The NOPD Traffic Division will set up a sobriety checkpoint at an unspecified location in the Uptown area at 9 p.m. tonight, police said.
Some mornings, making a cup of joe is an inexorable ritual. Stumbling bleary-eyed down the stairs, the only thing that ensures I’m not sleepwalking is the sound of beans being beaten into submission by my coffee grinder. Other times, it’s a luxury, an indulgent treat served over ice, accompanied by a dog eared book in a favorite cafe. No matter what your relationship with caffeine is, venturing to new coffee shops is always a treat, at least for me.
The NOPD Second District will be joined next week by the 610 Stompers for an anti-crime march in Broadmoor, while the NOPD Sixth District will route its march down a troubled stretch of Annunciation Street.
Jack Davis — a former newspaper journalist at the Times-Picayune Publishing Co., the Chicago Tribune and elsewhere — writes in Gambit that as the daily newspaper makes an unpopular decision to reduce print publication to three times a week, New Orleans will become a hotbed for new forms of journalism, and cites UptownMessenger.com among the “rapidly maturing experimenters in the market,” “attracting an audience with good reporting on urban design, education, culture and crime Uptown.”
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.