Dec 142012

Sandy Kaynor Jr. (via

As the Jones Walker law firm prepares a fundraiser to support medical treatment for attorney Sandy Kaynor — who was critically wounded two months ago in a shooting and carjacking at Camp and Delachaise — his wife issued a statement Friday morning about what he means to her.

“What makes Sandy so beloved?” Grace Kaynor begins. “His kindness, gentleness, generosity of spirit, sense of humor and love for life.” Continue reading »

Dec 142012

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

That Sheriff Marlin Gusman has entered into a consent agreement with the U.S. Justice Department regarding the governance of Parish Prison is great news for those who have long been advocating for an effective, just and equitable criminal justice system for New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Dec 132012

The building in the 1500 block of Thalia being considered as a satellite site for the International School of Louisiana. (Robert Morris,

The International School of Louisiana is growing increasingly interested in an office building on Thalia Street a short walk from the Camp Street campus as a way to ease crowding issues there, but school leaders are also beginning to see it as a stepping stone to a larger new campus for the school several years down the road. Continue reading »

Dec 132012

The Allen School building on Loyola Avenue, currently used by Sci High, is sought by both Audubon and Lusher charter schools. ( file photo)

The long-simmering disagreement between Lusher and Audubon charter schools over which should be allowed to move into the Allen School building when Sci High moves out flared up Thursday afternoon, when a formal request by Lusher for a promise for the building reached the Orleans Parish School Board’s property committee.

The request filled the small committee room with supporters of both programs, but the 45-minute conversation was dominated by Audubon supporters’ arguments that their need for the school is greater — technically, both of Audubon’s campuses are currently in “temporary” facilities. The OPSB committee members, however, had little interest in wading into the fight, saying any move by Sci High is so far in the future that it makes little sense to argue about it now. Continue reading »

Dec 132012

Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy replied to an officer’s request for mountain-bike training as an incentive for good work by praising the idea but stressing the need for the evening shift to return to “its former proactive posture of 40 arrests a week” and saying he would not send anyone “who does not support these goals,” according to Mike Perlstein and our partners at WWL-TV. The ACLU says that message runs afoul of a state law against tying promotions to arrest quotas, WWL reports, but NOPD spokeswoman Remi Braden said it showed Bardy monitoring officer’s activity and motivating them to do better.

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Dec 132012

Nobert Estrella speaks to other International School administrators in May of 2011. ( file photo by Robert Morris)

Nobert Estrella, who led the International School of Louisiana’s Olivier Street campus in Algiers through its first year and this year became the first principal of the school’s new Jefferson Parish expansion, will resign next week and become a Spanish teacher at Helen Cox, according to a report at Estrella described “philosophical differences” and Head of Schools Sean Wilson called it Estrella’s “personal decision,” according to the report, which notes that family liaison Jessica Rodriguez will also be stepping down.

At the Nov. 28 meeting of the International School board, Wilson reported that the Jefferson Parish’s middle school was experiencing both disciplinary and academic issues that needed immediate attention. Classrooms were to be made smaller and teachers were to be retrained, Wilson said. Estrella was present at the meeting but did not speak about the issues at the time.

Dec 132012

M.S. Rau Antiques, a French Quarter landmark, has greeted its 100th year with nothing more than the best and is currently hosting its most important exhibition to date, Impressionism: Influences & Impact. The exhibit features work by such master artists as Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, and even the beguiling Vincent van Gogh.

The gallery is hosting a speaker series on Impressionism in collaboration with the exhibition.

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Dec 122012

The New Orleans Loup Garous. It needs to happen.

Jean-Paul Villere

New Orleans and basketball possess an on again / off again romance over decades.  From losing the Jazz in 1979 to almost getting the Timberwolves in 1994 and finally, under ( * cough * cough * ) Nagin, not yet elected to his first mayoral term, use of the New Orleans Arena for the once upon time hockey foray called the Brass springboarded the Crescent City back into the NBA limelight, ultimately securing the Hornets.  Until now.  Before you can utter another holiday greeting expect the Big Easy’s b-ballers moving forward to be known as the Pelicans.  There’s a whole host of commentary on this change, both sides squawking over whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing; I’ll offer it’s nothing more than a missed opportunity.  Have none of you ever see Teen Wolf?  And for the record, it’s really okay if you’ve never seen Teen Wolf Too.  Poor Jason Bateman, poor poor Jason Bateman.  And today there’s a fairly boring TV series reboot of the story, which if you’re drifting through streaming Netflix, I’d say give it a go but leave your expectations at the door. Continue reading »

Dec 112012

A site plan for Magnolia Marketplace, as submitted to the City Planning Commission.

If you thought the new Taco Bell on South Claiborne was exciting news for Uptown New Orleans, just wait till you meet its new neighbors.

If Tuesday afternoon’s approval by the City Planning Commission is any indication, a major new shopping center called Magnolia Marketplace is soon headed for the large open area just off South Claiborne Avenue adjacent to the Harmony Oaks development. Continue reading »

Dec 102012

The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans campus on Patton Street.

The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans governing board approved the hiring of an interim CEO on Monday night, then several board members convened a private meeting with about 50 teachers and parents to discuss the decision and other issues facing the school. Continue reading »