Covid-19 Parable Rewrite of Two Boats and a Helicopter

A man and his family were quarantined in their house during a pandemic. That night the father prayed to God for help to keep him and his family healthy. So that next day, God had the Governor give a speech with health officials, and even a football coach, telling the man how to wash his […]

College Players Saints Could Target as Their #3 Back-Up QB in 2020 NFL Draft

With the 2020 NFL Draft now less than 3 weeks away (from Thursday Night April 23rd thru Saturday April 25th), the New Orleans Saints could decide to choose a player coming out of college out at the quarterback position, who they feel can become the team’s #3 QB behind starting QB Drew Brees and #2 […]

Faith in a Pandemic: COVID-19, the Church, and Social Distancing

  I am devout Muslim. I consider my faith the central part of my being and essential to the way that I interact with and interpret the world. Although, I am a Muslim now, I have not always been. For the first 20 years of my life I was a Christian. In fact my father […]

The Ultimate Essay Writing Guide for Students in New Orleans

As a New Orleans student, you may be required to write essays as part of your course. So, before writing an essay, you need to make sure that you understand what you need to write so that you know the best way to tackle your essay. Once you have figured out what your topic will […]

Logjam in Commercial Testing Partly Explains Massive Increase in New Confirmed Covid-19 Cases According to Governor Edwards

On Thursday, Louisiana reported a significant 42 percent increase in newly confirmed cases (2,726 new cases) over a one day period bringing the total above 9100. However, the Governor also urged caution, noting that the huge spike in new cases did not necessarily represent a growth in the spread of the disease, but rather a […]

Sliver Lining of Pandemic May Encourage Society to Prioritize Life Over Profits

If nothing, the silver lining that may come from this is people start acknowledging that their public health and livelihoods are more important than economic gains. Our hearts make it rich, not the dollars that bolster our global economy. Of course we can have a reasonable balance at some point in the future but we […]

Hang In There: Millennials and Mental Health in a Pandemic

Social distancing and the halt of normal activities are unquestionable necessities while in the thick of COVID-19. In order to return close to normal anytime soon, we must practice physical separation and sacrifice pieces of our daily routines. There is no sight of when we might be able to go back to work, go out […]

Contemplating the Factors: Shocking COVID-19 Rates in Louisiana

    Although COVID-19 has spread throughout the world, Louisiana has somehow fallen victim to the fastest growing rate of confirmed cases. We know how easily it spreads, and numbers have skyrocketed in the past weeks. As test distribution increases, case numbers are bound to go up, but deaths from the virus have risen too. […]

If Upcoming 2020 Season is Drew Brees’ Final Year, It’s Been One Helluva Ride

“Greatness.” In the modern-day NFL, it’s become a term or phrase which essentially has lost all of its meaning over the years — thanks in part to the fact that it’s now commonly used to describe players who honestly don’t deserve that notoriety or haven’t truly earned such recognition. However the term is definitely an […]

International Trans Day of Visibility Still Celebrated Despite Quarantine

As holidays and celebrations worldwide are put on hold amidst the coronavirus pandemic, trans and nonbinary individuals cannot take off their identities in a crisis. March 31, 2020 marks the twelfth annual international Trans Day of Visibility, and organizers are taking pains to recognize the achievements and struggles of trans and nonbinary individuals while practicing […]

5 Leading Candidates to Be the Saints First Pick (#24 Overall) in the 2020 NFL Draft

The New Orleans Saints are now only just a little over 3 more weeks away from the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft, and although they very likely won’t get a chance to select any of the available players that were ranked among the Top 20 prospects in all of college football last season; they still should […]

In a 10-Day Span, ICE Flew This Detainee Across the Country — Nine Times

This article was originally published in ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Less than two weeks ago, the Trump administration urged Americans to avoid nonessential travel to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Major airlines slashed their routes. All the while, Sirous Asgari took nine different flights around the country. None of […]

New Orleans to Consolidate COVID19 Testing Sites as Gov. Edwards Extends Stay at Home Order

On Monday, the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP) office announced that the city will consolidate it’s two city-run drive-through COVID-19 testing sites down to a single site. “In the last few days, testing demand has slowed,” said NOHSEP Director Collin Arnold. However, that doesn’t mean that New Orleans residents should […]

