Robert Morris

Oct 142014
 

Keith Bartlett (via lfno.org)

Keith Bartlett (via lfno.org)

When Keith Bartlett was chosen to lead Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans late in the summer of 2013, the very future of French-immersion charter school was in question.

Its governing board had just been replaced through a process in essence mandated by the state government, and several of the new members had already resigned. Its two founding school leaders had publicly parted ways with the school, the temporary school leader was under increasing public scrutiny — as were the school’s finances. Disagreements over the causes of the problems sharply divided parents, and monthly board meetings were balancing acts between simmering tensions and open acrimony.

Reflecting the atmosphere of uncertainty, Bartlett was appointed school CEO last year with “interim” very publicly affixed to his title, and board members promised another search for a permanent successor. Against that background, then, the same board’s decision Monday night to make Bartlett the permanent CEO with a more-than-20 percent salary increase — and applause from parents who had been some of the school’s sharpest critics — was all the more striking. Continue reading »

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Oct 132014
 
A rendering by architect David Keiffer of the proposed community center in Carrollton. (via Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association)

A rendering by architect David Keiffer of the proposed community center in Carrollton. (via Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association)

As the start of construction nears on a new community center funded by a state investment of more than $1 million, members of the Carrollton neighborhood remain apprehensive about the organization chosen to operate it — despite repeated assurances from officials that this is the most effective use of the land and the money moving forward. Continue reading »

Oct 102014
 
New Orleans police detectives compare notes while a patrol officer confers with a crime-scene technician after a robbery Friday on Dufossat Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police detectives compare notes while a patrol officer confers with a crime-scene technician after a robbery Friday on Dufossat Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A woman visiting her daughter on Dufossat Street was robbed of wedding and engagement rings at gunpoint just before noon Friday by a man who ambushed her from the sidewalk, the victims said. Continue reading »

Oct 092014
 
NOPD Homicide detectives in a promotional photo for A&E's show "The First 48." (via facebook.com)

NOPD Homicide detectives in a promotional photo for A&E’s show “The First 48.” (via facebook.com)

The house on Prytania near Josephine where a man was found shot to death in June 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The house on Prytania near Josephine where a man was found shot to death in June 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

More than a year ago, New Orleans police revealed that they had identified the man who allegedly killed a popular DJ in an execution-style murder inside a Prytania Street home the previous summer.

Travis Cochran, who was 25 at the time, has been on the run since, but investigators now hope that tonight’s episode of the nationally-broadcast show “The First 48″ will lead to his arrest.

“It’s fairly unusual for an individual to evade a warrant for a murder for that long,” said NOPD Sgt. Nick Gernon. “This, obviously, is going to give us good national exposure.” Continue reading »

Oct 082014
 

The former Duke Morgan spa on Magazine Street, photographed in September 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former Duke Morgan spa on Magazine Street, photographed in September 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The owners of the French Quarter’s Sylvain easily continued their path toward a new restaurant on Magazine Street last week, when the City Council voted to approve alcohol sales in the building. Continue reading »

Oct 082014
 
New Orleans police investigate a home invasion on Eighth Street on Friday, Oct. 3. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police investigate a home invasion on Eighth Street on Friday, Oct. 3. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Jacolby Lamar (via NOPD)

Jacolby Lamar (via NOPD)

New Orleans police have obtained an arrest warrant in this past weekend’s home-invasion in the Irish Channel for a man whose last listed address is in a house next door to the 75-year-old victim’s, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Oct 072014
 
An image from surveillance video shows the armed robbery Friday night of the Discount Corner gas station on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

An image from surveillance video shows the armed robbery Friday night of the Discount Corner gas station on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

As police continue their investigation into a rash of late-night robberies at Carrollton-area convenience stores, authorities are urging businesses to take precautions for themselves and their employees. Continue reading »

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Oct 062014
 
A gas station robbery on South Carrollton early Monday joins other recent holdups on South Claiborne and Airline Highway. (map via NOPD)

A gas station robbery on South Carrollton early Monday joins other recent holdups on South Claiborne and Airline Highway. (map via NOPD)

After a perplexing series of holdups at the Magnolia Discount store on Airline Highway, armed robbers turned their attention to a Magnolia Discount on South Carrollton overnight, New Orleans police said Monday morning. Continue reading »

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Oct 052014
 
An image from surveillance video shows the armed robbery of the Discount Corner gas station on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

An image from surveillance video shows the armed robbery of the Discount Corner gas station on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

A rash of weekend robberies around the Uptown area included the holdup of a gas station on South Claiborne Avenue, the carjacking of a woman on St. Thomas Street, and the robbery of two men at gunpoint on Carondelet Street in Central City, New Orleans police say. Continue reading »

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Oct 042014
 
Painted gold, Nadiyah Skyy stands in front of Longshore Studio Gallery at Art for Arts' Sake in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Painted gold, Nadiyah Skyy stands in front of Longshore Studio Gallery at Art for Arts’ Sake in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

afas-logoMore than 100 galleries, restaurants and shops along Magazine Street will celebrate “Art for Art’s Sake” tonight (Saturday, Oct. 4) with specials “heralding the opening of the city’s art season,” organizers say. Continue reading »

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