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Around the Nation
3:29 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

It's Hard To Tell La Familia You're Gay

Samantha Moreno, in pink, with her family. "The hardest part of coming out is to know that you're about to hurt someone that you love," she says in a video featured on the website of Familia es Familia, which aims to help Latino families accept their LGBT loved ones.
Courtesy of Samantha Moreno

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 4:50 pm

Coming out to your family as gay or lesbian can be an excruciating experience, and it is no less so if you're part of a Latino family.

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Community
1:50 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

EPA to aid Baton Rouge's greening design

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is partnering with Baton Rouge to help create more green spaces and trails to connect the LSU area to downtown.

Baton Rouge was one of five cities selected for the EPA's Greening America's Capitals program. The others are Indianapolis, Des Moines, Helena, Mont., and Frankfort, Ky.

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StoryCorps
9:03 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

From Topless Bar To Biology: A Love Story

Biologists Philip and Susan McClinton started their life together, in 1972, in a very different place.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 10:56 am

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Latest News
3:29 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Denham Springs approves new obscenity ordinance

The Denham Springs City Council has unanimously approved an obscenity ordinance.

City Attorney Paeton Burkett told the council Wednesday night there are no businesses in the city that would violate the ordinance, but it will prevent such businesses from locating in the city.

Mayor Jimmy Durbin said inquiries about the possible opening of an adult business in the city brought the issue before the council.

Shreveport Dog Park
12:36 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Caddo Parish Sheriff's painting to help fund dog park

Artwork painted by Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator will be featured at an upcoming event set to raise money to establish a dog park in Shreveport.

Prator's painting portrays Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover as a giant being tied down by dogs — a reworking of a scene from Gulliver's Travels.

Glover has so far resisted funding the park over other initiatives he has said should take priority.

According to Cynthia Keith, director of the Shreveport Dog Park Alliance, describes Prator's work as a political cartoon.

Community
12:54 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Shunick celebration planned Sept. 29

Friends and family of Mickey Shunick say they will hold a community celebration to honor the University of Louisiana at Lafayette student who was kidnapped and killed in May.

The Advertiser reports that friends will share memories of the 21-year-old woman, City-Parish President Joey Durel will speak, and family and friends will recognize law enforcement officers, donors, doctors and volunteers who helped search for Shunick.

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Community
12:52 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Men don women's high heels for anti-rape event

Police officers and emergency medical workers were among about 70 men who pranced through a Lake Charles mall in women's high-heeled shoes to raise awareness of rape and sexual assault and money to help its victims.

Organizer Tammy Vincent tells The American Press that Saturday's event, called "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes," raised about $10,000.

She says the light-hearted event gets people talking about serious problems that many communities don't want to admit are happening.

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Consent Decree
11:36 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Groups denied say in NOPD reforms

A federal judge has denied petitions from four groups seeking to have a say in an agreement New Orleans has reached with the Justice Department to overhaul the city's troubled police department.

The Times-Picayune reports that U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan on Friday denied requests from two police association organizations, Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson and nonprofit Community United for Change.

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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Tropical Storm Isaac
5:00 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Stores Running Out Of Storm Supplies; Some Unconcerned About What's Coming

As officials gear up to respond to what’s expected to be Hurricane Isaac, New Orleanians went shopping for supplies. Flashlights and batteries were sold out of several stores.

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