Robert Morris

Dec 132014
 
Tulane Police confer at the intersection of Willow and Pine streets following a robbery nearby. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane Police confer at the intersection of Willow and Pine streets following a robbery nearby. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two college students were robbed at gunpoint on Willow Street in the university area late Friday night, and their assailants fired a shot as they were fleeing, the victims and neighbors nearby said afterward. Continue reading »

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Dec 122014
 
Cedric Martin welcomes visitors to Martin Wine Cellar on Baronne Street on Friday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Cedric Martin welcomes visitors to Martin Wine Cellar on Baronne Street on Friday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With the holiday bows on the railings, the shelves stocked and well-wishers gathered on the sidewalk Friday morning, Cedric Martin noticed one last detail amiss.

“Turn on the ‘open’ sign,” Martin laughed and then officially welcomed New Orleans back to the original Baronne Street location of Martin Wine Cellar. “It’s a very special day, and we’ve waited a long time for this. … It’s great to be home.” Continue reading »

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Dec 102014
 
Charmaine Baker Fox leads a prayer in honor of Betty Daigre, a 66-year-old housing organizer who died this week after being found incoherent outside her St. Mary Street home Dec. 1. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Charmaine Baker Fox leads a prayer in honor of Betty Daigre, a 66-year-old housing organizer who died this week after being found incoherent outside her St. Mary Street home Dec. 1. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A memorial photo of Betty Daigre hung on the porch of her home Wednesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A memorial photo of Betty Daigre hung on the porch of her home Wednesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A woman widely known as “Ms. Betty,” a selfless community servant who fought for years to put roofs over many heads, was discovered last week outside her River Garden home, speaking incoherently and suffering mysterious injuries, neighbors say.

After her unexplained death Tuesday following a week in the hospital, both the police and those that Betty Daigre helped are struggling to understand whether foul play could have led to her sudden loss.

“What really needs to happen is that there needs to be exposure on this case,” said Ronald McCoy. “It’s as if it never happened. But it happened, it’s real, and it happened in such a tragic way to a lady in the safety of her own home.”

A mourner places a candle at Betty Daigre's doorstep. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A mourner places a candle at Betty Daigre’s doorstep. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Dec 102014
 
Halpern's Furnishing Store on St. Charles Avenue, photographed in June. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Halpern’s Furnishing Store on St. Charles Avenue, photographed in June. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The micro-distillery aspect of the proposed Lula restaurant that is slated to replace the Halpern furniture store on St. Charles Avenue easily won the approval of the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, despite some concerns from neighbors about the impact of larger development plans for the block. Continue reading »

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Dec 072014
 
(photo by Jeff Strout, courtesy of New Orleans Ballet Association)

(photo by Jeff Strout, courtesy of New Orleans Ballet Association)

The New Orleans Ballet Association will present its annual community production of the Nutcracker Suite today (Sunday, Dec. 7), showcasing the talents of more than 200 participants in its programs for youth and senior citizens on stage at Tulane University. Continue reading »

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Dec 052014
 
New Orleans police take a trash can into evidence (after the body of a woman found in it was removed) from an alleyway off Danneel Street on Nov. 26. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

New Orleans police take a trash can into evidence (after the body of a woman found in it was removed) from an alleyway off Danneel Street on Nov. 26. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

As investigators learn more about the life of a ‘well-known, well-liked’ woman whose body was found stuffed in a trash can in Central City the day before Thanksgiving, they say that a tip from the community could be key to finding her killer. Continue reading »

Dec 042014
 
Neighbors speak with developers inside the former Blockbuster at Magazine and Louisiana, which is slated to be renovated into a CVS pharmacy. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Neighbors speak with developers inside the former Blockbuster at Magazine and Louisiana, which is slated to be renovated into a CVS pharmacy. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A site map of the proposed CVS at Magazine and Louisiana presented by developers on Tuesday. (design by Linfield, Hunter and Junius architects)

A site map of the proposed CVS at Magazine and Louisiana presented by developers on Tuesday. (design by Linfield, Hunter and Junius architects)

Magazine Street touts itself as “one of New Orleans’ premier shopping and entertainment districts,” so when developers presented a plan this week to convert a vacant Blockbuster Video at the edge of the Garden District into a new CVS pharmacy, they can hardly have been surprised by the lackluster reaction from residents.

“We don’t need another store to go buy gum and beer,” said Constance Street resident Mindy Decker, noting that another Walgreens is already a few blocks away and suggesting CVS consider Tchoupitoulas instead. Continue reading »