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Education
4:45 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Sci High Mascot Comes Out Of Her Shell

New Orleans' Sci High symbol has been the chambered nautilus since the school began.

New Orleans restructured its schools system after Hurricane Katrina. That’s meant rebuilding a sense of community and school spirit through new traditions. One young woman dedicated her efforts to create a legacy by becoming her high school’s first student mascot.

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Latest News
10:33 am
Fri May 23, 2014

For $250, Turn A Vacant Lot Into An Urban Farm

The new NORA Growing Green program allows residents to lease or purchase vacant lots and turn them into farms, community gardens, or other green space.
Andrew Foltz Morrison

The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority kicks off its latest community development initiative today — the new “Growing Green” project to spruce up the city’s vacant lots.
 
For $250 a year, anyone can apply to lease a vacant lot and turn it into a community garden or green space, under NORA’s  “Growing Green” program. There are about 2,500 unused and empty lots around the city.  

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Lower 9th Ward Village Scrambles For Funding

The Lower 9th Ward Village community center building.
Credit Screen capture from Kickstarter

Ward "Mack" McClendon talks about financial problems hitting the Lower Ninth Ward Village.

The Lower 9th Ward Village community center has fallen on tough financial times. Supporters are looking for help in small ways, because big promises of funding have fallen apart.

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Food
4:41 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Red Beans, Po-Boys And A Hearty Greek Heritage

Greek Fest is held each year on Bayou St. John at the Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Ian McNulty

Tracing the roots of a widespread network of New Orleans restaurateurs back to one Greek island and one shared American story.

“Opa!” that’s the universal Greek exclamation of joy, and you’ll be hearing it a lot this weekend as the Greek Festival returns to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Lakeview. But for some of those sharing in the opa spirit, the toast is about more than just the revelry of the moment.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Lessons From Their Lives: Iconic Jeweler Mignon Faget

Mignon Faget, right, credits her year in Paris as a young woman to be one of the most formative experiences of her life.
Credit Tulane Public Relations

Click here to listen to this week's Notes.

What makes an artist into an entrepreneur? For jewelry designer Mignon Faget, it was less the kindness of strangers and more the assistance of friends. Mignon, now in her 81st year, still lives in the house she grew up in along Bayou St. John and is the subject of this week’s Notes from New Orleans.

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Education
8:45 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Student Essays Reveal Insights On Discipline, School Staffing

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As the school year ends, education writer Sarah Carr sought a different approach to perspectives on schools.

She asked the students themselves to write opinion pieces on controversial topics: Discipline in schools, Teach for America teachers versus veteran educators, whether all students should go to a four-year college, and school desegregation.

Teenagers at the Bard Early College program submitted their thoughts, and The Hechinger Report has been publishing these essays.

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Features
7:58 am
Wed May 21, 2014

This 7th Ward Skate Park Comes With A Water Management Plan

A rendering of the 'Sunny Side' section of Parisite Skate Park.
Credit Harmon-DeCotiis studio team / Tulane City Center

There are many ways to handle neighborhood flooding, beyond pumping stations and sewers. Some cities have realized that skate parks, of all places, can be used to manage water rather well. New Orleans’ new skate park is being designed as a water management tool.

It's loud underneath I-610 at Paris Avenue. Cars and trucks barrel overheard, and the overpass rumbles and thumps. But there are other noises contributing to the sea of sound: skateboards.

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NOLA Life Stories
5:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

50 Years Later: The Startling Death Of Former Mayor Chep Morrison

Before his career in politics, deLesseps "Chep" Morrison earned the rank of major general in the Army Reserve during World War II.
Credit Historic New Orleans Collection

deLesseps “Chep” Morrison was the mayor of New Orleans from 1946 to 1961. History will remember his administration as a polarizing one: he lured corporations to town, but also upheld segregationist values. He ran for Louisiana governor three times, and lost his final election in the winter of 1964. Months later, he spoke with future Lieutenant Governor Jimmy Fitzmorris, who still remembers their final conversation.    

Click here to hear about the death of Chep Morrison, as recounted by Jimmy Fitzmorris.

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Community
7:45 am
Tue May 20, 2014

New Orleans Works — Training People For Careers

Julia Pierce is a medical assistant at Oschner Baptist Medical Center.
Eve Abrams WWNO

New Orleans Works (NOW) is a workforce collaborative focused on building partnerships between employers, trainers, educators and workers to connect low-skilled workers to jobs that provide immediate economic security, and also prepare workers for professional growth and a focused career path.

 

Julia Pierce is a medical assistant at Ochsner Baptist Medical Center.

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Notes from New Orleans
8:40 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Tulane Goes Down To The River To Study

Matthew Chatfield is Project Coordinator for Tulane's new riverfront campus.

It wasn’t that long ago that the idea surfaced to use the power of the Mississippi River as a source for energy. But it turns out that turbines placed near New Orleans weren’t going to be that effective after all. So some smart folks at Tulane University have come up with other ideas.

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