Robert Morris

Apr 102016
 
Investigators gather on Sophie Wright Place after the fatal shooting of former Saints player Will Smith. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Investigators gather on Sophie Wright Place after the fatal shooting of former Saints player Will Smith. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Smith posted a photo of himself at the French Quarter Festival to his official Instagram account around 7:45 p.m. Saturday. (via Instagram)

Smith posted a photo of himself at the French Quarter Festival to his official Instagram account around 7:45 p.m. Saturday. (via Instagram)

Former Saints player Will Smith was killed and his wife was wounded in a shooting following a three-car crash that police are describing as a possible “road-rage” incident in the Lower Garden District late Saturday, New Orleans police say. Continue reading »

Apr 082016
 
A rendering of the new configuration of Jackson Avenue through the Garden District, after a repaving project scheduled to start later this year. (via city of New Orleans)

A rendering of the new configuration of Jackson Avenue through the Garden District, after a repaving project scheduled to start later this year. (via city of New Orleans)

As part of an upcoming repaving project on Jackson Avenue, the portion of the street through the Garden District will be reduced from two travel lanes to one and a bike lane added on each side of the road, New Orleans city officials told nearby residents in a meeting Thursday evening. Continue reading »

Apr 072016
 
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Danae Columbus

Now serving his eleventh year as Orleans Parish’s top jailer, Marlin Gusman could easily be called the “Teflon Man”. Whether being attacked by the Legislative Auditor, Federal Judge Lance Africk, the consent decree monitors, Mayor Landrieu, the City Council or even the VOTE (Voice of The Ex-Offender) organization, the criticisms just roll off him. Continue reading »

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Apr 062016
 
Speakers at the ACLU religious liberty forum were (from left) historian John Barry, Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church & State, attorney Pedro Irigonegaray, and Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Speakers at the ACLU religious liberty forum were (from left) historian John Barry, Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church & State, attorney Pedro Irigonegaray, and Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Although Mississippi has just passed a law allowing the denial of many services to gay people under the name of religious freedom, Gov. John Bel Edwards is poised to rescind a similar order in Louisiana by his predecessor, Bobby Jindal.

While the proponents of such laws describe them as essential to protecting the religious faiths of their constituents, these efforts actually misrepresent the idea of long-cherished American ideal of religious freedom as a tool of discrimination, said panelists at a forum sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union in New Orleans on Wednesday night.
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Apr 012016
 
The Nairobi Youth, who performed at the 2015 Freret Street Festival, will return to the new Loyola University stage on Saturday, April 2. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

The Nairobi Youth, who performed at the 2015 Freret Street Festival, will return to the new Loyola University stage on Saturday, April 2. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

Don't let this bad weather trick you.Tomorrow it will be beautiful. No April Fool!

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Despite a rainy Friday, organizers of the Freret Street Festival are relying on forecasts of perfect New Orleans springtime weather Saturday for their three music stages (headlined by James Andrews, Tank and the Bangas, and Tribe Nunzio), 200 vendors and festival food courts with picnic seating. Continue reading »

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Mar 312016
 
A row of new street lights and two lanes of traffic on Napoleon Avenue can be seen approaching Freret Street on the evening of March 31. Construction on this section will be finished in April, and on the entire avenue by the end of the year, officials said. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A row of new street lights and two lanes of traffic on Napoleon Avenue can be seen approaching Freret Street on the evening of March 31. Construction on this section will be finished in April, and on the entire avenue by the end of the year, officials said. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The long-awaited end of the Napoleon Avenue drainage-canal project is now expected to be the end of the year — all of it — and landscaping on the neutral ground should be done next year, officials with the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told neighbors Thursday night. Continue reading »

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Mar 302016
 
James Carville speaks about the 2016 presidential election in Rousell Hall at Loyola University as part of the Ed Renwick lecture series. Carville, a Democrat, and Matalin, a Conservative, are two prominent speakers in their respective political circles. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

James Carville speaks about the 2016 presidential election in Rousell Hall at Loyola University as part of the Ed Renwick lecture series. Carville, a Democrat, and Matalin, a Conservative, are two prominent speakers in their respective political circles. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Mary Matalin speaks in Rousell Hall at Loyola University as part of the Ed Renwick lecture series. Carville, a Democrat, and Matalin, a Conservative, are two prominent speakers in their respective political circles. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Mary Matalin speaks in Rousell Hall at Loyola University as part of the Ed Renwick lecture series. Carville, a Democrat, and Matalin, a Conservative, are two prominent speakers in their respective political circles. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

While neither Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders are likely to win the Presidential election, the voter anger that has propelled both outsider’s campaigns will persist until Washington can come to terms with Americans’ sense of distrust after watching institution after institution fail, predicted veteran political strategists James Carville and Mary Matalin in a fast-moving, free-wheeling conversation about the election Thursday at Loyola University. Continue reading »

Mar 302016
 

A video of a recent auto burglary on Annunciation Street shows how quickly thieves can get in and out of unlocked cars, New Orleans police said this week as they repeat their plea for residents to prevent crime simply by locking their doors. Continue reading »

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Mar 302016
 

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Roberta Kaplan, the attorney who argued the U.S. Supreme Court case that ultimately led to the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States, will speak at Temple Sinai on St. Charles Avenue in April in support of her recently published book on the issue. Continue reading »

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Mar 302016
 
Four burglaries and burglary attempt to a 16-year-old who had previously been shot during another burglary attempt in the area. Not shown: a fifth case in the 3600 block of Eagle Street. (map via NOPD)

Four burglaries and burglary attempt to a 16-year-old who had previously been shot during another burglary attempt in the area. Not shown: a fifth case in the 3600 block of Eagle Street. (map via NOPD)

An angry father chased down and subdued a teenage boy whom his 12-year-old daughter found in her Gert Town bedroom last week, and when police arrived, they discovered that he was the same teen who had already been charged in four previous burglaries around the Fontainebleau area — including one case when he was shot by a homeowner, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Mar 292016
 
James Carville and Mary Matalin (via Loyola University)

James Carville and Mary Matalin (via Loyola University)

Political consultants James Carville and Mary Matalin will discuss bizarre drama of the 2016 Presidential election in a forum Wednesday night moderated by Gambit publisher Clancy DuBos and hosted by the Loyola University Institute of Politics. Continue reading »

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Mar 282016
 
Neighbors rally around the sculpture at "The Fly" on Feb. 15. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Neighbors rally around the sculpture at “The Fly” on Feb. 15. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Carrollton Boosters are withdrawing their plan to create a new sports complex on the Audubon Riverview park known as The Fly, following two months of protests by activists who said the project claimed too much valuable open space along the Mississippi River. Continue reading »