Dec 242012

Owen Courreges

At this time of year I always get to thinking of how the American ideal of Christmas just seems to center around an ideal of a much colder climate than ours here in the Gulf South.  Lines from popular Christmas songs are always the biggest reminder of this.

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know…” Continue reading »

Dec 222012

Craig Giesecke

We’ve been cocooning in the house these last few evenings, feeling the wind buffet the siding after the midweek cold front came through.  Those many of us who live in old, drafty houses here in New Orleans know the place never gets completely warm. About the best you can hope to do is dress for the cold occasions, enjoy a stiff toddy and try to not move off the couch or chair too much. Very Southern Winter and, of course, Very Holiday. Continue reading »

Dec 222012

The masked gunman at GameStop at left, and at right, a “person of interest” in the case who entered the store just before the robbery. (via NOPD)

A masked man robbed a GameStop video game store in the Lower Garden District at gunpoint Thursday morning, and in a separate case a woman in Hollygrove was attacked inside her home by a man who then stole her purse, police said. Continue reading »

Dec 222012

State Superintendent John White has asked the Louisiana Public Charter School Association to fund consultant Jeremy Hunnewell, a CPA with EMH Strategy, to help identify gaps in the leadership at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orleans, design and lead the search for a new CEO, clarify the leadership roles at the school and possibly help implement the recommendations, according to a letter obtained by The Lens.

Dec 212012

An image of Buck Horton from an online commercial for his restaurant, Finger Lick’n Wings.

With the City Council campaign trail behind him, Marlon “Buck” Horton has returned his focus to his Finger Lick’n Wings restaurant on Jackson Avenue — and is hoping for better results for his latest request to sell beer and wine with his chicken. Continue reading »

Dec 202012

James Weldon Johnson Elementary School on Monroe Street.

The James Weldon Johnson school in west Carrollton will close in the summer of 2013 and become “swing space” for other schools undergoing renovations, as part of an effort to consolidate the number of campuses run directly by the Recovery School District, officials announced Thursday.

Current Johnson students will be guaranteed placement at Benjamin Banneker elementary school, which is currently located in the Riverbend but slated to move to a new building on the Dunbar site in Hollygrove in several years, officials said. Continue reading »

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Dec 202012

The upstart Krewe of Freret that had hoped to join the Mardi Gras parade schedule this spring issued a statement Thursday suspending those plans because of what it termed a “misunderstanding” by the New Orleans Police Department, but said it has already begun work to roll for the first time in 2014. Continue reading »

Dec 202012

The audit for 2011-2012 filed late by Lusher Charter School reveals that an unnamed, high-ranking employee in the business office used blank checks to embezzle $25,000 from the school, but she was fired and the money recovered after the theft was discovered, according to a report by Jessica Williams of The Lens. Though due at the end of September, the audit was dated Friday and was late because of “the amount of work it took to reconcile financial records,” the report states.

Dec 202012

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

In the wake of the tragic shootings in Newtown, a number of our friends – knowing that our clients include the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Orleans Parish School Board – asked whether schools in our metro area are any more likely to be safe than the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Sadly, the answer is that most public, private and parochial elementary and middle schools do not have full-time armed security. It is likely that a 911 call from any school in the metro area would bring police cars screaming to the rescue in five minutes or less, but, as we saw in Connecticut, a heavily armed shooter like Adam Lanza with a semi-automatic rifle and a maximum load magazine can create a lot of destruction and sorrow in five minutes or less. Continue reading »

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Dec 192012

Amid prayers and trumpet solos, LaToya Cantrell was sworn in Wednesday afternoon as the District B representative on the New Orleans City Council.

“My heart is in this,” Cantrell said after taking the oath. “This is not about a position. This is about improving the quality of life for people.” Continue reading »