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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

Loyola’s centennial float rolled in the Krewe of Tucks parade on the Saturday before Mardi Gras. The float, which featured Loyola-themed art, honored the university’s 100-year anniversary.

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...

Citywide program works with student athletes

Brandon Dixon does a layup while Ben Aronin, a coach at Elevate New Orleans, blocks him from the side and Sky Hyacinthe, executive director, observes. Students at Elevate New Orleans receive coaching from former professional and semi-professional basketball players.

LESLIE GAMBONI

February 21, 2013

Loyola students are helping in a citywide program offered to inner city student athletes. Elevate New Orleans is a free program that works with inner city student athletes and is focused on enhancing their academic and athletic performance. The program provides tutoring services as well as basketba...

Brief: New Orleans City Council approves construction

Maroon Staff

February 21, 2013

The construction of a Wal-Mart store in Gentilly was approved by the New Orleans City Council on Feb. 7. The project's details have been finalized and have been estimated to cost $13 million. The new store will be located in the Gentilly Woods Shopping Center on Chef Menteur Highway.  "We have been waiting anxiousl...

Brief: Morning-after pill use up to 1 in 9 younger women

Maroon Staff

February 21, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) - About one-in-nine young women have used the morning-after pill after sex, according to the first government report to focus on emergency contraception since its approval 15 years ago. The results come from a survey of women ages 15 to 44. The use of morning-after pills is up from four ...

NOPD arrests burglary suspect

Nia Porter

February 21, 2013

Several burglaries have taken place around the university area over the past couple of weeks, but they shouldn't be much of a problem any longer according to the New Orleans Police Department. The suspected perpetrator has been arrested. Reports of home burglaries started pouring in from Tulane stude...

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