Jun 042012

Owen Courreges

It appears that Louisianans will get the chance to vote on a significant revision to the state’s right to keep and bear arms this November.

Presently, La. Const. Art. I, Sec. 11 reads as follows:

“The right of each citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be abridged, but this provision shall not prevent the passage of laws to prohibit the carrying of weapons concealed on the person.”

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Jun 032012

Dozens of police officers gather Saturday night on South Rendon Street after an officer shot a robbery suspect. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The robbery suspect shot by a police officer Saturday night has been identified, and NOPD authorities say he “turned towards the officer in a suspicious manner” in a dark alley prior to the shot being fired.

Prior to leading the officer on a chase from the robbery scene, 23-year-old Brandon Collins and at least one accomplice tied his victims up, police also said Sunday afternoon. Continue reading »

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Jun 032012

Errol George, Stacy Head's nominee to fill her former District B seat on a temporary basis, appearing in a video during her campaign for the At-Large seat. (via vimeo.com)

With the 30-day deadline expiring last week for the City Council to choose a temporary successor to Stacy Head for the District B seat, the job falls to Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Who should he pick?

Express your own choice in our survey, and add your thoughts in the comments.

Jun 022012

A car stolen in a robbery on South Claiborne Avenue sits with its door open in the 1600 block of South Rendon Street, where the suspect abandoned it to flee from police. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A suspect in an armed robbery was shot by a police officer as he attempted to flee on foot following a chase Saturday evening through Uptown New Orleans, authorities said. Continue reading »

Jun 022012

The purple icon shows the location the car was stolen from, and the blue shows the location of the subsequent armed robbery. (map via NOPD.com)

A black Dodge Charger stolen from a home in the Carrollton area Thursday was then used in an armed robbery Friday afternoon, police said, and investigators are hoping the public can help them locate it. Continue reading »

Jun 022012

Craig Giesecke

At pretty much any food place I’ve worked, the kitchen staff sometimes gets into a game of “predict the food,” in which we size up incoming customers and predict what they’ll order. The servers do the same thing about customer behavior and would-be tip.

As customers, all of us take a look at the physical set-up of a restaurant/bar and the staff. Is the place clean? Are the servers heavily tattooed? In general, does this seem like my kinda place or not? It works both ways. But sometimes, this personal stereotyping is more difficult than a left turn on Tulane Avenue. Continue reading »

Jun 012012

In an effort to move past the uncertainty and controversy of the last month, the governing board of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans gave a permanent appointment to its popular school leader and accepted the resignation of an embattled board member on Friday night.

Board president Jean Montes also proposed engaging an outside firm to train the board in better school governance, and described a new committee structure that he said will bring a new level of community involvement to the board’s decisions. Continue reading »

Jun 012012

Apolline chef Matthew Farmer. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

During the new brunch service starting next weekend at the former Dominique’s on Magazine, Apolline chef Matt Farmer will offer “his take on regular brunch fare, including Eggs Apolline (eggs, andouille and Hollandaise on a Belgian waffle) and Fried Chicken and French Toast (a take on chicken and waffles),” according a post by Alexander Hancock on Eater.com.

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Jun 012012

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Given my proclivity for staying close to home, I usually have to be pretty motivated to head downtown. Don’t get me wrong, I love going for an afternoon stroll through Jackson Square, or an evening romp down Frenchman Street. But having worked in the French Quarter off and on for several years, I prefer to eschew the headache that is downtown parking and stick to activities that are closer to home.

Regardless of my sheer laziness, catching a comedy show at The New Movement is always worth crossing Canal Street. The comedy scene in New Orleans has come a long way since last year, when co-founders Chris Trew and Tami Nelson first started building their presence here after enjoying much success in Austin. Having seen a glimpse of The New Movement’s inner workings, it’s not hard to guess why their formula works. While I haven’t taken one of their improv classes (yet), I’ve had the privilege of being a guest monologist for a Megaphone improv show and a judge for Air Sex (think air guitar, but naughtier and way funnier). I can say this is a tight-knit clan, and it’s refreshing to see a true community being built versus individual performers competing for an audience. Continue reading »

May 312012

A trailer has been set up on the grounds of Audubon Charter School's Broadway campus in anticipation of construction beginning on the expansion project there. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With the contractor already preparing Audubon Charter School’s Broadway campus site for construction, an unresolved lawsuit by neighbors could prevent any work from beginning, officials said Thursday night. Continue reading »

May 312012

LaToya Cantrell (courtesy of the candidate)

Citing her experience with crime, quality of life and development issues as leader of a neighborhood that has been emblematic of the city’s recovery, the president of the Broadmoor Improvement Association announced her candidacy this week for the District B seat on the City Council.

“Based on the great training ground of Broadmoor in terms of working with a diverse community on every level, I would like to expand my scope of leadership to the next level, which is district wide,” said LaToya Cantrell in a telephone interview Thursday afternoon. Continue reading »

May 312012

Troy Haywood (via opcso.org)

Delrene Taylor (via opcso.org)

Two suspects have now been arrested in three of five recent robberies of cab drivers around the Irish Channel, and investigators are working to identify a second set of perpetrators in what appears to be a loosely organized “clique” of robbers targeting taxis, police said. Continue reading »

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May 312012

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Earlier this week, Allan and Danae taped one of our “Louisiana Newsmaker” TV shows with Police Chief Ronal Serpas, who spoke optimistically about New Orleans’ chances of shaking the title of “America’s Murder Capital.”

But just 30 minutes after the chief’s upbeat TV interview, he was racing to Simon Bolivar Avenue where three gun-toting young men fired a fusillade of shots into a birthday party for a 10-year-old, killing a 5-year-old child and a 33-year-old woman who was driving her car three blocks from the birthday party and was hit by a stray bullet. Wounded were a 10-year-old boy, and two men, ages 20 and 24. Continue reading »

May 312012

Leo Riles (via opcso.org)

An 18-year-old surrendered to police Wednesday and was arrested on murder charges in the deaths of a woman and a child in Tuesday’s shootout at a birthday party on Simon Bolivar Avenue, but investigators are looking for two other suspects as family and community members mourn the lives that were lost. Continue reading »

May 302012

A rendering of the proposed Tulane stadium. (via TulaneStadium.com)

The second round of debate over the Uptown football stadium proposed by Tulane University is slated to start soon, with the university meeting with the community over design issues next week, and the New Orleans City Planning Commission studying the interim zoning district the week after that. Continue reading »