“Life is uncertain; eat dessert first,” was one of the standards Gail Cournoyer used to espouse any given workday, and usually a few times of day at that. I knew Gail when we slung coffee together in a green apron in Boston’s Coolidge Corner over ten years ago. She was a delightful sort, especially for being a native New Englander, having endured dozens of harsh winters. Always laughing, always cheery, even during a wicked Nor’easter.
A former Lusher Charter School janitor accused of fatally shooting one woman and injured three others in Central City in December and another man wanted in a shooting death in Gert Town were both arrested on murder charges this week, authorities said.
Two men who took a Broadmoor woman’s vehicle at gunpoint Monday night apparently tried to kidnap her, but she managed to escape before they drove off, according to police reports.
A group of about a dozen parents at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans sent a letter to state education officials asking for an official investigation into recent “missteps” by the school board regarding its firing and hiring of school leaders, according to a report by The Lens. State Superintendent John White replied via email that he is awaiting recommendations from a consultant he recently secured for the school about the “issues with the school’s operations that go beyond the appointment of one person,” the report states.
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In last week’s column I discussed the assault weapons ban being bandied about by local politicians and activist groups, concluding that the term “assault weapon” is vague, ill-defined, and does not refer to characteristics of firearms that have any significant impact on the danger they pose. Nothing has changed my mind about that.
However, the agenda we’re seeing with respect to guns goes further than just the assault weapons ban. A couple of weeks ago, the New Orleans City Council unanimously passed a resolution asking for “renewed scrutiny” of gun control laws. Although the resolution’s unspecific language may sound like non-committal pabulum (and it certainly is that), the resolution was generally received as being a call for more gun control.
An 18-year-old man was carjacked at gunpoint on Olive Street in Hollygrove Sunday evening, according to initial police reports.
With champagne, confetti and an array of audacious costumes, the Phunny Phorty Phellows made their annual St. Charles Avenue streetcar ride Sunday evening to herald the start of the 2013 Carnival season.
A 25-year-old man was shot to death early Sunday morning on Audubon Court in Gert Town, authorities said.
A new Creole restaurant has opened on Magazine Street; a Louisiana seafood restaurant is slated to open just down the street this spring; a bakery and coffee shop has opened on Prytania Street; and Cafe Reconcile on O.C. Haley Boulevard plans to reopen after renovations this month.
Two second-line parades will roll through Central City this weekend, the Women of Class today (Saturday, Jan. 5) and the Perfect Gentlemen on Sunday, according to Gambit’s Big Red Cotton.
A water main broke in the center of Adams Street near Maple on Friday afternoon, sending water gushing skyward until repair crews could arrive, according to this video from our partners at WWL-TV:
In August, a leaking pipe created a crevasse under Adams near Maple that required the road to be shut down for repairs.
Whereever we go this week, we hear New Orleanians complain about their own “fiscal cliff,” increased property tax bills. What’s wrong with Erroll Williams, they say? Doesn’t he know we like our properties to be under-assessed? No one likes their taxes to go up. And paying the new bills might cause some of us to eat out a few less times or cut down on our Mardi Gras expenses. But all in all, life in New Orleans is pretty darn good.