In a show of commitment to rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan conducted a two day tour of the region in order to personally view the region's rebuilding efforts.
A mere six weeks into Obama's presidency, the secretaries' visit also comes the day after President Obama named Craig Fugate to head the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
When the 2009 Muses parade rolled down St. Charles Avenue, they were accompanied by one of the city's most famous bands: St. Augustine High School's Marching 100. This Mardi Gras Season, St. Augustine's was in a total of nine parades, but none were as momentous as the parade they marched in 42 years ago, when St. Augustine was the first non-white band to roll down Canal Street. Eve Abrams brings us this story.
The Carnival parades are under way, with one of the most unusual setting out from Armstrong Park: the canine Krewe of Barkus. Holding court this 17th year in Mardi Gras were King Scrappy and Queen Paris-- both qualified because they are rescue animals.
Roxanne Mentzer cuddled the queen, who donned a cape of feathers and gold lamme and a bow. She's come a long way from the shivering, thirsty Chihuahua found by the side of the road in Kenner, just after Hurricane Katrina.
The fabric and identity of New Orleans is often revealed through the history of its neighborhoods. Now, a film documentary by two local producers tells the story of one of New Orleans's oldest and most culturally significant.
A long-awaited historical marker was unveiled in February at the corner of Press and Royal Streets, marking the spot in 1892 where Homer Plessy was thrown off a railway car and arrested. Plessy's planned act of civil disobedience eventually made its way to the Supreme Court in the landmark case Plessy v. Ferguson, and, for some, marks the beginning of the civil rights movement.
Hundreds of college students continue to volunteer in rebuilding homes throughout New Orleans, and a few are coming back to stay.
Volunteers who painted a two-story home in New Orleans last week are back home, getting ready to return to college. But there were two at the Broadmoor site last week who are home now. They both signed up for week long assignments last year through the Hillel foundation of Jewish students, and decided to come back for the long-term.
Television host and conservationist Jeff Corwin visits the New Orleans area tonight, as part of the new UNO Horizons speaker series at the UNO Arena.
Emmy Award-winner Corwin is host of TheJeff Corwin Experience on Animal Planet, seen by 13 million people worldwide, and has also recently hosted a series of specials with Anderson Cooper on CNN entitled "Planet in Peril," discussing the problems facing the environment.
The Magazine Street Retail Relief Festival started in the early days after Katrina as an attempt to jumpstart local business. This festival, the fourth one, is Saturday, November 8, with merchants opening their doors to customers looking for a unique shopping experience.