Robert Morris

Dec 062012

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The race for the open District B seat on the New Orleans City Council has now generated more than half a million dollars in campaign cash, as the two candidates heading into Saturday’s runoff election are escalating their attacks on one another.

Dana Kaplan alone has raised well more than half of that money, while her runoff opponent LaToya Cantrell (who finished first in the Nov. 6 primary) has yet to match the money raised by former candidate Eric Strachan (who finished third and subsequently endorsed her). Meanwhile, Cantrell’s attacks on Kaplan have sought to paint her as a carpetbagging friend of criminals, while Kaplan’s team wants voters to see Cantrell as plagued with ethical problems. Continue reading »

Dec 062012

Children build a tiny snowman in a layer of snow covering the front lawn of Loyola University on Wednesday evening. (Sabree Hill,

Despite temperatures in the mid-60s, the front lawn of Loyola University hosted a giant snowball fight on a carpet of snow Wednesday night for the annual “Sneaux” event. In addition to the snow, the university also provided hot chocolate, s’mores, cookies, Christmas music, activities for children and an appearance by Santa Claus.

Children of all ages play in the snow at Loyola’s “Sneaux” event Wednesday evening. (Sabree Hill,

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Dec 052012

An exceptional example of a 20th century couch (not my grandparents!) (Photo by Jean-Paul Villere for

Jean-Paul Villere

Ah the holidays are upon us again!  A time for eating and drinking way too much, taking stock in another year’s life events, and lazing about the house catching the game or festive film on the couch.  Unless, like our family, you made 2012 the year you went couchless?  

It’s true, and we’re not alone, though we are in the minority.  Friends and neighbors have announced this decision as a “bold move,” with added statements such as “better you than me” or “never catch me doing that”and the like.  Really?  We didn’t reinvent the wheel here people.  Our living room gets crowded fast with six of us, so stray pillows, blankets and a chair or three are all we really need. Continue reading »

Dec 042012

Sandy Kaynor Jr. (via

Attorney Sandy Kaynor, who was critically wounded in an Oct. 2 carjacking and home-invasion robbery at Camp and Delachaise, has suffered a series of medical complications since then and his family is seeking hyperbaric oxygen treatment to help increase his responsiveness, reports Meg Farris of our partners at WWL-TV.

Dec 042012

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After owner David Mantilla was praised by an enthusiastic City Councilwoman Stacy Head as “a handsome young gentleman … the face of Central City” in September, Mais Arepas has opened this week at 1200 Carondelet Street offering the cornmeal cakes known as arepas and the signature bandeja paisa dish that Mantilla invited Councilwoman Diana Bajoie to come try. See details from Gambit’s Ian McNulty.

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Dec 042012

The Lusher High School “I am” marketing campaign took top honors at the Trust Your Crazy Ideas challenge presented by Saints quarterback Drew Brees and the Idea Village, according to our partners at WWL. Also competing were the Isidore Newman School, Walter L. Cohen and St. Augustine, and each team was awarded $2,500 to continue their efforts.

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Dec 032012

Officer Kevin Wheeler (left) receives a plaque from Second District Commander Paul Noel in July of 2012 after being named officer of the month. (Robert Morris,

On Nov. 14, NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas opened his presentation on the 2013 budget with an example of the department’s excellent everyday police work with an anecdote about Officer Kevin Wheeler.

“Just two weeks ago I was reading reports, and an officer by the name of Wheeler in the Sixth District was riding around in his car, paying very close attention, hears the description of a vehicle wanted for armed robbery and within seconds catches four people who had just committed an armed robbery at Louisiana and Magazine,” Serpas said.

Fourteen days later, the department issued a news release stating that the same officer Wheeler was being dismissed from duty for deploying his Taser on an unarmed subject and for allegedly being untruthful about his report on the incident afterward. Continue reading »

Dec 012012

Larry J. Haynes (via NOPD)

After a shooting that killed one woman and injured three other people early Saturday morning on South Roman Street in the Hoffman Triangle area of Central City, police have identified the boyfriend of the woman who survived the shooting as the triggerman and are seeking the public’s help in looking for him. Continue reading »

Nov 302012

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A 28-year-old woman was arrested late Thursday in connection with a violent holdup in which a bicyclist was hit by a car from behind before being robbed at gunpoint while still on the ground, police said.

Shantell Johnson robbed the bicyclist of his cash and credit cards during the Nov. 9 incident at Chestnut and General Taylor, according to a report from NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy. Police are now investigating whether Johnson was also responsible for a similar case in the Treme area.

Johnson is charged with a single count of armed robbery, jail records show.

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Nov 292012

A close-up of the suspects’ faces from the surveillance camera image. (via NOPD)

An unidentified man and woman passed about $1,000 in counterfeit bills at two Magazine Street boutiques recently, police say, and now that investigators have obtained images of them from surveillance cameras, they are seeking the public’s help in finding the couple. Continue reading »

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Nov 292012

The former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital campus at State and Tchoupitoulas is worth $20.9 million and continuing to deteriorate, far less than the $35 million the Jindal administration budgeted for the sale to raise for health-care funds, according to a report by Michelle Millhollon of the Advocate’s Capitol Bureau. Children’s Hospital officials are continuing their negotiations with the state to acquire the site, while state Rep. Neil Abramson said he hopes it can be used to restore mental-health services to the New Orleans area.

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Nov 292012

NOPD officers look for evidence at the scene of a shooting Monday night at the corner of Annunciation and Washington, where about a dozen shell casings were marked on the ground. ( file photo by Robert Morris)

Police made a series of drug arrests near an Irish Channel corner store this week as they continue investigating the shooting of two men outside of it Monday evening, they said. Continue reading »

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Nov 292012

By Dana Kaplan

Friends, we are on the final leg of our campaign for City Council District B. Election Day is Saturday, December 8th, and I encourage everyone to vote and make their voice heard.

This campaign began when a group of concerned citizens, small business owners, and community leaders got together to make sure the voices of real people would be represented on the City Council. This small group convinced me to run for the recently vacated District B council seat and do what no other candidate had done in modern history—to earn my place on the ballot through a petition. Continue reading »

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