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5:06 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Po-Boy And Streetcar Historian Michael Mizell-Nelson Dies At 49

University of New Orleans professor and New Orleans historian Michael Mizell-Nelson died this week at the age of 49. Nelson was an avid scholar of the history of the city — especially the history of po-boy sandwiches, race relations in New Orleans, and how it all tied in with the history of the streetcar.

WWNO’s Poppy Tooker says she had the pleasure of spending time with Nelson during the taping of show segments for Louisiana Eats.

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7:57 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Guilty Plea In Oil Spill Fraud

A LaPlace man has pleaded guilty to fraud in connection with damage claims from the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite's office says 33-year-old Charlie English pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Prosecutors said English worked as a claims adjuster for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. In September 2010, he began providing fraudulent documentation for people who made phony claims for loss of fishing income. The claims resulted in more than $257,000 in illegal payouts.

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7:50 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Disability Activist Jonah Bascle Dies At 28

Disability advocate, mayoral candidate and comedian Jonah Bascle has died.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that Bascle died of heart failure on Tuesday.

He was 28.

Bascle made headlines in 2010 when he ran for New Orleans mayor. He joked that he lost in a close race — by more than 68,000 votes.

Bascle lead a drive to make the St. Charles streetcars wheelchair accessible. The historic landmark is exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act and remains inaccessible.

He was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when he was 12 years old.

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7:46 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Inspector General Says Electronic Monitoring Program A Waste Of Money

The New Orleans Inspector General says the electronic monitoring program is a waste of money.

A report released this morning finds the ankle monitors are not properly supervised.

The inspector general’s office reviewed all 281 active program participants from April 1st, 2012 through September 30, 2012.

It found 79 percent of the records contained mistakes. The ankle monitors blocked only 2 of 37 defendants with “stay away” orders from actually staying away from their victims.

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7:47 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Civil Rights Trial Set For Mardi Gras Scuffle Involving State Troopers

A trial date has been set for a civil rights case against state police who tackled two young African American men during last year’s Mardi Gras.

The federal case drew claims of excessive force and criticism of the troopers involved.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the incident was captured on surveillance video two days before Mardi Gras.

It prompted an internal State Police investigation that cleared all the officers involved.

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7:42 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Tense US Senate Debate Ahead Of Saturday Runoff

The final debate has been held in the race for the US Senate seat for Louisiana. Both candidates fired strong shots at each other.

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5:04 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

New Restrictions On Bluefin Tuna Fishing In The Gulf

New restrictions are being placed on fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast to protect the prized Bluefin tuna species from overfishing.
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New restrictions are being placed on fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast to protect the prized Bluefin tuna species from overfishing.

On Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the rules, which affect commercial fishing vessels and take effect in January.

Under the new rules, fishermen will be barred from the practice of using miles-long fishing lines in areas of the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of North Carolina during certain sensitive periods for Bluefin tuna.

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5:01 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Mayor Landrieu Says Race Relations Will Be One Focus Of City's 300th Anniversary Celebrations

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu plans to make racism and race relations constant touchstones as New Orleans prepares to celebrate its 300th anniversary in 2018.
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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu plans to make racism and race relations constant touchstones as New Orleans prepares to celebrate its 300th anniversary in 2018, NOLA.com reports.

Landrieu announced a commission composed of eight planning committees will help plan the 2018 celebration of the founding of New Orleans. One of the eight committees will be called the "racial reconciliation" committee.

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4:45 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

New Orleans Shoppers Encouraged To Spend Locally On Cyber Monday

In New Orleans this year, there’s a push to make Cyber Monday more profitable for local businesses.
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Percentage-wise, New Orleans has more local businesses than most other American cities. In fact, the city has the fifth-best ratio of local to non-local businesses in the country.

So in New Orleans this year, there’s a push to make Cyber Monday more profitable for local businesses.

Mark Strella is the program manager for Stay Local, a group whose mission is to raise visibility for locally owned, independent businesses. He says when people shop online with big box retailers, very little of that money trickles down to  New Orleans.

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2:27 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Vessel Fire Off Grand Isle Prompts Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue

The Coast Guard medevaced four people from a vessel fire 35 miles southwest of Grand Isle, La.
Credit U.S. Coast Guard

Four people were airlifted to regional hospitals by the Coast Guard this morning after a supply ship fire, according to a statement released by Coast Guard Sector New Orleans.

The Coast Guard says they received a report of a vessel fire from the offshore supply ship Dustin Santos at approximately 7 a.m. Monday morning.

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