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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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First Reads
5:42 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Exclusive First Read: 'Five Days At Memorial,' By Sheri Fink

An airboat pulls up to the Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005.
AP

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 10:18 am

As the floodwaters rose in New Orleans over Labor Day weekend in 2005, hundreds of people were left stranded at Memorial Medical Center, in triple-digit temperatures, without power or running water. Not all of them made it out alive — and in the aftermath, several medical professionals were arrested and charged with hastening the deaths of some of the sickest patients.

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Notes from New Orleans
8:43 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Julia Street Gallery Combines Art And Charitable Giving

At the Foundation Gallery 50 percent of the proceeds go to the artist, and 50 percent to charity.

Lafayette native Lila Heymann left Louisiana for the Big Apple. Then she went from  New York to Charlottesville, Virginia; and now she commutes frequently from there to New Orleans to oversee her art gallery on Julia Street.

On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks to Lila Heymann about the Foundation Gallery and why she gives all its income away.  

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French Quarter
7:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

French Quarter Battles Habana Outpost Restaurant Proposal

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

Habana Outpost owner is set to argue for his restaurant approval from the Vieux Carré Commission.

The Vieux Carré Commission is scheduled to hold a final hearing Wednesday on a restaurant proposed for the French Quarter. A year-long battle with residents over the project will likely continue, no matter what’s decided.

Sean Meenan wants open a two-story open-air Cuban restaurant at North Rampart Street and Esplanade Avenue. He operates two similar establishments in New York City and one in Malibu, California.

But neighbors of the proposed Habana Outpost say it’s too big, and it doesn’t belong where the Quarter also borders the historic Tremé and Marigny neighborhoods.

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Audubon Aquarium
4:20 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

Three More Endangered Penguins Hatch At Audubon Aquarium

One of the Aquarium's 34 endangered African Black-footed penguins. Audubon has raised 46 chicks since the Aquarium opened in 1990.
Jason Saul WWNO

Six African Black-footed Penguins born earlier this year have just joined the adults, full-time, in the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas' display. Darwin Long, senior aviculturist at the Aquarium, says the juveniles have shed their down, grown their water-proof plumage, and are ready to swim with the grown-ups.

“They’re going to get in little fights here and there, nothing serious. But it’s mainly: 'Hey, this is who’s who. This is where to go and where not to go.' You can see how they kind of hang out together. This is kind of like the adolescent shore over here.”

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Gentilly Family Home Finally Repaired 8 Years After Hurricane Katrina

Vanessa Ross cuts the ribbon to her family's renovated Gentilly home.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

The Ross family is finally able to be home, eight years after their home flooded in Hurricane Katrina.

Eight years after Hurricane Katrina, John and Vanessa Ross are finally able to return to their Gentilly home. It’s the 500th homecoming party provided through the St. Bernard Project since the storm.

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