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Monday, August 24, 2015

Atlantic conference discusses "New Orleans: Ten Years Later" after Hurricane Katrina

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 11:32 AM

Mayor Mitch Landrieu, left, being interviewed by The Atlantic national correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg.
  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu, left, being interviewed by The Atlantic national correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg.

This week will see dozens of events related to the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods, and today saw one of the biggest — The Atlantic's "New Orleans: Ten Years Later" conference at the Sheraton New Orleans. 

After an introduction by The Atlantic's editor in chief James Bennet, Gwen Ifill of PBS News Hour introduced writer/filmmaker Lolis Eric Elie, New Orleans native and national student poet Madeleine LeCesne, VAYLA executive director Minh Nguyen, writer Chris Rose, former City Councilman Oliver Thomas and Tracie Washington of the Louisiana Justice Center. 

Washington had the crowd's attention, questioning the city's recovery pointing out that 50 percent of black children in the city live in poverty — more than before the storm —  adding that special needs children are being ignored in the New Orleans school system. She also took exception to "resilient," which has emerged as the buzzword du jour of Katrina recovery. "I'm not resilient," she said, scoffing. “I have a right not to be resilient!”

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Bush, Clinton visits added to Hurricane Katrina 10th anniversary events

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 1:09 PM

Yesterday it was announced President Barack Obama would be coming to New Orleans Aug. 27 to tour the city on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Now former President George W. Bush and former President Bill Clinton will be coming to New Orleans next week as well to participate in some of the commemoration ceremonies.

Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush will visit Warren Easton Charter School Aug. 28 for an education round table discussion, at which the former president also will offer remarks. Clinton will come to the "Power of Community" event Aug. 29 at Smoothie King Center, the city's main event in the weeklong Katrina commemoration. Faith leaders and many New Orleans musicians will perform, and journalist Soledad O'Brien will host. The event is open to the public and free, and organizers say tickets are available at city libraries, or can be reserved via the city's website.

These are only two of many events — official and unofficial — going on next week as part of the Katrina commemoration. Our list of community events is here, and under the jump is the city's list of official events, and how you can attend.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Obama will make New Orleans visit for Katrina anniversary

Posted By on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 at 10:30 AM

President Barack Obama in New Orleans in 2013. - JEANIE RIESS
  • President Barack Obama in New Orleans in 2013.

President Barack Obama will visit New Orleans on Aug. 27 to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the federal levee failures. In 2010, for the fifth anniversary of the storm, Obama told a crowd at Xavier University that Katrina was a "natural disaster but also a man-made catastrophe — a shameful breakdown in government that left countless men, women and children abandoned and alone." (That 2010 trip also included his famous visit to Parkway Bakery for a po-boy.)

According to a statement from the White House, Obama's visit next week includes talks with Mayor Mitch Landrieu and trips to several neighborhoods speaking with residents. He'll deliver his remarks "on the region’s rebirth and what’s possible when citizens, city and corporate leaders all work together to lift up their communities and build back in ways that make them more innovative and positioned for economic growth."

Obama's last visit to New Orleans used the Port of New Orleans for his pitch for infrastructure investments and job creation.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Watch: Jindal to Wall Street Journal: I'll keep the American dream from becoming the European nightmare

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 1:18 PM

Gov. Bobby Jindal told The Wall Street Journal: "We don't just need a Republican in the White House; we need a Republican that's going to make big changes."
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal told The Wall Street Journal: "We don't just need a Republican in the White House; we need a Republican that's going to make big changes."

Gov. Bobby Jindal's "Geaux Bobby" event will be held Wednesday at Kenner's Pontchartrain Center, where he'll end all the suspense and let us in on his decision whether or not to run for the Republican nomination for president. He sat for an interview Friday with The Wall Street Journal's Reid Epstein, and outlined the case he'd make if he does run:

If I run, it'll be to make big changes in D.C. My big concern is President Obama is in the process of changing the American dream into the European nightmare — defining success as government dependence, government spending, government borrowing. We don't just need a Republican in the White House; we need a Republican that's going to make big changes.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Michelle Obama congratulates New Orleans on ending veteran homelessness

Posted By on Mon, Apr 20, 2015 at 2:44 PM


First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama commended New Orleans' efforts to eliminate veteran homelessness, which officials say is the first in the country to do so. Obama was the guest of honor at a conference this morning at Gallier Hall, attended by a host of city officials, including Mayor Mitch Landrieu, police superintendent Michael Harrison and members of the New Orleans City Council.

Obama and Jill Biden launched an initiative among U.S. mayors to reduce veteran homelessness in their cities by the end of 2015, with President Barack Obama also aiming to end veteran homelessness nationwide. Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city — with a partnership involving federal, state and local nonprofit agencies — was able to house more than 200 veterans by the end of 2014 by using a "housing first" system. The Landrieu administration says another 42 veterans have been housed since January.

"We seem to resign ourselves to a reluctant acceptance of this reality," Obama said. "We feel badly about it, we know it is not right, but we've almost come to believe this problem is too big, too entrenched, to ever solve. I want to be very clear. The vasty majority of veterans who return whom, they come home in good health, in good spirits, they go on to build strong families and good jobs, and they keep serving. ... But even one homeless veteran is an outrage. And when we have tens of thousands of veterans who don't have somewhere to go when in rains, that is a stain on our nation. ... When they come home kissing the ground, none of them should ever have to sleep on it."

