Troy Williams, now 42, is accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint in the 2700 block of Dante Street, then forcing her into an alley for sex in August of 1985 after NOPD investigators learned of a match to his DNA last November, according to a report by Ramon Antonio Vargas of The Times-Picayune.
At this point, there should be little doubt in anyone’s mind that the City of New Orleans opposes the Louisiana Science Education Act of 2008, an “academic freedom” act transparently designed to facilitate the teaching of creationism in public schools. In May of 2011, the New Orleans City Council voted unanimously to support legislation aimed at repealing the LSEA, and just this past December, the Orleans Parish School Board unanimously voted to ban the teaching of “creationism or intelligent design in classes designated as science classes.”
The actual language of the LSEA seems relatively innocuous at first blush. It merely allows schools to “foster an environment … that promotes critical thinking skills, logical analysis, and open and objective discussion of scientific theories being studied including, but not limited to, evolution, the origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.” It later provides that that the LSEA “shall not be construed to promote any religious doctrine, promote discrimination for or against a particular set of religious beliefs, or promote discrimination for or against religion or nonreligion.”
Still, that last bit is just a fig leaf. Creationism can still be introduced into the classroom as an alternative “science,” and the fact remains that evolutionary biology is specifically targeted.
A new neighborhood association that aims to serve a central section of Uptown New Orleans will hold its first general meeting this week, its organizers announced.
Back in the early days of his mayoral tenure, before things began to fall apart, Clarence Ray Nagin was a rock star. He didn’t know much about city government but he was cool, glib and very optimistic.
Did the city need an infusion of money? He’d sell the airport.
The Uptown Jewish Community Center will hold its 44th annual Adloyadah Community Wide Purim Carnival on Sunday afternoon.
More than 16,000 runners and selection of bands will take over St. Charles Avenue on Sunday morning for the 2013 Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon.
A woman was robbed on Laurel Street in the Irish Channel on her way home after the Bacchus parade last week, and police are now looking for the public’s help turning up any additional information that may lead them to an arrest in the case, authorities said.
The residents were also told that cost estimates have been reached for renovations to the long-abandoned Priestley site in their own neighborhood, they say.
RSD officials have not responded to requests to confirm accounts of the meetings this week.
A Hoffman Triangle resident fought off a scam artist who turned violent last week, and a Garden District resident escaped from a burglar she found in her home — and who appears to have left a pair of underwear behind, police said.
The Orleans Public Education Network will host a networking night for young professionals at Oak Wine Bar on Sunday evening (Feb. 24) that will also include a presentation to Leona Tate, who in 1960 was one of four African-American schoolgirls to integrate a previously all-white New Orleans school.
The “Step Up, Reach Out!” anti-bullying summit will be held at Loyola University Saturday (Feb. 19) for students and educators from several New Orleans schools.
If you’ve ever built a house or otherwise been involved in construction or extensive remodeling of a building, you know any contractor’s standard answer is “two weeks.” You also know only too well how, particularly in this city, the wheels of the public utilities and their regulatory minions in city government grind v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y –- unless, of course, you’re late paying a bill.
The two-day Tulane Summit on Environmental Law & Policy, which runs today (Friday) and Saturday, will feature panel discussions on topics of local interest such as fracking, coal export terminals, Hurricane Sandy aftermath, water management in New Orleans, Louisiana’s scenic rivers, lessons from the BP spill, sea levels in South Louisiana, the Gulf Dead Zone and a keynote presentation by Yvon Chouinard, founder of the Patagonia outdoor clothing company.
Following news that the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament intend to close Xavier Prep at the end of the year, school officials and alumni are organizing a meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School on Caffin Avenue in the Lower Ninth Ward to discuss ways to keep the 98-year-old institution open, reports Maya Rodriguez of our partners at WWL-TV:
The owner of Jimmy’s Music Club may be taking his fight to reopen his renowned club straight to City Hall, but a group of Carrollton neighborhood residents told him Thursday night that they aren’t his problem.
In fact, the Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association said, they’d like to sit down and try to figure out a way to support him.
An 18-year-old man was gunned down in the middle of Chippewa Street on Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
A 21-year-old man was shot to death inside a car that then crashed into a home on Nelson Street just off South Claiborne, authorities said.