Jul 142012
 

Craig Giesecke

I find myself in transition again this week, after walking away from a decently paying kitchen job. It only reinforced the idea that some of us either can’t or can no longer be simply employees, at least not for very long. We’re always bumping our heads against an overly low ceiling. A weekly paycheck is nice, but it’s also something of a leash that‘s too often pulled short. Continue reading »

Jul 132012
 

J. Monque’D Blues Band performs during the 2011 Feast of St. Henry Mass and Reunion. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Just a month after bringing joy to St. Henry’s parishioners by announcing the return of daily mass to the church, Archbishop Gregory Aymond himself will celebrate Vigil Mass in St. Henry’s prior to Saturday afternoon’s annual reunion block party. Continue reading »

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Jul 132012
 

At a “Fight the Blight” event in March 2011, Mayor Mitch Landrieu paints a gate around the pool at Taylor Park with Laquinn Huey, who was 8 at the time. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

City officials hope to bring a critical mass of volunteers back to Taylor Park in the Hoffman Triangle on Saturday, updating last year’s “Fight the Blight” efforts with this year’s “NOLA for Life” murder-reduction strategy. Continue reading »

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Jul 132012
 

Know the eBay terrain — here are some of the more important options for online shopping. (graphic by Christy Lorio)

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

I was sitting down with a friend a few weeks ago — a hip, in-the-know, bargain-loving type of gal — and over a lunch of ahi tuna salad and shrimp and grits I waxed poetic about my latest eBay find and how much money I saved. Much to my chagrin, my hip, cool, and decidedly-younger-than-me friend sheepishly admitted she’s never experienced the pleasure of bargain hunting on the “world’s largest online marketplace,” deeming it overwhelming and frustrating.

I’ve been utilizing eBay since 2000, long before flash sales and coupon sites became all the rage. And while I don’t frequent the site more than a few times a year, like a long lost friend that doesn’t hold a grudge, it’s always there for me with open arms when I decide to visit. My tricks to a successfully frugal purchase? Check your competitive side at the door, and limit your search to help better your odds at finding what you want. Continue reading »

Jul 132012
 

A passenger on a South Carrollton Avenue city bus was shot in the arm late Thursday afternoon by another man who had just disembarked near Washington Avenue, about two blocks before Interstate 10. Two men were quickly arrested — the alleged shooter, Devonte Davis, 17, and an alleged accomplice, Cordero Johnson, 23 — and police recovered the gun, according to Tania Dall of our reporting partners at WWL-TV.

Jul 122012
 

Two NOPD Second District investigators and a Tulane police officer speak to a witness in front of a home in the 600 block of Broadway, where a Tulane student was robbed inside her home. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A 20-year-old Tulane student had her sense of security in her own home shattered Thursday afternoon when two men forced their way in her front door, held her down on the floor at gunpoint and robbed her Broadway Street house.

Moments later, frustrated that her attackers might escape without her even getting a look at them, she ran outside, spotted them down the block, and chased them for a better look — and ended up getting the laptop they stole from her back in her gambit.

“I’m shocked,” the student said, looking back on her actions afterward. “I’m not that strong or courageous of a person. I simply did it because those guys, they should get caught. It’s just not right.” Continue reading »

Jul 122012
 

A rendering of the proposed football stadium on Tulane’s Uptown campus. (via TulaneStadium.com)

As expected, the New Orleans City Council formally withdrew a proposed zoning district Thursday morning that would have required Tulane University to seek their permission prior to starting construction on a new football stadium. Continue reading »

Jul 122012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Although Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Police Chief Ronal Serpas aren’t very happy with him, Tulane Professor Peter Scharf has done the city a tremendous favor with his current study of New Orleans police attitudes.

For those familiar with the situation at the NOPD, it is no surprise that 97 percent of the cops surveyed said that department has insufficient numbers of personnel. The fact is that most days, Chief Serpas has 1,000 cops or fewer to police the city. While the official count is just over 1,300 cops, when you take out those on vacation, those on sick leave, those on suspension, etc. the fact is that most days there are fewer than 1,000 functioning cops on the streets of New Orleans which is why in many districts, including Uptown New Orleans, there may only be two or three cop cars on the street during the late shift. Continue reading »

Jul 122012
 

Five robberies reported around the central Carrollton area since Friday. (map via NOPD.com)

A cluster of five armed robberies — including two carjackings — around the Carrollton area in as many days has the full attention of the Uptown-based NOPD Second District, with nearly every squad in the district assigned a role in stopping the trend, authorities said. Continue reading »