Jan 092013

Jean-Paul Villere

“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. Continue reading »

Jan 082013

The rear of the fire-damaged home, photographed Wednesday morning. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Firefighters respond to a blaze at a home in the 1400 block of Broadway Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A house in the 1400 block of Broadway Street received “extensive damage” in a fire that broke out Tuesday evening, fire officials said at the scene. Continue reading »

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Jan 082013

820 General Pershing Street, photographed in December.

A plan to tear down a home on General Pershing Street and pave it for a parking lot was rejected by a second city board Tuesday, suggesting long odds for the proposal whenever it reaches the City Council for a final decision. Continue reading »

Jan 082013

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.

Jan 072013

Owen Courreges

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. Continue reading »

Jan 072013

820 General Pershing Street

A plan to demolish a home on General Pershing Street to make way for a parking lot for an as-yet-undisclosed business planned for Magazine Street will appear before another city panel Tuesday, after a different aspect of the request was rejected last month. Continue reading »

Jan 062013

The Phunny Phorty Phellows prepare to leave from the streetcar barn on Willow on their Twelfth Night ride through Uptown New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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.

Confetti flies from the windows of the Phunny Phorty Phellows streetcar on Willow Street as the crowds clamor for beads. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 052013

Thomas Warren (via opcso.org)

A man was stabbed in a struggle with a would-be robber on Magazine Street early Friday morning, police said. Meanwhile, investigators are looking for a man who attacked a woman leaving a Garden District bar and stole her purse earlier this week in a separate case, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Jan 052013

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

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. Continue reading »

Jan 042013

Publiq House opens on Freret Street.(Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

After more than a year and a half in the works, the new Publiq House music venue on Freret Street is open and planning its first show this weekend.

Saturday night Erika Flowers and Liquid Peace Revolution will play at Publiq House.
(Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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