Robert Morris

Apr 202016
 

Willie Hughes (via NOPD)

Willie Hughes (via NOPD)

A 60-year-old man who has been in and out of jail on home-invasion charges since the 1970s was arrested over the weekend after allegedly showing up in a woman’s bedroom on Tchoupitoulas Street and robbing her of her purse, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Apr 202016
 
Informational pamphlets passed out by members of the United Teachers of Lusher union on Tuesday night at a meeting with parents. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Informational pamphlets passed out by members of the United Teachers of Lusher union on Tuesday night at a meeting with parents. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A meeting called by Lusher teachers on Tuesday evening to explain why they see a need to organize a union turned into the first public airing of sharply conflicting views over the issue. Some parents voiced support for the teachers’ right to make the decision themselves, others expressed concern for what the change will mean for the culture of the school, and the conversation dovetailed with national debates about the role of organized labor in public education and the past and future of the New Orleans school system. Continue reading »

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Apr 192016
 
Three armed robberies reported in the university area, police say. (map via NOPD)

Three armed robberies reported in the university area, police say. (map via NOPD)

In the first case, two Metairie men drinking at a university frat house brawled with two armed robbers, New Orleans police said. In the second robbery of the weekend, a delivery driver was confronted by a lone gunman on Octavia Street, while the third robbery took place mere moments later far enough away that a connection seems unlikely, investigators say.

All three cases remain under investigation, detectives in the Uptown-based Second District said on Tuesday, and while all possibilities remain on the table, the three robberies around the university area from this weekend appear to have taken place under circumstances too different to be connected. Continue reading »

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Apr 182016
 
Three armed robberies reported in the university area, police say. (map via NOPD)

Three armed robberies reported in the university area, police say. (map via NOPD)

Two men were robbed at gunpoint Saturday night just off the Tulane campus, and two delivery drivers were robbed the following night within a few blocks of the universities as well, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Apr 162016
 
The Lusher Charter School governing board listens to comments from a crowd of nearly 100 people on Saturday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Lusher Charter School governing board listens to comments from a crowd of nearly 100 people on Saturday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The vast majority of the crowd of nearly 100 people packed into the Lusher Charter School board meeting on Saturday bore some sort of insignia. Some wore white ‘UTL’ buttons with the logo of the United Teachers of Lusher; others carried handmade signs with slogans like “No Union;” and most on both sides had some variation of the Lusher logo on T-shirts in the school’s signature deep blue.

Many of them — again, on both sides — also had questions, mostly when they will get to air their views on whether and how the school leadership should recognize efforts to form a teachers’ union. The board gave them little in the way of answers on Saturday morning, but promised not to make a decision before hearing from them in the very near future. Continue reading »

Apr 162016
 

The 4100 block of Tchoupitoulas is between Marengo and Milan. (map via NOPD)

The 4100 block of Tchoupitoulas is between Marengo and Milan. (map via NOPD)

A woman asleep in her home woke up early Saturday morning to find an intruder in her home demanding her purse, but he took it and left without harming her, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Apr 152016
 
Police investigate a fatal shooting on Monroe Street half a block from Johnson Elementary School in November 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Police investigate a fatal shooting on Monroe Street half a block from Johnson Elementary School in November 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Crime in New Orleans never ceases to become more shocking, as tragically shown again this weekend in the road-rage shooting death of beloved former Saints player Will Smith on Sophie Wright Place in the Lower Garden District that continues to make national headlines.

But 2016 could be quietly returning the overall downward trend in murders seen in the last few years — down 33 percent from 2015 — but also slightly down from the numbers in 2014, which were touted as the lowest number of murders New Orleans had recorded in decades. Continue reading »

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Apr 152016
 
The pothole on Maple Street filled with oyster shells in March. Tulane professor Richard Campanella said he believes it was an expression of frustration from a driver tired of hitting potholes. (photo submitted by Emily Branan)

The pothole on Maple Street filled with oyster shells in March. Tulane professor Richard Campanella said he believes it was an expression of frustration from a driver tired of hitting potholes. (photo submitted by Emily Branan)

Article by Emily Branan, video by Lawson Box

Richard Campanella was on his way to get his morning cup of coffee when he noticed an interesting addition to the Maple Street landscape: oyster shells.

Campanella, geographer and senior professor of practice at the Tulane School of Architecture, said he enjoys studying urban cityscapes and thought the pothole filled with oyster shells made an interesting subject to study. Continue reading »

Apr 152016
 
The weapon confiscated in the traffic stop (via NOPD)

The Glock 9-mm and 50-round magazine confiscated in the traffic stop (via NOPD)

Darnell Thomas (via NOPD)

Darnell Thomas (via NOPD)

Terrell Thompson (via NOPD)

Terrell Thompson (via NOPD)

New Orleans police confiscated a 9-mm handgun with a 50-round magazine from two men with previous felony drug convictions Monday night during a traffic stop on Danneel Street in Central City, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Apr 132016
 
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)

Seven of the bullets that killed former Saints player Will Smith on Saturday night entered through his back, and one entered through the side of his chest, Orleans Parish Coroner Jeffrey Rouse announced Wednesday afternoon. Continue reading »

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Apr 122016
 
From left,  Imam Mubasher Ahmed of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite, and  Jeffery Sallet, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI New Orleans, all spoke Tuesday night at Loyola University. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

From left, Imam Mubasher Ahmed of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite, and Jeffery Sallet, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI New Orleans, all spoke Tuesday night at Loyola University. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The terrorists who call themselves the “Islamic State” are abusing the name of a religion that teaches peace and tolerance, creating a cycle of misunderstanding and fear that only feeds the violence, Muslim leaders and federal law enforcement officials said in a forum Tuesday night at Loyola University. Continue reading »

Apr 122016
 
The crash involved a Chevrolet Impala in front, Smith's Mercedes SUV in the center, and a Hummer in the rear, police say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The crash involved a Chevrolet Impala in front, Smith’s Mercedes SUV in the center, and a Hummer in the rear, police say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Cardell Hayes (via opcso.org)

Cardell Hayes (via opcso.org)

New Orleans police found a 9-mm handgun inside Will Smith’s Mercedes SUV on Tuesday morning and another revolver inside the Hummer driven by the man who allegedly killed him, though neither weapon appeared to have been fired, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Apr 122016
 

Marina Schoen (via lfno.org)

Marina Schoen (via lfno.org)

The French minister of education has named the academic director of the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans into a 200-year-old national order that confers knighthood on those who have made notable contributions to French education, school officials learned this week. Continue reading »

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