Dec 082012
 

Chelsea Thornton (via opcso.org)

Chelsea Thornton, 23, does not understand the legal system and is too emotionally overwhelmed by the deaths of her two children at her hands in a Gert Town apartment to be able to assist in preparations for trial, but treatment in a mental hospital could change that, testified Dr. James McConville this week, according to a report by Claire Galofalo of The Times-Picayune. Judge Gerard Hansen is set to rule on the matter Monday.

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Dec 062012
 

(Graphic by UptownMessenger.com)

The race for the open District B seat on the New Orleans City Council has now generated more than half a million dollars in campaign cash, as the two candidates heading into Saturday’s runoff election are escalating their attacks on one another.

Dana Kaplan alone has raised well more than half of that money, while her runoff opponent LaToya Cantrell (who finished first in the Nov. 6 primary) has yet to match the money raised by former candidate Eric Strachan (who finished third and subsequently endorsed her). Meanwhile, Cantrell’s attacks on Kaplan have sought to paint her as a carpetbagging friend of criminals, while Kaplan’s team wants voters to see Cantrell as plagued with ethical problems. Continue reading »

Dec 062012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Back in the late 1960s, the late Stewart Brehm, Director of the Sewerage & Water Board, told Allan, then a reporter for the States-Item, that the sewerage and drainage system that was a crucial part of New Orleans infrastructure was falling apart and would have to be replaced at the costs of tens of millions of dollars that the city didn’t have. Brehm said that as politically unthinkable as an S&WB rate increase at that time might be, it would have to be done.

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Dec 062012
 

Children build a tiny snowman in a layer of snow covering the front lawn of Loyola University on Wednesday evening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Despite temperatures in the mid-60s, the front lawn of Loyola University hosted a giant snowball fight on a carpet of snow Wednesday night for the annual “Sneaux” event. In addition to the snow, the university also provided hot chocolate, s’mores, cookies, Christmas music, activities for children and an appearance by Santa Claus.

Children of all ages play in the snow at Loyola’s “Sneaux” event Wednesday evening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Dec 052012
 

An exceptional example of a 20th century couch (not my grandparents!) (Photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Ah the holidays are upon us again!  A time for eating and drinking way too much, taking stock in another year’s life events, and lazing about the house catching the game or festive film on the couch.  Unless, like our family, you made 2012 the year you went couchless?  

It’s true, and we’re not alone, though we are in the minority.  Friends and neighbors have announced this decision as a “bold move,” with added statements such as “better you than me” or “never catch me doing that”and the like.  Really?  We didn’t reinvent the wheel here people.  Our living room gets crowded fast with six of us, so stray pillows, blankets and a chair or three are all we really need. Continue reading »

Dec 042012
 

Sandy Kaynor Jr. (via joneswalker.com)

Attorney Sandy Kaynor, who was critically wounded in an Oct. 2 carjacking and home-invasion robbery at Camp and Delachaise, has suffered a series of medical complications since then and his family is seeking hyperbaric oxygen treatment to help increase his responsiveness, reports Meg Farris of our partners at WWL-TV.

Dec 042012
 

Bandeja paisa (via facebook.com/maisarepas)

After owner David Mantilla was praised by an enthusiastic City Councilwoman Stacy Head as “a handsome young gentleman … the face of Central City” in September, Mais Arepas has opened this week at 1200 Carondelet Street offering the cornmeal cakes known as arepas and the signature bandeja paisa dish that Mantilla invited Councilwoman Diana Bajoie to come try. See details from Gambit’s Ian McNulty.

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Dec 042012
 

The Lusher High School “I am” marketing campaign took top honors at the Trust Your Crazy Ideas challenge presented by Saints quarterback Drew Brees and the Idea Village, according to our partners at WWL. Also competing were the Isidore Newman School, Walter L. Cohen and St. Augustine, and each team was awarded $2,500 to continue their efforts.

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Dec 042012
 

Holiday Lights on Neron Place. (photo by Marta Jewson for UptownMessenger.com)

With the holidays approaching, Lynda Bermuda has been knocking on doors in Central Carrollton, encouraging her neighbors to participate in a new festival that aims to light up the neighborhood this year. Continue reading »

Dec 042012
 

A rare 19th century framed Russian icon of St. Nicholas, a rare 17K yellow gold Chimu Kero (ceremonial cup) probably made in Peru around 1,000 A.D., and three highly collectible Chinese carved rhinoceros horn libation cups are just a few of the expected top lots at a multi-estate sale planned for Dec. 8-9 by Crescent City Auction Gallery. Start times will be 9 a.m. (CST) both days.

The auction will be impressive – over 1,500 lots in all – with quality merchandise, most of it fresh to the market. Featured will be the estate of Mr. Charles W. Frank of New Orleans, the McSherry estate of Baltimore, Md., and numerous other local estates and collections. The event will be held in the Crescent City Auction Gallery showroom, located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue.
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