A suitcase left unattended on a Magazine Street sidewalk through the Garden District and Irish Channel caused a bomb scare that closed the street briefly on Monday morning, authorities said.
The other day, I heard an anecdote about a man who parked in a gas station in Orleans Parish and wound up in a confrontation with a tow company. Apparently, he’d pulled in to buy something from the convenience store, but first decided to check out the menu posted in the window of a restaurant next door. When he came back less than five minutes later, a tow company was already hooking up his car and demanded $90 to release it. The man protested and the police were called out, who promptly backed the tow company.
A group of alumni of Xavier University Preparatory High School “have entered into an agreement to purchase the school” from the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and keep it open as an independent Catholic school next year, according to an announcement Monday morning.
The mayor’s top attorney, a Loyola professor and a top financial officer from Tulane are among the five newest members of the Lusher Charter School governing board, added Saturday morning as the school prepares to confront a budget deficit and ongoing facilities challenges.
Around noon on Saturday, April 13, the victim had just used the ATM at a store in the 2300 block of South Claiborne (near First Street) when a man approached from behind, snatched the money out of his hand, said “thank you” and ran off, said NOPD Sgt. Danny Scanlan at the weekly meeting of Sixth District leadership. The victim and a witness standing nearby tried to grab the man but he got free, and they chased him up First Street and onto Rex Place where he jumped a fence and escaped, Scanlan said.
A security camera nearby captured a photo of the suspect. Anyone who can identify him is asked to call Sixth District Detective Ed Johnson at 658-6060 or CrimeStoppers at 822-1111.
West Carrollton residents beset by an oily sheen over their homes, cars and gardens are bearing the brunt of providing drinking water to the rest of the city from a century-old facility hobbled by emergency measures taken after Hurricane Katrina, officials said, and it may be another year before repairs progress enough to make a difference in the problem.
I’ll finally be getting an opportunity in the coming month or so to do what I enjoy most – coming up with menu items to pair with beer at a dinner or other special event. While I never think of myself of actually going “to work,” it is at times like these that I really feel like I’m being paid for something I’d be doing anyway. It’s one of the ways in which the culinary, art and musical worlds are very similar to each other.
A 44-year-old man was shot around 9:45 p.m. Thursday in a robbery attempt under the overpass bridge near Carondelet Street, authorities said.
The victim told police he was under the bridge at Calliope and Carondelet when he was approached by a man with a gun who demanded money, according to an initial police report. He refused and heard a shot ring out, then walked to a gas station at Lee Circle where he discovered that he had been shot, the police report states.
The victim is described in the report as “extremely intoxicated and uncooperative.”
Anyone with information should call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111.
KIPP New Orleans Schools will participate in the 2013 charter-application process, potentially growing beyond the nine schools the system already operates to additional campuses in the city or around the state, according to a report by Erin Krall of The Lens.
A new bakery and a new casual French bistro have opened on Magazine Street, and the commercial building that houses the Big Top performance space and the Mais Arepas restaurant has been sold, according to recent reports.
Children’s Hospital signed a lease in January for the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital that required mental-health services there as a way to continue negotiating to purchase the building outright, but planned all along to keep its psychiatric services at the DePaul campus nearby, hospital officials told the New Orleans City Council on Thursday morning.
Desmond A. Pratt Sr., 43, “was immediately placed on emergency suspension without pay after he was arrested at his home,” according to our partners at WWL-TV. The victim was a 15-year-old girl, according to a NOPD news release.
Many of you may not know State Rep. Wesley Bishop, born in the Ninth Ward. Bishop grew up in Lower 9 and, as an adult, has been a resident of Eastern New Orleans. It is guys like Bishop who are going to help make New Orleans safer because his greatest concerns are exactly the same as any Uptown legislator or resident – violence and crime.
State lawmakers have said that they won’t take up Gov. Bobby Jindal’s effort to eliminate state income taxes this year, but how such a move could have affected Louisiana taxpayers will be discussed by Tulane economics professors at a panel discussion at noon on Thursday.
Just two weeks after the 2013 Freret Street Festival drew record-setting crowds, Dat Dog, The Other Bar and Gasa Gasa will be hosting another festival Saturday evening, “Uptown Sounds,” featuring acoustic sets, DJs and full bands. The festival runs from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and will also feature art and film, and is being organized by Loyola University’s Music Industries Studies program, according to a post at The New Freret website.
This is a vital moment for New Orleans. Where our energy comes from will be decided in a 20 year plan that will lay out how to manage increasing energy costs, what kinds of investments should be made to meet demand, and if we are going to consider pollution as a real cost. Entergy has submitted their version of this plan and it is heavily biased towards their bottom line. We have a different vision. The Alliance for Affordable Energy is a utility consumer watchdog nonprofit that advocates for ratepayers (that is anyone who pays an electric and gas bill). We want to see a plan that works for everyone, includes a 2% annual increase in energy efficiency, and investments in clean energy. If you share this vision, please come to a critically important public hearing scheduled for this Friday. Meeting starts at 1 pm in Council Chambers and is hosted by the Council Utility Committee’s office for the sole purpose of hearing from the public. Now is your chance to be heard.