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2:09 am
Thu July 5, 2012

New Orleans Struggles With Murder Rate, And Trust

Sgt. Miro Brekalo talks with residents in New Orleans' Gentilly neighborhood, as other officers walk their beat. Their goal isn't only to stop crime; it's also to connect with citizens who are often reluctant to report crimes.
Debbie Elliott NPR

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 9:25 pm

New Orleans now has the highest per capita murder rate in the country. Most of the killings are concentrated in the city's poorest neighborhoods — places like Central City, just a few blocks north of the stately mansions that line St. Charles Avenue.

The city's mayor is launching a new program aimed at cracking what he describes as a deeply rooted culture of violence. But victims complain that a failed criminal justice system has left the streets to vigilante justice, with innocent residents caught in the crossfire.

A Wounded Neighborhood

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Those Who Serve
2:29 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Grandfathers' Stories Inspire Military Service

Capt. Jared Larpenteur plans a combat mission at the 82nd Airborne's Delta Company command center in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, earlier this year.
Amy Walters NPR

Originally published on Wed July 4, 2012 9:04 am

A very small percentage of Americans are now serving in the military — fewer than 1 percent. Some are looking for direction. Others are inspired by a sense of patriotism or by a family member who served in an earlier war. On this Independence Day, we continue with an occasional series, Those Who Serve, a look at the men and women wearing their country's uniform during a time of war.

Capt. Jared Larpenteur is from Cajun Country in Louisiana. His family never expected he'd make the military his career.

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NPR Cities: Urban Life In The 21st Century
3:33 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Filling In New Orleans' Future, One Blank At A Time

Candy Chang, co-founder of the website Neighborland, writes on an art installation in New Orleans in April. As part of a public street art project that later became Neighborland, Chang put nametag-like stickers on empty New Orleans storefronts for residents to write ideas for improving the city.
Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 8:19 pm

New Orleans became a blank slate after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. And ever since, entrepreneurs have rushed in to experiment with new ideas for building and running a city.

Among them is a startup called Neighborland.com, a social media tool for sharing ideas to make your neighborhood better. After signing in to Neighborland, you can find your neighborhood and post your idea. The posts all start with "I want," and you fill in the rest.

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Vets to Cops
12:47 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

La. Police Departments Get Funding to Hire Vets

Four Louisiana law enforcement agencies will get federal money to rehire community policing officers or to hire military veterans for new positions. The New Orleans Police Department and St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office are the largest of the departments. Each covers three years of pay. Louisiana's total comes to more than $1.5 million. 

Race
10:55 am
Mon July 2, 2012

30 Years Later, Vincent Chin Seen As Turning Point

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 2:40 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we want to turn to an event that for decades now has been considered a pivotal moment in civil rights history, especially in leading a generation of young Asian-Americans into activism.

Thirty years ago, a Chinese-American man named Vincent Chin was celebrating his upcoming wedding at a bachelor party at a bar in Detroit. At some point that evening, Chin got into a fight with Ronald Ebens and his stepson, Michael Nitz, who then beat Vincent Chin with a baseball bat so badly, he later died.

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West Nile
10:02 am
Fri June 29, 2012

New Orleans Detects West Nile in Mosquitoes

New Orleans officials say West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected in the city.

No human West Nile cases have been reported in New Orleans so far this year, although one human case has been reported in St. Bernard Parish.

Most people infected do not get sick. However some develop flu-like symptoms and a few will develop serious illness.

National Urban League Conference
10:13 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Obama to Speak at Urban League Conference

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will address the National Urban League Conference on July 25 in New Orleans.

The conference by one of the nation's oldest civil rights organizations is focused on increasing employment for African-Americans, who now face a jobless rate of 13.6 percent, nearly 5 percentage points higher than the national average. 

Latest News
6:00 am
Thu June 28, 2012

New Orleans Immigration Advocates Protesting Supreme Court Ruling

Protesters rally at federal courthouse in New Orleans.
Eileen Fleming WWNO

Immigration advocates in New Orleans say the Supreme Court’s ruling this week on immigration policy will lead to racial profiling. The Congress of Day Laborers is reaching out to minority leaders for support.

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Solar Panels in Central City
9:33 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Solar Panels Crop Up in New Orleans Development

A new development of affordable housing in Central City, a neighborhood plagued by blight and abandoned houses, is seeing a flourishing of solar panels.

The Times-Picayune reports that residents in the Harmony Neighborhood Development are putting solar panels on their homes.

The development, being built by a nonprofit, is being constructed using federal funding to convert blighted and vacant properties into the new affordable housing.

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Air Guard Deployment
11:35 am
Fri June 22, 2012

A Farewell For the 'Bayou Militia'

BELLE CHASSE — The Louisiana National Guard says members of the group known as the "Bayou Militia" have bid farewell to families and friends during a deployment ceremony held at the Naval Air Station in Belle Chasse.

Thursday's ceremony was for about 250 members of the Louisiana Air National Guard's 159th Fighter Wing. The Guard gave few details about their mission, saying they are deploying in support of overseas operations in southwest Asia. 

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