Mar 052015
 
Marijuana plants seized in raids on two Uptown homes in July 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo via NOPD)

Marijuana plants seized in raids on two Uptown homes in July 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo via NOPD)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

As Gov. Jindal continues to make drastic cuts to the state’s budget, especially in education and public safety, income from the sale and cultivation of marijuana — even medical marijuana — could begin to fill the state’s budget gap.

Already three states and the District of Columbia have legalized the sale and consumption of marijuana, although the D.C.’s Council passed emergency legislation just yesterday to tighten up the law voters recently approved. Twenty-three states along with the District of Columbia have also legalized medical marijuana. The voters of Louisiana overwhelmingly supported the legalization of medical marijuana in a 2014 LSU poll. With tight regulation, it may also be possible that Governor Jindal could support medical marijuana, according to news reports. Continue reading »

Mar 052015
 

The Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO) invites you to the 3rd Annual Touch a Truck, presented by Regions Bank.  This unique, one-day experience gives families an up-close look at their favorite “big trucks” and the opportunity to meet the people that protect, serve, and build Metropolitan New Orleans.Touch-a-Truck-logo-RGB Continue reading »

Mar 052015
 

A NOPD officer stretches crime-scene tape across the South Broad overpass during a homicide investigation on Friday, Feb. 27. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Last Friday’s fatal shooting on South Broad Street that closed the overpass and wounded a man in front of the Orleans Parish courthouse was preceded by the sentencing of the suspect’s nephew to life in prison in a separate murder case, according to our report at Mid-City Messenger. Continue reading »

Mar 042015
 
A photo of 3008 Lowerline Street included in city documents. (via nola.gov.)

A photo of 3008 Lowerline Street included in city documents. (via nola.gov.)

Stacy Head

Stacy Head

LaToya Cantrell

LaToya Cantrell

A demolition request on Lowerline Street by St. Mary’s Dominican High School received approval from a split New Orleans City Council last week, reopening the debate about the role of historic preservation that has simmered between prominent members over the past year. Continue reading »

Mar 042015
 
Workers dig a pit to repair a sewer line on Magazine near Third Street on Feb. 21. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Workers dig a pit to repair a sewer line on Magazine near Third Street on Feb. 21. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The two blocks of Magazine Street around Third where city workers recently repaired a sewer line will close again Thursday and Friday so that the street can be repaired, the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans announced. Continue reading »

Mar 042015
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

The tireless subject of back taxes and property auctions in the New Orleans metro area has once again garnered much buzz in the last week.  True, it is an exciting topic for the Crescent City citizenry at large as we wade through the thankfully diminishing blight, too often witnessing the demise of structure too far gone not to be demolished.  That’s the downside for sure.  The upside?  Seemingly countless blocks are given new looks from fresh eyes.  That said, understanding the what and the how of these processes should demand the lion’s share of your attention if you fancy yourself the real-estate investor type, because well, this ain’t eBay.  Continue reading »

Mar 042015
 
Collage by the French artist Henri Laurens (1885-1954), titled La Guitare Rose, signed and dated 1918 (est. $30,000-$60,000).

Collage by the French artist Henri Laurens (1885-1954), titled La Guitare Rose, signed and dated 1918 (est. $30,000-$60,000).

More than 1,100 lots of original artwork, period furniture, jewelry, antique clocks, and more will be sold

 A 1918 collage by the French artist Henri Laurens (1885-1954), a 19th century French bronze figural mantel clock by Vincenti & Cie., a pair of 19th century Venetian parcel gilt polychrome and lacquer carved wood blackamoors, and an early 19th century Chinese Export black lacquer and ivory painted fan will all be sold at auction in New Orleans this weekend. Continue reading »

Mar 032015
 
A revised rendering of the CVS proposed for Magazine and Louisiana included in documents provided to the city. (design by Linfield, Hunter and Junius architects)

A revised rendering of the CVS proposed for Magazine and Louisiana included in documents provided to the city. (design by Linfield, Hunter and Junius architects)

City officials have given initial approval to a proposal to turn the shuttered Blockbuster Video and adjoining restaurants into a CVS pharmacy at the corner of the Garden District on Magazine street. Continue reading »

Mar 032015
 

CIC-logoThe armed attacks on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher market.  The ISIS reign of terror.  These incidents inspire fear, hatred, and mistrust of those whose religious beliefs differ from our own.  In these troubling times ignorance and prejudice can infect our communities, preventing the cohesion and cooperation required for our neighborhoods to thrive.

Communities in Conversation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that aims to combat ignorance and religious animosity.  We provide opportunities for individuals to meet and learn from members of our own community with different religious beliefs.  Our goal is to form expanding circles of awareness, knowledge, sympathy and fellowship within our neighborhoods.  These circles begin from small-scale conversations, held in a neutral space, that are grounded in a study guide that is written to provide basic factual information about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Continue reading »

Mar 022015
 

Owen Courreges

Transit for the poor? What a curious thought.

Although in theory a primary purpose of transit is to provide necessary transportation for those too poor to afford a reliable vehicle, the reality is that the poor are generally the ones who are shortchanged. Continue reading »