May 222014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Let’s face it, New Orleans was not awarded the Super Bowl because NFL owners valued the financial investment the citizens of Minneapolis had made to build a new stadium. New Orleans has a reliable stadium that has served us very well over the decades, a stadium which in fact transformed New Orleans and helped create Poydras Street as a major business destination. We should all thank Doug Thornton, Ron Forman and Governor Jindal for continuing to keep our stadium up to par, within its physical footprint. The State of Louisiana can’t afford to build a new stadium at this time and we don’t have the corporate base of Minneapolis, Dallas, Houston or Milwaukee to even partially fund such a project. Nevertheless, we will win another Super Bowl bid — maybe not next year — but soon because New Orleans is still the best sports destination in America. Continue reading »

May 212014
 

Principal Melanie Tennyson (right) speaks to other International School administrators in May of 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Principal Melanie Tennyson speaks to other International School administrators in May of 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

With the departure of its school leader little more than a month away, the International School of Louisiana is preparing to promote the current principal of its Camp Street campus to lead the school system for the next three years. Continue reading »

May 212014
 
Police investigate a fatal shooting on Milan Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police investigate a fatal shooting on Milan Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police investigate a fatal shooting on Milan Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police investigate a fatal shooting on Milan Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A 24-year-old man was shot to death around 2 p.m. Wednesday behind a church on Milan Street, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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May 212014
 
A rendering of the upriver expansion of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (via mccno.com)

A conceptual drawing of the upriver expansion of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (via mccno.com)

The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is on the cusp of returning to a major expansion with a new hotel and exhibit hall on long-vacant land in the Lower Garden District, officials said Wednesday morning. Continue reading »

May 202014
 
The Palms Bar and Grill (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Palms Bar and Grill (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans city attorneys are seeking sanctions against the liquor license for The Palms bar in the university area — where an off-duty bartender is accused of raping a woman in April — alleging that the bar does too little to protect its patrons. Continue reading »

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May 202014
 

The Roly Poly location on Tchoupitoulas. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Roly Poly location on Tchoupitoulas. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With demolition of its building looming on the horizon, the Roly Poly on Tchoupitoulas will close by the end of May, and the owners are looking for a buyer for the business or its kitchen equipment, they said. Continue reading »

May 202014
 

SSL415Summer is almost here; it’s time to get out and get active! Why not do so playing adult social sports? With Southern Sports Leagues, you can get back into the sports you enjoy. We offer everything from Softball and Flag Football to Dodgeball and Kickball as well. SSL runs several tournaments during the year, the next one being our Charity Social Softball Tournament on June 21st for the SPCA at City Park. Continue reading »

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May 192014
 
Firefighters battle a blaze on Camp Street on Monday afternoon. (photo courtesy of Bob Perrin)

Firefighters battle a blaze on Camp Street on Monday afternoon. (photo courtesy of Bob Perrin)

An Uptown home on Camp Street at the corner of Valmont was heavily damaged by fire Monday afternoon after an apparent explosion from a shed in the rear yard, New Orleans fire officials said.

Firefighters battle a blaze on Camp Street. (photo courtesy of Bob Perrin)

Firefighters battle a blaze on Valmont Street. (photo courtesy of Bob Perrin)

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May 192014
 

Derek Harbiston (via opcso.org)

Derek Harbiston (via opcso.org)

A man who allegedly forced his mother to play Russian roulette on Mother’s Day — dry-firing the gun at her twice in a Jena Street apartment before wounding himself in the shoulder — has been arrested on an attempted-murder charge, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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May 192014
 

Owen Courreges

The City of New Orleans has targeted a nefarious, rogue activity that has been transpiring beneath our very noses down in the French Quarter.  These fiends brazenly peddle their poisonous wares out in the open, boldly daring the authorities to stop them.  Their actions infest our streets, fly in the face of common decency, and corrupt our youth.

Drug dealers?  Pimps?

Worse.  I’m talking about T-shirt shops. Continue reading »

May 182014
 
The Tesla Model S (via teslamotors.com)

The Tesla Model S (via teslamotors.com)

It’s tough to say what is most surprising about the Tesla Model S all-electric sedan – the radical design changes that ensue when an auto maker replaces the gas engine with state-of-the-art energy efficiency, or the fact that the vehicle isn’t confined to some Silicon Valley, Tom Swift future fantasy at all. A small but dedicated group of Tesla owners is quickly growing here in New Orleans, and Tesla Motors is in the process of creating a new infrastructure to support them across the oil-and-gas-loving Gulf Coast.

“The car really feels like the future,” said Matt Wisdom, the CEO of New Orleans-based technology company TurboSquid and one of the first Tesla owners in the area. “It’s not that they’ve built a relatively expensive car. It’s that they’ve figured out how it’s going to be. I have no question things are going to migrate this way.” Continue reading »