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August 29, 2007
Developer sean cummings envisions miles of parks stretching along the east bank of the Mississippi River. He envisions daring new architecture to complement the old: an amphitheater, cruise ship terminals, a hotel, a chapel. His design team has sketched pictures of elegant, glassy mid-rise residential buildings overlooking the historic, bohemian backstreets of the Bywater District.
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August 29, 2007 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
It's difficult to nail down the last time this antique city was considered cutting edge. Was it the 1850s, when a coffeehouse owner created the Sazerac cocktail? Or perhaps the 1940s, when a teenager named J.M. Lapeyre invented the automatic shrimp peeler? Whatever the answer, New Orleans was not defined by its spirit of innovation in the decades preceding Hurricane Katrina.
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August 29, 2007
Elizabeth teel galante says there is a reason New Orleans never embraced the "green building" movement before Hurricane Katrina: The economy was so slow that very little was being built. Today, New Orleans needs to rebuild thousands of homes, and Galante's nonprofit, the Santa Monica-based Global Green USA, has stepped in to push aggressively for environment-friendly building practices. The group's most visible project is in the Holy Cross section of the Lower 9th Ward.
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August 29, 2007
Samuel j. green charter school is home to 360 lower- and middle-school students, nearly all of them poor. Principal Tony Recasner still seems a little amazed that his modest campus would be the latest outpost of the trendy "slow foods" movement extolled by celebrity restaurateur Alice Waters. Green is one of 39 charter schools operating in post-Katrina New Orleans. Collectively, the campuses represent the most radical change on the educational landscape here since desegregation.
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August 27, 2007 | From the Associated Press
new orleans -- Democrat Barack Obama said Sunday that the country could not fail New Orleans again and that as president, he would keep the city in mind every day. "The words 'Never again' cannot be another empty phrase," the Illinois senator said in front of one of the few rebuilt houses he saw on a brief tour of the city's Gentilly Woods section. "It cannot become another broken promise."
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August 24, 2007 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
A former employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to plead guilty to rigging a bid on repairs to levees in the New Orleans area, Justice Department officials announced Thursday, as part of a broader investigation into procurement fraud in levee reconstruction. The case marks the first criminal charges against a corps official involved in New Orleans levees since Hurricane Katrina, a department spokeswoman said.
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August 16, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The New Orleans district attorney lost his fight Wednesday against a ruling that said he violated the civil rights of dozens of white employees when he fired them after taking office in 2003 and replaced them with black workers. Orleans Parish prosecutor Eddie Jordan said he filled key positions with political supporters and did not discriminate based on race when he took over from longtime Dist. Atty. Harry Connick Sr. in 2003; he fired 53 of 77 employees.
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August 7, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The doctor and two nurses once accused of killing patients in a flooded hospital after Hurricane Katrina face no further charges, authorities told a judge on Monday. "The attorney general's investigation is closed, there is no continuing investigation, no one is targeted," Assistant Atty. Gen. Julie Cullen said. "This case is closed." Orleans Parish Assistant Dist. Atty. Michael Morales said the case against Dr. Anna Pou ended when a grand jury refused to indict.
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July 25, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A former police officer accused in the videotaped beating of a man in the French Quarter after Hurricane Katrina was acquitted in New Orleans by a judge who heard the case without a jury. "I didn't even find this a close call," said District Judge Frank Marullo. Robert Evangelist, 37, had been charged with beating Robert Davis, now 66, during an arrest videotaped by an Associated Press Television News crew.
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July 12, 2007 | From the Associated Press
New allegations tie Sen. David Vitter to a high-priced brothel in his hometown, days after he publicly apologized for his connection to an alleged prostitution ring in Washington, D.C. Vitter (R-La.) acknowledged being involved with a D.C. escort service that federal prosecutors say was a prostitution ring. On Tuesday, former madam Jeanette Maier said Vitter was once a client of her Canal Street brothel. She pleaded guilty to running the operation in 2002. Vitter won his seat in the U.S.
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