Robert Morris

Sep 062016
 
The intersection of Freret and Jefferson -- photographed in May 2015, officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The intersection of Freret and Jefferson — photographed in May 2015, officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Motorists on Freret Street will be unable to cross Jefferson Avenue for the next five months or so, and will be detoured again around the intersection through the side streets, the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans announced. Continue reading »

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Sep 062016
 

Homicides reported on Saturday on Clio Street and Sunday on Tchoupitoulas. Monday's fatal shooting on Josephine has not been included on the crime maps. (via NOPD)

Homicides reported on Saturday on Clio Street and Sunday on Tchoupitoulas. Monday’s fatal shooting on Josephine has not been included on the crime maps. (via NOPD)

Three men were killed in three separate shootings around Uptown New Orleans on successive nights over Labor Day weekend, and their identities were released Tuesday morning, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Sep 062016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Samuel Johnson once said that “[e]very man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it.”

Many armchair commentators from the past couple of weeks should heed Johnson’s words. When San Francisco 49’ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the National Anthem, many of his supporters immediately began spouting platitudes about freedom of speech and the First Amendment. Kaepernick, the trope went, was being squelched by his critics Continue reading »

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Sep 062016
 

Armed robberies reported on Broadway Street and South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

Armed robberies reported on Broadway Street and South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

Three Tulane students were robbed at gunpoint on Broadway Street early Sunday; three children were robbed of a bicycle that evening on South Claiborne, and a woman was attacked with a vase by an armed intruder in her Annunciation Street home early Monday, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Sep 062016
 
Lula Restaurant Distillery co-owner and head chef Jess Bourgeois pauses during construction this week on the former Halpern's Furnishings Store on St. Charles Avenue. The distillery's copper still is being delivered this week, and the restaurant is expected to open in early November. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lula Restaurant Distillery co-owner and head chef Jess Bourgeois pauses during construction this week on the former Halpern’s Furnishings Store on St. Charles Avenue. The distillery’s copper still is being delivered this week, and the restaurant is expected to open in early November. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

This week, a massive copper CARL still from Germany arrived on a ship at the Port of New Orleans, and it will soon become the centerpiece of Lula Restaurant Distillery, the unique new restaurant under development in the former Halpern’s Furniture Store on St. Charles Avenue.

The restaurant, however, is the first step in the planned redevelopment of the entire block into a major expansion of the Prytania Park Hotel, part of a wave of boutique hotels opening around New Orleans outside the French Quarter and Central Business District. Continue reading »

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Sep 022016
 
Members of the Junior League of New Orleans pack up supplies for delivery to Baton Rouge. (via Facebook)

Members of the Junior League of New Orleans pack up supplies for delivery to Baton Rouge. (via Facebook)

Businesses and organizations on Freret Street have been individually responding to the Baton Rouge-area flooding for the past two weeks, and now they are uniting their efforts to focus on providing for families’ babies and pets that other relief efforts may not reach.

Michelle Ingram of Zeus' Place smiles with a furry passenger rescued from shelters in the flood zone. (via Facebook)

Michelle Ingram of Zeus’ Place smiles with a furry passenger rescued from shelters in the flood zone. (via Facebook)

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Sep 012016
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

Two back-to-back early-morning armed robberies involving occupants of a light-colored pickup truck are clearly related, and may involve subjects originating from the Gentilly area, New Orleans police said this week. Continue reading »

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Aug 312016
 

Several of the burglaries attributed to a single suspect in the university area between Aug. 21 and Aug. 25. (map via NOPD)

Several of the burglaries attributed to a single suspect in the university area between Aug. 21 and Aug. 25. (map via NOPD)

A prowler in the university area appears to be targeting students’ homes, slipping in open doors to take laptops and occasionally car keys, New Orleans police said this week. Continue reading »

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Aug 312016
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Earlier this week Monday evening arrived as it dutifully does, and as it did a twinge of uneasiness ping-ponged my internal clock on into the dusky dusk.  Something was amiss from my weekly regime in the form of a cinematic excursion.  You see, for more dates than not these summer months I attended the (largely free of charge) Orpheum film series; it crescendoed last Tuesday via a revival screening of Steven Spielberg’s 1980s masterpiece Raiders of the Lost Ark.  And when the lights came up after Indy once again successfully avoided melting alongside the Nazis (thanks Ark of the Covenant!), the applause flew and fell, and that was that.  Summer 2016 was over, at least from the point of view of free movies in a stunning, air-conditioned space. Continue reading »

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Aug 312016
 

A man was robbed overnight on South Derbigny Street by an assailant with a shotgun, and a Rally’s employee was robbed of her purse at gunpoint as she left work a few hours later, New Orleans police said Wednesday morning. Continue reading »

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Aug 292016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

It’s almost as though Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter were spat out of central casting.  The portly, arrogant, hot-headed lawman is the archetype of the corrupt Southern sheriff.  “You ain’t from ‘round here, boy,” might as well be tattooed on his forehead.

Playing to form, Larpenter doesn’t appreciate being criticized.  His thin skin was certainly on display when a local muckraking blog called “Exposedat” suggested that Larpenter had misused public funds due to a conflict of interest. Continue reading »

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