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 »

Aug 172012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

The teams are complete, the matchups are clear. These guys don’t like one another and their philosophies could hardly be more different.

There was a time in America when then-Alabama Gov. George Wallace could run for President as an independent complaining that there wasn’t a dime’s worth of difference between the Democratic and Republican candidates. That isn’t really a problem in 2012. The Obama-Biden view of the world is just about 360 degrees apart from the Romney-Ryan view of the world. Continue reading »

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Aug 172012
 

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Time is running out!  In less than 30 days Shop of the Two Sisters, Magazine Street’s destination for eclectic fine home furnishings, will close their doors.

Dramatic and final markdowns have been taken on all inventory including chandeliers, sconces, lamps, rugs, consoles, tables, chairs, mirrors, original art and more. Whether you need a striking accent piece or to furnish an entire room, Lee Ali is happy to help you choose just the right piece for your home or weekend get-a-way. Hurry in for best selection! Open everyday until September 5. Visit their Facebook page to see inventory and pricing.

          

Shop of the Two Sisters
1800 Magazine Street
New Orleans
504-525-2747
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Aug 162012
 

Megan Braden-Perry, creator of Gambit’s Public Transit Tuesdays column, was kind enough to invite Robert Morris of Uptown Messenger along this week for her exploration of the South Claiborne route, and together we discovered that the new building behind the former Tharp-Sontheimer funeral home is part of a new home for seniors, constructed unit-by-unit as the largest prefabricated building in the state, the architect told us. Claiborne tends to be a quick, no-nonsense bus route, so the journey featured few of the characters Braden-Perry often encounters, but did include sharing some memories at Forstall Art Supplies, plenty of food talk and a vicious caterpillar attack.

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Aug 162012
 

The locations of the May 29 slaying of 5-year-old Briana Allen and the June 9 slaying of Lonnie Johnson are about a block apart. Burnell Allen, Briana’s father, has now been charged with murder in the death of Johnson. (map via NOPD)

Burnell Allen (via opcso.org)

The father of the 5-year-old girl shot to death in front of a Central City birthday party in May has now been arrested in the killing of another man the following month, and police are touting the strategy that led to the arrest while his family is saying they have the wrong man. Continue reading »

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Aug 162012
 

Telly Hankton (via opcso.org)

The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office dropped charges related to a 2009 murder at Terpsichore and LaSalle Streets against Telly Hankton and transferred evidence in the death of Jesse “TuTu” Reed to the U.S. Attorney’s office as part of the “federal investigation of the Hankton organization,” officials told John Simerman of The Times-Picayune. Charges were also dropped against a co-defendant in the case, Edward Allen, who was expected to be released in the case, and defense attorney Jason Williams suggested that the decision vindicates Allen’s claim that he was in Houston the night of the shooting, Simerman reports.

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Aug 152012
 

The former uniform store on Magazine Street near Louisiana is planned for a transformation into a new location of Dat Dog. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Dat Dog is one step closer to putting a smile on Magazine Street’s facade, after the City Planning Commission gave a positive recommendation to its request for alcohol Tuesday despite some objection by the Garden District Association. Continue reading »

Aug 152012
 

The Our Lady of Lourdes school building on Freret Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Article by Craig Giesecke, for UptownMessenger.com

Holy Rosary School, a Catholic school for children with special needs, will open next week in the prominent Our Lady of Lourdes school building on Freret at Napoleon occupied last year by Sojourner Truth Academy, archdiocese officials told neighbors Tuesday night. Continue reading »

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Aug 152012
 

Smoke pours from the upstairs apartment of a home at Nelson and Fern on Wednesday morning. (photo by Justin Nystrom, via Twitter)

An upstairs apartment in a large Nelson Street home caught fire Wednesday morning, but the family members inside were able to escape unharmed. Continue reading »

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Aug 152012
 

District B City Council candidate Dana Kaplan speaks at her campaign kickoff party Tuesday evening at Victory bar in the Central Business District. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

On the day before filing officially opens for the District B City Council seat — having just turned in what they believe is enough signatures to get candidate Dana Kaplan on the ballot — her supporters were ready to party.

And to get to work.

“This is really real. This is it,” said Norris Henderson of Voice Of The Ex-Offender at Kaplan’s campaign launch party on Tuesday night. “But that was the easy part.” Continue reading »

Aug 152012
 

Jean-Paul Villere

When I entered the 5th grade in 1984 I had just turned 10, the Summer Olympics had wrapped in Los Angeles, and President Reagan was stumping for re-election.  Today 28 years later my almost 10 year old daughter enters the 5th grade, the Summer Olympics have just wrapped in London, and President Obama is stumping for re-election.  The year is 2012.  We don’t drive flying cars, the inequities of the world have yet to be balanced (nor are we post-apocalyptic Mad Max style), but I can Facetime on my iPhone which is kind of like a wrist watch, so we might say the world is a little more Dick Tracy than not (*however don’t tell that to Warren Beatty).  But things honestly haven’t changed that much – have they? Continue reading »

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Aug 142012
 

Hundreds of Uptown residents fill the auditorium at the Jewish Community Center on Monday night to discuss the city budget with Mayor Mitch Landrieu. (photo via WWL-TV)

Civics is hard, Mayor Mitch Landrieu told a packed room of hundreds of Uptown residents on Monday night, after hearing their calls for better roads, less blight, lower taxes, improvements to Gert Town, and full staffing of the fire department and city planning offices.

All those issues are undeniably crucial to the city’s future, Landrieu said in a sort of pregame show for the budget he will unveil after a series of community meetings around the city. How to allocate a limited amount of money to each of those priorities is where the real difficulty comes in. Take the firefighters, for example.

“I have great respect for them, [but] they are just like everybody else when it comes to budget,” Landrieu said. “When you spend a dollar on them, you can’t spend that dollar on anybody else.” Continue reading »

Aug 142012
 

Freret Neighbors United plans to conclude a long-running conversation about alcohol permits on Freret Street at its monthly meeting tonight, as well as to receive an update on the school opening in the Our Lady of Lourdes now that Sojourner Truth Academy has closed. Continue reading »

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