Feb 282014
 

Foti HeadshotDear Voters,

We all know that Sheriff Marlin Gusman has failed to bring any of the 171 provisions of the federal court-ordered Consent Decree into compliance.

These provisions were caused by management and leadership problems that a new building won’t fix. The Consent Decree exists because of Gusman’s inattention and refusal to address these problems over the years because he initially denied there were any problems.

 The Sheriff ’s Office is a poorly managed, inefficient operation with bloated consulting contracts that costs taxpayers millions annually.

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Feb 272014
 
A rider in the Krewe of Muses passes a throw to the crowd. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider in the Krewe of Muses passes a throw to the crowd. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Knights of Babylon rolled with a theme of “Thanks for the Memories,” the Knights of Chaos used “Chaos Goes to Hell” for their satiric parade and the Krewe of Muses presented a series of puns themed “Ready to Wear You Out” Thursday evening on the Uptown parade route.

The Knights' of Chaos "Devil's Advocate" float mocks the purchase of The Advocate newspaper by John Georges. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Knights’ of Chaos “Devil’s Advocate” float mocks the purchase of The Advocate newspaper by John Georges. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Knights of Babylon's "Pygmalion" float rolls onto Napoleon Avenue on Thursday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Knights of Babylon’s “Pygmalion” float rolls onto Napoleon Avenue on Thursday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 272014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

It’s always fun to go to the Mayor’s Mardi Gras Ball at Gallier Hall because you never know who you are going to run into. Last night’s ball was a jam-packed but chilly affair with plenty of women in stunning backless, strapless creations and masks. The first people Danae saw crawling out of a big SUV were James Carville (New Orleans best known media darling) and Ryan Berni, the Mayor’s former press secretary/campaign manager who is now contemplating his next step. Could Hillary’s campaign be on Berni’s horizon? Continue reading »

Feb 262014
 
The Archdruid's identity is never revealed (Della Hasselle, MidCityMessenger.com)

The Archdruid’s identity is never revealed (Della Hasselle, MidCityMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Ancient Druids rolled Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. from Magazine and Jefferson, followed by the Mystic Krewe of Nyx. The two parades marked the first of seven straight days of parading until Fat Tuesday.

The Krewe of Ancient Druids, a 20-float procession, marched down the route in masks, feathers and capes and threw doubloons, beads and toys. The Mystic Krewe of Nyx followed immediately after the Krewe of Ancient Druids. The women’s krewe threw purses, light-up beads, swords, crowns and plush toys during the organization’s third annual parade. The krewe had 35 floats.

Spectators catch shiny throws from the Mystic Krewe of Nyx parade Wednesday (Della Hasselle, MidCityMessenger.com).

Spectators catch shiny throws from the Mystic Krewe of Nyx parade Wednesday (Della Hasselle, MidCityMessenger.com).

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Feb 262014
 

The home invasion on Napoleon (via NOPD)

The home invasion on Napoleon (via NOPD)

A home-invasion robbery was reported Monday evening on Napoleon Avenue, and a man was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday evening on nearby Milan Street, according to New Orleans police.

In a third robbery this week in the Uptown area, a carjacking was reported on Simon Bolivar Avenue on Monday morning. Continue reading »

Feb 262014
 

Dr. Michael White and his band, The Original Liberty Jazz Band will perform for the 20th Annual Jazz Service at St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church (via St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church)

Dr. Michael White and The Original Liberty Jazz Band (via St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church)

Celebrate the city of New Orleans with traditional Jazz music Sunday morning (March 2) from renowned clairinetist Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band during the 20th Annual Jazz Service at the St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church. Continue reading »

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Feb 262014
 

With angry signs and a tall death puppet, students at Loyola University staged a demonstration Wednesday afternoon in front of the Danna Student Center to protest layoffs of staff and faculty, according to the Loyola Maroon student newspaper. The university is laying off 18 staff members and will not renew contracts for 12 more non-tenured faculty members later in the spring to balance the budget, the Maroon has reported.

