Aug 032012
 

A 57-year-old woman was found dead inside an apartment that caught fire around 5 a.m. in the 8100 block of Apricot, just a few blocks from the busy intersection of Carrollton and Claiborne, according to our partners at WWL-TV. Police and fire investigators are awaiting an autopsy on the woman, said Officer Frank Robertson, an NOPD spokesman.



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Aug 032012
 

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

A new crop of college freshmen will infiltrate our city soon, calling New Orleans home. Whether it’s one semester or the next four years, the 2012 crew will be looking for jobs, be it for extra spending money or to work their way through school.

As a decision maker in the hiring process, I’m often befuddled by some of the things I see on job applications. Granted, I’m not talking about hiring to fill an upper management position. This is entry-level retail we’re talking about, but I deeply question if people really want a job given their tendency not to present their best selves. Continue reading »

Aug 022012
 

City Council Eric Strachan (left) speaks to Garden District resident Warren Hart during Thursday night’s launch party for Strachan’s campaign at Second Line Stages. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Five years ago, City Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson gave Eric Strachan his first job in City Hall. At a Thursday night election launch party, she gave him his first major endorsement as he seeks a seat alongside join her on the council. Continue reading »

Aug 022012
 

James W. Thomas (via opcso.org)

A 74-year-old man donned a white coat and posed as a medical worker to gain the confidence of a disabled man, then pocketed what valuables he could from the house before a relative and police caught him, authorities said.

In a separate case, investigators have also arrested a burglar who has been wanted for months for a number of home break-ins along the Napoleon Avenue corridor, police said. Continue reading »

Aug 022012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

With the 2013 Super Bowl scheduled for New Orleans next January and the ever growing list of conventions coming to the Crescent City, it is no surprise that Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the City Council recently passed a package of 23 mandatory upgrades for the taxi cab industry. Continue reading »

Aug 022012
 

John “Moosie” Glenn of the Pigeontown Steppers dances as he carries a banner leading the NOPD Second-District anti-crime march through the streets around Palmer Park in west Carrollton. No band was playing, so the Pigeontown Steppers developed their own chant for the march: “Walking for peace! (Stop the violence!) Marching these streets! (Stop the violence!) In the 17th! (Stop the violence!) Saying our piece! (Stop the violence!)” (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Aug 012012
 

The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will discuss the process for transferring RSD schools back to the control of the Orleans Parish School Board in a meeting at Walter L. Cohen High School, 3520 Dryades Street, at 6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, Aug. 1). Continue reading »

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Aug 012012
 

Jean-Paul Villere

The other evening, without thinking and in passing, I addressed a colleague who I’m guessing is a few years my senior with a “Miss” and her last name — let’s call her Jane Doe.  We ran into each other on Magazine Street, and I was trying to keep track of my 4 girls when she walked by.  Frankly I didn’t think she had recognized me as, much to my wife’s dislike, I’d recently trimmed my beard down to a fu manchu, and let’s be honest, a fu manchu makes a face present differently (and debatably embraced).  So here I was keeping count of my brood when after she passed she turns and says with a smile “Oh, hello!”  To which I, admittedly somewhat distracted while actively parenting, utter an “Oh, hello Miss Doe – - -”

She stopped, and her jaw dropped. Continue reading »

Jul 312012
 

The New Orleans College Prep governing board — which operates Sylvanie Williams elementary in Central City and Walter L. Cohen High School — has decided to apply to run a third school, and took action on the application after a three-hour closed-door meeting that appears to have run afoul of the state’s open-meetings laws, reports Joshua Johnston of The Lens.

Jul 312012
 

Laurel Street homeowner Alex Brown literally ran to the NOPD Second District station on Magazine Street to get help when he couldn’t reach a 911 operator as a shed behind his house caught fire last week. New Orleans Fire Department District Chief Terry Hardy says Brown and another neighbor hung up after waiting on hold for about 34 seconds, according to a follow-up report by Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV, and that 911 operators were taking numerous other calls about the incident.

Jul 312012
 

Anthony Bourdain talks to Jessie Wightkin through the window of the Taceaux Loceaux truck, parked in front of the Kingpin bar. (photo by Joe Gelini via Jessie Wightkin’s Facebook page)

Punk music enthusiast and TV food personality Anthony Bourdain swept through Uptown New Orleans for an episode of his Travel Channel show “The Layover,” tweeting praise and random thoughts (between discussions of mob trivia) about institutions such as the Kingpin bar, Taceaux Loceaux, Company Burger and, somehow fittingly, Snake and Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge. Bourdain also stopped in at the R Bar in the Marigny, where NOLA Defender ran into him.

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Jul 312012
 

Ryan Holiday, the perpetrator of recent journalism hoaxes that led to his being quoted as an expert on numerous topics he knew nothing about (but who insists he was telling the truth to Times Picayune about his alleged $1,000 in speeding tickets from the Jackson Avenue traffic camera), will sign his new book “Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator” at 6 p.m. tonight at Octavia Books. Holiday also discussed his dark view of a click-driven journalism culture with Alex Rawls of MySpiltMilk.com in an article published Monday.

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Jul 312012
 

LaToya Cantrell loaned her school-board campaign $20,000 in 2004, triggering a requirement to keep filing campaign-finance reports that she overlooked for several years, she told Richard Rainey of the Times-Picayune. The state Board of Ethics agreed to suspend $7,600 of the resulting fines, and she paid off $5,600 in June, leaving only $2,750 in court costs remaining to be paid, Rainey reported.

Jul 302012
 

A gray Honda sedan was badly damaged in a crash on Forshey Street on Monday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Investigators look for shell casings in tall grass along Forshey Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police are investigating a two-vehicle crash in front of a small neighborhood cafe at the edge of a Gert Town park, amid conflicting reports that it may have been related to a fight or possibly even a shooting. Continue reading »

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