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The Lens
4:27 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

An Unusual Coalition Opposes Sky-High Incarceration Rates

An unusual coalition of organizations are hoping to ease sentencing requirements for some crimes, either keeping convicts from seeing the inside of a prison cell, or lessening the time they spend in one.
Digital Archaeology CoDiFi via Flickr

Many lawmakers around the nation have adopted the “get tough on crime” slogan in the last 25 years. But Louisiana took it to heart, perhaps more so than anywhere else.

Without question, Louisiana leads the country in the percentage of its residents imprisoned. The rate is twice as high as the national average. In fact, the state’s figures are close to the worst in the world, inviting comparisons to countries like North Korea.

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NolaVie
4:19 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Keeping The Tradition Of St. Joseph's Day Altars Alive

A St Joseph's Day altar, with cakes.
Credit Billy Brown

Growing up, Nick Scramuzza’s childhood home never had its own St. Joseph’s Day altar.

“It didn’t need one,” said the co-owner of the Lost Love Lounge in the Marigny. “There was one on each side of us, one across the street, and one on the corner," he says.

"On my block alone, Kerlerec and Chartres, there were at least four or five altars on that one block.”

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Features
1:19 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Cityscapes: Richard Campanella On The Geography Of Cool

A map of the cool, and the uncool.
Richard Campanella

We continue our monthly conversation with Richard Campanella on his monthly Cityscapes column in the Times-Picayune and NOLA.com.

WWNO News Director Eve Troeh spoke with Campanella about his latest work, mapping the "cool" factor across downtown New Orleans. It all started with his research on Bourbon Street, a once-cool place that is now, Campanella finds, decidedly uncool.

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Politics
7:43 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Edwin Edwards: Governor, Convict, Reality TV Star — Congressman?

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards and his new wife, Trina Grimes Scott, after getting married in the French Quarter in New Orleans, La., in July 2011.
CHERYL GERBER AP

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 3:43 pm

Rascally former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards was once so confident about re-election that he declared "the only way I can lose is if I'm caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy."

That was 30 years ago, when Edwards, 86, was a much younger man. It was long before the Democrat served eight years in prison for racketeering, conspiracy and extortion.

And it was a lifetime – or two — before a recent cringe-inducing reality television show about life with his young wife, her teenage sons and his own grandmother-aged daughters from a previous marriage.

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Food
4:41 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Where Y'Eat: A Forecast Of Food For St. Patrick's Day

Cabbages — and carrots, and potatoes, and onions — will deck parade floats this weekend.
Ian McNulty

Food writer Ian McNulty on the odd, annual rite of airborne produce as the city celebrates St. Patrick's Day along the parade route.

Long before we thought much about food culture, learned to crave complex flavors or even did our own ordering at restaurants, many of us began to fantasize about food thanks to one enduring classic of a book, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

After School Programs: Make Music NOLA

Some of the favorite moments Paul Macres has had in the classroom are when his students finally see the payoff of their discipline. He calls these eureka moments.
Credit Thomas Walsh

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Keeping New Orleans music alive for the next generation of our children means ensuring they have access to instruments, as well as to teachers who want to share the magic of melody with them. On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with a couple of musicians who are doing just that.

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The Lens
6:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Taking A Hard Look At School Bus Safety

New Orleans schools rely on a dozen fleets of private buses that travel along hundreds of routes.
Gerald Bernard Shutterstock.com

In New Orleans, hundreds of school buses criss-cross the city every day, picking up and dropping off kids at school. The city’s schools rely on a dozen fleets of private buses that travel along hundreds of routes.

Last month, 6-year-old Shaud Wilson was crossing a busy street to meet his school bus when he was hit and killed by a car.

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Community
7:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Federal City Community Garden Takes Root

Volunteers, including members of the U.S. Marine Corps and students from Tulane Medical School, pose with the literal and figurative fruits of their labor at the Federal City Community Garden.
Credit Federal City Community Garden

Federal City Community Garden open to West Bank residents.

A community garden is taking root in Federal City. One goal is to unite established West Bank neighborhoods with 200 families living at the former Navy base.

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NolaVie
4:19 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Pondering The Purpose Of Small Plates

Do you love or hate small plates?
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With the arrival of Lent, we’re all scaling down our appetites. No more sloth, lust or gluttony. After all, less is more. And good things, they say, come in small packages.

But when it comes to food? In New Orleans? I’m not so sure.

The small-plate trend seems to be, well, mushrooming. Baru, Booty's, Dominica, Salu, Three Muses — the list goes on and on. Even the owners of Finn McCool's, that Irish bastion of barbecue and beer, are jumping on the tasting bandwagon with the new Trèo on Tulane Avenue.

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Food
4:36 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Healthy Helpings That Help Others

Pickled shrimp on baguette at the Green Dot Café.
Ian McNulty

Food writer Ian McNulty on two off-the-radar cafes with healthy options on the menu and social service in the business plan.

As fun as Carnival can be in New Orleans, the end of this season of parades and parties and carrying on can come as something of a relief. Whatever Lent might mean to you, the aftermath of Mardi Gras is a time to regroup and get your priorities back in focus. 

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