Loyola University New Orleans honors Orleans Parish judge, and more metro college news | Crescent City community news

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY NEW ORLEANS: Judge Robin Pittman ‘91, J.D. ‘96,  is recipient of the 2020 Adjutor Hominum Award from the Alumni Association of Loyola University New Orleans. This award recognizes a Loyola graduate whose life exemplifies the values and philosophy of Jesuit education: moral character, service to humanity and unquestionable integrity. Pittman is a criminal court judge and former assistant district attorney in Orleans Parish. She spends much of her time out of chambers in the community, engaged in service to Loyola and visiting local schools to mentor young students. In lieu of a party to celebrate her accomplishment, Pittman has established a sociology scholarship to benefit high-achieving sociology majors with financial need. To contribute, visit giving.loyno.edu/adjutorhominum.

DELGADO COMMUNITY COLLEGE CYBERSECURITY TRAINING: A 4.5-month cybersecurity career training course begins Dec. 7 at Delgado Community College with support from the Capital One Foundation. Those who complete the program will receive credentials

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New Orleans Pelicans Announce Ibotta As Newest Jersey Patch Sponsor

The New Orleans Pelicans have been aggressively remodeling everything from the training facility to the front office to the end of the bench roster. The new city flag edition jersey was another bold choice from the organization and now the final touches on the jerseys are complete. The New Orleans Pelicans and Ibotta have agreed upon a deal that includes the Denver-based mobile rewards company becoming the newest official jersey patch partner of the team.

New Orleans Pelicans President Dennis Lauscha’s statement explained, “The jersey patch is more than just an advertising opportunity. It is an authentic integration of two brands who are passionate about their fans and customers. Ibotta is an innovative and forward-thinking company that aligns well with our core values and principles as an organization. We are very excited to welcome Ibotta into

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New Orleans schools struggle to keep kids in class as the pandemic drags on, challenging families | Coronavirus

Lio Schaefer had long struggled with school attendance. Because he was bored and frequently felt ignored in class, he said he often skipped junior year classes at New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School.

By the time the coronavirus pandemic hit last spring, Schaefer was in a group home for youths with behavioral problems. When he returned to live with his mother he could have re-enrolled in Sci-High. But worries of contracting the virus, coupled with an online learning platform he had no interest in turned that decision from a maybe to a no.

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“Going back to high school just seemed like a bad idea,” the 17-year-old said.

Schaefer’s story is a cautionary tale. Despite massive efforts to ramp up virtual instruction and make learning possible

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New Orleans police use facial recognition software, despite official assurances to the contrary | Crime/Police

The New Orleans Police Department has confirmed that it is using facial recognition software to investigate crime, despite years of assurances that city government wasn’t employing the technology.

The department doesn’t own facial recognition software, spokesman Kenneth Jones said, but was granted access to the technology through “state and federal partners.” He would not provide a list of those partners, saying, “We would prefer not to at this time.” He indicated, however, that the FBI was on that list.



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“As for particulars on facial recognition hardware and software, please contact the Federal Bureau of Investigations,” Jones said. An FBI spokesperson would not comment on “specific products or services the FBI may or may not purchase or use.”

Jones also indicated that the Louisiana State Police are on that list of partners. A State

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A Renovated And Resilient Dome For New Orleans

This recent flooding in New Orleans reminds us that all buildings need to be built to higher, with more resilient standards. Famously the Mercedes-Benz Superdome was badly damaged during Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005 although it had to shelter about 16,000 residents whose homes were destroyed, as well as shelter about 150 National Guardsmen for six long days.

Shortly after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Trahan Architects was selected to be the lead architect and managing partner of the team that restored the iconic Superdome on an accelerated schedule, allowing it to reopen on September 25, 2006, under budget and ahead of schedule with a total cost of over $200 million.

Phase I included replacing the outer surface of the entire 9.7-acre roof, installing a brilliant new video board-scoreboard-message board system, completely remodeling 38 permanent concessions

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1 dead in New Orleans after Hurricane Zeta makes landfall

One fatality has been reported so far after fast-moving Hurricane Zeta, a Category 2 storm, made landfall on the southeastern coast of Louisiana.

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The storm landed near Cocodrie, Louisiana, around 5:15 p.m. with wind speeds reaching 110 mph. This is the strongest hurricane landfall in the continental U.S. this late in the season in over 100 years, and the storm

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Here’s how $2.15M in coronavirus funds will be used in New Orleans public schools | Coronavirus

In their last meeting before Orleans Parish School Board elections on Nov. 3, board members agreed Thursday to spend an additional $2.15 million on the coronavirus pandemic response.

The School Board voted unanimously to spend $2.1 million on technology for public school students and economically disadvantaged students at 31 private schools. The money comes from the federal CARES Act and will be used to buy computers as the Louisiana Department of Education tries to administer standardized testing to students who are learning from home instead of the classroom.



Nearly a third of New Orleans charter schools being considered for renewal have D or F grades

Nearly a third of the 18 charter schools in New Orleans up for renewal this year could be given to new operators or shut down because of poor …

The state is trying to bridge a longstanding digital divide by providing a device to every student. And it’s transitioning from pencil-and-paper standardized tests to electronic versions, said Stuart Gay, the

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