With the 2013 Super Bowl scheduled for New Orleans next January and the ever growing list of conventions coming to the Crescent City, it is no surprise that Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the City Council recently passed a package of 23 mandatory upgrades for the taxi cab industry.
The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will discuss the process for transferring RSD schools back to the control of the Orleans Parish School Board in a meeting at Walter L. Cohen High School, 3520 Dryades Street, at 6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, Aug. 1).
The other evening, without thinking and in passing, I addressed a colleague who I’m guessing is a few years my senior with a “Miss” and her last name — let’s call her Jane Doe. We ran into each other on Magazine Street, and I was trying to keep track of my 4 girls when she walked by. Frankly I didn’t think she had recognized me as, much to my wife’s dislike, I’d recently trimmed my beard down to a fu manchu, and let’s be honest, a fu manchu makes a face present differently (and debatably embraced). So here I was keeping count of my brood when after she passed she turns and says with a smile “Oh, hello!” To which I, admittedly somewhat distracted while actively parenting, utter an “Oh, hello Miss Doe – - -”
She stopped, and her jaw dropped.
Low water pressure will persist around Leonidas and Claiborne through Thursday because of ongoing construction in the area, officials said.
A man was shot in the arm and had a graze wound to the face around 10 p.m. Tuesday evening in the 2600 block of Delachaise Street, police said.
“Sno Dog” will operate almost year-round from Dat Dog’s original location on Freret and offer snow balls made from a 1930s-era Snow Wizard machine as well as frozen custard, Dat Dog’s Skip Murray tells Brad Rhines of NOLA Defender.
The New Orleans College Prep governing board — which operates Sylvanie Williams elementary in Central City and Walter L. Cohen High School — has decided to apply to run a third school, and took action on the application after a three-hour closed-door meeting that appears to have run afoul of the state’s open-meetings laws, reports Joshua Johnston of The Lens.
Laurel Street homeowner Alex Brown literally ran to the NOPD Second District station on Magazine Street to get help when he couldn’t reach a 911 operator as a shed behind his house caught fire last week. New Orleans Fire Department District Chief Terry Hardy says Brown and another neighbor hung up after waiting on hold for about 34 seconds, according to a follow-up report by Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV, and that 911 operators were taking numerous other calls about the incident.
Punk music enthusiast and TV food personality Anthony Bourdain swept through Uptown New Orleans for an episode of his Travel Channel show “The Layover,” tweeting praise and random thoughts (between discussions of mob trivia) about institutions such as the Kingpin bar, Taceaux Loceaux, Company Burger and, somehow fittingly, Snake and Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge. Bourdain also stopped in at the R Bar in the Marigny, where NOLA Defender ran into him.
Ryan Holiday, the perpetrator of recent journalism hoaxes that led to his being quoted as an expert on numerous topics he knew nothing about (but who insists he was telling the truth to Times Picayune about his alleged $1,000 in speeding tickets from the Jackson Avenue traffic camera), will sign his new book “Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator” at 6 p.m. tonight at Octavia Books. Holiday also discussed his dark view of a click-driven journalism culture with Alex Rawls of MySpiltMilk.com in an article published Monday.
The NOPD patrol car was heavily damaged, and the truck crashed through a fence and a tree to run into a house near the intersection of South Broad and Thalia around 6 p.m. Monday, according to our partners at WWL-TV. No one was hurt and the crash remains under investgation.
LaToya Cantrell loaned her school-board campaign $20,000 in 2004, triggering a requirement to keep filing campaign-finance reports that she overlooked for several years, she told Richard Rainey of the Times-Picayune. The state Board of Ethics agreed to suspend $7,600 of the resulting fines, and she paid off $5,600 in June, leaving only $2,750 in court costs remaining to be paid, Rainey reported.
Police are investigating a two-vehicle crash in front of a small neighborhood cafe at the edge of a Gert Town park, amid conflicting reports that it may have been related to a fight or possibly even a shooting.
More than 200 volunteers showed up at Bridge House on Sunday to feed 600 homeless New Orleanians a meal donated by Mother’s Restaurant, reports Scott Satchfield of our partners at WWL-TV.
The board of Lusher charter school approved a one-time $600 salary increase for teachers and administrators, including CEO Kathy Riedlinger, for a total cost of $72,000 next year, according to a report on Saturday’s board meeting by Yomi Akinyemi of The Lens. The school is also discussing the OneApp common enrollment process with the Recovery School District, Akinyemi reports.
After Broadmoor decided to “stomp” against crime in June, west Carrollton will show off its own fancy anti-crime footwork Wednesday with the help of the Pigeontown Steppers.
Heat index values of 108 up to 110 are expected Monday afternoon and evening with the potential to cause heat illnesses, so the National Weather Service is urging New Orleanians to stay indoors, out of the sun, drinking plenty of fluids and checking on relatives and neighbors.