Nov 302012
 

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

With the holidays coming up, we often reflect upon our riches and give to those that are less fortunate than us. The Polar Express benefit is a concert that doubles as a toy drive for kids at Children’s Hospital and Ochsner. Attendees can either pay a $10 cover ($7 for students with college ID), or opt to bring a toy donation instead. Continue reading »

Nov 302012
 

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. Continue reading »

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Nov 302012
 

Friends:

We were overjoyed when the November 6th primary results were announced and our campaign came in first place. But our work is not finished; we have one more hill to climb together on December 8 (or early voting, which continues through Saturday, December 1), and I am humbly asking for your vote and support.

From the very beginning, our campaign has focused on the community and the positive outcomes we can achieve when we work together. When we increase economic opportunities, expand public education, eliminate blight and offer accessible and affordable health care, we are improving the quality of life and making our streets safer.  Continue reading »

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Nov 292012
 

A close-up of the suspects’ faces from the surveillance camera image. (via NOPD)

An unidentified man and woman passed about $1,000 in counterfeit bills at two Magazine Street boutiques recently, police say, and now that investigators have obtained images of them from surveillance cameras, they are seeking the public’s help in finding the couple. Continue reading »

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Nov 292012
 

The former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital campus at State and Tchoupitoulas is worth $20.9 million and continuing to deteriorate, far less than the $35 million the Jindal administration budgeted for the sale to raise for health-care funds, according to a report by Michelle Millhollon of the Advocate’s Capitol Bureau. Children’s Hospital officials are continuing their negotiations with the state to acquire the site, while state Rep. Neil Abramson said he hopes it can be used to restore mental-health services to the New Orleans area.

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Nov 292012
 

NOPD officers look for evidence at the scene of a shooting Monday night at the corner of Annunciation and Washington, where about a dozen shell casings were marked on the ground. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Police made a series of drug arrests near an Irish Channel corner store this week as they continue investigating the shooting of two men outside of it Monday evening, they said. Continue reading »

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Nov 292012
 

By Dana Kaplan

Friends, we are on the final leg of our campaign for City Council District B. Election Day is Saturday, December 8th, and I encourage everyone to vote and make their voice heard.

This campaign began when a group of concerned citizens, small business owners, and community leaders got together to make sure the voices of real people would be represented on the City Council. This small group convinced me to run for the recently vacated District B council seat and do what no other candidate had done in modern history—to earn my place on the ballot through a petition. Continue reading »

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Nov 282012
 

Prosecutors said that there was not enough evidence to move forward with a September burglary charge against Trent Mackey that his attorneys had vigorously criticized last month, but that they are aggressively pursuing an armed robbery charge from July, according to our partners at WWL-TV. Mackey attorney Richard Kohnke said Tuesday that the burglary arrest should never have occurred, and that any involvement by Mackey in it was “an utter fabrication” by NOPD detectives.

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Nov 282012
 

A panel of prosecutors, federal officials, Loyola University professors and social-justice advocates will discuss the United States immigration detention system at Loyola University in an all-day symposium Friday (Nov. 30) called “Dialogues on Detention: Applying Lessons from Criminal Justice Reform to the Immigration Detention System”. Continue reading »

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Nov 282012
 

Telly Hankton refused to participate in the video teleconference, which was held because of security concerns surrounding the notorious prisoner, reports Brendan McCarthy and our partners at WWL-TV. Hankton is being held on federal racketeering charges as part of an indictment that could ultimately lead to the death penalty.

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Nov 282012
 

A Gary Fischer Wahoo like this one was stolen from one of the respondents to my Craigslist ad on Nov. 11, outside Canal Place Theaters. Be on the lookout, and let me know if you see it! — Jean Paul Villere.

Jean-Paul Villere

As I walked home from work Sunday afternoon I noted a rather nice bike seemingly left as garbage near a dumpster across the street from my house.  Curious, I went over to investigate.  There was a kickstand disengaged and left in its cradle, and the tires had ample air, yet this newer looking ride seemed to be discarded, left as refuse.  I scoped around to find no one about, so took it upon myself to claim the bike, and as I did so I figured this was a bike thief’s bounty left behind for whatever reason.  The next day I placed a found ad in the bikes section of Craigslistand then tweeted it too.  The results shocked me, and this is why the bike thieves are winning: Continue reading »

Nov 272012
 

Former Gov. Buddy Roemer and Tulane professor Melissa Harris-Perry at the Hillel center. (photos by Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)


To the casual observer, it might be surprising how often a 69-year-old banker from Shreveport who served as the Republican governor of Louisiana agreed Tuesday night with a Tulane professor of African-American studies who hosts a weekend show on the left-leaning cable news network MSNBC.

But for those familiar with the easy rapport between former Gov. Buddy Roemer and Melissa Harris-Perry and the respect each has for the other’s independence of thought, wide agreements between the two were to be expected. Instead, it was the sharp, heartfelt disagreement between the two that came as a shock — and it came on an issue both are heavily personally involved in, education in Louisiana. Continue reading »