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.
If you’ve got a need for more greenery around the home, but not much yard to put it in, the Faubourg Delassize Community Garden is offering a workshop this weekend about how to put plants into pots.
After another successful year that included the Freretstivus holiday market, a record-setting Freret Street Festival, and an experimental indoor set last month, Freret Market will sign off for the summer after one last hurrah on Saturday.
The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will meet at 6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, May 30) at Walter L. Cohen High School, 3520 Dryades Street. Among the agenda items are a request to add an an eighth grade to Lafayette Academy, and move the preschool, kindergarten and central offices to a new site in Mid-City.
The board will also receive a report on school construction projects around the city, including Audubon Charter’s Broadway campus renovation, the construction of Lawrence Crocker campus in the Milan neighborhood, the gym construction at McMain High School, the design of the Booker T. Washington High School, and the installation of solar panels at the International School of Louisiana’s Camp Street campus.
Last week’s announcement that the The Times-Picayune would be cutting back production to just a few days a week ruffled many a feather, but it shouldn’t have been a surprise. New Orleanians remain adverse to changes in tradition, well, actually adverse to change period, whether it’s the T-P or what have you. But c’mon people, we all knew this was inevitable, didn’t we? The digital revolution continues to change how we live, and paper is a slowly dying medium. I mean, how many iPads or tablets did I see recording video at JazzFest this year? Too many. And I don’t recall seeing one T-P.
A 5-year-old girl and a 33-year-old woman were killed Tuesday evening on Simon Bolivar Avenue when a group of men opened fire at a birthday party for a 10-year-old boy, who was among three people who were also hit by the gunfire but survived, police said.
Economic rights are largely considered passe these days. The concept of a natural right to contract (or trade) is not typically invoked with any genuine authority. The end of the “Lochner Era” in American jurisprudence, which lasted from the turn of the last century to the 1930′s, has seen unchecked expansion of government intrusion into Americans’ personal economic dealings.
A 21-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly robbing two taxis in quick succession early Thursday morning around the Irish Channel, police said.