Two women carjacked a driver at gunpoint Wednesday afternoon in the Lower Garden District, then led police on a chase into Central City, where they crashed and were arrested after trying to escape on foot, New Orleans police said.
Despite the drama that has surrounded the race for incumbent Judge Frank Marullo’s seat, the election itself may serve as a referendum on the operations of the Orleans Parish Courthouse, which Marullo defended as both efficient and transparent against criticisms from challengers Graham Bosworth and Marie Williams in a voters’ forum Wednesday night.
While Lusher Charter School remained the highest-performing school in Uptown New Orleans last year, two language-immersion schools surged forward to narrow the gap, according to the latest School Performance Scores released by the state this week.
Three other Central City elementary schools also showed improvement, growing from their previous grade of a ‘D’ in 2013 to a ‘C’ this year, the reports show.
But three other schools — each of which had been singled out for growth in previous years — tumbled precipitously in 2014, losing a letter grade from previous year’s performance.
As the restaurateur planning a distillery restaurant on St. Charles Avenue prepares to ask the city for permission to sell alcohol in the building that currently houses Halpern’s Furniture Store, neighbors are voicing their concerns about how it and the associated hotel redevelopment on the block will affect their ability to park near their homes.
A photography show featuring the work of children living with cancer will open Thursday evening at the Du Mois Gallery on Freret Street, and will be accompanied by a silent auction of work by other artists to benefit the program.
New Orleans police are looking for two men who tried to grab a money bag from a cashier at the Walmart on Tchoupitoulas Street last week, authorities said.
Ten candidates for three open judicial seats in the Nov. 4 election have confirmed their attendance at Wednesday night’s forum at Touro Synagogue hosted by an array of community groups including the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, CrimeStoppers, the Urban League, the Young Leadership Council, Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans, the League Of Women Voters and more.
A collection of essays about actor Brad Pitt may seem a little off-topic for an English professor, but Dr. Chris Schaberg of Loyola University New Orleans describes his new book as more about American views on celebrity and masculinity.
Schaberg will discuss and sign “Deconstructing Brad Pitt” at 6 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 21) at Octavia Books, and he is well aware of the range of reactions to his subject matter, according to a news release from Loyola:
A shooting reported Monday night on General Taylor Street has been deemed an accident after New Orleans police determined the victim shot himself in the leg, authorities said.
The Encore Shop’s annual “Fall into Fashion” fundraiser in support of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will be held Tuesday evening at an Audubon Boulevard home, organizers announced.
New Orleans police have released a surveillance video with new images as they continue looking for the man who allegedly tried to kidnap a woman at knifepoint in the university area, authorities said.
The Junior League of New Orleans will hold its second annual Freret 5K on Saturday morning, sending runners up the commercial corridor and through the university area, with an after party catered by some of Freret’s great restaurants.
The race starts and ends in the Bloomin’ Deals Thrift Store parking lot at 4645 Freret Street, just down from the Uptown Messenger offices at 4609 Freret. We’ll be out, cheering on the runners and enjoying the Samuel Green Charter School band, so stop by and say hello on your way to the race.