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Brief: Business burglaries on the rise

The Maroon

March 7, 2013

During a 2nd district Comstat meeting on Feb. 27, the New Orleans Police Department stated that thefts have been one of their biggest problems over the past couple of weeks. In fact, the majority of crimes reported were business burglaries, which are up 60 percent this week. Auto thefts and burglari...

Brief: Student brings gun to elementary school

The Maroon

March 7, 2013

MONROE, La. (AP) - Police in Monroe say an 8-year-old student brought a loaded .22-caliber pistol to his elementary school. The News-Star reports the incident was reported at about 8:15 a.m. Feb. 4 at Madison James Foster Elementary School. Police Sgt. Mark Johnson said school officials found the gun in the boy'...

Philosophy club to extend their activities to the city

Philosophy club to extend their activities to the city

Jessica DeBold

March 7, 2013

A conference has prompted Loyola faculty and students to begin bringing philosophy to New Orleans' primary and secondary schools. On Tuesday, Feb. 19 and Wednesday, Feb. 20, Loyola hosted a conference for the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization. The organization is dedicated to teaching philo...

Street paper focuses on social issues

Street paper focuses  on social issues

LESLIE GAMBONI

February 28, 2013

The New Orleans Street Exchange is a nonprofit organization that has launched a street newspaper, which focuses on addressing social issues.  The publication, called The Exchange, is a quarterly print newspaper primarily distributed through a vendor program. It works toward overcoming stereotypes ...

Brief: Obama issues disaster funds

The Maroon

February 28, 2013

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for Louisiana to authorize federal aid for areas affected by severe storms and flooding in January. A White House statement said the declaration of a major disaster makes federal funding available to state and local governments and c...

Brief: Grants provided for drainage work

The Maroon

February 28, 2013

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide $6.1 million in grant for drainage work to improve capacity of local systems in southeast Louisiana to deal with flooding. The grants include: - $2.5 million to Tangipahoa Parish for replacement of the existing open ditch drainage system a...

Brief: Strict changes made to government student loans

The Maroon

February 28, 2013

ATLANTA (AP) - Thousands of students couldn't afford to go to college this school year because the U.S. Department of Education made changes to a popular loan program. The agency is putting more scrutiny on the PLUS loan program as part of an effort to more closely align government lending programs with ...

Crime trends drop in New Orleans

NIA PORTER and NIA PORTER

February 28, 2013

Crime dropped significantly in New Orleans during the last quarter of 2012 compared to 2011. This downward trend has continued into the new year, according to the New Orleans Police Department. In a press release written by the NOPD on Feb. 1, not only did crime rates drop during the last quarter o...

Centennial float wows in Tucks parade

Centennial float wows in Tucks parade

HASANI GRAYSON

February 22, 2013

Loyola got involved in the throwing of decorated toilet brushes this year with their own float in the Krewe of Tucks parade. The Loyola-themed float that ran in Saturday's parade was part of the university's centennial celebration. Before the parade got rolling, the riders on the float took part in d...

Brief: Mississippi ratifies 13th Amendment

Maroon Staff

February 21, 2013

Mississippi officially ratified the 13th Amendment, the amendment to end slavery, on Feb. 7, according to the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, MS. The state voted to ratify the amendment in 1995, receiving unanimous support in both the Mississippi Senate and House. However, the secretary of state never se...

Brief: Crescent City Connection tolls approved

Maroon Staff

February 21, 2013

According to the Times-Picayune, the vote to approve a 20-year extension of the Crescent City Connection tolls was upheld. The vote was upheld on Tuesday, Feb. 19 "following a partial recount Saturday of nearly 4,000 paper ballots in Orleans Parish." Mike Teachworth, founder of Stop the Tolls and resident of Harvey, sued the city ...

Former mayor pleads not guilty

MICHAEL KUNZELMAN

February 21, 2013

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he accepted more than $200,000 in bribes plus free trips and other gratuities in exchange for helping contractors secure millions of dollars in work for the city. U.S. Magistrate Sally Shushan set Nagin's bond at $100,000 durin...

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