Robert Morris

May 272016
 
Libertarian Presidential candidate Austin Peterson (center) speaks at an event at NOLA Brewing on Tuesday, May 23. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Libertarian Presidential candidate Austin Peterson (center) speaks at an event at NOLA Brewing on Tuesday, May 23. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A flurry of new polls drew widespread attention this week showing Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a dead heat in the general election, but that focus on the Republican and Democratic frontrunners overlooked another key feature of the polls: Americans’ deep dissatisfaction with that choice from the two major parties.

ABC News found that “44 percent say they’d want a third-party candidate to run;” NBC News recorded that 47 percent of registered voters “would consider a third-party candidate;” and CBS News found that between Trump and Clinton, 52 percent of voters “would like other choices.” Continue reading »

May 252016
 
Robberies from May 19 and May 23. (map via NOPD)

Robberies from May 19 and May 23. (map via NOPD)

Detectives have made connections between two recent robberies — one in west Carrollton, and the other in Fontainebleau — and are hoping the public can help find surveillance video of one of the suspects who was wearing an unusually distinctive hooded sweatshirt, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

May 252016
 
(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

Gunfire broke out on Olive Street just off South Carrollton again on Tuesday night — the third shooting in the Carrollton area since the weekend — though no one was injured, New Orleans police said.

Investigators have also released new details about Sunday’s shooting that injured four people outside a Hollygrove club, and are directing patrol officers to pay particular attention to the area amid the likelihood of retaliatory violence. Continue reading »

May 242016
 
Fire damage can still be seen at the building at 4712 Magazine, now slated for demolition. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Fire damage can still be seen at the building at 4712 Magazine, now slated for demolition. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A large Magazine Street building heavily damaged in a fire earlier this year has been approved for demolition, but neighbors and City Council members say they intend to remain involved in the rebuilding plans against any large, “big box” style developments in its place.

Meanwhile, a separate request to tear down part of a historic home just off the Freret corridor for a driveway split the City Council and failed amid concerns that the character of the streetscape might be altered for the purposes of an investment property. Continue reading »

May 232016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Long ago, the law respecting the idea of sanctuary was embedded in British common law. Fugitives would be immune from arrest in sacred places, such as places of worship. You’ve probably seen a movie where some neer-do-well runs into a church with police on his heels and yells “sanctuary,” as though he’s discovered some trump card against getting caught.

However, sanctuary wasn’t quite the unequivocal boon to absconding felons as it would first appear. If he made it inside a church, the fugitive would then have 40 days to surrender to secular authorities or confess their crimes and be subject to forfeiture of their worldly possessions and permanent exile, i.e., “abjure the realm.” Continue reading »

May 212016
 
The Lusher Charter School board was surrounded by teachers and others to hear about the union issue on April 16. A similar crowd filled the board's meeting room on Saturday, May 21. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The Lusher Charter School board was surrounded by teachers and others to hear about the union issue on April 16. A similar crowd filled the board’s meeting room on Saturday, May 21. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The division that Lusher board members described leading up to this week’s vote on a teacher’s union exploded into public view on Saturday afternoon in a series of heated exchanges about the school’s diversity, its contract with Tulane University, its mounting legal costs and, of course, teacher morale. Continue reading »

May 192016
 
A Lycee Francais banner hangs from the roof at the former Priestley campus in July 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A Lycee Francais banner hangs from the roof at the former Priestley campus in July 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans charter school named the Blitch Knevel architectural firm to lead the master planning of its expansion to the Priestley campus in Carrollton, perhaps the most significant step forward on the major renovation project since the purchase of the building a year ago. Continue reading »

May 192016
 

Geno Oliver (via NOPD)

Geno Oliver (via NOPD)

New Orleans police have identified the man they say shot a woman in the neck during a robbery last week on Fontainebleau Drive, and they are seeking the public’s help finding him.

Meanwhile, the gunman in a separate armed robbery on Delachaise Street in Broadmoor abandoned the car he arrived in at the scene, police say. Continue reading »