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Friday, March 17, 2017

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to speak in New Orleans May 9

Posted By on Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 11:28 AM

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Sheryl Sandberg, the high-profile Facebook COO and author of the ostensibly feminist career coaching tract Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, will appear in New Orleans later this spring. She's in conversation with commentator Mary Matalin at Academy of the Sacred Heart's Nims Fine Arts Center on May 9.

In Lean In, Sandberg essentially argues that there aren't as many women in the highest levels of business in part because they begin "opting out" of more demanding assignments in anticipation of pregnancy and child care. She urges professional women to invest more in their careers, rather than stepping back (the "you *can* have it all!" argument). The book sparked a backlash from critics who pointed out that Sandberg herself has resources like nannies, housekeepers and significant wealth to support an ambitious career — assets which aren't available to many women.

Sandberg later reevaluated some of her Lean In arguments after the sudden death of her husband. Her new book, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resistance and Finding Joy, details how her family recovered from that loss and how she learned to cope with the difficulties of being a single parent.

A ticket, which includes a copy of the new book, is required to attend the event sponsored by Garden District Book Shop. It's from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Emergency room or urgent care? Knowing where to go, and when

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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A trip to the emergency room is rarely a happy one.

As if an injury or illness isn’t harrowing enough, throw in notoriously long ER wait times and the fear that the coughing person in the next seat is contagious. It’s no wonder that people who experience an acute complaint end up going to urgent care or treating it at home instead.

Many factors affect the decision to go to the emergency room or urgent care, but there are medical reasons to keep in mind that dictate which option is best.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Dillard University recognizes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day with "condom contest"

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 5:16 PM

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It's a middle school rite of passage: the ceremonial fitting of a banana or cucumber with a condom. (The produce aisle was never the same.) At a Feb. 7 event to celebrate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness day, Dillard University students can compete in an event to see if they still have those slightly risque health class skills. They'll be judged on whether they have the proper condom technique to prevent pregnancy and disease transmission.

The contest is part of activities on the historically black university's campus that day to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in Louisiana. This state has the country's highest rate of new positive diagnoses — a disturbing statistic in a time when the public health conversation around the disease has diminished somewhat since the epidemic's peak in the 1990s. And African-Americans account for 71 percent of newly diagnosed HIV/AIDS cases in the state.

The event is sponsored by the university's Public Health Club and We PrEP Together, the St. Thomas Community Health Center program which helps people gain affordable access to PrEP treatments, which reduce the risk of HIV transmission. Admission is free for university students. Events are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

LGBT Community Center hosts reopening party Feb. 1

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 5:19 PM

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The LGBT Community Center of New Orleans (2727 S. Broad St.), the 24-year-old organization supporting the needs of local LGBT people, hosts a grand reopening party Feb. 1. District B Councilmember LaToya Cantrell leads a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday immediately followed by a Champagne reception. Then there's a party at 7 p.m. with music and refreshments.

The day's events will highlight the group's new database of LGBT resources, including legal and medical contacts, and its renewed mission of "inclusion and community integration."

"We're proud of what we've accomplished, but know there is so much more to do," board president Sebastian Rey said in a statement. "With the community's support, [we will] build a stronger, more connected LGBT New Orleans."

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

On the Clock: Amanda Pumilia, humane law enforcement manager

Posted By on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Amanda Pumilia reaches out to a dog on a call.
  • Amanda Pumilia reaches out to a dog on a call.


On a lumpy residential street in the 7th Ward, Amanda Pumilia and I pull over in the toaster-shaped fiberglass van and mobile kennel driven by humane law enforcement officers in New Orleans. A chicken saunters across the street as Pumilia peers into the rugged laptop mounted beside the driver’s seat and frowns.

We’re here to investigate an alleged dog bite case, and Pumilia rattles off the details to me: a blue house, two dogs, a man walking on the sidewalk, a bite to the face. In the picture she shows me, there’s a shallow laceration on the man’s chin.

