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Education
7:30 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Homer Plessy Community School Defies Dominant Charter School Model

Sophia and Jonathan insdie their new school
Ben McLeish

Proponents of charter schools in New Orleans have a refrain: charters mean more choice, for kids and families. But most of the charter schools in New Orleans are based on a similar educational model — one marked by rigidity and a relentless focus on getting into college.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Times-Picayune Reporters Rosemary James And Charlie Ferguson Remember JFK Assassination

Lee Harvey Oswald, third from left, handing out "Fair Play for Cuba" leaflets in New Orleans, August 16, 1963
Credit Wikipedia/The Warren Commission

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In the past few weeks the intense coverage of John F. Kennedy’s assassination has reinforced that New Orleans was right in the middle of the story.

Although most journalists who covered the tragedy have long since passed, there are still a few who can recount the significant local events that surrounded that infamous day in Dallas. 

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Features
12:09 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Blackpot Festival Mixes Celebration And Cultural Preservation

Dancers take to the floor in front of the main stage at the 2013 South Louisiana Black Pot Festival & Cookoff.
Credit Gwen Aucoin / http://gwenaucoin.com

Acadiana, like most of Louisiana south of I-10, is a mix of the ancient and the brand-new. And while the march of time, and the disappearing coast, threaten to change everything, some young people are using music and food to keep traditions alive.

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WRKF
6:40 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Clinic-based Network Could Be New Healthcare Model for NOLA's Uninsured

The Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans flagship location on Carrollton Av. in New Orleans. This location was once a bank and transformed into a holistic healthcare services center after Hurricane Katrina.

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 8:43 am

After Charity Hospital in New Orleans closed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, community clinics filled the gap in care for the poor and uninsured.

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Arts & Culture
4:05 am
Tue November 19, 2013

'Cry You One': A Play About The Wetlands, In The Wetlands

Two 'lagoon bugs' on the set of Cry You One
Svetlana Volic

Local theater companies Mondo Bizarro and Artspot Productions have collaborated for the third time with Cry You One. A three-hour experience that takes place completely outdoors, Cry You One focuses on the people and cultures of South Louisiana.

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Education
2:43 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Parents Have Uncommon Trouble Helping With Common Core Homework

Belle Chasse Primary School fourth grade teacher Vickie Nagin reviews a Common Core-aligned math problem with parents at the school.
Matthew Hinton New Orleans Advocate

The Common Core standards teach classroom fundamentals in new ways, with a goal of deeper understanding. Sarah Carr, who covers education for the Hechinger Report, has followed the adjustment to Common Core in Louisiana, including at Belle Chase Primary in Plaquemines Parish.

WWNO News Director Eve Troeh talked with Sarah Carr about how parents feel the Common Core changes, as they help their children with homework.

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NolaVie
9:49 am
Mon November 18, 2013

All Clear: An NFL Purse Review

A new list of prohibited items posted at the bottom of the Superdome's Gate A ramp.
Jason Saul WWNO

We’re more than mid-way through the football season, which begs a review of one of the more controversial new NFL rules. We’re talking, of course, about the NFL’s decision to allow only see-through purses into NFL stadiums nationwide. Here’s a field study of stadium bag theory.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

New Signs Help Visitors Understand Wetlands Restoration In Lower Ninth Ward

John Taylor is caretaker of the Bayou Bienvenue viewing platform, which offers a vantage point to see projects designed to restore wetlands that once filled the area, but that are now open water.
Eileen Fleming WWNO

Officials dedicate interactive signs at Bayou Bienvenue viewing platform.

A viewing platform on the edge of the Lower Ninth Ward can now offer visitors a chance to see the damage done to wetlands by saltwater intrusion. They can also watch through new interactive signs as restoration projects try to repair the damage at Bayou Bienvenue.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Port President Predicts Strong Business Outlook

Port President Gary LaGrange delivers the annual State of the Port address.
Credit Port of New Orleans

The Port of New Orleans is in its third consecutive record-breaking year.

A week after telling President Obama what the Port of New Orleans needs to succeed, Port President Gary LaGrange told maritime interests that its future is bright. The port is zeroing in on the White House direction to boost exports.

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The Lens
6:31 am
Fri November 15, 2013

For Some Students Attending 'A' Schools, Transportation Gets An 'F'

To get to school, Amelia Slep-Patterson boards the 101 Algiers loop bus. Next, she catches the streetcar at Canal Street, and then walks to Lusher Charter School at 5624 Freret St.
Della Hasselle The Lens

In New Orleans, choosing a public school can mean contending with a dizzying array of choices. To help parents and students make that choice, schools are issued grades of "A" to "F" based on academic performance.

Of the seven “A”-rated schools in the entire city, only one provides yellow bus service for their students. For the rest, getting to school can be a challenge.

Amelia Slep-Patterson is a budding graphic designer at Lusher Charter’s high school. On most mornings, she wakes up at 4:45 a.m. to catch a city bus on a barren and dark street corner in Algiers.

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