All Things New Orleans

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Education
7:35 am
Tue June 17, 2014

What Will Come Of New Orleans' Empty, Damaged School Buildings?

The abandoned Alfred E. Priestley school has not hosted students in decades.
Michael DeMocker Nola.com / The Times-Picayune

In a recent story, Nola.com / The Times-Picayune education reporter Danielle Dreilinger took a look at the many empty buildings and vacant lots still owned by the Orleans Parish School Board. Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent floods damaged many school properties, though some sat vacant and rotting long before the storm.

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Community
8:26 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

WWNO World Cup Postcard #2: Río Mar

Argentinians gather in the Warehouse District to watch some World Cup action
Credit Jesse Hardman

The second audio postcard from our local World Cup 2014 coverage comes from the Warehouse District's Río Mar restaurant, via Argentina.

Casa Argentina is a New Orleans based organization that brings people together to celebrate all things Argentina. 

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World Cup
8:11 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

WWNO World Cup Postcard #1: Rusty Nail Bar

Dutch fans celebrate a World Cup victory at the Rusty Nail.
Kate Richardson

As part of our local World Cup coverage, we'll be sharing periodic audio postcards from events around the city. Postcard #1 comes by way of the local Holland consulate, who we joined Friday to watch their beloved Oranje.

Features
7:51 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Cityscapes: Richard Campanella On New Orleans' Sauvé's Crevasse Flood Of 1849

New Orleans was inundated by Mississippi River waters in the spring of 1849. This oil painting by Elizabeth Lamoisse shows Canal Street at the time of the flood. "Landscape" by Elizabeth Lamoisse, 1848 - 1849, from the Louisiana State Museum.
Louisiana State Museum

Each month Richard Campanella explores an aspect of New Orleans’ geography. His Cityscapes column for Nola.com and The Times-Picayune shines a light on structural, often-overlooked or invisible aspects of the city. This month: a flood in 1849. Up until Katrina it was the largest deluge in the city’s history.

Campanella says that disaster 165 years ago had something in common with Katrina.

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Education
7:30 am
Wed June 11, 2014

What Students Think About Common Core

Credit Valore Books Flickr

This school year, teachers around the country changed their curricula to meet the new Common Core standards, a national set of standards mapping out what students should learn in math and English language arts.

Math teachers covered fewer topics in greater depth. English teachers cut back on fiction and assigned more supplemental readings — articles and essays that gave more context to, and offered up opinions about, classic works of literature.

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Take Five
5:35 am
Mon June 9, 2014

An Independent Filmmaker In Hollywood South Makes 'Below Dreams'

The character Jamaine, in Below Dreams.
Credit Below Dreams

A few years ago, Garrett Bradley began taking Greyhound bus trips from her home in New York down to New Orleans.

 “I sort of was drawn here for some reason that I don’t think at the time I was really fully cognizant of,” said Bradley. “There was no kind of concrete reason.”

On these cross-country trips, Bradley would talk to her fellow passengers, asking them about “what it is they wanted in life and where they were going and how they planned on getting what they wanted.”

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Environment
12:41 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

Restoring The Coast By Creating Oyster Beds In St. Bernard Parish

Concrete oyster beds wait to be offloaded into St. Bernard's Lake Athanasio
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

A consortium of environmental and industry stakeholders are making concrete reefs on the Gulf Coast in an attempt to create new oyster habitats. The Lake Athanasio project covers a half a mile of St. Bernard Parish coastline, and seeks to satisfy coastal restoration and commercial interests by giving oysters a sustainable habitat to mature.

Tyler Ortego developed the engineering concept behind the artificial reefs.

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Five Views On The Future Of New Orleans' Wetlands
7:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

What To Do With Bayou Bienvenue?: James Stram

James Stram.
Credit Eve Troeh / WWNO

The Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle of today is what is called a “ghost swamp”. Until the 1960s, it was a full of cypress trees, part of the central wetlands system that ran from the Lower 9th Ward all the way to Lake Borgne. But destructive forces — from levee and canal construction to invasive species — turned this freshwater swamp into a saltwater marsh, killing all the cypress trees in the process. You see their dead trunks like scarecrows in the water, and don’t see much else.

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Food
4:33 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Where Y'Eat: A New Look For New Orleans Barbecue

Brisket and pulled pork from NOLA Smokehouse in the Irish Channel.
Ian McNulty

There is a growing number of options for New Orleans barbecue fanatics, and, at new shop in particular, a distinctly local view at the smoker.

It can be a tricky business to declare something a "golden age" while you’re right in the midst of it. That sort of analysis is usually better left to hindsight. But still, for barbecue fanatics, there has probably never been a better time to be alive and eating in New Orleans than right now.

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Music
4:22 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Chart-Topping 'Chapel Of Love' Turns 50

The Dixie Cups in New York City in 1964, the year the group's song "Chapel of Love" hit No. 1 on the charts.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 5:49 pm

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