“Bite cases get a little hinky,” she tells me, on our way to the scene. “Every time an animal bites a person, there’s a rabies quarantine that’s supposed to happen … even though the threat of rabies is minor, it’s still there.”

As Pumilia looks around, a problem becomes apparent: there’s no blue house. But nearby, we can hear the telltale woof-woof of several dogs.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks for Dec. 9-11

Posted By and on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 2:42 PM

Gambit music commentator Noah Bonaparte Pais visits WWL-TV to break down your weekend: gypsy punk and Dada at the Music Box Village, Afghan Whigs, an award-season favorite movie and more.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Activists talk organizing in New Orleans at roundtable/book release Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 1:02 PM

Flaherty's book discusses collaborative organizing. - COURTESY JORDAN FLAHERTY
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  • Flaherty's book discusses collaborative organizing.

Community Book Center
 hosts a roundtable of experienced activists and organizers this weekend at a release party for No More Heroes: Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality, a new book by Jordan Flaherty.

Flaherty joins Alfred Marshall (STAND with Dignity), Michael Quess? Moore (Take 'Em Down NOLA), Jonshell Johnson (a youth and education activist) and Derek Roguski (New Teachers' Roundtable) to discuss organizing against police violence, their work in New Orleans' troubled school system and overcoming the "savior mentality," in which a well-meaning individual — often a white person — tries to "rescue" a marginalized group without community input. (Think Dangerous Minds.)

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Shots 4 Shots free flu shot clinic returns to Frenchmen Street Nov. 29

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 10:40 AM

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Musicians, bartenders and other hospitality workers can receive free flu shots at the second annual Shots 4 Shots clinic, presented by Tales of the Cocktail and the New Orleans Musician's Clinic & Assistance Foundation (NOMAF). The shots are available at d.b.a. and Snug Harbor from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29.

The event aims to crack down on the spread of flu via hospitality and entertainment workers, who are often uninsured or underinsured and frequently have to work when they're sick.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

On the Clock: Rodney Thomas, Harrah's New Orleans Casino table games dealer

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2016 at 2:11 PM

Rodney Thomas deals table games at Harrah's New Orleans Casino.
  • Rodney Thomas deals table games at Harrah's New Orleans Casino.

At 12:45 p.m. on a Wednesday afternoon, Rodney Thomas is dealing roulette. Three men  —  one with a Budweiser, one with a brown cocktail in a plastic cup  —  are saddled up in the chairs surrounding the felt-covered table, clearly having a far better time than anyone is generally entitled to on weekdays. Though Thomas just stepped up to the table a few minutes ago, relieving another dealer who was on duty, he’s already formed a bond with the guys. He says something that makes them break up in guffawing, backslapping laughter, before they turn their attention to the table's grid of worn-in numbers, ready to stack their chips in enigmatic patterns.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

On the Clock: Troy Delaney, steamboat Natchez pilot

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 8:41 AM

Steamboat pilot Troy Delaney in the pilot house (sometimes called the wheelhouse).
  • Steamboat pilot Troy Delaney in the pilot house (sometimes called the wheelhouse).


Like Prince once said, there’s joy in repetition. Think of a chef, working the line in his restaurant night after night; a chess master, reaching to select a pawn for her first move; a basketball player shooting free throw after free throw on an empty court. Repetition is the key to mastery, “flow,” the elusive art of moving without thinking. 

That’s what I think about, sitting with pilot Troy Delaney in the glass-windowed pilot house of the steamboat Natchez, little wavelets crumpling the river’s surface way below us. Delaney has been steering the Natchez for 12 years, working five days a week, making three voyages a day. Even considering the month or so the boat spends in “lay-up,” when it stops service for painting and other maintenance, that’s as many as 720 trips over the course of a year, making the run downriver toward Chalmette Battlefield, where the Natchez turns around, and back.

Delaney knows everything about the boat and almost as much about the glassy bends of the river. Together, they form a tranquil kingdom he takes pride in leading.

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