features

Education
1:25 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Navigating The New Orleans School Enrollment Process

In the choice landscape, advertisements for charter schools - and the annual Schools Expo - appear on billboards and bus stops.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

Applications to most New Orleans public schools are due this Friday. New Orleans is known as a "choice" landscape. Families apply to schools across the city, instead of automatically sending their children to the neighborhood school. But how much actual choice is there?

It's a Saturday morning and school marching bands play for a crowd. But they're not in a Mardi Gras parade. They're in the Superdome, at a schools expo. There's a bouncy house and a climbing wall. Things to keep kids occupied while their families learn about schools.

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Northshore focus
8:00 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Volunteerism Thrives At Big Branch Refuge

Long-time local volunteers Jim Schmidt and Bill Jewell, along with winter volunteer George Burrier, deliver water to the crews.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

The Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge is between Slidell and Mandeville. Founded in the 1990s, it protects endangered birds and combats coastal land loss. It’s not just wildlife that thrives at Big Branch. The park’s volunteer program brings people of all ages and backgrounds together.
 

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Features
3:03 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

'Rock Star Nurse' Fights Ebola

Yanti Turang is an indie rock singer-turned-nurse and founder of Learn to Live. (learntoliveglobal.org)

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 9:31 am

As the threat of Ebola has left the U.S. and the story has left the headlines, people are still heading over to West Africa to fight the virus that has claimed nearly 10,000 lives.

Yanti Turang is one of those going. The indie rock band singer-turned-nurse and founder of the nonprofit LearnToLive is heading to Sierra Leone to help save lives.

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Community
1:55 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Cityscapes: When Soil Subsidence Hits Home, Suburban Houses Explode

A 1975 explosion in Metairie, caused by broken gas lines due to soil subsidence.
G. E. Arnold, NOLA.com|The Times-Picayune archive

In this month's Cityscapes column at Nola.com, Tulane Professor of Geography Richard Campanella explores some very real consequences of draining urban wetlands for building.

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Music
2:15 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

A Hero At Home, Deacon John Moore Is New Orleans' Best-Kept Secret

New Orleans bandleader John Moore chose his "Deacon" nickname at the suggestion of a mischievous drummer. At 73, he's one of the city's most beloved musicians.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 1:04 pm

Deacon John does it all. The veteran New Orleans bandleader plays weddings, birthdays, proms, debutante parties. He holds his own at Jazz Fest and at carnival balls. He'll play 1950s R&B, rock, jazz, gospel, soul and disco — whatever the people want to hear. But when it's up to him, he chooses the blues.

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Business & Technology
1:46 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Can't Find That Mardi Gras Parade? This App Can Help

The WDSU-TV Parade Tracker car in front of Gallier Hall during the 2015 Krewe of Sparta parade.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

Mardi Gras season is in full swing. In the last few years, two local television stations have created "parade tracker" smartphone apps to help Mardi Gras revelers identify in real time where they can catch up with the front of a parade.

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Arts & Culture
7:37 am
Fri February 13, 2015

New Orleans Most Talked Of Club: Proudly Westbank, As Other Krewes Relocate To St. Charles Ave.

The Krewe of NOMTOC clubhouse.
Credit Michael Patrick Welch / WWNO

One of the last West Bank krewes, NOMTOC, parades in Algiers this Saturday, February 14. The acronym for this this almost 60-year-old mostly African-American krewe stands for New Orleans Most Talked Of Club.

Michael Patrick Welch spent time with New Orleans Most Talked of Club, for more on their traditions and community.

Few are more excited to ride this Mardi Gras season than the krewe of NOMTOC. NOMTOC, stands for “New Orleans’s Most Talked of Club.” But then you say you’ve never heard of ‘em?

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WRKF
7:25 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Baton Rouge Bands Take on Tiny Desk

Baton Rouge-based band Ship of Fools

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 6:38 pm

While Oakland, California-based musician Fantastic Negrito has been declared winner of NPR's Tiny Desk contest, we wanted to take a moment to shine a light on all of the entries that came out of the Baton Rouge area.

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Arts & Culture
11:07 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Sounds Of Jefferson Variety At Carnival Time

Amber Tucker and Temple Byars dig into the wall of fringe.
Eve Abrams

Carnival means costuming. And for many people, costuming means a visit to Jefferson Variety: the renowned emporium of fabric, feathers, glitter, trim and tassel.

Eve Abrams brings us this sound portrait of the place where Mardi Gras Indians, seamstresses, costumers and anyone in search of the perfect shade of bling finds the materials to make their Carnival visions come true. And in the spirit of Mardi Gras, a disclaimer: this story contains sensitive parts of female anatomy mentioned by name.

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Coastal Desk
2:39 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Did The French Quarter Flood After Katrina? Yes, About Nine Percent Of It

A photo taken in the immediate days after Hurricane Katrina shows floodwaters on Canal Street, crossing into the French Quarter.
Richard Campanella

As NBC announces the 6-month, unpaid suspension of news anchor Brian Williams, controversy over the truth of many of his high-profile reporting trips continues.

While the scandal erupted related to questions about Iraq, in 2003, it has also brought into question Williams’ 2005 reporting in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Among other claims, Williams reported floodwaters around his French Quarter hotel.

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