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Triangle Restaurant Week’s summer event starts Monday and goes through June 9.

More than 85 restaurants in Raleigh, Cary, Durham and Chapel Hill will be offering three-course lunches for $15 and three-course dinners for $20 or $30. For example, at Battistella’s in Raleigh, a diner can spend $30 for a three-course meal off a limited menu that includes these entree choices: braised short ribs with red creamer potatoes, garlic-braised Vidalia onions and a red wine jus or shrimp and goat cheese grits with andouille sausage.

Among the Raleigh restaurants participating for the first time are Bruno, Taste, Vivo and Black Cat.

For a complete list of the participating restaurants and their special menus, go to

When the pictures unleash the pain

Powerful, powerful piece by Michael DeMocker, a photographer for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, on the day his humanity eclipsed his professionalism.

"The hundreds of murders I have covered over the years were like hundreds of punches, but this was the one that finally knocked me down. And I cried. The overflow of emotion was much like that I felt after Gleason's blocked punt, only this time it wasn't hope for the city I love flooding into me; it was that same hope draining back out."

This is one of his pictures from that day. Read the rest here.

A look at post-Katrina abuses in "Law & Disorder"

The fifth anniversary of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, has led to some great journalism, mostly because there are so many unanswered questions and ongoing issues.

Tonight at 9 on UNC-TV, Frontline presents "Law & Disorder," a year-long investigation with ProPublica and the New Orleans Times-Picayune looking at charges that the city's police inappropriately used lethal force against citizens and then tried to cover it up.

In most other markets, this report aired last week so you may have heard/read the story that reveals police were given the order to shoot looters, but that doesn't mean you don't need to watch this report. There's plenty more to mull over. It's painful, sad and necessary viewing.

"Treme": What it means to miss New Orleans

There's this funny sequence in the second episode of "Treme", (HBO, 10 p.m tonight):
Three young tourists in post-Katrina New Orleans get sent to a bar in a dicey neighborhood to hear music and experience the authentic nature of the city. There they encounter good music, good cue and a bony man with too many gold teeth and a ready grin.

I won't give away what happens, but elements of their experience are akin to how "Treme" made me feel in only three episodes: immersed, giddy, and longing for more.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band carries on

It's a good thing the Dirty Dozen Brass Band spends so much time on the road. The band's hometown of New Orleans has been intermittently uninhabitable since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city in 2005, although the recovery still goes on.

"We're still working on it, trying to get it together," saxophonist Roger Lewis said in a recent phone chat. "We have some neighborhoods that are still not completely back, a lot of abandoned houses. Some neighborhoods are up and running, but then there will be five or six abandoned houses right around the corner. Some neighborhoods still don't have anyone living there, period, especially the Lower Ninth. I had nine feet of water in my house, and I'd just finished renovating it. So I had to put it back together, and we raised it up off the foundation. It was two feet off the ground before, a shotgun shack that we'd added two rooms on the back to make an L-shap. It's up to six feet off the ground now. I hope that's high enough."

For more, including details on the group's Sunday show in Carrboro, see the interview in Friday's paper.

N.C. State 69, New Orleans 52

RALEIGH -- There was no repeat of New Orleans' last trip to N.C. State.

The Wolfpack jumped on UNO early, briefly let the Privateers back in, but ultimately cruised to a 69-52 win on Sunday at the RBC Center.

NCCU snares Marc Morial for commencement

Marc H. Morial, the former mayor of New Orleans and current president and chief executive officer of the National Urban League, will be the featured speaker at N.C. Central University's spring commencement.

Commencement will be Saturday, May 16 at 8 a.m. at O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium on the NCCU campus.

Morial has headed the National Urban League since 2003. He is considered one of the nation's experts on a wide range of issues related to cities and their residents, according to an NCCCU press release.

He has been recognized by the Non‐Profit Times as one of America's top 50 non‐profit executives and has been named by Ebony magazine as one of the 100 "Most Influential Blacks in America."
Upon his appointment to the League, Morial established an ambitious five‐point empowerment agenda encompassing Education & Youth, Economic Empowerment, Health & Quality of Life, Civic Engagement, and Civil Rights & Racial Justice that informs the League's programs, research and advocacy efforts. He created the new quantitative "Equality Index" to effectively measure the disparities in urban communities across these five areas. The index is now a permanent part of the League's annual and much‐heralded The State of Black America report.
Prior to joining National Urban League, Morial served two  four‐year terms (1994‐2002) as Mayor of New Orleans. Before becoming mayor, he also served as a Louisiana State Senator for two years.

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