Same-sex marriage in Louisiana

The U.S. Supreme Court will likely settle the issue for thousands of Louisiana couples
When attorneys for same-sex couples from Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi argued their case before the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Jan. 9, they focused national attention on the issue of same-sex marriage in the Deep South. Ultimately, legal observers predicted, the issue would have to be settled by the U.S. Supreme Court — in fact, plaintiffs as well as states' attorneys in the local cases had asked the high court to take up the matter directly.

New Orleans: Blue Dot, Red State

In 2004, more than a dozen states, including Louisiana, passed constitutional amendments explicitly outlawing same-sex marriage (though the only state where it was legal then was Massachusetts). In that election, more than 77 percent of Louisiana voters opted to outlaw not only same-sex marriage, but also any form of civil union.

Know your rights: Teen edition

A New Orleans Public Library program pairs a cop with teenagers who have questions about their rights
While a national conversation about police brutality and racial profiling continues, the Alvar Branch of the New Orleans Public Library is doing its part to educate young patrons about their rights when interacting with the police.   On Jan. 17, the Alvar Branch Teen Program invited young people to ask Roderick Franklin, the New Orleans Police Department's (NOPD) 5th District Community Coordinator, questions about their rights.

New Orleans’ ‘third wave’ coffee revolution

A new generation of coffee artisans continues the city’s centuries-old relationship with the bean
Sniff, sniff. Stir.

French Quarter crime has residents on edge

A surge in violent crime has Quarter residents and business owners pointing fingers at Mayor Mitch Landrieu
John Hoff has owned and managed Fahy's Irish Pub on the corner of Toulouse and Burgundy Streets for 20 years. Tourists staying in the hotel across the street often come into the bar for a cocktail before they explore the French Quarter, and Hoff says they sometimes ask him if the neighborhood is safe.

Tribute to the Classical Arts

Nominations announced for Big Easy Foundation’s annual salute to opera, dance and classical music
The Foundation for Entertainment Development & Education announced special awards and nominations for performances of classical music, choral singing, opera, ballet and ethnic and contemporary dance in the New Orleans area in 2014. Winners will be announced at the Tribute to the Classical Arts luncheon Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Hotel Monteleone.

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