The fall of malls

As retailers struggle, what’s next for malls in Louisiana?
From 2001 to 2004, I spent anywhere from 40 to 60 hours each week inside Woodfield Mall, a megalithic, multi-floored temple of consumption in Schaumburg, Illinois. I worked at a clothing store there, and I did not have a car.

Street appeal: New Orleans life through the lens of Cheryl Gerber

Photographing the street culture of New Orleans
Ever since I was a little kid, I loved being on the streets of New Orleans.

The mayor responds

Mayor Mitch Landrieu asked for space to respond to our story on crime during his time in office. Here are his remarks.
Making our city safe has been and will continue to be my No. 1 priority. That's not just campaign rhetoric — reducing crime is what I think about every morning when I wake up and every night when I go to bed and plug in my iPhone.

Mitch Landrieu's legacy on crime

Crime analyst Jeff Asher on what the mayor got right — and wrong
Once there was a mayor of New Orleans whose legacy was closely tied with crime and murder in the city — in a good way. He implemented an anti-crime agenda that produced a previously unimaginable drop in murder — to the lowest number in a generation.

Cool summer 2017: What to do in New Orleans this summer

Free, fun and cool things to do this summer
• Where to drink, eat and lounge in the pool in New Orleans Summer pools, outdoor bars and ice cream • Do you melt in the sun?

Honduran connection: a chef's tour of Honduran cuisine in New Orleans

Melissa Araujo and the region's Honduran restaurant boom
Click here to find out where to go and what to get

New Orleans wrestler Luke Hawx leaps from the ring to the screen

Luke Hawx had a rough start growing up. Now he's a top wrestler — and a budding action movie star
In a Metairie middle-school gym, worlds away from Hollywood glitz, Luke Hawx is sweaty, grimy and bruised, held back by a dozen men nearly as big as he is. He struggles against the dense human embankment preventing him from crossing the 10 feet between him and his sneering antagonist — the creepily ageless hardcore-wrestling icon Stevie Richards, who's just called Hawx a coward in front of Hawx's hometown crowd.   The audience is booing and stomping, urging their folk hero to defend his honor — the city's honor — against this trash-talking interloper.

The facts of life: the state of sex ed in Louisiana

With high rates of STDs and unplanned pregnancies among young people in Louisiana, legislators and advocates hope to improve sex education
In a Catholic middle school, Jenni Perkins learned not to have sex before marriage. At Perkins' charter high school, a P.E. teacher said the same, after he separated the class into boys and girls and demonstrated how to use a condom by putting his entire hand into one.

Young lives behind bars

Louisiana considers abolishing life without parole for some juvenile offenders
When Misty Jenkins was 16, she accompanied a boyfriend who robbed and killed a cab driver. Jenkins says she feared her boyfriend would kill her if she didn't ride in the car with him.

Deacon John Moore: "I'm an entertainer"

The New Orleans singer and bandleader receives the Big Easy Awards' Lifetime Achievement in Music
IN THE MIDDLE OF A SET AT THE DEW DROP INN, Deacon John Moore felt a tug on his arm and looked down to see Allen Toussaint, who Moore says had likely double-parked a tomato-red Cadillac outside the club. That was the night Moore jokes he was "discovered."

2017 Big Easy Award winners announced for music and theater

The Revivalists named Entertainer of the Year
Bandleader and guitarist Deacon John Moore thanked a who's who list of New Orleans musicians, producers and friends from his six-decade career — including Allen Toussaint, Dave Bartholomew, Benny Spellman, Earl Palmer and many others — while accepting a Lifetime Achievement Big Easy Award at the Orpheum Theater April 24.

Big plans abound for development on Lake Pontchartrain

Developers hope to restore the lakefront as a major recreation destination
FOR DECADES, the shore of Lake Pontchartrain from West End Park to South Shore Harbor was a prime destination in New Orleans for dining, boating, family gatherings and entertainment. Neglect and environmental issues diminished its draw over time, however, and Hurricane Katrina nearly wiped out parts, destroying the remaining restaurants at West End Park, wreaking havoc in Orleans Marina, heavily damaging the New Canal Lighthouse, flooding Lakefront Airport and other structures, spreading concern that a generation would grow up without making new memories there.

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