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Big Easy Living
1:44 am
Mon December 16, 2013

The Year In Insignificance

Credit flickr/Alexander van Dijk

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It’s that time of year again — when the pundits look back over the year just past and announce the most significant events.

While “Year in Review” headlines certainly have their place in history, Nolavie’s Renée Peck finds that looking back at the most insignificant stories of 2013 is a lot more fun.

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Le Show
3:57 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

Le Show For Dec. 15, 2013

Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show Harry Shearer brings News of AFPAC, News of the Atom, News of Big Banks, Apologies of the Week, News of the Inspector General, News of the Warm, and continues his Year in Rebuke with Dick Cheney Confidential, A Jet Plane Full of Loot, and more!

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Community
6:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Immigration Debate Heats Up In New Orleans As Reform Stalls In Congress

Catholic nuns held a rally at Loyola University in support of undocumented immigrants and immigration reform.
Kate Richardson WWNO

November was a busy month for local immigrant advocates. With immigration reform stalled in the House of Representatives and unlikely to pass before the end of the year, frustrations have boiled over across the country.

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Storyville
9:04 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Storyville: 'Not Exactly A Lady'

The 500 Club on Bourbon Street.
Credit Ryan Khatam

I first visited New Orleans in the 1970s as a teenager with my father. He and four of his friends coordinated their business trips to meet here several times a year. They did not bring their wives. They wound up their various meetings by late afternoon and drifted into the courtyard at the Hotel Richelieu one by one. Loosening ties and dropping jackets on the backs of chairs, they ordered double bourbons. By dusk, they were blearily intoxicated and ready for dinner.

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Northshore Focus
7:30 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Northshore Vets Receive Local Help

When injured veterans returning to their homes from Iraq and Afghanistan weren’t finding the help they needed, one Northshore resident set out to correct the problem.

When Northshore resident Suzy McDaniel went on vacation with her husband, neither of them expected that she would be in a horseback riding accident. Nor did they imagine that the rehab from that incident would lead to the creation of an organization which would help men and women serving our country thousands of miles away.

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WRKF
5:37 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Segregated Church Bathroom Torn Down

A bulldozer tosses the old bathroom at Our Lady of Peace Catholic church.
Pam Folse

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 11:17 am

The parishioners of Our Lady of Peace in the small plantation town of Vacherie can’t wait to get into their church’s new bathroom building. But for some poorly placed air conditioners, they would have dedicated the building last month.

For decades, the old bathroom building behind the 113-year-old Catholic church stood like a monument to segregation. A few months back, some members of the community started talking about racism in the church and concluded that bathroom needed to come down.

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A Blog Supreme
4:16 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

O Brothers: Drummers Brian and Brady Blade

Brian (left) and Brady Blade.
Megan Holmes/Mary Ellen Matthews Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 1:04 pm

If the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, sometimes two apples will land on similar turf. Brian Blade has been Wayne Shorter's drummer for several years and leads his own project called The Fellowship Band. His older brother Brady Blade is perhaps best known for his drumming with Emmylou Harris and is an all-around music industry mover and shaker.

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Education
3:29 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

New Orleans' Rat Fighters Go Beyond Baiting Traps

A rat forages for food in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans in 2006, a year after Hurricane Katrina. Blighted buildings and fewer people led to an increase in the city's rat population.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 11:30 am

Marvin Thompson knew he faced a difficult task when he was hired last year as principal at John McDonogh High School in New Orleans.

"The day that I pulled up to this building, I thought it was condemned," Thompson says.

The structure, built in 1898, was sagging and leaky and missing entire window panes. Inside, students were underperforming academically.

And then, there were the rats. Thompson and his two children didn't even finish unpacking his office before they discovered that problem.

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Community Impact
7:13 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Catholic Charities Ensures Adults With Developmental Disabilities Are Not Forgotten

Russell lives at Padua House and attends New Directions Adult Day Health Care Center.
Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities advocates for people in need, no matter who they are.

Inside the New Directions Adult Day Health Care Center, groups of people gather around tables at. It’s Bingo time. And Willie is working two boards.

“I’m helping her,” Willie explains.

“Do you always help your neighbors play bingo?” I ask.

“Yes ma’am.”

“How come?”

“Because they don’t know,” answers Willie. “Because they don’t know,” he repeats. “They don’t know, Sweetie.”

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Le Show
1:46 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Le Show For Dec. 8, 2013

This week on Le Show, Harry gives us What the Frack?, the Apologies of the Week, News of the Warm, 2013: Year in Rebuke with Obama Knows Best and Lance Armstrong, and News of the Olympic Movement.

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