Robert Morris

Dec 142017

Clerk of Court Dale Atkins leads a class on the court’s new electronic filing system. (photo by Danae Columbus for

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Citing a desire to continue as “an instrument of justice,” long-time Clerk of Civil District Court Dale N. Atkins will enter the spring 2018 race for an open position on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal. The seat was vacated by Judge Madeleine Landrieu who recently became Dean of Loyola University’s Law School. Continue reading »

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Dec 132017

Kyre West (via Orleans Parish Jail)

The teen arrested on charges of shooting a feral cat outside the Zeus’ Place pet-care center pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to a charge of aggravated cruelty to animals, and will be subjected to a psychiatric evaluation as a result, announced District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro. Continue reading »

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Dec 132017

State Rep. Helena Moreno speaks during a candidates’ forum Aug. 5 during the race for the At-Large seat on the New Orleans City Council. Moreno won and will resign from the state legislature prior to being seated on the Council in May. (Robert Morris,

The special election to fill state Rep. Helena Moreno’s seat in the state legislature has been set for March — with qualifying less than a month away in January — and the newly-elected member of the City Council says she will resign from the legislature as soon as her replacement is elected so that the seat does not go unfilled during the busy upcoming legislative session.

“When a new representative is elected and ready to go in, I’m absolutely happy to step aside and let them take over,” Moreno told Uptown Messenger on Wednesday morning. “I just want to make sure we are never missing representation.” Continue reading »

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Dec 092017

Children dance during a performance at Lusher Charter School’s morning meeting in December 2011. ( file photo)

The Orleans Parish School Board is reconsidering whether to allow high-performing schools to renew their charters for a full 10-year term, but some like Lusher Charter School say the longer term is needed to plan for future growth. Continue reading »

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Dec 082017

(images via NOPD)

A man is wanted on assault charges after allegedly stealing candy from a Family Dollar on South Carrollton Avenue, challenging the security guard who confronted him to a fight, and then threatening the guard with a handgun, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Dec 052017

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While the tales of Russian intrigue embroiling Washington may seem far from the potholes and politics of New Orleans, the country’s mysterious interest in the news landed right at home this week when thousands of new subscribers with Russian email addresses signed up for the daily headlines from our sister site at Mid-City Messenger. Continue reading »

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Dec 042017

Students from Sylvanie Williams College Prep marching band perform in the 2016 Martin Luther King Day parade. (Robert Morris,

New Orleans College Prep is pressing forward quickly in its search to identify a new CEO by spring, identifying and even initiating phone interviews with a number of early applicants for the position. Continue reading »

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Dec 042017

The former James Weldon Johnson Elementary School, photographed in 2011, is now the temporary home for Lycee Francais. ( file photo)

With the array of elementary schools in the Carrollton neighborhood seemingly shifting every year, a group of neighborhood activists are urging Bricolage Academy to consider the former Johnson site as a possible near-future expansion. Continue reading »

Dec 012017

At least four incoming City Council members have expressed serious concern with short-term rental laws, said incoming Councilman Joe Giarrusso III at a Carrollton neighborhood meeting Thursday night. (Robert Morris,

With a majority of incoming New Orleans City Council members having campaigned on frustration with the rapid conversion of residential homes into small temporary hotels, tightening the city’s short-term rental laws is likely to be a top early priority when they are seated next year — while they get a grasp on larger issues like fixing the drainage system, incoming City Councilman Joe Giarrusso III told Carrollton neighborhood activists. Continue reading »

Nov 302017
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Attorney General Jeff Landry has had a pretty good November. He dined at Mar-a-Lago with Trump insiders, took part in a high-level fundraising reception where he made important contacts, and is poised to soon assume the presidency of the National Association of Attorneys General. Back home, Landry can’t wait to pour over mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell’s city credit card statements he has subpoenaed with a fine tooth comb. Continue reading »