Oct 052012
 

On Oct. 15, the current teachers and administrators of the direct-run portion of Walter L. Cohen High School will be replaced by new staff from the Future is Now charter group, according to a report by Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV. Cohen had been slated for a gradual, year-by-year transition to governance by the New Orleans College Prep charter management organization, but RSD officials told Dall that changes to the school culture were needed immediately — a sudden move that prompted protests from students and parents.

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Oct 052012
 

Celestine Skia, 43, pleaded guilty in federal court to buying guns on three occasions for her boyfriend, convicted felon Walter Porter, with whom she shared a home in the 4700 block of South Liberty Street in the Freret neighborhood, according to a report by Brendan McCarthy and our partners at WWL-TV. Skia’s most recent gun purchase, according to the plea, was on Oct. 15, 2011, the day Porter is accused of shooting 61-year-old Curtis Matthews to death in retaliation for testimony related to the prosecution of alleged drug kingpin Telly Hankton Sr.

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Oct 052012
 

Marci Cornell-Feist, founder and CEO of The High Bar education management company, urged the board of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans to distinguish between the roles of the board and the school staff: “The school leader should be treated like a CEO,” she said, according to a report by Marta Jewson of The Lens on the board’s training retreat Thursday morning.

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Oct 042012
 

NOPD task force and SWAT Team officers surround a gold Chevrolet believed to have been involved in two Uptown robberies during a manhunt Thursday afternoon for the car’s occupants in the block near Second and Dryades streets. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

At least two people suspected of involvement in a series of robberies around Uptown New Orleans were taken into custody Thursday afternoon during a manhunt around Second and Dryades, authorities said. Continue reading »

Oct 042012
 

After a 14-year-old arrested on charges relating to Tuesday night’s carjacking spree across Uptown New Orleans was found to have a non-working ankle monitor, the sheriff’s office has pledged to look into what went wrong with the electronic monitoring program and a City Council committee is promising its own investigation. Continue reading »

Oct 042012
 

By Dana Kaplan

It doesn’t matter where I happen to be knocking on doors, Uptown, Downtown, Garden District, Warehouse District, Central City, Irish Channel, Broadmoor, or Mid City the refrain is the same at nearly every door and business. “We’ve got to do something about crime.”  It’s the one thing everyone in the city can agree upon. It’s the one thing I’ve been focused on every day for the past 6 years and it’s the one thing I’ll continue to work on as City Council person in District B. Continue reading »

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Oct 042012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

We thought that Mitt Romney won last night’s Presidential debate going away. He was superbly prepared, more articulate than we’ve seen him before, aggressive and scored lots of debating points.

By contrast, President Obama looked tired, was passive and – unlike his usual style – seemed to have suddenly forgotten that a debate isn’t just an intellectual exercise. Continue reading »

Oct 042012
 

Six armed robberies reported in the NOPD Second District since Sept. 23.

Article by Marta Jewson, for UptownMessenger.com

A rash of armed robberies in the Broadmoor area last week may have been committed by some of the same suspects involved in Tuesday night’s carjackings, police said during their internal leadership meeting Wednesday. Continue reading »

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Oct 032012
 

Police are searching for the 2004 Cadillac SRX taken in Tuesday night’s carjacking, shown in this photo obtained by Uptown Messenger.

The victim of Tuesday night’s shooting during a carjacking on Camp Street remained in critical condition Wednesday but was said to be improving, while police continued to search for the Cadillac SUV taken in the case.

Meanwhile, investigations also continued into the other three robberies the same night around Uptown, including one just off St. Charles Avenue in which the victim and his assailants fought over the gun. Continue reading »

Oct 032012
 

A campaign sign on Louisiana Avenue. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

The other day my 10-year old says aloud to me as I scrawl something somewhere with my trusty ink pen, “Hey, I have that pen too!”  I respond quickly, if not a little gruff, “You do?  Well, it’s mine, so give it back to me.”  To which she closes me down, “Well, it has my name on it soooo – - – ”  She spins her (my) pen in her hand and holds it horizontally toward me, and sure enough there’s her full name spelled out.  And there you have it!  Possession remains 9/10ths of the law big, beautiful world.  Lap it up!  Ahhhhh, rules!  That one’s going to be a lawyer I tell you; her mother and I have always said this. Continue reading »

Oct 032012
 

Members of the police SWAT Team patrol Alvar Street in the upper Ninth Ward, looking for suspects in one of Tuesday night’s four Uptown robberies. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A Camp Street resident was shot in the chest during a carjacking Tuesday night in the Touro neighborhood of Uptown New Orleans, one of four robberies reported within several hours. Continue reading »

Oct 022012
 

More than 120 people attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the redevelopment of the Centennial Cotton Press and Lykes Steamship building on Tchoupitoulas. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Centennial Cotton Press, left, and adjacent Lykes Steamship Building. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A former cotton press on Tchoupitoulas dating back more than 100 years is slated to become a kitchen cooking fresh, healthy meals for local schools next year, with office space in front and 52 apartments next door as part of a riverfront development just blocks away from the former Entergy power plant. Continue reading »

Oct 022012
 

State Rep. Neil Abramson

State Rep. Neil Abramson, whose District 98 represents a large quadrant of Uptown New Orleans on the river side of Claiborne Avenue from Napoleon Avenue upriver to the Jefferson Parish line, will give a preview of the upcoming legislation to the Audubon Riverside Neighborhood Association tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 2). Continue reading »

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Oct 012012
 

After assistant city attorney Jason Cantrell was cited for possession of what police say was a marijuana joint that fell out of his pocket in court Monday, his wife, District B City Council candidate LaToya Cantrell, issued a statement about her dismay over his “lack of judgment.” Continue reading »

Oct 012012
 

Owen Courreges

About a year ago I was in a United Cab with a friend headed for Banks Street Bar to see a band perform. Although I normally maintain a “no conversations” rule with cabbies due to my own social awkwardness, the driver was friendly and we started a conversation.

He was from Pakistan. I received my undergraduate degree in political science, and I was interested in a native’s take on the political turmoil there. The discussion was enlightening. After the ride, the driver continued to converse with me for a while as we parked – my friend had to come grab me to tell me I was going to miss the music if I lingered much longer.

A few months ago I read an article that a Pakistani cab driver had been murdered in Eastern New Orleans. I recognized the man I had spoken with from his photo. He had been robbed, shot and left for dead. Continue reading »