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Arts & Culture
4:31 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer

Director Spike Lee on the set of his latest feature film.

Director Spike Lee is having an incredibly busy year. He's directing Mike Tyson's one-man show on Broadway, combing through the Michael Jackson archives to commemorate Bad, and he's just released a new feature film called Red Hook Summer.

Producer Thomas Walsh recently spoke with Spike Lee about the movie that's sure to get you talking.

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Features
10:00 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Photo Essay: Community Hub

Zoe Sullivan

Correspondent Zoe Sullivan brings us this snapshot of a Bywater mainstay — a barbershop that serves as a "community hub" for the neighborhood.

Says Zoe:

This is a photo essay that began in my mind when I lived in the Bywater and would bike by the door to this barber shop. Its obvious age and it’s position at an angle to the street intrigued me. A few weeks ago, I finally went to see if I could take some pictures. Michael Williamson gave me some wonderful suggestions on how to improve the work, and here is the result.

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Latest News
6:00 am
Thu August 23, 2012

New Orleans Port Unaffected So Far By Lower Mississippi River Levels

Cargo is continuing to move through the Port of New Orleans during the national drought.
Erin Krall WWNO

Low water levels in the upper Mississippi River have not affected operations so far at the Port of New Orleans. Port officials say no traffic restrictions are expected.

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Around the Nation
3:29 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Saltwater Invades Mississippi River

Water gets churned up at the end of a dredging pipeline connected to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredge on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tenn., on Monday. The river has seen water levels from Illinois to Louisiana plummet because of drought conditions in the past three months. When there's less flow coming downstream, saltwater from the Gulf wedges its way in.
Adrian Sainz AP

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 7:25 pm

All the dry weather means there's less water flowing through the once mighty river into the Gulf of Mexico, and low outflow means saltwater from the Gulf is creeping in.

Some Louisiana cities have already begun purchasing drinking water. Now New Orleans is at risk.

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Notes from New Orleans
1:00 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Textile Designer Camilla Franklin

English designer Camilla Franklin knows how to spin a yarn — quite literally, in fact. On this week's Notes from New Orleans she speaks with Sharon Litwin about her involvement in Louisiana's longstanding textile industry.

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Arts & Culture
9:00 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Loyola to celebrate New Orleans brass brand tradition

Loyola University's main campus at dusk.
Loyola University New Orleans

The Center for the Study of New Orleans at Loyola University will celebrate the Crescent City’s rich musical heritage with the second annual NolaLoyola “Beats of the Streets: The Brass Brand Tradition in New Orleans,” on Friday, Sept. 28. The full day of events is free and open to the public.

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Blight
6:00 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Report: New Orleans Blight Continues At High Level

A new study shows there's a diminishing amount of blight in New Orleans. But the overall level is stubbornly high.

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Author Interviews
3:32 pm
Sun August 19, 2012

Long After Katrina, New Orleans Fights For 'Home'

Alex Brandon

Originally published on Sun August 19, 2012 5:20 pm

In just a few weeks, we will mark the seventh anniversary of one of the country's deadliest hurricanes. New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are still recovering from the devastating damage and loss of life caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita — the storm that would follow.

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Andre Perry Commentary
5:00 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Break the Vow of Silence

A parochial school parent recently asked me if it’s too late to transfer their child to a voucher school. After going through the labyrinth of enrollment rules, I asked, “Why do you want to transfer?” The parent replied, “I don’t know if my daughter is learning.”
 

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Notes from New Orleans
4:01 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

The Birds & The Bees

Carrollton resident Claudia Garofalo has raised chickens and even honey bees in her Uptown neighborhood for years.

Most people have a dog or two, a couple of cats, even a parakeet. But how would you feel if your neighbors tended to chickens or other unconventional pets? On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin sits down to have an overdue conversation about the birds and the bees.

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