Robert Morris

Oct 262012
 

Several of KIPP’s Uptown schools — including KIPP Believe! College Prep on South Carrollton and its two schools in Central City — and Lafayette Academy are among the 13 Recovery School District schools eligible to return to the Orleans Parish School Board, based on the recently-announced School Performance Scores, officials said. Continue reading »

Oct 262012
 

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

With everything from dog treats to beauty products available at deep discounts on flash-sale sites such as Fab, One Kings Lane, and Gilt, it’s no wonder small local businesses have a difficult time staying afloat in this era of Internet-savvy consumers. While the rallying cry of “Shop local!” feels like a good way to support the local economy, more often than not even the staunchest of locavores will succumb to a good deal. Continue reading »

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Oct 262012
 

Eric Strachan

Standing at the same intersection where a local attorney was gravely wounded after being shot during a carjacking in his driveway, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro Jr. endorsed Eric Strachan for City Council on Thursday as the best candidate for criminal-justice reform and denounced a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would make it more difficult for the legislature to pass gun-control laws. Continue reading »

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Oct 262012
 

A week after two children were found dead in the bathtub of a Gert Town apartment and their mother, Chelsea Thornton, allegedly confessed to killing them, 3-year-old Kendall and 4-year-old Kelsey were mourned by family, friends and neighbors Thursday evening, according to a report by Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV:


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Oct 252012
 

The Hullabaloo, Tulane University’s student-run newspaper, is suing the state Division of Administration for turnstile records from Green Wave football games after the Superdome’s private management company, SMG, turned down a similar request, according to a report by Jessica Appelbaum of The Hullabaloo. “The attendance records are … relevant because a faction of neighborhood residents criticize Tulane’s plans to build a stadium of that size,” Appelbaum reports. “They question the accuracy of the attendance numbers Tulane is reporting.”

A hearing in the case is set for Monday afternoon.

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Oct 252012
 

When 40-year-old Jody Butler saw police arrive at Seventh and Danneel in July 2010, he took off on a bicycle, and when police caught him they found cocaine and marijuana on him, according a report by John Simerman of The Times Picayune. But a three judge panel ruled that insufficient cause for searching Butler, saying, “Frankly, it would be more remarkable if a person did not flee upon the sudden appearance of three marked police cars in a high-crime neighborhood,” Simerman reports.

Our partners at WWL-TV examined this issue in a separate Central City case earlier this week.

Oct 242012
 

Andrew Yon, president of the International School of Louisiana board, opens a meeting Wednesday night to discuss how to deal with the Camp Street building’s overcrowding issue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A proposal to separate the International School of Louisiana’s Eastbank and Westbank buildings into two campuses for lower- and upper-school students is still just one idea among many for next year, the school board promised a cafeteria full of concerned parents, and set a two-week deadline for themselves to endorse or reject it. Continue reading »

Oct 242012
 

Map shows an auto theft in the Riverbend, a carjacking on Willow and a shooting in Hollygrove all linked to Ken Dooley on Monday, police said.

Ken Dooley (via opcso.org)

A man has been arrested in the Monday afternoon carjacking of a woman on Willow Street after what appears to have been a short crime spree that began with a car theft on the Riverbend and ended with a shooting in Hollygrove, police said. While the incident appears to be related to two subsequent armed robberies on Tuesday, investigation continues into both of those cases as well, police said. Continue reading »

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Oct 242012
 

The International School of Lousiana’s Olivier Street campus in Algiers.

The International School of Louisiana is still considering moving all its middle-school students to its Westbank campus and consolidating all its lower-grade students in the Camp Street building, but amid strong opposition from some families to crossing the Mississippi River, no decision is expected at Wednesday night’s meeting of the school’s governing board. Continue reading »

Oct 232012
 

A patrol car sits in the 5800 block of Clara Street as police investigate an armed robbery reported there Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

For the third time in 36 hours on an Uptown street, a woman at her vehicle was approached by a man armed with a gun who took her belongings — this time, around 8 p.m. on Clara Street between State and Nashville. Continue reading »

Oct 232012
 

Actor Wendell Pierce describes his proposal for a Sterling Express store anchoring a gas station on Tchoupitoulas at St. James before the City Planning Commission on Tuesday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Actor Wendell Pierce plans the next location of his fresh-food convenience store concept, Sterling Express, for Tchoupitoulas near the old Market Street power plant in the Lower Garden District, but the proposed gas station he wants to put it in received a split decision from a city panel Tuesday on its request for two bays for large trucks. Continue reading »

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Oct 232012
 

Performance among Uptown public schools in the most recent school year was in many ways similar to that in the year before, according to state scores released Monday. A cluster of high-performing schools continued gains that in many ways lead the city, while a somewhat larger group of low-performing schools split between those making progress toward the middle, those that are slowly improving but still dismally low, and a handful with results that can only be described as disappointing.


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Oct 222012
 

Police surround a yard in the 1700 block of General Ogden where a vehicle stolen in a carjacking on Willow Street was found Monday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A gold SUV that was stolen in a Willow Street carjacking can barely be seen from the road where it was stashed behind a home on General Ogden. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A woman’s SUV was stolen from her at gunpoint Monday afternoon on Willow Street in Central Carrollton, but police located the vehicle shortly afterward stashed behind a home on General Ogden Street. Continue reading »

Oct 222012
 

Owen Courreges

D.J. Luddite is no more.

Some explanation is required.  My day-to-day persona is that of Owen Courreges, Attorney at Law.   However, on Thursday evenings I have been breaking out my 1923 Brunswick suitcase phonograph at the Bayou Bar in the Hotel Pontchartrain.  There, I play 78 rpm records as my alter ego – D.J. Luddite (because D.J. Luddite eschews modern technology).

It’s kind of like Garth Brooks and his rock alter ego Chris Gaines, only far less lame and pretentious.  Well, at least less pretentious.

However, for the past few weeks I’ve been absent.  Music has been silenced at Bayou Bar.  This is regrettable, because Bayou Bar has a storied history in the music community.  Reportedly Cole Porter played here somewhat inconsistently on weekends for about twelve years.  Frank Sinatra and Frankie Lane used Bayou Bar as their watering hole, and are even rumored to have performed on occasion. Continue reading »

Oct 202012
 

In this photo from Aug. 31, the preliminary demolition work at the rear of Audubon Charter’s Broadway campus is visible after Hurricane Isaac knocked down a the construction screen. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Audubon Charter School has been approved to start construction on its Broadway campus expansion after nearly a year of uncertainty surrounding a lawsuit filed by neighbors, school officials said Saturday morning.

“We’re happy, happy people,” said Alisa Dupre, the school operation and facilities manager. “We’re ready to be occupants of the building again.” Continue reading »