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A new lighthouse: brick by brick

Plans for a resurrected New Basin Canal Lighthouse call for high elevation, steel framing and other design features to help the new structure withstand future hurricanes. But getting the lakefront landmark built again will take a special type of brick,…

New plan to pump up coastal restoration

Stemming the destruction of Louisiana’s coastline is a colossal challenge, but recently the state has found a new way to bring the vast power of the Mississippi River itself to bear on the struggle. Sediment pipeline projects now underway are…

Stories from the neighborhoods

Students entering the eighth grade this year at Pierre Capdau-UNO Charter School have some big pages to fill, never mind the shoes. That’s because last year, an eighth grade language arts class at the Gentilly charter school left behind a…

The young and politically restless

It isn’t hard to get New Orleans people to sound off about what their beloved-but-troubled city should do differently, especially in the realm of city government. A new local nonprofit is harnessing that expressive impulse for a project ultimately aimed…

Preparing for Cuban connections

If New Orleans is indeed the northernmost port of the Caribbean, then the next stop on the way south is Cuba. The U.S. trade embargo has severely limited commercial and cultural exchange between New Orleans and its Caribbean neighbor for…

Early Super Bowl dividends

News that New Orleans will host the Super Bowl in 2013 set the hearts of local football fans aflutter with the possibility that the Saints might finally be in that number, and at home no less. But while the Saints’…

Mapping the political landscape

While the field of candidates vying to be the next mayor of New Orleans is still taking shape, a study gives some unique insight to the political landscape they will need to negotiate. The study was sponsored by Tulane University…

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Katrina vs. the heart

To the list of unwelcome and long-lingering Hurricane Katrina legacies, researchers from Tulane University School of Medicine have added another that hits particularly close to home: heart attacks. Tulane medical researchers have documented a threefold increase in the number of…

Liberty’s Kitchen reconciled

There is more than coffee, breakfast and lunch going on at Liberty’s Kitchen, a new café located near the Orleans Parish Criminal Courthouse in Mid-City. The restaurant and caterer is also a nonprofit aimed at helping teens and young adults…

Rebuilding the Latin American link

Thanks to new flight services set to begin next month, the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport will once again be international, or rather “internacional.”AeroMexico, the largest airline in Mexico, plans to start a new route between New Orleans and…

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No more crawfishing on food labels

In billboards, tourism brochures and travel Web sites, the red shells of crawfish are used as an enticing symbol of Louisiana, an edible representation of a unique place. Now, a pair of newly enacted state and federal laws are out…

Keep on cruising

While the most heated talk about signings and multi-year contracts this time of year usually involves pro sports, a recently inked deal between the port of New Orleans and Norwegian Cruise Line has quietly set the stage to help continue…

Irish dance stepping up

Interest in traditional Irish stepdance simmered for many years in New Orleans before the runaway hit show Riverdance in 1994 propelled its stature to new heights. As with so much else however, the displacement and upheaval of Hurricane Katrina derailed…

Affordable care on site

A resource originally created to help homeless people access health care is proving its value for a wide range of local residents struggling with high medical costs and diminishing insurance coverage. Richard Brucker, a California native and second-year medical student…

Life cycles

The upcoming fundraiser Tour de Lis began with five men completing an epic bicycle ride around Lake Pontchartrain to support a friend and relative stricken with cancer. Two years later the ride continues, though now the course is much less…

New team, new goals for local soccer

As the popularity of soccer grows across the U.S., a team is set to debut in May with the aim of bringing the sport to a new level in New Orleans. The New Orleans Jesters is the city’s new soccer…

Determining the population

When the Census Bureau releases its latest population estimate for New Orleans in the weeks ahead, it’s sure to be keenly examined by those invested in the city’s ongoing recovery. Estimating the number of people living in New Orleans since…

Funding Resiliency

The Obama administration has promoted the idea that the nation can link environmental issues with economic development to help both areas simultaneously. Closer to home, the Greater New Orleans Foundation is providing grants to put some of that potential into…

Beacon in Gentilly

People seeking an antidote to disconnected bureaucracies and ineffective official channels that have plagued post-Katrina recovery can find it in one-time living rooms and dining rooms around the city. These unlikely settings are the offices of the Beacon of Hope…

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In search of a coin

The recent display of a one-of-a-kind gold coin produced at the Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter some 165 years ago has sparked the search for its companion piece, and a fat bounty of at least $1 million is…

Condos with brand identity

Prominent New Orleans brand names are increasingly remerging in real estate listings as more of the historic buildings and sites affiliated with them are converted into residential developments. The latest locally important commercial name to join the likes of Falstaff,…

Opening the books, online

If knowledge is indeed power, Louisiana residents may be feeling a bit brawnier thanks to a new Web-based tool that puts a great deal of state fiscal information at their fingertips. In a bid to increase public trust in Louisiana’s…

A new New Orleans brew

When Kirk Coco set out to start a new brewery in New Orleans, he’d never made a beer in his life. Lucky for him, then, that he was introduced early in the project to Peter Caddoo, who hasn’t stopped brewing…

The inside track on going green

To show how New Orleans homes can be safer, smarter and more energy efficient, a Mid-City-based nonprofit starts with a house that looks torn apart. It is the model house, left partially un-built, within the Art Egg studios off South…

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Angel of hope. Through the efforts of Pam and Bob Schroeder of Alexandria, an “Angel of Hope” statue stands on a granite base in a patio of memorial bricks in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Pineville. The statue is part…

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Take a pew, Paula. Parishioners at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Hammond had a celebrity in their midst when Food Network chef Paula Deen arrived with her husband, Michael, for 9:30 Mass. Michael’s brother, Rev. Hank Groover, is a priest…

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WHAT'S HOTShow us your tats. Shreveport-Bossier City’s first tattoo convention’s festivities included a tattoo contest, a customer etiquette class and an auction to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. The tattoo contest allowed participants to enter their body art.  B.J. Clements,…