Sep 292014
 

Owen Courreges

“Look both ways before crossing the street.”

Every child is taught that line, the essence being that before you step off the curb, you’d better have verified that three tons of automotive engineering won’t be bearing down on your fleshy, fragile form. Being a pedestrian is perilous, and you have to take precautions.

However, in the City of New Orleans, it is often a great deal more dangerous than it ought to be. Continue reading »

Sep 292014
 

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Pre-K students practice vowel sounds in World Language class.

Pre-K students practice vowel sounds in World Language class.

Isidore Newman School invites prospective parents to visit our campus and learn about our enriching and challenging Pre-K – 12 curriculum. Newman is accepting applications for Lower, Middle, and Upper School – and for Green Trees Early Childhood Village, opening in August 2015. Continue reading »

Sep 282014
 
Young Men Olympians (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Young Men Olympians (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Young Men Olympians social aid and pleasure club, sporting black and white suits, braved the rain for their annual second line parade on Sunday through central city. This year, they celebrated their 130th anniversary. The parade included four big-name brass bands, New Birth brass band, the Grammy-nominated Hot 8 brass band, TBC brass band and the Stooges.

The Young Men Olympians (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Young Men Olympians (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 262014
 
New Orleans police investigate a shooting Sunday night in front of the Church's Chicken restaurant in the 1500 block of South Claiborne. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police investigate a shooting Sunday night in front of the Church’s Chicken restaurant at 1600 South Claiborne. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Cindy Lee (via opcso.org)

Cindy Lee (via opcso.org)

The 44-year-old woman who allegedly shot a man to death in the parking lot of a Church’s Chicken Restaurant on South Claiborne Avenue turned herself in to police immediately after the shooting, claiming justification for killing him, but “inconsistencies” in her story led to her arrest on a murder charge, investigators said this week. Continue reading »

Sep 252014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

State Representative Helena Moreno has turned out to be a savvy lobbyist for issues important to women and families and easily able to cross the political aisles to get the votes she needs. That’s the sentiment of the Legislative Agenda for Women (LAW), a coalition of organizations including the League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women, the Independent Women’s Organization, the National Council of Jewish Women, and the National Organization for Women, who hosted a reception in her honor, courtesy of attorney Pamela Gibbs. Continue reading »

Sep 252014
 
Commander Ronnie Stevens and members of the NOPD Sixth District walk on South Saratoga Street, steps between the scenes of two fatal shootings this year. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Commander Ronnie Stevens and members of the NOPD Sixth District walk on South Saratoga Street, steps between the scenes of two fatal shootings this year. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In March, two women were caught in the crossfire of a gun battle on South Saratoga Street that left them both dead. Earlier this month, gunfire broke out again, and the victim staggered through the same Foucher Street intersection before collapsing and dying a block away.

Neighbors have long complained about the violence and lawlessness that grips the corner of Foucher and Saratoga, where five other people have also been wounded over the past year. After the most recent slaying, neighbors are banding together to look for solutions to end it by asking for more police presence, installing more anti-crime cameras, targeting blighted properties and trying to meet the health needs of people in the neighborhood.

Police officers surround the intersection of Foucher and South Saratoga Streets on March 14, 2014, after two women were fatally shot. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers surround the intersection of Foucher and South Saratoga Streets on March 14, 2014, after two women were fatally shot. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 252014
 
The launch party for the 2015 NOLA Mini Maker Faire is slated for Thursday (New Orleans Mini Maker Faire/Facebook)

The launch party for the 2015 NOLA Mini Maker Faire is slated for Thursday (New Orleans Mini Maker Faire/Facebook)

The New Orleans Mini Maker Faire and Bricolage Academy are hosting a launch party tonight for the science, engineering and arts event that’s been dubbed “the greatest show-and-tell on Earth.”

Held at NOLA Brewing’s Taproom from 6 to 8 p.m., the education fundraiser and launch event will benefit Bricolage Academy, a tuition-free, open-enrollment public school in Uptown New Orleans. Continue reading »