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Education
8:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Charter School Model Spreads Across Louisiana

New Orleans will soon become the first city with an all-charter school district, but the education landscape looks much different across the rest of Louisiana. Many parishes have few or no charter schools, but that's starting to change.

The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools recently hosted Apply Yourself!, a three-day training for people who want to start charter schools. Most people at the training were not from New Orleans, and many are trying to start the first charter school in their parish.

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NolaVie
4:47 am
Mon February 3, 2014

The Winter Olympics, For The Warm-Blooded

A speed-skater at the 2010 winter Olympics.
Credit Fotophilius / Flickr

Now that the Super Bowl is over, we can turn our attention to the next colossal event on the sports horizon. I know I’m ready. 

Yes, the Winter Olympics start this week. Of course, for those of us here in New Orleans, the whole Winter Olympic thing is a little hard to get into. Mountains? Snow?

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Elections
7:13 am
Fri January 31, 2014

After 40 Years, New Orleans Will Pick A New Coroner

On the campaign trail, Dr. Jeffrey Rouse explains to Anne Gisleson that the coroner's office is in charge of mental health commitments and sexual assault examinations in adition to conducting autopsies.
Eve Abrams WWNO

Pop Quiz: Which New Orleans official was first elected to office in 1974 and has been reelected to that same office nine times, serving a total of 40 consecutive years on the job? Here’s a hint: the office is in charge of mental health commitments, sexual assault examinations, and... classifying the dead.

If you guessed Frank Minyard, the Coroner of New Orleans, you are right. But, for the first time in four decades, Mr. Minyard will not be on the ballot this Saturday. We take a look into who is vying to become New Orleans’ next coroner.

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Food
2:35 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Saints Season Off, Crawfish Season On

Teamwork: crawfish season means another avenue for communal gatherings in New Orleans.
Ian McNulty

This week, New Orleans Saints faithful must watch as Broncos fans — in their safety orange jerseys — and Seahawks fans — in their murky neon — psych up for the Super Bowl, instead of the Black and Gold.

It can be downright dispiriting. But, if there’s one bright side Saints fans know to look for, it’s cultural consolation, and food is a big part of that salve. 

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Features
10:35 am
Thu January 30, 2014

National WWII Museum Plans Permanent Exhibit Honoring Monuments Men

An artist's rendering of the Monuments Men exhibit planned for the National World War II Museum.
Credit National World War II Museum

The National WWII Museum is planning a tribute to the men and women of the Monuments Men. The special soldiers in the little-known unit rescued stolen cultural treasures from Nazi destruction.

Ever hear about the Monuments Men?

Well, you will.

They were a crack team of art experts who ensured the salvation of priceless works of art. A film based on their story — starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchette and New Orleans’ own John Goodman — is being released next week.

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Green Minute
9:56 am
Thu January 30, 2014

The Green Minute: Reduce, Reuse, Repair

An example of DIY repair: Desoldering using a vacuum plunger (blue, right) and a soldering iron (yellow, left).
Credit Mysid

Reduce, reuse and recycle — or the three Rs — are well known as the pathway to green. But there is an R that has been routinely left out. The R for REPAIR.

Unlike our grandparents, we regularly replace items rather than opting to fix things. While their motto was, “use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”, we’ve relegated our broken stuff to the trash pile.

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2014 Winter Storm
10:29 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Sneaux Men Appear All Across Louisiana

Tiny little snowmen appeared all over Louisiana this week. This little fella popped up on the West Bank.
Credit Kristin Kellogg

South Louisiana doesn't see snow very often, so when a winter storm arrives people don't spend all their time stocking up on essentials. This is Louisiana, after all, and many take advantage of the rare opportunity to enjoy the winter weather.

There wasn't much to work with, however, despite systems that swept through the state twice this week, dumping a wintry mix of snow, sleet and ice on cities from Lafayette to Ruston to coastal Mississippi.

Cue the miniature snowman:

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The Reading Life
7:53 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Susan Larson's Snow Day Reading List

The Reading Life's Susan Larson.

The whole region might be encased in ice this week, but there's still time to get to your favorite local bookstore and stock up before the temperature drops and the roads close.

Here are some snow day reading choices perfect for curling up with in front of a roaring fire (or a space heater!).

— Finish up Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City series with The Days of Anna Madrigal and pretend you’re in San Francisco, where there is no snow, only an ever-charming and beloved cast of characters.

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Community
5:04 am
Mon January 27, 2014

With New Focus, Episcopal Church Of Louisiana Addressing A History Of Racism

Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori is the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson

The Episcopal Church of Louisiana spent the past year making plans for a new ministry, aiming to address its history of racism, as well as other forms of racism in society.

Last week, the Washington, D.C.-based leader of the Episcopal Church came to New Orleans for a special service. At Christ Church Cathedral, the oldest Episcopal congregation in New Orleans, worshippers committed to racial healing and racial justice. 

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Education
6:36 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Akili Academy Illustrates How New Orleans Teachers Have Changed

Lesley Blouin works with David Phoenix at his desk.
Akili Acadmey

Just after Hurricane Katrina, the entire teaching staff of The Orleans Parish School Board was fired. Last week, a state appeals court ruled that those teachers were denied due process.

As the school system has rebuilt, there’s been a seismic shift in who is teaching in New Orleans — the city-wide pool of teachers looks different, in terms of race, age, how they came to the teaching profession, how long they’ve been teaching, and whether they are “from” New Orleans, or not.

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