Feb 122015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Like everyone else in New Orleans, we want the NOPD to right a tightly managed, right-sized operation that keeps us all safe.  We realize it might take two or three years to really hire a full complement of officers. We can live with new officers who might not meet the highest educational standards. We are glad the Chief has thought through his management needs enough to ask the Civil Service Commission for authorization to hire a civilian assistant to drive his ball down the field.

While we were not thrilled when the NOPD’s Office of Secondary Employment was created, we really hate the fact that the office’s leadership have been keeping the majority of plum assignments for themselves, as reported by The Advocate this week.  These actions cost the rank and file money. They damage morale, decrease officer retention, and discourage new officers from accepting positions on the force. No wonder morale is an ongoing problem! Continue reading »

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Feb 122015
 
The first of the Mystic Krewe of Druids' dilemma floats asks, "Paper or Plastic?" (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The first of the Mystic Krewe of Druids’ dilemma floats asks, “Paper or Plastic?” (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Uptown route sprang back to life Wednesday night, when the Mystic Krewe of Druids rolled with the satiric theme of “Druid Dilemmas, followed by the Mystic Krewe of Nyx and their celebration of Elvis Presley.

A rider in the Mystic Krewe of Nyx displays throws to the Magazine Street crowd. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider in the Mystic Krewe of Nyx displays throws to the Magazine Street crowd. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)


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Feb 112015
 

Baskets of Blessings - Mardi Gras Party BasketLouisiana Sisters Provides the Ultimate Hostess Gift for any Mardi Gras Fete

Louisiana Sisters, a local gourmet foods company, is now offering the ultimate hostess gift for Carnival Season. Gift sets complete with the brand’s All Natural Spiced Bloody Mary Mix, New Orleans Spiced Olives (pitted) and Pepper Jelly are now available through Nancy’s Corner for $35 with $15 delivery and Baskets of Blessings for only $40 with $7 delivery (same-day delivery is guaranteed if ordered before 10 a.m. and before the holiday weekend). Continue reading »

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Feb 112015
 
The Pontchartrain Hotel on St. Charles Avenue, photographed in January 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The Pontchartrain Hotel on St. Charles Avenue, photographed in January 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

With plans for a rooftop lounge and a restored Silver Whistle coffee shop on the first floor, The Pontchartrain Hotel on St. Charles Avenue is intent on reclaiming its historic prominence in New Orleans, its owners say — right down to the classic blueberry muffins. Continue reading »

Feb 112015
 

Kate Scott

Kate Scott

By Kate Scott, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center

New Orleans has a troubling legacy to overcome when it comes to the condition of its rental homes, even though more than half the City’s residents are renters. Such conditions have wide-ranging effects on everything from health to educational outcomes. Many renters find themselves having to move because they can’t get dangerous housing conditions addressed. When people have to move a lot, neighborhood stability goes down and so does public safety.

In a City where rents have skyrocketed beyond the reach of many working families, New Orleans renters deserve assurances that the homes they live in meet basic standards of quality and safety. A rental registry program would be good for New Orleans and can be designed in a way that is not overly cumbersome for the many landlords in the City that are just trying to do the right thing. Continue reading »

Feb 092015
 

Owen Courreges

Stacy Head did not appear happy this past week with her colleague on the city council, LaToya Cantrell.  Without any real warning, Cantrell announced vague plans to rapidly introduce an ordinance to create a rental inspection bureaucracy with regular inspections and a comprehensive online database.

“I reiterate my position that this ordinance is not ready for introduction next week,” Head frustratedly wrote in an email to the council. “The lightning speed with which this is moving as well as the apparent insular nature of the discussion is disconcerting.” Continue reading »

Feb 082015
 
The Krewe of Carrollton's "The Masked Ball" float rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Carrollton’s “The Masked Ball” float rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A spectator catches beads during the Krewe of King Arthur parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A spectator catches beads during the Krewe of King Arthur parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Four parades — the krewes of Carrollton, King Arthur, Alla and Femme Fatale — rolled on the Uptown route Sunday afternoon.

Riders strike a pose on the Krewe of Alla "Women at War" float on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Riders strike a pose on the Krewe of Alla “Women at War” float on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A dancer from Samuel J. Green Charter School marches in the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatales parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A dancer from Samuel J. Green Charter School marches in the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatales parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 072015
 
A rider on Sparta's "Get Me to the Church on Time" float toys with the Napoleon Avenue crowd. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider on Sparta’s “Get Me to the Church on Time” float toys with the Napoleon Avenue crowd. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Knights of Sparta was “In the Mood” for classic tunes and the Krewe of Pygmalion explored the “Spectrum of Emotions” in Saturday night parades on the Uptown route.

The "Harold and the Purple Crayon" float in the Krewe of Pygmalion. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The “Harold and the Purple Crayon” float in the Krewe of Pygmalion. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 062015
 
Capetown South Africa float in Oshun. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Capetown South Africa float in Oshun. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewes of Oshun and Cleopatra were the first parades to roll down the Uptown route in Mardi Gras 2015. The Krewe of Oshun’s theme was “Carnival Around the World,” with floats depicting cities around the world with Carnival traditions. Cleopatra’s theme was “A Stroll Down the Avenue.” This year is Cleopatra’s 40th anniversary.

A rider on the Krewe of Cleopatra's Skeleton float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider on the Krewe of Cleopatra’s Skeleton float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 062015
 
New Orleans police take a trash can into evidence (after the body of a woman found in it was removed) from an alleyway off Danneel Street on Nov. 26. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

New Orleans police take a trash can into evidence (after the body of a woman found in it was removed) from an alleyway off Danneel Street on Nov. 26. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Evangelisto Ramos (via opcso.org)

Evangelisto Ramos (via opcso.org)

Offshore worker Evangelisto Ramos told police back in December that he had been with Trinece Fedison the night before her body was discovered in an out-of-place trash can in Central City, so they knew to expect his DNA on her body.

But when laboratory testing confirmed that the 42-year-old man’s DNA was also on the outside of the trash can, police secured a warrant on a murder charge and arrested him from Port Fourchon on Wednesday night. Continue reading »

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