Feb 042013
 

Rufus Bray (via opcso.org)

Rufus Bray, 22, begged the mother of 26-year-old Antoine Martin to find a way to forgive him as he pleaded guilty last week to fatally shooting her son during an argument while they rode in a car together in the 2100 block of Rousseau Street in May of 2011, according to a report by Claire Galofaro of the Times-Picayune. Bray received a 30-year-prison sentence, and Martin’s mother said she pitied him because her own son also had good qualities but was unable to resist getting caught up in a dangerous lifestyle, Galofaro writes.

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Feb 042013
 

Owen Courreges

New Orleans is the city of the pit bull.  Last year Gambit reported that New Orleans has one of the highest rates of pit bull ownership per capita in the country.  It is home to the Sula Foundation, a nonprofit aimed at “fostering responsible pit bull ownership” which raises money by selling yearly calendars of the “Pit Bulls of New Orleans.”  It is home to “Ban Ignorance, Not Pit Bulls,” a group established to “advocate for pit bull rights and educate the general public in a positive way that will help lessen the ignorance concerning pit bulls.”

For you TV junkies out there, the evidence is even more apparent.  The Animal Planet reality series “Pit Bulls and Parolees,” which pairs ex-cons with pit bulls, aired its 2012 season in New Orleans after relocating its rescue and adoption facility to the Lower 9th Ward from Los Angeles.  The show cited onerous regulations as the primary driver of the move. Continue reading »

Feb 032013
 

Firefighters cool off after extinguishing a fire at Slim Goodies diner Sunday night on Magazine Street while employees and well-wishers gather at the door. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A small fire broke out Sunday evening in Slim Goodies diner on Magazine Street, but firefighters said there was little structural damage to the building and the owner said she hopes to reopen quickly.
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Feb 032013
 

Officials stand near pieces of the Imagination Playground being donated to the city on Saturday. (submitted photo)

The “Super Saturday of Service” brought two citywide celebrations of volunteerism to the Lyons Center park in the Irish Channel, as the city received the donation of an “Imagination Playground” that includes large blue foam blocks for children to play with, and volunteers celebrated the replanting of the 20,000th tree since Hurricane Katrina. Continue reading »

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Feb 032013
 

The Superdome can be seen through a hole in the roof of the former Myrtle Banks school on O.C. Haley Boulevard, which is slated for redevelopment. (Photo by Steve Beatty used with permission from The Lens.)

While the Superdome and the so-called “Clean Zone” around it have been the focus of numerous improvements leading up to the Super Bowl, some of the city’s most severe blight remains literally right next door in Central City, as shown in a photo essay by the editors of The Lens.

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Feb 032013
 

Chelsea Thornton (via opcso.org)

Chelsea Thornton, who allegedly shot her 3-year-old son to death and drowned her 4-year-old daughter in the bathtub of their Gert Town apartment in October, was indicted this week on two charges of first-degree murder, but is expected to plead not guilty by reason of insanity, according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV.

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Feb 032013
 

Rocco’s Tavern on Maple Street has become Redd’s under new management will now only allow people 21 and older to enter, according to a report by Brandon Curran of The Hullabaloo student newspaper. Meanwhile, The Palms Bar and Grill at Broadway and Freret has lowered its entry age from 21 to 19, Curran reports, pleasing older Tulane freshmen but leaving 18-year-olds feeling left out.

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Feb 032013
 

Residents of the River Garden mixed-income housing community are “absolutely terrified” of NOPD Officer Jayson Germann, who works a private security detail there, says Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson, adding that the 37 complaints against him in the last four years should be taken seriously, according to a report by Richard Webster of the Times-Picayune. Germann’s attorney says the complaints are common for a narcotics officer like Germann, and that only two have been sustained, and NOPD officials say that recent training for Germann has greatly reduced the number of complaints against him, Webster reports.

Feb 032013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

John Georges’ “serious interest” in purchasing The Advocate, the state’s largest circulation newspaper with regional editions in several media markets around the state, would be a big win for New Orleans. Georges is the kind of savvy businessman whose mind is always at work thinking about different opportunities that interest him or might be helpful in assisting him to reach goals that would be good for him and the community he cares about. Continue reading »

Feb 022013
 

Lusher Charter School will extend health benefits to employees’ same-sex partners, the school board decided at a Saturday morning meeting.

The cost to the school is not immediately known — it is unclear how many same-sex couples are among the school’s staff, and of them how many would want to enroll with their partner’s health plan, officials said. But even if the cost was high, board chair Blaine LeCesne says the decision is the right one. Continue reading »

Feb 022013
 

Audubon Charter School’s Carrollton Avenue campus relocation to McDonogh No. 7 would require a variance from the city according to Operations Manager Alisa Dupre.

Dupre said the move would require four modular classrooms to be placed at the McDonogh No. 7 site, which would require a city variance. Dupre said the Orleans Parish School Board is currently working with the city on the variance while simultaneously doing repair work on the building.

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Feb 012013
 

Craig Giesecke

As mentioned last week, I’m these days helping some friends do the groundwork for a new bar and restaurant in the Warehouse District. With most of the heavy lifting accomplished, we’re now in the dusty work of arranging things in certain locations while the workers around us install wiring, do the plumbing, put up insulation and do a lot of sanding. LOTS of sanding. A simple walk through the kitchen can sometimes leave one looking somewhat Mt. St. Helenish. Continue reading »

Feb 012013
 

Megan Wales, who was the victim of a July home-invasion robbery on Broadway Street in which Tulane linebacker Trent Mackey was later charged, was arrested in December on charges of stabbing her boyfriend on the back of the neck, an injury that required 10 stitches, according to a report by Kalia Lopez of the Hullabaloo student newspaper. Wales told the newspaper that her boyfriend attacked her first, and that the cut resulted from a ring she was wearing on her finger.

Jan 312013
 

Map of the sections of Broadway and Leonidas set to be repaved starting in the next few weeks — not to scale. (Map via pavinglaroads.com)

Rick Hathaway and Alex Wommack listen to residents’ concerns about the upcoming repaving of Broadway and Leonidas streets. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A $5.6 million project to repave two miles of Broadway Street through the university area and half-mile segment of Leonidas in Hollygrove will start in the next few weeks, but residents who attended an informational session about the project Thursday night were skeptical that the new surfaces will last long as old pipes continue to crumble underneath. Continue reading »

Jan 302013
 

The interim director of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans was banned from the Audubon Charter School campus in 2010 over a dispute with a student, an incident she said this week stemmed from her attempt to prevent her daughter from being bullied there. Meanwhile, the school released a number of statements Wednesday addressing questions surrounding her hiring and other issues. Continue reading »