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Bring Your Own
5:57 pm
Sun June 2, 2013

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Kayla/Jayla'

The scene of the crime (Kayla's school).
Annie Freitas

NOLA resident Annie Frietas spins a yarn at the local storytelling event Bring Your Own.

This is a story told by a New Orleans resident at the local event “Bring Your Own”. Bring Your Own is a live storytelling pop-up series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme.

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Community
4:41 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Housing Authority Of New Orleans Stays In Feds' Hands For Now

David Gilmore will continue to oversee HANO for at least a few more months, instead of handing the agency back to local control.
HANO

This week, The Lens, New Orleans’ investigative newsroom, has the latest on developments at HANO, the Housing Authority of New Orleans. The state-chartered agency runs publicly subsidized housing in the city, and serves up to 17,000 New Orleans families. It has been under control of the federal department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, for abut 17 years.

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Community
8:24 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Community Impact Series: Boat People SOS Helping Communities Recover From Katrina And BP Oil Spill

An organization formed to help people fleeing the Vietnam War establish themselves in the U.S. is now helping a Gulf Coast community deal with the impact of much more recent history.

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Community
9:25 am
Fri May 24, 2013

New News Habits In New Orleans

A year later, these friends are still gathering to talk over the paper, but it's not The Times-Picayune. From left: Sue Paraski, Sharon Morrow, Eric Hartman, Joe Mole.
Credit Bevil Knapp

A year ago today, news leaked that The Times-Picayune would cease daily publication, cut staff and focus on its website, NOLA.com. The paper and ink edition now hits doorsteps and newsstands just three days a week: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

History and tradition play an outsized role in New Orleans. So perhaps it is no surprise that The Times-Picayune’s move has led to a modern-day version of a relic of media history: the newspaper war.

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Summer Camp
8:30 am
Thu May 23, 2013

'Camp Upward' Provides Northshore Families Affordable Summer Camp Options

For many kids in St. Tammany Parish, summer is a time for long days spent playing outdoors, easy weekends at the baseball park, and — especially for kids with parents who both work — it means summer camp.

But the expense of camp leaves many families who are struggling financially with no option but to leave their kids unattended. Chassidy Groover of Covington knows what waited for her without an affordable summer camp option.

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Community
8:24 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Community Impact: Orleans Place Matters Using Data For Neighborhood Advocacy

From crime and jobs to education and local history, a new program is analyzing how factors in our neighborhoods and closest to home impact life in New Orleans, and it's giving residents the data they need to petition for positive change.

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Community
11:13 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Second-Line Parades Continue In Defiance Of Last Week's Violence

The Divine Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Club hit the streets of Central City for their annual parade on Sunday.
Maureen McMurray WWNO

As the New Orleans Police Department continues to investigate the motives behind last week’s Mother’s Day parade shooting, the city’s Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs are sticking to their second-line schedules.

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Community
8:24 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Community Impact: Resurrection After Exoneration Program Advocates For Criminal Justice Reform

After spending many years behind bars before being exonerated, a group of criminal justice reformers are working to teach New Orleans youth the value of their freedom and their own power to make the right choices.

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All Things New Orleans
5:12 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Virginia'

Aubrey and Virginia.
Akasha Rabut

Aubrey Edwards tells her story of finding Virginia at Bring Your Own on July 10, 2012. Produced by Jesse Chanin.

This is a story told by a New Orleans resident at a local event called Bring Your Own. It is a live storytelling pop-up series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme with live, unscripted, true stories. 

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Community
3:56 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Mayor Landrieu Calls 'Community Response' At Site Of Mother's Day Shooting

NOLA For Life is Mayor Mitch Landrieu's anti-crime initiative.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has called for a "community response" gathering today at 6 p.m., at the corner of Frenchmen Street and North Villere. It's a response to the multiple shooting Sunday afternoon during a Mother's Day second-line parade that injured at least 19 people.

"On Sunday afternoon — Mother's Day — our community was subjected to another senseless act of violence," the mayor said in a press release. "Please come out and show solidarity in protecting our culture and delivering a message to stop the shootings."

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