Rocco’s Tavern on Maple Street has become Redd’s under new management will now only allow people 21 and older to enter, according to a report by Brandon Curran of The Hullabaloo student newspaper. Meanwhile, The Palms Bar and Grill at Broadway and Freret has lowered its entry age from 21 to 19, Curran reports, pleasing older Tulane freshmen but leaving 18-year-olds feeling left out.
Residents of the River Garden mixed-income housing community are “absolutely terrified” of NOPD Officer Jayson Germann, who works a private security detail there, says Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson, adding that the 37 complaints against him in the last four years should be taken seriously, according to a report by Richard Webster of the Times-Picayune. Germann’s attorney says the complaints are common for a narcotics officer like Germann, and that only two have been sustained, and NOPD officials say that recent training for Germann has greatly reduced the number of complaints against him, Webster reports.
John Georges’ “serious interest” in purchasing The Advocate, the state’s largest circulation newspaper with regional editions in several media markets around the state, would be a big win for New Orleans. Georges is the kind of savvy businessman whose mind is always at work thinking about different opportunities that interest him or might be helpful in assisting him to reach goals that would be good for him and the community he cares about.
Lusher Charter School will extend health benefits to employees’ same-sex partners, the school board decided at a Saturday morning meeting.
The cost to the school is not immediately known — it is unclear how many same-sex couples are among the school’s staff, and of them how many would want to enroll with their partner’s health plan, officials said. But even if the cost was high, board chair Blaine LeCesne says the decision is the right one.
As mentioned last week, I’m these days helping some friends do the groundwork for a new bar and restaurant in the Warehouse District. With most of the heavy lifting accomplished, we’re now in the dusty work of arranging things in certain locations while the workers around us install wiring, do the plumbing, put up insulation and do a lot of sanding. LOTS of sanding. A simple walk through the kitchen can sometimes leave one looking somewhat Mt. St. Helenish.
Megan Wales, who was the victim of a July home-invasion robbery on Broadway Street in which Tulane linebacker Trent Mackey was later charged, was arrested in December on charges of stabbing her boyfriend on the back of the neck, an injury that required 10 stitches, according to a report by Kalia Lopez of the Hullabaloo student newspaper. Wales told the newspaper that her boyfriend attacked her first, and that the cut resulted from a ring she was wearing on her finger.
The governing boards of two large Uptown charter schools — Lusher and Audubon — will each have board meetings Saturday morning, officials said.
A 55-year-old man was shot to death early Thursday morning inside a home on Jackson Avenue near Annunciation Street, authorities said.
The interim director of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans was banned from the Audubon Charter School campus in 2010 over a dispute with a student, an incident she said this week stemmed from her attempt to prevent her daughter from being bullied there. Meanwhile, the school released a number of statements Wednesday addressing questions surrounding her hiring and other issues.
A 15-year-old boy was sentenced to stay in state custody until he turns 21 after pleading guilty as charged in connection with the shooting of five people in Central City shortly after a Martin Luther King Day parade passed, and a second teen suspect has been identified and arrested, authorities said.
Public concern about the long-term risks of football on young children — including that expressed by President Obama this week — may ultimately represent the biggest threat to the future of the nation’s most popular pasttime, former Saints player Steve Gleason said during a panel discussion on the issue Tuesday night.
Until very recently, it would not have been uncommon for a 6-year-old boy to dream of growing up to be like San Diego Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau, Gleason said. But after Seau committed suicide last year — and was subsequently discovered to have signs of a depression-causing degenerative brain disease linked to repetitive head injuries — children may now be starting to decide they don’t want to be like NFL players, Gleason said. When the President of the United States speculates that if he had a son, he might not want him to play football, that’s one more major step in that direction, Gleason said.
“Now, that kid — and his parents — do not want to grow up to be like Junior. As a result, the talent pool is diminished, and the game slowly becomes less relevant,” said Gleason, who is also battling ALS. “Obama, with his hypothetical comment, in his own way diminished the hypothetical talent pool, which is the greatest asset the NFL has.”
ENCORE Academy expects to grow both its elementary and middle school enrollment next year, even as it prepares its students for the first year of state testing to determine the school’s performance score.
Freret Street motorists will not be able to cross Napoleon Avenue on Wednesday amid ongoing construction of the new drainage canal there, officials said.
ENCORE Academy will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 29) on the second floor of the Crocker Elementary building at 2301 Marengo St. Among recent issues discussed by the board are creating an admissions-preference zone for Uptown ZIP codes and finding a new location for the 2014-15 school year.
A 27-year-old woman was shot to death Monday afternoon near the corner of Loyola Avenue and Fourth Street in Central City, authorities said.