Robert Morris

Dec 032015
 
An undated photograph of the original Walter L. Cohen High School building was featured in a documentary video on YouTube about the school's alumni.  (via wlcohenalumniassoc.org)

An undated photograph of the original Walter L. Cohen High School building was featured in a documentary video on YouTube about the school’s alumni. (via wlcohenalumniassoc.org)

The new campus of Walter L. Cohen High School may be built on the school’s original site, closer to the Amelia Street side of the property than the current building along Delachaise Street and in a smaller building than other new high schools, according to early ideas being floated by the school’s operator. Continue reading »

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Dec 032015
 

Gloria Steinem as photographed by Annie Leibowitz (via octaviabooks.com)

Gloria Steinem as photographed by Annie Leibowitz (via octaviabooks.com)

Author and women’s-rights advocate Gloria Steinem will discuss her new memoir, “My Life on the Road,” in an appearance Sunday at the Jewish Community Center, presented by Octavia Books. Continue reading »

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Dec 012015
 
Peter Gold tries to talk to a man now identified as 21-year-old Euric Cain on Friday, Nov. 20, moments before Cain shot Gold. (still image from surveillance video released by NOPD)

Peter Gold tries to talk to a man now identified as 21-year-old Euric Cain on Friday, Nov. 20, moments before Cain shot Gold. (still image from surveillance video released by NOPD)

Peter Gold (via Tulane University)

Peter Gold (via Tulane University)

The Tulane University medical student who was shot after intervening in what police describe as a kidnapping attempt in the Lower Garden District prior to the holidays has regained consciousness and is recuperating well, a family spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, New Orleans police are still investigating two subsequent shootings and two armed robberies that took place over the Thanksgiving holidays, with little in the way of leads so far. Continue reading »

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Dec 012015
 

Kenneth Rodgers (via Orleans Parish jail)

Kenneth Rodgers (via Orleans Parish jail)

A man arrested Friday hiding a gun in a milk crate on North Roman Street has been linked to four armed robberies — including that of the Krystal burger restaurant on South Claiborne Avenue — and two more robbery attempts around New Orleans in November, police said. Continue reading »

Nov 302015
 
"Treme" actor Wendell Pierce marches with students from his character's school in the Krewe of Carrollton in February 2012. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

“Treme” actor Wendell Pierce marches with students from his character’s school in the Krewe of Carrollton in February 2012. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Sometimes, you just have to sit back, watch, and eat some popcorn.

At least, that was my personal reaction to viewing the ongoing battles between local actor, producer, and businessman Wendell Pierce and local neighborhood groups and advocacy organizations. The battle started back in July when Pierce and his business partner, former mayoral candidate Troy Henry, proposed to redevelop a former auto parts store on St. Claude Avenue.

Predictably, this was met with opposition from local busybodies, a.k.a. The Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association (FMIA). Their objections seemed to spawn from the fact that the existing structure, which is nondescript, heavily blighted, and has been drastically modified over the years, would not be preserved. Continue reading »

Nov 282015
 

Still image from the Smoothie King robbery (via NOPD).

Still image from the Smoothie King robbery (via NOPD).

The Smoothie King on St. Charles Avenue was robbed at gunpoint late Friday morning, and a woman was injured in a shooting on Peniston Street later that evening, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Nov 272015
 

Erica Y. Banks (via opcso.org)

Erica Y. Banks (via opcso.org)

A man in Hollygrove was stabbed during an argument Thanksgiving morning, New Orleans police said, and a woman standing outside a nightclub on St. Charles Avenue was hit by gunfire in the area overnight. Continue reading »

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Nov 262015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Though the transition is just beginning, the metro New Orleans area is off to a strong start with John Bel Edwards and his transition team. Earlier this week, the incoming governor announced his support for State Rep. Walt Leger as Speaker of the House. Though many other legislators have been campaigning for that position, it will be hard to bypass the governor-elect’s clear choice. On the Senate side, the very popular current president John Alario could well be re-elected as the consensus choice of senators. The New Orleans area also includes a member of the transition team, JP Sheriff Newell Normand, who will be a go-to man for both Democrats and Republicans wanting the new governor’s ear. Continue reading »

Nov 252015
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

Twin brothers who were celebrating their 50th birthday with a night out in New Orleans were robbed at gunpoint in the Freret neighborhood over the weekend, and the Krystal restaurant on South Claiborne is the latest New Orleans fast-food restaurant to be hit by an armed robber, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Nov 232015
 
A still image from the video of the shooting. (via New Orleans Police)

A still image from the video of the shooting. (via New Orleans Police)

Euric Cain (via NOPD)

Euric Cain (via NOPD)

The man who shot a medical student early Friday morning just off Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District was arrested late Monday morning, after being identified over the weekend, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Nov 202015
 

A zoomed-in still image from security camera footage in the shooting. (via New Orleans Police)

A zoomed-in still image of the suspect from security camera footage of Friday morning’s shooting. (via New Orleans Police)

Although a video of Friday morning’s shooting of a man trying to help a woman being dragged down the street is graphic and brutal, New Orleans police are asking residents to watch and share it in hopes of identifying the gunman in the case. Continue reading »

Nov 202015
 
Two police vehicles remain at the intersection of Magazine Street and St. Mary on Friday morning, following an overnight shooting there. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two police vehicles remain at the intersection of Magazine Street and St. Mary on Friday morning, following an overnight shooting there. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A Tulane medical school student was shot in the stomach while trying to stop a robbery on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District overnight, New Orleans police said Friday morning. Continue reading »