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Business & Technology
4:04 am
Tue January 13, 2015

In Louisiana, Cheaper Gas Can Pump People Full Of Anxiety

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 9:57 am

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Community
11:35 am
Mon January 12, 2015

5th Circuit Court Hears Appeals On Defense Of Marriage Act

Same sex couples from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas gather at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals after hearings on their challenge of the Defense of Marriage Acts in their states.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

Arguments were heard in New Orleans challenging Louisiana’s Defense of Marriage Act, which denies marriage to same sex couples. 

Louisiana was one of three Defense of Marriage Act cases heard by the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to Louisiana, cases for Mississippi and Texas were also heard by the three-judge panel.

Ken Upton is the Senior Counsel for Lambda Legal. That organization is representing a group of seven Louisiana same sex couples who are appealing a recent federal judge’s decision to uphold the state ban.

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Arts & Culture
11:21 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

Photo Gallery: 2015 New Orleans Comic Con

Cosplayers — people who dress up as their favorite movie, television or comic book characters — have become a big part of the science fiction convention scene.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

The traveling 2015 Wizard World Comic Con passed through New Orleans this weekend, and thousands of people descended on the Morial Convention Center to take part in the fun.

Click on any image to expand the photo gallery.

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NolaVie
3:28 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Arts Educators Say It's Time To Turn STEM Into STEAM

School artwork with a Rodrigue touch.
Credit George Rodrigue Foundation

With Voices from the Classroom: The Arts in Education Reform, NolaVie and cultural partner WWNO are teaming up to take a look at how the arts are being used creatively in schools around the city. Why are they an important component for school curricula? And how are we integrating arts into local classrooms? Today, Brian Friedman talks to Jacques Rodrigue about a new model for arts-based schools.

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Arts & Culture
2:32 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Andrew Jackson Exhibit Gives Perspective On The Battle Of New Orleans

Battle of New Orleans; 1856; oil on canvas by Dennis Malone Carter.
Credit The Historic New Orleans Collection

Thursday marked the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, which influenced the course of American history and propelled Andrew Jackson to the Presidency.

The Historic New Orleans Collection currently has an exhibition on view entitled Andrew Jackson: Hero of New Orleans. WWNO’s Paul Maassen talked to HNOC’s Associate Director for the Williams Research Center, Jason Wiese, about the exhibit, Jackson, and the Battle's anniversary.

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Battle of New Orleans
9:49 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Fazendeville, the town razed to make way for the Chalmette National Monument

The sesquecentennial of the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1965, with the remnants of Fazendeville visible in the background.
Credit National Park Service

When Eldgridge Cager was growing up in Fazendeville in the 1950s, he and his friends would look for cannonballs, broken muskets and swords on the other side of the Mississippi River levee — just a few blocks from his house in the all-black community. They’d bring the rusty treasures to “Old Man” Linch, the Park Superintendent of the Chalmette Monument, a tall white obelisk towering over the cow pasture across from Fazendeville.

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Arts & Culture
5:51 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

The New Orleans Museum of Art reveals two new international additions to its sculpture garden

London-based artist Yinka Shonibare's Wind Sculpture V evokes a bolt of African batik fabric blowing in the wind.
Credit New Orleans Museum of Art

There are two new additions on display at the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden: Caduto a Ragione by Mimmo Paladino and Wind Sculpture V by Yinka Shonibare.

WWNO’s Eileen Fleming met up with New Orleans Museum of Art Director Susan Taylor outside the garden to discuss the donations made by the Besthoffs.

Susan M. Taylor, NOMA's director, says the two new sculptures enhance the international stature of NOMA and the garden:

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Arts & Culture
3:18 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

What's left of Louisiana if you strip away everything but the roads?

The Louisiana "All Streets" map, created by Boston-based design firm Fathom.
Credit Fathom

Folks at the Boston-based design firm Fathom had a unique idea: what would maps look like if you stripped away all the defining features of a state, or of a country, leaving behind nothing but the roads?

Even a regular road map retains the outline of a place, its peaks and valleys, mountains and rivers, the names we give the defining features. But what if we take all that away and just leave the connective tissue, the pavement, behind?

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NOLA Life Stories
8:44 am
Tue December 30, 2014

NOLA Life Stories: How Bobby Grier Broke The Color Barrier At The Sugar Bowl

Bobby Grier was the leading rusher at the 1956 Sugar Bowl with nearly 100 yards.
The Owl at the University of Pittsburgh

Bobby Grier was the first African-American to play in the Sugar Bowl. As a member of the Pittsburgh Panthers, Grier played against Georgia Tech on January 2, 1956 — only months after Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi and weeks after Rosa Parks was arrested in Alabama.

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NolaVie
2:22 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

P.3+: 'Five In Four' Exhibition Showcases An Archive Of Family Photography

Rabbit Ears.
Credit Rabbit Ears via NolaVie.com

If you’re walking or driving on Oak Street, sooner or later you’ll get to the 8200 block and a quirky shop called Rabbit Ears. It belongs to Renee Allie, a longtime immigrant from the way cold North — Connecticut, to be exact. With a degree in Italian and art, and not a clue what to do with that, she came to New Orleans in 1984 because her sister, who was working here at that time, said it might be fun since there was going to be a world’s fair.

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