New Orleans Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu and Ashleigh Gardere, Sr. Advisor to Mayor Mitch Landrieu and executive director of the Network for Economic Opportunity, stand with the 2015 graduates of Strive NOLA, a city-run program designed to hone the skills of disadvantaged residents and ready them to enter the workforce.

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Pictured above are members of Southern University at New Orleans’ 2015 graduating class. Commencement exercises were held on May 9.
Southern University System awards diplomas to 1,673 graduates in May
The Southern University System graduated 1,673 students from four of its campuses during recently held spring commencement exercises across the state. Graduates came from a number of cities and towns in ...
La. lacks affordable housing for low-wage workers
By Christopher Tidmore Contributing Writer “There is no state in the union where a full-time, minimum-wage worker can afford to rent a one-bedroom apartment for less than 30 percent of his paycheck ...
Ernest Gaines Literary Award deadline nears
The deadline for submissions to the 2015 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence is Aug. 15. Sponsored by Baton Rouge Area Foundation donors, the Gaines Award honors outstanding fiction —novels ...
City council revisits OIG sex crimes report
Last week, the New Orleans City Council revisited a scathing report form 2014 that alleged that five NOPD detectives in the NOPD’s Special Victims Section failed to follow up on ...
Sections of new, best-ever levee system are sinking and are likely to be raised
By Bob Marshall and Thomas Thoren The Lens The new $14.5 billion levee system encircling New Orleans includes some of the latest engineering advances and has been deemed the city’s best ever. But, ...
Summit on youth in N.O. says ‘change the narrative’
By Kari Dequine Harden Contributing Writer ‘The lion’s story will never be told as long as the hunter is the one who tells it.’ A group of psychology experts, educators, and community leaders gathered ...
Feds asked to investigate arrest of student for throwing Skittles
By Kari Dequine Harden Contributing Writer In Jefferson Parish Public Schools, far more students are arrested at school or referred to law enforcement than any other school district in the state. ...
N.O. awarded grant to reduce jail population
The City of New Orleans has been selected to receive a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to create a more fair and effective local justice ...

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