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NolaVie
7:30 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Weekly LaSalle Market Bringing Business Back To Central City

Pods housing the businesses the make up The Market on LaSalle in Central City.
Credit Nina Feldman

New Orleans’ Central City neighborhood was once a stronghold of rich cultural traditions and bustling local businesses. While the arts remain vibrant within this tight community, the area has suffered economically over the past decades.

Now, a new local initiative aims to restore economic vitality along one commercial corridor in the neighborhood.

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Community
7:05 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Dillard University's Office Of Community Relations Helps Gentilly Stay Healthy

Volunteers work on the Langston Hughes Community Garden.
EveAbrams WWNO

Dillard University's Office of Community Relations is helping people in Gentilly stay healthy. Eve Abrams explores the university's efforts to combat obesity, poor nutrition, and bad eating habits throughout the neighborhood.

Chrisean Mitchell shows me around the community garden in back of her Gentilly school.

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Northshore Focus
5:04 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Northshore 'Kids Wanna Help' — So They Launch A Network Of Nonprofits

What happens when very motivated adolescents decide they want to help better their community, but they’re not satisfied with how kids fit into the current non-profit scene? In the case of two Northshore teenagers, they simply started their own.

15-year-old Beverly Brown co-founded Kids Wanna Help, a group designed to encourage Northshore youth to become involved with non-profits and charitable giving. Their mission began with a fashion show.

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Education
7:30 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Homer Plessy Community School Defies Dominant Charter School Model

Sophia and Jonathan insdie their new school
Ben McLeish

Proponents of charter schools in New Orleans have a refrain: charters mean more choice, for kids and families. But most of the charter schools in New Orleans are based on a similar educational model — one marked by rigidity and a relentless focus on getting into college.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

UNO Quality Of Life Survey Shows Optimism

47 percent of Orleans Parish respondents to a UNO survey say the city has become a better place to live over the past five years.
zimmytws Shutterstock

The annual University of New Orleans quality of life survey has been released. Orleans Parish residents say things are looking up.

The UNO survey finds 47 percent of Orleans Parish respondents say the city has become a better place to live over the past five years.

Jefferson Parish responses were also positive — at 42 percent.

UNO political science professor Ed Chervenak says the poll surveyed registered voters over the phone in October — about 300 in each parish.

Crime remains the major concern in New Orleans. In Jefferson Parish, it rates 26 percent.

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NolaVie
9:49 am
Mon November 18, 2013

All Clear: An NFL Purse Review

A new list of prohibited items posted at the bottom of the Superdome's Gate A ramp.
Jason Saul WWNO

We’re more than mid-way through the football season, which begs a review of one of the more controversial new NFL rules. We’re talking, of course, about the NFL’s decision to allow only see-through purses into NFL stadiums nationwide. Here’s a field study of stadium bag theory.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

New Signs Help Visitors Understand Wetlands Restoration In Lower Ninth Ward

John Taylor is caretaker of the Bayou Bienvenue viewing platform, which offers a vantage point to see projects designed to restore wetlands that once filled the area, but that are now open water.
Eileen Fleming WWNO

Officials dedicate interactive signs at Bayou Bienvenue viewing platform.

A viewing platform on the edge of the Lower Ninth Ward can now offer visitors a chance to see the damage done to wetlands by saltwater intrusion. They can also watch through new interactive signs as restoration projects try to repair the damage at Bayou Bienvenue.

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Community
7:30 am
Tue November 12, 2013

UNITY's Outreach Team Brings Services To New Orleans' Most Vulnerable Citizens

Laniker Hunter-Davis is easy to spot in her Outreach jacket.
Katy Reckdahl

Laniker Hunter-Davis is an outreach worker for UNITY of Greater New Orleans. She and her partner, Joycelyn Scott, drive and walk around the city trying to reach the hardest-to-reach homeless people. One night, I tagged along.  

“The first place that we’ll be stopping is at Washington Park. It’s off of Elysian Fields. We have a lady  that’s in that park with her dog, and she can’t utilize the shelters because of her dog. So we gonna go check on her.

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Business
4:45 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

It's A New Orleans Mantra, But Using 'Who Dat' May Cost You

The phrase "Who Dat" is ubiquitous in New Orleans. A Texas-based company says it owns the rights to the phrase, and while homemade signs don't run afoul of its trademark, it says merchandise like T-shirts is another matter.
David J. Phillip AP

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 5:46 pm

During pro football season, New Orleans becomes " 'Who Dat' Nation." Fans open New Orleans Saints games with the signature chant and use it to rattle the eardrums of opponents during play.

Since the Saints' Super Bowl win in 2010, the phrase has popped up everywhere, from T-shirts to business names. Even people who don't watch football call themselves "Who Dats." But a messy legal question keeps rearing its head here: Who owns "Who Dat"?

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Red River Radio
8:45 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Shreveport Home Depot employees spearhead improvements at veterans home

Shreveport Home Depot employees build a bus shelter outside the Volunteers of America Veterans Transitional Living Program site.

Employees from Shreveport Home Depot stores completed a number of building projects for veterans. They've built a bus shelter adjacent to the Volunteers of America Veterans Transitional Housing Program facility. The employees used their day off Friday to to serve veterans. Jack Parker, a store manager, has worked for Home Depot 21 years. He said he’s been a part of Team Depot volunteerism since he started with the company.

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