Sheriff Marlin Gusman won 40,068 votes in Saturday’s runoff election against Charles Foti — only about 500 fewer than he won in the Feb. 1 primary despite a dramatic decrease in turnout, suggesting that voters who chose other candidates initially and even some of Foti’s supporters simply stayed home.
What do you say to someone who has spent 10,950 days — 3 decades and his last 30 birthdays — wondering if today would be the day he would be put to death for a crime he did not commit?
“They give you a $20 debit card and say, ‘I’ll be waiting on you,’ ” said John Thompson, who spent 18 years in prison, 14 of them on death row, wrongfully convicted of murder.
On March 11, Thompson welcomed home fellow exoneree Glenn Ford, Louisiana’s longest-serving death row prisoner. Ford was released from death row and exonerated after an informant told police that the real killer — one of the original suspects — confessed to the 1983 murder.
A 31-year-old man shot a woman in the shoulder following an argument in Central City, New Orleans police said.
The Roly Poly restaurant on Tchoupitoulas Street is slated be torn down and replaced with a new Regions Bank at the corner of Jefferson Avenue, according to a demolition request pending before the city.
Contractors working on the massive Uptown drainage projects along Jefferson, Napoleon and soon Louisiana avenues plan to fit their work crossing the St. Charles Avenue streetcar tracks from June to August of this year, and during those months, St. Charles Avenue will be reduced to two lanes of traffic, according to a report by Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV.
One of the world’s leading scholars, Professor Russell Hittinger, will discuss the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI from the standpoint of philosophy, law and theology Tuesday (March 18) at 6:30 p.m. at the Loyola College of Law.
All 12 condominium units in the former LaSalle School building on Perrier street have sold out at prices up to $3 million before the development even opens, showing the strength of the market for luxury homes in Uptown New Orleans, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. “The average home price in New Orleans increased by 15% this January compared to a year ago,” the report notes, and in 2012, fully 8 percent of the city’s population had been here less than a year.
Should the powers of New Orleans Municipal Court be expanded? It’s already happening. You just probably didn’t realizing it was going on.
It began a couple of years ago, in late January 2012. Mayor Mitch Landrieu dispatched letters to the judges of Criminal District Court and Municipal Court asking them to impose higher bonds for release in gun cases. Landrieu specifically pointed to a program initiated by Judge John Garvey in St. Louis, who began automatically requiring a $30,000 cash-only bond for youths arrested for illegally possessing firearms.
Author Angela Carll will sign her book, “Where Writers Wrote in New Orleans” — an exploration of how New Orleans attracted creative minds throughout history — at the Tulane University Book Store at 29 McAlister Drive from noon to 2 p.m. Friday (March 21).
The Lower Garden District watering hole Bridge Lounge will become the “Barrel Proof” bar next month under new ownership, the new Carrollton Market restaurant in the Riverbend is slated to open this week, and the Popeyes on Magazine and Artz Bagels have both closed unexpectedly, in recent dining news.
Learn about Jewish tradition by attending the Jewish Community Center question-and-answer session Monday morning (March 17) at the Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Avenue.
In Saturday’s runoffs, Jason Williams won the At-Large seat on the City Council and Sheriff Marlin Gusman was also re-elected, each winning with roughly two-thirds of the vote, and in the closest race of the evening, Jeff Rouse was elected coroner.
Meanwhile, the controversial tax for the Audubon Nature Institute was rejected by voters by a two-to-one margin.
On Saturday, the annual Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day parade rolled Uptown. Crowds lined the streets of Uptown hoping for flowers and cabbages.
A man wielding a shotgun was shot to death Friday night, police said, outside from a South Claiborne Avenue bar at Louisiana Avenue that has been the site of deadly shootings at least twice before in recent memory.
A fugitive from Tennessee on an alleged robbery spree in New Orleans last weekend that ended with his capture by a Gentilly store clerk is suspected in two robbery attempts in Uptown, one on the upper end of Magazine Street and the other in the Garden District, authorities said.