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Landrieu-re-elected-smallIt is more than ironic that while his city is in the midst of a major upsurge in crime, Mayor Mitch Landrieu is far away. As he discusses climate change and other issues with the Pope at the Vatican, New Orleans continues to suffer from an outbreak of violent crime. Last week, there was a shootout at the intersection of Basin and Bienville Streets, while, yesterday, the daily gun battle occurred in broad daylight at the corner of Canal Street and Claiborne Avenue, one of the most high profile intersections in New Orleans. In this case, a gunman used an AK-47 to randomly spray bullets on unsuspecting and innocent civilians. Along with this incident, there were shootings in other neighborhoods such as Algiers, St. Roch and New Orleans East. As a result, the murder rate in 2015 is much higher than in previous years and the city is on track to suffer from 200 murders, the highest rate since 2007.

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new-orleans-tourismLouisiana bizzy news for today: New Orleaans laying tracks, Jefferson Parish JEDCO report, Baton Rouge Chamber (BRAC): 

Just a week after the fireworks of the Fourth of July and the entertainment of Essence Fest, the Regional Transit Authority will mark a major milestone in the North Rampart Street/St. Claude Avenue Streetcar Project.

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mitchby Jeff Crouere
While Mayor Mitch Landrieu is worried about tearing down a 130-year old statue among other historical monuments, the city of New Orleans continues to be awash in criminal activity. Over the July 4th weekend, there was another series of shootings, robberies and rapes that confirmed New Orleans continues to be one of the most violent cities in the nation.

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grantby Jim Brown

It looks like it’s time to get out the soap powder in Louisiana.  Some elected officials and the state’s largest newspaper are jumping all over themselves to call for the banishment of whatever tattered remnants are left from the aftermath of the Civil War.  Not just flags, but monuments, names, Dukes of Hazzard, Aunt Jemima syrup, Uncle Ben’s rice, Gone with the Wind, they all gotta go. The cultural cleansing in the Bayou state has begun.

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satchmo-summerFrench Quarter Festivals, Inc. proudly announces the complete music schedule for the 15th Anniversary Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron. The premier American jazz festival dedicated to the life, legacy, and music of New Orleans' native son, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, Satchmo SummerFest takes place July 31-August 2 on the grounds of the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint. In 2015, French Quarter Festivals, Inc. will implement a nominal $5 daily admission fee (kids 12 and under are free).

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enemyby Ron Chapman

It did not take long for the mainstream media and politicians to poison the well.   They are incapable of accepting the goodness in man and reporting the same.   For them unless there is fear, anger, and controversy there is no story. Tension and division drive their narrative.   Simply reporting the majesty of what is taking place is beyond them…too passive. 

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city-pIn the last few weeks, City Park in New Orleans has become a cesspool of crime. There have been two reported rapes as well as a double shooting, which occurred last weekend. In the latest incident, hundreds of young hooligans were partying in New Orleans East and their festivities were shut down by the police.

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Landrieu-re-elected-smallOnce again, a horrific murder has given New Orleans an unwelcome burst of national publicity. This time, it involved the murder of James Bennett, Jr., a Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) police officer. He was killed early Sunday morning near a dimly lit public housing site that was undergoing construction. Bennett was the first HANO police officer killed in the line of duty in New Orleans, a city that has had public housing developments since 1941.

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BATON-ROUGEIABC New Orleans will host a panel featuring NOLA Entrepreneurs' Kirk Coco, Simone Bruni and Stirling Barrett. Success as an entrepreneur is determined in large part by the ability to communicate effectively. This panel will engage in active discussion about their communication / branding challenges and successes in today's highly competitive marketplace.

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new-orleans-tourism-compressed1WalletHub has ranked Shreveport as the top city in the United States to start a business while New Orleans is ranked 14th. 

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