Dec 012012
 

The Bridge House sign at Grace House, decked out for the holidays. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Marta Jewson)

Bridge House / Grace House is seeking volunteers and supporters for its annual Christmas Dinner for people experiencing homelessness, as well as distribute clothing and toys for children. Continue reading »

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Dec 012012
 

Craig Giesecke

I was sitting at the table last evening having supper by myself (a reasonably frequent situation, given that Kim and I don’t always get hungry at the same time and we’re hungry for different things). Anyway, I was having a typically thrown-together fave of flour tortillas, rolled around some chili, shredded cheese, chopped onion, jalapeno and hot sauce. Pretty simple stuff and very filling. Essentially, some homemade soft tacos and a beer.

This meal has been a mainstay for most of my life, and I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when all of these items weren’t available in the house. Continue reading »

Nov 302012
 

Shantell Johnson (via opcso.org)

A 28-year-old woman was arrested late Thursday in connection with a violent holdup in which a bicyclist was hit by a car from behind before being robbed at gunpoint while still on the ground, police said.

Shantell Johnson robbed the bicyclist of his cash and credit cards during the Nov. 9 incident at Chestnut and General Taylor, according to a report from NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy. Police are now investigating whether Johnson was also responsible for a similar case in the Treme area.

Johnson is charged with a single count of armed robbery, jail records show.

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Nov 302012
 

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

With the holidays coming up, we often reflect upon our riches and give to those that are less fortunate than us. The Polar Express benefit is a concert that doubles as a toy drive for kids at Children’s Hospital and Ochsner. Attendees can either pay a $10 cover ($7 for students with college ID), or opt to bring a toy donation instead. Continue reading »

Nov 302012
 

M.S. Rau Antiques, a French Quarter landmark, has greeted its 100th year with nothing more than the best and is currently hosting its most important exhibition to date, Impressionism: Influences & Impact. The exhibit features work by such master artists as Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, and even the beguiling Vincent van Gogh. Continue reading »

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Nov 302012
 

Friends:

We were overjoyed when the November 6th primary results were announced and our campaign came in first place. But our work is not finished; we have one more hill to climb together on December 8 (or early voting, which continues through Saturday, December 1), and I am humbly asking for your vote and support.

From the very beginning, our campaign has focused on the community and the positive outcomes we can achieve when we work together. When we increase economic opportunities, expand public education, eliminate blight and offer accessible and affordable health care, we are improving the quality of life and making our streets safer.  Continue reading »

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Nov 292012
 

A close-up of the suspects’ faces from the surveillance camera image. (via NOPD)

An unidentified man and woman passed about $1,000 in counterfeit bills at two Magazine Street boutiques recently, police say, and now that investigators have obtained images of them from surveillance cameras, they are seeking the public’s help in finding the couple. Continue reading »

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Nov 292012
 

The former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital campus at State and Tchoupitoulas is worth $20.9 million and continuing to deteriorate, far less than the $35 million the Jindal administration budgeted for the sale to raise for health-care funds, according to a report by Michelle Millhollon of the Advocate’s Capitol Bureau. Children’s Hospital officials are continuing their negotiations with the state to acquire the site, while state Rep. Neil Abramson said he hopes it can be used to restore mental-health services to the New Orleans area.

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Nov 292012
 

NOPD officers look for evidence at the scene of a shooting Monday night at the corner of Annunciation and Washington, where about a dozen shell casings were marked on the ground. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Police made a series of drug arrests near an Irish Channel corner store this week as they continue investigating the shooting of two men outside of it Monday evening, they said. Continue reading »

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Nov 292012
 

By Dana Kaplan

Friends, we are on the final leg of our campaign for City Council District B. Election Day is Saturday, December 8th, and I encourage everyone to vote and make their voice heard.

This campaign began when a group of concerned citizens, small business owners, and community leaders got together to make sure the voices of real people would be represented on the City Council. This small group convinced me to run for the recently vacated District B council seat and do what no other candidate had done in modern history—to earn my place on the ballot through a petition. Continue reading »

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Nov 282012
 

Prosecutors said that there was not enough evidence to move forward with a September burglary charge against Trent Mackey that his attorneys had vigorously criticized last month, but that they are aggressively pursuing an armed robbery charge from July, according to our partners at WWL-TV. Mackey attorney Richard Kohnke said Tuesday that the burglary arrest should never have occurred, and that any involvement by Mackey in it was “an utter fabrication” by NOPD detectives.

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