Demolition of collapsed French Quarter building to begin Thursday

Virtually all of a French Quarter building, more than 200 years old and considered an important architectural feat when it was built, collapsed Wednesday in a spectacular cascade of dust, dirt and debris as officials tried to stabilize it after a portion had tumbled to the street below a day earlier. By late afternoon, an excavator… Continue reading →

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Xavier receiving $19.6 million NIH grant

The National Institutes of Health.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Xavier University of Louisiana has received a $19.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The money from an NIH initiative called Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity will be used to expand biomedical programs at the historically… Continue reading →



Here are 10 new ways to try butternut squash

Photo by Helana Brigman  --  Butternut Squash With Dried Cranberries and Honey-Infused Vinaigrette is a takeoff on the popular carrot and raisin dish.

Just as you’re finally finishing up the mounds of zucchini that have haunted you all summer, autumn’s overabundance of butternut squash hits you. Time for some fresh ideas. But before we get cooking, let’s talk prep. Butternut’s thick skin and… Continue reading →


Dancing priests become Internet sensation

Father David Rider, left, and father John Gibson pose in front of St. Peter's Basilica after an interview with the Associated press at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

ROME (AP) — A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keyes-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract. The… Continue reading →