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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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Food
4:29 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Where Y'Eat: Sainte Season In The CBD

A contemporary edge runs through the design at Sainte Marie.
Ian McNulty

A stylish CBD restaurant that seemed to portend the future has finally come into its own as the neighborhood has changed around it.


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BP Oil Spill
4:20 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

BP Wants To Halt Deepwater Horizon Claims Process

Crude oil that leaked from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig sits on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010.
Chris Graythen Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 4:21 pm

BP is fighting the settlement it agreed to last summer that let the oil company avoid thousands of potential lawsuits over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Just after the spill, when oil was still gushing into the Gulf, BP touted the $20 billion it set aside for claims. But now it says the claim process is corrupt and is hoping a court will overturn the settlement that established the claims fund.

Ending the claims would mean stopping a well-oiled machine.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Habana Outpost Restaurant Nears Final Approval In French Quarter

The current state of the intersection at Esplanade Avenue and North Rampart Street where the restaurant is proposed.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

The Vieux Carré Commission is approaching final approval for Habana Outpost.

The Vieux Carré Commission is allowing a controversial restaurant proposed for the French Quarter to move forward. But there are still roadblocks.

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Business
1:49 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Commerce Secretary Touts Power Of Small Businesses In Idea Village Visit

US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker engaged with local entrepreneurs at the Idea Village.
Credit The Idea Village

Penny Pritzker, the newly appointed Secretary of Commerce, dropped in on meetings with small business owners at the Idea Village as part of a countrywide listening tour.

Pritzker also brought a big check with her — money destined to help the entrepreneurs the Idea Village serves.

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Tulane University
7:00 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Tulane Arranging 750,000 Hours Of Community Service To Honor Scott Cowen

Tulane University calling for community service volunteers.

Tulane University is launching a call for volunteers to perform 750,000 hours of community service as a tribute to retiring school President Scott Cowen. The project is open to Tulane students, faculty and the community at large.

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