Community

Recovery
9:10 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Recipients picked for BP tourism, seafood grants

More than 100 nonprofit groups and government entities have been picked to get shares of $43.7 million in BP funds to promote the Gulf Coast's tourism and seafood industries following the company's 2010 oil spill.

The first round of grants announced Wednesday by court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau is part of a proposed settlement between BP and a team of private plaintiffs' attorneys.

The deal calls for BP to fund a total of $57 million in tourism and seafood promotion grants.

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Community
9:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Jazz & Heritage Foundation Presents Neighborhood Development Symposium

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, in collaboration with the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development, will present a Tom Dent Congo Square Symposium this Friday, Nov. 9.

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Community
8:26 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Community Impact Series: Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

As Louisiana's coastal crisis closes in, a coalition is working toward system-wide solutions.
Ian McNulty

Working to move Louisiana's coastal crisis beyond local turf wars, and stumping for the state's entire coastal system.

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Community Impact Series
4:20 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Community Impact Series: Artspace

The tattered campus of the Bell School in Tremé, where big redevelopment plans are underway.
Credit Ian McNulty

The nation’s leader in real estate development for the arts has a new plan for a Tremé school property with long roots.

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Andre Perry Commentary
5:05 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

To Know Is to Love

Men, did you know that we hurt people when we chose not to learn? Aldous Huxley said, “We can only love what we know, and we can never know completely what we do not love.”

That Huxley quote always reminds me of the never-ending responsibility to learn about the people I claim to love. Intimacy comes out of the scrutiny of our desires, shames and delights. Therefore, loving is not just learning how to be vulnerable; it’s being vulnerable enough to learn.

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Community
8:20 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Community Impact Series: Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans

How one New Orleans nonprofit is helping develop tomorrow's generation of philanthropists and helping address today's community causes.

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Europe
2:26 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Vatican II: A Half-Century Later, A Mixed Legacy

Thousands of faithful Catholics carry torches in a procession in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City on Oct. 11, 1962, the opening day of the historic Second Vatican Council. Over a three-year period, more than 2,000 bishops from around the world issued 16 landmark documents, which championed a more inclusive, less hierarchical and open church.
Girolamo Di Majo AP

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 7:23 am

At Rome's Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, 50 years ago this week, the newly elected pontiff stunned the world by calling the first Catholic Church Council in nearly a century — the Second Vatican Council, or what's known as Vatican II.

Pope John XXIII called for the institution's renewal and more interaction with the modern world.

As a result of Vatican II, the Catholic Church opened its windows onto the modern world, updated the liturgy, gave a larger role to laypeople, introduced the concept of religious freedom and started a dialogue with other religions.

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Community
8:17 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Community Impact Series: UNO-CHART

An applied research center is helping small communities along the coast cope with change by building networks, sharing knowledge and kindling hope.

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StoryCorps
9:03 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

For Special Education Teacher, 'Every Day Is Precious'

Ken Rensink found his calling, teaching special education, after a debilitating accident when he was 19. Now 47, he talked about his journey with friend and colleague Laurel Hill-Ward at StoryCorps in Chico, Calif.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 8:04 am

Ken Rensink's path to special education teaching began when he was 19, just one day after he completed his training for the U.S. Army Reserves. He fell asleep at the wheel of his car, hit a telephone pole and nearly lost his life.

"I was paralyzed from the waist down," Ken told friend Laurel Hill-Ward, a Chico State University professor who trains special education teachers. "My left arm was so weak, I could barely hold a plastic cup of water."

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Community
8:20 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Community Impact Series: NOLA Green Roots

Joseph Brock at Wise Words Community Garden in Mid-City.
Ian McNulty

Lessons about food, about sustainability and about community are taking root in urban farming plots across the city, and NOLA Green Roots is helping develop a network among them.

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