Shift change: How New Orleans hospitality workers are organizing their industry

Organized labor seeks a foothold in the city's most important economic driver
On a chilly evening just before Thanksgiving, about a dozen New Orleans Hospitality Workers Committee (NOHWC) members were gathered around a long table in a well-worn Claiborne Avenue meeting room papered with signs from other activist projects ("Reproductive Rights Are Not for Sale," "Homes for People, Not for Profits").   One by one, members took turns speaking up: not to give thanks, but to say what they hoped to change at their job or in the hospitality industry.

Do we need a new hurricane scale?

After a destructive hurricane season, is the 1-to-5 scale outdated?
The 2017 hurricane season is over, and New Orleans dodged all the bullets. Though Hurricane Nate may have prompted some to evacuate, it was Hurricane Harvey in east Texas and western Louisiana, along with Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and Hurricane Irma in Florida, that caused the biggest problems.

Who were Saffir and Simpson?

The story behind the men who came up with the hurricane scale
Herbert Saffir was a civil engineer who traveled the American Southeast extensively throughout the 1960s, studying the effects of hurricanes on buildings and other structures.   Robert Simpson had a more visceral experience with hurricanes.

Project censored: the most underreported stories of 2017

The annual look at the most under-covered stories of the year
In america we commonly think of press freedom and censorship in terms of the First Amendment, which focuses attention on the press itself and limits on the power of government to restrict it. But the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, drafted in the aftermath of World War II, presents a broader framework.

Prospect.4: A guide to the art around New Orleans

More than 70 international artists explore the ‘Global South’
The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, the title of Prospect.4, the latest iteration of the Prospect New Orleans international art triennial, is as colorfully mysterious as its name implies. Like its predecessors, starting with Prospect founder Dan Cameron's stellar, critically acclaimed Prospect.1 in 2008-09, Prospect.4 makes the city itself part of the show — sometimes to an extent that makes it hard to tell where the art begins and the city recedes.

The great outdoors: Prospect.4's outdoor works

A look at the event's easily accessible art in public spaces
Many of the more iconic works in Prospect.4 are sculptures and installations at easily accessible public spaces. Here are some of the expo's outdoor works.

She said, she said

A war of words — and accusations — in the race for New Orleans mayor
Campaign attacks and counter­attacks are nothing new, but the volleys exchanged in the Nov. 18 mayoral runoff will make that race historic for more than the election of New Orleans' first female mayor.

New Orleans women chefs and the fight for kitchen equality

Women chefs say conditions are changing, though not quickly enough
An Instagram post on Sept. 5 from San Francisco-based chef Dominique Crenn made national news when she called out San Pellegrino — the company that sponsors the World's 50 Best Restaurants list — for a series of photographs of a group of male chefs the brand had picked as jurors.

A tweet season for the Pels: Twitter predictions for the New Orleans Pelicans 2017-2018 season

Warning: #FakeNews ahead
The 2017 NBA season will be pivotal for the New Orleans Pelicans — not only because head coach Alvin Gentry and general manager Dell Demps are on the hot seat, and not only because last season's surprise trade acquisition, All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, is out of contract at the end of the year. This season is pivotal because, in a league dominated by guards (the Houston Rockets' James Harden, the Golden State Warriors' Steph Curry, the Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving) and wings (the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, the Warriors' Kevin Durant), the Pelicans are going against the grain and hoping their all-star front court of Cousins and Anthony Davis can carry them to the playoffs.

Wake up, voters: New Orleans early voting starts Sept. 30

After months of lethargy, are voters ready to make up their minds?
One year ago — or even four months ago — no one with any knowledge of local politics and history would have predicted this year's race for mayor would be a tepid affair. New Orleans elections never have been dull, particularly those for mayor.

A political hot 7: races to watch on Election Night

A look at City Council, Jeff Parish Council and state treasurer races
In addition to the New Orleans mayor's race, there are plenty of local contests to get citizens fired up about the Oct. 14 primary. The New Orleans City Council will gain at least three new members, one new face will join the Jefferson Parish Council and Louisiana will get a new state treasurer.

How to help Texas

How you can help Houston and other cities hit by Hurricane Harvey
This issue is dedicated to our friends, family and everyone in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana who will be dealing with the devastation of Hurricane Harvey for months and years to come.

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