Robert Morris

Sep 212013
 

Travis Cochran (via NOPD)

Travis Cochran (via NOPD)

Forensic testing of evidence collected at the scene of an execution-style murder at a Lower Garden District home has led investigators to one of two suspects in the case, and they are seeking the public’s assistance in locating him, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Sep 202013
 

Costco cofounder Jeff Brotman (left), Costco New Orleans employee Henry Lagarde and Mayor Mitch Landrieu laugh together during the Costco grand opening ceremonies. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Costco cofounder Jeff Brotman, Costco New Orleans employee Henry Lagarde and Mayor Mitch Landrieu laugh together during the Costco grand opening ceremonies. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A row of cakes, cookies and desserts stretched down Costco's center aisle. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A row of cakes, cookies and desserts stretched down Costco’s center aisle. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Maybe it was the spirit of economic rebirth, maybe it was New Orleanians’ natural talent for celebrating, or maybe it was the enticing prospect of free samples, but the grand opening ceremony for Costco’s warehouse store on Carrollton Avenue drew a crowd of hundreds that company executives said surprised them.

For their 650 other stores around the country, they mostly just opened the doors and people started shopping, the executives said.

“We’ve never been treated like this before,” Costco cofounder Jeff Brotman said. “You guys know how to throw a party.” Continue reading »

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Sep 202013
 

Gamaliel Patterson (via opcso.org)

Gamaliel Patterson (via opcso.org)

Tracy Skipper (via opcso.org)

Tracy Skipper (via opcso.org)

After two separate incidents in which suspects were caught on surveillance cameras — a rash of car burglaries around Amelia Street and a series of shopliftings at the American Apparel on Magazine Street — investigators have identified and charged suspects in both, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Sep 202013
 

The state Department of Transportation and Development’s attempt to auction off the closed Jackson Avenue ferry landing for $1.65 million ended with no bidders Thursday, according to a report from Baton Rouge in The Times-Picayune. The state “will now have to consider its other options for selling the property, including bringing it back up for sale at a later date,” the article states.

Neighbors of the property had mixed feelings about its potential sale, with some suggesting that public coffers could benefit from the money, and others expressing hope that it could be included in a broader redevelopment of the riverfront, according to a report by Tania Dall and our partners at WWL-TV on Wednesday evening prior to the sale.

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Sep 202013
 

Santa Fe Tapas on St. Charles Avenue (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Santa Fe Tapas on St. Charles Avenue (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Attorneys for the city of New Orleans and the owners of Santa Fe Tapas have reached the “1-yard line” in their negotations over new operating conditions governing the restaurant’s alcohol license, with the issue of security guards the last item that needs to be resolved, they said this week.

“We’re at the 1-yard line,” Halpern said. “We’re just one little piece apart, I think.” Continue reading »

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Sep 192013
 

HiVolt Coffee has opened its highly anticipated “third-wave” coffee shop in the Lower Garden District, a Baton Rouge food truck operator is planning to open a shop on St. Charles Avenue and NOLA Brewing has opened its taproom to the public. Continue reading »

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Sep 192013
 

(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

A white Pontiac Trans Am with two red rally stripes down the center that was used in the armed robbery of a Tulane student Tuesday night in the east Carrollton neighborhood was captured by surveillance camera, and New Orleans police are looking for help finding it. Continue reading »

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Sep 192013
 

 Irish Channel resident Mark Redding appeared before city council Wednesday with a map of all the blighted properties in his neighborhood. (Photo by Della Hasselle for MidCityMessenger.com)

Irish Channel resident Mark Redding appeared before city council Wednesday with a map of all the blighted properties in his neighborhood. (Photo by Della Hasselle for MidCityMessenger.com)

The city claims to have reduced blight by 8,500 properties since 2010, but 37,000 remain, officials said during a committee meeting Wednesday, according to a report by Della Hasselle for MidCityMessenger.com.

During the meeting, Irish Channel resident Mark Redding appeared with a map blighted properties in his neighborhood, including the former Sara Mayo Hospital on Jackson Avenue, and beseeched the city to do better, according to Mid-City Messenger‘s report: “We want to continue to invest in the area and we think it’s moving in a good direction, but we need the city to step up and do your job. Quite frankly, we’re tired of hearing the same things,” Redding said.

