Oct 072014
 

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During the month of October, we’re left to drown in a pink sea of bumper stickers and T-shirts emblazoned with sparky catchphrases about “boobies” and “ta-tas.”

This messaging is near impossible to escape. While absolutely catchy, this sexualized rhetoric places an increasingly disturbing emphasis on breasts over breast-cancer patients. Continue reading »

Oct 072014
 
An image from surveillance video shows the armed robbery Friday night of the Discount Corner gas station on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

An image from surveillance video shows the armed robbery Friday night of the Discount Corner gas station on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

As police continue their investigation into a rash of late-night robberies at Carrollton-area convenience stores, authorities are urging businesses to take precautions for themselves and their employees. Continue reading »

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Oct 072014
 

Franklin collageAward-winning documentary film maker, author, actor, Grammy winner, Pulitzer prize winner, opera star, Neurointerventional surgeon, United States Representative, director, producer, 5-star chef, record producer, dean, CEO, composer, educator, artist, entrepreneur, chemist, attorney, innovator, leader, success.  Just a few of the words that have described Ben Franklin graduates.

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Oct 062014
 

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It’s called the “BigBelly,” and it’s being pitched to cities across the country as a miracle of American innovation.  It’s a solar-powered trash compactor designed to replace ordinary city trash receptacles.  There is practically no green-tech buzzword that doesn’t apply to these things.

I first began seeing the BigBellies in New Orleans last year along the Canal Streetcar line.  The website Clean Technica reported in December 2012 that the city hoped to have “at least 150 solar-powered trash compactors installed,” before the Super Bowl and that, contracts and bidding permitted, “[t]his number could be expanded to 242.”

Presently, the city is planning on expanding the BigBelly receptacles to the French Quarter and Downtown Development District.   The bid date is set for October 30th at 11 a.m.  It’s happening, and it’s happening soon.

What hasn’t happened, at least as far as I can see, is proper due diligence. Continue reading »

Oct 062014
 

An image of a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer, similar to the model taken in Saturday's carjacking. (via NOPD)

An image of a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer, similar to the model taken in Saturday’s carjacking. (via NOPD)

After Saturday evening’s carjacking on St. Thomas Street, New Orleans police are looking for the black 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer that was taken from the victim, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Oct 062014
 
A gas station robbery on South Carrollton early Monday joins other recent holdups on South Claiborne and Airline Highway. (map via NOPD)

A gas station robbery on South Carrollton early Monday joins other recent holdups on South Claiborne and Airline Highway. (map via NOPD)

After a perplexing series of holdups at the Magnolia Discount store on Airline Highway, armed robbers turned their attention to a Magnolia Discount on South Carrollton overnight, New Orleans police said Monday morning. Continue reading »

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Oct 062014
 

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The Junior League of New Orleans’ Bloomin’ Deals is throwing a street party with food, music, drinks, entertainment and shopping. Catch some signature throws including shoes and purses at great prices, or just enjoy a fun shopping experience at one of the city’s favorite thrift shops! Continue reading »

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Oct 052014
 

axiomartistsThe Axiom Artist Collective, a new art gallery on Freret Street showcasing the work of young native New Orleanians, will hold its first opening tonight (Sunday, Oct. 5) presenting the work of Courtney “Ceaux” Buckley.

“We just want to bring newness to the art scene,” said Buckley. Continue reading »

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Oct 052014
 
An image from surveillance video shows the armed robbery of the Discount Corner gas station on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

An image from surveillance video shows the armed robbery of the Discount Corner gas station on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

A rash of weekend robberies around the Uptown area included the holdup of a gas station on South Claiborne Avenue, the carjacking of a woman on St. Thomas Street, and the robbery of two men at gunpoint on Carondelet Street in Central City, New Orleans police say. Continue reading »

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Oct 042014
 
Elvis Preseley models sungless at Arts and Eyes on Magazine street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Elvis Preseley models sungless at Arts and Eyes on Magazine street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

People flocked to shops and galleries the whole length of Magazine on Saturday night for the annual Art for Art’s Sake event.

Jenna McSwain and the Celestial bodies performed outside of Feet First boutique. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Jenna McSwain and the Celestial bodies performed outside of Feet First boutique. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Oct 042014
 
Painted gold, Nadiyah Skyy stands in front of Longshore Studio Gallery at Art for Arts' Sake in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Painted gold, Nadiyah Skyy stands in front of Longshore Studio Gallery at Art for Arts’ Sake in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

afas-logoMore than 100 galleries, restaurants and shops along Magazine Street will celebrate “Art for Art’s Sake” tonight (Saturday, Oct. 4) with specials “heralding the opening of the city’s art season,” organizers say. Continue reading »

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Oct 042014
 
Two police officers parked on Eighth Street confer during a home-invasion investigation Friday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two police officers parked on Eighth Street confer during a home-invasion investigation Friday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A 75-year-old Irish Channel resident was robbed at gunpoint by two men who broke into his home Friday evening, police and the victim said. Continue reading »

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Oct 042014
 
Police investigate a shooting at the corner of Baronne and Second Streets late Friday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police investigate a shooting at the corner of Baronne and Second Streets late Friday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A 24-year-old woman and a 17-year-old boy man were both shot to death inside a car late Friday night in Central City, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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