What has happened to New Orleans politics? There was a time when it wasn’t out of the ordinary to have turnouts in excess of 70 percent in New Orleans for mayoral runoffs, gubernatorial runoffs and presidential elections. How then can we explain a 23 percent turnout for the October 22 primary that included a governor’s race, a lieutenant governor’s race, a secretary of state race, legislative and judicial races?
In the fashion world, designers constantly gain inspiration from various cultures and time periods, generally going unnoticed until someone steps out of line and heads towards the irreverent. Have your ever worn a kimono, kente cloth, or a pair of moccasins? If so, you borrowed an aesthetic and cultural reference from another ethnicity, intentionally or not. So what’s so inappropriate about a little cultural borrowing if we all do it from time to time? Similar to buying a New Orleans voodoo doll made in China, the differences between appreciation vs. appropriation are often blurry for those unfamiliar with the culture.
Calhoun Street resident Fenn French, who just concluded an unsuccessful campaign to unseat state Rep. Neil Abramson, has filed a lawsuit saying that Loyola University’s planned expansion of Monroe Hall violates a 50-year-old agreement to prevent the building’s windows from looking into his home, according to an article by reporter Sam Winstrom of The Maroon student newspaper.
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A man who led police in a chase across town in a stolen SUV on Thursday afternoon crashed into a tree on Bordeaux Street, ditched a pistol on Laurel Street and was found hiding in the block, police said.
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The International School of Louisiana is now in the process of applying for up to four new campuses — each under slightly different circumstances — and could receive final decisions on each of them by as soon as December, officials said Wednesday night.
Neighborhoods representing thousands of voters along Jefferson Avenue and in the Lower Garden District will be shifted to different Orleans Parish School Board districts after the lines are redrawn to reflect new Census figures, and a handful of neighborhoods in Broadmoor, Hollygrove and Central City areas may also be affected under various plans.
The 91-year-old Lorraine Apartments on St. Charles Avenue have a new lease on life and can move forward with renovations after the city council corrected a zoning problem last week that could have kept the historic building shuttered indefinitely.
My ears rang for 3 days the first time I saw Soundgarden and, despite the pain and hearing loss, the experience (to use the vernacular) was sweet. They opened for Guns N’ Roses in Houston on the second leg of Guns’ Use Your Illusion Tour; the venue where it was held, The Summit, is strangely enough now a church. The second night of a two-night stand but also a Friday night, three of my closest friends and I drove over from Beaumont to see the show. That Friday morning the select few in our class that had actually had the opportunity to see this double bill the evening before (read: Thursday) recounted their experience. And we listened in awe to their stories, furthering our already eager anticipation. We couldn’t wait to see Guns N’ Roses; not one of us had ever really heard of Soundgarden. The evening before Axl had said this. And Slash had done that. There were other visual spectacles on par with an evening on Bourbon during Mardi Gras. Nonetheless my 17-year-old self had no idea I was about to become a Soundgarden fan. That and my more-or-less girlfriend around that time, Leigh Anne, was into them. After all, most romances generally produce some level of musical compatibility, do they not?
The developers of a proposed reception hall in the 2000 block of Felicity Street will seek commercial zoning for the property at Tuesday’s meeting of the City Planning Commission.
The street in the 2300 block of Calhoun seems to be cracking more and more, and calls to the Sewerage and Water Board since August have not yet shown results, neighbors tell Bill Capo of WWL-TV.
The final plans for upgrades to Freret Street’s curbs and sidewalks were met Monday night with disenchantment and deep-seated frustration that merchants and residents did not have more of a say in the planning of a project that will disrupt traffic for months on a street struggling to come back to life.
No one spoke in opposition to the $500,000 project itself, but a number of people in the audience who have been seeking a meeting with city officials for months were dismayed that the message of the meeting was that the time for discussion is over.
“There’s a lot of valuable information that would have come from the neighborhood if you had been in communication with us,” said neighborhood resident Jane Dimitry.
A persistent pocket of violence along Annunciation Street flared again this weekend, when a man fleeing a shootout in the 3700 block was struck in the foot by gunfire, police said.
Three young people in a dark-colored pickup truck cruised through the Carrollton neighborhood Sunday morning and committed two armed robberies, police said.
It’s downright un-American. When it comes to being unpatriotic, it’s on par with burning the American flag, kicking the President’s dog and muttering disparaging remarks about Abraham Lincoln’s mother.
I’m speaking, of course, of eating chicken wings without a brewski. Drinkin’ and eatin’ wings is a quintessential part of the American experience.