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Sep 192013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

We were shocked and saddened this week about the latest developments in the Danzinger Bridge case.  Who are the worst perpetrators?  The cops who tried to cover up what they had done? The U.S. Attorney’s Office for using anonymous blogs to spin their tale? Or the Justice Department, while charged with providing oversight for local U.S. Attorneys, almost turned a blind eye to what might be going on here in the Big Easy. Continue reading »

Sep 182013
 
The John A. Shaw Elementary School building in the St. Roch neighborhood. (via latterblum.com)

The John A. Shaw Elementary School building in the St. Roch neighborhood. (via latterblum.com)

ENCORE Academy, one of the city’s newer charter schools, plans to move to a permanent location at the former John A. Shaw Elementary School building in the St. Roch neighborhood next year, school leaders said. Continue reading »

Sep 172013
 
John Hill, center, a former director of the Forum for Equality whose house was the target of anti-gay vandalism, introduces other victims of hate crimes at a forum at the Jewish Community Center on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

John Hill, center, a former director of the Forum for Equality whose house was the target of anti-gay vandalism, introduces other victims of hate crimes at a forum at the Jewish Community Center on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Laws that add additional punishments for crimes that are motivated by hate are necessary because they give equal protection to all citizens, not just “special groups,” an attorney for the Anti-Defamation League said Tuesday night.

Hate-crime laws punish acts of violence motivated by bias based on race, religion, sexual orientation or other characteristics, said ADL legal counsel David Barkey. And because everyone has a race, a gender or a sexual identification, everyone is protected, so everyone has a stake in making sure such incidents are reported and prosecuted, Barkey said in an educational session on hate-crime laws at the Jewish Community Center sponsored by his group and the Forum for Equality. Continue reading »

Sep 172013
 
Robert "Kool Black" Horton and Ameca Reali. (photo by jewel bush for UptownMessenger.com)

Robert “Kool Black” Horton and Ameca Reali. (photo by jewel bush for UptownMessenger.com)

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Ameca Reali joins a small group at the corner of Orleans Avenue and North Galvez Street near the Lafitte Housing Development. Donning oversized shades, Reali recognizes that this particular day in September is a scorcher and immediately thanks the volunteers for braving the high temperatures, especially on a Friday afternoon.

After Reali leads a quick huddle, everyone takes off in separate directions to begin the task of distributing fliers for a unique community event she is organizing: an expungement fair.
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Sep 142013
 
(From left) Christopher Davis, Joseph Davis and Sheldon Jefferson (via opcso.org)

(From left) Christopher Davis, Joseph Davis and Sheldon Jefferson (via opcso.org)

Christopher Davis, 18, was sentenced to 35 years in prison and Sheldon Jefferson, 16, was sentenced to 30 years for their roles after pleading guilty this week in the February rape and kidnapping of a woman from in front of her Garden District home, according to a report by Mike Perlstein of our partners at WWL-TV. The third defendant, 17-year-old Joseph Davis, is set to be in court on Monday. Continue reading »

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Sep 142013
 
4609 Freret, the new home of Villere Realty, Du Mois Gallery and now Uptown Messenger. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

4609 Freret, the new home of Villere Realty, Du Mois Gallery and now Uptown Messenger. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Uptown Messenger and Mid-City Messenger have moved into the new location of the Du Mois gallery and Villere Realty at 4609 Freret, and the space will have its grand opening from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight (Saturday, Sept. 14) for the premiere of a new show at the gallery, “Bathworks,” featuring the art of Brett Reif and Arlyn Jimenez.

Come by, see our beautiful new home (right in the middle of the block with our great neighbors at Zeus’ Place, the Freret Neighborhood Center, Dennis Barber Shop and Bloomin’ Deals and across from Company Burger), enjoy some drinks and some live music. Hope to see you there!

Sep 132013
 

Marta Jewson

Marta Jewson of our sister site at Mid-City Messenger will be speaking about her work covering charter schools Saturday morning at the Rising Tide conference on new media and the future of New Orleans. The panel discussion, “Charter School Access and Accountability,” begins at 11:30 a.m. and will be moderated by attorney Scott Sternberg, who has also represented Uptown Messenger.

See Mid-City Messenger for a discussion with Jewson about the charter-school system.

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Sep 132013
 
The former Frank's Steakhouse site on Freret Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former Frank’s Steakhouse site on Freret Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The possibility that an upscale student-housing development may be planned for the large block of Freret Street where the former Frank’s Steakhouse still remains a shuttered landmark is being met with concern and questions by people in the neighborhood. Continue reading »