Robert Morris

Apr 202015
 
The apartment complex at 1900 Amelia Street, midway through its demolition. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The apartment complex at 1900 Amelia Street, midway through its demolition. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The old abandoned apartment complex at the corner of Amelia and Dryades street has long drawn the ire of its neighbors, who have complained for years that it was an eyesore and a danger.

Late last week, in dramatic fashion, something was finally done about the building — by gravity. It partially collapsed on Thursday, and on Friday, the city of New Orleans sent a demolition crew to finish the job. Continue reading »

Apr 182015
 
A glimpse inside the Lusher High School library shows bookshelves next to rows of computers, along with posters urging students to keep reading in the technology age. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A glimpse inside the Lusher High School library shows bookshelves next to rows of computers, along with posters urging students to keep reading in the technology age. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As Lusher Charter School plans its budget for the upcoming school year, the administration is setting aside money to renovate the high school’s library — which has raised the question of what, exactly, goes into a library in a rapidly approaching future where digital text is overtaking the printed word.

“We don’t know what libraries are going to look like in 20 years,” said operations manager Frank Israel. “I don’t know, in 25 years, that it’s going to be a big giant room full of books.” Continue reading »

Apr 162015
 

The Special Operations Division crest on the side of its armored vehicle, photographed by a Broadway Street resident during a Saturday night response to a hoax call on her block. (Submitted photo)

The Special Operations Division crest on the side of its armored vehicle, photographed by a Broadway Street resident during a Saturday night response to a hoax call on her block. (Submitted photo)

A man called the New Orleans Police Department this weekend saying that he had shot a woman at their Broadway Street home and intended to shoot any officers who approached the house, prompting a major response from elite NOPD officers in an armored vehicle who shut down roads around the home while they investigated.

The call turned out to be a hoax: the resident of the house emerged to tell officers she was fine and unharmed, and mystified who would make such a call or why. But her daughter, who studies Internet harassment across the country, believes the prank was directed at her as part of a new but quickly growing form of of online abuse spreading dangerously into real life. Continue reading »

Apr 152015
 
Six robberies along the Carrollton corridor from April 5-15. (map via NOPD, rotated for fit)

Six robberies along the Carrollton corridor from April 5-15. (map via NOPD, rotated for fit)

A man and woman walking a dog near Audubon Park were confronted at gunpoint Tuesday night by armed assailants on a spree of what is now four robberies in the neighborhoods near the Carrollton corridor, police say. Continue reading »

Apr 132015
 
The shooting took place at Washington and Broad, and the fleeing suspect crashed at Tulane and South Miro, police said. (map via NOPD)

The shooting took place at Washington and Broad, and the fleeing suspect crashed at Tulane and South Miro, police said. (map via NOPD)

Samuel Ash (via opcso.org)

Samuel Ash (via opcso.org)

Three teenagers were injured in a shooting Monday afternoon near a crowded bus stop at the busy Broadmoor intersection of Washington and Broad, but New Orleans police were able to quickly able to arrest the 27-year-old gunman, authorities said. Continue reading »

Apr 122015
 
Two officers speak at the scene of a homicide in the 1300 block of General Ogden. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two officers speak at the scene of a homicide in the 1300 block of General Ogden. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

The death of a 55-year-old man Friday night on General Ogden Street happened while he struggled with a neighbor trying to intervene in a domestic altercation, New Orleans police said, and the neighbor is not being charged while prosecutors determine whether to deem it a justifiable homicide. Continue reading »

Apr 122015
 

(map via NOPD)

The 7700 block of Willow is near Adams Street, and the 2300 block of Lowerline is near Neron Place. (map via NOPD)

A pair of women were robbed at gunpoint overnight on Willow Street — with one of them hit in the face with a gun — and another woman was robbed less than 20 minutes later on Lowerline Street, New Orleans police said Sunday morning. Continue reading »