New Orleans, La. – Sir Nigel Sheinwald told the World Trade Center luncheon today that joining the US and France in taking out Libyan military facilities is the politically and morally right thing to do. And he says the missions are precise.
New Orleans, La. – New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says he welcomes the report of the 10-month investigation.
"Yes. I invited the Department of Justice to come in to the city of New Orleans and to lend their substantial expertise, their historical knowledge about what works and what doesn't work so that we could actually transform the streets of the city of New Orleans into a place that is safe, because if there is no safety there is no freedom. Where there is no freedom there is no peace."
New Orleans, La. – The Justice Department's civil rights division found New Orleans police have routinely used excessive force, racial profiling and conducted unconstitutional searches. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez says while some progress has been made under a new mayor and police superintendent, the problems run deep.
New Orleans, La. – Mayor Landrieu says the money will provide forgivable or low-interest loans. Applicants must open, renovate or expand retail outlets that sell fresh fruit and vegetables where access is lacking, especially for low-income residents. One of the applicants will be Dwayne Boudreaux, who's been trying to reopen Circle Food Store since it was flooded after Hurricane Katrina. The store in the former St. Bernard Market had been a community mainstay.
New Orleans, La. – Jackson delivered a rousing call to more than 300 SUNO students and supporters to tell the Board of Regents that they won't accept the merger. He says the majority-black institution of SUNO is critical to the community, and he says the 15-member board has only one newly appointed black member.
"An all-white Board of Regents who hired a white consultant who recommended that you shouldn't exist anymore. We must fight for justice."
New Orleans, La. – U-S Customs and Border Protection is expanding the number of airports that can offer flights to Cuba. Service had been restricted to Miami, New York and Los Angeles. Armstrong Airport spokeswoman Michelle Wilcut says an application to serve Cuba was made in February.
"We actually have some Census data that shows we actually have the fourth-largest Cuban population for travel."
New Orleans, La. – Stormy skies hovered over much of Fat Tuesday. One carnival regular carried on, though. Pete Fountain donned a purple suit bedazzled with musical notes and symbols as he grabbed his clarinet for his 51st annual stroll to the French Quarter. The 81-year-old says there's a reason he continues the tradition.
""Fun, you know. And everybody has a good time. And, you, know, forget about yesterday."