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Love NOLA
1:02 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Love NOLA: In Praise Of New Orleans Resourcefulness

Brett Will Taylor
Jason Kruppa

Virtually everyone who has lived in New Orleans for any length of time has at least one hurricane story. About staying or evacuating. About lights going out or rain coming down. This is a hurricane story of the formal kind — a story about how a proper British lady rode out Hurricane Isaac.

Brett Will Taylor remembers a woman named Beatrice, who handled Hurricane Isaac in her own way.

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Arts & Culture
8:11 am
Fri September 13, 2013

This Saturday: Filthy Linen Night

Filthy Linen Night's official Logo.

Never heard of Filthy Linen Night? That's because it's the first ever (not to be confused with "Dirty" or "White"), presented by the Frenchmen Art Market. The event has chartered a retro party bus to shuttle folks from the Frenchmen to St. Claude Art Markets, and back. 

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Food
4:28 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Where Y'Eat: How You Like 'Dem Oysters?

The "oysters and pearls" appetizer at Criollo.
Ian McNulty

Cocktail sauce and crackers are great, but New Orleans chefs are getting more creative with how they dress up raw oysters, offering new alternatives for the beloved local bivalve. 


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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Doc Hawley Shares His Mississippi River Expertise At New Festival

Credit Marit & Thomas Hinnosaar/flickr

The first Mighty Mississippi Downriver Festival will take place at the French Market and the Old U.S. Mint this Saturday, September 14. Among the many presentations during the day-long event will be one from a man who has plied the mighty Mississippi for 60 years.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Captain Clarke Hawley, who has spent most of his working life on board paddlewheel steamboats.

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Transportation
7:30 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Putting The Pedal To The Metal: New Orleans' Bicycling Infrastructure Is Expanding

The newly-repaved Esplanade Ave. As part of the street's reconstruction, a lane in each direction was eliminated and a bike lane added.
Nina Feldman WWNO

No matter what neighborhood you live in, chances are you’ve been confronted with one thing this summer — and that’s construction. As roads from the Lakefront to the Riverbend get smoothed over, city officials are taking the opportunity to ensure that the new roads are better not only for drivers, but also for cyclists.

Lalo Flores, a Mid-City resident and avid bicyclist, is impressed by the repairs to Esplanade Ave.

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Flood Control
7:00 am
Mon September 9, 2013

GNO, Inc. Water Plan Envisions Canals And Detention Ponds

GNO, Inc. plan calls for $6.2 billion system.

Business and political leaders joined with Dutch water experts in recommending a plan that revamps the way the New Orleans region deals with storm water. It requires a major shift in how residents see water inside the levee system.

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Book Reviews
2:38 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

'Five Days' Of Ambiguous Morality At Katrina-Hit Hospital

An aerial view of Memorial Medical Center surrounded by floodwaters on Sept. 9, 2005.
Kathy Anderson The Times-Picayune/Landov

Originally published on Sun September 8, 2013 5:26 pm

If we didn't experience Hurricane Katrina ourselves, we saw it: the ominous red pinwheel on the radar, the wrecked Superdome, the corpses. And certainly we saw our shame — America's inequality, negligence and violence were all laid bare by the storm.

But one tragedy went largely unwitnessed. And this is the subject of Sheri Fink's provocative new book, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer examines what happens when people make life-and-death decisions in a state of anarchy.

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Take Five
9:45 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Take Five: LSU Alumni Present 'King of Herrings'

David Jensen and Joe Chrest in their element at Anita's Grill on Tulane Ave.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson WWNO

Looking towards the upcoming New Orleans Film Festival,  actors David Jensen and Joe Chrest discuss their entry, King of Herrings. These are two of five men that met back when they attended LSU, but never had the chance to collaborate. We find out what it was like for them to finally make a movie together after 25 years.

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Sports
4:38 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Back At School, Injured Player Fights On After Fateful Tackle

Devon Walker smiles with his teammates after the school's home opener in New Orleans. A former team captain, Walker was paralyzed from the waist down during a tackle last September.
Courtesy of Tulane Athletics

When Devon Walker returned to the Tulane University campus last week, he was greeted with kisses in the hallways. Students and faculty applauded him.

One year ago this weekend, in the second game of the football season, Walker, a team captain for Tulane, went in for a tackle and broke his neck. He was paralyzed from the shoulders down.

For months, he recovered far from home in two different hospitals. But now he's back in Louisiana and re-enrolling at Tulane, in New Orleans.

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Notes from New Orleans
1:02 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Mark Cave Remembers Dave Dixon: The First Who Dat

Credit ScottS/flickr

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

Immediately after Hurricane Katrina, the Historic New Orleans Collection started seriously collecting oral histories. By 2009, the Collection moved on to The New Orleans Life Story Project.

Sharon Litwin recently spoke with Mark Cave, the HNOC's oral historian responsible for the project, and heard about his interview with Dave Dixon: the original Mr. Who Dat.

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