Jun 212012
 

Four armed robberies reported in the last two days in Central City and the Lower Garden District. (map via NOPD.com)

Officials with the NOPD Sixth District have released a number of new details — and descriptions of each suspect — in each of a series of four armed robberies reported Tuesday and Wednesday nights in the Lower Garden District and Central City. Continue reading »

Jun 212012
 

Allan Katz and Leonard Pitts in the studio of “Louisiana Newsmaker.” (photo by Bert Steele for UptownMessenger.com)

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. was in New Orleans today touting his new book, “Freeman.” But the questions everyone was asking him centered on plans of the Newhouse family to turn the Times-Picayune into a three-day-a-week newspaper. Not surprisingly, it’s a subject the nationally syndicated columnist whose work appears twice weekly in the T-P has given lots of thought. On another subject, Pitts also is optimistic about President Barack Obama’s chances of beating challenger Mitt Romney on November 6. Continue reading »

Jun 212012
 

Diana Bajoie, appointed earlier this month by Mayor Mitch Landrieu to represent Uptown-based District B on the City Council until a replacement can be elected in the fall, may have been one of the local politicians who “steered public money to sham charities run by members of then-U.S. Rep. William Jefferson’s family,” based on testimony by a government witness in last year’s trial of Renee Gill Pratt, reports Michelle Krupa of The Times Picayune. Bajoie has never been charged with any crime and denied “any wrongdoing,” but declined to answer specific questions about the case, Krupa reports, and a spokesman for Landrieu said Bajoie was chosen based on her record and instead questioned her service on a charity run by the Times-Picayune.

Jun 212012
 

Edward Augustine (via NOPD)

Edward Augustine, 23, was convicted of manslaughter, possession with intent to distribute heroin and unauthorized use of a vehicle in the crash that killed Mariah Woods as she sat in a car in front of her Milan home the night of Jan. 7, 2011, according to reporting by John Simerman of The Times Picayune. Prosecutors are seeking to increase Augustine’s 40-year sentence to as much as 100 years under the state’s multiple-offender law, Simerman reports.

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Jun 202012
 

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman, Judge Jules Edwards III and a host of social-justice activists will convene tonight for a panel discussion with Times-Picayune reporter Cindy Chang about her eight-part series, “Louisiana Incarcerated.” Continue reading »

Jun 202012
 

Jean-Paul Villere

The more open houses I facilitate, the more the actions of those attending never cease to keep me engaged or otherwise surprised.  Or as a colleague once put it, “I don’t sell real estate; I study human behavior.”  Indeed.  So as the summer days bake our bones, let us examine what’s kosher and what’s not when visiting an open home. Continue reading »

Jun 192012
 

T.J Quills

The new owner of TJ Quills hopes to change the image of the Maple Street college bar by ending underage drinking there, and was given a month to make contact with a neighborhood group and begin paying toward nightly security patrols, based on a decision by city officials Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading »

Jun 192012
 

The former yoga studio now slated to become a Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant on Oak Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As Oak Street’s status among New Orleans “going out” destinations continues to rise, a number of residents’ groups have engaged a planning firm to help them ensure that the “mixed use” commercial corridor evolves into something more diverse than a strip of bars and restaurants. Continue reading »

Jun 192012
 

Lycee Francais' new St. Francis of Assisi campus on State Street. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans appears to have made a substantial effort to advertise their addition of a second grade next year to low-income and at-risk communities, state education officials said Monday in Baton Rouge. Continue reading »

Jun 182012
 

A map of game-day restricted access zones (via tulanestadium.com)

Tulane University described its plans Monday night to shuttle football fans to its proposed Uptown stadium from parking lots around the city, but nearby residents continue to question how they will access their own homes on game days. Continue reading »

Jun 182012
 

Owen Courreges

New Orleans has certainly received some good press in recent months regarding our business climate. A recent survey by Thumbtacks and the Kauffman Foundation ranked Louisiana one of the top five friendliest states for small business. The Wall Street Journal’s Marketwatch named Greater New Orleans the “most improved” in its 2011 “Best Cities for Business” list. Forbes Magazine named Greater New Orleans “America’s Biggest Brain Magnet.”

In a nutshell, New Orleans is riding high in the saddle when it comes to economic PR. We’re gradually escaping the popular perception of New Orleans as insular, bureaucratic and corrupt. Continue reading »