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Education
8:45 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Student Essays Reveal Insights On Discipline, School Staffing

Credit Lissandra Melo / <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-121588291/stock-photo-locker-room.html?src=I5BauM-UKx4diJFZCV45vw-1-8">Shutterstock</a>

As the school year ends, education writer Sarah Carr sought a different approach to perspectives on schools.

She asked the students themselves to write opinion pieces on controversial topics: Discipline in schools, Teach for America teachers versus veteran educators, whether all students should go to a four-year college, and school desegregation.

Teenagers at the Bard Early College program submitted their thoughts, and The Hechinger Report has been publishing these essays.

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Features
7:58 am
Wed May 21, 2014

This 7th Ward Skate Park Comes With A Water Management Plan

A rendering of the 'Sunny Side' section of Parisite Skate Park.
Credit Harmon-DeCotiis studio team / Tulane City Center

There are many ways to handle neighborhood flooding, beyond pumping stations and sewers. Some cities have realized that skate parks, of all places, can be used to manage water rather well. New Orleans’ new skate park is being designed as a water management tool.

It's loud underneath I-610 at Paris Avenue. Cars and trucks barrel overheard, and the overpass rumbles and thumps. But there are other noises contributing to the sea of sound: skateboards.

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NOLA Life Stories
5:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

50 Years Later: The Startling Death Of Former Mayor Chep Morrison

Before his career in politics, deLesseps "Chep" Morrison earned the rank of major general in the Army Reserve during World War II.
Credit Historic New Orleans Collection

deLesseps “Chep” Morrison was the mayor of New Orleans from 1946 to 1961. History will remember his administration as a polarizing one: he lured corporations to town, but also upheld segregationist values. He ran for Louisiana governor three times, and lost his final election in the winter of 1964. Months later, he spoke with future Lieutenant Governor Jimmy Fitzmorris, who still remembers their final conversation.    

Click here to hear about the death of Chep Morrison, as recounted by Jimmy Fitzmorris.

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WRKF
6:37 am
Tue May 20, 2014

The Crawfish Festival: Sights, Sounds and History

Claws up!
Ann Marie Awad WRKF News

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 5:51 pm

Festival season is winding down but crawfish season is still going strong. A few weeks ago, I decided to take a trip to Breaux Bridge for the world famous Breaux Bridge crawfish festival. And who better to show a Yankee girl around than Sam Irwin, a freelance writer who just put out a book all about crawfish. It’s called Louisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean.


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Notes from New Orleans
8:40 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Tulane Goes Down To The River To Study

Matthew Chatfield is Project Coordinator for Tulane's new riverfront campus.

It wasn’t that long ago that the idea surfaced to use the power of the Mississippi River as a source for energy. But it turns out that turbines placed near New Orleans weren’t going to be that effective after all. So some smart folks at Tulane University have come up with other ideas.

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Community
12:41 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Photos Of The 2014 Mother's Day Second Line

Dancing on Elysian Fields, Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Club Mother's Day second line.
Credit Jesse Hardman / Internews
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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
11:45 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

David Egan: Unabashedly Experienced

Credit Denny Culbert / John Sellards Design via MusicInsideOut.org

Songwriters talk about a song being “honest.” And according to David Egan, that’s all about telling the truth about our battles and our triumphs — our loves and losses.

“We write music for grownup people,” he says. “Grownup music for grown-ass people.”

They’re the people you might see at the gas station, or in the grocery store. Or in the mirror.

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Food
4:41 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Where Y'Eat: When Suppertime Meets Showtime

Music and food are twin draws at the Three Muses on Frenchmen Street.
Ian McNulty

New Orleans is obsessed with food and music, but how often do they share equal billing under the same roof here? We've scouted some new and old favorite options, from barbecue with blues to contemporary jazz with Creole flavors.

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Community
4:23 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

All Things New Orleans: Public Safety And The 2013 Mother's Day Shooting

The Original Big Seven Social Aid and Pleasure Club was determined to overcome the violence of last year's shooting. It drew a peaceful, dancing crowd, even with rain.
Jesse Hardman

A year ago this week, the City of New Orleans was reeling — at a second line, on Mother’s Day, shots were fired into the crowd, striking 19 people. Another was trampled in the chaos.

Today on All Things New Orleans, we explore some issues brought about by the Mother’s Day shooting. We hear from one person shot at the second line, and his thoughts on any type of justice that might come from such an event.

New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro explains a new approach to prosecuting violent crime.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: How Has Gun Violence Impacted New Orleans?

The Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure club celebrated Mother's Day this year with its usual second line parade, despite last year's shooting.
Jesse Hardman

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is gun violence in the city.

The Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Club's annual Mother's day parade spilled out from a bright green and orange house on Elysian Fields.

A year ago this same parade was the scene of a mass shooting. 

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