Mar 182012
 

A Wild Tchoupitoulas Mardi Gras Indian marches during Super Sunday in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Two unique New Orleans traditions converge on Sunday, as the Mardi Gras Indians celebrate Super Sunday in Central City, and Catholics around the region begin honoring St. Joseph’s Day with altars in homes and places of worship. Continue reading »

Mar 172012
 

Audubon Charter School's Carrollton campus, photographed in January. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

With more than $2 milllion allocated for repairs to the main building at Audubon Charter School’s Carrollton campus, school leaders are now hoping to focus the attention of the Orleans Parish School Board on the condition of the aging portable buildings there. Continue reading »

Mar 172012
 

Craig Giesecke

Now that I’ve re-entered the workforce, I’m having to deal with a few issues most 58-year-old guys don’t have to deal with. Given how the economy has been the past few years, there are a lot more dealing with such issues now than, say, a decade or so ago. But we’re still in the minority. Continue reading »

Mar 162012
 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sal Perricone, recently under scrutiny for his online commenting about cases he was involved in, was previously investigated in a hit-and-run case on St. Charles Avenue, according to an report by Michael Perlstein and our partners at WWL-TV. Perricone rear-ended a car at St. Charles and Louisiana, spoke briefly to the other driver, then drove away from the scene with minor damage to the cars and no injury to either driver — but was not cited for hit-and-run because the investigating officer attributed Perricone’s actions to a medical issue, Perlstein reports.

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Mar 162012
 

Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks Friday at Ye Olde College Inn on South Carrollton with his wife, Callista, by his side. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Like many high school seniors, Jesuit High School student Matthew Dupre is concerned about how the rising costs of university tuition may limit his college choices. So, on Friday afternoon, Dupre asked a former U.S. Speaker of the House running for President for some advice. Continue reading »

Mar 162012
 

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Judging by a handful of my previous articles, I’m obsessed with two things: customer service and grocery stores. Which is funny, given my pawning off of makin’ groceries on my husband. In our household we divide chores evenly, and while I’m relegated to loading the dishwasher and being the primary dog walker, he’s the one keeping our pantry stocked and the litter box clean. A funny thing happened last week, however; somehow we both hit up two different grocers, and we both had exceptionally foul experiences. Continue reading »

Mar 152012
 

As Councilmember Stacy Head drives around New Orleans neighborhoods and business districts, she seems significant progress but also knows much remains to be done.

“During the last few months, I have visited with dozens of neighborhood groups and business organizations,” said Councilmember Head. “Without fail, citizens speak out about the lingering effects of blighted properties, the need for street repair, the need for street signs and for the repair of street lights,” she continued.

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Mar 152012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

The victory in the 2012 Presidential race may very well go to the side that does the best job of organizing and mobilizing its women voters and supporters.

It is expected that 53 percent or more of the voters who will go to the polls in the 2012 Presidential election will be women. In 2008, 56 percent of female voters cast their ballots for Barack Obama. From his point of view, it was a good thing they did — because the majority of male voters cast their ballots for John McCain. In the 2010 Congressional elections, a narrow majority of women rejected the Democrats and cast their ballots for Republican candidates, costing the Democrats their majority in Congress. Continue reading »

Mar 142012
 

Two officers search for explosives around the exterior of the NOPD Second District station after a bomb threat was called in Wednesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police are investigating two hoax calls received Wednesday night in the Uptown-based NOPD Second District, one of an officer down and one of a bomb threat at the police station that briefly closed a block of Magazine Street, authorities said. Continue reading »

Mar 142012
 

The Singha Song restaurant on Maple Street. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Alcohol sales could return to a Maple Street building that currently houses a new Thai restaurant, despite neighbors’ concerns that its history as a college bar could repeat.

The Singha Song restaurant in the 7700 block of Maple won approval Tuesday from the City Planning Commission to serve alcohol, after agreeing to restrict drink sales to food orders and to continue its current closing times of 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 p.m. on weekends. Continue reading »