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Storyville
11:53 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Storyville: 'Grieving For The Pies I've Never Eaten'

The scene on Dauphine Street after the Hubig's Pie factory fire, from Laura McKnight's bedroom window.
Credit Laura McKnight

I’m a fan of most South Louisiana specialties — crawfish, king cake, Zapp’s Potato Chips, et cetera — but a few things make me feel like a traitor to my local roots: I prefer my coffee without chicory, I’m ambivalent about oysters, and I’m pretty sure I have never in my life eaten a Hubig’s Pie.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
9:29 am
Thu February 6, 2014

The Strange World Of Alex McMurray

Alex McMurray at the Bitter End in NYC, 2011.
Dino Perrucci

As noggins in New Orleans go, there is no noggin like that of singer-songwriter Alex McMurray. He's got more original characters in his head than a Hollywood film library. Why else would McMurray write a song about the man who shot the man who shot Liberty Valance? (Spoiler Alert: John Wayne is in the crosshairs).

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Bring Your Own
4:51 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Love Bombed'

Amy Allison Shipley in her cult days.
Credit Amy Allison Shipley

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling 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. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on wwno.org.

This story was told on June 6, 2012 at "The Pauger House" in the Marigny. The theme of the evening was "Undercover", and here Amy Allison Shipley gives a window into her being recruited and indoctrinated into a cult... and how she got out.

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WRKF
11:55 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Louisiana's Education Reform May be Due for a 'Do Over'

Teachers rally against Gov. Jindal's ed reforms in March 2012

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 3:47 pm

It’s been nearly two years since Louisiana’s Legislature passed a package of highly-controversial education reforms. Since then, there has been confusion at the local school level and angst for teachers -- especially over changes to teacher pay and tenure under a new evaluation process. Courts have ruled some of the reforms violate the state constitution. Many are now saying the upcoming legislative session is the opportune time for a “do-over” on education reform.

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Education
8:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Charter School Model Spreads Across Louisiana

New Orleans will soon become the first city with an all-charter school district, but the education landscape looks much different across the rest of Louisiana. Many parishes have few or no charter schools, but that's starting to change.

The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools recently hosted Apply Yourself!, a three-day training for people who want to start charter schools. Most people at the training were not from New Orleans, and many are trying to start the first charter school in their parish.

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State of the Re:Union
3:44 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

WWNO Presents: Re:Defining Black History

Airs Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7:00 p.m.

During a month selected to celebrate “history,” we certainly are treated to a lot of the same familiar stories: the battles won for Civil Rights, the glory of Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, the hardships endured by slaves. And as important as those narratives are for us to collectively remember, many others get lost in trumpeting the same heroic tales.

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NolaVie
4:47 am
Mon February 3, 2014

The Winter Olympics, For The Warm-Blooded

A speed-skater at the 2010 winter Olympics.
Credit Fotophilius / Flickr

Now that the Super Bowl is over, we can turn our attention to the next colossal event on the sports horizon. I know I’m ready. 

Yes, the Winter Olympics start this week. Of course, for those of us here in New Orleans, the whole Winter Olympic thing is a little hard to get into. Mountains? Snow?

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Out To Lunch
11:38 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Out To Lunch: Fleurty Rock'n

Lauren Thom and John Blancher.
Credit Robert Morton / It's New Orleans

In four years Lauren Thom has taken Fleurty Girl from a bedroom in the front of her house on Oak Street to five stores citywide. 

John Blancher bought a run-down bowling alley to use as a catering hall. When he started booking bands, and drinkers and dancers also became bowlers, he'd accidentally created a phenomenon that he called Rock 'n' Bowl.

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Animal Life
10:33 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Animal Life: Providing For Your Pet In Your Will

The state of Louisiana doesn't allow you to name your pet as the beneficiary of a trust. Instead, you can transfer ownership of your pet and create a trust to benefit its new owner.
Credit BrAt82 / Shutterstock

If you're like me, you can't imagine life without your pet. But what if you pass away before your pet does?

Many of us consider our pets members of our families, but the state of Louisiana doesn't allow you to name your pet as the beneficiary of a trust. Instead, you can transfer ownership of your pet and create a trust to benefit its new owner.

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Elections
7:13 am
Fri January 31, 2014

After 40 Years, New Orleans Will Pick A New Coroner

On the campaign trail, Dr. Jeffrey Rouse explains to Anne Gisleson that the coroner's office is in charge of mental health commitments and sexual assault examinations in adition to conducting autopsies.
Eve Abrams WWNO

Pop Quiz: Which New Orleans official was first elected to office in 1974 and has been reelected to that same office nine times, serving a total of 40 consecutive years on the job? Here’s a hint: the office is in charge of mental health commitments, sexual assault examinations, and... classifying the dead.

If you guessed Frank Minyard, the Coroner of New Orleans, you are right. But, for the first time in four decades, Mr. Minyard will not be on the ballot this Saturday. We take a look into who is vying to become New Orleans’ next coroner.

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