As expected, the New Orleans City Council formally withdrew a proposed zoning district Thursday morning that would have required Tulane University to seek their permission prior to starting construction on a new football stadium.
A 19-year-old was injured Wednesday night in a shooting just off Freret Street, police said.
Although Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Police Chief Ronal Serpas aren’t very happy with him, Tulane Professor Peter Scharf has done the city a tremendous favor with his current study of New Orleans police attitudes.
For those familiar with the situation at the NOPD, it is no surprise that 97 percent of the cops surveyed said that department has insufficient numbers of personnel. The fact is that most days, Chief Serpas has 1,000 cops or fewer to police the city. While the official count is just over 1,300 cops, when you take out those on vacation, those on sick leave, those on suspension, etc. the fact is that most days there are fewer than 1,000 functioning cops on the streets of New Orleans which is why in many districts, including Uptown New Orleans, there may only be two or three cop cars on the street during the late shift.
A cluster of five armed robberies — including two carjackings — around the Carrollton area in as many days has the full attention of the Uptown-based NOPD Second District, with nearly every squad in the district assigned a role in stopping the trend, authorities said.
One of the men wanted in connection with last week’s theft of baby alligators has a history with Audubon Zoo reptiles: Ten years ago, he was ordered to stay away from the zoo after pleading guilty to the high-profile lizard-napping of the iguanas Ziggy and Cleopatra.
Tulane University officials pledged Wednesday night to reach an enforceable legal agreement with the city of New Orleans governing the activities and operations at its new football stadium — with hopes of resolving most of the issues in it by the end of August.
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It’s no secret that politics in New Orleans can get dodgy fast. As voters, we can blame ourselves only so much for a politician’s decisions or behavior. “Don’t Blame Me I Voted For the Other Guy” a bumper sticker reads. Or more locally famous “Vote For The Crook – It’s Important” when Edwards went up against Duke some years ago; Edwards won, and both have since spent time in prison.
Between crime stats, budget concerns, and yes even and of course scandals, as citizens our vote does matter, but if you don’t register to vote, your voice silences completely; you effectively vote not to participate. Unless you just never registered? Which if you just moved here or are moving here, it’s a strong possibility, wouldn’t you agree?
A couple was held up at gunpoint by a group of men Tuesday night in front of their Spruce Street home in a robbery that bears several similarities to two cases reported nearby the night before, authorities said.
Buffeted by the loss of several members as the school enters a second year filled with major changes, the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans governing board is considering asking three of its long-time advisers to take on a much more active role on a one-year basis.
By Leslie Jacobs
Performance is uneven in traditional public schools. Performance is uneven in charter schools. And performance can also be wildly uneven in private schools receiving state vouchers — demonstrating the need for stronger accountability over this growing program.
Councilwoman Susan Guidry will ask the New Orleans City Council to withdraw plans Thursday for a new zoning district that would have governed the construction of a football stadium on Tulane’s uptown campus, a day after university President Scott Cowen is scheduled to speak to neighbors about the plans.
Baby alligators were stolen from the Audubon Zoo gift shop last week and abandoned in a plastic container on the side of an Irish Channel street, police said.
An armed robbery on Maple Street on Monday night and a carjacking on Nelson about half an hour later may have been committed by the same group of men, police said.
The school is nearly tripling its enrollment next year, and its plans for handling that growth formed the majority of a public hearing on the 2012-13 budget Monday night that took the form of a conversation between board members, the school business manager and a handful of parents and reporters. The budget will be voted on in a separate meeting Tuesday night.
The Domino’s Pizza location on Freret Street plans to expand its kitchen space and add two tables for outdoor dining, based on a request the City Planning Commission will hear Tuesday afternoon.
This past week I had occasion to imagine police Chief Ronal Serpas as some latter day Victor Frankenstein. Serpas, presumably clasping his hands in a maniacal manner, announced his intention to reanimate something best left dead in the proverbial ground.
What is this metaphorical corpse of which I speak? Why, the New Orleans crime camera program. Serpas has seen fit to spit in the face of God and nature (well, at least the face of good government) and propose that the crime cameras, those icons of corruption and graft, be brought back on-line. The electricity, I’m told, will be provided via a lightening rod mounted on police headquarters, a.k.a. “Castle Serpas.”
This fall, Sophie B. Wright Institute for Academic Excellence will add four Advanced Placement courses — which can earn high school students college credit — in literature, music theory, U.S. history, and world history, according to a report by charter school reporter Danielle Bell at The Lens.