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Arts & Culture
7:34 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Exhibit Opening Features Guns As Art

"Mourn" by Paul Villinski
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

An exhibit opening Saturday features the repurposing of guns into art. It’s also a fundraiser for police to buy back guns and get them off the streets.

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Latest News
4:26 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

New Metered Parking Rules For Drivers With Handicap Tags

The New Orleans City Council approved new rules for drivers with handicap tags or plates.
Pink Sherbet Photography Flickr

After today, New Orleans drivers with handicap tags and license plates will be able to park in metered parking spaces for up to three hours without paying.

The City Council passed the new ordinance on Thursday.

Disability activists say they had been seeking to change the parking laws for many years, but never made progress until threatening to sue the city for violating the Americans With Disabilities Act, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports.

Latest News
7:36 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Army Corps Nixes Public Hearing On Coal Terminal

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has decided against holding a public hearing on a coal export terminal in Plaquemines Parish.

Officials say there’s no new information that would affect its regulatory authority over the project.

RAM Terminal wants a permit to operate on 600 acres near Ironton.

Environmental groups say the terminal would spoil coastal restoration projects.

Grace Morris is senior organizer with Gulf Restoration Network. She says more environmental reviews are needed.

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Education
7:03 am
Thu October 2, 2014

New Orleans Schools Face A Surge Of Unaccompanied Minors

Yashua Cantillano, 14, arrived in New Orleans in June from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He's now enrolled in a charter school, Carver Prep, on the city's east side.
Mallory Falk/WWNO

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 7:17 pm

For 14-year-old Yashua Cantillano, life in New Orleans is an improvement.

But that's not saying much.

Just three months ago, Yashua was in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, dodging gang members. He says they would drive by his school, guns visible, threatening to kill him, his younger brother — Yashua's whole family.

"We'd hide all day," Yashua says, "and that kept us from going to school."

After crossing the U.S. border illegally, he came to New Orleans and ultimately enrolled at Carver Prep, a small charter school on the city's east side.

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Latest News
7:33 am
Wed October 1, 2014

New Orleans Joins HUD Complaint Against Bank of America

A New Orleans housing group is signing on to national complaints alleging the Bank of America is contributing to blight by letting foreclosed homes fall into disrepair.

The National Fair Housing Alliance says the bank is especially neglectful in African American and Latino neighborhoods.

James Perry of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center said 26 homes that B of A owns in New Orleans are in disrepair.

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Central City
7:00 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Tulane City Center's Maurice Cox On Adaptive Reuse And Creative Resurgence Along O.C. Haley Blvd.

Maurice Cox, Director of the Tulane City Center and associate dean for community engagement.
Credit Eve Troeh / WWNO

This week WWNO has been exploring Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. The Central City corridor is home to new nonprofits and business ventures, after a redevelopment effort of more than a decade.

Today we wrap up coverage with a conversation just off the Boulevard, on Baronne Street. It’s the new home of Tulane City Center, a venture of the university’s School of Architecture, with a strong service learning component.

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Central City
7:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

For Businesses On O.C Haley Blvd. There Is More At Stake Than Commerce

Just some of the businesses, established and new, on O.C. Haley Blvd. Some larger buildings are being carved up to accommodate smaller businesses.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

There have been several ribbon-cutting ceremonies lately on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, and more are on the way. The community-based revitalization plan for the commercial corridor, driven by non-profits, is now looking to private business to keep it moving.

The 10 blocks between Jackson Avenue and Calliope Street are crammed with construction crews. Workers are fixing building facades. A jazz center spearheaded by trumpeter Irvin Mayfield is taking shape. So is a grocery store.

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WRKF
6:32 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Meet The Neighbors: Carlos Roldan Takes Pride in His Players

Carlos Roldan

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 9:43 am

Meet The Neighbors introduces you to some of the remarkable people who live and work in the Baton Rouge area. Do you know someone we should meet? E-mail us at news@wrkf.org and keep up with Meet The Neighbors, follow us on Tumblr.

Carlos Roldan came to Baton Rouge from Argentina more than ten years ago. He started playing tennis at the age of nine, and started competing by age 13. By the time he was 18 he was competing semi-pro and coaching on the side, which took away from his training time. He loved to coach so much that he decided to stop competing and coach full time. In 1998, after coaching for many years, it turns out he had something new to learn.

  "By accident I received a flier for something called wheelchair tennis that I’ve never seen before, even though I’ve played tennis all my life, never seen before. So I approached the person who gave me the flier and that’s how it started," Roldan says. "I went there one time to see their practice and I really was impressed with what they do and how they do it, and the coach told me 'Would you be interested in coaching some players?' and I said 'Well, absolutely, but I don’t know much about this, and he told me 'If you know how to coach tennis you can start' and that’s how it started."

Now, Roldan coaches wheelchair tennis every Saturday at BREC’s Highland Park. He’s also helped kickstart similar programs elsewhere in the state. He teaches beginners, intermediate and advanced, with students as young as six, and as old as 65.


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Latest News
6:35 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Southern Food And Beverage Museum Cuts Ribbon On A New Building

The food traditions of each Southern state are represented in the museum's Gallery of the States.
Nina Feldman WWNO

Everything about the Southern Food and Beverage Museum is a tribute to the legacy of food in southern states — even its physical building.

Architect Jonathan Tate says the new SOFAB building took on a number of identities over the years. It was originally the Dryades Market. During WWII it was a motor pool for the military; it was a jeweler and the Ocean Seafood Market.

“What we did here in terms of the design is peel all of that away, so what you see here is what the market might’ve looked like in the 1930s,” said Tate.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: How Many Dollar Stores Are There In Your Neighborhood?

Dollar store business is booming across the country and in New Orleans.
Jesse Hardman

WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week the Listening Post team asks: do dollar stores reflect the economy where they are built, or do they drive the economic identity of the area? 

If you add up the Dollar Generals, Family Dollars, Dollar Trees, and throw in ten or so Save-a-Lots, you’re pretty close to 100 or more dollar-type stores in the New Orleans area.

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