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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Even 300 Years Ago, A 'Frat Boy' Ran Amok In New Orleans

Erin Greenwald spent five years translating and editing her latest book, available in conjunction with an exhibit at the Historic New Orleans Collection.
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In 2004, the Historic New Orleans Collection acquired a remarkable document written by Marc-Antoine Caillot a 21-year-old French adventurer who came to New Orleans almost 300 years ago. This travelogue, one of the most significant finds of its kind, has been translated into English and is now in print as a book.

On Notes from New Orleans Sharon Litwin talks to historian Erin Greenwald about this amazing and amusing documentation of life in French Colonial New Orleans.

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Community
8:23 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Community Impact Series: Justice And Accountability Center Working To Reform Criminal Justice System

In the wide-ranging effort to reform the New Orleans criminal justice system, this new nonprofit works for more equal access to expungements of criminal records to help people get jobs and move on after release.

Community Impact Series: Justice And Accountability Center Working To Reform Criminal Justice System

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Take Five
2:28 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Take Five: Hollywood South Makes Room For French Film

A scene from 'Les Diaboliques', Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1955 Mystery/Thriller screening at the Healing Center on June 24
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It’s summertime, the kids are out of school, and Hollywood is, once again, following the money.

“Right now you can literally go see Fast and Furious 6 at practically any theater in the city, said John Desplas, artistic director for the New Orleans Film Society, “and it’s starting in 20 minutes on one of the 20 screens.”

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Community
11:59 am
Fri June 7, 2013

'Plessy Day' Commemorates New Orleans Civil Rights Landmark

A marker for the site of Homer Plessy's arrest, at the intersection of Press Street and Royal Street.
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On Friday NOCCA, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, celebrates with music, guest speakers, a second line and more. The occasion? Plessy Day.

That name should bring to mind history class, and the landmark 1890s Supreme Court case Plessy versus Ferguson, in which the court upheld racial segregation and "separate but equal" as a legal standard.

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Sports
9:30 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Women On The Gridiron: The New Orleans MOJO

The New Orleans MOJO, hosting the Phoenix Phantomz on April 13.
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The New Orleans Saints pre-season starts August 25 when they take on the Houston Texans. But for football fanatics who just can’t wait that long, don’t fret — there is another team in town.

It is two minutes to game time. The players are amped up, suited up and huddled around their coach for one last pep talk before heading to the field. But this team probably isn’t what usually comes to mind when people think of professional football.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Tulane City Center Extends Outreach To Neighborhoods, Communities

Maurice Cox, the former Mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, has helped move the Tulane City Center from its origin on Tulane's campus into a new space on OC Haley Blvd.
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While many of us are aware of Tulane University’s well regarded School of Architecture, fewer know about Tulane City Center and its outreach projects into the community.

Sharon Litwin talks with Maurice Cox, its recently appointed new director about the Center’s plans for New Orleans.

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Education
1:30 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Young Audiences Opening Its First Charter School

Roscoe Reddix uses art in classroom instruction.
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There are art programs in schools. And there are schools devoted solely to art. A new charter school in Jefferson Parish is getting ready for a unique approach to education that uses art in traditional subjects.

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Community
8:00 am
Tue June 4, 2013

City Community Centers The Heartbeat Of Neighborhood Life

Murals on the side of the Tremé Community Center in 2011.
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The term NORD is thrown around a lot in conversations about crime and public safety. It is actually NORDC now, which stands for the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission — the agency that oversees the playgrounds, ballparks, pools and sports teams that many see as the key to teaching kids community values.

NORDC community centers are often the heartbeat of neighborhood life, especially in the summer. However, when they’re closed — as many still are after Hurricane Katrina— the beat is gone.

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Community
7:30 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Learning To Swim, And Providing The Opportunity, Often A Challenge In New Orleans

Kids wait to jump into the pool under the watchful eye of a NORDC lifeguard.
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Some kids spend more of their summers in water than on land. Yet in our city, surrounded by water, knowing how to swim, or simply finding a place to swim, can be challenging.

Some kids spend more of their summers in water than on land. Yet in our city, surrounded by water, knowing how to swim, or simply finding a place to swim, can be challenging.

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Bring Your Own
5:57 pm
Sun June 2, 2013

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Kayla/Jayla'

The scene of the crime (Kayla's school).
Annie Freitas

NOLA resident Annie Frietas spins a yarn at the local storytelling event Bring Your Own.

This is a story told by a New Orleans resident at the local event “Bring Your Own”. 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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