Nov 182016
 
Panelist speak on criminal-justice reform Thursday evening at Tulane University. (Della Hasselle, UptownMessenger.com)

Panelist speak on criminal-justice reform Thursday evening at Tulane University. (Della Hasselle, UptownMessenger.com)

More de-escalation training, a renewed focus on New Orleans youth and better programming to help the indigent could be integral to reforming the criminal justice system in Louisiana, according to key members of the system in Orleans Parish.

Those were some of many topics raised during a panel discussion held by The Press Club of New Orleans in collaboration with Tulane University’s Criminal Law Clinic on Thursday night. Other subjects included the crafting and enforcement of laws, the city’s history of mass incarceration, and ways to better implement rehabilitation within state and federal facilities.

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Nov 182016
 

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Freret Street businesses will play host to Timberland and Brooklyn Brewery as they end their nine-city MASH tour, which have featured pop-up shops and bars, concerts, beer festivals, and more. #NOLAMASH ends with “Freret Street Neighborhood Immersion” on Sunday, November 20 at 1 p.m. and will include a pop-up bar, lunch coupons, “VIP hookups”, and more. Continue reading »

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Nov 182016
 

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Let’s cut to the chase. FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM & MOONLIGHT open this week and we all know how excited everyone is to see both of them. There’s not much in common with these two films except the number of phone calls and emails we’ve received about them. Your voices have been heard and we expect this weekend to break all sorts of attendance records.

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Nov 172016
 
Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser speaks Monday at the kick-off of Tulane University's new ByWater Institute fellowship program. (photo by Paula Burch-Centano, courtesy of Tulane University)

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser speaks Monday at the kick-off of Tulane University’s new ByWater Institute fellowship program. (photo by Paula Burch-Centano, courtesy of Tulane University)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Speaking Monday at the kick-off of Tulane University’s new ByWater Institute fellowship program, Lt. Governor Billy Nungessser said that President-Elect Donald Trump will create jobs and economic opportunities in Louisiana, especially in the oil and gas industry. “President Trump is going to be good for business in Louisiana,” said Nungesser. Continue reading »

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Nov 162016
 
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd speaks at Tulane University on Wednesday, Nov. 16. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd speaks at Tulane University on Wednesday, Nov. 16. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The entire life of Donald J. Trump has been a study in shifting character — from the New York playboy and brash investor who rose to fame in the 1980s, to the wizened, demanding businessman who dominated The Apprentice, to the rabble-rousing ideologue who captured the Republican nomination.

Now that Trump has been elected President, said New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd to a packed audience at Tulane on Wednesday night, no one really has any idea what kind of character he will assume next. Continue reading »

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Nov 162016
 
Sewerage and Water Board superintendent Joe Becker speaks with a resident amid flooding from a broken water main on Cohn Street in July 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Sewerage and Water Board superintendent Joe Becker speaks with a resident amid flooding from a broken water main on Cohn Street in July 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The property tax that generates one-third of the Sewerage & Water Board’s budget for draining the city of New Orleans is up for renewal on the Dec. 10 runoff ballot, and officials are pleading with neighborhoods to spread the word amid the current climate of electoral uncertainty.

“We’re very concerned that people are just going to walk into the booth, see ‘Taxes’ and vote no,” said Joe Becker, general superintendent of the Sewerage & Water Board, at a meeting of the Delachaise Neighborhood Association on Tuesday. “But if people understand the consequences what that ‘no’ vote is, I think they’ll vote intellectually and see the benefits of moving forward with this.” Continue reading »

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Nov 162016
 

JCC logoThe New Orleans Jewish Community Center, located at 5342 St. Charles Avenue, will host the annual benefit concert, “Coats For Kids”. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. on November 16 (tonight) and will feature performances by Germaine Bazzle, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and more. Continue reading »

