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Healthcare workers experience psychological distress amid COVID-19

A “Heroes Work Here” sign sits in the front lawn of University Medical Center in New Orleans Oct. 4, 2020. During the COVID-19 pandemic, some healthcare industry workers have said that they’ve experienced stress and exhaustion due to long hours. Photo credit: Erin Haynes

Erin Haynes

October 29, 2020

As COVID-19 victims continue to overwhelm healthcare facilities, workers are experiencing psychological distress from limited self-care, short staffing, lack of equipment and overwhelming work shifts. For healthcare facilities that have not run out of equipment or safety gear, workers wear protective...

Mayor agrees to start allowing fans at Saints’ home games

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees reacts after defeating the Los Angeles Chargers in overtime of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. The Saints won 30-27. (AP Photo/Butch Dill

Brendan Heffernan

October 27, 2020

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints will start having fans in the stands for home games after the mayor agreed with the team on a phased plan starting Sunday against Carolina. The plan announced Tuesday will start with 3,000 tickets for Sunday's game, increasing to 6,000 fans for November...

Loyola alumna shares decades-long journalism journey

Ivette Sosa, A'91, transitioned from undergraduate broadcasting studies at Loyola to a prolific career as an investigative journalist and author who has persevered despite harassment from political figures in Puerto Rico. Courtesy of Ivette Sosa

Cecilia Llull

October 24, 2020

Ivette Sosa, A'91, wanted to study a career that came naturally to her. At first, she thought that was dermatology, but an aptitude test proved otherwise. Apparently, she should pursue a career within the communications field, and so she graciously accepted that science was not her strong suit and delved...

Organizations work to help underprivileged students thrive

Students of YouthForceNola enjoy a fun and education day of participating in a robotics competition held before the COVID-19 pandemic.  Courtesy of Sarah Bell / YouthForceNola.

Alexander Mccall

October 23, 2020

During a pandemic that has pushed the majority of schools online and heightened learning inequalities, many local organizations intended for the success of underprivileged high school and college students have adapted to the new way of living.YouthForceNola is an education, business and civic collabora...

The Balcony Ballroom hands out NDAs amid COVID-19 controversies

The Balcony Ballroom in Metairie has been hosting weddings throughout COVID-19. The wedding venue gave out NDAs to photographers in an attempt to stop wedding photos from being posted on social media. Photo credit: Gabriella Killett

Gabriella Killett

October 17, 2020

The Balcony Ballroom — a Metairie wedding venue that came under fire after The Lens published a story showing it hosting large parties in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic — is now asking third-party vendors to sign non-disclosure agreements as a condition of working there.One such agre...

Foundation launches project to replace monuments

In this April 23, 2018, file photo, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice is seen in Montgomery, Ala.  The memorial honors thousands of people killed in lynchings. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation gave the project $5 million in 2018. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

October 14, 2020

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — At a time of intense scrutiny in America over who is commemorated in public parks or in front of courthouses, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced Monday it is spending $250 million over five years to build new monuments or memorials, add context to already existing ones an...

New Orleans reduces “pink tax” on feminine hygiene products

Shadera Moore

October 14, 2020

New Orleans has become the first city in Louisiana this month to take a step to reduce the sales tax for menstrual products and diapers, a surcharge commonly known as the “pink tax,” according to a press release from City Council.An Aug. 20 ordinance filed by Councilmember Helena Moreno defines feminine hygiene products as “tampons, menstrual pads, sani...

COVID-19 legislative session started Monday in Louisiana

Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, center, gestures as he talks with Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, left, the governor's chief budget adviser, and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, right, on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. The three men, all members of the Revenue Estimating Conference, spoke ahead of the conference's meeting. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte) Photo credit: Associated Press

Associated Press

October 3, 2020

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Only three months removed from their last gathering, Louisiana legislators return Monday for a special session focused on the coronavirus outbreak, with deepening rifts between Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican lawmakers over the appropriate response to the pandemic. The month-...

Runners change pace for distant and virtual races

Members of the New Orleans chapter of Black Men Run pose for a photo after a morning track practice Sept. 12. Black Men Run is just one runners group in New Orleans who has had to adapt to COVID-19 safety restrictions. Courtesy of Howard Jones.

Shadera Moore

October 2, 2020

Fewer throngs of running shoes have pounded the pavement since spring, as COVID-19 precautionary restrictions on large gatherings have changed the ways communities of runners train for and run races.It’s been more than 35 years since Chuck George departed his oil industry job to found New Orlea...

Fire breaks out at Hard Rock Hotel collapse site

Dark smoke comes off the top of the Hard Rock Hotel collapse site roof Monday, Sept. 30, 2020. The hotel construction site collapsed nearly one year ago, killing three workers.

Jaime Jimenez

September 28, 2020

A one-alarm fire broke out at the site of the Hard Rock Hotel collapse this morning, spreading smoke throughout downtown New Orleans. “Demolition contractors were in the process of cutting steel girders when sparks ignited roofing materials on one of the upper floors,” said the New Orleans Fire Dep...

Park visitors enjoy The Fly amid COVID-19

A small group of friends gathers on a blanket in the grass at The Fly on Sept. 4. A sign nearby aims to discourage park visitors from congregating in large groups. Photo credit: Shadera Moore

Shadera Moore

September 26, 2020

Whether they've arrived there by way of a half-hour stroll down Broadway Street and a short levee hike, or by a five minute drive dipping onto Magazine Street, The Fly at Audubon Park is an Uptown New Orleans hub for college students with weekend leisure time. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become...

Community fridge initiative aims to feed New Orleans with fresh food

Community fridge initiative aims to feed New Orleans with fresh food

Rae Walberg

September 24, 2020

In a time marked by food insecurity, a self-sustained group of New Orleanians are fighting hunger and bringing the community together one fridge at a time. New Orleans Community Fridges, a community collective that provides fridge stations stocked with free food to local neighborhoods, came together...

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