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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