There’s an artist among us, a modern day Rodin if you will, a sculptor with a keen eye. And their chosen medium? Mine and my neighbor’s green, over-sized garbage cans, 4 all told. Twice a week I come home to some of the most amazing formations left in the wake of our city’s waste service program employees. Among the explanations I can come up with is their creativity must be stifled, and the random placement of these utilitarian mess vessels provides an outlet otherwise unmet. On the one hand, I’m happy to help, but on the other hand, give me a break!
LaToya Cantrell dominated the precincts in a large swath of District B — including her home neighborhood of Broadmoor, as well as Central City and the Mid-City portions of the district — to cinch nearly 40 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election, according to an early analysis of precinct-level results.
Dana Kaplan, meanwhile, consistently came in second-place in precincts in nearly every precinct won by either of her rivals, Cantrell or Strachan, to earn 31 percent of the vote and a place in the Dec. 8 runoff.
Article by Robert Morris and Marta Jewson
Two community activists who have devoted themselves to rebuilding New Orleans in different ways since Hurricane Katrina — one in revitalizing a neighborhood marked for abandonment, and the other in reforming the city’s troubled criminal justice system — will face each other in a runoff next month for an open seat on the New Orleans City Council, based on Tuesday night’s election results.
By Nick Kindel
With Election Day finally here, most of our attention will be on the Presidential race, but two local races will also have a significant impact on our lives in New Orleans. Districts B and E will each elect new Councilmembers who may soon be thrown into one of City Council’s most important duties, passing the City’s 2013 budget. City Council’s budget hearings kick off tomorrow (Wednesday, Nov. 7) and culminate with passing the budget on Nov. 30.
The reward offered for information leading to the recovery of “Skeeter,” an 11-year-old Chihuahua mix taken in a carjacking on Burdette Street last week, has climbed to nearly $4,000 with the recent donation of $2,500 from the owners of Bourbon Street’s famous “hand grenade” purveyors at Tropical Isle.
You’re in luck — the annual Hell Yes Fest opens Tuesday (Nov. 6) with the world premiere of “The Time-Raptor” at Prytania Theatre.
Zea Rotisserie & Grill will host a “Taste of the NFL” dinner on Tuesday evening (Nov. 6) to support Second Harvest Food Bank’s efforts to combat hunger in south Louisiana.
The new shop in the little shopping center in the 700 block of South Carrollton Avenue is now open and serving the same assortment of unusual sandwiches on large ciabatta loaves as the first location on Delachaise, reports Gambit’s Ian McNulty.
Administrators at the International School of Louisiana have decided to abandon an unpopular plan to create separate elementary and middle schools at the Camp Street and Algiers campuses, and will instead try to preserve the current K-8 structure at each by finding more space for the Eastbank students next year, they have announced.
Repairs to a broken 48-inch water main on Nashville Avenue that began over the weekend should be completed today (Monday, Nov. 5), in time to pose no impediment to voters at Eleanor McMain High School on Election Day, officials said.
The word of the day is “Schadenfreude,” a loanword of Germanic origin that refers to satisfaction received from the misfortunes of others.
Oh, I should use it in a sentence? OK. “I felt a warm feeling of Schadenfreude when the man who stole my bicycle was struck by lightning, died in intense pain, and then a swarm of rats appeared and urinated on his remains.” (Note to readers: I really hate bike thieves).
Following Hurricane Sandy, regrettably if understandably, many New Orleanians felt a whiff of Schadenfreude. We had been told so many times by so many people after Hurricane Katrina that we were poor, stupid, and our city had been built in the wrong place. People asked if we should bother rebuilding New Orleans, as if we were all just going to pack up our bags and move.
A woman was robbed at gunpoint as she left a Magazine Street bar early Saturday, police said.
An SUV stolen in a carjacking on Burdette Street has been found by police, but the 11-year-old Chihuahua mix “Skeeter” that was taken with it was not found, the victim told Maya Rodriguez of our partners at WWL-TV this weekend:
The investigation is ongoing, said NOPD spokeswoman Hilal Williams.
Loyola University hosts David Henry Hwang, author of M. Butterfly, for two presentations Monday (Nov. 5).
The city periodically clears out large encampments of homeless people from underneath the Pontchartrain Expressway, but the nightly population has risen to about 75 again — prompting city officials to consider a fence to secure the area, reports Richard A. Webster of the Times-Picayune. At the same time, the city is seeking federal assistance to help with the nearly 5,000 estimated homeless people in New Orleans, Webster reports.
The Tipitina’s Foundation is hosting a music workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 4) featuring Chris Severin Trio for children of all ages.