The Lens
2:17 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Years Of Political Inaction Preceded Latest Cutbacks In Algiers Ferry Service

The reduced hours of the Algiers ferry should come as no surprise to those who have talked about options for years but done little to implement them.
Credit Della Hasselle / The Lens

Considering that the Algiers ferry has been a fixture on the river for years, its demise seemed to come suddenly. The ferry lost its main source of funding, the Crescent City Connection tolls, earlier this year. No private company stepped in to take it over.Dreams to turn it into a party boat foundered.

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9:31 am
Fri July 5, 2013

La. 'House Jackers' Work To Save Homes From The Next Sandy

Greg Patterson shovels dirt near the foundation of a home that he and his father are elevating eight feet. (Tracey Samuelson/WHYY)

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 5:02 pm

The Fourth of July is one of the busiest times of the year on the Jersey Shore. Of course this year, many communities are still recovering from Superstorm Sandy.

Determined to be prepared for the next big storm, some property owners are lifting their homes and businesses higher above sea level.

The people who do this work are called “house jackers.” And they are in high demand these days.

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Hoffman Triangle
1:46 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

Unoccupied Homes Primed For Art Project, For Now

A painted house in the Hoffman Triangle.
Karen Gadbois

A new series of highly visible art, preservation and reconstruction projects in New Orleans have popped up throughout New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina — work that strives to retain the integral nature of the city’s culture and promote resilience. But things don’t always go according to plan, and sometimes projects are abandoned midway. This is a story of preservation gone wrong, one group’s response, and a look towards the future. 

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Northshore Focus
8:30 am
Thu June 13, 2013

St. Tammany Emergency Operations Center And Red Cross On Call For Hurricane Season

The St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center.
Credit George Bonnett

As we all know, June marks the official start of hurricane season. In today's Northshore Focus, George Bonnett looks at two important support services that are on call in St. Tammany Parish this season.

The "Northshore Focus" on WWNO is made possible with support from The Northshore Community Foundation.

St. Tammany Emergency Preparedness


Red Cross

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3:40 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Three Baby Penguins Hatch At Audubon Aquarium

Skua the baby penguin.
Audubon Nature Institute

Three endangered African Blackfooted penguin chicks are now on display at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas penguin exhibit, the Aquarium announced today.

The chicks, born in March, are growing quickly, the Aquarium says, and are products of the Audubon Penguin Breeding Program.

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3:39 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Two Newspapers Battle It Out For The New Orleans Market

Free introductory copies of the Baton Rouge Advocate's new New Orleans edition are seen next to copies of The Times-Picayune at Lakeside News in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie in September. The Baton Rouge newspaper started its own daily edition to try to fill the void left when The Times-Picayune scaled back its print edition to three days a week.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 1:26 pm

Last year when New Orleans' main paper, The Times-Picayune, laid off dozens of newspaper employees and cut its circulation to three times a week, residents were shocked.

Sharron Morrow and her friends had bonded over the morning paper at a local coffee shop for the past 20 years.

"I've stopped my subscription, and I mourn the paper almost every day," she says.

Shifting Media Players

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3:44 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

In La., Families Still Searching For Storm-Scattered Remains

Lionel Alverez stands at a family tomb in Plaquemines Parish, La. Hurricane Isaac's storm surge split the double-decker tomb in half, leaving his aunt's and sister's caskets on the bottom but washing away his mother's, which was on top.
Keith O'Brien for NPR

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 7:23 pm

Lionel Alverez is in the Promised Land Cemetery again, taking inventory. He has been coming to this cemetery in Plaquemines Parish, La., all his life. The graveyard is hemmed in between the Mississippi River and the marsh on a lonely stretch of highway.

Promised Land has been the final resting place for the Alverezes for generations. Alverez, 61, points out several graves, one by one. "Albert Alverez. Huey Alverez and Harold Alverez. My brother Allen is near the rear, back there."

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Code Switch
11:48 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Who Becomes The Face Of A Horrific Attack?

A possible shooting suspect in a white shirt (bottom center) shoots into a crowd of people on Mother's Day 2013 in New Orleans.
New Orleans Police Department AP

The spate of headlines that drew them to our attention has died down. Yet I still find myself thinking about the faces of a certain 19-year-old man and his elder brother, accused by police of bringing about a tragic end to what should have been a day of joy and celebration.

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10:04 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Equest Farm: Country Mouse In The City

Leslie Kramer, owner of Equest Farm, with her horse Charlie.
Credit Maureen McMurray / WWNO

In his State of the City Address last week, Mayor Mitch Landrieu praised the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission for the growth of this year’s summer youth programs, which include 33 youth camps, seven teen camps and an expanded summer jobs program. For parents and guardians seeking something a bit more rural, it’s also possible — and right within New Orleans city limits.

Located in the northernmost reaches of City Park, Equest Farm is straight out of a Laura Ingalls Wilder novel. 

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All Things New Orleans
4:39 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Three Stories Of Renewal In New Orleans

Photographer Aubrey Edwards and House Sparrow Virginia on this week's All Things New Orleans. And much more!
Credit Akasha Rabut

With spring time comes a spirit of creative energy, renewal, and transition. Thus, the latest edition of All Things New Orleans is apropos for the season: we’ll hear about new programs at UNO, new leaders in the community, and new stories from the Bring Your Own series.

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