Jan 152015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Poor Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Winner of two landslide elections, seemingly one of America’s most successful and articulate mayors, architect of a New Orleans post-Katrina renaissance, he has to be wondering what hit him. It seems like his plunge from the penthouse to the outhouse took place almost overnight.

The big punch, of course, began with a sudden surge in Vieux Carre crime that quickly got completely out of control. Gangs of thugs began roaming French Quarter streets, beating people up as well as robbing them. The Vieux Carre community responded with fury, holding rallies, complaining that they were living in Landrieuville where no one is safe for even a moment. Continue reading »

Jan 152015
 

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Jan 142015
 
Protesters chant on the corner of Freret and Cadiz. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Protesters chant on the corner of Freret and Cadiz. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Article by Robert Morris; photos by Zach Brien

A group of local environmental activists huddled against the cold wind Tuesday night to create an audiovisual protest against a proposed expansion of an oil pipeline from Canada visible to Freret Street drivers. Continue reading »

Jan 132015
 
Police lead a suspect to a waiting patrol car following a manhunt that closed several streets around Broadway and Fontainebleau on Monday, Jan. 12. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police lead a suspect to a waiting patrol car following a manhunt that closed several streets around Broadway and Fontainebleau on Monday, Jan. 12. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Brandon Hartford (via opcso.org)

Brandon Hartford (via opcso.org)

Dominick Scott (via opcso.org)

Dominick Scott (via opcso.org)

The two men arrested following a police chase and manhunt late Monday night on Broadway Street near Fontainebleau have each been charged with possession of a gun by a felon, a charge that carries with it an automatic 10-year sentence upon conviction, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Jan 132015
 
(photo courtesy of Noodle & Pie)

(photo courtesy of Noodle & Pie)

Noodle & Pie, the celebrated new restaurant at the corner of State and Magazine, received a favorable recommendation from city officials Tuesday for its request to start serving cocktails, despite the concerns of a few neighbors worried that the establishment may one day replaced by a nuisance bar. Continue reading »

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Jan 132015
 

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Jan 122015
 
Police take a suspect into custody following a manhunt that closed several streets around Broadway and Fontainebleau on Monday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police take a suspect into custody following a manhunt that closed several streets around Broadway and Fontainebleau on Monday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two people were arrested Monday night and two guns were found after a police chase and manhunt on Broadway Street near Fontainebleau, police and witnesses said. Continue reading »

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Jan 122015
 

Owen Courreges

The NOPD is looking for a few good cops.  It just doesn’t care if they’re very smart.

In a December 29, 2014 letter to the Civil Service Commission, Police Department Superintendent Michael Harrison advocated removing the requirement that police recruits obtain at least 60 higher education credits, with exceptions for those possessing prior military or law enforcement experience.

According to Harrison, all that fancy book learnin’ just ain’t necessary.  He’d prefer to emphasize “workforce training over formal classroom education.”  Furthermore, the 60-credit mandate damages “NOPD’s ability to recruit and hire qualified police officers by excluding . . . those who cannot afford a higher education.” Continue reading »

Jan 122015
 

(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

Robberies on South Claiborne and Louisiana. The robbery on Arabella has yet to appear on NOPD crime maps.

Robberies on South Claiborne and Louisiana. The robbery on Arabella has yet to appear on NOPD crime maps.

Two people were robbed at gunpoint in separate incidents early Sunday on Louisiana Avenue and early Monday on Arabella Street, and the Subway sandwich shop on South Claiborne was also robbed on Sunday evening, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Jan 102015
 

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

With the 2015 JazzFest lineup set about to be revealed on Monday, my thoughts have escalated into the unknown and the possible for who and what might appear this season.  In the past my notions have been met with mild success, what with HangoutFest and its line-up, now firmly affixed in mid-May, often casting a who’s who of who isn’t playing JazzFest.  Somehow I feel like this is my year.  The Who / Joan Jett are touring ensemble at this time with a mysterious void in their tour around JazzFest, same with Hozier and Wilco; so to say they’re all candidates exceeds likelihood.  As such, I shall humbly exclude them from my top 10.  Therefore without further delay: prognosticate this! Continue reading »

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Jan 102015
 
Same-sex marriage supporters began lining up outside the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals before dawn on Friday to secure a seat in the courtroom. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Same-sex marriage supporters began lining up outside the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals before dawn on Friday to secure a seat in the courtroom. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As expected, the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals made no decision on same-sex marriage in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi after hearing arguments Friday morning from attorneys on both sides of the issue in each state. Likewise, the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to reveal whether it will take issue up in its spring session, which would supercede any decision by the appeals court.

But the three 5th Circuit judges — Judge Jerry E. Smith and Patrick Higginbotham, two appointees of President Ronald Reagan, and Judge James Graves, appointed by President Barack Obama — did each seem to focus on different issues in their questions during Friday’s hearings, shedding some light on which issues they felt needed more elucidation. Continue reading »

Jan 082015
 

Two officers had already spoken to the passengers of the vehicle they stopped in Central City on Wednesday night when one man got out and fired at them while running away, New Orleans police said. One of the officers returned fire, killing the man, and the whole incident was recorded on body-worn cameras, police said Thursday. Continue reading »