New Orleans, La. – Mayor Landrieu said the city's crime rate is twice the national average, and the police department needs reform. He says federal agents are meeting with Police Chief Ronal Serpas and others to make sure the best practices are being used to stem violent crime. But he says the community must also be involved.
New Orleans, La. – Outside a Laundromat across from Louis Armstrong Park is the latest spot to be commemorated for its place in music history. It's the former home of J and M Studios. The building was once home to Fats Domino, Little Richard, Dave Bartholomew, Professor Longhair and many others. It was owned and operated by Cosimo Matassa, who attended the ceremony with Bartholomew. When people asked about Fats Domino, and what set him apart, Bartholomew said this:
New Orleans, La. – Greater New Orleans Incorporated is meeting with political representatives to generate economic development in the aftermath of the BP oil spill. G-N-O President Michael Hecht says that while concern has centered on the 33 deepwater rigs affected by the moratorium, shallow-water drilling is being stalled by bureaucrats.
Eighty-year-old Samuel Alfonso Scarnato of New Orleans has achieved academic excellence in obtaining a PhD in education. It didn't come easily to a boy growing up in the Depression in western Pennsylvania coal country. He remembers attending a one-room schoolhouse where his eighth-grade class consisted of three students. He was in charge of keeping the classroom fire going in the cold months, and received a dollar a month for his efforts.