COVID-19 is Changing Our World

Yes, this virus is changing the world. It is not the end, however. Social distancing, hand-washing, that whole litany is a must. Vaccinations will eventually come. Antibody development will hopefully provide some eventual immunity to individuals, and within the herd is in the future. There are cataclysmic events from which we can draw knowledge and […]

Breaking: COVID-19 Press Conference Held with Governor Edwards and Mayor Cantrell

A press conference was held with governor John Bel Edwards and New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell today covering updates on COVID-19 in the city and around Louisiana. According to the governor, the number of cases has risen to 3,540 in the state. As the number of tests has gone up due to drive-through testing facilities, […]

New Orleans Needs Support (not blame) During Coronavirus

Bourbon Street, Photo by: Marielle Songy (This article originally appeared on Medium on March 28, 2020.) To Whom It May Concern: It’s currently being reported that New Orleans has had an explosive rate of coronavirus diagnoses and may soon be known as the “epicenter” of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak. Many factors are to blame: New […]

The Raso Report: Rat King Conquers New Orleans

They’ve been waiting for their moment for a long time, and at last, their time has come. According to WWLTV , rats are taking over the French Quarter. After more than a week of rats being deprived of their normal diet of pretzels, pizza, Hand Grenades and fruit peels, the French Quarter’s rat problem has blown […]

The Color of a Pandemic: COVID-19, Poverty, and Race in New Orleans

(Publisher’s note: The report referenced in the opinion piece was released by The Data Center in May 2018. The report was titled “Advancing Health Equity in New Orleans: Building on Positive Change in Health.)  When the word of the Coronavirus first made its way to the ears of many black people, it was met with […]

OPPRC, SPLC, ACLU and Residents Call for More Decarceration As Orleans Parish Jail Workers Test Positive

The Criminal District Court of Orleans Parish has ordered the release of people being held on a pre-trial basis for misdemeanor or other low-level offenses from the city jail on Wednesday, after the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition (OPPRC) sent more than 300 emails to the inboxes of each Criminal District Court Judge and other […]

Odyssey House Louisiana Opens Testing for Bike Riders

On Friday, Odyssey House Louisiana (OHL) announced that they will open their drive-through testing site for bike riders in order to help meet community need. Message from @odysseyhousela:OHL will be offering COVID-19 testing to bicyclists via our drive thru testing site. If you are displaying symptoms, come get tested! @nolaready @iprevent_ohl #covidtesting #bicyclelife #coronavirus #covid19 […]

LOUISIANA LOVE: Brees $5M Covid-19 Donation a True Reflection of His Greatness

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife Brittany have donated a whopping amount of $5 million of their very own personal wealth, to the state of Louisiana for the purpose of helping to provide relief for citizens who are having trouble with paying for their own meals during the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. […]

The Escape Game Offers the Escape Room Experience in the Comfort of Home

Local business, The Escape Game, is trying to provide the exciting escape room experience that you can expect from them, but with at-home and digital options to utilize during the quarantine. The Escape Game Unlocked: The Heist Volume 1: Chasing Hahn The Escape Game has developed two innovative games for families to play together at […]

Local Nurse at UMC Shares Troubling Conditions During Covid-19 Pandemic

(Note: Out of respect for the author’s privacy, the author requested to use a pseudonym byline. The author is a Nurse and the content of the Op-Ed is 100 percent accurate. Updated as of March 27, 2020 at 2:08pm to include Publisher’s note.) I am a Registered Nurse at University Medical Center in New Orleans. […]

LSU’s Joe Burrow “The Tiger King” Urges People to “Follow Directions,” Stay Home

On Wednesday afternoon, LSU football star Joe Burrow put out a video on Facebook urging people to continue practicing social distancing and stay home if possible. The Tiger King has spoken.. Joe Burrow wants y'all to stay home!-ADVERTISEMENT-Powered by Ads Pro Posted by LSU Football on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 “This is obviously a crazy […]

Culture Aid Nola Announces Help for Culture and Hospitality Workers

Culture Aid Nola (CAN) announced on Saturday that they are launching an effort to direct relief to workers in the culture and hospitality sectors. CAN’s priority will be assisting culture and hospitality workers who may not meet the requirements of other aid programs, such as waiters, bartenders, dishwashers, tour guides, street performers, musicians and artists […]

