Robert Morris

Jan 182019

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) poses for a social-media video with members of the Eleanor McMain choir after speaking at Xavier University. (Robert Morris,

Widely viewed as a top contender for the Democratic Presidential nomination, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker told thousands of New Orleans high school students on Friday morning that they have the power to bring about the next generation of social changes in America.

“The opposite of justice is not injustice,” Booker said Friday morning at Xavier University. “It’s apathy and indifference.”

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Jan 152019

NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison (left) congratulates newly-appointed Second District Commander Shaun Ferguson with a handshake during a community meeting in 2016 at Touro Infirmary. (Robert Morris,

Commander Shaun Ferguson — who spent much of his 21-year-career in the New Orleans Police Department in leadership roles in Uptown districts — is Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s choice to be the department’s next chief. Continue reading »

Jan 102019

Five people were displaced after a three-apartment house on State Street caught fire overnight, New Orleans firefighters said Thursday morning. A firefighter was injured while battling the blaze.

The fire at 2433-35 State Street was reported at 12:55 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, and the first firefighters arrived six minutes later to find a two-story masonry veneer multi-unit residence fully engulfed in heavy smoke and fire.

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Jan 082019

NOPD Chief Michael Harrison and former Mayor Mitch Landrieu speak to the media during Mardi Gras celebrations in 2017. (Robert Morris,

Superintendent Michael Harrison is leaving the New Orleans Police Department after accepting a job as police commissioner in the city of Baltimore, he announced Tuesday morning. Continue reading »

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Dec 272018

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise shares a laugh with the new president of Loyola University, Tania Tetlow. ( file photo)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

With the inauguration of Mayor LaToya Cantrell and assertive female City Council members along with election of 125 women members of Congress and governors across the U.S., 2018 was another milestone year for women. Power is shifting, albeit slowing. There is no going back. But we wouldn’t call 2018 the “Year of the Woman” because gender inequality is still so prevalent. Continue reading »

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Dec 202018
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Like many New Orleanians I appreciate Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s willingness to leave no stone unturned to fund many of the city’s critical infrastructure problems that former Mayor Landrieu didn’t adequately address. Obviously, it will take money for numerous sources to fill the gap.

Strong mayors have lots of tools at their disposal – including the media – to get their desires heard. But smart leaders know a little honey can go a long way. Keep your friends close and your perceived enemies closer. As a former grassroots organizer, Cantrell must realize that building support through numerous partnerships and artfully negotiated compromises is probably the best method to achieve long-term goals. Change is never quick or easy. So far, Mayor Cantrell is making her point but not making much progress. Continue reading »

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Dec 172018

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Dec 152018

The Allen school building on Loyola Avenue, currently occupied by New Orleans Charter Science & Math High School (Robert Morris,

Lusher Charter School’s expansion into the Allen building next door is unlikely to happen prior to the fall of 2021, but school officials have already begun considering what renovations they may need now that the current occupant, Sci High, has held the official groundbreaking for its new building. Continue reading »

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Dec 132018

New Orleans police are investigating four simultaneous bomb threats made Thursday afternoon on South Claiborne Avenue and Walmsley Avenue in the Uptown areas, as well as Poydras Street downtown and Hayne Boulevard in New Orleans East, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Dec 132018

City Councilmen Jay H. Banks (left) and Joe Giarrusso III attend their first meeting of the City Council on May 7. (Robert Morris,

District B City Councilman Jay H. Banks will be the council’s appointed representative to the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, following Saturday’s sweeping decision by city voters to return a council member to the board of the embattled utility. Continue reading »

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Dec 132018

Tyrone Catchings (via NOPD)

A fight in a South Broad Street parking lot ended in gunfire Wednesday afternoon when one man hit another with a gun, causing an accidental discharge that grazed the victim’s ear, and New Orleans police have named a 48-year-old man as the suspect in the shooting, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Dec 132018

The warehouse at 1152 Magazine St. slated to become the home of “The Fallen Saint” immersive theater show. (photo via city of New Orleans)

The city’s Board of Zoning Adjustments sided with the developers of the “Fallen Saint” immersive-theater venue on lower Magazine Street this week, rejecting a challenge to the project by opponents of the project and essentially clearing the way for final approval by the New Orleans City Council. Continue reading »

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Dec 132018
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

District 1 Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta and former District 3 Congressman Charles Boustany – both Republicans – are said to be considering the 2019 race for governor against Governor John Bel Edwards. Two other Republican candidates have already announced – Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone and District 5 Congressman Ralph Abraham, a physician and former veterinarian. Continue reading »