Dec 182012
 

Chelsea Thornton (via opcso.org)

Chelsea Thornton, 23, must stay at the Orleans Parish Prison until space is available for her at the state mental hospital in East Feliciana Parish, reports Claire Galofaro of the Times-Picayune. Her attorney had requested house arrest until the transfer, but Magistrate Judge Gerard Hansen said that wasn’t an option because of the first-degree murder charges Thornton faces in the deaths of her two children in a Gert Town apartment, the article states.

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Dec 172012
 

Police vehicles surround Dat Dog on Freret Street and neighbors and employees talk outside after a robbery attempt and shooting inside the business Monday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An employee of the Dat Dog on Freret Street was shot Monday morning by a masked man attempting to rob the popular restaurant before it opened, police said. Continue reading »

Dec 162012
 

Firefighters look for hot spots in the scorched entrance to a second-story apartment at the corner of Upperline and South Robertson on Saturday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

To escape a burning home just off Freret Street on Saturday evening, a 13-year-old boy jumped from a high second-story window into the arms of of a neighbor below Saturday evening, and other neighbors rescued the boy’s mother through the window shortly afterward with a ladder, witnesses and officials said.

“I was pulling up and she was halfway down the ladder,” said NOFD District Chief Albert Faciane. “I’ve gotta give credit — that was a good neighborhood save.” Continue reading »

Dec 152012
 

Patrick Young and Betty DiMarco lead a neighborhood meeting about the future of Johnson Elementary on Saturday afternoon at Evening Star Baptist Church in west Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Carrollton residents remain unclear on whether the thousands of families who live between Broadway, South Claiborne and the river could ultimately be left without a single open-admission school, after Recovery School District officials did not show up to a meeting Saturday about the future of James Weldon Johnson Elementary School. Continue reading »

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Dec 152012
 

The McDonogh No. 7 building on Milan Street in the Touro neighborhood. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Audubon Charter School leaders will meet this week with Orleans Parish School Board officials to discuss the possibility of moving Audubon’s upper grade students from the Carrollton courthouse location into the McDonogh No. 7 building on Milan Street in the Touro neighborhood, they said Saturday. Continue reading »

Dec 152012
 

With presents in hand, children from Central City schools line up to receive bicycles at the NOPD Sixth District’s annual “Christmas in the Sixth” party. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Children pose for photos with Santa in the Sixth District lobby. They were also treated to a holiday meal, served by volunteers that included the Holy Cross football team. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Dec 142012
 

As we in New Orleans grieve the tragedy unfolding today in Connecticut, please let us also bear in mind the joy that our own school children bring us — and our duty as a community to protect them.

Crocker elementary students run through the play yard in an Easter Egg hunt sponsored by the New Orleans Police Department in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

A mother and son laugh together during the 2011 Fête Française at Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orleans. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

KIPP Central City Academy students march in the 2012 Krewe of Pontchartrain parade. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

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Dec 142012
 

Sandy Kaynor Jr. (via joneswalker.com)

As the Jones Walker law firm prepares a fundraiser to support medical treatment for attorney Sandy Kaynor — who was critically wounded two months ago in a shooting and carjacking at Camp and Delachaise — his wife issued a statement Friday morning about what he means to her.

“What makes Sandy so beloved?” Grace Kaynor begins. “His kindness, gentleness, generosity of spirit, sense of humor and love for life.” Continue reading »

Dec 142012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

That Sheriff Marlin Gusman has entered into a consent agreement with the U.S. Justice Department regarding the governance of Parish Prison is great news for those who have long been advocating for an effective, just and equitable criminal justice system for New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Dec 132012
 

The building in the 1500 block of Thalia being considered as a satellite site for the International School of Louisiana. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The International School of Louisiana is growing increasingly interested in an office building on Thalia Street a short walk from the Camp Street campus as a way to ease crowding issues there, but school leaders are also beginning to see it as a stepping stone to a larger new campus for the school several years down the road. Continue reading »

Dec 132012
 

The Allen School building on Loyola Avenue, currently used by Sci High, is sought by both Audubon and Lusher charter schools. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The long-simmering disagreement between Lusher and Audubon charter schools over which should be allowed to move into the Allen School building when Sci High moves out flared up Thursday afternoon, when a formal request by Lusher for a promise for the building reached the Orleans Parish School Board’s property committee.

The request filled the small committee room with supporters of both programs, but the 45-minute conversation was dominated by Audubon supporters’ arguments that their need for the school is greater — technically, both of Audubon’s campuses are currently in “temporary” facilities. The OPSB committee members, however, had little interest in wading into the fight, saying any move by Sci High is so far in the future that it makes little sense to argue about it now. Continue reading »

Dec 132012
 

Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy replied to an officer’s request for mountain-bike training as an incentive for good work by praising the idea but stressing the need for the evening shift to return to “its former proactive posture of 40 arrests a week” and saying he would not send anyone “who does not support these goals,” according to Mike Perlstein and our partners at WWL-TV. The ACLU says that message runs afoul of a state law against tying promotions to arrest quotas, WWL reports, but NOPD spokeswoman Remi Braden said it showed Bardy monitoring officer’s activity and motivating them to do better.

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Dec 132012
 

Nobert Estrella speaks to other International School administrators in May of 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Nobert Estrella, who led the International School of Louisiana’s Olivier Street campus in Algiers through its first year and this year became the first principal of the school’s new Jefferson Parish expansion, will resign next week and become a Spanish teacher at Helen Cox, according to a report at Nola.com. Estrella described “philosophical differences” and Head of Schools Sean Wilson called it Estrella’s “personal decision,” according to the report, which notes that family liaison Jessica Rodriguez will also be stepping down.

At the Nov. 28 meeting of the International School board, Wilson reported that the Jefferson Parish’s middle school was experiencing both disciplinary and academic issues that needed immediate attention. Classrooms were to be made smaller and teachers were to be retrained, Wilson said. Estrella was present at the meeting but did not speak about the issues at the time.

Dec 132012
 

M.S. Rau Antiques, a French Quarter landmark, has greeted its 100th year with nothing more than the best and is currently hosting its most important exhibition to date, Impressionism: Influences & Impact. The exhibit features work by such master artists as Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, and even the beguiling Vincent van Gogh.

The gallery is hosting a speaker series on Impressionism in collaboration with the exhibition.

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