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  • Fast Food Workers Walk Off The Job

    If you had problems getting your morning Egg McMuffin  on the way to work Thursday, you weren’t alone.  Dozens of fast-food workers walked off the job to protest low pay, saying minimum wage doesn’t cut it when you’re trying to raise a family. Jacquay Johnson, a full-time fast food worker, stood in front of a Burger King in Gentilly complaining that his $7.25 hourly paycheck makes a daily struggle when it comes time to feed his 10-year-old son. “$7.25 is […]

  • Food Bank Shares Thanksgiving Bounty With Thousands

    While most of us are looking forward to a major feed on Thanksgiving, tens of thousands in south Louisiana can’t afford to pay for the traditional feast. So Second Harvest Food Bank has stepped in.  And they’re cooking up Thanksgiving dinner in a huge way, with 1750 hot dinners, all for senior citizens. There are so many plates to be prepared that Second Harvest called for volunteers to help…and about 20 employees of People’s Health answered the call.  They spent […]

  • NOLA wins “Must-See Destination”

    The accolades just keep pouring in for New Orleans.  Now, National Geographic has named the city one of the 20 must-see destinations for 2014. “New Orleans, like Rome or hope, is eternal,” gushes the opening line of the Nat Geo Traveler article.  It goes on to tell readers worldwide why they need to get themselves to New Orleans as soon as possible. Naturally, the city’s tourism leaders, like Mark Romig of the New Orleans Marketing Corporation, are thrilled:  “It’s a […]

  • School Bands Get Big Checks From Popeyes

    Music is as much a part of New Orleans culture as is our food.  And the two came together in a very rewarding way this week for area high school kids. Popeye’s, famous for exporting the taste of New Orleans to the world is shelling out cold, hard cash to keep New Orleans music playing.  Three schools won $10,000 each for their music programs:  Haynes Academy, Lusher Charter and Mandeville High School.  Contestants had to submit a five-minute video of […]

  • CCC Lane Shutdowns Begin

    As if traffic isn’t bad enough already on the Crescent City Connection, commuters were greeted with two lane closures at sunup Tuesday morning on the West Bank approach to the bridge.  It’s all part of DOTD’s plan to get commuters accustomed to a whole new traffic flow across the river.  The toll booths that once spread across twelve lanes are long gone, and soon seven of those twelve lanes will be gone as well. “It’s a bottleneck,” said Algiers commuter […]

  • School Bus Crash In Gentilly Sends Kids To Hospital

    Terrifying moments for some high school students Monday morning when their school bus collided with a van in Gentilly.  Witnesses tell WGNO they saw six people taken to the hospital–three students from the bus and three occupants of the van. Nikell Newell’s daughter was aboard the bus.  She panicked when she got the call.  “Just getting them off to school when I heard.  This is crazy!” she said as she comforted her injured daughter. The bus was rolling down Franklin […]

  • New Orleans home prices continue to climb (mostly)

    Exactly five years ago, home prices across the nation and throughout Louisiana were in a free-fall crash.  Today, new numbers show home values climbing strongly.  And, in many ways, New Orleans is ahead of the pack. A new report from the firm “Realty Trac” in early November shows no real surprises.  The average price of a home in the U.S. has soared more than 12 percent over the past 12 months.  At first glance, the numbers aren’t so rosy for […]

  • Seeber Bridge Still Closed

    What was supposed to be a three-week repainting job has turned into a 12-week nightmare for commuters who use the Judge Seeber Bridge over the Industrial Canal.  And there appears to be no end in sight. The Seeber Bridge is the main connection from the Lower Ninth Ward and St. Bernard Parish into the city.  But since it closed for re[painting in early August, most of the traffic it would ordinarily carry has been shifted onto the nearby St. Claude […]

  • NOLA Gas Prices Continue to Fall

    Gas prices just keep dropping.  Across the metro area, at least fifteen gas stations are selling a gallon of regular for less than three dollars.  And prices are expected to continue falling.   Ryan Quick of Metairie is smiling as he pumps gas at the Chevron on Airline and Cleary.  He had just dropped his kids off at school when he spotted the sign saying “Regular–$2.99”  He ducked in for a quick fill-up.   “Saw this good price and said […]

  • Massive Donation Brings Tons of Food to Second Harvest

    What if you ran the world’s largest produce seller’s convention, and you had 75 tons of fresh fruit and vegetables left over from your floor displays at the Morial Convention Center?  Give it to Second Harvest Food Bank, of course. So Sunday night, some 300 volunteers loaded up fifteen semi-truckloads of fresh food and hauled it to a staging center at Zephyr Field in Metairie.  From there, it is being loaded into smaller trucks that will send it to needy […]

  • Traffic Mess Continues Over Industrial Canal

    If you live in St. Bernard Parish or the Lower Ninth Ward, getting into the city is still a daily frustration.  after more than two months, the Claiborne Avenue Bridge remains closed and traffic is still a nightmare.  Work to repaint the bridge was supposed to last three weeks back in August when it started.  But it’s still closed. “We’ve got to have patience-there’s no other way,” said David Hernandez as he waited in snarled traffic.  “It’s a pain in […]

  • Will Saints Continue Their Winning Ways?

    Can the Black and Gold make it an even half-dozen wins Sunday?  Las Vegas oddsmakers say “no,” picking the New England Patriots over the Saints by two and a half points.  The game will be played in New England, so the Patriots should enjoy a slight home field advantage, so goes the conventional thinking.  In fact, when Tom Brady and the Patriots play at home, the win 85% of the time. But look at the last time these two teams […]