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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Jul 302012
 

The board of Lusher charter school approved a one-time $600 salary increase for teachers and administrators, including CEO Kathy Riedlinger, for a total cost of $72,000 next year, according to a report on Saturday’s board meeting by Yomi Akinyemi of The Lens. The school is also discussing the OneApp common enrollment process with the Recovery School District, Akinyemi reports.

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Jul 302012
 

The Original Pigeon Town Steppers dance down the streets to the music of the Stooges Brass Band during the 17th annual Easter Sunday second line. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

After Broadmoor decided to “stomp” against crime in June, west Carrollton will show off its own fancy anti-crime footwork Wednesday with the help of the Pigeontown Steppers. Continue reading »

Jul 302012
 

Owen Courreges

Frank Lloyd Wright, the legendary architect, was blunt in his hatred of cities. Wright described city-dwellers as “human beings, all crawling on hard pavements like ants to hole somewhere or find their way to this or that cubicle.” They were, he believed, “herd-struck morons our present sky-scraperism has cultivated.” Continue reading »

Jul 292012
 

A new Korean restaurant has opened on South Claiborne Avenue; it appears that the Rocky’s Pizzeria on Magazine may be replaced with another pizza place; and serious questions are being raised about the serious neon signage at a new Oak Street burger joint. Continue reading »

Jul 282012
 

Audubon Charter School plans to begin taking concrete steps this fall toward the possibility of creating a new high school, officials said Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, Orleans Parish school officials are hoping to find a way to start renovations on the school’s Broadway campus even as negotiations continue with neighbors over a pending lawsuit. Continue reading »