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NolaVie
4:19 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Cascade Stables And The Horses Of Mardi Gras

A horse at Cascade Stables, in its stall for the night.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

When you’re watching a Mardi Gras parade, what gets you most excited? The floats? The throws? The marching bands? One New Orleans native has loved Carnival since she was a little girl, but not for any of these reasons. She loves it for the horses. 

Over at Cascade Stables horses are busy getting "shoed" by their blacksmiths, a brief, yet apparently uncomfortable process. It is one of a few necessary steps the staff goes through in preparing their horses for Mardi Gras season. Assistant trainer Scooter Sherrik explains.

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Education
11:50 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Testing Drives Classroom Computer And Keyboarding Skills

Leonardo Augusto Matsuda Creative Commons

The Louisiana state education department recently found that one-third of school districts are falling short when it comes to computers. The state suggests one computer for every seven students.

Three districts — Cameron, St. Helena and St. James parishes — have reached a one-to-one ratio of students to computers. Most New Orleans schools, because they’re charters, were not included in the report. But technology in the classroom getting attention because of upcoming changes to testing.

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Food
4:35 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Eating By Example On Tulane Avenue

Trèo opened as a cocktail lounge, small-plates restaurant and art gallery on Tulane Avenue.
Ian McNulty

Restaurants and bars have been pioneers for reinvesting in areas across New Orleans. Local dining writer Ian McNulty says the next example is taking shape along Tulane Avenue.

It takes a lot more than restaurants and bars to get an economic revitalization going and turn the corner. But still, when you’re first kicking the wheels into motion, new places to eat and drink are not bad places to start, especially when you’re talking about redevelopment in New Orleans.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Dan Davis The Wine Guy Wins Grand Award For Commander's Palace

Commander's Palace — killin' it since 1880.
Credit Infrogmation / Wikipedia

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Ella Brennan, owner of Commander’s Palace and doyenne of the New Orleans restaurant community, had wanted to win the Grand Award from Wine Spectator magazine for a very long time. When that happened in 2013, she gave full credit to the restaurant’s wine director, Dan Davis. On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Davis about how a Mississippi boy got into the world of wine.

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NolaVie
4:44 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Voices From The French Market

Horse-drawn wagons line the narrow street in front of New Orleans' French Market, Jan. 1915.
Credit National Archives

The French Market may seem like one big urban flea market — with everything from tee-shirts to Mardi Gras masks, alligator heads to shot glasses. And tourists… lots of tourists. But upon closer inspection, you discover that this outdoor shopping plaza is full of individuals who couldn’t be more different from one another.

NolaVie's Laine Kaplan-Levenson and Renée Peck met some of these local vendors who make the French Market another unique corner of the city.

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Music
9:38 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Singing To The Strength Of New Orleans

Alynda Lee Segarra is the lead singer and songwriter of the New Orleans folk ensemble Hurray for the Riff Raff.
Debbie Elliott NPR

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 7:00 pm

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2014 NBA All-Star Game
8:12 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

NBA All-Star Game Photos — Friday

The 2014 NBA All-Star Game has taken over the Crescent City this weekend.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

The 2014 NBA All-Star Game has taken over New Orleans this weekend, with parties and pop-up stores throughout the French Quarter and the CBD.

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Arts & Culture
8:02 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Shotgun Geography: Richard Campanella's Cityscapes

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Tulane School of Architecture professor and author Richard Campanella explains a new aspect of New Orleans geography and culture in his monthly Cityscapes column for NOLA.com. This month: Shotgun geography, an examination of the shotgun house.

WWNO News Director Eve Troeh sat down with Campanella to learn more.

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Food
4:35 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Coming In The From The Cold At Kukhnya

The winter colors of hearty Slavic soul food from Kukhnya, inside the music club Siberia.
Ian McNulty

Sochi may be in the spotlight, but our New Orleans food writer has his mind on Siberia — a music club with an edgy look but a surprisingly home-spun kitchen featuring Slavic soul food.

We all like to complain about the weather — or at least it seems we’re prone to do so. But truly, in New Orleans, after the summers we suffer through, it seems profoundly unfair to have to let our faucet drips, see our gardens die, and bundle ourselves up under soaring ceilings in homes designed for the subtropics. In New Orleans, freezing weather is just not cool.

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Ray Nagin
12:58 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Taiwanese Animators Poke Fun At Ray Nagin

Screenshot of satirical video showing former Mayor C. Ray Nagin accepting bribes from contractors in his City Hall office.
Next Media Animation

Next Media Animation, a Taiwanese media company known for their satirical animated videos mocking events in the news, has released a video poking fun at the travails of former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin, convicted this week of 20 counts of corruption — ranging from bribery to conspiracy.

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