Oct 062012
 

NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas and Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy took the streets around Camp and Delachaise to talk to the uneasy residents of the neighborhood after a carjacking and shooting there amid a rash of robberies Tuesday night, reports Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV. The victim is now in stable condition, Tall reports, and the investigation is widening:

Meanwhile, officers from the private patrol in the neighborhood said they followed a group of six suspicious people from nearby Peniston and Coliseum to a convenience store on Magazine about an hour before the shooting, and that those six then split into two groups of three, according to an email from a resident there. The security cameras at the gas station may have footage that will assist in the investigation, according to the officer’s report.

Oct 062012
 

The chapel was envisioned by St. Katharine Drexel in the 1920s, but academic needs took priority until the design was completed in 2005 and construction began in 2010, reports Kari Dequine Harden of The Advocate. Designed by internationally-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, various aspects of the chapel incorporate ideas of resurrection, inclusion, tradition and peace, architects and university leaders tell Harden.

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Oct 062012
 

Craig Giesecke

While many of our days are still warm and we‘re certainly not done with summer-type weather yet, the cooler air of the past week has certainly improved my attitude and my culinary approach. Autumn is my favorite time of year — not only because things cool off but because it allows me to bring out a lot of things that don’t seem to fit in the more consistently hot weather we find after about, oh, JazzFest in this part of the world. Continue reading »

Oct 052012
 

A mural in a Walter L. Cohen High School hallway shows the tradition and pride in the school. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Walter L. Cohen High School’s junior and senior classes will be taught for the remainder of this school year by teachers and administrators working for the new operator of John McDonogh High School, but the previously announced transition to a Cohen operated by New Orleans College Prep is continuing largely as planned, officials said Friday. Continue reading »

Oct 052012
 

High-performing charter schools in the Recovery School District — such as Sophie B. Wright, Lafayette Academy and several KIPP campuses in Uptown — are concerned that the Orleans Parish School Board will take an administrative fee out of their federal grants if they return to the district, amid broader issues of trust and autonomy, reports Jessica Williams of The Lens.

Oct 052012
 

After the Freret Market took the summer off — then canceled its planned return in September to make way for Hurricane Isaac — the event will return Saturday afternoon at the corner of Freret and Napoleon with its usual array of vendors, food and pets, as well as music by Claude Bryant’s All Stars, Jayna Morgan and the Sazerac Swing Band and the Upstarts. Continue reading »

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Oct 052012
 

Amid questions about whether the streetlights were working on the block where an attorney was carjacked and shot Tuesday evening, city officials say they are unsure whether they can fulfill the promise to repair every streetlight in the city by the end of the year, following setbacks and damage caused by Hurricane Isaac, reports Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV. Council president Stacy Head, however, says that money originally budgeted to the streetlight effort should have put the project much farther along by now.



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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 »