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7:46 am
Mon December 1, 2014

New Orleans March Marks Ferguson Grand Jury Ruling

Protesters stage a "die-in" for 4 1/2 minutes to mark the 4 1/2 hours the body of Michael Brown remained on the street in Ferguson, MO.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

Over 300 people gathered at Lee Circle on Sunday for a peaceful demonstration in solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri. The event marked the grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The demonstration was organized by Black Youth Project, a group of young activists working to end the criminalization of black youth.

Organizer Naima Savage:

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Latest News
7:58 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Protests Continue Over Ferguson Decision

About 100 people marched through parts of New Orleans Tuesday night to protest the Ferguson, Missouri grand jury decision.

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports no one was arrested.

The crowd marched from Lafayette Square though Uptown. Police blocked protesters from stopping traffic on Interstate 10.

Officers blocked access to on-ramps.

In Baton Rouge, the Advocate reports about 200 people protested at the LSU campus — without incident.

Community
5:24 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

New Mobile Pet Shelter Can Evacuate Animals In A Disaster

Construction will start in December on a mobile pet shelter which will be ready for use by next year’s hurricane season.
Win Henderson Wikimedia

Construction starts next month on a mobile pet shelter which will be ready for use by next year’s hurricane season, the Advocate reports.

Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain said that the mobile shelter will allow for pets to be evacuated with humans in case of an emergency.

Strain told the Advocate that in the past, evacuation efforts have been hampered by people who are reluctant to part with their pets.

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Community Impact
7:23 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Providence Community Housing Helps New Orleanians Find Homes

Diane Muse says Providence were angels sent from God.
Eve Abrams

Providence Community Housing fosters healthy, diverse and vibrant communities by developing, operating and advocating for affordable, mixed-income housing, supportive services and employment opportunities for individuals, families, seniors and people with special needs.

Diane Muses’s new house on Iberville Street is about half a dozen blocks outside the French Quarter. I asked if she could give me a tour, and she happily led the way.

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Latest News
7:22 am
Tue November 25, 2014

New Orleans Has Peaceful Protest Over Ferguson Decision

More than 50 people gathered in New Orleans to protest the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri.

It was peaceful and there were no arrests.

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports more than 50 people protested the decision not to indict the police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The New Orleans group entered the police station on Rampart Street, and then moved on to the entrance to Armstrong Park.

Plans are reportedly being made for upcoming protests.

Latest News
7:53 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Louisiana Gay Marriage Ban Heading To US Supreme Court

Gay-rights advocates are challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban.

They’re asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case before it is heard by a federal appeals court.

In September, a federal judge in New Orleans upheld Louisiana's ban.

An appeal of that ruling is tentatively set to be argued in January at the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

However, lawyers for gay rights groups said yesterday they have asked the Supreme Court to take the rare step of reviewing Louisiana's case ahead of those arguments.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:05 am
Thu November 20, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: What's Your Side Hustle?

A listener texted us this picture of a classic side hustle: bartending.
GroundSource

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 asks: what's your side hustle? What do you do to make extra cash? 

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Community Impact
7:40 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Eden House Provides Refuge For Victims Of Sex Traficking

Residents of Eden House select wht paintings to hang in their rooms in order to personalize them.
Eden House

Eden House is a two-year residential program for women who have been commercially and sexually exploited.  Modeled after Magdalene House in Nashville, Tennessee, Eden House provides six to eight women a safe and supportive home for two years, free of cost.

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The Salt
8:51 am
Mon November 17, 2014

In The Big Easy, Food Vendors Create A Little Honduras

Taqueria La Delicia is a lonchera, or food truck, that parks near a Lowe's Home Improvement store in New Orleans. The owner is Honduran, and so are many of the day laborers who eat there.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson WWNO

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 4:31 pm

Thanks to a quirk of history — and a love of bananas — New Orleans has had a Honduran population for more than a century. But that population exploded after Hurricane Katrina, when the jobs needed to rebuild the city drew waves of Honduran immigrants. Many of them stayed, and nearly a decade later, they've established a thriving — if somewhat underground — culinary community.

Signs of that community abound, if you know where to look.

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Features
10:47 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Easter Seals And Audubon Aquarium Providing Special Opportunity To Kids With Special Needs

Charles Monnot and Ava Jane Irvine meet Sassy the penguin, in a program provided by Easter Seals Louisiana and the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is closed on Mondays.

It’s a day to dust off from the press of thousands — to replace lightbulbs, install equipment and polish off inquisitive little nose prints on both sides of the glass.

And sometimes, thanks to Easter Seals Louisiana and a special program at the Aquarium, the darkened halls are also filled with soft laughter, from throats that haven’t had occasion to laugh as much as most.

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