Robert Morris

Jan 092014
 
Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Judge Michael Bagneris and NAACP President Danatus King at the Holy Name of Jesus School. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Judge Michael Bagneris and NAACP President Danatus King at the Holy Name of Jesus School. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Either the city of New Orleans made tremendous progress in the last four years, or it has not really come as far as its leaders are saying. Or, is it going in the wrong direction entirely?

These were the three positions staked out by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Judge Michael Bagneris and NAACP President Danatus King in a debate before the Alliance for Good Government on Thursday evening. Landrieu, defending his first term, argued that his administration has made impressive strides in a city with both immediate and long-term problems. Bagneris accused Landrieu of misleading the public with distorted reports, and King argued that Landrieu has enacted policies that will ultimately weaken the city through the inequality they create. Continue reading »

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Jan 092014
 
Police investigate the scene of a fatal shooting at Calhoun and Hewes streets. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police investigate the scene of a fatal shooting at Calhoun and Hewes streets. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A dispute between a woman and her ex-boyfriend turned deadly late Thursday morning on a quiet stretch of Calhoun Street, when a third man intervened in the argument and ended up shooting the ex-boyfriend to death, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Jan 092014
 

alliance for good governmentThe Alliance for Good Government candidate forums, which begin tonight (Thursday, Jan. 9) with several City Council districts and the mayoral candidates, will be held in the second-floor auditorium at Holy Name of Jesus School. Continue reading »

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Jan 082014
 
The blue tent where people staying under the Pontchartrain Expressway said a woman was found dead Wednesday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The blue tent where people staying under the Pontchartrain Expressway said a woman was found dead Wednesday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A woman was found dead in a tent Wednesday afternoon underneath the Pontchartrain Expressway overpass at the edge of New Orleans’ Central Business District, after a night so cold that area homeless advocates were out trying to get as many people indoors as possible. Continue reading »

Jan 082014
 

A house burns in a fire in the 2000 block of First Street. (photo via WWL-TV)

A house burns in a fire in the 2000 block of First Street. (photo via WWL-TV)

A fire that began in a vacant Central City home on First Street early Wednesday morning spread to two neighboring houses, ultimately displacing three families totaling 12 people, New Orleans firefighters said. Continue reading »

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Jan 082014
 
Ladders form a backdrop to the Krewe of Proteus on Napoleon Avenue in 2012. A proposed new law would require all ladders be six feet back from the curb. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Ladders form a backdrop to the Krewe of Proteus on Napoleon Avenue in 2012. A proposed new law would require all ladders be six feet back from the curb. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

All Mardi Gras ladders must be kept at least six feet back from the curb during parades, and may not be chained together, under a set of new laws being introduced this week before the New Orleans City Council. Continue reading »

Jan 082014
 
David Capasso, Jason Coleman and Susan Guidry appear before the Independent Women's Organization on Monday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

David Capasso, Jason Coleman and Susan Guidry appear before the Independent Women’s Organization on Monday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Violent crime in neighborhoods, economic development and opportunity, balancing the city budget and even gay marriage and marijuana legalization were all discussed Tuesday night by Democratic candidates in the New Orleans city elections, many appearing on the same stage for the first time a mere three weeks before the Feb. 1 election day.

The pace was brisk and the tone was mostly — though not always — genial as the Independent Women’s Organization asked a handful of questions to more than two dozen Democratic candidates for mayor, City Council and other citywide offices. Continue reading »

Jan 082014
 

After closing for repairs to the heating system amid Tuesday’s icy weather, the Claiborne campus of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans will reopen today (Wednesday, Jan. 8), school officials said.

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Jan 072014
 

Following the holidays, New Orleans voters may feel like the Feb. 1 elections are coming on a compressed schedule, with Election Day just three weeks from Saturday. But several civic groups are quickly mobilizing to provide residents with opportunities to hear from the candidates first-hand in the next two weeks, starting today (Tuesday, Jan. 7). Continue reading »

Jan 062014
 
Wearing a streetcar tiara, a member of the Phunny Phorty Phellows wishes everyone a "Happy Mardi Gras" before boarding the St. Charles Avenue streetcar on Monday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Wearing a streetcar tiara, a member of the Phunny Phorty Phellows wishes everyone a “Happy Mardi Gras” before boarding the St. Charles Avenue streetcar on Monday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Despite temperatures that dipped below “phreezing,” the Phunny Phorty Phellows made their annual Twelfth Night ride down the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line Monday to mark the end of Christmas and the beginning of the Carnival season. Continue reading »

Jan 062014
 
The New Orleans RTA is making good on their promise not to let streetcar track repairs interfere with the Phunny Phorty Phellows ride. (via Twitter)

The New Orleans RTA is making good on their promise not to let streetcar track repairs interfere with the Phunny Phorty Phellows ride. (via Twitter)

Although most passengers on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line will be taking shuttles through the construction zone this year, the Phunny Phorty Phellows aren’t “most passengers” — and their ride tonight will proceed as normal, officials say. Continue reading »

Jan 062014
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

Five robberies at gunpoint were reported across the Uptown area over the weekend, from a carjacking at the edge of the Lower Garden District to a business robbery on the Garden District stretch of Magazine Street, and neighborhood robberies in Central City and East Carrollton, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »