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9:35 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Competitors Face Off During National Beard And Moustache Championships

Medalists at the National Beard And Moustache Championships held at the House of Blues last month.
Credit Kate Richardson / WWNO

This year’s National Beard and Moustache Championships took place here in New Orleans at the House of Blues. Contestants competed in numerous categories of facial hair arrangement, ranging from natural moustaches to creatively styled full beards. Each category has its own set of specific criteria. Beard Team USA organized the event, and judges included local figures such as Nola.com | The Times-Picayune art critic Doug MacCash and barber Aidan Gill.

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Remembrances
4:45 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

Angola 3 Inmate Tastes Brief, 'Bittersweet' Freedom

Herman Wallace (left) and his legal team discuss his trip home to New Orleans after his release from prison on Tuesday. Wallace died on Friday.
Lauren McGaughy The Times-Picayune /Landov

Originally published on Sat October 5, 2013 5:36 pm

Herman Wallace died early Friday in New Orleans, three days after gaining his freedom. Wallace had spent the previous 41 years in solitary confinement in Louisiana.

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ICYMI
12:00 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Today On WWNO.org — Traffic Clowns, Sacred Steel And Latino-Caribbean Cuisine

The Brazilian city of Olinda has a novel approach to taming its ever-growing traffic problem: traffic clowns known as palhacos.
Andrea Hsu NPR

Some great local and national stories you may have missed on WWNO.org:

Brazil's Traffic Is A Circus, So Send In The Clowns — Uncle Honk and Fom Fom are traffic clowns, or palhacos, hired by the city of Olinda to make the roads a bit safer. They lean into traffic, making exaggerated gestures, like the sweep of the arm to mimic fastening a seat belt, and a mimed reminder to never drink and drive.

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ICYMI
12:33 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Today On WWNO.org — Latvian Photos, Beanie Babies And Eagle-Eyed Video

Photographer Reinis Hofmanis documents the rise of Latvia's capital city through guard booths, in his series, Territory.
Courtesy of Reinis Hofmanis

Some great local and national stories you may have missed on WWNO.org:

A Latvian Photographer Never Lets Down His Guard  — With the flurry of economic activity in Latvia, the EU's fastest growing economy, photographer Reinis Hofmanis started documenting guard booths on the construction sites in Latvia's capital city, Riga. It's part of his series called "Territory".

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Transportation
7:30 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Putting The Pedal To The Metal: New Orleans' Bicycling Infrastructure Is Expanding

The newly-repaved Esplanade Ave. As part of the street's reconstruction, a lane in each direction was eliminated and a bike lane added.
Nina Feldman WWNO

No matter what neighborhood you live in, chances are you’ve been confronted with one thing this summer — and that’s construction. As roads from the Lakefront to the Riverbend get smoothed over, city officials are taking the opportunity to ensure that the new roads are better not only for drivers, but also for cyclists.

Lalo Flores, a Mid-City resident and avid bicyclist, is impressed by the repairs to Esplanade Ave.

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Audubon Aquarium
4:20 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

Three More Endangered Penguins Hatch At Audubon Aquarium

One of the Aquarium's 34 endangered African Black-footed penguins. Audubon has raised 46 chicks since the Aquarium opened in 1990.
Jason Saul WWNO

Six African Black-footed Penguins born earlier this year have just joined the adults, full-time, in the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas' display. Darwin Long, senior aviculturist at the Aquarium, says the juveniles have shed their down, grown their water-proof plumage, and are ready to swim with the grown-ups.

“They’re going to get in little fights here and there, nothing serious. But it’s mainly: 'Hey, this is who’s who. This is where to go and where not to go.' You can see how they kind of hang out together. This is kind of like the adolescent shore over here.”

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Distracted Driving
4:09 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

NJ Court: Texters Have Duty Not To Distract Drivers

(☼zlady/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 3:35 pm

A New Jersey state appeals court has ruled that a teenage girl who texted a friend just a few minutes before he crashed his truck into two motorcyclists cannot be held liable in a civil suit for their injuries.

However, two members of the three-member judge panel also wrote in their decision that “a person sending text messages has a duty not to text someone who is driving if the texter knows, or has special reason to know, the recipient will view the text while driving.”

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Hurricane Katrina
3:03 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

New Orleans Remembers Katrina, 8 Years Later

Two men paddle in high water after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area, August 31, 2005, in New Orleans, Louisiana. (PRNewsFoto/PBS)

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 5:16 pm

More than 1,800 people were killed by Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent floods eight years ago.

New Orleans was one of the hardest-hit places, particularly its Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood, where some of the city’s poorest residents live. It’s still struggling to recover.

But business leaders proudly point to how New Orleans has recently been designated a top boomtown and “aspirational” city in the U.S.

Journalist James O’Byrne says New Orleanians are more optimistic about their city now than they’ve ever been.

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Hurricane Katrina
2:34 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Post-Katrina New Orleans A Story Of Modern Pioneering

Ronald Lewis, a resident of the Lower 9th Ward, says eight years after Hurricane Katrina, rebuilding his neighborhood is a story still in progress.
Debbie Elliott NPR

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 9:44 am

It's been eight years to the day since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. To mark the anniversary, NPR revisits neighborhood activist and curator Ronald Lewis, a New Orleans resident whom Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep regularly checked in with in the months after the storm.

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Health Care
2:06 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Uninsured Struggle To Access Healthcare Before Full Launch Of Affordable Care Act

The CARE free clinic earlier this summer. The clinics provide checkups and other services to uninsured Louisiana residents.
Caroline Lewis WWNO

Louisiana politicians, including Governor Bobby Jindal, continue to resist all programs associated with the Affordable Care Act, which is scheduled to go into full effect in 2014.

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