8:29 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Community Impact Series: Dulac Community Center Hub Of Houma Indian Life

At the edge of Terrebonne Parish, and on the front lines of Louisiana's coastal erosion crisis, a community center with a long history for the Native American Houma people is focused on resiliency for the future.

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8:00 am
Tue June 4, 2013

City Community Centers The Heartbeat Of Neighborhood Life

Murals on the side of the Tremé Community Center in 2011.
Credit Derek Bridges / Flickr

The term NORD is thrown around a lot in conversations about crime and public safety. It is actually NORDC now, which stands for the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission — the agency that oversees the playgrounds, ballparks, pools and sports teams that many see as the key to teaching kids community values.

NORDC community centers are often the heartbeat of neighborhood life, especially in the summer. However, when they’re closed — as many still are after Hurricane Katrina— the beat is gone.

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Voices On Violence
2:13 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Voices On Violence: Where's The Village Now?

New Orleans musician Edward Anderson.
Credit Jason Kruppa / NolaVie

Who: Edward Anderson, 46, a musician, educator, husband and father. Born into a longtime New Orleans family of teachers and pharmacists, he received his undergraduate degree in music from Xavier University, his master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York and, most recently, his doctorate in composition from the Louisiana State University School of Music. He has been a high school teacher and a college professor, and is a practicing musician playing trumpet with several jazz groups in town.

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7:30 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Learning To Swim, And Providing The Opportunity, Often A Challenge In New Orleans

Kids wait to jump into the pool under the watchful eye of a NORDC lifeguard.
Credit NORDC


Some kids spend more of their summers in water than on land. Yet in our city, surrounded by water, knowing how to swim, or simply finding a place to swim, can be challenging.

Some kids spend more of their summers in water than on land. Yet in our city, surrounded by water, knowing how to swim, or simply finding a place to swim, can be challenging.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Get Ready: It's Hurricane Season

Officials throughout southeast Louisiana are asking residents to start planning now for hurricanes. A busy season is predicted.

Local officials review hurricane season planning.

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Voices on Violence
6:59 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Love NOLA: When It Comes To Violence, Are We Listening?

Brett Will Taylor

A recent study found that the average American hears 100,000 words per day. That's a lot of Tweets! With so much information swirling around us, is it any wonder that Americans may have forgotten the fine art of actually listening to what we hear? Here is a case for listening — to the voices surrounding one of our city's most pressing issues.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the difference between hearing someone and listening to them.

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8:24 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Community Impact Series: Boat People SOS Helping Communities Recover From Katrina And BP Oil Spill

An organization formed to help people fleeing the Vietnam War establish themselves in the U.S. is now helping a Gulf Coast community deal with the impact of much more recent history.

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9:25 am
Fri May 24, 2013

New News Habits In New Orleans

A year later, these friends are still gathering to talk over the paper, but it's not The Times-Picayune. From left: Sue Paraski, Sharon Morrow, Eric Hartman, Joe Mole.
Credit Bevil Knapp

A year ago today, news leaked that The Times-Picayune would cease daily publication, cut staff and focus on its website, The paper and ink edition now hits doorsteps and newsstands just three days a week: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

History and tradition play an outsized role in New Orleans. So perhaps it is no surprise that The Times-Picayune’s move has led to a modern-day version of a relic of media history: the newspaper war.

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Summer Camp
8:30 am
Thu May 23, 2013

'Camp Upward' Provides Northshore Families Affordable Summer Camp Options

For many kids in St. Tammany Parish, summer is a time for long days spent playing outdoors, easy weekends at the baseball park, and — especially for kids with parents who both work — it means summer camp.

But the expense of camp leaves many families who are struggling financially with no option but to leave their kids unattended. Chassidy Groover of Covington knows what waited for her without an affordable summer camp option.

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Code Switch
11:48 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Who Becomes The Face Of A Horrific Attack?

A possible shooting suspect in a white shirt (bottom center) shoots into a crowd of people on Mother's Day 2013 in New Orleans.
New Orleans Police Department AP

The spate of headlines that drew them to our attention has died down. Yet I still find myself thinking about the faces of a certain 19-year-old man and his elder brother, accused by police of bringing about a tragic end to what should have been a day of joy and celebration.

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