Jan 082013

A group of about a dozen parents at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans sent a letter to state education officials asking for an official investigation into recent “missteps” by the school board regarding its firing and hiring of school leaders, according to a report by The Lens. State Superintendent John White replied via email that he is awaiting recommendations from a consultant he recently secured for the school about the “issues with the school’s operations that go beyond the appointment of one person,” the report states.

Jan 072013

Owen Courreges

In last week’s column I discussed the assault weapons ban being bandied about by local politicians and activist groups, concluding that the term “assault weapon” is vague, ill-defined, and does not refer to characteristics of firearms that have any significant impact on the danger they pose. Nothing has changed my mind about that.

However, the agenda we’re seeing with respect to guns goes further than just the assault weapons ban.  A couple of weeks ago, the New Orleans City Council unanimously passed a resolution asking for “renewed scrutiny” of gun control laws.  Although the resolution’s unspecific language may sound like non-committal pabulum (and it certainly is that), the resolution was generally received as being a call for more gun control. Continue reading »

Jan 072013

820 General Pershing Street

A plan to demolish a home on General Pershing Street to make way for a parking lot for an as-yet-undisclosed business planned for Magazine Street will appear before another city panel Tuesday, after a different aspect of the request was rejected last month. Continue reading »

Jan 062013

The Phunny Phorty Phellows prepare to leave from the streetcar barn on Willow on their Twelfth Night ride through Uptown New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With champagne, confetti and an array of audacious costumes, the Phunny Phorty Phellows made their annual St. Charles Avenue streetcar ride Sunday evening to herald the start of the 2013 Carnival season.

Confetti flies from the windows of the Phunny Phorty Phellows streetcar on Willow Street as the crowds clamor for beads. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 052013

Thomas Warren (via opcso.org)

A man was stabbed in a struggle with a would-be robber on Magazine Street early Friday morning, police said. Meanwhile, investigators are looking for a man who attacked a woman leaving a Garden District bar and stole her purse earlier this week in a separate case, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Jan 052013

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Whereever we go this week, we hear New Orleanians complain about their own “fiscal cliff,” increased property tax bills. What’s wrong with Erroll Williams, they say? Doesn’t he know we like our properties to be under-assessed? No one likes their taxes to go up. And paying the new bills might cause some of us to eat out a few less times or cut down on our Mardi Gras expenses. But all in all, life in New Orleans is pretty darn good. Continue reading »

Jan 042013

Publiq House opens on Freret Street.(Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

After more than a year and a half in the works, the new Publiq House music venue on Freret Street is open and planning its first show this weekend.

Saturday night Erika Flowers and Liquid Peace Revolution will play at Publiq House.
(Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 042013

Craig Giesecke

I’ve been spending a little time lately at job interviews – not that I’m unhappy in my current position (decent hours and health insurance count for a lot. I also really like the folks I’m working with). But I figure it’s always a good idea to keep up with what’s going on in the city’s food and restaurant industry. One of the best ways is to talk to would-be owners and managers to find out who’s planning to do what. While I’m always interested in opportunity and in getting back to running my own shop one day, it’s also good mental exercise. Continue reading »

Jan 042013

The anarchist approach to spirituality, Tolstoy, poster design, prison policy, hurricane response and numerous other topics will be discussed at the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Center on O.C. Haley Boulevard this weekend as the North American Anarchist Studies Network holds its fourth annual conference in New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Jan 032013

Firefighters extinguish a few remaining hot spots at the Sullivan Stained Glass Studio on Magazine Street after a fire burned the front of the building Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A stained-glass studio on Magazine Street caught fire Thursday afternoon while its owner was renovating the front of it, but firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze quickly enough to prevent any serious structural damage. Continue reading »

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Jan 022013

Locations of the New Year’s Eve robbery on Jefferson and New Year’s Day fight on Annunciation. (map via NOPD)

In a rash of New Year’s violence around Uptown New Orleans, a man was robbed at gunpoint on Jefferson Avenue, a Gert Town man was beaten in his home by men demanding money, another man was stabbed several times in a fight on Annunciation Street and a Milan resident was shot on his porch, according to initial police reports. Continue reading »