“Scare the hell out of ‘em,” my grandfather used to routinely yell at the TV during the weather under a hurricane watch. Louis was a funny, old guy. Spot on, too. Laying back in his ratty, leather Lazy Boy, he’d peer at the precipitation prognosticators through his thick glasses and maybe shake his right index figure counterbalanced by a crooked pinky a la an old football injury incurred when shoes were still and truly spiked. This phrase accompanied every foreboding forecast while my grandmother Mireille would counter his groans with a dismissive “Oh Louis . . .”
In the thick heat just before the sun began to set Tuesday afternoon, a middle-aged man stood on the Carrollton Avenue sidewalk with his wife and 8-year-old son and watched as crime scene technicians counted shell casings in the parking lot of McDonald’s.
“Sometimes I hate that I ever came back to New Orleans,” said 44-year-old Kenny Smith, a Gert Town resident who lives about three blocks from the latest shooting in his neighborhood. “You can’t even come to McDonald’s to get something to eat without worrying about getting shot at.”
A woman who was being robbed of her SUV just off of Oak Street was shot at by her attacker when she tried to run away, police said. The woman was not hit and her vehicle was found minutes later in a west Carrollton yard, but the gunman remains at large.
Reginelli’s proposed move across Magazine Street breezed through its hearing before the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, drawing no opposition and winning unanimous approval from the commissioners.
In separate incidents Monday night, shots were fired during a dispute on Robert Street, a 19-year-old was wounded in a drive-by shooting on Simon Bolivar, and an auto-parts store was robbed in Hollygrove, according to police reports.
In “The One: The Life and Music of James Brown,” biographer “[R.J.] Smith carefully and smartly reveals Brown’s flaws without reveling in the Backstage Confidential stories. He also balances Brown’s flaws with his assessment of his musical accomplishments,” writes former Offbeat editor Alex Rawls in the introduction to an extensive interview with Smith on Rawls’ new music news site, MySpiltMilk.com. Smith reads and signs the book tonight at Octavia Books.
Baggage Boutique, a new store selling handbags and clothing, will host its grand opening this weekend on Tchoupitoulas.
The June meeting of the ENCORE Academy governing board, originally set for tonight, has been canceled because of scheduling conflicts, according to an email from school leader Terri L. Smith. The board’s next meeting is scheduled for July 24, but if any issues require board attention before then, a special meeting will be called, Smith writes.
The back end of the former WOW Wingery restaurant at State and Magazine has been removed and its interior completely gutted, but when Reginelli’s moves across the street this fall, the building’s exterior will be restored to its original appearance of a traditional New Orleans corner grocery, the owner said Monday morning.
“We’re trying to bring it back to the traditional old-style corner grocery,” said Darryl Reginelli. “It’s really going to go back to what it was originally.”
A man with a mask covering part of his face and what appeared to be another man dressed as a woman robbed a record store Friday evening on the edge of the Tulane University campus, police said.
Ah, summer in New Orleans. As the mercury erupts like Old Faithful and shirts stick to backs like fly paper, a gentleman’s fancy turns to avoiding dehydration and heat stroke by staying indoors. There’s nothing like that wave of cold, mechanically-produced air to take the edge off looking like you just took a shower with your clothes on.
Alas, there is one thing that tears me from the comforting womb of mother air conditioning at regular intervals throughout the summer. I am speaking, of course, of that public menace known as YARD WORK.
One accused gunman was convicted of manslaughter last week in a 2010 shooting death in Central City who drove a getaway car that led police on a chase that ended with a crash and a manhunt in the Northwest Carrollton neighborhood, according to reporting by John Simerman of the Times-Picayune. DNA from one of three guns in the slaying of wheelchair-bound 26-year-old Sedale Dorsey matched Joseph Peters, 23, whom witnesses also said drove a gray Chrysler Sebring that crashed at Fig and Dublin streets Oct. 25, 2010.
A Broadmoor resident’s video of a trash crew running through yards, throwing water and placing an entire garbage can into the back of their truck has some neighbors asking for a city examination of what the contractor admits is “unacceptable behavior,” according to reporting developed in partnership with WWL-TV. Officials with Richard’s Disposal wold WWL that the workers were independent laborers, not company employees, that they were disciplined and that the matter was resolved to the homeowner’s satisfaction.
The Uptown Swingers and the To Be Continued brass band will parade from a starting point in the Freret neighborhood this afternoon through Milan and Central City before ending at a Hoffman Triangle bar.
Over the past week or so, for some reason, I’ve been involved in several conversations about how a restaurant or bar markets itself and how it adjusts and tweaks itself to appeal to customers while also seeking customers who are appealing to the restaurant or bar.
I’m not talking about advertising. Any half-baked advertising brings customers in the door. You’d think anyone who walks into a business ready to spend money would be appealing, but not so. While you’re deciding if the place is right for you, the place is also deciding if you’re right for it.
A 22-year-old man was shot several times as he left a club in the Lower Garden District that is drawing increasing scrutiny from police, city and state officials, authorities said.
A new concept that lets people exchange their own time for help from others called the “NOLA Time Bank” will be introduced at a presentation Saturday morning at the Freret Neighborhood Center.