Apr 222012

Craig Giesecke

I try to be reasonably non-controversial in this column because I spent roughly 30 years or so in the news business, dealing with everything from politics to police stuff to education to you-name-it on a daily basis. Basically, I tired of writing stuff that too often made readers/listeners angry, so I went into the food business in hopes of making them smile and, usually, that’s what happens. Life is much better for everyone.

But this week’s topic is so controversial, so close-to-heart, so subjective and so….so….personal that I’ve had to think for all of 20 minutes or so as to whether to even bring up the subject.

I am talking about hamburgers (gasps and audible shudders heard from audience). Continue reading »

Apr 222012

Benjamin Morris

Picture this: the sun high overhead, the sounds of the river all around you, the feel of soft grass underneath you, shade trees lining the path, and the smells of picnics and barbecues wafting in from across the pitch. Yes, it’s summertime — spring was a blip, that one week of perfect high pressure we had last month — and what better place to go and celebrate New Orleans’ official longest season than a spot that brings together so much of its natural beauty in one place?

I’m talking, of course, about the Fly.

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Apr 212012

Orleans Parish schools could be receive less money from the state per-pupil next year than in years past because of the new private-school voucher program recently signed by the governor, and Audubon School officials are concerned about how that will impact next year’s budget. Continue reading »

Apr 212012

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

I love Spring in New Orleans. The weather is as perfect as it’s going to get, the roster of festivals grows every year, and we get to enjoy balmy, beautiful evenings. But in order to maintain this idyllic mindset, you’ll need the proper clothes and accessories to keep that fun day in the sun from turning into a sunburned sweat fest. Continue reading »

Apr 202012

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

The runoff election for an at-large seat on the New Orleans City Council seems a perfect opportunity to bring up the subject of bi-racial coalitions in the city’s politics. Solid bi-racial coalitions are the foundation of crossover vote victories. In this Saturday’s election, crossover votes will be one of the major factors that will determine the election’s outcome. Continue reading »

Apr 192012

A police officer walks two grieving family members, leaning on one another for support, past the scattered shell casings to their Annunciation Street home after the slaying of Darnell Brown in early April. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Once again, after watching the crime-scene tape go up around a murder scene on Annunciation Street near Peniston and General Taylor, the long-suffering residents of the neighborhood made their weary way to a meeting with police officials, asking why this latest man was killed, and why it keeps happening over and over again. Continue reading »

Apr 192012

Police mark bullet casings on Jackson Avenue and look for other evidence around a car that crashed into city bus after the car's driver was fatally shot. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In an unrelated incident, a school bus window is damaged by gunfire after being shot out by two people on the street near Chippewa and Second. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A murdered man’s car crashed into a city bus on Jackson Avenue and a school bus was hit by gunfire as it carried children home through the Irish Channel in separate incidents Thursday afternoon that both illustrated the proximity of many New Orleanians to deadly violence.

The two shootings were believed to be unrelated, but both left witnesses horrified by the violence intruding on their daily routines. Continue reading »

Apr 192012

A robbery this week on Vincennes Place shows several similarities to a case last week in Broadmoor, police say. (map via nopd.com)

An attempt Monday afternoon to take a woman’s car at gunpoint in her Vincennes Place driveway may have been committed by the as-yet-unidentified accomplice of a man arrested last week in a very similar case in Broadmoor, police said. Continue reading »

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Apr 192012

Tyrone A. Williams (via opcso.org)

The suspect in last week’s attack on a woman jogging in Audubon Park is now scheduled for a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation, but it remains unclear whether the criminal justice system has any remedy to what authorities and neighbors describe as an escalating pattern of troubling behavior. Continue reading »

Apr 192012

Have you been thinking your space needs some organizing, but you’re not sure if hiring someone to help is really worth it? See what Katherine H., a client of NOLA Clutterbusters, had to say about her experience with Tami Hills:

I cannot quite explain, nor can I exaggerate the extent to which Tami has helped me. She has changed my house, my organization, my space and and my mindset. She took a space that was beyond cluttered, which I had been hopelessly and cluelessly looking at for four years, and turned it into a home — right before Mardi Gras. On Muses Thursday, two blocks from the parade route. Seriously — she was amazing. Continue reading »

Apr 182012

Crowds gather in the entrance of the Prytania Theatre for the New Orleans Film Society's annual Oscar-watching party in February. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Featuring New Orleans debuts, interviews with directors and “films you won’t see anywhere else,” the New Orleans Film Society’s week-long “filmOrama” celebration of independent and foreign films begins Friday at the Prytania Theatre. Continue reading »