Low-income residents being ousted from New Orleans' American Can Co. affordable-housing complex | The Advocate


The Orleans Avenue complex, got generous public financing in exchange for setting aside some units for low-and moderate-income residents.   But with the complex's affordable-housing agreement set to expire in January, dozens of residents have been told to clear out — presumably to make way for higher-end tenants paying much higher rents. For many of those residents, who are largely on fixed incomes, disabled or elderly and who include a 95-year-old woman, it’s not clear where they will go.




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The Deepwater Horizon aftermath

Surface burning of oil slicks during the Deepwater Horizon event.
Credit: David Valentine

Researchers have analyzed 125 compounds from oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico to determine their longevity at different contamination.

The scientists have now analyzed long-awaited data from the Natural Resource Damage Assessment to determine the specific rates of biodegradation for 125 major petroleum hydrocarbons -- compounds from the oil that settled to the deep ocean floor when DWH's Macondo well discharged 160 million gallons. Through that analysis, the team found that a number of factors influence how long the impact of such an oil spill lasts. Their results appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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TV meteorologist Chris Franklin returning to New Orleans airwaves | NOLA.com

Local meteorologist Chris Franklin is returning to the New Orleans airwaves -- on WWL. After working primarily on the morning show at WVUE, Franklin's new posting will see him working for WWL in a part-time, fill-in capacity, mostly on weekends.


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New Jail, New Problems in New Orleans | ABC News

The Latest on a federal court hearing on whether control of the troubled New Orleans jail should be taken from a local elected sheriff and placed in the hands of an independent third party.


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New Orleans’ Mid-City library plans move to Canal Street building this fall | Advocate

The New Orleans Public Library’s Mid-City branch is finally getting a new home after months of operating under a short-term lease at its site on Orleans Avenue.

The library will move by the fall to the former Automotive Life Insurance Co. building at 4140 Canal St., just off Carrollton Avenue, library Director Charles Brown said in a memo this week to staff and city officials.


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Louisiana governor signs 'Blue Lives Matter' bill | NY Daily News

Louisiana’s governor has signed first-of-its-kind legislation placing crimes against law enforcement on par with those against minorities.

Gov. John Bel Edwards made the bill law in the Pelican State on Thursday, with firefighters and EMS officers also given the new legal hate-crime protections.



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50 mind-blowing bars and New Orleans' music scene are focus of new travel books | Chicago Tribune


To say that music is everywhere in New Orleans is to state the obvious, but it still bears repeating. Indeed, author Michael Murphy reports there are more than 100 live-music venues in the Crescent City. He also notes that you can hear live music at a jazz brunch, in hotel lobbies, on dinner cruises and even in bowling alleys. Of course, music is heard in the city's many clubs, bars, dance halls and juke joints.

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1 year later, Mayfield's Jazz Orchestra agrees to pay back Library charity | WWL


Exactly one year after the board of a jazz orchestra run by Grammy-winner Irvin Mayfield said it would quickly pay back more than $1 million to the city’s public library support foundation, sources close to the negotiations say the two entities finally have an agreement-in-principle for the money to be returned.


Two sources tell WWL-TV that about $483,000 of the $1.03 million would be paid back in installments over five years, and the balance – about $547,000 -- would be in-kind contributions, such as fundraising concerts the Jazz Orchestra could do to raise money for the city library charity. Any balance after five years would have to be paid in cash.

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New Orleans museum’s paintings added to Google art trove | Washington Times

Need a refresher on the details of Edgar Degas’ painting of Estelle Muson Degas at the New Orleans Museum of Art? Or maybe a close-up of the red hills in Georgia O’Keefe’s “My Backyard” at the museum? Or a tour of the museum before a visit to the Crescent City?


That’s possible now that the city’s oldest fine arts museum is featured on the Google Cultural Institute, the California tech giant’s growing online trove of art works, artifacts, historic documents and cultural experiences.

The collaboration was announced at a news conference at the museum on Thursday.