Feb 262014
 

For the first time, Tulane University police are assisting the New Orleans Police Department this year with security along the Mardi Gras parade routes, according to a report by Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV. Tulane is sending five commissioned officers and one supervisor to supplement the ranks of the NOPD Second District during every Uptown parade, Commander Paul Noel says:

Feb 262014
 

Douglas Paulson (via opcso.org)

Douglas Paulson (via opcso.org)

Douglas Paulson, a 64-year-old resident of the 8500 block of Zimpel Street in the Riverbend, was arrested Tuesday evening on hundreds of charges of pornography involving juveniles, according to city crime maps and jail logs. Under Louisiana law, possession of pornography involving juveniles carries a mandatory sentence of between five and 20 years, with longer terms possible depending on the age of the victims depicted, and up to $50,000 in fines. Continue reading »

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Feb 262014
 
A float is reflected in the watery grave of a crepe myrtle. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

A float is reflected in the watery grave of a crepe myrtle. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Greetings fellow revelers!  Happy to report the first weekend of Mardi Gras 2014 seemingly unfolded with minimal fuss and maximum fanfare.  While I personally stayed Uptown, walking to this parade and that corner on Friday and Saturday, we heeded caution for Sunday’s wetness and took in a matinee at the Prytania.  So while my own experiences stayed squarely in the 70115, from all the posts I read, the otherwise premiere Carnival activities in the remainder of the Crescent City happened as expected: ‘tit Rex got small, Chewbacchus made the kessel run in less than 12 parsecs, and Barkus took a dip.  All on a Mardi Gras first weekend, as it were. Continue reading »

Feb 252014
 

The John A. Shaw Elementary School building in the St. Roch neighborhood. (via latterblum.com)

The John A. Shaw Elementary School building in the St. Roch neighborhood. (via latterblum.com)

Although a plan to renovate the John Shaw Elementary School building on Arts Street in the Seventh Ward in time for ENCORE Academy to move in over the summer is ambitious, school officials said Tuesday night that the project is progressing quickly and on track.

“It is a fast timeline, but we’ve done it before,” said Karl Jentoft, a consultant associated with the Charter School Development Corp. working with ENCORE on the project. Continue reading »

Feb 252014
 
A drawing of the proposed community center included in city documents.

A drawing of the proposed community center included in city documents.

Kevin Brown (via tccno.org)

Kevin Brown (via tccno.org)

A long-delayed plan to create a new community center on Monroe Street in west Carrollton — now slated to be a new home for Hollygrove’s Trinity Christian Community — received a thumbs-up from the New Orleans City Planning Commission on Tuesday, and organizers say they now have the funding in line for the project to move forward. Continue reading »

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Feb 252014
 
Ben Polcer (left), Cassidy Holden (center) and Luke Winslow King (right) will perform at The Norwegian Church on Sunday, March 2. (via Luke Winslow King Music)

Ben Polcer (left), Cassidy Holden (center) and Luke Winslow King (right) will perform at The Norwegian Church on Sunday, March 2. (via Luke Winslow King Music)

Before the Krewe of Thoth rolls on the Uptown route Sunday morning, New Orleans musician Luke Winslow King will perform at a jazz worship service at The Norwegian Church in the Lower Garden District. Continue reading »

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Feb 252014
 

St. Charles Avenue homeowners are allowed by the city to fence in landscaping they create between the sidewalk and the street to protect them from Mardi Gras parade goers, but nearby residents say too many new landscaping projects and fences are cropping up this year, restricting where the public can watch, according to a report by Meg Farris of our partners at WWL-TV. City officials say only one new fencing permit was issued this year, at Constantinople Street, but Farris pointed to other plots that are fenced in without any apparent landscaping.

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Feb 252014
 

Independent auditors have raised questions about thousands of dollars of credit card spending at Sophie B. Wright Charter School; Bricolage Academy will spend a second year at its temporary home at Touro Infirmary; and the International School of Louisiana drew the most early applications of any school under the city’s new OneApp admissions process, according to recent reports. Continue reading »

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Feb 242014
 
Lt. Gen. Russell Honore addresses the Louisiana Landmarks Society on Monday evening at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lt. Gen. Russell Honore addresses the Louisiana Landmarks Society on Monday evening at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lt. Gen. Russell Honore, best known for his no-nonsense leadership in New Orleans immediately following Hurricane Katrina, returned to the city Monday night in his new role: condemning entire generations of Louisiana lawmakers for an acquiescence to major chemical companies that is now compromising the future of the state.

Speaking before the Louisiana Landmarks Society at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in the center of Uptown New Orleans, Honore may have been preaching to the choir, or, as he calls them, his “Green Army.” What they really wanted to know — like so many audiences the general has spoken to around the state — is whether Honore plans to run for governor. Continue reading »

Feb 242014
 

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Get personal assistance from local organizations to help you enroll for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, by attending events by the new Health Insurance Marketplace through the end of March.

The St. Thomas Community Health Center will host information sessions and offer one-on-one assistance on Friday (Feb. 28) and twice more in March, and the Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center will host an event on March 8. Continue reading »

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