By Dana Kaplan
Friends, we are on the final leg of our campaign for City Council District B. Election Day is Saturday, December 8th, and I encourage everyone to vote and make their voice heard.
This campaign began when a group of concerned citizens, small business owners, and community leaders got together to make sure the voices of real people would be represented on the City Council. This small group convinced me to run for the recently vacated District B council seat and do what no other candidate had done in modern history—to earn my place on the ballot through a petition.
Police hope that surveillance video from a nearby business will lead to arrests in the violent robbery of a college student earlier this week, investigators said Wednesday at their weekly internal leadership meeting.
The International School of Louisiana is now down to two primary options to create more space for students at its Camp Street campus: placing modular buildings on the campus, or leasing space at a nearby building on Thalia Street.
Prosecutors said that there was not enough evidence to move forward with a September burglary charge against Trent Mackey that his attorneys had vigorously criticized last month, but that they are aggressively pursuing an armed robbery charge from July, according to our partners at WWL-TV. Mackey attorney Richard Kohnke said Tuesday that the burglary arrest should never have occurred, and that any involvement by Mackey in it was “an utter fabrication” by NOPD detectives.
A panel of prosecutors, federal officials, Loyola University professors and social-justice advocates will discuss the United States immigration detention system at Loyola University in an all-day symposium Friday (Nov. 30) called “Dialogues on Detention: Applying Lessons from Criminal Justice Reform to the Immigration Detention System”.
Telly Hankton refused to participate in the video teleconference, which was held because of security concerns surrounding the notorious prisoner, reports Brendan McCarthy and our partners at WWL-TV. Hankton is being held on federal racketeering charges as part of an indictment that could ultimately lead to the death penalty.
As I walked home from work Sunday afternoon I noted a rather nice bike seemingly left as garbage near a dumpster across the street from my house. Curious, I went over to investigate. There was a kickstand disengaged and left in its cradle, and the tires had ample air, yet this newer looking ride seemed to be discarded, left as refuse. I scoped around to find no one about, so took it upon myself to claim the bike, and as I did so I figured this was a bike thief’s bounty left behind for whatever reason. The next day I placed a found ad in the bikes section of Craigslistand then tweeted it too. The results shocked me, and this is why the bike thieves are winning:
PhotoNOLA, the seventh annual citywide festival of photography, kicks off Thursday (Nov. 29) with opening weekend events through Sunday. More than 40 exhibitions will run throughout December, including openings Saturday in several Uptown galleries.
To the casual observer, it might be surprising how often a 69-year-old banker from Shreveport who served as the Republican governor of Louisiana agreed Tuesday night with a Tulane professor of African-American studies who hosts a weekend show on the left-leaning cable news network MSNBC.
But for those familiar with the easy rapport between former Gov. Buddy Roemer and Melissa Harris-Perry and the respect each has for the other’s independence of thought, wide agreements between the two were to be expected. Instead, it was the sharp, heartfelt disagreement between the two that came as a shock — and it came on an issue both are heavily personally involved in, education in Louisiana.
Leaders of the International School of Louisiana will discuss their current options for finding more space for students at their Camp Street campus at Wednesday evening’s meeting of the school board.
Starting Wednesday (Nov. 28), another stretch of Claiborne Avenue in the Carrollton area will be reduced to two lanes until at least March of next year as a new underground drainage canal is built under the neutral ground, officials announced today.
The Sewerage and Water Board told reporter Tania Dall of our partners at WWL that the employee was acting on “misinformation” when he attempted to remove the water meter cover and replace it with an unadorned one, and promised to look into the matter further:
Tulane University will host a free family concert of “Peter and the Wolf” next week.
LaToya Cantrell was endorsed Tuesday morning in her bid for the District B seat on the City Council by Council President Stacy Head, a popular and influential voice in Uptown politics who twice won the seat in 2006 and 2010.