The difference in how District 6 Orleans Parish School Board member Woody Koppel and challenger Jason Coleman describe the state of the school system is almost like asking whether the glass is half full or half empty.
In the middle of Sunday afternoon, a man got out of a silver car about a block away from one of Uptown’s busiest intersections, fired at least two shots and drove off — leaving neighbors both concerned and baffled and police with a possible felony firearms case to investigate.
Barely a month into the school year at New Orleans Science and Math High School, Dr. Richard Best announced his resignation as school director last week following a nearly two-hour closed-door session with the school board, reports Erin Krall of The Lens’ charter school reporting corps. Board members did not explain his resignation at the meeting, but voted to maintain the leadership of academic director Claire Jecklin and student-development director Chana Benenson, Krall reported.
Best, a former professor of education in Chicago, arrived at the school in February of this year to begin preparing for the 2012-13 year.
After the front yard of a new home on Burdette Street was “paved 100 percent,” city inspectors are refusing to issue a Certificate of Occupancy until the work is remedied, reports Karen Gadbois of The Lens.
“Have fun seeing Three Doors Down!” echoed outside the Tin Roof Brewery in Baton Rouge one warm Friday eve this past summer as a group left their cohorts behind. And I laughed and said quietly to myself, “Who could have fun seeing Three Doors Down!?” In fairness I was headed to the very same venue where Three Doors Down was about to play, only not to see them, but the headlining act, ZZ Top. And to be fair again, I know full well ZZ Top is not everyone’s cup of tea. Many that know me wonder about my affinity for the “little ol’ band from Texas.” And so surely there are those that will laugh in my direction should a similar expression of anticipated cheer be thrown out there: “Have fun seeing ZZ Top!” Laugh on, I say, these guys are an American treasure. Three Doors Down? Not so much. But hey, if they keep at for over 40 years with the same members without ever having broken up and still tour and record, then call me. In the mean time I’ll stick with the three mostly bearded musicians that just released their latest album last week. Even Oreo took note of this.
Former Mayor Ray Nagin’s “failed efforts to revitalize the hulking former Entergy power plant in the Lower Garden District could turn out to be key to backing up the allegation that Nagin at least tried to help his benefactors,” those who allegedly gave him cash, truckloads of granite, and even a job, reports David Hammer of our partners at WWL-TV.
In a rapid series of detailed questions, the four candidates running for the open District B seat on the New Orleans City Council were tested Tuesday night on how well they know their way around city government, from filling potholes to writing the budget.
Tulane University architecture professor John Klingman lives in a century-old Garden District home without air conditioning by choice, controlling the flow of air through the house with shutters, screened windows and constantly fans. After Hurricane Isaac’s power outages prompted widespread reflection on the role of air conditioning in the city, Klingman’s decision and others like him recently drew the interest of Times-Picayune reporter John Pope in an article about the lifestyle.
A map of debris collection since Hurricane Isaac released by the city Monday shows strong progress in Uptown’s university area, Broadmoor, parts of Central City, and on either side of Magazine Street between Jefferson and Napoleon. In other many neighborhoods from the Lower Garden District to Audubon Park, however, the map indicates that debris contractors have yet to make their “first pass.”
Members of the Faubourg Delachaise Neighborhood Association will hear from the four candidates for the District B seat on the City Council at their quarterly meeting tonight, as well as discuss the new accelerated high school at the Bauduit campus and new businesses in the neighborhood.
Candidates for three judicial seats and two open City Council seats will appear tonight (Tuesday, Sept. 18) on the Loyola University campus in forums sponsored by the Alliance for Good Government, followed by school board candidates tomorrow night.
A 30-year-old man was shot to death Monday morning on South Prieur Street in the Hoffman Triangle area of Central City, authorities said.
Article by Craig Giesecke, for UptownMessenger.com
Organizers of the new Krewe of Freret are pushing ahead with plans to roll their first parade during the coming Carnival season, remaining optimistic even though a recently-approved 2013 parade calendar does not yet include them.
Two people face charges after separate incidents Saturday evening in which they allegedly used bottles to cut people they were arguing with, police said.
I think the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWB) needs to adopt a new motto to shift attention away from its staggering waste, corruption and general incompetence. That motto should be: “Hey, at least we don’t still have a horseshoer on staff!”
It recently became news that Detroit Water and Sewerage Department actually still employs a horseshoer, although it has no horses. Apparently this man does nothing but collect a paycheck, and a decent one at that — $29,245 in salary and about $27,000 in benefits. Apparently union rules keep the man on staff, and the union isn’t budging.
A fire that broke out shortly after 4 a.m. Monday at a home at 9035 Pritchard Place heavily damaged the vacant house where it started and also caused some damage to the two houses on either side of it, displacing one family but harming no one, according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV.