President Donald Trump cited new evidence this past week to bolster his threat for shutting down the government if Congress refuses to meet his demands for border-wall funding and other immigration measures. "One of the reasons we need Great Border Security," Trump tweeted Tuesday (July 31), "is that Mexico's murder rate in 2017 increased by 27% to 31,174 people killed, a record!" The president was responding to reports that Mexico had revised its 2017 homicide count from 25,339 to 31,174, the highest since at least 1990. The new data from the Mexican National Institute of Statistics and Geography put Mexico's homicide rate at 25 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2017. The murder rate that same year for New Orleans was 40.6 per 100,000. Comparing a city to an entire country is admittedly flawed. Mexico's murder rate is much higher than the entire United States, which averages about 5 homicides per 100,000. And parts of Mexico are exceptionally dangerous. Killings in the state of Colima, on … [Read more...] about New Orleans hits the wall in fight against violent crime
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The Times-Picayune is marking the tricentennial of New Orleans with its ongoing 300 for 300 project, running through 2018 and highlighting 300 people who have made New Orleans New Orleans, featuring original artwork commissioned by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune with Where Y'Art gallery. Today: broadcaster Angela Hill. The icon: Angela Hill. The legacy: When she retired from the WWL-TV anchor desk in 2013, New Orleans broadcasting legend Angela Hill received from former co-worker Dennis Woltering a book about comic-strip reporter Brenda Starr. It couldn't have been more fitting. For nearly four decades, Hill had been New Orleans' own Brenda Starr: a glamorous, fearless newswoman who succeeded in what was then a male-dominated industry. She wasn't a local -- she arrived in town from Texas in 1975 -- but her blend of warmth and professionalism had viewers soon embracing her as if she was, whether she was anchoring the evening news, reporting from abroad, hosting her own daytime talk show … [Read more...] about How the one-time queen of the New Orleans airwaves earned her crown
Former "Cosby Show" actor Geoffrey Owens, who made headlines earlier this month when he was publicly job-shamed online for working at a New Jersey grocery store, has a new gig. He will appear on the upcoming fifth season of the CBS series "NCIS: New Orleans," according to EW.com. The EW story says Owens will appear in the sixth episode of the police procedural's fifth season, which is currently in production in New Orleans. He will play Commander Adams, described as an old and trusted friend of Scott Bakula's lead character. "For Commander Adams, we needed someone with compassion, competence, and heart. That's Geoffrey in a nutshell," executive producer Christopher Silber is quoted as having said. "(He is) an accomplished actor who seemed like the perfect fit to add to our extended repertory company. We're lucky to have him on the show." It's the second job offer extended to Owens since his job-shaming made headlines. Last week, he was booked by Tyler Perry to appear in 10 episodes of … [Read more...] about Job-shamed ‘Cosby Show’ actor joins ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ cast: report
The Times-Picayune is marking the tricentennial of New Orleans with its ongoing 300 for 300 project, running through 2018 and highlighting 300 people who have made New Orleans New Orleans, featuring original artwork commissioned by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune with Where Y'Art gallery. Today: broadcaster Sally-Ann Roberts. The icon: Sally-Ann Roberts. The legacy: In March 1977, a fresh-faced reporter from Mississippi named Sally-Ann Roberts signed on at WWL-TV as the New Orleans station's City Hall reporter. It would mark the start of an accomplished on-air career that over the next four decades would see her become a beloved local broadcast figure. She's best known for her 25 years as co-anchor with Eric Paulsen of WWL's "Eyewitness Morning News," but at every step along the way -- whether as part of her teen-issues show "Our Generation," her community work as a mentor, her advocacy for bone marrow donations -- she proved to be a dignified, hard-working and unflappable pro. Roberts … [Read more...] about Without her, New Orleans mornings just wouldn’t have been the same
In a city as tradition-bound and yesterday-fond as New Orleans, locals are endlessly fascinated by things -- whether buildings, people, objects or events -- that no longer exist. So it shouldn’t have come as a shock to anyone that a photo published earlier this week on NOLA.com of the 1955 demolition of the Southern Railway Terminal at Canal and Basin streets, once the front porch of Storyville, captured many a reader’s attention. For at least one, however, it wasn't the razing of the strikingly designed train station that was of paramount interest. Rather, it was what now occupies the space: a 12-foot, granite statue of Venezuelan military and political icon Simón Bolívar."Great article," NOLA.com commenter Roscoe wrote, "but now for the big question: Why do we have or need a statue of Simón Bolívar? Just what does he have to do with New Orleans?"It's a fair question. Bolívar, while revered throughout South America as "The Liberator" -- the man who … [Read more...] about Why does New Orleans have (or need) a statue of Simón Bolívar?