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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Bike Easy hosts free "Mardi Gras repair station" for bikes Feb. 8

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 10:06 AM


Between parades, barricades and tourists with New Jersey plates looking for their Airbnb, Carnival's the one time of year when having a working bike becomes non-negotiable. To help you prepare, Bike Easy (2100 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.) will host a "Mardi Gras repair station" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8. They'll fill tires, tighten bolts, grease chains and take care of other minor adjustments on that bike that's been locked up beside your house for three months.

During the event, the organization also offers talks on the half hour about using a bike on the roadways, locking it up during parades and other safety tips. There's also info about Bike to Work Day, scheduled for April 12 this year.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

NOLAW hosts fundraiser, community action night Feb. 7 to fight violence against women

Posted By on Wed, Feb 1, 2017 at 1:24 PM

A NOLAW ref shields her eyes at a brawl. - EMMA RAYNOR
  • A NOLAW ref shields her eyes at a brawl.

In the seething maelstrom of news that's enveloped us all since Election Day, one issue in particular rang alarm bells for New Orleans Ladies Arm Wrestling League (NOLAW) members: the Trump administration's proposed cuts to grants administered by the Office on Violence Against Women. These grants fund local organizations which fight sexual violence, help women escape domestic abuse and offer resources for survivors.

In response, NOLAW will host a fundraiser and evening of community action designed to spotlight the potential cuts and organize people in the ongoing fight against violence against women. It's at Twelve Mile Limit (500 S. Telemachus St.) the evening of Feb. 7.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

"We’re called to serve the vulnerable": New Orleans responds to Trump's immigration order as refugee agencies face uncertain future

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 7:00 PM

A protest outside City Hall Jan. 29 following a freeze on immigration and refugee entry. - KAT STROMQUIST
  • A protest outside City Hall Jan. 29 following a freeze on immigration and refugee entry.

A family with three children under 5 years old was expected to arrive in Louisiana this week from Syria, where the death toll of a six-year-old civil war has reached nearly 500,000 people. The family is one of 80 refugee families Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans (CCANO) expected to resettle into Louisiana this year. Following an immigration ban targeting majority-Muslim countries and freezing a refugee program, CCANO is likely not to receive any refugee families for at least the next four months, leaving their safety and future in the U.S. unclear as constitutional questions, nationwide protests and lawsuits challenge an executive order issued within Donald Trump's first week as President.

"Even if they are in a safe location, a refugee camp, to wait two and a half years — they go through a long, rigorous vetting process before they come here — to get to this point where a few days before your departure they tell you, ‘You can’t leave,’ said CCANO's Division Director Martin Gutierrez. "Imagine how disheartening that would be."

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Y@ Speak: banned

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 7:30 PM

From "sanctuary cities" to "extreme vetting," New Orleans responds to Week One in the Trump Era.

Also: a new surveillance plan and "3 a.m." rule, King Cake Baby leans into the whole "giant monster" thing, and Jazz Fest flips its "people complaining about Jazz Fest" switch.

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RTA operator Transdev demos self-driving shuttle, to mayor's approval

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 3:40 PM


It doesn't fly, and it trundled along a route in front of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center at the rather underwhelming speed of 8 miles per hour. But the EZ10 autonomous shuttle, presented at an event this morning by New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) operator Transdev and Mayor Mitch Landrieu, is just a preview of the self-driving technology that's sure to upend the way we think about cars and transportation in America in the years to come.

In remarks, Landrieu said the demonstration was part of an ongoing effort to help New Orleans "lead the nation, as opposed to following the nation; to become an ascendant city, rather than a descendant city." He described the demographic shift pushing more and more Americans into cities, and said most dense urban areas will have to embrace innovative solutions to meet their transportation needs.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Louis C.K., 'alternative facts,' a market for Marigny and other stories you may have missed this week

Posted By on Sun, Jan 29, 2017 at 9:00 AM


• FEST, FEST, FEST: The 2017 Jazz Fest lineup was announced. You people on Twitter had a few thoughts. And Aaron Neville is part of the just-announced French Quarter Fest lineup.

• COMING TO TOWN: Louis C.K. is coming to town this week for a couple of just-announced shows. The Pixies are coming later.

• LGBT NEWS: The LGBT Community Center is getting a new home. And a new eldercare group is launching a health care provider network for LGBT seniors.

• KRISPY KRUNCHY KING CAKE: Where you can eat king cake topped with crickets.

Lots more under the jump ...

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Surrounded by gravestones, protesters speak out in favor of Affordable Care Act

Posted By on Sat, Jan 28, 2017 at 2:18 PM

Father Fred Kammer of Jesuit Social Research Institute opened and closed the protest. - KAT STROMQUIST
  • Father Fred Kammer of Jesuit Social Research Institute opened and closed the protest.

Before the  Affordable Care Act (ACA), schoolteacher Alaina Comeaux viewed age 25 as a death sentence.

That's the age when she would be ousted from her parents' insurance and forced to try and find insurance on the private market to cover her treatments for Crohn's disease and ankylosing spondylitis. One treatment she receives as many as eight times a year costs $21,000 — per session.

"My doctor actually tried to hide my diagnosis from insurance companies for more than a year," she said. "[Without regulations related to the ACA] I'd go bankrupt pretty quickly. ... It's pretty hopeless."

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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


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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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

LGBT elder-care group NOAGE kicks off health care provider network Jan. 26

Posted By on Tue, Jan 24, 2017 at 1:58 PM

NOAGE staffers and volunteers walk in the Southern Decadence parade. - COURTESY JIM MEADOWS
  • NOAGE staffers and volunteers walk in the Southern Decadence parade.

America is graying. In the next 20 years, the population of seniors ages 65 and older is expected to nearly double as the Baby Boomers reach retirement age and advancements in health care extend life expectancies. As demographics shift, seniors are sure to take center stage in discussions about health care and social services — including the needs of unique constituencies, such as seniors who identify as LGBT.

According to New Orleans Advocates for GLBT Elders (NOAGE) executive director Jim Meadows, an estimated 20,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans seniors live in the Greater New Orleans area. Many of them aren't getting what they need from their doctors, therapists and social workers. On Thursday, Jan. 26, NOAGE launches Greater New Orleans LGBT Elders Provider Network to help heath care professionals better serve this population.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Y@ Speak: sign of the times

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 7:20 PM

How was your weekend?

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