The Chevron station at Carrollton and Willow was robbed at gunpoint on Thanksgiving evening during a holiday weekend that also saw another robbery in Gert Town, a shooting in west Carrollton and stabbings in Gert Town and the Lower Garden District, according to police reports.
The New Orleans Police Department recently announced that it will be dropping the use of pepper spray and using Taser devices exclusively. This reform came pursuant to the consent decree the city has entered into with the U.S. Justice Department, ostensibly over concerns of overuse of pepper spray and its greater potential for physical harm.
Sometimes, however, even good reforms can be a mixed bag.
The fire that destroyed almost the entire 3300 block of First Street in the Hoffman Triangle area of Central City is believed to have started in an abandoned building, according to a report by Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV.
A single-night photo and film exhibit Friday evening will focus on a remote region of Indonesia where a team of health care workers treated over 1,000 people this summer.
Five families were left without homes Saturday afternoon after fire consumed a block of First Street in the Hoffman Triangle area of Central City, destroying five homes and damaging five others, according to reporting from our partners at WWL-TV:
Tipitina’s Foundation is presenting three Sunday Youth Music Workshops in December.
Promethean Theatre Company will bring its inaugural production, a performance of Christopher Durang’s “Titanic” and “The Actor’s Nightmare,” to the stage this weekend at Tulane University.
The Original Men, Original New Orleans Ladies and Junior Buck Jumpers will start their annual second line on Earhart Boulevard near Carrollton at noon and head down the Washington and Louisiana avenue corridor to finish at Seventh and Dryades in Central City at 4 p.m., according to a route sheet published by Gambit’s Big Red Cotton.
As low-key as I try to keep any holiday anymore, at least at home, the opposite was certainly true at work over the past week. I’m still in recovery mode.
Each year, more and more folks are buying what a friend calls “pre-fab” holiday meals. These are the ones that are pre-cooked and packaged all in one box. All you have to do is pick up, heat up (about an hour for the turkey or ham), transfer to serving plate or bowl (or not) and there ya go – all the smells and (most of) the flavors (everyone’s family is different) and a lot less of the cleanup.
The “Black Friday” madness may have been over late Friday morning at the Walmart on Tchoupitoulas — the parking lot was less full than on an average weekend evening — but a line of a different sort formed around 11 a.m.: several dozen protesters shouting their disapproval of the retail behemoth’s employment practices.
“They say ‘Rollback,’” the protesters cried. “We say ‘Fight back!’”
Who’s ready for some serious shopping today? Prepared to fight the masses for a 2-for-1 special on socks? Willing to get elbowed in the ribs for some celebrity endorsed perfume gift sets? Risking life and limb for a deeply discounted flat screen TV? No thanks, I think I’ll pass.
As they handed out hundreds of turkey plates, each with all the fixings, volunteers at the annual Bridge House / Grace House Thanksgiving dinner described Thursday morning as their chance to give back.
“I’ve done this for a few years,” said volunteer Dat Nguyen from the serving line. He added, “My family lives all over the country, so this is my time to help out.”
We will never get out of our minds the picture of then-U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert in the wake of Hurricane Katrina asking of New Orleans, “Why would anyone want to rebuild there?” He later apologized but we thought the question marked Hastert as forever an idiot.
This year’s Thanksgiving meal will be the first at the New Orleans Mission since Hurricane Katrina, reports Scott Satchfield and our partners at WWL-TV.
Bricolage Academy will become the next new charter school to open from the ground up in New Orleans next fall, after the full Orleans Parish School Board voted unanimously in favor of the project Tuesday evening.
The next step for the fledgling school is to nail down a location — with Uptown options a priority — before opening admissions for four small classes of kindergarten students.