Jul 242014
 
Carrollton Station owner Michael Miller (left) explains his experience taking his bar smoke-free to a handful of non-smoking advocates, members of the media and smoker Elizabeth Stella (seated far right) on Wednesday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Carrollton Station owner Michael Miller (left) explains his experience taking his bar smoke-free to a handful of non-smoking advocates, members of the media and smoker Elizabeth Stella (seated far right) on Wednesday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

This week, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell’s office is launching a series of events — call it a blitz, maybe a crusade — promoting her vision of smoke-free bars across New Orleans.

Wednesday’s event at Carrollton Station was intended to be a forum for bar owners to discuss the issue. Despite personal invitations from her staff to proprietors and public announcements in a variety of media outlets, however, the only person from the public to show up was a single, angry, ardent smoker.

Why the low turnout? Carrollton Station owner Michael Miller — who took the bar smoke-free when he bought it last year — said that many of his colleagues likely see the smoke-free trend as inevitable, and may even be privately looking forward to such a ban.

“The opposition we’ve gotten has not been from bar owners,” Anna Nguyen, a Cantrell staffer, agreed afterward. “It’s been from patrons.” Continue reading »

Jul 212014
 

Owen Courreges

Keeping your eye on the road matters.  Sometimes it just prevents you from being a jerk, other times it can save somebody’s life.

Case in point: Earlier this past week I was going down Oak Street looking for a parking space on the street. When I saw one, I immediately hand signaled (my car is 63 years old and lacks turn signals) and slowed next to the spot. A white SUV was approaching behind me from the intersection, so I held the hand-signal for a few seconds, believing that the SUV would see the signal and leave me sufficient space. Continue reading »

Jul 162014
 
Police are searching for suspects of armed robberies that happened Monday (NOPD).

Police are searching for suspects of armed robberies that happened Monday (NOPD).

New Orleans Police Department Second District officers are seeking suspects in two armed robbery crimes that occurred same day, they said during a weekly district meeting Wednesday.

Two black males robbed a man sitting on his porch at around 4:20 a.m. on Monday, July 14, Lt. Doug Eckert said at the meeting.

The two suspects pulled up to the victim’s house, located in the 3600 block of Eagle Street, in a white car and approached him while carrying a handgun, according to Eckert. Continue reading »

Jul 142014
 
Operation Save America is bringing its "Gentle Revolution" to New Orleans, according to its website. (via operationsaveamerica.org)

Operation Save America is bringing its “Gentle Revolution” to New Orleans, according to its website. (via operationsaveamerica.org)

The New Orleans Police Department’s Second District is preparing for Operation Save America anti-abortion protests planned for Uptown starting this weekend, police said at a meeting in headquarters Friday.

Operation Save America, a fundamentalist Christian conservative organization that opposes abortion, has planned a series of protests from Saturday (July 19) to July 26 that they refer to as “Battle for the Heart and Soul of New Orleans.” The movement is sparked by Planned Parenthood’s designs for a new 7,000-square-foot facility on South Claiborne Avenue that would perform abortions, according to the organization’s website. Continue reading »

Jul 122014
 
A carjacking in the Riverbend, and two robberies on Fourth and Baronne streets. Not pictured: Saturday morning's robbery on St. Charles Avenue. (map via NOPD)

A carjacking in the Riverbend, and two robberies on Fourth and Baronne streets. Not pictured: Saturday morning’s robbery on St. Charles Avenue. (map via NOPD)

A series of four armed robberies have been reported around the Uptown area between Thursday evening and Saturday morning — including a carjacking in the Riverbend and an online-dating setup, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Jul 102014
 
Gerard Gray (via NOPD)

Gerard Gray (via NOPD)

Jonterry Bernard (via opcso.org)

Jonterry Bernard (via opcso.org)

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on attempted-murder charges in connection with a shooting Tuesday afternoon that wounded two men on the basketball court at A.L. Davis Park in Central City, but investigators are still seeking the public’s help finding a second man believed to be involved, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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