The murder rate jumped 14 percent and other news
In New Orleans:
- The city's new waterfront park (on a narrow strip of land accessible by two pedestrian bridges) will be ready come fall.
- Homicides jumped by 14 percent in 2011.
- Broken streetlights are to blame for a 40 car pile-up that killed two and injured 61.
- With two major bowl games but a week apart, the city is gearing up for some serious tourism.