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Today’s Solutions: June 25, 2024

Donate and volunteer: Where to

Donate and volunteer: Where to support Hurricane Ida victims

Hurricane Ida made landfall on Sunday as a powerful Category 4 storm. This is the largest hurricane to hit Louisiana since Katrina and the storm is causing widespread damage across Mississippi as well. Although it has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it moves northeast, it left one million Read More...

With parades cancelled, New Or

With parades cancelled, New Orleans transformed houses into floats

One of the most iconic components of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras celebrations is the beautifully-decorated floats that partake in over 50 parades throughout the city. As the pandemic put celebrations on hold this year, Mardi Gras float fanatics found a new way to celebrate safely: by turning their Read More...

Nuns decide to turn damaged co

Nuns decide to turn damaged convent into a flood-preventing urban wetland

After being hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph in New Orleans was severely damaged by flooding. And while the nuns moved somewhere else to allow for repairs, a year later, lightning struck the roof and started a fire that devastated the convent beyond Read More...

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This New Orleans musician offers trumpets to kids in exchange for guns

Music can be a real life-saver, and no story exhibits the message like the one you’re about to read. In New Orleans, a trumpeter named Shamarr Allen wanted to find a way to get guns out of kids' hands, so he turned to what he knows best: music. He recently created a gun-for-trumpet exchange Read More...

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At this internship, students earn scholarships and learn to build homes

The average internship for high school students typically involves unpaid time spent completing mindless tasks such as filing papers, making copies, or taking coffee orders. But unCommon Construction offers a unique alternative that's better preparing young adults for life beyond the classroom. Read More...

A New Orleans local listed a p

A New Orleans local listed a pothole on Airbnb to get the city to fix it

After waiting years for the city to fix their streets, a resident of the Irish Channel neighborhood in New Orleans did something a bit outside the box to get the attention of city officials: he listed a local pothole on Airbnb. The listing is called “Homer’s Hideout”, and the description of Read More...

Beyond sustainability

Beyond sustainability

It takes more than growth and development for a city, an economy or an ecosystem to flourish—it takes resilience. Baal,Van,Mark | September 2010 issue Biloxi is gone. That’s what Toshiro Kida, a 21-year-old graphic design student at Yale University, thought when he arrived in the Mississippi Read More...