Dec 092017

Children dance during a performance at Lusher Charter School’s morning meeting in December 2011. ( file photo)

The Orleans Parish School Board is reconsidering whether to allow high-performing schools to renew their charters for a full 10-year term, but some like Lusher Charter School say the longer term is needed to plan for future growth. Continue reading »

Dec 072017

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This weekend we picked up our trademarked hot pink Christmas tree and plopped it down in the lobby with merriment and good cheer. The holiday season is in full swing and as the number of shopping days dwindle down, the number of Oscar contenders and blockbusters go up. We’ve got one big movie opening this weekend with another movie you might have heard of coming up next Thursday.

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Dec 072017

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Danae Columbus

Incoming Councilmember-At-Large Helena Moreno became a state legislator after first enjoying a successful career as a WDSU-TV newscaster. Now Camille Whitworth, another former WDSU reporter and anchor, is considering making a bid for Moreno’s soon-to-be-vacated District 93 legislative seat.

Born in a Houston suburb, Whitworth has spent almost 25 years as an award-winning broadcast journalist. She worked in Louisville, Kentucky and Raleigh, North Carolina before joining WDSU in 2003. She left in March 2016 when the station chose not to renew her contract but decided to rebrand herself as a New Orleans-based media pro and public speaker. Whitworth is also currently the on-air personality for East Jefferson General Hospital’s “Healthy Lifestyle” infomercials that air weekly on WWL-TV. Continue reading »

Dec 062017

The City of New Orleans is activating its Citywide Freeze Plan (CFP) beginning overnight Dec. 9, 2017, as the National Weather Service forecasts the temperature or wind chill to fall below the plan’s activation threshold of 35 degrees. The City’s freeze plan will be in effect to provide temporary shelter for homeless residents, two of which are in the Uptown/Central City area.

Residents are encouraged to seek appropriate shelter since the current weather forecast predicts “feels like” or apparent temperatures at or slightly below freezing during overnight hours on both days (Dec. 9 & 10). Residents should also bring in their pets and check on neighbors and the elderly to ensure they are prepared.

Individuals needing shelter will be accepted at the following locations under the following conditions:

  • The Salvation Army, 4530 S. Claiborne Ave. – will accept males and females beginning at 4 p.m.
  • New Orleans Mission, 1130 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. – will only accept male and/or female adults beginning at 4 p.m.
  • Ozanam Inn, 843 Camp St. – will accept males only beginning at 4 p.m.
  • Covenant House, 611 North Rampart St. – will accept males and females between the ages 16-21, their dependent children, and any female with dependent minor children. Mothers with small children may come anytime.

All shelters will be open, free of charge, to those seeking shelter during this period of inclement weather.

Dec 052017

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While the tales of Russian intrigue embroiling Washington may seem far from the potholes and politics of New Orleans, the country’s mysterious interest in the news landed right at home this week when thousands of new subscribers with Russian email addresses signed up for the daily headlines from our sister site at Mid-City Messenger. Continue reading »

Dec 042017

Students from Sylvanie Williams College Prep marching band perform in the 2016 Martin Luther King Day parade. (Robert Morris,

New Orleans College Prep is pressing forward quickly in its search to identify a new CEO by spring, identifying and even initiating phone interviews with a number of early applicants for the position. Continue reading »

Dec 042017

The former James Weldon Johnson Elementary School, photographed in 2011, is now the temporary home for Lycee Francais. ( file photo)

With the array of elementary schools in the Carrollton neighborhood seemingly shifting every year, a group of neighborhood activists are urging Bricolage Academy to consider the former Johnson site as a possible near-future expansion. Continue reading »

Dec 012017

At least four incoming City Council members have expressed serious concern with short-term rental laws, said incoming Councilman Joe Giarrusso III at a Carrollton neighborhood meeting Thursday night. (Robert Morris,

With a majority of incoming New Orleans City Council members having campaigned on frustration with the rapid conversion of residential homes into small temporary hotels, tightening the city’s short-term rental laws is likely to be a top early priority when they are seated next year — while they get a grasp on larger issues like fixing the drainage system, incoming City Councilman Joe Giarrusso III told Carrollton neighborhood activists. Continue reading »

Nov 302017
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Attorney General Jeff Landry has had a pretty good November. He dined at Mar-a-Lago with Trump insiders, took part in a high-level fundraising reception where he made important contacts, and is poised to soon assume the presidency of the National Association of Attorneys General. Back home, Landry can’t wait to pour over mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell’s city credit card statements he has subpoenaed with a fine tooth comb. Continue reading »