University Medical Center New Orleans on Aug. 1, when the $1 billion facility welcomed its first patients. Brett Duke/The Times-Picayune/Landov hide caption

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From Bail Bondsman To Teacher

Rodney Carey has been on the other side of the street in New Orleans. He's trying to get his students to come back.

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