Oct 242014
 
A NOPD tactical officer retrieves a potentially explosive object from a garage facing Pearl Street on Friday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A NOPD tactical officer retrieves a potentially explosive object from a garage facing Pearl Street on Friday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After a man found an object in the garage of a Riverbend home on Friday afternoon that resembled a World War II explosive, New Orleans police closed the surrounding streets to secure the object. Continue reading »

Oct 242014
 
Commander Doug Eckert accepts his promotion to leader of the NOPD Crime Lab on Wednesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Commander Doug Eckert accepts his promotion to leader of the NOPD Crime Lab on Wednesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The New Orleans Police lieutenant charged with leading investigations in the Uptown-based Second District was promoted this week to commander and charged with leading the city’s crime lab. Continue reading »

Oct 232014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

We’re Mary Landrieu fans, so we’re used to her “Perils of Pauline” routines where she somehow squeezes out an unlikely victory at the very last instant. But in her current reelection campaign, her Road Runner gig seems to have run its course and her Republican opponents are certain that she’s ready for their cooking pot.

“This is the fourth time I’ve opposed Mary Landrieu in a U.S. Senate race and I’ve lost three times,” says Roger Villere, Chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party. “So I have a lot of respect for her. But this time, everything seems to have fallen in place for us. It won’t be over until it’s over but I think that this time we may finally have her number.” Continue reading »

Oct 232014
 

Judge J. Skelly Wright

Loyola University New Orleans is holding a memorial Friday in honor of 1934 graduate, Judge J. Skelly Wright, a New Orleans native who issued the order to desegregate the New Orleans public schools in the 1950′s and was appointed to the D.C. federal circuit court of appeals by President Kennedy. In addition to the memorial event, Loyola is installing a memorial to Judge Wright in front their law school and establishing a scholarship in his name. Continue reading »

Oct 222014
 
Graham Bosworth (from left), Judge Frank Marullo, Marie Williams, Paul Sens and Byron C. Williams listen to moderator Lee Zurik during Wednesday's voters' forum at Touro Synagogue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Graham Bosworth (from left), Judge Frank Marullo, Marie Williams, Paul Sens and Byron C. Williams listen to moderator Lee Zurik during Wednesday’s voters’ forum at Touro Synagogue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Despite the drama that has surrounded the race for incumbent Judge Frank Marullo’s seat, the election itself may serve as a referendum on the operations of the Orleans Parish Courthouse, which Marullo defended as both efficient and transparent against criticisms from challengers Graham Bosworth and Marie Williams in a voters’ forum Wednesday night. Continue reading »

Oct 222014
 
School Performance Scores for Uptown campuses, based on date released by the Louisiana Department of Education. (UptownMessenger.com)

School Performance Scores for Uptown campuses, based on date released by the Louisiana Department of Education. (UptownMessenger.com)

While Lusher Charter School remained the highest-performing school in Uptown New Orleans last year, two language-immersion schools surged forward to narrow the gap, according to the latest School Performance Scores released by the state this week.

Three other Central City elementary schools also showed improvement, growing from their previous grade of a ‘D’ in 2013 to a ‘C’ this year, the reports show.

But three other schools — each of which had been singled out for growth in previous years — tumbled precipitously in 2014, losing a letter grade from previous year’s performance. Continue reading »

Oct 222014
 
Halpern's Furnishing Store on St. Charles Avenue, photographed in June. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Halpern’s Furnishing Store on St. Charles Avenue, photographed in June. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As the restaurateur planning a distillery restaurant on St. Charles Avenue prepares to ask the city for permission to sell alcohol in the building that currently houses Halpern’s Furniture Store, neighbors are voicing their concerns about how it and the associated hotel redevelopment on the block will affect their ability to park near their homes. Continue reading »

Oct 222014
 
"Beyond These Walls" by Tia, age 16. (via the Pablove Foundation)

“Beyond These Walls” by Tia, age 16. (via the Pablove Foundation)

"Untitled," by Cameron, age 13. (via the Pablove Foundation)

“Untitled,” by Cameron, age 13. (via the Pablove Foundation)

A photography show featuring the work of children living with cancer will open Thursday evening at the Du Mois Gallery on Freret Street, and will be accompanied by a silent auction of work by other artists to benefit the program. Continue reading »

Oct 212014
 

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Ten candidates for three open judicial seats in the Nov. 4 election have confirmed their attendance at Wednesday night’s forum at Touro Synagogue hosted by an array of community groups including the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, CrimeStoppers, the Urban League, the Young Leadership Council, Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans, the League Of Women Voters and more. Continue reading »

Oct 212014
 

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Last week, an eighth grader at a ReNew Schools charter in New Orleans East suffered second-degree burns from having scalding water thrown on him by another student. He required skin grafts for the wounds to his legs. This wasn’t the first time this student had been attacked on campus. A few months earlier, a different student slammed his head into the concrete.  He reported that incident too.

I applaud this student for being brave enough to come forward. It takes guts to speak out against bullying.

Anyone who caught the RTA, or the “Rita” as we called it, to school in New Orleans in the 1990s or 2000s has a wild story or two to tell about extreme bullying. Continue reading »

Oct 212014
 

Deconstructing Brad PittA collection of essays about actor Brad Pitt may seem a little off-topic for an English professor, but Dr. Chris Schaberg of Loyola University New Orleans describes his new book as more about American views on celebrity and masculinity.

Schaberg will discuss and sign “Deconstructing Brad Pitt” at 6 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 21) at Octavia Books, and he is well aware of the range of reactions to his subject matter, according to a news release from Loyola: Continue reading »