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Reports
6:00 am
Fri May 11, 2012

President Clinton Speaks to New Orleans High School Graduates

President Bill Clinton gave the keynote address to the 37 graduating seniors in the College Track Class of 2012.
Erin Krall

Former President Bill Clinton was the keynote speaker at the first New Orleans high school graduation ceremony for 37 students in an Urban League after-school education initiative. Special attention given during high school will continue throughout the students’ college years.

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Orleans Recreation
9:50 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Foundation Makes Donation to New Orleans Recreation Group

The fundraising arm of the recreation department for the city of New Orleans is about to get a donation from a foundation that was started by one of the city's best-known Carnival krewes.

A news release from the mayor's office says the Pro Bono Publico Foundation was set to announce its planned donation Tuesday afternoon. The donation is to be dedicated to youth programs at the city's Taylor Playground in the Hoffman Triangle neighborhood.

The Pro Bono Publico Foundation grew out of a rebuilding project that the Rex organization began after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Katrina Cottages
3:14 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Katrina Cottages: Years late and $1 million over budget

This little pink house at 1805 Lamanche St. is adjacent to an untended house with an overgrown lot.
Tom Gogola The Lens

With little fanfare, a cluster of tidy new houses recently went on the market in the Lower 9th Ward, bringing a poorly executed experiment in post-disaster housing to inglorious resolution long delayed.

The 22 one- and two- bedroom houses are the last of the now-notorious  “Katrina Cottages” that, almost seven years ago, were conceived as salvation for New Orleanians displaced by hurricanes Katrina and Rita and desperate to come home.

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Tulane Stadium
11:00 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Opposition Arises to Tulane Stadium

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tulane University's plans to construct a new football stadium in New Orleans' Uptown neighborhood are drawing opposition from some residents. Opponents of the stadium say they believe it will add to traffic and parking problems.

Gun Buyback
3:32 pm
Sat April 28, 2012

New Orleans police to hold gun buyback in May

The New Orleans Police crime prevention unit will be buying guns from residents — no questions asked — on May 12.

Police will pay $75 cash for handguns and $200 cash for assault rifles. The weapons can be new or old. Damaged guns will also be accepted.

Those looking to get rid of guns are advised to bring them unloaded and in a bag or container to the event. Police ask that people don't handle the weapons at the event and bring ammunition in separate containers.

Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Former Business Leader Now a Man of the Cloth

Rev. Lonell Wright and a handful of the children being mentored at the All Souls Episcopal Church in the Lower 9th Ward.

Ever since an old Walgreens was transformed into an Episcopal Church in the Lower 9th Ward, a small community has developed around the location. Many organizations are now using the site as a place to tutor children academically and musically. We'll speak with Rev. Lonell Wright, the leader of the All Souls Episcopal Church, on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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Navy Week
6:00 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Local Sailors Attending Navy Week Events

USS De Wert guided-missile frigate
Courtesy US Navy

Three thousand sailors are in New Orleans for Navy Week, marking the start of the nation’s bicentennial of the War of 1812. Some seeing the city for the first time will be getting pointers from sailors coming home for the celebrations.

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New Orleans Libraries
8:46 am
Fri April 13, 2012

New Orleans Opens Four New Libraries

New Orleans is marking the opening of a fourth new library in as many weeks. 

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Make It Right
5:01 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Brad Pitt talks about the weekend gala benefit for Make it Right

New Orleans’ adopted resident Brad Pitt is in town, hosting a star-studded gala this weekend to benefit the Make it Right housing development taking shape in the Lower Ninth Ward. He took a few minutes this afternoon to speak with WWNO reporter Eileen Fleming in one Make it Right house almost ready for occupancy.

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Reports
8:05 am
Fri March 2, 2012

St. Bernard Project Accepts Money and Expertise from Toyota

The St. Bernard Project is announcing a $100,000 grant from Toyota to continue building and rebuilding homes damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The non-profit is even more grateful for training it received from the car manufacturer.

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