Aug 212012
 

Contestants in Friday Night Fights’ “Sexy Summer Show” bikini contest line the ring on Freret Street in July 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Although the gym that spawned it has moved to O.C. Haley Boulveard, Friday Night Fights will return to its original home on Freret Street this weekend for its annual “Sexy Summer Show.” Continue reading »

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Aug 202012
 

Three more Uptown bars — Cooter Brown’s, Snake and Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge and Dos Jefes — and corner stores on Oak Street and in Central City have all been added to the docket before the city’s Alcohol Beverage Control board following sweeps by state agents, and will get their first public hearing at a meeting Tuesday. Continue reading »

Aug 202012
 

Over its 40-year history, the Coliseum Square Association has played a major role in the revitalization of the Lower Garden District, so its voice should be respected when it comes to development proposals that might affect it, City Council candidate Eric Strachan group told the group Monday night — in comments that drew a range of responses from other council hopefuls, from strong agreement to a dose of skepticism. Continue reading »

Aug 202012
 

Trent Mackey (via opcso.org)

Suspended Tulane linebacker Trent Mackey, who was arrested late last week on a robbery charge following accusations of orchestrating a July 12 home invasion on Broadway by another suspect in the case, “is confident that once the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident come to light that he will be fully exonerated,” attorneys Rick Kohnke and Rick Kelly said in a statement, according to our reporting partners at WWL-TV.

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Aug 202012
 

Ray Cannata talks to film director Michael Dunaway while filming a scene for “The Man Who Ate New Orleans” at Cafe Nino on South Carrollton in October 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

“The Man Who Ate New Orleans,” a film about the quest of Uptown New Orleans pastor and (former) neighborhood association president Ray Cannata to eat at every restaurant in the city, will debut on public-television station WYES at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, according to Gwendolyn Knapp of Eater NOLA.

Aug 202012
 

In the first official week of the race for the District B seat on the City Council, Eric Strachan will be meeting tonight with a neighborhood association his parents helped found, LaToya Cantrell and Dana Kaplan are beginning to knock on doors in Uptown neighborhoods, and late entrants Buck Horton and Donald Vallee are both getting their campaigns organized. Continue reading »

Aug 202012
 

Owen Courreges

This past Wednesday, the New Orleans Police Department announced that it would be holding a sobriety checkpoint in — wait for it — “the Orleans Parish area.”

This was a change. Normally the NOPD at least provides a general area that narrows down the location of the checkpoint in advance. A checkpoint will be held in “Uptown” or “Algiers” the NOPD will say, and then if you don’t want to be interrogated by police you at least have the option of trying to avoid that area. Continue reading »

Aug 182012
 

Craig Giesecke

We’re on the downhill slope toward full-blown football season and all that entails. Be you a fan of our Saints, Tigers, the Green Wave, the Colonels, Ragin’ Cajuns or any of the wide assortment of the region’s high school teams, it means tailgating, having a few drinks with fellow fans and generally enjoying.

Of course, it’ll be halfway through October before the weather moderates. This means the first month or so of the season is like bringing a football to a July 4th picnic, and the food choices usually reflect that. I love gumbo as much as the next guy, but it’s a lot more enjoyable when it’s 60 degrees out instead of 90. Continue reading »

Aug 182012
 

Kira Orange Jones, whose seat on the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education represents much of Uptown New Orleans, should be considered a “branch manager” of Teach For America in her position as executive director of the New Orleans office, and thus not in conflict of interest in serving on a board that approves contracts for her employer, the Louisiana Board of Ethics ruled on Friday, according to a report by Jessica Williams of The Lens.

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Aug 182012
 

Detectives interview Tulane linebacker Trent Mackey (seen behind the investigator on the right) at the scene of a July 12 home invasion on Broadway he was originally considered one of the victims of. On Friday, Mackey was charged with robbery after one of the suspects said he “orchestrated” the crime, police said. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Trent Mackey (via Tulane official site)

A Tulane linebacker regarded as one of the best in his conference was arrested Friday on a charge of armed robbery amid accusations that he “orchestrated” a broad-daylight home invasion on Broadway in which he acted as though he was a victim, police said. Continue reading »

Aug 172012
 

What had long been considered a three-way race for the open District B seat on the City Council attracted two more candidatesin a busy last day of filing Friday — including bounce artist Marlon “10th Ward Buck” Horton — while one of Uptown’s two school board members drew an opponent, and several more candidates emerged to run for the two Congressional seats that represent New Orleans. Continue reading »

Aug 172012
 

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

I knew I didn’t want kids as early on as middle school, and high school squelched any maternal instincts I might have possessed. Going to an all-girls Catholic school in the 90s, we were succumbed to scare tactics such as watching videos of abortions on a projector screen in the school’s gym to prevent us from experimenting sexually. And since having sex before marriage is a sin, pregnant students were permanently kicked out, their only option being attending an alternative school until they gave birth. Since I was barraged with so many negative connotations about sex and pregnancy at such a young age, I associated pregnancy with delinquent behavior and never had much desire to go through what was described to me as an awful experience. Continue reading »

Aug 172012
 

A host of prominent New Orleans Republicans said this week that they have never heard of the lone challenger so far to U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, Josue Larose, who filed to run as a member of their party on Wednesday.

But the hard-to-find candidate shares a name and a former address with a perennial candidate in Florida the political press there dubbed “Super PAC Man,” whose thousands of alleged campaign-finance violations and hyperactive registration of odd political action committees drew the tongue-in-cheek “admiration” of political prankster Stephen Colbert. Continue reading »