Aug 312017

WDSU anchor Travers Mackel poses a question to the six candidates running for the District B seat on the New Orleans City Council. (screenshot via YouTube)

The entire field of candidates for the open District B seat on the City Council support the removal of both red-light cameras and Confederate monuments, and also reacted to one candidate’s admission of a past opioid addiction in a recent televised debate. Continue reading »

Aug 302017

The Third Rose of Sharon Baptist Church at 2132 Third Street has received permission to rebuild a community center next door. (via Google Maps)

A drawing of the proposed community center by CIS Architects. (via city of New Orleans)

The City Council gave final permission last week to a Central City church to rebuild its community center next door. Continue reading »

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Aug 292017

Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks Tuesday afternoon about the response to Tropical Storm Harvey. (via Facebook live video)

After a surprise day off Tuesday for Tropical Storm Harvey’s rains, all students in the Orleans Parish School Board and Recovery School District will return to their schools as normal on Wednesday, officials announced. Continue reading »

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Aug 242017

Coroner Jeffrey Rouse (center) confers with NOPD Homicide detectives after the discovery of a body in November 2014. (Robert Morris,

Incumbent Orleans Parish Coroner Jeffrey Rouse has withdrawn his re-election campaign to return to private psychiatric practice, greeting the election of Dwight McKenna as the city’s first African-American coroner as the “logical next step” for the evolution of the office. Continue reading »

Aug 242017

Moderator Travers Mackel (right) poses a question to the six candidates running for the open District A seat on the City Council. (still image from YouTube video)

One candidate for the open District A seat still hasn’t decided whether Confederate statues should be removed in New Orleans, and some question whether the New Orleans Police Department is actually understaffed. Another candidate thinks pothole repairs should halt until underground drainage problems are fixed, and one thinks the Sewerage & Water Board should be abolished altogether. Continue reading »

Aug 242017

Albert Ledner (submitted photo)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

When the Louisiana Architectural Foundation decided to bring the 9th annual Architecture & Design Film Festival to New Orleans, foundation director Stacey Pfingsten knew that the festival must include the world premiere of “Designing Life: The Organic Modernism of Albert C. Ledner.”

The nation’s largest film festival devoted to architecture and design, the ADFF “celebrates the creative spirit behind many of the world’s most innovative architecture and design projects and the larger-than-life personalities who create them.” Ledner, a spry 93-year old native New Orleanian who still practices his craft, certainly fits the bill. Continue reading »

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Aug 232017

The former Zara’s property at 2042 Prytania Street, following extensive renovations. (photographed in April 2017 by Google Maps)

The former Zara’s site on Prytania Street received initial approval to reopen a grocery store there without package liquor sales, despite a Lower Garden District neighborhood dispute over whether short-term rentals should be allowed in the building’s upper-floor apartments. Continue reading »

Aug 182017

The majority of the diesel fuel that leaked from the Sewerage & Water Board plant in Carrollton has been cleaned up, and no more has appeared, but officials are still unsure how it escaped in the first place, authorities said Thursday afternoon. Continue reading »

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Aug 172017
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Candidates for elected office – especially after qualifying – are usually out kissing babies, shaking hands, and attending numerous events seven days a week. But not the highly popular New Orleans Coroner Jeffrey Rouse, first elected in 2014 after having served as deputy chief coroner and head of the office’s mental health division for twelve years. Rouse is being challenged by Dr. Dwight McKenna in the October 14, 2017 election. Continue reading »

Aug 162017

New Orleans Fire Department chief Tim McConnell speaks Wednesday afternoon at a news conference at City Hall. (via City of New Orleans)

A diesel sheen atop the water in a drainage canal in Carrollton led to the discovery Tuesday night of a leak from an underground tank at the Sewerage & Water Board plant, New Orleans city officials said Wednesday afternoon. Continue reading »

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Aug 152017

NOPD Chief Michael Harrison and Mayor Mitch Landrieu speak to the media during Mardi Gras celebrations earlier this year. (Robert Morris,

Whether to freeze property-tax assessments on homes to fight gentrification or whether the New Orleans Police Department needs a new leader were among the issues debated by candidates for City Council in a Tuesday night forum. Continue reading »

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Aug 152017

The pumping station in Broadmoor has two small pumps out, but still has most of its pumping capacity, according to the Sewerage & Water Board. (photo via Google)

Two of the 11 pumps in the Broadmoor pumping station are out of service, but the station still has most of its capacity — unlike the critically impaired stations in Lakeview, City Park and New Orleans East, officials said. Continue reading »

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Aug 112017

With a tent shielding her from the light rain Thursday afternoon, Chelsey Monroe paints a utility box at the corner of Nashville and Magazine streets. (Robert Morris,

The turbine powering the city’s pumping system that caught fire Wednesday evening has been repaired successfully, but that only restores the city’s pumping capacity to the levels prior to last weekend’s flooding, leaving New Orleans at “some risk,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced Friday morning.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks Friday morning about the status of the city’s pumping system. (via City of New Orleans)

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