Feb 202018

A student from Crocker College Prep elementary marches in the Krewe of King Arthur parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The New Orleans College Prep governing board voted Monday night to offer Joel Castro the position of CEO of the charter network, with the intent of his starting by next month if contract negotiations can be completed. Continue reading »

Feb 192018

Congressman Cedric Richmond, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell and Gov. John Bel Edwards speak Monday morning about the renovation of the Bohn Ford building on Broad Street for Odyssey House. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The renovation of the landmark Bohn Ford building on Broad Street for use by the Odyssey House was hailed Monday morning not only as another major step forward in the revitalization of Broadmoor’s commercial corridor, but also the city’s fight against opioid addiction.

A construction worker crosses a scaffolding Monday morning in front of the Bohn Ford building as construction begins on the renovation. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 172018

Lusher Charter School. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After a Lusher High School student with access to guns threatened to “shoot up the school” in December — and last week’s fatal shooting of 17 people at a South Florida high school — Lusher officials described some of the steps they are taking to improve security at their two campuses on Saturday morning. Continue reading »

Feb 152018

A rendering of the exterior of the Subway sandwich shop planned for Magazine Street.
(image via city of New Orleans)

A Subway sandwich shop is seeking permission to become the latest fast-food operator on Magazine Street, with plans to open the corner of unit of a strip mall near Valence Street, city documents show. Continue reading »

Feb 152018
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Trying to resolve Louisiana’s ongoing budget crisis is at the heart of the Legislature’s special sessions which begins Monday. One of the potential solutions to balance the state’s budget that will not be discussed until the March 12 regular session is the opportunity to derive more income and create more jobs through an expansion of legalized gaming. Continue reading »

Feb 142018

Members of the Golden Blades Mardi Gras Indians confront one another as they leave the Purple Rain Bar on Washington avenue on Tuesday, February 13. The Golden Blades are one of many Mardi Gras Indian “tribes” or “gangs” to mask on Mardi Gras Day all across New Orleans in intricate, hand-sewn suits. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Mardi Gras day, February 13, Mardi Gras Indian tribes mask all over New Orleans. Their intricate, hand-sewn suits pay homage to local Native American tribes who helped runaway slaves. The tradition of “masking” Indian dates back to the mid 19th century. There are dozens of tribes all over New Orleans.

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Feb 142018

The Krewe of Rex “Marie Laveaux” float rolls on St. Charles Avenue on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Rex, the king of Carnival, presided over Mardi Gras Day in the year of his city’s tricentennial not by reviewing its entire history, but focusing on its earliest days in a parade titled “L’Ancienne Nouvelle-Orléans.”

The Krewe of Rex “Royal Barge” rolls on St. Charles Avenue on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 132018

The Zulu Tramps march on St. Charles Avenue on Tuesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Zulu started the party on Mardi Gras day with their annual parade on St. Charles Avenue, featuring appearances by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell, filmmaker Spike Lee, the New Orleans Saints, and the krewe’s own cadre of celebrities like the Big Shot, the Governor and more.

The Krewe of Zulu rolls on St. Charles Avenue on Tuesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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