Ending a plan that was controversial on numerous levels, officials announced this week that Walter L. Cohen school will be rebuilt on its traditional site in the Milan neighborhood, while control of the Booker T. Washington site will be given to the KIPP network once the campus is rebuilt.
For the second time this year, Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans is debating whether to seek out additional classroom space in a building on Poydras Street in Mid-City or with modular buildings on its Priestley site in Carrollton.
The streets that will have low water pressure are Chestnut (from St. Andrew to Felicity and Orange) and Felicity (from Chestnut to St. Charles Avenue). The work will last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, so that fire service to the area can be improved.
Investigators have released photos of two men suspected in an armed robbery in September of a South Carrollton Avenue gas station, and detectives are looking for more surveillance video related to three other armed robberies over the last week.
Camp Street near Jefferson Avenue will close this week through the end of the year as part of the ongoing installation of a drainage canal there, according to the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans.
Investigators have obtained a surveillance photo of two people they want to speak to about an armed robbery last week on Melpomene Street in the Lower Garden District, and are hoping the public can help identify them, New Orleans police said.
The plan to move the police station out of a century-old building on Magazine Street and onto a vacant lot with a new swimming center just off Earhart Boulevard in Gert Town was approved by the New Orleans City Council last week.
In the security video that shocked New Orleans, infrared distortion turns the skin of patrons at Patois a bluish-gray color, creating a visual sense of unreality that matches the confusion felt by those diners moments later when three men wearing masks and hoodies burst in, robbing the entire restaurant at gunpoint on Aug. 21. That citywide shock was only amplified in late September, when robberies took place in similar fashion at Cafe Atchafalaya in the Irish Channel and then the Monkey Hill bar, only a few blocks from Patois and Audubon Park.
The Mayor called a news conference to announce an arrest in an unrelated spree of robberies and tout the city’s crimefighting efforts, then another new conference a day later after Monkey Hill, joined by U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite and pledging federal investigation and prosecution of the cases. Local news outlets “flooded the zone” with reaction and analysis pieces, while The New York Times and Washington Post brought national attention to the robbery spree. By the end of the month, the New Orleans City Council held its own hearing on “high-profile” robberies, pitching questions and suggestions to NOPD officials about how to battle the city’s feeling that control was being lost.
The entire discussion, however, provides ample opportunity for an airing of misconceptions about the city, its long battle with violent crime and its police force. While nearly every side of the discussion — frightened residents, embattled city leaders, besieged police officers, and skeptical critics — have made valid and useful points about the issue, the facts frequently get lost in the rhetoric.
After investigators released a photo of the suspect in this weekend’s robbery inside the Tulane student center, New Orleans police announced that tips from the public led to his arrest Thursday afternoon.