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James Longstreet, Traitor to the Lost Cause



Each week, historian Sean Michael Chick will highlight some of the country's unsung heroes or pivotal figures during the Civil War era who could serve as replacements following the takedown of New Orleans' Confederate monuments. This week, learn about James Longstreet, the controversial Confederate general who later became a noted Republican and key figure in the Battle of Liberty Place. 


NOLA Lore: New Orleans in the JFK Web

Part One - Lee Harvey Oswald, Crescent City Child



Each week, J.A. Lloyd will take readers through the secret and unexamined legends, myths, and folklore of New Orleans past. This week, learn about the strange role that New Orleans played in the conspiracy surrounding President John F. Kennedy's assassination as we explore the upbringing of Lee Harvey Oswald.


The Veteran Politician

Get to Know Michael Bagneris, the Man With a Solid Campaign to Be the Next Mayor of New Orleans



It would be a mistake to underestimate Michael Bagneris. Sure, he faces 17 other candidates in his bid to become Mayor of New Orleans — including his two leading opponents, up-and-coming political stars Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and former Judge Desiree Charbonnet — but Bagneris makes a strong case to take over the highest office in the Crescent City. Read on for NoDef’s interview with the mayoral candidate, where he sounds off on the city’s safety, job markets, and his dreams of New Orleans in the future. 

 


Promotin’ the General Welfare

Stop and Frisk for All!



Recently, U.S. Senator John Kennedy opined on the Times-Pic’s website about the current state of the crime problem in New Orleans. Yes, we have one. Sadly, we’ve had one for quite some time and lately, it’s worsening. Near the close of his sobering sermon, the Senator offered up an oh-so-novel solution to stem criminal activity in New Orleans’ streets – what he refers to as a “stop-question-and-frisk program”, and what T-P Columnist Tim Morris later clarifies in a “he meant to say” column addressing Kennedy’s “stop and frisk" suggestion.

 


Horoscopes for Week of July 24th



Trust your process.

Take it day by day (step by step).

 

You are in a relationship with your most divine self whether you realize it or not. And that divine self nudges, pokes, prods, and slaps you from time to time (or all the time) so you can make it to them. Let that sink in for a moment. Whether you call it the universe, your future selves, your ancestors, and/or this or that god(ess) there are powers greater than you supporting your journey.

 


NOLA Lore: The Witch That Rides



Each week, J.A. Lloyd will take readers through the secret and unexamined legends, myths, and folklore of New Orleans past. This week, learn about the cauchemar.


Who Comes Next?

Andre Cailloux, Hero of Port Hudson



Each week, historian Sean Michael Chick will highlight some of the country's unsung heroes during the Civil War era who could serve as positive replacements following the takedown of New Orleans' Confederate monuments. This week, learn about Andre Cailloux, the New Orleans-born patriot and martyr for the Union Army. 

 


The Intoxicology Report

One Week of Tequila



Welcome to the Intoxicology Report, a drinking journey with a few recommendations and a few lessons. This column is dedicated to my experience consuming one variety of alcohol for seven days straight. Ahead of National Tequila Day on July 24th, we begin with the spirit from our southern neighbor, and a favorite of 20-somethings everywhere. Shots!

 


Mr. Green

Mayor Mitch Landrieu's New Climate Action Strategy — And What It Means for New Orleans



Earlier this month, Mayor Mitch Landrieu released a Climate Action Strategy for the city of New Orleans. The comprehensive strategy aims to cut New Orleans’ greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 and uphold the tenets of the Paris Climate Agreement. The plan builds off of 2015's Resilient New Orleans, which introduced a broad range of actions that continue to aid New Orleans in being less susceptible to hurricanes, heavy rain, crumbling infrastructure, and storm surge. Landrieu's new plan differs from any preceding urban plan in one key way: it's aggressive goal to prevent sea level rise, flooding, and other pollution costs.

 


Promotin’ the General Welfare

The Race Is on - Ready, Set, ... Wait A Sec!



The contenders vying to become mayor of New Orleans are now set. Michael Bagneris, LaToya Cantrell, Desiree Charbonnet, and Troy Henry are just four of the 18 people interested in leading the city into the next decade of this 21st century, a city struggling to reconcile its movement forward with its complicated past – and who better to do that than candidates with ties to the old political orders of the 1970s, 80s and 90s, right?  

 


Horoscopes for Week of July 17th



Allow Cancer’s waters to heal you before we enter Leo season. If you are ready to check out, tired of all the naps, done with the unchecked flow of emotions, I implore you, stay present in it for one more week, the healing potential is worth the discomfort. For all the feels, Cancer is a powerful healer and conjurer. Cancer’s waters can hold immense emotional space for you, and if there is something you are ready to release, something you do not need with you any longer, pause and ask Cancer to take it away in their waters as they leave the spotlight to make room for Leo.

 


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