Crises: Why we need to listen to the experts

Members of the Florida National Guard (FLNG) gather with local hospital staff to collaborate on donning and doffing personal protective equipment (PPE) during Task Force – Medicals’ response to the COVID-19 virus, March 17, 2020. The FLNG is mobilizing up to 500 Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen in support of the Florida Department of Health response in […]

Outdoor Adventures to Put on Your Bucket List

Starting to feel a bit fidgety while cooped up inside? Find yourself daydreaming about exotic escapades in distant regions? Maybe it’s time to plan a vacation; for when it’s safe to travel again, of course. The following is a short collection of possible outdoor adventures to put on your bucket list if your heart yearns […]

The Unsuspected Coronavirus Victim: Local Journalism

Earlier this week, several reporters at The Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate posted some surprising news: In the middle of the biggest news story of the century, a 10th of them were being furloughed. The rest were being moved to four days per week. The news came less than one year after The Advocate buyout of The […]

Saints 2020 Free Agency “Report Card” / Grade

The New Orleans Saints have been very active during the first week of 2020 NFL Free Agency, by re-signing a handful of their own players to brand new contracts — while also “shopping” for (and then signing) new players that potentially could be the individuals that could finally help them reach the Super Bowl, following […]

White Supremacists are Weaponizing the Coronavirus to Target “Nonwhites” and Law Enforcement

Just when one may think that the silver lining in facing the Coronavirus crisis would be that it’s bringing together  Americans of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, etc. to unite against a common external threat, we are seeing the opposite happen among hate groups. According to a report from the Rolling Stone and Yahoo News, white supremacists […]

Local Bow Tie Company Halts Production to Produce and Distribute Free Surgical Masks To Healthcare Workers and Seniors

  NOLA Beaux Ties, a local company that produces hand-crafted bow ties and cotton squares, has halted production to respond to the demand for surgical masks. They are providing these masks to local healthcare workers, nursing home residents and other seniors free of charge. The company has extended its level of detail and precision to […]

COVID-19 Civil Duty, Information, and Resources

Blog Post: COVID-19 Civil Duty, Information, and Resources Disclaimer: This article is for educational and informational purposes only. Consult your local medical authority for all medical advice. News about the deadly virus that first appeared in Wuhan, China in late 2019 is everywhere. The virus is officially called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. It […]

Takeout COVID Site Tracks Where to Get Takeout and Provides Resources for Laid-Off Workers

The creators of the popular app for locals, Drinker’s Edition, have stepped up to keep the community informed on the local restaurants offering takeout, delivery and curbside pickup during the COVID-19 pandemic by creating a website, Takeout Covid. The site also provides much needed resources to locals who have been laid-off during these trying times. […]

BREAKING: Governor John Bel Edwards Issues Statewide Stay at Home Mandate

As the number of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases surpassed 800 today in Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards issued a statewide stay at home order on Sunday.  As of March 22, 2020, twenty Louisiana residents have died due to infection, and 36 out of the state’s 64 parishes have confirmed cases of COVID-19.  According to the […]

Neaux Reel Idea: Our Stay-Home Movie Mixtape, Vol. 1

Troubling times we’re living in, for sure. New Orleans has essentially shut down to halt the spread of COVID-19, the global pandemic that separates the true leaders from the whiny privileged, and that obliterated any doubt about the intentions of a certain 1% of people. Bars are closed, gatherings are greatly restricted, and life as […]

Test Centers Open in NOLA, Jefferson Parish, but Only for People With Symptoms and Motor Vehicles

As the number of Louisianians testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) has ballooned beyond 600 – more than half of which are in Orleans Parish – Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced today that two drive-through testing centers will be available to residents who exhibit symptoms of the virus. The two locations will be open from 8 a.m. […]

Drew Brees and Wife Set to Announce Covid-19 Relief Efforts Shortly and Other Covid-19 News

In a tweet to his followers, Saints quarterback Drew Brees encouraged everyone to band together and support each other during the Coronavirus outbreak that has so far infected over 350 people in Orleans Parish and over 55o statewide. The virus has resulted in 16 deaths statewide, 12 of which are from Orleans Parish. Brees, who […]

