Robert P. George, a legal theorist, former presidential appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and former president of the National Organization for Marriage, will speak on issues of faith and social justice in a lecture titled “Five Pillars of a Decent and Dynamic Society” on Wednesday (March 6) at Loyola University.
Although 20 of the 628 students at Andrew Wilson Charter School were suspended in January — more than triple the number from the previous months — school officials reported positive news as well: gains in student achievement, new grants for pre-kindergarten summer camp and students with disabilities, increase in parental involvement and the likelihood of a budget surplus, reports Della Hasselle of The Lens.
Correction, 12:49 p.m., March 6: The original version of this post misidentified the school in the headline. The post itself and the original Lens article both correctly reference the school as Andrew Wilson Charter School.
“In a way, her strangeness, her naiveté, her craving for the other half of her equation was the consequence of an idle imagination. Had she paints, or clay, or knew the discipline of the dance, or strings, had she anything to engage her tremendous curiosity and her gift for metaphor, she might have exchanged the restlessness and preoccupation with whim for an activity that provided her with all she yearned for. And like an artist with no art form, she became dangerous.” – Toni Morrision, Sula
For black writers and lovers of literature alike, Toni Morrison is the messiah, the godmother of black fiction, a figure to be studied, discussed, envied, loved and worshiped.
Morrison’s prose captures the richness of the black American experience in a language that is divine and lyrical. Her stories are dark and dreamy and poetical and political. The themes she explores are unforgettable and uncomfortable. They get under your skin, seep into your consciousness and ooze out of your pores inducing chills of delight – and angst. That’s what a “good read” does. It changes you. Reading Morrison changes you. Her books can be difficult to access but are insanely popular nonetheless. Morrison sycophants boast of rereading her works multiple times. Her quotes inspire scribes to audaciously push forward and stand a bit taller as writers: “I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.”
A 36-year-old woman was listed in critical condition Monday night after being shot in the neck by a stranger as she walked to her vehicle in a residential block of Milan Street just off of Magazine, police and neighbors said.
The Recovery School District, in partnership with the Orleans Parish School Board, will host two application fairs for families this month, one for middle school families at KIPP Central Academy Wednesday (March 6) and another at Crocker Elementary on March 15.
Joel Vilmenay, general manager of WDSU-TV, has resigned from the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans governing board, citing his involvement in other boards and a busy upcoming travel schedule in a recent email to The Lens.
A 21-year-old man was killed and another man was injured in a shooting about a block from the busy intersection of Washington Avenue and Broad Street in the Hoffman Triangle area, police said.
Supporters of Xavier University Preparatory School on Magazine Street have created the Xavier Prep Foundation Fund in an effort to keep the 98-year-old school open. The fund is being administered by the Greater New Orleans Foundation.
Plans to renovate the Sophie B. Wright Charter School building will be discussed at a meeting next week, officials said.
Beretta USA is now the belle of the ball. New Orleans needs to be an eager suitor.
It all started in January when Maryland Governor Mike O’Malley proposed the “Firearm Safety Act of 2013.” This bill, which has now passed the Maryland state senate on a 28-19 vote, is grotesquely unconstitutional dreck that will severely restrict the Second Amendment rights of Maryland citizens.
Susan Barton, founder of Bright Solutions for Dyslexia, will discuss early warning signs of the prevalent learning disability tonight (Monday, March 4) in a free seminar hosted by Tulane University and St. George’s Episcopal School.
Tipitina’s Uptown will host the Healthy Supper Bowl Jam tonight (Monday, March 4), with healthy food options from local food trucks and free live music and dance performances.
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East Bank residents should boil any tap water for a full minute that they plan to drink, cook with or even brush teeth with over the next 24 hours, city officials said following a power loss at the Sewerage & Water Board power plant this morning.
The Music For Peace fundraiser will begin at 5 p.m. Children are free but a donation is suggested for adults.
“We are happy that this suspect has been taken off the streets and arrested and we’re hoping that the other people involved will also be arrested,” Grace Kaynor told our partners at WWL-TV following the arrest of 20-year-old Byron Johnson in the carjacking and shooting of her husband, attorney Sandy Kaynor, five months ago at Camp Street and Delachaise. Sandy Kaynor remains hospitalized, but Grace Kaynor said she showed her husband Johnson’s photo and he seemed “very distubed,” Tania Dall reports:
A home at Milan Street and South Liberty caught fire Thursday night, according to our partners at WWL-TV: