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.
Two armed robberies were reported Wednesday night in the Lower Garden District and in Central City, each near two other armed robberies reported the previous night, according to police reports.
A man carrying a gun on a Garden District street accidentally shot himself, but initially tried to blame his wound on an unknown assailant, police said.
Investigators have identified a group of teenagers they believe may have been involved in a violent carjacking on State Street, but they may be unable to bring charges against them, police officials said Wednesday.
ENCORE Academy, the new charter school that will emphasize both music classes and individualized instruction, is holding a meet-and-greet for both enrolled and prospective parents tonight that will feature a drum-education group, officials said.
A number of new restaurants are being reported around Uptown New Orleans, including organic burger and a bakery in the Carrollton area, and an “arty” breakfast and sandwich shop and a barbecue joint in the Lower Garden District.
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.
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.”
Two women were robbed of their purses by a man armed with a gun Tuesday night in the Lower Garden District, police said.
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.
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.
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.
Two armed robberies were reported on South Carrollton Avenue over the weekend, including a gas station at Willow Street that was held up Sunday afternoon at gunpoint, police said.
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.