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12 food chains we want in New Orleans (really, we're serious) | NOLA.com

Here are a dozen chain restaurants, a coffeeshop and even an ice cream parlor that we want to see in New Orleans. We love local restaurants. But not all chains are evil. Some are darn delicious.



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New Orleans' Shaya 2016 James Beard Award Winner | Forbes


The good times are rolling at New Orleans with the announcement of this year’s James Beard Awards. At the gala held Monday night in Chicago, Chef Alon Shaya’s namesake restaurant Shaya (in the Crescent City’s Garden District) won “Best New Restaurant” and Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery, which is just across the street was named “Best Chef: South.” The James Beard Foundation also honored Leah Chase—matriarch of New Orleans’ legendary Dooky Chase’s Restaurant—with the “Lifetime Achievement Award.”

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New Orleans is officially a hipster hot spot | New York Post

New Orleans has long been famous for its centuries-old voodoo culture, historic bed and breakfasts, Cajun food, ghost tours and, of course, Mardi Gras. But now, there’s contemporary Israeli cuisine, locally grown kombucha and a Warby Parker. Arcade Fire is leading parades, and hip hotels like Ace and Virgin are moving in.

The biggest indication of a hipster-focused renaissance is in the Bywater District, a formerly rough neighborhood that’s become the East Village of New Orleans. Joining famed BBQ eatery The Joint and Southern standby Elizabeth’s are sidewalk cafes, yoga studios and trendy restaurants like The Franklin and Red’s Chinese, the latter opened by an alum of Mission Chinese in NYC and San Francisco. A new independent cinema, high-end hotel Stateside and luxury condos are in the works, and the public streetcar system is expanding here by this fall due to demand.

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Termites start swarming in New Orleans area; Baton Rouge could be next | The Advocate

A major swarm of wood-eating termites emerged from nests across the New Orleans area Monday night, swirling around lampposts, well-lit homes and trees and kicking off what is many New Orleanians’ least favorite season.


One expert said Tuesday that Baton Rouge could soon see its heaviest infestation ever.

Monday’s muggy conditions followed a weekend of heavy New Orleans rains, which are ideal for the moisture-loving Formosan subterranean termites, widely considered to be the most destructive variety.

Formosans, native to East Asia, were introduced to the U.S. mainland in the 1940s and ’50s through crates and cargo crossing the Pacific Ocean during and after World War II.

Military ships transported them locally to Camp Leroy Johnson — now the University of New Orleans’ East Campus — and the Algiers Naval Support Activity, from where they spread rapidly.

Formosans may reach an average of 10 million per colony, while native termites’ colonies number in the hundreds of thousands.

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Cutting edge surgery offering Gulf Coast families new hope | WDSU


New Orleans is one of just 13 cities across the country offering a surgery that repairs spina bifida while the baby is still in the womb. Traditionally, procedures for spina bifida happen after a child is born, but the team of doctors at Ochsner conduct the fetal surgery while a mother is 20-26 weeks pregnant, repairing the nerves of the baby's spine and freeing the spinal cord.

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Massive sinkhole develops on Canal Street in downtown New Orleans | WDSU


A massive sinkhole swallowed a large portion of Canal Street in downtown New Orleans. It's the second sinkhole to develop in as many days. The first sinkhole developed Thursday near the intersection of Constantinople and Tchoupitoulas streets in Uptown New Orleans.

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US seeks outside control for troubled New Orleans jail | U.S. News & World Report


The Justice Department asked a federal court to appoint a third party to operate the long-troubled New Orleans jail, saying new leadership is essential because the city's sheriff has for years failed to improve conditions that endanger inmates.

The government, which was joined in the filing Monday by lawyers for inmates, also sought to place Sheriff Marlin Gusman in contempt over what it called his noncompliance with overhauls mandated in a settlement agreement involving the jail and the Justice Department and inmates. Gusman has repeatedly said he is making progress and faulted the city for not providing enough money.

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Prince 'Purple Rain Day' second line memorial parade in New Orleans | NOLA.com


A pair of white draft horses pulled a purple-draped casket atop a caisson, with a cluster of grape-like purple balloons bobbing above.  It was the symbolic centerpiece of the "Purple Rain Day" second line parade that took place in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans on Monday (April 25) in memory of pop superstar Prince, who died Thursday.

