Aug 032015
 
Left, Lt. Jennifer Dupree and other officers examine a gun seized in a robbery investigation just off Napoleon Avenue. (UptownMessenger.com file photo) At right, Lt. Nick Gernon confers with homicide detectives in a still image from A&E's "The First 48." (source:facebook.com/thefirst48)

Left, Lt. Jennifer Dupree and other officers examine a gun seized in a robbery investigation just off Napoleon Avenue. (UptownMessenger.com file photo) At right, Lt. Nick Gernon confers with homicide detectives in a still image from A&E’s “The First 48.” (source:facebook.com/thefirst48)

Two New Orleans police detectives with extensive experience with investigations on the streets of Uptown New Orleans have been named to fill vacant, high-ranking positions in the NOPD Second and Sixth districts, department officials announced. Continue reading »

Aug 032015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Trust me, I’m a federal prosecutor.” You can almost hear the words come from his mouth. Sure enough, with his latest initiative, U.S. Attorney Louisiana Kenneth Polite is asking us for a great deal of trust.

Polite recently announced a bold plan for reducing gun violence in New Orleans. He proposed a joint effort between his office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the New Orleans Police Department, Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Crimestoppers, to investigate and prosecute federal gun crimes.

At first blush, this sounds like exactly what gun-rights advocates have been crowing for. Authorities often seem to be asleep at the wheel when it comes to enforcing existing gun laws, leading to calls for more burdensome regulation.

Alas, it rapidly became clear that Mssr. Polite’s plan is not something that law-abiding gun owners will be sanguine about. Continue reading »

Aug 012015
 

Shooting at South Liberty and St. Andrew. Not pictured: shooting at First and Prieur. (map via NOPD)

Shooting at South Liberty and St. Andrew. Not pictured: shooting at First and Prieur. (map via NOPD)

A woman was wounded by gunshots fired into a crowd on South Liberty Street in Central City on Friday night, and a another person was shot on South Prieur Street several hours later, New Orleans police said Saturday morning. Continue reading »

Jul 312015
 
McKinley "Mac" Phipps, Jr. at Elayn Hunt Correctional Facility, 2015. Mac is currently serving a 30-year sentence for manslaughter, a crime for which

McKinley “Mac” Phipps, Jr. at Elayn Hunt Correctional Facility, 2015. Mac is currently serving a 30-year sentence for manslaughter, a crime for which he maintains his innocence. (photo courtesy of Angelique Christina)

Tyree Worthy

Tyree C. Worthy

When I graduated from Loyola three years ago, I had plenty of people to thank: professors, advisors, friends and close family — the usual. There was one unlikely person who actually wasn’t there during my school days at all but deserved as much thanks as anyone: my cousin, McKinley “Mac” Phipps Jr., a well-known New Orleans rapper who has been incarcerated since I was 10, and I realized I needed to write him and tell him how much of a motivational force he had become in my life.

Mac is currently serving a 30-year sentence for manslaughter, a crime for which he maintains his innocence. But now, amid serious questions about the testimony that convicted him under former St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Walter Reed, Mac’s legal team is actively working to have him released much sooner than that, according to a recent report from The Advocate’s Sara Pagones. Continue reading »

Jul 302015
 
City workers remove a section of pavement from Pine Street in May 2015 to repair a broken water main underneath it. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City workers remove a section of pavement from Pine Street in May 2015 to repair a broken water main underneath it. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu addresses District B residents about the city's budget at KIPP Central City Academy in 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu addresses District B residents about the city’s budget at KIPP Central City Academy in 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

There isn’t enough money to fix all the streets, nor enough police officers to patrol them, and certainly not enough to pay back what the city owes the firefighters’ pension fund, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu told a packed auditorium in Lakeview on Thursday evening.

But if the financial situation is so dire, the Lakeview residents shot back, then why is Landrieu suddenly engaging the city in the presumably expensive “self-initiated politics” of removing statues of Confederate leaders? Continue reading »

Jul 302015
 

By Social Work Students United for Reproductive Freedom at Tulane University

As Social Work students, we are concerned about the deceitful attempt to defund Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides vital health care services to 2.7 million Americans each year. In Louisiana alone, Planned Parenthood annually provides 16,000 visits in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans for services that include birth control, cancer screenings, STD tests and treatment, and other preventative healthcare such as much-needed sexual health education. Continue reading »

Jul 302015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

If Saturday night’s Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner is any indication, Louisiana Democrats feel their time is coming again soon. Recent polls show State Rep. John Bel Edwards neck ‘n neck with U.S. Senator David Vitter. “We can only go up from here,” Edwards told the packed ballroom. Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden is saving his money for the run-off in the Lt. Governor’s race and presidential candidate U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders delivered his fiery brand of liberalism to a large, enthusiastic, stomping, waving, cheering crowd at the Pontchartrain Center Sunday. Continue reading »

Jul 302015
 
(map via Entergy New Orleans)

(map via Entergy New Orleans)

Today (July 30), Entergy’s work on the Power to Grow NOLA transmission upgrade project will be starting on the Patton Street segment of the project, and tomorrow, Entergy will finish its work on the Webster street portion of the project. Work on Patton Street is planned to last until August 5 and includes temporary traffic street closures at the site of each steel transmission pole during the process of the “pull”. Continue reading »

Jul 292015
 
The old Carrollton courthouse, photographed during an Audubon Charter School event in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file)

The old Carrollton courthouse, photographed during an Audubon Charter School event in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file)

After more than a dozen speakers took the microphone at a forum dedicated to saving the Carrollton Courthouse on Wednesday night, a common theme emerged from their comments: The best future for the landmark structure is some sort of public use.

Some described a new community center or an expanded library, perhaps to replace the nearby Nix branch. Others mentioned museums about the history of public education, of the city of Carrollton, or even New Orleans music. If not that, then flexible museum space, they said, where the city’s other museums could rotate exhibits. The large space could host city archives or recreation offices, they said, and its grounds would be perfect for park space with the crumbling old temporary buildings removed.

The question looming over the courthouse’s fate — and likely defining it — is who will actually own the building. And to that question, no answers emerged Wednesday night. Continue reading »

Jul 292015
 

Sandra Stokes of the Louisiana Landmarks Society speaks in front of the Carrollton Courthouse on Wednesday, June 24. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Sandra Stokes of the Louisiana Landmarks Society speaks in front of the Carrollton Courthouse on Wednesday, June 24. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Following the recent designation of the Carrollton Courthouse on a national list of endangered historic buildings, local preservationists will host a forum tonight to solicit ideas about what the landmark could become. Continue reading »