Nov 272012
 

The red section represents the area of South Claiborne Avenue already reduced to two lanes for the next two years; the purple area will close Wednesday until spring of next year. (map by Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Starting Wednesday (Nov. 28), another stretch of Claiborne Avenue in the Carrollton area will be reduced to two lanes until at least March of next year as a new underground drainage canal is built under the neutral ground, officials announced today. Continue reading »

Nov 272012
 

Veritas Hall, in the 7300 block of St. Charles Avenue. (photo via Google maps)

Loyola University recently bought Veritas Hall in the 7300 block of St. Charles Avenue — built as a private home in 1906 and most recently used as an administrative building for St. Mary’s Dominican Sisters of Peace — to become part of its Broadway campus near the law school, but the university has not decided what to do with it, according to a news release from the university.

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Nov 272012
 

City Council president Stacy Head (right) embraces LaToya Cantrell after endorsing her bid for the District B council seat Tuesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

LaToya Cantrell was endorsed Tuesday morning in her bid for the District B seat on the City Council by Council President Stacy Head, a popular and influential voice in Uptown politics who twice won the seat in 2006 and 2010. Continue reading »

Nov 272012
 

Going out of town? Working late? Have an after school or work event that prevents you from getting home? Have an injury or illness? Whatever the reason, if something is preventing you from taking care of your pet, we can help.

My name is Christy and I’m a professional pet sitter. I’ve taken my life-long love of animals, along with my years of caring for my own various pets (dogs, cats, fish, mice, birds and a rabbit) and my friends’ pets and started Petit Pet Care. I’m professional because I am incorporated, bonded, insured and a member of Pet Sitters Associates and abide by their code of ethics. I take my business and the care of your pet very seriously. Continue reading »

Nov 262012
 

Investigators examine shell casings on the ground after a Monday night shooting near the corner of Annunciation and Washington. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers look for evidence near the corner of Annunciation and Washington. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two people were shot Monday evening near the intersection of Washington and Annunciation in the Irish Channel, police said. Continue reading »

Nov 262012
 

The slaying of 5-year-old Briana Allen at a May 29 birthday party on Simon Bolivar Avenue may have been related to the activities of a gang known as the “One-Tenners … made up of three neighborhood groups from the same area: the St. Mary Mafia, the St. Thomas Young’ns and Skull Squad Mafia,” reports John Simerman of The Times-Picayune, following a hearing on perjury charges against a teen accused of conspiring with gang members to conceal their role in Allen’s death.

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Nov 262012
 

Buddy Roemer

Melissa Harris-Perry

Tulane Hillel will host a debate between former Governor Buddy Roemer and Tulane Professor Melissa Harris-Perry, who also hosts her own MSNBC show, in a forum called “Is America Moving to The Left? Was This Election About Ideology at All?” on Tuesday evening (Nov. 27). Continue reading »

Nov 262012
 

(cartoon by Owen Courreges)

The New Orleans Police Department recently announced that it will be dropping the use of pepper spray and using Taser devices exclusively.  This reform came pursuant to the consent decree the city has entered into with the U.S. Justice Department, ostensibly over concerns of overuse of pepper spray and its greater potential for physical harm.

Sometimes, however, even good reforms can be a mixed bag. Continue reading »