Celebrants danced, drank and found friends in the crowd. Someone completely unfamiliar with the 1980s icon would have immediately surmised the late singer's signature color, from the feather boas, wigs, hats and other accoutrement...



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Prince second-line: PETA urges no doves


This evening's Prince second line has a few minor tweaks.

The planned release of doves before the second-line is canceled at the urging of PETA.  Prince was a huge supporter of PETA and a vegan-general animal advocate overall. Instead of a dove release, organizers are thinking of a poetry readings or purple confetti.

The start time has moved to 6 p.m. from 5:30 p.m.

DJ Captain Charles will be spinning at Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar. James Andrews and the Crescent City Allstars will play.
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Hundreds of thousands of Jazz Fest fans equals hundreds of millions of dollars spent in the city | WDSU


Music fans are making camp in New Orleans this week for the 47th annual Jazz Fest, presented by Shell. In 2015, over 460,000 festival fans packed the fairgrounds for Jazz Fest. With the great weather we've had this weekend, 2016 may bring in even more. And the sea of people is bringing in a wave of green.

“We are talking about an economic impact of well over $300 million,” said Mark Romig, president and CEO of New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp. “You’ve got great weather. You’ve got great music, great food, great art, and it's just one of those mainstays of our economic calendar for the year.”

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Jazz Fest inspires renewed backlash in fight over Airbnb, other short-term rentals | The Advocate


Renting out rooms or entire apartments or homes during Jazz Fest, the annual two-weekend event, has been a longstanding tradition for some residents, but the advent of Airbnb has turned the practice into a major business. And that has inspired backlash.

According to a news release from the short-term rental site, 20,000 people in town for Jazz Fest this year are staying in short-term rentals they found through the site. The release said there are 15 different neighborhoods in the city where more than 200 people booked homes or rooms through the site.

The website couched that as a positive for the city, estimating that those visitors will generate $12 million in economic activity at local businesses or restaurants.

That’s not a view shared by all, particularly in some of the neighborhoods where short-term rentals offered through Airbnb and other sites like VRBO are most prevalent.

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Power restored in Kenner after outages affected 12,000+ | The Advocate



An equipment failure at a substation in Kenner’s University City section caused widespread outages in the area about 5 p.m., Entergy officials said.

The outages appeared to be clustered north of Louis Armstrong International Airport and west of Williams Boulevard

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Welcome to the 2016 New Orleans Jazz Fest: Mostly the same, but with a big, green difference | The Advocate


When the 2016 New Orleans Jazz Fest throws open its gates at the Fair Grounds on Friday, early arriving veterans will instantly recognize where they are. The consistency of Jazz Fest is one of its primary attractions, from the handwriting on the stage signs to the location of the Crawfish Monica booths.

But change comes when necessary.

This year, new rules and new infrastructure have been added to the 47th edition of what is now formally the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell. In an effort to alleviate congestion, huge green bleachers, open to all on a first-come, first-served basis, have sprung up alongside the Acura Stage and Congo Square Stage fields.

Blankets and chairs are no longer permitted anywhere on the dirt track that it is supposed to serve as the festival’s circular pedestrian freeway.

And the standing room-only areas in front of the three largest stages have been expanded.

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5 Mouthwatering New Orleans Restaurants You Must Try | Forbes


It’s no secret that New Orleans is a city of indulgence. What is often overlooked, though, is its rich history, the fusion of cultures that make it so beautiful, and well, delicious.  The city’s cuisine is a celebration of flavor: Cajun and Creole, subtle and bold, rich and creamy. To eat in New Orleans is to begin or continue a great love affair with food. There are countless restaurants to enjoy, which is to say, this is not an exhaustive list, but a great starting point.

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Former New Orleans officers plead guilty for Danziger Bridge shootings | Washington Post


Five former New Orleans police officers pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges that stem from the shooting of six unarmed people — two of whom died — in the days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

These officers were sentenced to terms of between three and 12 years in prison, far less than they faced after being convicted at an earlier trial that was scuttled after what a federal court later described as “shocking breaches of prosecutorial ethics.”

