The Maroon

NOPD addresses racial profiling

KEVIN McGILL

April 5, 2013

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Anecdotal allegations of persistent racial profiling by New Orleans police punctuated a meeting of a City Council panel on March 27. At the meeting, local government watchdogs said better data collection is needed to make sure officers are no longer doing unconstitutional race-based stops...

Education can prove costly

ALEX DAVIS

April 5, 2013

When music education student Ray Freire A'12 graduated, finding a job was not his biggest concern. By the end of his senior year, he had approximately $33,000 in student loan debt. "My after-college plan is to become a music teacher and find a good payment plan for my debt," Friere said. Freire's financial conc...

Local legend announces retirement

Nia Porter

April 5, 2013

When Angela Hill was offered a job as a consumer reporter at WWL-TV in 1975, there was not a single woman who held an anchoring position at the station. Thirty-eight years later, after becoming the first female news anchor at the station, hosting her own television program that ran for seven years ...

Ordinance against sagged pants proposed

The Maroon

April 5, 2013

HOUMA, La. (AP) - Terrebonne residents can comment April 10 before the Parish Council takes a final vote on a proposal to impose fines for anyone caught wearing pants that sag below the waist in public. The Courier reported the council voted 8-1 March 25 to advance the proposed ordinance. The ordinan...

Pope Francis emerges as world leader

Pope Francis kisses a child in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Pope Francis officially began his ministry as the 266th pope on Tuesday in an installation Mass simplified to suit his style, but still grand enough to draw princes, presidents, rabbis, muftis and thousands of ordinary people to St. Peter’s Square to witness the inauguration of the first pope from the New World.

LESLIE GAMBONI AND NIA PORTER

March 22, 2013

For all the excitement Pope Francis has brought to the world stage, he has kept a low profile until his recent election. According to Daniella Zsupan-Jerome, assistant professor of liturgy, catechesis and evangelization, despite the fact that many people are excited that Francis is a Jesuit, he will r...

Taxis undergo improvements

Simon Garber, owner of New Orleans Carriage Cab, poses inside a taxi cab with a backseat vending machine in New Orleans, Tuesday, March 19. New Orleans Carriage Cab launched backseat vending machines inside its 250-car fleet that also includes the Yellow-Checker Cab brands.

Associate Press

March 22, 2013

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - When customers get into some New Orleans taxis, they'll now have the chance to buy a cold beverage during the drive to their destination. New Orleans Carriage Cab launched backseat vending machines Tuesday inside its 250-car fleet that also includes the Yellow-Checker Cab brands. The latest i...

New York works to reduce tobacco users

Associated Press

March 22, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) - A new proposal would require New York City retailers to keep tobacco products out of sight under a first-in-the-nation proposal aimed at reducing the youth smoking rate, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday. The legislation would require stores to keep tobacco products in cabinets, drawe...

Man arrested for pornography

Associate Press

March 22, 2013

NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - State police say a 60-year-old New Iberia man has been arrested for possessing and distributing child pornography. Troopers said Paul Smith was arrested Monday at his home where detectives said they found digitally stored pornographic images of children along with several movie...

Brief: Trial to decide consequences for gulf spill

Associated Press

March 22, 2013

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The owner of the drilling rig that exploded at the outset of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill catastrophe started its defense Monday at a trial designed to determine the disaster's causes and assign fault to the companies involved. The judge is hearing the case without a jury and -...

Brief: Lower employments reported

Associated Press

March 22, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) - Unemployment rates increased in half of US states in January since December, as employers nationwide added the fewest jobs in seven months. The Labor Department said unemployment rates increased in 25 states. They fell in only eight states and were unchanged in 17. Nationally, the unem...

Brief: New career to be offered by UNO

Associated Press

March 22, 2013

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Students interested in making a career out of developing computer and video games may be interested in a new discipline to be offered by the University of New Orleans. The university said its computer science department is now offering a concentration in game development. The Advocate...

First Jesuit named pope

In this Aug. 7, 2009 file photo, Argentina’s Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio gives a Mass outside the San Cayetano church where an Argentine flag hangs behind him in Buenos Aires, Argentina. On Wednesday, March 13, 2013, Bergoglio was elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis I.

BRIAN MURPHY AND MICHAEL WARREN

March 14, 2013

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis I, an austere Jesuit intellectual who modernized Argentina's conservative Catholic church, is the first Pope from the Americas. Known until Wednesday as Jorge Bergoglio, the 76-year-old is known as a humble man who denied himself the luxuries that previous Buenos Aires ...

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