GREAT CATCH: Emmanuel Sanders Gives Saints Offense a Versatile Play-Maker

“Versatility”. It’s a word that’s roughly defined as the capability to do multiple things, and it’s a trait for pro football players that a team such as the New Orleans Saints places a high priority upon. Late last night after many folks had either settled down for the night or had already gone to sleep, […]

The Best State Parks in the South

The Southern United States is well-regarded for its style, elegance, and charm. The region’s bustling cities and captivating cultures clearly display these elements—and so does the natural beauty of the Southern states. The South is home to some truly awe-inspiring nature reserves, which encompass a variety of ecosystems. Below are some of the best state […]

Saints Head Coach Sean Payton Tests Positive for Coronavirus

BREAKING: New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a report by ESPN NFL “insider” Adam Schefter. The 56-year old Payton is the first person in the NFL who is known to have tested positive for the virus, and Schefter says in his report that Payton initially said that […]

The Best Ways To Enjoy New Orleans From The Water

The Big Easy has something for every kind of visitor to enjoy. If you are a land lover there is plenty of history to explore and world-renowned festivals to participate in. But, if you are drawn to the water there are even more adventures that await you when you travel to New Orleans. Nestled between […]

Photos: New Orleans’ French Quarter Deserted With COVID-19 Social Distancing Measures in Place

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Back in NOLA, Malcom Jenkins Looks to Help Saints Return to the “Promised Land”

The ‘Promised Land”. It’s a phrase normally associated with the Book of Genesis in the Holy Bible, but it’s also a term in the sport of Pro Football that’s used to describe a NFL team or player that reaches their ultimate goal: earning a trip to (and then winning) the Super Bowl. For soon-to-be 12th […]

TWICE AS NICE? Battle of QB Legends Could Determine NFC South Champ in 2020

If you had told any Pro Football fan that both “living legends” and starting NFL QB’s Drew Brees and Tom Brady would still be playing into their early 40’s heading into the 2020 Season beginning in a few more months from now. chances are that person really wouldn’t have been all that surprised. However with […]

Social Media Video Appears to Show JPSO Plant Evidence on Suspect

UPDATE 2:22 PM – JPSO HAS RELEASED A STATEMENT ON THIS INCIDENT. SEE BELOW. A social media video that appears to show Jefferson Parish police officers planting evidence at the scene of an arrest is quickly gaining attention today after being shared by a local media personality. The video was retweeted on Twitter by Nader […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards Orders Bars, Casinos Closed, Limits Restaurants

This article originally appeared on reportNOLA. It has been reprinted with permission. On Monday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued a proclamation further limiting gatherings and business operations in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. “More aggressive steps are necessary to fight the spread of COVID-19 across Louisiana,” Edwards said. “These limitations were difficult […]

Innovative Ways to Improve the Classroom Experience

Whether you’re teaching college students or middle schoolers, there’s no doubt that their future is bright. However, going to class in the same old classroom with the same types of lectures can get boring and make students disengage. We need to be innovative when it comes to our classrooms and create a space for students […]

Be a Part of the Solution to Covid-19

  Like many of you, I watched the Mayor’s press conference yesterday at 3:00 p.m. anxiously anticipating the next steps our city might take to try to control the spread of the novel coronavirus.  First, the Mayor rightfully expressed her frustration with this weekend’s large crowds on Bourbon Street and the St. Patty’s Day gathering […]

Mayor Cantrell: “Social Distancing Is Not A Buzzword”

At a press conference on Sunday, Mayor LaToya Cantrell and members of the New Orleans City Council continued to reiterate the importance of social distancing, as the number of presumptive positive cases in New Orleans reached 65, with two fatalities. “Social distancing is not a buzzword,” Cantrell said. “It’s reality.” Although for now New Orleans […]

As Coronavirus Spreads, Should Saints and Other NFL Stars Stay “Politically Correct”?

“Politically correct”. It’s a phrase used to describe someone who often tries to be extremely careful not to offend or upset any group of people in society that have a disadvantage or get treated differently because of their sex, race, or disability. And as the current coronavirus health crisis continues to spread throughout the entire […]

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