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Spring festival guide: From food to music to culture, it’s all fair game | The Advocate


Local fairs and festivals are scheduled nearly every day from now through the Fourth of July. Besides a chance to experience local culture, many serve as fundraisers for worthy causes. But most of all, the gatherings celebrate their communities and Louisiana’s unique ways of life.

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Gambit's Spring Restaurant Guide 2016 | Gambit


Whether they are short-lived specials or future menu mainstays, there always are new things to try at local restaurants. Gambit's Spring Restaurant Guide includes all sorts of original and seasonal dishes, as well as signature items and local classics. The guide includes everything from coffeeshops and cafes to steak and seafood houses. Listings feature menu descriptions, hours of operation, reservation policies and more.

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New foods at New Orleans Jazz Fest 2016 | NOLA


The lineup of food vendors and dishes doesn't change much from year to year. The festival sticks with restaurants, caterers and cooks who have consistently delivered quality food. This year, only two new dishes are highlighted on the Jazz Fest official list of food and vendors for 2016. They are Bacon Pecan Square at Marie's Sugar Dumplings in the Congo Square area of the Fairgrounds and Fresh Strawberry & Yogurt Trifle at Fireman Mike's Kitchen in the kids area.



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Food fight: Uptown’s New York Pizza sues Metairie eatery over similar name | The Advocate


New York Pizza, which has been serving pizza pies on Magazine Street since 1980, has sued newcomer New York Famous Pizza, claiming the similarity of the Metairie restaurant’s name is causing confusion among the customer base the Uptown business has spent decades building up.

The suit, filed this week in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna, says that since New York Famous Pizza opened at 3531 Jefferson Highway last month, at least 19 New York Pizza customers have asked owner Wayne DelCorral if he has opened a location in Metairie.

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Zapp's new Drago's Charbroiled Oyster potato chips hit stores in April | WGNO


Love Zapp’s and charbroiled oysters? The potato chip company is releasing a new Drago’s Charbroiled Oyster flavor.  It will be sold for a limited time in 5 oz and 1.5 oz bags.

After much trial and error, at least 25 different batches, the final version was approved about three months ago.

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NOLA Interactive Toilet Map: There is a place to pee on Mardi Gras Day!

Thank the city of New Orleans for the 600+ portable toilets planted around the city during Mardi Gras, and three cheers for this interactive map!




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Mardi Gras 2016 survivor's guide: Tips, tricks, dates for New Orleans | NOLA.com

Get tips parade tips and don't be a Mardi Gras jerk in New Orleans.

Some things you can count on in 2016. Construction uptown will still cause some headaches as revelers navigate the Carnival scene, the St. Augustine Marching 100 will get you dancing and tourists and locals alike will cram the French Quarter.
Members of the Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club parade down
St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 4, 2014.
Follow the link below for details, suggestions and links to help you groove through it it all with style!

What is Mardi Gras? Best spot for the family. Get costumes. Traditional Mardi Gras foods.  When the parades roll? Don't be a Mardi Gras jerk! The Mardi Gras balls.

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New Orleans parking meter rates have increased | WDSU

New Orleans parking meter rates have officially gone up. It will now cost $3 an hour to park in the French Quarter, Marigny, the Central Business District and the Warehouse District. Elsewhere in New Orleans, it will cost $2.



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Allen Toussaint Day is officially January 14: New Orleans City Council

The New Orleans City Council passed a resolution authored by District "A" Councilmember Susan Guidry, officially declaring Allen Toussaint's birthday, January 14th, as Allen Toussaint Day in the City of New Orleans.

The resolution was signed by all council members and presented before Toussaint's family and friends at a council meeting. 

Toussaint's career as a songwriter, composer, and musician spanned seven decades. He helped to define the New Orleans sound and received wide acclaim and success, including induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, and the Blues Hall of Fame. In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious National Medal of the Arts by President Barack Obama, the highest honor conferred on an artist by the United States.

