Robert Morris

Apr 012019
 

Brenda Bourne accepts an award for academic excellence in 2014. (via Orleans Parish School Board)

Lusher’s former middle school principal is now leading the charter school in a new role as the newest member of its governing board, officials said.

Brenda Bourne — who stepped down as principal in 2014 after working at Lusher since 1991 — was introduced March 23 as the newest member of the school’s governing board. Continue reading »

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Mar 292019
 
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 in 2014. Eckert was promoted to lead the Uptown-based NOPD Second District on Friday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Commander Doug Eckert was named the new leader of the NOPD Second District on Friday, returning for his second stint in the Uptown-based district after several years leading investigations for the entire city. Continue reading »

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Mar 152019
 

First responders speak at the scene of a car crash in the 3200 block of Esplanade avenue around 9 p.m. on Saturday.  The NOPD reports two bicyclists were hit and killed by a driver. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Tashonty Toney (via Orleans Parish jail)

The testing to determine whether the driver was intoxicated in the March 2 crash that killed two bicyclists on Esplanade Avenue is still being conducted at the state crime lab, New Orleans police said late this week. Continue reading »

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Mar 152019
 

A sample of proposed redesigns of Zulu facepaint by artist Journey Allen. (courtesy of Take Em Down NOLA)

A group of New Orleans artists have imagined new face-makeup designs for riders in the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club’s parade to replace the group’s traditional blackface that hearkens back to racist minstrelsy displays, activists said Monday night at a panel discussion about the issue.

The Krewe of Zulu rolls on St. Charles Avenue on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 142019
 

Council on Aging Director Howard Rodgers with seniors William Larce and Barbara Bloodworth at the Carrollton Hollygrove Multi-purpose Center. (Danae Columbus, UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

On Saturday, March 30, New Orleanians will vote on a 2-mill property tax that would fund services for seniors. If approved, the new millage is expected to generate $6.6 million annually. The “average” New Orleans homeowner would pay less than $100 per year.

I am one of almost 80,000 people aged 55 and over who live in Orleans Parish. Together we represent almost 25 percent of the city’s population. Experts agree that older adults are the most under-served population in our community. Though I have never participated in any of the programs offered seniors by the New Orleans Council on Aging or even through my church, I know how vital they are to the health and welfare of those served. Continue reading »

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Feb 282019
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

A substantive prisoner re-entry program that includes rehabilitation and job training is “really critical” to reducing recidivism, said Pelican Institute for Public Policy CEO Daniel Erspamer at an YLC Leadership Luncheon last week. Pelican, a nonprofit libertarian-leaning think tank that develops data-driven policy solutions, works to bring jobs and opportunities back to Louisiana by eliminating barriers to success. It also coordinates Louisiana’s Smart on Crime business-led coalition that successfully lobbied for criminal justice reform. Since 2017, the coalition has been monitoring the implementation of the new laws and planning future steps. Continue reading »

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Feb 282019
 

The Krewe of Nyx rolls on Magazine Street on Wednesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Nyx rolled with 44 floats on the Uptown parade route on Wednesday night, avoiding most of the rain and showering Uptown in a sea of pink beads, toys and purses.

The Krewe of Nyx “Paris” float rolls on Magazine Street on Wednesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 282019
 

The Krewe of Ancients Druids roll on Magazine Street on Wednesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Despite a brief downpour as the parade started, the Krewe of Ancient Druids kicked off the second weekend of parades on the Uptown route with a theme of “Druids Fly.”

The Krewe of Ancients Druids “Fly Paper” float rolls on Magazine Street on Wednesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 252019
 

The Krewe of Carrollton rolls on Napoleon Avenue on Sunday morning, throwing signature shrimp boots that delighted parade-goers. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Carrollton explored the “Treasures of the Sea” on Saturday morning as their parade rolled on the Uptown route.

A rider in the Krewe of Carrollton taunts the Napoleon Avenue crowd with a shrimp boot on Sunday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 252019
 

The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale “Woody Woodpecker” float rolls on Napoleon Avenue on Sunday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale celebrated the world of children’s stories from classics to today’s cartoons as it opened the Uptown parade route on Sunday morning with floats like Pinocchio, the Flintstones and others.

Singer Irma Thomas cheers on the Napoleon Avenue crowd as her float rolls with the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale on Sunday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 242019
 

The Krewe of Pygmalion jesters float rolls down Magazine Street on Saturday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Pygmalion presented a celebration of its home state Saturday night, closing out the second day of Uptown parades with “Louisiana’s Bounty.”

The Krewe de Lune leads Pygmalion down Magazine Street on Saturday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 242019
 

The Knights of Sparta “Australia” float tells parade goers that “”This reef is no great barrier for catching throws” as it rolls on Magazine Street on Saturday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Knights of Sparta gave Uptown parade-goers a tour of the world on Saturday night, only to remind them at each stop that the real attraction was Sparta’s throws. Continue reading »

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Feb 242019
 

Krewe of Freret Captain Bobby Hjorstberg dances as his float rolls up St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Freret made a variety of sarcastic allusions to the New Orleans Saints’ playoff loss as they rolled on the Uptown route, with float titles such as “Carnival No Call,” “Reffed out in the Cold” and “Where the Blind Refs Are.”

The Krewe of Freret “Where the Blind Refs Are” float rolls on St. Charles Avenue on Saturday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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