NOLA Business Insider: Crime-fighting group receives $1 million donation |

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The Nola Coalition, an advocacy group formed last month to tackle the city’s violent crime problem, received a $1 million donation from a commodity and fuel storage company based in New Orleans. International-Matex Tank Terminals chief executive Carlin Conner said his company invested the money because it sees crime as a primary obstacle preventing the city from reaching its full economic potential. The coalition includes the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Baptist community ministries, the Metropolitan Crime Commission and other civic and business groups.

OLD AS DIRT: The oldest man-made structures in North America are not found in the historic French Quarter, St. Augustine, Florida, or Plymouth Rock. Strange as it may seem, they are located on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, in the shadow of Tiger Stadium. A new study by a professor emeritus at LSU suggests that the two grassy mounds on Dalrymple Drive were built about 11,000 years ago by ancient indigenous peoples. Journalist James Wilkins gives a history lesson.

OVERVIEW: The most visible phase of the ongoing $557 million Ernest N. Morial Convention Center upgrade has been made public with the release of renders showing lobbies filled with artwork, a new entertainment area, gathering and meeting rooms equipped with new audio-visual technology. The interior renovation project, designed by New Orleans architectural firm NANO LLC, is the largest overhaul of the complex in the center’s nearly four decades of operation.

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