Feb 102014
 
A police officer parked on Willow Street near Nashville works on a report following a robbery call Sunday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A police officer parked on Willow Street near Nashville works on a report following a robbery call Sunday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Eight armed robberies and one unarmed robberies reported around Broadmoor and the university area since Wednesday. (map via NOPD)

Eight armed robberies and one unarmed robberies reported around Broadmoor and the university area since Wednesday. (map via NOPD)

A man was robbed at gunpoint Sunday morning in Broadmoor and another robbery case was reported Sunday evening in the university area, raising the toll of incidents in the area to eight in about five days, and New Orleans police are seeking the public’s help to find a Hyundai SUV that may have been involved in some of the cases. Continue reading »

Feb 102014
 

Owen Courreges

Mr. Landrieu, tear down this fence.

I am speaking, of course, of the fence that has spanned the end of Newcomb Boulevard at Freret Street for the past several years.   The installation of the fence was approved by the city at the behest of Newcomb’s well-heeled, well-connected residents who were concerned about through traffic clogging their street. Continue reading »

Feb 092014
 
The "Siblings of Doctors" sketch group featuring Rasika Mathur, Ranjit Souri and Danny Pudi will headline New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival this week. (photo via Facebook.com)

The “Siblings of Doctors” sketch group featuring Rasika Mathur, Ranjit Souri and Danny Pudi will headline New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival this week. (photo via Facebook.com)

Niel Hamburger at the New Orleans Comedy and Arts festival in 2013 (via NOCAF)

Niel Hamburger at the New Orleans Comedy and Arts festival in 2013

The New Orleans Comedy and Arts festival has become larger and funnier every year, and this year headliners include Danny Pudi from NBC’s “Community” and his “Siblings of Doctors” sketch group, comedian Neil Hamburger and several MTV stars. Continue reading »

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Feb 092014
 

David Harris-Gershon (via the Jewish Community Center)

David Harris-Gershon (via the Jewish Community Center)


Explore Israeli culture this month at the Israel Coffeehouse Series presented by the New Orleans Jewish Community Center on Wednesday, Feb. 12 and Feb. 19. The events include a film screening, literature readings and a shaskshua dinner. Continue reading »

Feb 082014
 
Teacher Elena Countiss helps Austyn Millet, 8, and  Aidan  Sierra, 8,  in a 2nd grade Spanish immersion classroom at the The International School of Louisiana Wednesday afternoon. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Teacher Elena Countiss helps Austyn Millet, 8, and Aidan Sierra, 8, in a 2nd grade Spanish immersion classroom at the The International School of Louisiana in 2010. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The International School of Louisiana has been designated as one of the first state-certified World Language Immersion Schools, officials announced. The school will be given the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education seal of excellence for the quality and methods of teaching language immersion classes to children in New Orleans and Jefferson parish. Continue reading »

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Feb 082014
 
Katie Schwartzmann, lead counsel in the lawsuit against the Orleans Parish Prison that led to the consent decree, discusses the case at Loyola University on Friday. (Zach Brien for UptownMessenger.com)

Katie Schwartzmann, lead counsel in the lawsuit against the Orleans Parish Prison that led to the consent decree, discusses the case at Loyola University on Friday. (Zach Brien for UptownMessenger.com)

The first reports that will show what progress has been made in addressing “inhumane” conditions at the Orleans Parish Prison are due in a matter of weeks, according to live coverage of a panel discussion at Loyola University on the jail consent decree by Della Hasselle of MidCityMessenger.com.

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Feb 082014
 

If you are interested in pursuing an MBA in a local program, Loyola University will host an open house for potential applicants Tuesday (Feb. 11).

At the event, prospective students can meet alumni and faculty as well as have the opportunity to ask questions about other graduate programs. Those who attend the open house on Tuesday night can have their application fee waived. Continue reading »

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Feb 062014
 
Lt. Anthony Monaco, Officer Justin Brown and Lt. Frank Young speak at a news conference Thursday afternoon at NOPD headquarters. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lt. Anthony Monaco, Officer Justin Brown and Lt. Frank Young speak at a news conference Thursday afternoon at NOPD headquarters. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Orlyn Izaguirre (via opcso.org)

Orlyn Izaguirre (via opcso.org)

Kevin Aguilar (via opcso.org)

Kevin Aguilar (via opcso.org)

Luis Guevara (via opcso.org)

Luis Guevara (via opcso.org)

A quick response from officers and “amazing police work” Wednesday night led to the arrest of three men in Metairie less than two hours after they allegedly tied up and robbed a Garden District couple at gunpoint, New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said in a news conference Thursday afternoon.

The officers of the Sixth District “did what I would classify as some amazing police work,” Serpas said. “Some people were injured and hurt in our community, and these officers did a tremendous job.” Continue reading »

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Feb 062014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

You have to hand it to Mayor Mitch Landrieu. He ran a flawless campaign. His message was just what the voters wanted to hear and of course it helped that he had many millions of dollars to drive home his message through mail and tv, along with a very strong Get Out The Vote effort that capitalized on pure volunteers, unclassified employees and a skilled team of out-of-state professionals.

Judge Michael Bagneris, who got a late start, could not keep up. Judge Bagneris had to spend so much time driving to explain to the voters the Mayor’s failings, that he never had time to define his goals and method to reach them. Continue reading »

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Feb 062014
 

Slide-1One in three of our residents live below the poverty line. This means little to no access to the ever-changing technology that will affect the future of countless careers. That’s why collaborators Civic Center, St. Claude Main Street, New Orleans Youth Sound Experience, and NOLA Mix found it imperative to launch the St. Claude Lab.

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Feb 052014
 

The controversial Orleans Parish Prison consent decree will be discussed during a symposium on prison reform this Friday.

The Prison Reform: Progress, Policies & Practices symposium will “initiate a dialogue between legal practitioners, community activists and others involved with reshaping the U.S. prison system,” according to a press release.
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Feb 052014
 

Michael Singreen (via opcso.org)

Michael Singreen (via opcso.org)

The murder trial of a man accused of killing his parents in an Audubon Boulevard home in 2009 has stalled as attorneys try to sort out whether the defendant’s sister — who is in a mental institution — is fit to testify as a witness. Continue reading »

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Feb 052014
 
Pedestrians pass by the Newcomb Boulevard fence early Tuesday afternoon.

Pedestrians pass by the Newcomb Boulevard fence early Tuesday afternoon.

Early last month, New Orleans city officials promised that they would comply with a court order to remove a fence on Newcomb Boulevard “without delay.” More than a month later, the fence still stands, there is discussion about a City Council effort to make the street one-way, and the city still says it is working on the removal — “without delay.” Continue reading »

Feb 052014
 

Jean-Paul Villere

If you’ve never traversed the Crescent City by foot, you are missing out.  You can really dig in the cracked pavement and tiered landscape, plus there’s a whole host of scents to engage traveling by bike or car one is likely to miss.  Just the other night a group of us walked from Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop over to the Marigny and the wafts of equal parts liquor, urine, and pot made for a less-than-appetizing nasal gumbo.  But while one wrestles over the legal and the sanitary, in the French Quarter the street surfaces historically remain level.  To say the least, it’s refreshing, especially if one is familiar with any other stretch within New Orleans where the mature oaks that pepper the streets over time have broken new ground, so to speak, giving the citizenry, say it with me: more broken sidewalks. Continue reading »