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Jesmyn Ward has received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" of $625,000 over five years. Ward, who teaches creative writing at Tulane University, also is among five finalists for the National Book Award in fiction for her new book Sing, Unburied, Sing. She won the award in 2011 for Salvage the Bones. The 2017 winner will be announced Nov. 15.


The Meters once again were nominated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's the seminal New Orleans funk band's fourth nomination for the honor, having previously been nominated in 1997, 2013 and 2014. Five of this year's 18 nominees will be inducted in a ceremony in 2018.


CBS This Morning showed a photo of the flooded Circle Food Store from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 during a report last week about FEMA's resources being stretched thin from the 2017 hurricane season. The show was referencing Hurricane Nate, which made landfall in Mississippi as a Category 1 and did no damage in metro New Orleans. The 12-year-old photo misrepresented the story completely and gave the impression that New Orleans was underwater again.


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