Robert Morris

Aug 282012

A Magazine Street business boards up its windows Monday afternoon. (Robert Morris,

Tropical Storm Isaac’s projected track, as of 1 a.m. Tuesday. (source: National Hurricane Center)

Tropical Storm Isaac continued slowly gathering strength Monday night on its way toward south Louisiana.

As of the 1 a.m. Tuesday update from the National Hurricane Center, Isaac’s winds were still at 70 mph, just shy of hurricane force, and its path continued to center on New Orleans. Forecasters expected the winds to accelerate to hurricane speeds overnight, and for New Orleans to begin feeling its effects in earnest Tuesday morning. Continue reading »

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Aug 262012

(source: National Hurricane Center)

Hurricane conditions are expected within the New Orleans metropolitan area and “preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion,” forecasters warned as their computer models show Isaac’s path drawing gradually nearer to the city. Continue reading »

Aug 242012

Ted Argote and his daughter, Kate, check in on the jungle carpet python (at bottom right) that has recently taken up residence in liriope in front of their Panola Street home. (Robert Morris,

Shortly after 9 a.m. Friday morning, Ted Argote returned home from dropping his wife at work, parked in front of his Panola Street home and, as he walked out the door, called out a greeting to the paisley-patterned python that has recently begun sunning itself every morning in the front yard.

“Good morning, Indiana!” Argote said, using a nickname picked in homage to Harrison Ford’s famously snake-averse archaeologist.

While the sudden appearance of the exotic jungle carpet python on Panola Street was odd, even odder still is the litany of wild animals appearing around Uptown of late, and residents’ largely nonchalant reaction to them. With a supposed boa constrictor on Burdette, parakeets in Palmer Park, a peacock on Cohn and a fashionable little kangaroo (or wallaby) spotted on upper Magazine Street, it has been hard to tell this week where the zoo stops and the neighborhoods begin. Continue reading »

Aug 232012

A second-grade Spanish-immersion classroom at the International School of Louisiana’s Eastbank campus, photographed in 2011. ( file photo by Sabree Hill)

Amid what they see as “massive issues” with placing children with their preferred school in the Recovery School District’s new OneApp enrollment process, the leadership of the International School of Louisiana plans to continue using their own enrollment system this year, officials said Wednesday night. Continue reading »

Aug 232012

The home at 4706 St. Charles Avenue. (photo via Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans)

The request by Jack Ryan to demolish a mansion on a lot he wants to buy at the corner of St. Charles and Valence for a new home drew the support of immediate neighbors, but not the St. Charles Avenue Association, and the Neighborhood Conservation District Committee was unable to successfully vote to either defer the project or allow the demolition, reports Karen Gadbois of The Lens.
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Aug 232012

Magnolia Street is closed at Washington Avenue as police investigate a fatal shooting late Wednesday afternoon. (Robert Morris,

A 17-year-old was shot to death shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Harmony Oaks community on Magnolia Street near Washington Avenue, and three hours later a 21-year-old was shot several times in the chest in the Hoffman Triangle area of Central City, police said. Continue reading »

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Aug 222012

The former yoga studio now slated to become a Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant on Oak Street, photographed in June. (Robert Morris,

Three Uptown restaurants — Singha Song on Maple Street, and the proposed Mellow Mushroom on Oak and Mais Arepas at Carondelet and Clio — have requests for alcohol sales on the agenda for Thursday morning’s meeting of the New Orleans City Council. Continue reading »

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Aug 222012

Costumed paraders dance on Oak Street during Mid-Summer Mardi Gras in 2011. ( file photo by Sabree Hill)

With a theme of “Motorboatin’ on Oak,” the irreverent Krewe of O.A.K. will hold their annual Mid-Summer Mardi Gras parade through Carrollton, starting at the Maple Leaf Bar at 7:30 p.m., according to an event page on Facebook posted by the bar. Aaron LaFont of Offbeat magazine has a short preview.

Aug 212012

Dos Jefes bar on Tchoupitoulas was one of many targets in New Orleans of a federally-funded tobacco-compliance sting, but city officials decided Tuesday not to fine the establishment. (Robert Morris,

Early in May, a 15-year-old boy walked into Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar on Tchoupitoulas, asked if they sold cigarettes and purchased a pack from the machine.

That boy was assisting agents with the state Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, however, and the purchase landed Dos Jefes in front of the city Alcohol Beverage Control board on Tuesday morning, along with several New Orleans other bars in the first wave of a three-year, federally-funded enforcement effort. Continue reading »

Aug 212012

Contestants in Friday Night Fights’ “Sexy Summer Show” bikini contest line the ring on Freret Street in July 2011. ( file photo by Sabree Hill)

Although the gym that spawned it has moved to O.C. Haley Boulveard, Friday Night Fights will return to its original home on Freret Street this weekend for its annual “Sexy Summer Show.” Continue reading »

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