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10:47 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Easter Seals And Audubon Aquarium Providing Special Opportunity To Kids With Special Needs

Charles Monnot and Ava Jane Irvine meet Sassy the penguin, in a program provided by Easter Seals Louisiana and the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is closed on Mondays.

It’s a day to dust off from the press of thousands — to replace lightbulbs, install equipment and polish off inquisitive little nose prints on both sides of the glass.

And sometimes, thanks to Easter Seals Louisiana and a special program at the Aquarium, the darkened halls are also filled with soft laughter, from throats that haven’t had occasion to laugh as much as most.

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In Memoriam
5:28 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

A Message From Tom Ashbrook

Tom Ashbrook.
Credit WBUR

A NOTE FROM ON POINT: We’re sad to share the news that Tom Ashbrook’s wife, Danielle Guichard-Ashbrook, has died after a long, brave battle with cancer. Below is a message from Tom that he recorded before taking a personal leave.

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Features
4:57 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Retailers In New Orleans Are Warming Up To Bitcoin

At Davids Antiques in the French Quarter, there is bitcoin memorabilia everywhere. One whole display under glass is devoted to bitcoin-themed souvenirs, like cufflinks and lapel pins.
Janaya Williams WWNO

Digital currencies like Bitcoin and Litecoin don’t enjoy widespread use yet. It turns out, most retail stores and consumers still prefer good old fashioned paper money.

But the currency is catching on with a few mavericks around the globe — including some innovative business owners right here in New Orleans.

At a few local stores, customers can open their virtual Bitcoin wallets to buy everything from antique jewelry and furniture — to french fries and po-boys.

Innovation and technology reporting on WWNO is supported by Bellwether Technology.

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Features
6:32 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

What Do New Orleans Criminal Court Judges Do?

Credit WYES

Election Day is just weeks away. In Orleans Parish, voters will choose who will take a seat on the bench in two sections of Criminal District Court.

In the continuing WWNO/WYES series on the Orleans Parish criminal justice system, WYES Community Projects Producer Marcia Kavanaugh helps us understand what the judges at Criminal Court actually do.

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Central City
7:00 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Tulane City Center's Maurice Cox On Adaptive Reuse And Creative Resurgence Along O.C. Haley Blvd.

Maurice Cox, Director of the Tulane City Center and associate dean for community engagement.
Credit Eve Troeh / WWNO

This week WWNO has been exploring Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. The Central City corridor is home to new nonprofits and business ventures, after a redevelopment effort of more than a decade.

Today we wrap up coverage with a conversation just off the Boulevard, on Baronne Street. It’s the new home of Tulane City Center, a venture of the university’s School of Architecture, with a strong service learning component.

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Central City
7:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

For Businesses On O.C Haley Blvd. There Is More At Stake Than Commerce

Just some of the businesses, established and new, on O.C. Haley Blvd. Some larger buildings are being carved up to accommodate smaller businesses.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

There have been several ribbon-cutting ceremonies lately on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, and more are on the way. The community-based revitalization plan for the commercial corridor, driven by non-profits, is now looking to private business to keep it moving.

The 10 blocks between Jackson Avenue and Calliope Street are crammed with construction crews. Workers are fixing building facades. A jazz center spearheaded by trumpeter Irvin Mayfield is taking shape. So is a grocery store.

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Central City
7:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

With Memories Of A Bustling Past Still Fresh, O.C. Haley Blvd. Slowly Coming Back To Life

Stores, restaurants and theaters are returning to O.C. Haley Blvd., a once-bustling commercial strip in Central City.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in Central City has recently seen a lot of redevelopment. This Monday, the new location of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum opens its doors. Other large-scale projects are underway, too, and developers expect them to bring new life to the area.

But O.C. Haley has seen a slower resurgence than some other nearby commercial districts. Why has it been so hard to bring business back to this boulevard?

Carol Bebelle says she started coming to Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. when she was a little girl.

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Features
4:22 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

City Holds 'Bootcamp' Training For Jobs In Film And TV Production

Bootcamp participants wire themselves for walkie-talkie training.
Kate Richardson WWNO

Since 2002 Louisiana has provided incentives for the film and TV industry. Under the program, the state reimburses 30 percent of production expenses in the form of tax credits.

The city of New Orleans and surrounding parishes run workforce training sessions called Production Assistant Bootcamps. These help ensure that locals get jobs in the entertainment industry. This year's bootcamp took place at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center. 

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Features
7:02 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Let Me Clear My Goat: Munching Through An Algiers Park

Author Michael Patrick Welch chases his herd in Brechtel Park. The herd is helping clear the park, which had fallen into disrepair in the years after Hurricane Katrina.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

Many ideas have been suggested for how to handle New Orleans’s pervasive blight problem. Reporter Michael Patrick Welch and his wife Morgana believe the answer is goats.

This is the story of how my wife Morgana King entered into a business agreement… with a bunch of goats.

It all began with just one goat, our pet, Chauncey Gardner:

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NOPD
1:55 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

New Orleans Makes Big Push To Get More Cops On The Streets

After a hiring freeze caused by a budget crisis, New Orleans is now struggling to replace the roughly 100 officers a year it loses to retirements and officers quitting.
Rusty Costanza Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 1:08 pm

New Orleans is still reeling from another spate of violence last weekend, when five people were killed by gunfire and 11 wounded, including two toddlers. The city has launched high-profile campaigns to address gun violence, but a big part of the problem is an acute shortage of police.

Karen Rogers lives in the lower 9th Ward, where a recent drive-by shooting left two people dead and several more wounded. Police say it was drug-related.

"This is not the first time [I've heard gunshots]," says Rogers. "This is the first time to actually see people murdered and shot."

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