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50 New Orleans restaurants that reflect the city's evolving dining scene: 2014 fall dining guide

nola.com — No single category is meant to include every worthwhile restaurant of its particular type. Rather, the restaurants are meant to aid in quick decision-making; to offer a snapshot of the city's culinary development as its restaurants continue to uphold tradition as well as blaze new paths; and to suggest restaurants that are operating at a high level right now.

Oscar de la Renta, dead at 82, 'made women look and feel beautiful'

nola.com — At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta sat in his usual spot: in a chair right inside the wings, where he could carefully inspect each model just as she was about to emerge in one of his sumptuous, impeccably constructed designs.

French Quarter pedestrian hit by pole was killed day before her birthday, marriage proposal

nola.com — Kiara Brown had big plans for his girlfriend's 22nd birthday. He was going to drive from Lafayette to Baton Rouge, surprise her at the end of her restaurant shift and propose marriage. Instead, Brown, 24, found himself preparing for the funeral of his fiancée-to-be.
Oct 20, 2014

A young woman would have turned 22 today and gotten a marriage proposal. Our latest on the fatal hit-run. nola.com/crime/index.ss…

Oct 20, 2014

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Oct 20, 2014

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Database: Search Louisiana's 2014 school letter grades and performance scores

nola.com — Despite dire predictions, the first year of the new Common Core mathematics and English standards did not hurt Louisiana's overall public school performance in 2014. But at the micro level, results can be different. Use our database to see how well your local schools and school system scored. Related Stories
Oct 21, 2014

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TV star Ian Somerhalder endorses St. Tammany DA candidate

nola.com — "Vampire Diaries" actor and St. Tammany Parish native Ian Somerhalder is asking his fans to "Vote Alan Black: District Attorney." In an Instagram post Monday afternoon, Somerhalder shared a picture of himself holding an Alan Black sign along with the caption, "Just had an amazing powwow with an amazing guy running for District Attorney in my home district of St.

Louisiana public school grades improve slightly in first year of tougher tests

nola.com — Against predictions, Louisiana school performance edged up a hair in the first year of Common Core testing, according to data released Tuesday. The state earned a performance score of 89.2 on a 150-point scale, which is considered a B.
Oct 21, 2014

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topics.nola.com — Plaquemines Parish schools in 2014 had the highest passage rate in the metro New Orleans area on state standardized tests taken by third through eighth graders, according to results released Tuesday by the state Department of Education. Plaquemines' fourth grade LEAP scores tied for the highest passage rate in the state.
Oct 21, 2014

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Female fatally shot in Treme

nola.com — New Orleans police are investigating a homicide Tuesday morning in Treme. The call came in around 9:30 a.m. According to NOPD, the fatality was in the 800 block of North Roman Street. It's the second killing of the morning. No more information was available. Check back for more details on this developing story.

Oct 21, 2014

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Harry Shearer brings 'Nixon's the One' to YouTube

nola.com — Richard Nixon haunts us still, maybe never more so than in Harry Shearer's new TV miniseries "Nixon's the One," launching Tuesday (Oct. 21) on YouTube's My Damn Channel comedy portal. Already aired in England, the series re-creates - often to a halting, stammering, chilling extreme - conversations captured by Nixon's secret taping system.

Homicide reported near Desire neighborhood

nola.com — New Orleans police are investigating a fatal shooting Tuesday morning near the Desire neighborhood. The call came in around 7:20 a.m. According to NOPD, a person was found in the 3500 block of Piety Street near the intersection of Higgins Boulevard. No more details were available, include gender or age.

Oscar Pistorius starts serving 5-year prison term

nola.com — Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. A South African judge cited the "gross negligence" the Olympic runner showed when he shot Steenkamp multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home when she delivered the sentence.

Benedict Cumberbatch wax figure debuts, Disney announces animated 'Moana,' and more: Popcorn Breakfast (links)

nola.com — Benedict Cumberbatch gets a wax figure. Disney Animation announces its upcoming "Moana." The locally shot "22 Jump Street" is returning to theaters. Find out the details on those stories and more in today's Popcorn Breakfast, a first-thing-in-the-morning survey of notable Hollywood headlines: The Hollywood Reporter: Benedict Cumberbatch figure unveiled at Madam Tussaud's wax museum in London.

Jindal issues executive order aimed at providing better protection for rape victims

nola.com — Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order Monday evening (Oct. 20.) demanding the Board of Regents and the Crime Victims Reparations Board take immediate steps to better protect victims of sexual assault. Here is the full order, sent out at 6:30 p.m.
Oct 21, 2014

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Oct 20, 2014

1 month after @RCatNola reported that rape victims are billed for hospital exams, Jindal orders state to stop it. nola.com/health/index.s…

Oct 20, 2014

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Follow St. Bernard Council votes on hiring, pay raise freezes at 3 p.m. Tuesday

nola.com — Follow live coverage here during the St. Bernard Parish Council meeting on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 21). The meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. The Parish Council in part is set to hold a public hearing and then vote on proposed six-month moratoriums on government employee hiring and pay raises.
Oct 21, 2014

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Fox 8 poll shows Landrieu on top in November primary, but trails in head-to-head runoff

nola.com — U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu will get more votes than any other candidate in the Nov. 4 election, but it won't be nearly enough for her to win the Louisiana Senate race outright, according to a FOX 8-Raycom poll. In a race featuring all the candidates running, Landrieu gets 36 percent of the vote, U.S.
Oct 21, 2014

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