As the residents of District B wait to learn whom Mayor Mitch Landrieu will appoint to represent them until a special election in November, the man who has been running the office unofficially for the last month is “strongly considering” his own bid for the seat in the fall.
It appears that Louisianans will get the chance to vote on a significant revision to the state’s right to keep and bear arms this November.
Presently, La. Const. Art. I, Sec. 11 reads as follows:
“The right of each citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be abridged, but this provision shall not prevent the passage of laws to prohibit the carrying of weapons concealed on the person.”
An investigation into the unexplained death of a 61-year-old man on Baronne Street that began on Sunday is still awaiting the results of an autopsy, authorities said.
Prior to leading the officer on a chase from the robbery scene, 23-year-old Brandon Collins and at least one accomplice tied his victims up, police also said Sunday afternoon.
With the 30-day deadline expiring last week for the City Council to choose a temporary successor to Stacy Head for the District B seat, the job falls to Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Who should he pick?
- Head’s nominee was urban planner Errol George, and she and the other three council members who supported him have urged Landrieu to honor the council’s choice.
- Amid the council standoff, however, The Lens reported that Landrieu’s preference is former state Sen. Diana Bajoie, who unsuccessfully sought the interim at-large seat last fall.
- In more recent days, speculation has focused on attorney Jason Williams, described as a “Michael Jordan” of the courtroom during his unsuccessful run for District Attorney in 2008.
- The name of former Orleans Parish Civil Sheriff Paul Valteau has also been mentioned several times, and The Times-Picayune has compiled a list of other possibilities.
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A 24-year-old man was fatally shot early Sunday morning on Third Street in Central City, police said.
A suspect in an armed robbery was shot by a police officer as he attempted to flee on foot following a chase Saturday evening through Uptown New Orleans, authorities said.
At pretty much any food place I’ve worked, the kitchen staff sometimes gets into a game of “predict the food,” in which we size up incoming customers and predict what they’ll order. The servers do the same thing about customer behavior and would-be tip.
As customers, all of us take a look at the physical set-up of a restaurant/bar and the staff. Is the place clean? Are the servers heavily tattooed? In general, does this seem like my kinda place or not? It works both ways. But sometimes, this personal stereotyping is more difficult than a left turn on Tulane Avenue.
In an effort to move past the uncertainty and controversy of the last month, the governing board of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans gave a permanent appointment to its popular school leader and accepted the resignation of an embattled board member on Friday night.
Board president Jean Montes also proposed engaging an outside firm to train the board in better school governance, and described a new committee structure that he said will bring a new level of community involvement to the board’s decisions.
The bonds for two suspects jailed on multiple aggravated rape charges in a case that spans four years in the Irish Channel total nearly $15 million, a high figure that stems from the multiple life sentences the defendants face, according to reporting by our partners at WWL-TV.
Given my proclivity for staying close to home, I usually have to be pretty motivated to head downtown. Don’t get me wrong, I love going for an afternoon stroll through Jackson Square, or an evening romp down Frenchman Street. But having worked in the French Quarter off and on for several years, I prefer to eschew the headache that is downtown parking and stick to activities that are closer to home.
Regardless of my sheer laziness, catching a comedy show at The New Movement is always worth crossing Canal Street. The comedy scene in New Orleans has come a long way since last year, when co-founders Chris Trew and Tami Nelson first started building their presence here after enjoying much success in Austin. Having seen a glimpse of The New Movement’s inner workings, it’s not hard to guess why their formula works. While I haven’t taken one of their improv classes (yet), I’ve had the privilege of being a guest monologist for a Megaphone improv show and a judge for Air Sex (think air guitar, but naughtier and way funnier). I can say this is a tight-knit clan, and it’s refreshing to see a true community being built versus individual performers competing for an audience.
With the contractor already preparing Audubon Charter School’s Broadway campus site for construction, an unresolved lawsuit by neighbors could prevent any work from beginning, officials said Thursday night.
Citing her experience with crime, quality of life and development issues as leader of a neighborhood that has been emblematic of the city’s recovery, the president of the Broadmoor Improvement Association announced her candidacy this week for the District B seat on the City Council.
“Based on the great training ground of Broadmoor in terms of working with a diverse community on every level, I would like to expand my scope of leadership to the next level, which is district wide,” said LaToya Cantrell in a telephone interview Thursday afternoon.
Two weeks after the governing board of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans split over a controversial email from one member to another, school leaders will revisit that issue and the ongoing search for a general director at a special meeting at 8 p.m. Friday evening.
What was about to be an extraordinarily brief public meeting of the state’s top education officials at Walter L. Cohen High School became an unscripted dialogue about the transformation of that school and others into charters Wednesday evening.
Two suspects have now been arrested in three of five recent robberies of cab drivers around the Irish Channel, and investigators are working to identify a second set of perpetrators in what appears to be a loosely organized “clique” of robbers targeting taxis, police said.
Earlier this week, Allan and Danae taped one of our “Louisiana Newsmaker” TV shows with Police Chief Ronal Serpas, who spoke optimistically about New Orleans’ chances of shaking the title of “America’s Murder Capital.”
But just 30 minutes after the chief’s upbeat TV interview, he was racing to Simon Bolivar Avenue where three gun-toting young men fired a fusillade of shots into a birthday party for a 10-year-old, killing a 5-year-old child and a 33-year-old woman who was driving her car three blocks from the birthday party and was hit by a stray bullet. Wounded were a 10-year-old boy, and two men, ages 20 and 24.