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10:35 am
Wed July 31, 2013

LA Swift Bus Service To Baton Rouge Ends Today

The LA Swift bus leaving New Orleans for Baton Rouge.
Eve Troeh WWNO

Today is the final day for the LA Swift bus. That’s the commuter bus between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, started shortly after Hurricane Katrina. It has provided transport between the cities for just a few dollars, by far the cheapest option available.

Downtown at Tulane and Loyola Avenues, Carrie Robicheaux waits for the Swift bus back to Baton Rouge, after a trip to see her New Orleans doctor. She’s taken this bus since she moved away after Katrina.

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Bring Your Own
8:47 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Bring Your Own Presents: 'The Dark Side'

Abe graduates from Columbia University, 2007.
Abe Handler

Bring Your Own is a live storytelling pop-up series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme.

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Green Minute
8:13 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Green Tips On 'Hypermiling'

Hypermiling STATS.

The Green Project's Christal White delivers this week's Green Minute.

You know the old saying: "If you give him an inch, he’ll take a mile." There couldn’t be more perfect of a way to describe hypermiling. Not familiar with the term? It’s the science and craft behind squeezing every possible drop out of your car's gas mileage.

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Hubig's Pies
4:46 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Pie-Deprived New Orleans Roots For Bakery, A Year After Fire

Jill Pasquarella (right) pours powdered sugar on Brandon Connelly, who dressed as a baker from Hubig's Pies, during Mardi Gras in New Orleans in February.
Chris Granger The Times-Picayune/Landov

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 11:59 am

Almost any kind of comeback gets New Orleans excited, since the city lost so much in the flood after Hurricane Katrina. That goes especially for food.

One year ago Saturday, New Orleans lost a beloved brand when Hubig's pie bakery burned to the ground. The hand-held, fruit-filled crescents, fried golden-brown, had been delivered fresh to more than 1,000 local stores each morning.

Pie fans have come out in droves to support the company. But it takes more than T-shirts and fond memories to restart a business from scratch.

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Food
4:26 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Where Y'Eat: A New Approach At Vietnamese Cafés

"Bacos," or steamed buns fashioned like tacos, at Ba Chi Canteen.
Ian McNulty

As the noodle house staples of pho, spring rolls and banh mi proliferate around New Orleans, some new Vietnamese restaurants are standing apart with a more contemporary taste.


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Notes from New Orleans
12:20 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Opera And Jazz Unite In The Marigny

George Gershwin's 'Blue Monday' is a 25-minute jazz opera.

For the second summer in a row the Marigny Opera House is offering itself as a performance venue to a homegrown small opera company.

The 9th Ward Opera Company is the brainchild of Kathleen Westfall, a self-described “little Cajun girl” who’s equally comfortable singing on stage in New York or going crabbing in Thibodaux. Sharon Litwin talks to her about the two unusual one-act operas she’s presenting this month.

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Features
10:12 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Wienermobile Rolls Into New Orleans For National Hot Dog Day

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, parked outside of Dat Dog on Magazine St. Tuesday.
Dionne Grayson WWNO

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile made a surprise appearance outside the Dat Dog restaurant on Magazine St. this past Tuesday, turning an otherwise mundane National Hot Dog Day into a celebration (at least for this reporter).

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Features
7:51 pm
Sat July 20, 2013

The Iconic Signage Project Puts Zulu's Name In Lights

Zulu's new neon sign. A number of businesses on Broad St. have received new neon signs thanks to the Iconic Signage Project.
Jeffrey Schwartz and Jessica Fisch

If you’re driving down Broad Street in the evening, you might notice some new bright neon signs. They're a collaboration between the Arts Council of New Orleans, local designers and a local community development non-profit.

As more businesses boast neon signs along this historic corridor, The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club is the most recent organization to partner with Broad Community Connections and the Iconic Signage Project.

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Notes from New Orleans
4:14 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Elizabeth Futral, Opera Star And New Orleans Native, Returns For Benefit Concert

Elizabeth Futral has performed opera on stages across the world.
Credit John Grigaitis

Click here to listen to this week's Notes from New Orleans.

New Orleans opera lovers always feel a little starved over the hot summer months as they wait for the return of full scale performances in October.

But this Sunday, for one night only, the musical desert will bloom with the sounds of one of America’s great singers. Sharon Litwin talks with Elizabeth Futral about her life in the world of opera and what she plans to sing at Sunday evening's benefit concert at Loyola University

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9th Ward
7:00 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Solar Power Flourishing In Lower Ninth Ward

The Global Green project in the Lower Ninth Ward's Holy Cross neighborhood kicked off a solar power trend.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

Lower Ninth Ward resident and Sierra Club spokesman discuss solar power use.

The Lower Ninth Ward tops the list of city neighborhoods using solar power. Environmental groups say solar panels are going up on all sorts of homes.

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