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Andre Perry Commentary
4:50 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

What Are You Learning During Mardi Gras?

Dr. Andre Perry

Mardi Gras season is upon us, which means there are more days that our children are not in school. Between Mardi Gras, Christmas, summer, fall and spring breaks, in-services and professional development days as well as inevitable storms, when are kids in school? Hard rain on the first day of school — cancel it. Have a winning football season — we’ll take off for that too. Absences due to New Orleans’ traditions combined with the archaic custom of an agrarian school calendar are self-imposed barriers to educational progress.

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Environment
7:49 am
Mon January 7, 2013

St. Bernard Plans Tree Collection

Tossed-out Christmas trees will be picked up Monday through Thursday in St. Bernard Parish. Officials of the parish road department said tress must be at curbside and free of decorations.

The pick-up schedule shows:

— Monday and Tuesday: Arabi to Paris Road in Chalmette.

— Tuesday and Wednesday: Paris Road east to Hannan Boulevard.

— Wednesday and Thursday: Hannan Boulevard east, including communities in eastern St. Bernard.

Latest News
3:22 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Driver Mows Down Decorations at Holiday Party

There were no reports of serious injuries, but a vehicle was damaged and several holiday decorations were mowed down in the front yard of a Kenner home when a disturbance broke out at a New Year's Eve house party.

Kenner police said it happened around 2 a.m. Tuesday. A man who police said had been attending the party allegedly got into his car and drove onto the lawn while trying to ram another vehicle.

Three people in the vehicle that was struck refused medical treatment.

Latest News
11:48 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Jesus Figure Stolen From Houma Nativity Scene

Authorities say thieves stole some of the City of Houma's Christmas decorations, including a figure of the infant Jesus.

Ann Picou, the Terrebonne Parish downtown development coordinator, tells The Courier the infant figure disappeared from the manger scene near the Houma courthouse soon after Thanksgiving.

Picou said the parish had already spent its decorations budget on new lights to replace some of the aging ones, so there wasn't money to buy another babe in swaddling clothes.

Latest News
2:31 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

New Year’s Eve Traffic Restrictions and Safety Advisory

The New Orleans Police Department has issued an advisory detailing restrictions on traffic this evening for downtown New Year’s Eve celebrations.

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Farmers Market Minute
9:30 am
Sat December 29, 2012

The Future is Food

Wendell Berry.

About a decade ago, I was visiting a particularly beautiful part of Kentucky to help a community grow its farmers market. Dinner involved farm-fresh items on a comfortably rustic ranch, and thoughtful dinner discussion was led by original and influential author Wendell Berry.

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Environment
11:58 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Orleans, Jefferson to Recycle Trees to Help Marsh

Even though Christmas is over, your tree can keep on giving.

WDSU-TV reports officials in Orleans and Jefferson parish are again picking up live trees for use in marsh restoration.

Folks are asked to remove all tinsel and ornaments from trees and then put them on the curb for pickup. Collection dates for both parishes are Jan. 10 through the 12th.

Flocked or painted trees are not eligible for the recycling program.

Food
4:27 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Where Y'Eat: A Lucky Start on New Year's Day

Blacked eyed peas and greens, a symbol in the South for luck and money in the new year.
Ian McNulty

New Year's Eve may end with a bang, but in New Orleans New Year's Day often begins with a dish.

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Planet Money
3:53 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Without Magic, Santa Would Need 12 Million Employees

Source: FedEx
Credit Lam Thuy Vo and Chana Joffe-Walt / NPR

There are 760 million Christian children in the world, according to the Pew Research Center. Suppose Santa delivers one gift to each child. What kind of delivery workforce would Santa need?

We couldn't get an interview with Santa. But we did get Paul Tronsor from FedEx and Mike Mangeot from UPS. They helped us go through the numbers.

Here are just a few of the positions Santa would need to fill to pull off Christmas. (Note: For the complete list, see the graphic at the bottom.)

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Latest News
3:50 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve Bonfires Unaffected by Coming Storm

Nasty weather, including a chance of strong tornadoes and howling thunderstorms, is forecast on Christmas Day along the Gulf Coast from east Texas to north Florida. But officials say it will hold off long enough for Christmas Eve bonfires to light the way for Pere Noel along the Mississippi River northwest of New Orleans.

The National Weather Service says people should prepare their yards for high winds Monday, securing lawn furniture or anything that might be blown into a home or car.

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