm level | Seattle Times

Seven years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans' homeless population is estimated at 4,900, nearly two and a half times bigger than before the levees failed. The majority of the homeless sleep in the 40,000 abandoned buildings that remain as a legacy of the storm. The majority of the homeless sleep in the abandoned buildings that remain as a legacy of the storm. There are roughly 40,000 such buildings, some still bearing the search-and-rescue markings that indicate whether dead bodies were found inside after the flooding...

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Charges dropped against actor Cuba Gooding Jr. in New Orleans | Washington Post

Misdemeanor battery charges related to a bar dust-up in New Orleans’ French Quarter have been officially dropped against Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr...

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Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans holds Ladies in Red | NOLA.com

At Generations Hall, the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans held its 12th annual Ladies in Red, marqueed as a Red-Hot Gala. The gala raises funds and awareness for it and its education programs that preserve New Orleans' cultural legacy, as well as the historic architecture and neighborhoods of the program's tradition bearers.

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Glen David Andrews Faces Attempted Murder Charge | OffBeat Magazine

Photo by Aaron Lafont.
Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Canizzaro’s office brought a charge of attempted murder against musician Glen David Andrews Tuesday at the criminal courthouse in New Orleans.

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St. Bernard passes milestone with hospital ribbon cutting | WWL

It was a milestone in the Road To Recovery when they cut the ribbon at the new $90 million St. Bernard Parish Hospital.

Among the 180 staffers going to work there are doctors and nurses who worked at the old hospital that was destroyed in the Katrina flood.
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Actor Cuba Gooding sought after New Orleans bar dispute ‎| Reuters

New Orleans police issued an arrest warrant for Cuba Gooding Jr on Tuesday
Credit: Reuters/ Andrew Kelly
after the actor allegedly pushed a bartender twice during a dispute in the city's renowned French Quarter.

New Orleans police said the incident happened early on Tuesday morning at a bar on raucous Bourbon Street. A female bartender told police that Gooding became agitated when customers recognized him and asked him to take photos with them.

Gooding allegedly pushed the bartender when she asked him to calm down. She asked him to leave and he pushed her again, a police statement said...

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