Robert Morris

Jul 172017

Sylvanie Williams College Prep elementary on Martin Luther King Boulevard, photographed in March 2017. (Robert Morris,

Based on the most recent test scores, officials with the New Orleans College Prep charter network are projecting that the state will assign Sylvanie Williams elementary an ‘F’ rating for the just completed 2016-17 school year, two letter grades below the ‘C’ that they were striving for in order to avoid losing the charter. Continue reading »

Jul 152017

Surrounded by family members, Aylin Maklansky launches her bid for the District A seat on the City Council at the Mid-City Yacht Club. (Robert Morris,

With filing barely closed on a competitive six-person field for the District A seat on the New Orleans City Council, Aylin Maklansky launched her campaign with a speech promising a grassroots campaign for progressive leadership in the city with a particular eye toward environmental issues. Continue reading »

Jul 142017

Eugene Ben (submitted photo)

Eugene Ben, an architect with more than a decade of experience developing housing in Central City, became the sixth and final candidate Friday to join the race for the open District B seat on the New Orleans City Council. Continue reading »

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Jul 142017

Toyia Washington-Kendrick (photo courtesy of Danae Columbus)

Aylin Maklansky (campaign photo)

Two more candidates — a charter school assistant principal and an attorney who has worked on the City Council staff — qualified Thursday to run for the open seat representing District A on the council, bringing the total field to six contenders with a few hours left to for more to join. Continue reading »

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Jul 132017

Andre Strumer (via Facebook)

Dan Ring (via Go Fund Me)

The races for the District A and B seats on the New Orleans City Council each drew additional candidates late Wednesday and Thursday morning — Dan Ring in District A and “Action Andre” Stumer in District B — and one expected candidate, Eric Johnson, announced that he was withdrawing his candidacy. Continue reading »

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Jul 132017

(image via NOPD)

With two people in custody already in connection to the June 14 killing of a woman on Olive Street, homicide investigators are seeking the identities of two more people they want to interview about her death, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Jul 122017

Candidates who qualified for the District A seat on the City Council on Wednesday morning were (top row, from left) Joe Giarrusso III, Tilman Hardy, Drew Ward. In District B, (bottom row) Jay H. Banks and Seth Bloom qualified. ( graphic via candidates’ photos)

An entrepreneur and Carrollton neighborhood leader joined the field for the District A seat on the New Orleans City Council on Wednesday, as candidates began filing their paperwork to appear on the ballot. Continue reading »

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Jul 112017

Rayshawn Adams (via NOPD)

Caresses Perique (via NOPD)

Two separate recent traffic stops in the Carrollton area led officers to guns and drugs, and one of them resulted in a crash on Panola Street, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Jul 112017

From left, Joe Giarrusso, Aylin Maklansky and Drew Ward have all begun their campaigns for the open District A seat on the New Orleans City Council. (campaign photos)

The competition for the open New Orleans City Council seat serving the Audubon, university, Bayou St. John and Lakeview areas is becoming more visible as the official filing period for this year’s city elections is about to begin. Continue reading »

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Jul 072017

(images via Orleans Parish Jail)

Three people were charged with a variety of violent crimes around the Central City area, and five others were charged with theft, burglary and illegal possession of stolen property around the university area and other parts of Uptown over the last week, New Orleans police officials announced. Continue reading »

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