Jun 112012

Owen Courreges

For those of you who don’t know, I was arrested six weeks ago. The story of how this happened is chronicled in an earlier column of mine, one which is filled with intrigue, action and police corruption (well, actually none of those things, except perhaps the whole police misconduct angle).

The long story short is that Second District Police Officer Terry Baham arrested me for doing nothing more than standing on a public sidewalk. The charges were for Disturbing the Peace end Public Drunkenness, but I was guilty of neither charge because I wasn’t doing anything that would threaten anybody’s life, health or property (prerequisites to those crimes). Continue reading »

Jun 092012

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond delivers the keynote address at the NAACP New Orleans branch's annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday night at Xavier University. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Control of the city of New Orleans is slipping out of local hands, U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond told the NAACP on Saturday night, urging the black community to reassert itself on crucial discussions surrounding charter schools, criminal justice and the economic development. Continue reading »

Jun 092012

Parishioners of St. Henry's excitedly discuss the return of daily Mass to the church on Saturday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Father Doug Brougher, who was stationed at St. Henry's from after Hurricane Katrina until it closed in 2009, laughs with parishioners inside the sanctuary. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In January of 2009, as police forced St. Henry’s parishioners out of their 150-year-old sanctuary, Brenda Jobin removed from the foyer a plaque memorializing her son’s death in Iraq.

On Saturday morning, upon hearing Msgr. Christopher Nalty announce that weekday Mass would once again be celebrated at St. Henry’s — effectively reopening the church and reuniting a parish that had been torn by its closure — Jobin immediately ran home, grabbed the plaque from her living room, and returned Spec. Jeremy Heines to his place on the foyer wall.

“Now he’s back in church where he belongs,” Jobin said, her eyes shining. Continue reading »

Jun 092012

Craig Giesecke

I think it can pretty much be an accepted fact that eventually everyone comes to New Orleans for one reason or another. Simply Living Here means getting a lot of requests from long-lost friends and/or relatives as to where/what to stay, eat, wander and experience. It‘s a lot like living in Orlando, Las Vegas, New York City or Anyplace With A Beach — you’re a local so you’re supposed to know. Continue reading »

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 »