Robert Morris

Feb 262014
 

With angry signs and a tall death puppet, students at Loyola University staged a demonstration Wednesday afternoon in front of the Danna Student Center to protest layoffs of staff and faculty, according to the Loyola Maroon student newspaper. The university is laying off 18 staff members and will not renew contracts for 12 more non-tenured faculty members later in the spring to balance the budget, the Maroon has reported.

Feb 262014
 

For the first time, Tulane University police are assisting the New Orleans Police Department this year with security along the Mardi Gras parade routes, according to a report by Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV. Tulane is sending five commissioned officers and one supervisor to supplement the ranks of the NOPD Second District during every Uptown parade, Commander Paul Noel says:

Feb 262014
 

Douglas Paulson (via opcso.org)

Douglas Paulson (via opcso.org)

Douglas Paulson, a 64-year-old resident of the 8500 block of Zimpel Street in the Riverbend, was arrested Tuesday evening on hundreds of charges of pornography involving juveniles, according to city crime maps and jail logs. Under Louisiana law, possession of pornography involving juveniles carries a mandatory sentence of between five and 20 years, with longer terms possible depending on the age of the victims depicted, and up to $50,000 in fines. Continue reading »

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Feb 252014
 

The John A. Shaw Elementary School building in the St. Roch neighborhood. (via latterblum.com)

The John A. Shaw Elementary School building in the St. Roch neighborhood. (via latterblum.com)

Although a plan to renovate the John Shaw Elementary School building on Arts Street in the Seventh Ward in time for ENCORE Academy to move in over the summer is ambitious, school officials said Tuesday night that the project is progressing quickly and on track.

“It is a fast timeline, but we’ve done it before,” said Karl Jentoft, a consultant associated with the Charter School Development Corp. working with ENCORE on the project. Continue reading »

Feb 252014
 
A drawing of the proposed community center included in city documents.

A drawing of the proposed community center included in city documents.

Kevin Brown (via tccno.org)

Kevin Brown (via tccno.org)

A long-delayed plan to create a new community center on Monroe Street in west Carrollton — now slated to be a new home for Hollygrove’s Trinity Christian Community — received a thumbs-up from the New Orleans City Planning Commission on Tuesday, and organizers say they now have the funding in line for the project to move forward. Continue reading »

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Feb 252014
 

St. Charles Avenue homeowners are allowed by the city to fence in landscaping they create between the sidewalk and the street to protect them from Mardi Gras parade goers, but nearby residents say too many new landscaping projects and fences are cropping up this year, restricting where the public can watch, according to a report by Meg Farris of our partners at WWL-TV. City officials say only one new fencing permit was issued this year, at Constantinople Street, but Farris pointed to other plots that are fenced in without any apparent landscaping.

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Feb 252014
 

Independent auditors have raised questions about thousands of dollars of credit card spending at Sophie B. Wright Charter School; Bricolage Academy will spend a second year at its temporary home at Touro Infirmary; and the International School of Louisiana drew the most early applications of any school under the city’s new OneApp admissions process, according to recent reports. Continue reading »

Feb 242014
 
Lt. Gen. Russell Honore addresses the Louisiana Landmarks Society on Monday evening at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lt. Gen. Russell Honore addresses the Louisiana Landmarks Society on Monday evening at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lt. Gen. Russell Honore, best known for his no-nonsense leadership in New Orleans immediately following Hurricane Katrina, returned to the city Monday night in his new role: condemning entire generations of Louisiana lawmakers for an acquiescence to major chemical companies that is now compromising the future of the state.

Speaking before the Louisiana Landmarks Society at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in the center of Uptown New Orleans, Honore may have been preaching to the choir, or, as he calls them, his “Green Army.” What they really wanted to know — like so many audiences the general has spoken to around the state — is whether Honore plans to run for governor. Continue reading »

Feb 242014
 

The Krewe of Alla's K&B float rolls on Magazine Street. Officials have not said which floats the riders who were injured fell from. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Alla’s K&B float rolls on Magazine Street. Officials have not said which floats the riders who were injured fell from. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After two Mardi Gras riders in the Krewe of Alla parade on Sunday were injured from falling from their floats, New Orleans officials are now urging members of all parading groups to treat their mandatory tethers like a seatbelt and keep them fastened throughout the parade. Continue reading »

