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   The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) rolled out its smartphone app last week, allowing bus, ferry and streetcar riders to buy Jazzy Passes (all-day passes) and Integrated Passes — but there's no option to buy individual fares. "The app provides passes only at this time but not single ride tickets," RTA spokeswoman Patrice Bell Mercadel told Gambit. "This is our soft launch and our offered products may change in time." The app is a free download ...

   Sexual Trauma and Awareness Response (STAR) has served the Baton Rouge region since 1975, and next month it will launch its New Orleans-based hotline for sexual assault survivors. The organization seeks volunteer call operators; visit or call (504) 407-0711 for more information.

   Cafe Istanbul — the venue inside the New Orleans Healing Center that is host to dozens of concerts and community events — will face the city's Alcohol Beverage Control Board next month after receiving several "nuisance" allegations that likely will produce a consent judgment for the venue, which is one of the city's largest spaces for black and minority artists and entertainers.


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