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misdemeanor murder

misdemeanor murder  n.— «In some neighborhoods, people refer to “misdemeanor murders,” or “60-day murders,” the length of time suspects can be held without charges.» —“In New Orleans, Dysfunction Fuels Cycle of Killing” by...

Barmuda Triangle

Barmuda Triangle  n.— «In a dark corner of Leo’s Food and Spirits at Dauphine and France streets—one-third of what is known as “The Barmuda Triangle in the 9th Ward”—sat the Captain For Life of Box of Wine.» —“Corkscrew...

pre-K

pre-K  adj.— «When we talk of the recent crime wave in our city, we inevitably refer to it as a ‘pre-K’ phenomenon. You’ll hear people say things like, “Yeah, but that place was abondoned long before Katrina.”» —“Katrina...

who laid the rail

who laid the rail  adv. phr.— «The animal struck out on a dead run down the turning row which split the ravine. My friend followed, and it was a race for who laid the rail, as they say in the country.» —New Orleans Times...

black-brown divide

black-brown divide  n.— «Simmering beneath the surface of activism for job creation and workers’ rights is a tension not unique to New Orleans, what labor activists refer to as the “black-brown divide.” In this case, black New Orleanians...

two-percenter

two-percenter  n.— «I’m fed up with what I call the “2-percenters’”.…This was a case of people coming and spoiling a great day. We have a handful of knuckleheads that come out here and disrupt things. We’re not going to...

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