Lawrence N. Powell,
Tulane University history professor emeritus and former director of the University of New Orleans' Center for the Gulf South, was awarded the 2012 Kemper and Leila Williams Prize in Louisiana History for his book The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans. Powell's book was chosen for the award, presented by the Historic New Orleans Collection and the Louisiana History Association, for its "insight into the emergence of the most curious city in America."
received The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Book of the Year award for his biography Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans. The book, published by the Historic New Orleans Collection, chronicles the life of the self-described Emperor of the Universe and has received critical acclaim from NPR, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today.
pastry chef at La Petite Grocery, was the only New Orleans chef selected by Food & Wine editors as a finalist in its search for "The People's Best New Pastry Chef" award. Earlier this month, online voters selected chefs from the East, West and Gulf coasts to choose the three regional winners and then the overall winner, which went to Jodi Elliot of Austin, Texas.
described New Orleans beyond the French Quarter as a "vast urban wasteland" on Fox News. "That's what the story of New Orleans is," he told host Bill O'Reilly. The pundits were discussing the inmate videos submitted in federal court during this month's Orleans Parish Prison consent decree hearings. Rivera then went on to suggest, wrongly, that New Orleans Police Department employ stop-and-frisk, and pointed to incorrect murder rate stats.