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 »

Jul 282012
 

Craig Giesecke

I went over to the grand opening of the new Fresh Market on St. Charles this week and the first thing that hit me about this very nice and very, well, fresh place is that everyone in there was seeing it differently.

Few things are more personal than makin’ groceries, particularly in a city as food-centric as New Orleans in a region as food-centric as South Louisiana. But the avid home cook sees things differently from the professional chef, who doesn’t look for the same things as the young, married-no-kids couple or the veteran parents or the retired, low-salt folks. Add to this our own experiences of going with mom when we were kids to, say, adult experiences of making $15 buy food for a week and each of us is going to have a different take on where and who does what better. Continue reading »

Jul 272012
 

(all images courtesy of Rebecca Rebouche)

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

At first glance, New Orleans resident and artist Rebecca Rebouche is sweet, slightly shy, and unassumingly pretty. She’s also down to Earth, a noble trait considering she graces this month’s issue of Garden and Gun Magazine as one of 15 featured artisans “shaping the look of the South.”  

Inspired by nature, Rebouche utilizes elements from the natural world to form the basis of her whimsical paintings, but she always draws from human nature to tell her stories. Her paintings are sweet, but not saccharine; they’re whimsical, dreamy and often surprisingly dark but never in a macabre way, more like a soul drenching thunderstorm. Trees are a common theme, as well as textiles, bunnies (she has a pet rabbit), birds, umbrellas, and sail boats. Continue reading »

Jul 262012
 

Helena Moreno

“I’ve had a lot of supporters and many elected officials urge and encourage me to run for this seat,” state Rep. Helena Moreno told Gambit’s Kevin Allman on Thursday, adding, “Because of the number of calls I’ve received, I’ve talked to my team and other elected officials as how to best serve the city. We’ll see what happens.”

Jul 262012
 

Costco Wholesale will be reimbursed with $3.3 million of the sales taxes the new store collects over its first five years to help defray the costs of elevating the South Carrollton Avenue site to meet FEMA requirements, and the city will also make a number of improvements to the streets around the store, the City Council decided unanimously Thursday afternoon. Continue reading »

Jul 262012
 

Police are searching for this man in connection with two armed robberies at the AutoZone store on South Carrollton. (via NOPD)

A shooting on South Carrollton early Wednesday morning may have been a robbery attempt gone wrong, investigators say. Meanwhile, police are searching for a man believed to have robbed a South Claiborne AutoZone twice and have also identified a suspect in a string of Gert Town-area business robberies. Continue reading »

Jul 262012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

This week’s announcement outlining the specifics of the most comprehensive consent decree ever enacted by the Justice Department is a breath of fresh air. With it will come more transparency, accountability and better policies, philosophies and practices. Continue reading »

Jul 262012
 

New Orleans rapper Juvenile and Zydeco musician Rockin’ Dopsie will perform at the “Back that Cancer Up” fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at the Eiffel Society on St. Charles Avenue tonight (Thursday, July 26), which will also feature a fashion show and several other performers, according to NOLA Defender. Continue reading »

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Jul 262012
 

President Obama speaking at the House of Blues on Decatur Street on Wednesday afternoon, after an earlier fundraiser at a home on Audubon Boulevard. (image via WWLTV.com)

President Obama made a campaign stop in Uptown New Orleans on Wednesday afternoon, though it was somewhat more discrete than the large crowds he drew at a House of Blues fundraiser or his speech to the National Urban League conference at the Convention Center. Continue reading »

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Jul 262012
 

Dana Kaplan

The race to fill the remainder of Stacy Head’s term representing the Uptown-based District B on the New Orleans City Council is now likely to be a three-way contest, with juvenile-justice advocate Dana Kaplan’s confirmation Thursday morning that she will be running. Continue reading »