New Orleans

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Life in prison for stealing $20: how The Division is taking apart brutal criminal sentences
Part two: The New Orleans’ civil rights division reckons with a case involving an egregious sentence – and a policy that has punished the city’s poorest for decades

Oliver Laughland

07, May, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Inside the Division: how a small team of US prosecutors fight decades of shocking injustice
Part one: In New Orleans, a man pleaded his innocence for 28 years. Was there evidence that could set him free?

Oliver Laughland

06, May, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Donbas nursing home residents evacuated after New Orleans fundraiser
Ukrainian expat raises money to rescue last 12 residents of hospice in Chasiv Yar on frontline of Russian invasion

Isobel Koshiw in Kharkiv

02, May, 2022 @4:00 AM

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Arcade Fire: ‘America is rotten, but there are beautiful things about it’
After the high-concept hijinks around their last record turned off fans, the indie troubadours have gone back to basics with a rousing new album about Trump and togetherness

Laura Barton

30, Apr, 2022 @12:00 PM

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‘One traumatic thing after another’: New Orleans homes flattened by giant twisters
Residents of Arabi were still feeling the effects of Hurricane Ida, six months ago. And then the black, spinning tornadoes came

Drew Hawkins in New Orleans

23, Mar, 2022 @6:53 PM

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Mold, leaks, rot: how Brad Pitt’s post-Katrina housing project went horribly wrong
The non-profit project was launched to feverish buzz with support of celebrities from Snoop Dogg to Ellen DeGeneres to Bill Clinton

Wilfred Chan

03, Feb, 2022 @2:57 PM

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Homer Plessy, US civil rights pioneer, receives pardon 130 years on
Plessy’s act of civil disobedience led to landmark court decision that legalized ‘separate but equal’ doctrine and ushered in Jim Crow era

Oliver Laughland in New Orleans

05, Jan, 2022 @8:04 PM

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Anne Rice obituary
Leading writer of supernatural fiction whose 1976 novel Interview With the Vampire was turned into a hit film

David Barnett

15, Dec, 2021 @3:13 PM

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Blue Bayou review – painful drama about the US’s answer to the Windrush scandal
Justin Chon’s fierce heartbreaker, written and starring himself, centres on a Korean-American whose family is threatened by racist government policy

Peter Bradshaw

01, Dec, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Plessy v Ferguson upheld segregation – now Plessy’s family seeks a pardon
125 years after the landmark ruling, Plessy and Ferguson descendants and the New Orleans district attorney are seeking a posthumous pardon

Oliver Laughland in New Orleans

12, Nov, 2021 @3:25 PM

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‘I’ve been dead so many times’: the life and times of New Orleans’s blues king
Little Freddie King has survived three shootings, stabbings, a near fatal bike accident, a stomach ulcer, an accidental electrocution, Hurricane Katrina, and now a pandemic

Oliver Laughland

30, Sep, 2021 @4:01 AM

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Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon review – B-movie thrills in New Orleans superhero gumbo
The new film from Ana Lily Amirpour will keep the fans happy with the tale of mind-controlling waitress on the loose the French Quarter

Xan Brooks

05, Sep, 2021 @7:45 PM

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