Sep 162014
 

rhythm_logoJoin Tipitina’s next Saturday, September 27, for the Rhythm & Blues 5K Run benefiting Tipitina’s Foundation.

The first 500 registrants get goody bags and T-shirts, and the first 500 finishers receive finisher medals. An outside festival on the neutral ground outside of Tipitina’s Uptown will follow the run. Enjoy food, drinks, and live entertainment, all sponsored by East Jefferson General HospitalFest Cola, and New Belgium Brewing. Costumes are encouraged and prizes for “Best Individual Musical Costume” and “Best Musical Group Ensemble” will be announced at the post-race party. Continue reading »

Sep 152014
 
The Preservation Resource Center recently celebrated the renovation of the Rountree House at 1421 Josephine, noting that a sketch of it is included in the PRC logo. (image via Preservation Resource Center)

The Preservation Resource Center recently celebrated the renovation of the Rountree House at 1421 Josephine, noting that a sketch of it is included in the PRC logo. (image via Preservation Resource Center)

Owen Courreges

I’ve written a lot of columns since I started to write for Uptown Messenger in January of 2011.  Sometimes I look back over them and realize: “You know, there have been some interesting developments with this since I put pen to paper.”

Accordingly, every now and again, I revisit a few old columns to provide brief updates on some of the topics I’ve written about.  Some have happy endings, some less so.

So, without further ado, I give you The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Continue reading »

Sep 132014
 
Tulane wide reciever Xavier Rush breaks a 74-yard touchdown pass from Lee in the third quarter. Rush broke two tackles on his way to the endzone. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane wide reciever Xavier Rush breaks a 74-yard touchdown pass from Lee in the third quarter. Rush broke two tackles on his way to the endzone. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Yulman Stadium made some noise for the Tulane Green Wave in their well-deserved 35-20 victory over the Southeastern Lions. Tulane’s defense was tight, and quarterback Tanner Lee secured touchdowns through big plays. Continue reading »

Sep 132014
 
The Young Leadership Council's panel at Rising Tide 9 at Xavier University on Saturday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Young Leadership Council’s panel at Rising Tide 9 at Xavier University on Saturday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Rising Tide “Conference on the Future of New Orleans” takes place today (Saturday, Sept. 13), with panels on the “lost historical memory” of New Orleans, organizing in marginalized communities, government waste at the Treme Center, religion in the city and a keynote address by Dr. Andre Perry.

See below for live coverage.

Live Blog “Lost Historical Memory” panel at Rising Tide

Sep 122014
 

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Andre Perry (via drandreperry.com)

Andre Perry (via drandreperry.com)

The annual Rising Tide “Conference on the Future of New Orleans” will host educator Dr. Andre Perry as its keynote speaker, with panel discussions on the lost histories of New Orleans’ Palmer Park, community organizing, government waste and finding religion in the city, as well as “tech school” sessions on using social media in publishing. Continue reading »

Sep 112014
 
The front door of the Priestley school building in west Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The front door of the Priestley school building in west Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Orleans Parish School Board property committee recommended that Lycee Francais be approved to purchase the former Priestley campus Thursday, sending the proposal to the full school board next week for what could be final approval. Continue reading »

Sep 112014
 

(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

Andre Williams (via opcso.org)

Andre Williams (via opcso.org)

Police have arrested a man in connection with the carjacking of two men who were lured to a dark Hollygrove street late last month with the promise of a date from a woman met online, though they now question whether the “woman” had anything to do with the case at all, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Sep 112014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

With the court challenge period mostly over and marginal candidates having dropped out, the hard-ball campaigns for various judgeships, the DA, and State Representative have begun in earnest.  Though several organizations like the AFL-CIO, RDO and LIFE, the group founded by former mayor Dutch Morial, completed their endorsements early, we attended three public forums in the last week – the Orleans Parish Republican and Democratic Executive Committees and the Independent Women’s Organization — to get a first-hand look at all the remaining candidates.

Last night’s contest at OPDEC (the Democrats) was a real slug fest with numerous candidates hurling allegations of impropriety at each other which made that crusty audience gasp.  One of the moderators, Jason Coleman, found himself inviting candidates up for the next round, as if it were a boxing match. Continue reading »

Sep 092014
 
Retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore (center) and other advocates discuss contamination in the soil at the former Booker T. Washington site in front of what remains of the former school. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore (center) and other advocates discuss contamination in the soil at the former Booker T. Washington site in front of what remains of the former school. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

When Lt. Gen. Russell Honore led 20,000 federal troops into the city of New Orleans for search-and-rescue missions in the aftermath of the collapse of the federal levees following Hurricane Katrina, he instructed his soldiers not to let the contaminated water touch them.

Nine years later, Honore said, the risk of pollution to New Orleanians is coming not from the failures of the federal government, but from decisions made by leaders right here in the city and state — such as the plan to rebuild Booker T. Washington High School in Central City on top of heavily contaminated soil at the old Clio Street dump. State documents show that in some locations, cancer-causing compounds are present in levels more than 100 times what is considered acceptable.

“As we worked nine years ago to help save this city, we’re going to work now to help save this city from itself,” Honore said. “Because you know what? It’s not the White House doing this. It’s not President Bush doing this. It’s the leaders in New Orleans doing this, and it’s people we did not put in the office — the RSD.”

Many alumni of Booker T. Washington, however, believe that the Recovery School District’s plan for treating the contamination is sufficient, that Honore’s concerns are an unnecessary excess of caution, and that it is time to move the long-delayed construction of a state-of-the-art school forward. Continue reading »

Sep 092014
 
An undated photo of the basketball court at Evans Playground on LaSalle Street. (via Kaboom.org)

An undated photo of the basketball court at Evans Playground on LaSalle Street. (via Kaboom.org)

As Freret residents continue to organize an “official” booster club that would make Evans Playground eligible to host city-sponsored events such as free Movies in the Park and organized sports, they are hoping to attract support and sponsorships from the businesses on the commercial corridor. Continue reading »

Sep 092014
 
Surveillance image from the third armed robbery, Monday, Sept. 8. (via NOPD)

Surveillance image from the third armed robbery, Monday, Sept. 8. (via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

After three armed robberies within as many weeks on the same auto-parts store, New Orleans police are now looking for the heavily disguised “serial robber” believed to be responsible for all three brazen mid-afternoon attacks, authorities said. Continue reading »