Four people were arrested and two guns were seized Sunday night following a police chase and two-hour manhunt in the Freret neighborhood, and New Orleans police are investigating the suspects’ possible connections to a rash of several armed robberies earlier in the evening.
When we look at the many national experts who are predicting Americans – in general – will have a good 2015, we also want to look at those indicators in terms of New Orleans. The U.S. and certainly New Orleans’ economy appears to be hitting its stride. GDP growth nationally will rise approximately three percent, despite turmoil in global oil markets, concerns over stock valuations, war and the recession, according to WalletHub, a one-stop information source for consumers and small business owners.
Today (Wednesday, Dec. 31) is the last day for neighborhood groups and other organizations to turn in applications to host a Movies in the Park event in partnership with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission during the spring season, which starts in March.
The life, passions, and humorous spirit of late comedian and activist Jonah Bascle — who died Dec. 2 from complications concerning muscle dystrophy — were honored Sunday by a memorial march with Mardi Gras zest and joy, a re-enactment of the protest that marked his run for mayor and a roast in Bascle’s home-base comedy club on Freret Street.
New Year’s Day is now nearly upon us. As has always been the case, the libations will flow and drunken debauchery will rule the streets. We will celebrate having endured one more journey around the sun on this world of ours by getting blotto.
Of course, there was a brief period when that wasn’t the case.
“The first day of the New Year was observed, rather than celebrated by New Orleans, with hushful Sabbatical ceremony,” a reporter for the Times-Picayune observed during Prohibition.
Family and friends of comedian and activist Jonah Bascle have planned a memorial march Sunday in his honor after his Dec. 2 death from complications relating to muscular dystrophy, concluding at his home-base comedy club on Freret Street for a roast to celebrate his humorous spirit.
Each year at this time, we reflect on how blessed we are to be citizens of the United States of America and thank God for our courageous grandparents who came to this country with little more than the clothing on their backs. They opened doors for us and we will always be grateful for their courage and the many great things about being a U.S. citizen.
As dusk fell on Christmas Eve, a few blocks of Pine Street in Uptown New Orleans glowed a little more brightly after a group of neighborhood children lit their sidewalks with hundreds of votive candles.
Today, on Christmas Eve, the holiday classic, “A Christmas Story,” will air for 24 hours straight.
I’ve indulged in this marathon, a new-fangled Christmas tradition, for many years.
But this year, I just can’t approach this movie with the same light-hearted spirit. My thoughts turn to Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old Cleveland boy, who was shot by a police officer on November 22 — shortly before Thanksgiving — for playing with a toy gun in a park.