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Jan 312019
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer made a wise choice in his selection of former Georgia state representative Stacey Abrams, 45, to deliver the Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union address February 5. A rising star who narrowly lost a bid for governor in 2018, Abrams preached a vision of prosperity and equality that resonated with voters and donors. As a rebuttal speaker to President Trump, Abrams represents three important target audiences Democrats must stitch together – she is an African-American female, under the age of 50, and progressive — rather than liberal-to-a-fault, like many of the party’s fiery new faces. Continue reading »

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Jan 302019
 

Lead author Molly Keogh shot this photo near Bohemia, looking northeast over the marshes of Breton Sound in southeastern Louisiana. (courtesy of Tulane University)

By Barri Bronston, Tulane University

A new Tulane University study questions the reliability of how sea-level rise in low-lying coastal areas such as southern Louisiana is measured and suggests that the current method underestimates the severity of the problem. The research is the focus of a news article published this week in the journal “Science.”

Relative sea-level rise, which is a combination of rising water level and subsiding land, is traditionally measured using tide gauges. But researchers Molly Keogh and Torbjörn Törnqvist argue that in coastal Louisiana, tide gauges tell only a part of the story.

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Jan 302019
 

The Krewe of Carrollton saluted “Tax Season” in its 2016 parade. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Although New Orleanians may be focused on Carnival season in the coming months, we can’t forget it’s also tax season.

If you have difficulty seeing your way through all the forms and instructions, there’s help. The federal Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is offering guidance to taxpayers.

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Jan 292019
 

Project NOLA Director Bryan Lagarde with Big Freedia, who paid for the city’s first gunshot detection crime camera in honor of her brother, who was shot to death in Central City. (courtesy of Project NOLA)

The city’s first gunshot-detection crime camera was installed last week on Martin Luther King Boulevard, Project NOLA reported. Sponsored by bounce music star Big Freedia, it was installed one year after Freedia’s younger brother Adam Ross was killed in a Central City shooting.

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Jan 292019
 

From left: Dontas Robinson, 21, Earic McDougle, 21, and Koiy Evans, 20. (via NOPD)

New Orleans police officers have arrested three suspects in Hollygrove for alleged involvement in drug and gun violations.

On Jan. 23, with the assistance of NOPD’s Special Operations Division, Second District Task Force Officers executed a search warrant in the 3300 block of Cherry Street, near the Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School.

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Jan 282019
 

The NOPD Second District has canceled its February monthly NONPACC meeting, originally scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 29, so that the district may prepare for Mardi Gras enforcement.

The next scheduled NONPACC meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Second District station, located at 3401 Broadway St. The public is invited to attend.

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Jan 282019
 

Maurice Carlos Ruffin presents “We Cast a Shadow”
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 6-9 p.m.
Three Keys Room, The Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St.

The event sponsored by Garden District Book Shop includes with DJ music, a reading by the author, and interview between the book’s author and editor, and a book-signing. Food and beverages will be served.

“We Cast a Shadow” is set in a near-future Southern city plagued by fenced-in ghettos and police violence, where more and more residents are turning to an experimental medical procedure, demelanization.

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Jan 252019
 

The Ladies of Unity Social Aid and Pleasure Club will present its second-line parade on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 1 to 5 p.m. through the Central City, Hoffman Triangle and Broadmoor neighborhoods. The parade will begin and end at Second and Dryades streets.

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Jan 252019
 

(via NOPD)

A man was shot to death in Central City on Thursday night, the New Orleans Police Department reported.

Sixth District officers responded to a call of an aggravated battery by shooting at 6:58 p.m. in the 2100 block of Thalia Street.

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Jan 242019
 

Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks during the Katrina 10 commemoration at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

With little fanfare last July, former Mayor Mitch Landrieu created the E Pluribus Unum Fund which is serving as a fundraising vehicle to stay in the public eye — while contemplating a future in Washington, D.C. where the fund is based. “We are better together than we are apart,” the fund’s website (unumfund.org) declares.

With an initial focus on the American South, EPUF’s vision is to bring people together around common purpose, shared responsibility and opportunity rather than being divided by anger, hate and fear. Issues to be addressed include race, equity, economic opportunity and violence, as well as explore an institute for racial reconciliation, Landrieu told New York Times columnist Charles Blow in a recent interview about his often-discussed Presidential prospects. Landrieu is also serving as a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics this spring. Continue reading »

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Jan 242019
 

Marley Gras Jerk Chicken Festival is back with its original name as well as a full slate of local, national and international acts to accompany the Jamaican cuisine. The celebration of the connections between New Orleans and Caribbean culture is set for Feb. 9 at Central City BBQ, 1201 S. Rampart St.

Festival organizers and the Bob Marley family estate have resolved their legal dispute, and the festival can use the name “Marley Gras,” festival organizers announced. The name was changed to NOLA Jerk Chicken Festival in 2017, its inaugural year, in response to complaints from Marley International. But the festival continued to celebrate the reggae pioneer, who was born during Carnival season on Feb. 6.

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Jan 222019
 

Trumpeter, composer and Grammy Award winner Nicholas Payton, a New Orleans native, is headlining Starry Night Gala, a fundraiser for the Waldorf School.

The 15th annual Starry Night will be held at the New Orleans Jazz Market in Central City on Feb. 1. The gala will also feature silent and live auctions, raffles, live music, dancing, drinks and food. Tickets are available at different levels, from music-only to patron.

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Jan 222019
 

Shomari Christophe (left), Keyon Dobe, Antonio Collins (via NOPD)

New Orleans police have arrested Shomari Christophe, 18; Keyon Doby, 19; and Antonio Coillins, 20, in connection with an armed robbery that occurred on Oct. 7 in the 4900 block of Perrier Street.

At 8:55 p.m., a man, 58, was reportedly riding his bicycle on Perrier near Upperline Street when he became aware of a dark-colored vehicle driving slowly behind him. He moved to the side of the road and the vehicle, occupied by three men, allegedly stopped alongside the victim.

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Jan 212019
 

Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League and former mayor of New Orleans, speaks at the MLK commemorative celebration at the New Orleans Jazz Market on Monday, Jan. 21.

Photos by Zach Brien, Uptown Messenger

Former Mayor Marc Morial, current Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Gov. John Bel Edwards and others reflected on Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday during a rally at the New Orleans Jazz Market in Central City. After the rally, marchers and brass bands took to the streets to celebrate the life of the slain civil rights leader. Continue reading »

Jan 212019
 

Jeffrey P. Wilke, left, the 86th king of Alla, shakes hands with Lance Cpl. Montana Olle, a saxophone player with Marine Corps Band New Orleans, before the Alla parade on Feb. 4, 2018. (Cpl. Dallas Johnson, via Reserve Band Facebook page)

“There is no sharper band in all of Carnival than the local Marine Corps Band,” said Mardi Gras expert Errol Laborde. Specifically, the Marine Corps Reserve Band New Orleans.

Uptown routinely sees the Marine Corps Reserve Band’s bus and its Marines filing out and lining up to march down Jefferson Avenue, Napoleon Avenue or, in the case of Thoth, Henry Clay. Saints’ fans recently enjoyed their pregame concert performed at Champions Square outside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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