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Mary Landrieu, Bill Cassidy head to runoff Dec. 6

Posted By on Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Sen. Mary Landrieu greeted supporters at her election night party.
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu greeted supporters at her election night party.

As was widely predicted by pollsters, Sen. Mary Landrieu's fourth bid for the Senate ended short of victory Tuesday night. Neither she nor her Republican opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy, could crack the 50 percent margin necessary to avoid a runoff. With final ballots counted, Landrieu received 42.08 percent of the vote, while Cassidy notched 40.96 percent.

The third major candidate in the race, Ret. Air Force Col. Rob Maness, another Republican and tea party favorite, finished with 13.76 percent. "While we have fallen short tonight," Maness told supporters, "we shocked the establishment." He said he would support Cassidy in the runoff, which will take place Dec. 6.

Also no surprise: Rep. Steve Scalise, the newly elected House Majority Whip, easily won reelection in the 1st Congressional District with 77.54 percent of the vote, as did Rep. Cedric Richmond in the 2nd, with 68.69 percent.

Landrieu supporters began gathering early at the Hyatt Regency in the CBD, while Maness supporters held a party at Rock 'n' Bowl, reinforcing the candidate's message as a man of the people (Maness arrived to celebrate before the polls closed). Cassidy, a longtime resident of Baton Rouge, had his election party there. Even before the first numbers came in from Orleans Parish, however, both NBC News and ABC News had called a runoff in the Senate race.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

New Orleans' latest film turn: Zombie animals and The Other Dead

Posted By on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Hey, New Orleans: If NCIS: New Orleans and American Horror Story: Coven weren't to your taste — how about The Other Dead, set in Louisiana during "the next Hurricane Katrina"? EW has details:

Animal Planet is developing a scripted live-action zombie animal saga based on the graphic novel The Other Dead, EW has learned exclusively.

From IDW publishing, the graphic novel is set in Louisiana during the “next Hurricane Katrina,” and tells the story of an eclectic cast of characters thrown together into a nightmarish world of undead animals and unrelenting storms. The graphic novel hails from Joshua Ortega and Digger Mesch, who will both be involved in some capacity. 

That's right — Animal Planet, home of shows like America's Cutest Pet and Puppy Bowl, will now branch into zombie animals.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Y@ Speak: #EssenceFest

Posted By on Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 12:38 PM

It purple rained all over the place, from fireworks to Prince to... nope, just those things. This week's Y@ Speak looks at some 2014 Essence Fest highlights to local pols reacting to Hobby Lobby and if New Orleans was built for bumper cars.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New York Times poll: Obama, Jindal have identical approval and disapproval ratings in Louisiana

Posted By on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 12:09 PM

A White House photo from 2010 showing President Barack Obama (left) talking with Gov. Bobby Jindal (right) aboard Air Force One following the BP oil disaster. A new poll showed Louisianans approve and disapprove of the president 's and the governor's performances in office in equal measure. - COURTESY THE WHITE HOUSE
  • A White House photo from 2010 showing President Barack Obama (left) talking with Gov. Bobby Jindal (right) aboard Air Force One following the BP oil disaster. A new poll showed Louisianans approve and disapprove of the president 's and the governor's performances in office in equal measure.

A new poll of four Southern states
 by The New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation found identical percentages of Louisianans approve and disapprove of Gov. Bobby Jindal and President Barack Obama's performances in office. Of the respondents, 40 percent approved and 54 percent disapproved of the way Obama and Jindal are each handling his job.

The differences were slightly more pronounced when it came to the performances of U.S. Sens. Mary Landrieu and David Vitter. Landrieu, a Democrat, received a 49/45 percent approval/disapproval rating, while Vitter's percentages were 51/35. Only 6 percent of respondents didn't know or had no answer when it came to Landrieu; Vitter's don't know/no answer percentage was more than double that at 13 percent. 

Landrieu, who's running against a field of Republicans in the November 2014 general election, is out in front with 42 percent of respondents saying she'd have their vote if the election was today. She leads challengers U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy (18 percent), state Rep. Paul Hollis (5 percent) and Rob Maness (4 percent). Thirty percent of respondents weren't sure if they would vote, or for whom. 

In other results, 36 percent of respondents who are registered to vote in Louisiana thought it should be legal for same-sex couples to marry; 56 percent thought it should not.

The poll was conducted April 8-15 and surveyed 1,075 Louisianans, of whom 946 identified themselves as registered voters. Full poll results are here.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Michelle Obama to give Dillard commencement address May 10

Posted By on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Michelle Obama
  • Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address at Dillard University on Saturday, May 10 for the university's 2014 graduating class of 243 students.

Obama's address at the historically black university is part of a series of visits to schools and areas central to her higher education initiative. She will also speak at two other graduations — she'll address graduating seniors in Topeka, Kan. public high schools on May 17 in recognition of the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education. She'll also address the D.C. College Access Program June 19 in Washington, D.C. The program is a nonprofit organization serving low-income, minority students mostly from single-parent households and are often the first in their family to attend college.

The visit to New Orleans follows President Barack Obama's November 2013 visit to the Port of New Orleans. Michelle Obama also spoke at the National Council of La Raza conference in July 2013.

The Dillard University ceremony begins at 10 a.m. May 10.

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