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Monday, April 24, 2017

Y@ Speak: CATs, dogs, alligators

Posted By on Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 5:38 PM

Alligators in the parks and in the streets, marches in defense of science in an increasingly facts-absent world, 3-year-old bus drivers — pretty normal week.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Hundreds attend New Orleans March for Science (slideshow)

Posted By on Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 4:46 PM

In this strange new world — where the valley between truth and satire grows ever-foggier and sometimes it seems as though reality itself is slipping  — scientists on seven continents and in New Orleans converged April 22 for rallies in support of facts, objective research and other previously undisputed elements of their work.

Hundreds of people in New Orleans, including a sizable contingent from a visiting conference of physical anthropologists, gathered at City Hall Saturday for a rally and March for Science defending scientific and medical research funding, opposing the politicization of research results and celebrating the role of scientists in protecting the environment and human society.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Why do drug deaths eclipse murders in New Orleans? Xavier panel to discuss addiction and "truth behind the numbers"

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 11:00 AM


Drug overdose-related deaths eclipsed murders for the first time in New Orleans last year, prompting the coroner's office to remind the city of its "accelerating public health crisis." Coroner Jeffrey Rouse recorded 211 drug-related deaths in 2016, when there were 175 murders.

Of those 211 drug deaths, 166 involved opiates — compared to 81 in 2015. The synthetic opioid fentanyl also was involved in 48 deaths last year. There were 13 fentanyl-related deaths in 2015, when the city recorded 93 drug-related deaths overall.

On April 20, a panel of doctors and health care experts will discuss the "Truth Behind the Numbers: Why Overdose Deaths Have Surpassed Homicides in Louisiana" at Xavier University. The talk hopes to "change the conversation around addiction as a moral failing, and promote the fact that addiction is a chronic disease."

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Y@ Speak: end of Lent

Posted By on Mon, Apr 17, 2017 at 5:40 PM

Louisiana follows its Lenten fast with Easter candy, crawfish boils, declaring John Wayne Day, twerking in the streets. and continuing the relentless tradition of roasting the Falcons.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Terrifying humanoid bunny to appear at Audubon Zoo April 14

Posted By on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 2:56 PM


If you should happen to visit Audubon Zoo on Good Friday, be warned: a terrifying, man-sized bunny will be stalking its grounds.

A press release issued by the zoo this morning cautions guests to "have cameras and cell phones handy" to capture the floppy-eared monster previously found only in your nightmares. There's no charge for guests to take personal photos with the bunny, though you could probably pay it to stay at least 50 feet away from you at all times. (Professional photos also are available.)

The bunny, which presumably reports to head bunny/press secretary Sean Spicer, appears near the Cooper Plaza fountain from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Send us your photos — or other sightings of the Creature from the Pastel Lagoon — and we'll post them this weekend.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

At roundtable April 18, housing advocates discuss access to homeownership for communities of color

Posted By on Tue, Apr 11, 2017 at 1:00 PM


At a roundtable discussing racial wealth inequality April 18, speakers from several local housing advocacy and neighborhood groups will propose solutions to a persistent problem: lack of access to homeownership for communities of color. According to a release about the event, just 43 percent of African-American households and 33 percent of Latino households own their homes, as compared to 54 percent of white and Asian households.

In discussions of New Orleans' Jiffy-Pop housing market, these kinds of basic structural inequities sometimes go un- or under-discussed. Even in more functional real estate markets, families of color still contend with what economists call the "wealth gap," or the difference between their net worth (cash, property, etc. minus debts and liabilities) and that of white families. Factors such as lack of access to inherited money and property, the racial wage gap and higher levels of debt (often due to predatory lending) all contribute to the wealth gap. A recent Institute for Policy Studies report found that at current growth rates, it will take black families 228 years to reach the same levels of wealth that white families enjoy today.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Y@ Speak Classic

Posted By on Mon, Apr 10, 2017 at 4:06 PM

While today's Twitter fills up on bad open-mic jokes about airplanes, we look back at last week's hot takes on our favorite New Orleans subjects: sports, dysfunction, and festival behavior.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

At public meeting, residents and business owners sound off about Bourbon Street closure and redevelopment

Posted By on Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 10:26 AM

Dismayed residents and business owners expressed a variety of concerns about the project.
  • Dismayed residents and business owners expressed a variety of concerns about the project.

At an April 4 meeting that was supposed to be about a recent traffic study conducted by city contractor AECOM in connection with the Bourbon Street redevelopment project, frustrated French Quarter residents and business owners convened for a Festivus-style airing of grievances about the plan.

Organizers, including Mark Jernigan from the Department of Public Works and Derek Chisholm from AECOM, tried to maintain order by allowing comment only via comment cards, which were read aloud to the group. But even before the "public comment" segment of the meeting, audience members were interjecting with questions and complaints about prospective road closures, the economic fallout from the proposed conversion of Bourbon Street to a pedestrian mall, handicap access to businesses, potential interruptions to delivery service and more.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Y@ Speak: emergency alert

Posted By on Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 6:35 PM

Congratulations, we survived April Fool's Day and woke up way too early thanks to the powerful combination of technology, weather and leaving our phones close enough to immediately grab upon waking. Once more unto the tweets:

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Student zine, presentation March 30 highlight notable New Orleans black women

Posted By on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 11:10 AM

Mwende Katwiwa (center) and program participants.
  • Mwende Katwiwa (center) and program participants.

In a time when pop culture is finally amplifying the voices and stories of more black women, participants in a Young Women with a Vision after-school program are finding heroes closer to home.

At a New Orleans Public Library presentation Thursday, they'll present a zine-style sample of their work so far on a book that ultimately will profile as many as 30 notable black women from New Orleans. The book, created almost entirely by the program's middle and high school students, will be published when the program concludes this academic year.

"We're living in this era of black girl magic, and  if you're a millennial of my age it hits you at the perfect time, but I realized ... a lot of that has not actually trickled down to young people," says program coordinator Mwende Katwiwa. "I was getting a lot of feedback from [the students] in school that they don't have access to a lot of black women who look like them. ... A lot of the people people that they see in places that are not home don't look like them and don't share similar experiences."

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