"Our artists and musicians are our ambassadors, as their talents, hard work, and genius creates the culture for which we are internationally known. Their travels share that culture with countless individuals and communities, and their successes and creations infuse our city with a vibrancy and soul unmatched elsewhere in the world. Allen served our city as one of our finest ambassadors," said New Orleans Council member Susan G. Guidry, District "A."

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2016 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule | Mardi Gras New Orleans

The 2016 Mardi Gras Parade schedule - remember this can change!


WEDNESDAY | Jan 6
Krewe of Joan of Arc 7:00pm
Phunny Phorty Phellows 7:00pm

SUNDAY | Jan 10
Krewe of Claude 1:00pm
Krewe of Poseidon follows

SUNDAY | Jan 17
Krewe of Slidellians 1:00pm

SATURDAY | Jan 23
Krewe of Bilge 12:00pm
Krewe of Mona Lisa and MoonPie 6:00pm
Krewe du Vieux 6:30pm
Krewe Delusion follows

SUNDAY | Jan 24
Krewe of Little Rascals 12:00pm
Krewe of Perseus 1:00pm

FRIDAY | Jan 29
Krewe of Cork 3:00pm
Krewe of Oshun 6:00pm
Krewe of Cleopatra 6:30pm
Krewe of Excalibur 7:00pm
Krewe of Athena 7:30pm
Mandeville: Krewe of Eve 7:00pm

SATURDAY | Jan 30
Krewe of Paws 10:00am
Krewe of Titans 6:30pm
Westbank: The Mystic Knights of Adonis 11:45am
Chalmette: Knights of Nemesis 1:00pm

Krewe of Pontchartrain 1:00pm
Krewe of Choctaw follows
Krewe of Freret follows
Knights of Sparta 6:00pm
Krewe of Pygmalion 6:15pm
Marigny: tit Rəx 5:00pm
Krewe of Chewbacchus 6:00pm
Krewe of Caesar 6:00pm
Covington: Krewe of Olympia 6:00pm

SUNDAY | Jan 31
Krewe of Carrollton 12:00pm
Krewe of King Arthur and Merlin follows
Krewe of Alla follows
Krewe of Femme Fatale follows
Krewe of Dionysus 1:00pm
Krewe of Barkus 2:00pm
Corps de Napoleon 5:30pm

WEDNESDAY | Feb 3
Krewe of Druids 6:30pm
Krewe of Nyx 7:00pm

THURSDAY | Feb 4
Knights of Babylon 5:45pm
Knights of Chaos 6:15pm
Krewe of Muses 6:30pm

FRIDAY | Feb 5
Krewe of Bosom Buddies 11:30am
Krewe of Hermes 6:00pm
Krewe d'Etat 6:30pm
Krewe of Morpheus 7:00pm
Krewe of Selene 6:30pm
Krewe of Centurions 7:00pm

SATURDAY | Feb 6
Westbank: Krewe of NOMTOC 10:45am
Krewe of Iris 11:00am
Krewe of Tucks 12:00pm
Madisonville: Krewe of Tchefuncte 1:00pm
Mid-City: Krewe of Endymion 4:15pm
Krewe of Isis 6:30pm

SUNDAY | Feb 7
Krewe of Okeanos 11:00am
Krewe of Mid-City 11:45am
Krewe of Thoth 12:00pm
Krewe of Bacchus 5:15pm

MONDAY | Feb 8
Krewe of Proteus 5:15pm
Krewe of Orpheus 6:00pm
Krewe of Pandora 7:00pm

TUESDAY | Feb 9
Krewe of Zulu 8:00am
Krewe of Rex 10:00am
Krewe of Elks Orleans follows
Krewe of Crescent City follows
Westbank: Krewe of Grela 10:00am
Krewe of Argus 10:00am
Krewe of Elks Jefferson follows
Krewe of Jefferson follows
Covington: Krewe of Lyra 10:00am

Please note: Parade routes & schedule are subject to change without notice.
Parades through the French Quarter and the Marigny are walking parades, not the traditional large float parades.

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