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Nov 152016
 
The New Orleans Veterans of Foreign War Post 8973 (VFW) commemorates the official groundbreaking for their new facility with members of the post, public officials, and the project’s general contractor, Design Management Group. Pictured: (l-r) Marshall Hevron, Fernando Rivera, Councilmember Latoya Cantrell, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Doug Thomas, owner of DMG Ryan McCroskey, Elvin “Ray” Bass, and James Reiss. (photo courtesy of Serah Ridolfo)

The New Orleans Veterans of Foreign War Post 8973 (VFW) commemorates the official groundbreaking for their new facility with members of the post, public officials, and the project’s general contractor, DMG. Pictured: (l-r) Marshall Hevron, Fernando Rivera, Councilmember Latoya Cantrell, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Doug Thomas, owner of DMG Ryan McCroskey, Elvin “Ray” Bass, and James Reiss. (photo courtesy of Serah Ridolfo)

The New Orleans Veterans of Foreign War Post 8973 (VFW) celebrated the official groundbreaking for their new facility at 531 Lyons Street on Veterans Day (Nov. 11). Together with members of the post, public officials, and the project’s general contractor, Design Management Group, the VFW celebrated the beginning of the post’s renovation and construction after more than six years of planning and fundraising. Continue reading »

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Nov 152016
 
Maureen Dowd (via Tulane University)

Maureen Dowd (via Tulane University)

Maureen Dowd — the New York Times columnist known for sharp criticism of both Republicans and the Clinton camp alike — will speak Wednesday at Tulane University as part of a tour for her new book, “The Year of Voting Dangerously.” Continue reading »

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Nov 152016
 

The 3800 block of Nashville is the last block of Nashville before Fontainebleau. Tuesday's incidents are not yet shown on city crime maps. (map via NOPD)

The 3800 block of Nashville is the last block of Nashville before Fontainebleau. Tuesday’s incidents are not yet shown on city crime maps. (map via NOPD)

A New Orleans police officer fired a shot at a man holding a gun on Nashville Avenue in Fontainebleau, where an aggravated rape was also reported overnight, authorities said Tuesday morning. Continue reading »

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Nov 142016
 
The former James Weldon Johnson Elementary School (photographed in 2011) will eventually be refurbished and assigned to KIPP Believe Primary under a new configuration for Carrollton public schools announced Thursday morning. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The former James Weldon Johnson Elementary School (photographed in 2011) could become a temporary home for Lycee Francais next year. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Expanding their footprint in the Carrollton area, officials at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans are considering moving some of their upper grades into the former James Weldon Johnson school on Monroe Street for several years while continuing to work on their long-term home on the Priestley campus. Continue reading »

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Nov 142016
 
An employee of the City of New Orleans begins erasing the "Black Power" slogan from the monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Thursday, Nov. 10, following protests over the election of Donald J. Trump. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An employee of the City of New Orleans begins erasing the “Black Power” slogan from the monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Thursday, Nov. 10, following protests over the election of Donald J. Trump. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

It’s probably an understatement to say that the results of last Tuesday’s presidential election were a shock to many. I personally stayed out on election night and was treated to many dejected laments. Some drowned their sorrows, while others engaged in angry diatribes.

Here in Uptown, Donald Trump only won a few precincts around State Street and St. Charles Avenue. The wider New Orleans metropolitan area was divided. Elsewhere, in the sea of red that surrounds New Orleans, Trump won by a whopping 20 points. Continue reading »

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Nov 142016
 

Hamilton Street armed robbery. The robbery attempt on Camp Street is not yet shown on NOPD crime maps. (map via NOPD)

Hamilton Street armed robbery. The robbery attempt on Camp Street is not yet shown on NOPD crime maps. (map via NOPD)

A man was robbed of his SUV at gunpoint on Hamilton Street in Hollygrove, and a woman driving through the Lower Garden District escaped an apparent robbery attempt at a traffic signal on Camp Street, New Orleans police said Monday morning. Continue reading »

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