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Early data shows African Americans disproportionately affected by coronavirus

Environmental, economic and political factors have compounded for generations, putting black people at higher risk of chronic conditions that leave lungs weak and immune systems vulnerable: asthma, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. These conditions make the coronavirus more dangerous than it already is.... Read more»

Medical worker describes lung failure from COVID-19, even in young patients

An anonymous New Orleans hospital respiratory therapist describes the intensity of the virus and its symptoms, especially acute respiratory distress syndrome.... Read more»

From prison to dean’s list: How Danielle Metz got an education after incarceration

Danielle Metz stared down three life terms of a mandatory minimum sentence. Now she's a college graduate in her own home looking a whole new future.... Read more»

Fate of native children may hinge on U.S. adoption case

A case before federal appeals court judges will decide if tribal parents will continue to get preference in adopting Native American children as conservatives groups sue to end race-based adoption.... Read more»

10 years later, Katrina memories still fresh for Arizonans who helped

It’s been 10 years since he responded to the devastation that was left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, but the memories are still clear for Phoenix Fire Capt. Darrell B. Wiseman, one of hundreds of Arizonans from scores of organizations who went to the Gulf Coast to assist victims of the storm.... Read more»

Commentary

Is Phoenix really the new New Orleans?

Phoenix does not generally inspire passion. Maybe it is just that we’re too new. Maybe we’re too much a generic reflection of post-war urban America. But maybe it is that life here – despite all the criticism of living in the desert – isn’t actually all that challenging. We don’t have devastating catastrophic events to pull us together, or provide a partial blank canvas to reinvent our place. ... Read more»

Key convictions overturned in killing by New Orleans police

A federal appellate court has overturned the convictions of two former New Orleans police officers imprisoned in connection with the killing of Henry Glover after Hurricane Katrina, dealing a blow to federal prosecutors' efforts to hold police accountable for misconduct before and after the storm.... Read more»

New Orleans' Times-Picayune lays off third of staff

The Times-Picayune announced Tuesday that it was letting go one-third of its staff, cutting 201 employees from the company as it restructures to focus on its website.... Read more»

New Orleans Times-Picayune to publish 3 days a week

New Orleans is losing its daily newspaper, one of the oldest in the United States. The paper announced Thursday it will only publish Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.... Read more»

Bacteria eat arm of 'bath salts' user

A New Orleans woman attacked by flesh-eating bacteria after injecting the increasingly popular drug "bath salts" has had her arm and shoulder amputated.... Read more»

Vampire bat rabies comes to U.S.

Vampire bats are the leading cause of rabies in Latin America. Now, for the first time, health authorities have confirmed that someone in the United States died from rabies transmitted by a vampire bat. (with video)... Read more»

After Katrina, New Orleans cops told to shoot looters

After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans police officers circulated orders authorizing them to shoot looters and "take back the city," but it remains unclear who issued them.... Read more»

Researchers study how Gulf oil spill will affect human health

Medical researchers are this week meeting in New Orleans to discuss how the major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will affect human health.... Read more»

Opinion: Myths and realities about charter schools

Charter schools have been around since 1992, but this is a breakthrough year.... Read more»2