Robert Morris

Oct 102012

Estelle Carron moved to New Orleans earlier this year and was a French teacher at Trinity Episcopal School, but still owned the home in Memphis where she was found dead after a fire this weekend, allegedly strangled to death by her son, according to an article published Tuesday evening on the website of the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

“We continue to pray for her and for her family, friends, students, and colleagues,” wrote Trinity headmaster Dr. Michael Kuhn in an email to Uptown Messenger. “In the short time here at Trinity, she became a much beloved and respected teacher and colleague. Estelle will be greatly missed by the Trinity community.”

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Oct 092012

Violent crimes in the Freret area since mid-April, according to NOPD crime maps, include a teen being shot, a dispute in which a gun was fired, a fracas at a now-closed high school and a charge of illegal carrying of a weapon. (via

The murder of a prominent Freret Street bakery owner 25 years ago is still regarded as the seminal moment in the commercial corridor’s long period of neglect. Now, even amid the street’s current renaissance, some residents still feel that they are living just on the edge of the next violent crime.

Several Freret residents and business owners have recently begun discussing the possibility of hiring private security patrols similar to those in other neighborhoods around the city, and Tuesday night, began what they see as a long conversation with their neighbors about whether to move forward. Continue reading »

Oct 092012

Photographer John McCusker describes writing his biography of Kid Ory, “Creole Trombone,” Tuesday night at Octavia Books.

“The day after Katrina, all I owned in the world were the notes for the Kid Ory book,” said longtime New Orleans newspaper photographer John McCusker, relating the story Tuesday night at Octavia Booka of how he came to write Creole Trombone. “…But eventually, sitting down and writing became a therapy for me.” Continue reading »

Oct 092012

Trent Mackey (via Tulane official site)

Prosecutors are still evaluating evidence to determine whether a suspended Tulane linebacker will be prosecuted on an allegation that he broke into a Broadway Street home and swiped a handful of valuables just weeks after his involvement in a high-profile home-invasion robbery in the same block, authorities said after the conclusion of a preliminary hearing in court Tuesday. Continue reading »

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Oct 082012

Walter L. Cohen High School seniors Terrell Major and Meagan McKinnon read a prepared statement about the students’ demands of school officials Monday afternoon. (Robert Morris,

Meagan McKinnon, senior class president at Walter L. Cohen High School, left campus Wednesday afternoon with no idea of the upheaval the coming week would bring to her campus.

Thursday morning, the student body was abuzz with rumors that the school was about to be merged with John McDonogh High School. At an assembly that afternoon, they found out that no merger was planned, but that the New York-based Future Is Now charter group that took over McDonogh this year would be given control of Cohen within a week, and that most of the Cohen administrators and teachers would be replaced.

Stunned, McKinnon and her classmates marched out of the building. They haven’t returned to class since then, instead alternating between protests and class time on the lawn as they demand the decisions be justified or reversed. Continue reading »

Oct 082012

Owen Courreges

It’s nighttime.  You awake to a noise outside.  Is it a prowler?  You aren’t sure.  You grab a small pistol from your nightstand and shove it in your pocket as you proceed out to your driveway to investigate the disturbance.  If it’s nothing, you reason, you don’t want to be walking around in plain view with a gun in your hand.

Congratulations.  You just committing the crime of carrying a weapon illegally, and you did it without ever leaving your own property. Continue reading »

Oct 082012

An image of the 2004 Cadillac SRX taken in Tuesday night’s carjacking, shown in a photo distributed to police.

The SUV stolen in a carjacking and shooting Tuesday night that left a Camp Street resident critically injured was recovered Saturday in New Orleans East and is now being processed for evidence by the NOPD crime lab, police said. Continue reading »

Oct 062012

NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas and Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy took the streets around Camp and Delachaise to talk to the uneasy residents of the neighborhood after a carjacking and shooting there amid a rash of robberies Tuesday night, reports Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV. The victim is now in stable condition, Tall reports, and the investigation is widening:

Meanwhile, officers from the private patrol in the neighborhood said they followed a group of six suspicious people from nearby Peniston and Coliseum to a convenience store on Magazine about an hour before the shooting, and that those six then split into two groups of three, according to an email from a resident there. The security cameras at the gas station may have footage that will assist in the investigation, according to the officer’s report.

Oct 062012

The chapel was envisioned by St. Katharine Drexel in the 1920s, but academic needs took priority until the design was completed in 2005 and construction began in 2010, reports Kari Dequine Harden of The Advocate. Designed by internationally-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, various aspects of the chapel incorporate ideas of resurrection, inclusion, tradition and peace, architects and university leaders tell Harden.

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Oct 062012

Craig Giesecke

While many of our days are still warm and we‘re certainly not done with summer-type weather yet, the cooler air of the past week has certainly improved my attitude and my culinary approach. Autumn is my favorite time of year — not only because things cool off but because it allows me to bring out a lot of things that don’t seem to fit in the more consistently hot weather we find after about, oh, JazzFest in this part of the world. Continue reading »

Oct 052012

A mural in a Walter L. Cohen High School hallway shows the tradition and pride in the school. (Robert Morris,

Walter L. Cohen High School’s junior and senior classes will be taught for the remainder of this school year by teachers and administrators working for the new operator of John McDonogh High School, but the previously announced transition to a Cohen operated by New Orleans College Prep is continuing largely as planned, officials said Friday. Continue reading »