Jun 082012
 

Ulysses Cooks, 44, was found guilty two years ago on a charge of principal to attempted murder of an alleged drug dealer in a Washington Avenue apartment in the Hoffman Triangle section of Central City, but a state appeals court ruled that the victim in that case was actually the aggressor, and that it was irrational to infer that Cooks ordered him to be shot, reports John Simerman of The Times-Picayune. After the state Supreme Court refused to reconsider the appeals court’s decision to toss Cooks’ 50-year habitual-offender sentence, Cooks received permission Thursday to leave jail.

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Jun 082012
 

The 610 Stompers dance down St. Charles Avenue during Mardi Gras 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The 610 Stompers will bring their throwback antics to bars across Uptown New Orleans on Saturday to raise money for the Roots of Music education program, but the 80s-themed fun will get an early start tonight with a registration party at Le Bon Temps Roule. Continue reading »

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Jun 082012
 

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Maybe it’s because I work in retail, but every now and then I’ll hear a retail hell story that really sticks with me. Stores get shoplifted from, robbed, and occasionally employees steal from you. Customers get irate, but you have to kill them with kindness even if they aren’t right. Recently I heard a whopper that’s so juicy and far flung, it sounds like it’s straight from a daytime soap opera. Continue reading »

Jun 072012
 

Saints quarterback Drew Brees extends a hand to Maple Street resident Teddy Martin after the New Orleans City Council approved his new Jimmy Johns franchise on the corridor. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An appearance by Saints quarterback Drew Brees before the New Orleans City Council helped his proposed Jimmy John’s sandwich shop over the goal line Thursday afternoon, and the redevelopment of the LaSalle School that has bitterly divided one Uptown neighborhood also won approval without so much as a comment in opposition. Continue reading »

Jun 072012
 

New District B Councilwoman Diana Bajoie receives a gift of flowers from her colleagues as she joins the city council as Councilwoman Kristen Giselson Palmer smiles beside her. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The political acrimony that dominated city politics during a month-long stalemate was seemingly swept aside Thursday morning, when the City Council was all smiles and roses as they welcomed Diana Bajoie to the District B seat.

“I’m excited about all the good work I know you’re going to do in District B,” said Councilwoman-at-Large Stacy Head, whose own choice for the seat was passed over by Mayor Mitch Landrieu in choosing Bajoie on Tuesday. Continue reading »

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Jun 072012
 

Diana Bajoie smiles broadly as Mayor Mitch Landrieu leads a round of applause for her after announcing her appointment as the interim representative of City Council's Uptown-based District B. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

The citizens of New Orleans scored a big victory yesterday when Mayor Mitch Landrieu appointed former state senator Diana Bajoie to fill the interim District B City Council seat.  A skilled legislator and smart negotiator, Diana is moderate in tone and quite capable of bridging the gap between the Council’s various factions and working effectively with Mayor Landrieu. Continue reading »

Jun 062012
 

Residents list their concerns about the proposed Tulane stadium during a roundtable discussion at Wednesday night's community meeting. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A number of initial questions were answered and many more new ones were raised Wednesday night when Tulane University officials met with hundreds of Uptown residents about plans to build a football stadium on campus. Continue reading »

Jun 052012
 

Two proposed developments — the conversion of the historic LaSalle School on Perrier Street into upscale condos and the creation of a Jimmy Johns sandwich shop on Maple Street — could receive long-awaited decisions when the City Council reconvenes Thursday after its recent hiatus. Continue reading »

Jun 052012
 

A still image from the robbery of Nemo's Carwash on South Claiborne Avenue. (via NOPD)

Brandon Collins (via opcso.org)

Video of the brazen robbery of a South Claiborne carwash that ultimately led to an officer shooting one suspect Saturday night has been released by police in hopes of identifying two robbers still at large. Continue reading »

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Jun 052012
 

Mayor Mitch Landrieu has not said whom he will choose to serve in the District B seat, but he sent council members a letter Monday saying that the city attorney has determined George does not fit the legal requirements of having held a primary residence in District B for two years, and thus will not appoint him, reports Gambit’s Clancy Dubos. The person Landrieu selects will serve until this fall, when District B voters elect a representative to finish out Stacy Head’s term to 2014.