Robert Morris

Apr 262017

(map via NOPD)

A woman was robbed of her purse at gunpoint despite struggling with her assailant Monday night at the edge of the Garden District, and a man was beaten in a robbery attempt a block away 24 hours later, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Apr 242017
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

One of the first things young writers are often taught is to begin an opinion piece with a strong thesis statement. It’s all about laying your cards on the table and presenting an assertion that grabs the reader, delivering an opinion without equivocation.

Thus, without further ado, here is the thesis statement of this column: Inclusionary zoning doesn’t work. Continue reading »

Apr 222017

In some classrooms at Audubon Charter School’s Milan Street campus, the air conditioner is so loud it shakes the whiteboard, and in others, it doesn’t work at all. The locks on the bathroom doors frequently malfunction, trapping students inside, and the school had to give up its library to squeeze in another classroom.

After three Audubon middle school students recited a litany of discomfort Saturday morning before the school’s governing board, a top Orleans Parish School Board official promised to dedicate emergency funding within a week to some of the most pressing problems. A long-term solution to the woes of Audubon’s “temporary” campus, however, is still beyond the horizon. Continue reading »

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Apr 212017

The Eleanor McMain band performs in the Krewe of Cleopatra parade in 2016. (Robert Morris,

Eleanor McMain Secondary School will become a charter school operated by the InspireNOLA network, but a decision on the future of Mahalia Jackson Elementary has been postponed for further discussion after the Orleans Parish School Board met Thursdsay night. Continue reading »

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Apr 212017

John K. Brown (via NOPD)

Travon Johnson (via NOPD)

A teenager has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery earlier this month on Spruce Street, and another man was arrested after allegedly grabbing cash out of the register of a Family Dollar store on South Carrollton, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Apr 202017

Eric Johnson

Dr. Eric Johnson, a native New Orleanian who started a career in urban development as an aide to City Councilman Jim Singleton and has since worked in major cities around the country, made a formal announcement Thursday of his candidacy for the District B seat on the City Council that will be vacated by LaToya Cantrell’s run for mayor. Continue reading »

Apr 202017

Verret’s Lounge at 1738 Washington Avenue, photographed in April 2016 (via Google)

The city’s alcohol board freed Verret’s Lounge on Washington Avenue this week from a requirement that it keep a security guard on site following a fatal shooting inside the bar last year, clearing the way for the business to be sold to new owners who add more of a wine focus to the menu. Continue reading »

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Apr 192017

New Orleans police officers inspect the body of a homicide victim on the corner of LaSalle and Amelia street in Central City Sunday night, January 22, 2017. (Zach Brien,

After two homicides so far this year just blocks apart in the nearby Milan neighborhood, members of the Delachaise Neighborhood Association decided Tuesday night to begin exploring the idea of a tax-funded security and improvement district to pay for extra police patrols. Continue reading »