Robert Morris

Aug 252017

Rainfall predictions from Hurricane Harvey as of 7 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25. (via National Hurricane Center)

The effects of Hurricane Harvey are beginning to be felt along the Southern coast of Texas on Friday morning, but the National Hurricane Center predicts the system to slowly drift northeast back towards Louisiana into next week, bringing rainfall that could once again test New Orleans’ beleagured pumps. Continue reading »

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Aug 242017

A member of the Our Voice/Nuestra Voz advocacy group reads a question in Spanish during a town hall on education Thursday night. (Robert Morris,

Spanish-speaking families need more assurances that their children won’t be discriminated against while at schools, and more insight into the way that the school district funds teaching English as a second language, an advocacy group told Orleans Parish School Board officials at a town-hall meeting Thursday evening in Central City.

Orleans Parish School Board superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis Jr. speaks during a town hall meeting Thursday, Aug. 24, at KIPP Central City Academy. (Robert Morris,

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Aug 242017

Coroner Jeffrey Rouse (center) confers with NOPD Homicide detectives after the discovery of a body in November 2014. (Robert Morris,

Incumbent Orleans Parish Coroner Jeffrey Rouse has withdrawn his re-election campaign to return to private psychiatric practice, greeting the election of Dwight McKenna as the city’s first African-American coroner as the “logical next step” for the evolution of the office. Continue reading »

Aug 242017

Moderator Travers Mackel (right) poses a question to the six candidates running for the open District A seat on the City Council. (still image from YouTube video)

One candidate for the open District A seat still hasn’t decided whether Confederate statues should be removed in New Orleans, and some question whether the New Orleans Police Department is actually understaffed. Another candidate thinks pothole repairs should halt until underground drainage problems are fixed, and one thinks the Sewerage & Water Board should be abolished altogether. Continue reading »

Aug 232017

The National Hurricane Center’s rainfall predictions for Tropical Storm Harvey across the Gulf Coast as of 4 a.m. Thursday. (via National Hurricane Center)

After strengthening overnight, Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to make landfall on the Texas coast on Friday, bringing the potential for heavy rain over New Orleans and more flooding starting this weekend, officials said. Continue reading »

Aug 232017

The former Zara’s property at 2042 Prytania Street, following extensive renovations. (photographed in April 2017 by Google Maps)

The former Zara’s site on Prytania Street received initial approval to reopen a grocery store there without package liquor sales, despite a Lower Garden District neighborhood dispute over whether short-term rentals should be allowed in the building’s upper-floor apartments. Continue reading »

Aug 182017

Lusher Charter School. (Robert Morris,

In 1961 — only a year after Ruby Bridges had famously integrated New Orleans’ public schools — Sylvia Branch became the first black child to attend Robert Mills Lusher school, and still today recounts how the Lusher administration welcomed her with literally open arms.

Branch’s admission, however, would have been anathema to the school’s namesake, Robert Mills Lusher, who followed a Confederate governmental career with leadership of the state’s public schools, and used that post to promote “the supremacy of the Caucasian race,” in his words. For more than three decades from the end of the Civil War until the end of the 19th Century, Lusher fought in word and deed for the idea that the purpose of the public schools was to ensure that white students remained in a better social position than blacks.

Now — as Nazi and Ku Klux Klan sympathizers march nationally in support of Confederate monuments, while activist groups in New Orleans demand the removal of memorials to white supremacists, and children and adults alike struggle to make sense of it all — celebrated local historian and author Michael Tisserand has released the results of his research into Robert Mills Lusher’s racist legacy.

Author Michael Tisserand reads from his book “Krazy” at Octavia Books in December 2016. (Robert Morris,

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Aug 182017

The majority of the diesel fuel that leaked from the Sewerage & Water Board plant in Carrollton has been cleaned up, and no more has appeared, but officials are still unsure how it escaped in the first place, authorities said Thursday afternoon. Continue reading »

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