Dean Kelly, a 40-year-old St. Charles Avenue resident now charged in three separate rape cases, will spend the next five months in jail after a judge deemed him “a serious danger to the public,” several media outlets reported Thursday from the Orleans Parish Courthouse.
A dozen Tulane students testified that Kelly hit on them or tried to pick them up, and prosecutors played a recording of his wife of one month confronting him about soliciting women over email, according to nola.com and wwltv.com.
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The International School of Louisiana is expecting a record number of returning students next year as it continues plans for its Algiers expansion and possible pre-kindergarten addition – even as state officials encourage the school to accept more at-risk and special-education students, administrators said.
Three Uptown New Orleans playgrounds – Danneel, Annunciation and Taylor – are closing immediately after unacceptably high levels of lead were found in the soil there, city officials said.
More than 400 mg/kg of lead in the soil is considered a hazard by state and federal health agencies, a level exceeded at several Uptown playgrounds. Inspectors found the following amounts, according to the full report:
Some of the city’s most celebrated restaurants will gather Thursday evening at Samuel J. Green Charter School on Valence Street to celebrate fifth year of the school’s organic garden.
“An Edible Evening” will feature seasonal dishes from a number of restaurants and live jazz. Tickets begin at $45, and proceeds will support more gardening collaboration between FirstLine Schools and Edible Schoolyard NOLA.
For details and links on this and other upcoming events in Uptown New Orleans, see our full calendar below.
In a few short days festival season will be well under way, and as much as you may want to flask it or roll in a cooler, chances are for one reason or another, it ain’t happenin’. Now I know there are big talkers out there who can’t brag enough about how at one Jazz Fest they snuck in a whole case of beer or some such nonsense. But is that really what you want people to know about you? That you undermine the system, filling water bottles with vodka, or whatever alcoholic chicanery you bestow upon the world. Really? It’s not rocket science, and while you think you’re saving a buck (admittedly ticketed events can be steep), your undercutting the system in reality isn’t cheating the event so much as negating the tip you should be leaving on the purchase you should be making. People work for tips. People survive on tips. So, let’s talk tips.
[Note: Correction appended, 9:01 a.m. March 23]
Audubon Charter School is considering building a temporary campus on a vacant lower Garden District lot to house students for the next two years while its Broadway campus is being renovated, officials said.
The lot is located at the corner of Orange and Constance streets, owned by the Kingsley House next door, said Jules Lagarde, design manager for Jacobs/CSRS, the engineering and architecture partnership managing the Boradway campus renovation. The tentative plan is to build two 12-classroom modular buildings — not double-wide trailers, Lagarde said, but full buildings with cafeterias and air-conditioning.
A new French curriculum public charter school has come to Louisiana, and New Orleans is rolling out an unforgettable musical welcome. Fête de la Musique kicks off at Generations Hall on Sunday, March 27th beginning at 5.00 p.m., when jazz legends Dr. Michael White and Ellis Marsalis, along with a classic array of New Orleans entertainers, will serenade and swing Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans (LFNO) onto the scene.
A new architect’s office with a handful of condos attached to it received the neighborhood’s tentative blessing for its proposed Magazine Street location during a Monday night meeting of the Coliseum Square Association that discussed a number of upcoming redevelopment projects in the Lower Garden District.
Prosecutors’ efforts to keep an Uptown man in jail until his trial on rape charges were interrupted Monday when the defendant, Dean Kelly, collapsed in the courtroom during testimony and was taken to the hospital, multiple city media outlets reported.
Novelist Valerie Martin, known for her 1990 novel Mary Reilly, will give a public reading Monday night at Tulane.
The Coliseum Square Association will also meet Monday evening to discuss a number of land-use issues, including a zoning change at 1476 Magazine and a proposed movie studio on Constance.
For details and links on these events and others over the next two days, see our full calendar below.
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Zoning is a crutch, and an unnecessary one at that. Nevertheless, we often are led to believe that a simple zoning change is the difference between Beverly Hills and the Chicago meat-packing district. Without zoning, we are told, anything could move in next door.
This paranoia was recently expressed this past Tuesday, when Frank Cole of the Coliseum Square Association spoke at a meeting of the City Planning Commission. He expressed skepticism of a proposal for a zoning change to 1517 Constance St. to mixed use (MU-A) zoning.
Specifically, Mr. Cole described the switch to an MU-A designation as “too giant a step for this particular piece of property.” In support of his stance, he noted that “chicken slaughtering and processing” was a permissible use under MU-A.
A 51-year-old man was gunned down at noon Sunday on an small road between Tchoupitoulas Street and the river, police said.