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Feb 242014
 

Leonard Robinson (via opcso.org)

Leonard Robinson (via opcso.org)

Demetrius Givens Jr. (via opcso.org)

Demetrius Givens Jr. (via opcso.org)

After pleading guilty on Friday to charges of simple robbery and carjacking in a May 2013 attack on a judge outside his Carrollton home, 19-year-old Demetrius Givens Jr. was sentenced to six years in prison and Leonard Robinson, also 19, was sentenced to three years, according to court records. Continue reading »

Feb 242014
 

Three incidents were reported on the Uptown parade route over the weekend -- two simple battery cases, and one gun arrest. (via NOPD crime mapping)

Three incidents were reported on the Uptown parade route over the weekend — two simple battery cases, and one gun arrest. (via NOPD crime mapping)

New Orleans police seized a firearm in one gun case and reported two fighting incidents that warranted criminal investigations along the Uptown parade route in the first weekend of parading, according to NOPD crime maps. Continue reading »

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Feb 242014
 
The Krewe of Ragnarok in 2012. (photo via Loyola University)

The Krewe of Ragnarok in 2012. (photo via Loyola University)

The Jefferson City Buzzards travel down St. Charles Avenue handing out flowers to crowds on Mardi Gras Day in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Jefferson City Buzzards travel down St. Charles Avenue handing out flowers to crowds on Mardi Gras Day in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Beyond the big ticket parades that draw thousands to the Uptown parade routes, a forum tonight (Monday, Feb. 24) at Loyola University will discuss the lesser-known, but just as distinctive celebrations around the city — some, like the Jefferson City Buzzards and Mardi Gras Indians, that date back more than a century, and others that are only a few years old. Continue reading »

Feb 242014
 

LaToya Cantrell

LaToya Cantrell

The state lawmakers who sit on the legislature’s Hurricane Recovery Committee will take up the issue of “intimidating” Road Home collection letters previously raised by New Orleans City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell in a meeting this evening (Monday, Feb. 24), officials said. Continue reading »

Feb 242014
 

Lt. Gen. Russell Honore, who was widely hailed for his leadership in New Orleans immediately following Hurricane Katrina and is now considering a run for governor, will speak about the threats to Louisiana’s environment at 7 p.m. tonight (Monday, Feb. 24) at First Unitarian-Universalist Church, 5212 South Claiborne Avenue. Continue reading »

Feb 222014
 
The Krewe of Pygmalion's signature "Pygmammoth" float rolls up Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Pygmalion’s signature “Pygmammoth” float rolls up Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Sparta celebrated the world’s most famous couples in its “Isn’t it Romantic?” parade Saturday night on the Uptown New Orleans parade route, and the Krewe of Pygmalion shared “A Few of Our Favorite Songs.”

The Krewe of Sparta "Trojan Horse" float rolls up Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Sparta “Trojan Horse” float rolls up Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 212014
 
A young rider in the Krewe of Oshun's "Yemoja and Emperor" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A young rider in the Krewe of Oshun’s “Yemoja and Emperor” float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Oshun was the first parade to roll on the Uptown route of the New Orleans Mardi Gras season on Friday night, followed by the Krewe of Cleopatra.

Oshun’s theme was “Night Out in the Big Easy” and featured 19 floats, including Christopher Brown as King Shango and Laquina L. Brown as Queen Oshun. Cleopatra, parading for the second year in a row on the Uptown route after three decades on the Westbank, had 21 floats in the theme of “Strolling down the Avenue.”

Alexandra Kathryn Breland reigned as Queen Cleopatra XLI. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Alexandra Kathryn Breland reigned as Queen Cleopatra XLI. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 202014
 
Walter Block (via loyno.edu)

Walter Block (via loyno.edu)

Comments in The New York Times by a Loyola University economics professor defending the right of businesses to refuse service to black customers — such as the segregated Woolworth’s lunch counters that became an icon of the fight against segregation in the 1960s — have sparked an academic controversy that drew a rebuttal from the university president. Weeks later, the topic continues to dominate the pages of the student-run newspaper, The Maroon. Continue reading »