Years before there were any cranes in the sky on Tulane Avenue, they could be seen in the CBD constructing a fairly modest building called the D-Day Museum.
On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Dr. Gordon Mueller about how that grew into a three-block long institution, officially designated in 2003 by the Congress of the United States as America's National World War II Museum.
Hundreds of thousands of Louisiana residents don’t have health insurance. The number ranges from about 600,000 to 900,000.
The federal health insurance exchanges opened for enrollment on Oct. 1. The idea is to get uncovered people into an insurance plan, with a mix of government subsidies and a co-pay from the recipient. However, many people below the poverty line will still need to rely on Louisiana’s safety net hospitals.
Five years ago, the Department of Homeland Security established a program that forwards local arrest records to a national immigration database. If an individual is suspected of being in the country unlawfully, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or "ICE", may ask local law enforcement to hold the individual until officials can investigate his or her immigration status. These requests are known as ICE holds.
This year’s National Beard and Moustache Championships took place here in New Orleans at the House of Blues. Contestants competed in numerous categories of facial hair arrangement, ranging from natural moustaches to creatively styled full beards. Each category has its own set of specific criteria. Beard Team USA organized the event, and judges included local figures such as Nola.com | The Times-Picayune art critic Doug MacCash and barber Aidan Gill.
In New Orleans, it's cool to be in the high school band — especially when Trombone Shorty shows up in the band room.
The brass player and bandleader recently paid a visit to New Orleans' Warren Easton High School to work with band members. It's part of his work with the Trombone Shorty Foundation, a music education initiative.
"[Trombone Shorty] is, without a doubt, the role model for the next generation right now," says Bill Taylor, the foundation's executive director.
The US Army Corps of Engineers is ready to begin work on three new pumping stations.
Residents along the Lakefront are being advised to brace themselves for some major construction work. The Army Corps of Engineers is starting work on three permanent canal closures and pumps at 17th Street and Orleans and London Avenues.