Apr 302012
 

State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, shown during a March 2011 meeting in the Irish Channel, has been an outspoken critic of Gov. Bobby Jindal. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The legislator who represents most of Uptown in the state Senate will lead the Louisiana Democratic Party for the next four years after an election Saturday. Continue reading »

Apr 302012
 

Police are seeking the man in this photo for an alleged shoplifting at the Family Dollar on South Carrollton Avenue. (image via NOPD)

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man accused of stealing $76 worth of soap from the Family Dollar store on South Carrollton Avenue and, in a separate case, a wig-wearing man who tried unsuccessfully to rob a convenience store on South Claiborne Avenue.

In another unrelated case, a suspicious-person call in the Garden District led to the discovery of a gun that had just been stolen, authorities said. Continue reading »

Apr 302012
 

Owen Courreges

“You might beat the rap, but you won’t beat the ride.”

That’s what she told me. She was right, of course. I was being stubborn, doing something I normally advise people not to do: resting on my rights and the fact that I was doing absolutely nothing illegal. So like a mule, I stayed put on the corner, doing nothing and minding my own business. Continue reading »

Apr 282012
 

An unusual mugging in the Irish Channel in which a victim was forced at gunpoint to remove his pants was repeated a day later in the French Quarter, according to Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV.

Meanwhile, despite two robbery-related arrests in the area this week, yet another mugging took place at Washington and Chippewa about 2 a.m. Friday, the same place where a woman was robbed at gunpoint 48 hours earlier.

Apr 282012
 

Craig Giesecke

Here we are at JazzFest time once again and the city is full of tourists in Hawaiian shirts and unusual headgear. It’s also the one time of the year many locals tend to look and act like tourists because they can get away with it.

JazzFest is a tremendous boon to the city’s economic engine, but only one of many we’re seeing before next year’s Super Bowl. We’re seriously glad about and appreciative of the influx of business. Thank you. Those of us in the service industry are literally here to serve and our goal is for all of us to have a good time while doing it. There are few greater feelings for a restaurant crew than to look back on the day/evening and think, “Wow. I made some money AND had a good time with some really nice folks.”

In the interest of everyone having a good time and being served as expeditiously and professionally as possible, I offer a few tips to those planning on dining out during this busy time of the year: Continue reading »

Apr 272012
 

Nia Watson, 19, holds a stuffed animal as she watches the anti-crime march pass the house where her brother-in-law, Brandon Baker, was recently shot to death. Messages to Brandon are written all over the front of the house. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Led by the Sophie B. Wright band, police and residents walk together through Hollygrove on Wednesday in a march against crime. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Apr 272012
 

Errol T. George will be appointed Thursday to serve as the City Councilman for District B after Councilwoman Stacy Head takes the oath of office Wednesday as the council’s new at-large member, the city announced Friday morning. He will not be eligible to run for the seat on a permanent basis in the fall. Continue reading »

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Apr 272012
 

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Everyone has a “what was I thinking?” moment when gazing into the depths of their closet. You know the feeling — bought it even though it didn’t fit, talked yourself into since it was on sale, or shelled out an exorbitant amount of money for the latest trend that you now hate. Before sending it off to the thrift store, you might want to sell it to recoup some of the cost. Continue reading »

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Apr 272012
 

Starting with the historic Bohn Ford building, the four buildings at the intersection of Washington and Broad will see a major transformation over the coming year, including space for a community clinic, a entrepreneurship incubator, a new location for Laurel Street bakery and other retail and office space, reports Scott Satchfield of our partners at WWL-TV:

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Apr 262012
 

Robberies reported in the Uptown area since last Thursday. (map via NOPD.com)

A robbery victim in the Irish Channel this week was forced to remove his shoes and shorts at gunpoint, and another victim in the Milan neighborhood was fired upon and pistol-whipped by his assailant, a teenage girl, police said.

The spike in Uptown robberies over the last week can be traced to several seemingly unrelated suspects, police say, including one man looking for easy targets around the Oak Street corridor and a determined carjacker in the Fontainebleau area.

But after a number of recent arrests on gun charges, police are hoping that the pattern of robberies will subside almost as quickly as it started. Continue reading »

Apr 252012
 

Jean-Paul Villere

Among other highlights of this year’s JazzFest?  Why, the premiere of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at the Fairgrounds, of course.  That’s right: premiere.  The band has played the city many times before but never in this setting, and while I’m not saying I had a hand in their headlining this coming Saturday, I’m, well, er – - - that’s exactly what I’m saying.  About a year ago, I lamented in this very column the fact the band had never played the festival, among other national acts I hope will be corrected one day soon (insert robust coughs here overlaid with a hearty and throaty “Beck! Beck! Beck!”).  And voila, a year later it’s happening.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t believe in coincidences.  And maybe just maybe it just might be a coincidence (if you believe in them), and if so, then just chalk me up as having my thumb on the pulse of what’s what and not the impetus for this gig. Continue reading »

Apr 242012
 

A beagle named Maggie plays with a tennis ball at sunset Wednesday at Wisner Park. Maggie's owner, William Thacker, says he'd love for NORD to convert a vacant lot nearby into a new place for Maggie to play. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Vacant publicly-owned property or portions of existing parks around New Orleans could become as many as 20 new fenced-off play areas for dogs, officials told Uptown residents at a meeting Wednesday evening. Continue reading »

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Apr 242012
 

The most recent revisions to the proposed LaSalle school redevelopment won over city planning commissioners Tuesday afternoon, but a sandwich shop proposed for Maple Street split the commission and a request for alcohol sales at a Jackson Avenue chicken-wings restaurant was deferred for two weeks. Continue reading »

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