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Education
8:30 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Wilson Charter School Embraces Students New To English

Sister Juanita Wood reads with a group of Spanish speaking kindergardeners.
Eve Abrams

When Logan Crowe became Principal of Andrew H. Wilson Charter School three years ago, the school had fewer than 10 non-English-speaking students.

Crowe actively recruited native Spanish speakers from New Orleans' swelling Latino population, and this year Wilson has 61 English as a Second Language students enrolled... but no funds to hire a full time ESL teacher.

Sister Juanita Wood, a bilingual nun near retirement, volunteered for the task and is paid a part-time stipend.

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Mardi Gras Indians
4:17 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Super Sunday Postponed Again

New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians parade on Super Sunday.
Tulane University Public Relations

Feathers and water don't mix — Mardi Gras Indian feathers, that is.

Super Sunday was originally scheduled for March 16, rescheduled to March 23 due to a forecast of rain, and now the threat of rain has moved the festivities to yet another date: Sunday, March 30, according to the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council.

The 2014 Super Sunday festival starts at 11 a.m. at A.L. Davis Park, at Washington Avenue and LaSalle Street. The parade starts at 1 p.m.

Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu March 20, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: Is Art Essential To The Revitalization Of New Orleans?

Citizens artists create their own street signs along Bayou St. John.
Jesse Hardman

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is art and revitalization.

Local artist Jacques Duffourc has made New Orleans his canvas for many years.

"Everyone has a voice and everyone is a creator themselves and creates the place that they want around them. And they're allowed to do so. There's not a whole lot of rules here. If you want to walk around with your pajamas on, people are going to celebrate that," says Duffourc.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

After School Programs: Make Music NOLA

Some of the favorite moments Paul Macres has had in the classroom are when his students finally see the payoff of their discipline. He calls these eureka moments.
Credit Thomas Walsh

Click here to listen to this week's Notes.

Keeping New Orleans music alive for the next generation of our children means ensuring they have access to instruments, as well as to teachers who want to share the magic of melody with them. On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with a couple of musicians who are doing just that.

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The Lens
6:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Taking A Hard Look At School Bus Safety

New Orleans schools rely on a dozen fleets of private buses that travel along hundreds of routes.
Gerald Bernard Shutterstock.com

In New Orleans, hundreds of school buses criss-cross the city every day, picking up and dropping off kids at school. The city’s schools rely on a dozen fleets of private buses that travel along hundreds of routes.

Last month, 6-year-old Shaud Wilson was crossing a busy street to meet his school bus when he was hit and killed by a car.

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Community
7:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Federal City Community Garden Takes Root

Volunteers, including members of the U.S. Marine Corps and students from Tulane Medical School, pose with the literal and figurative fruits of their labor at the Federal City Community Garden.
Credit Federal City Community Garden

Federal City Community Garden open to West Bank residents.

A community garden is taking root in Federal City. One goal is to unite established West Bank neighborhoods with 200 families living at the former Navy base.

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Food
4:36 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Healthy Helpings That Help Others

Pickled shrimp on baguette at the Green Dot Café.
Ian McNulty

Food writer Ian McNulty on two off-the-radar cafes with healthy options on the menu and social service in the business plan.

As fun as Carnival can be in New Orleans, the end of this season of parades and parties and carrying on can come as something of a relief. Whatever Lent might mean to you, the aftermath of Mardi Gras is a time to regroup and get your priorities back in focus. 

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WRKF
6:20 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Throw Me Something (Again), Mister: Mardi Gras Beads Revived

Beads are essential to celebrating Mardi Gras season in New Orleans, but what happens to the tokens when the revelry ends?
Sean Garnder Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:30 am

In Louisiana, Mardi Gras comes each year with dozens of parades filled with marching bands, colorful floats and parade-goers who scream, "Throw me something, Mister!"

That "something" the crowd wants are beads. The goal of any Mardi Gras parade is to catch as many as possible. After the revelry, people often have so many beads around their necks they can barely turn their heads.

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Green Minute
1:05 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

The Green Minute: NOLA Trash Mob

The NOLA Trash Mob during a recent cleanup at Bayou St. John.
Credit NOLA Trash Mob

We’ve all heard the phrase "One man’s trash is another man’s treasure," but what about "One city’s trash is another man’s mission?"

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Mayors Meet To Find Ways Of Reducing Crime In African American Communities

Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Office of Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Mayors' meeting coincides with President Obama's initiative to help young men of color.

Representatives from more than two dozen U.S. cities are wrapping a conference in New Orleans this week aimed at reducing violence among young African American men and boys. It coincides with President Obama reaching out to foundations and businesses to help young men of color reach their full potential.

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