Two women walking in the university area were robbed at gunpoint Thursday afternoon, New Orleans police said.
The new public-notice policies that the Audubon Commission has offered concerning proposed development are a good start, Uptown residents said on Thursday afternoon, but should be significantly improved before they are adopted.
A 70-year-old woman on Adams Street was sexually assaulted by a man she knew, and a 20-year-old woman on Peniston Street was sexually assaulted by a female acquaintance, New Orleans police said in rape reports released Thursday morning.
The Lusher Charter School governing board endorsed a resolution Thursday morning promising to remain neutral in the upcoming election over a proposed teachers’ union at the school and prohibiting any coercion of the teachers prior to the vote.
A host of city initiatives and reforms are pushing crime in New Orleans to historic lows, but such gains are impossible to celebrate when homicide rates in the city remain four times the national average, said Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Wednesday night as he laid out the many ways he believes the city, its residents, and its state and federal partners can continue to push the progress forward.
Lawrence Crocker and Sylvanie Williams — the two Uptown elementary schools in the New Orleans College Prep charter network — will add tuition-based seats to their preschool programs in the fall, part of a broader long-term strategy to create a completely new early-learning center in New Orleans.
A new mapping tool that collects and visualizes environmental data down to the neighborhood-, street- and property-level will help New Orleans improve the planning of its “green infrastructure” — to cool the city off, manage stormwater runoff, increase bicycle transportation and even protect against storm surge, officials said.
The Rosa Mezcal restaurant on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District, “Mexico’s Urban Kitchen,” won permission from the City Council to sell alcohol with meals.
The Lusher Charter School governing board voted 6-5 on Saturday morning against recognizing a petition for collective bargaining by the newly-formed United Teachers of Lusher, likely triggering a schoolwide election on the question in the coming weeks.
After the recent outcry over a proposed soccer complex on The Fly, the Audubon Commission plans to create a new policy next week to promote input from neighbors before creating any new developments on more than an acre of green space under its control, the entity announced Thursday.
The rapidly evolving plan to return all schools in New Orleans to local control by 2018 — effectively ending the 10-year reign of the state’s Recovery School District — was hailed as a vitally important milestone in the rebuilding of the city’s school system, school leaders and education activists said Tuesday night at a forum on the the process of re-unifying the school district hosted by the 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans.
Their comments were greeted, however, with questions ranging from the skeptical to almost hostile from the audience, underscoring the degree to which many residents remain unconvinced that 10 years of publicly celebrated reforms have made any substantive differences in their neighborhoods.
A meeting called by Lusher teachers on Tuesday evening to explain why they see a need to organize a union turned into the first public airing of sharply conflicting views over the issue. Some parents voiced support for the teachers’ right to make the decision themselves, others expressed concern for what the change will mean for the culture of the school, and the conversation dovetailed with national debates about the role of organized labor in public education and the past and future of the New Orleans school system.
In the first case, two Metairie men drinking at a university frat house brawled with two armed robbers, New Orleans police said. In the second robbery of the weekend, a delivery driver was confronted by a lone gunman on Octavia Street, while the third robbery took place mere moments later far enough away that a connection seems unlikely, investigators say.
All three cases remain under investigation, detectives in the Uptown-based Second District said on Tuesday, and while all possibilities remain on the table, the three robberies around the university area from this weekend appear to have taken place under circumstances too different to be connected.