May 242013

Craig Giesecke

With summer fast approaching, Kim and I are looking forward to something we haven’t been able to do in what seems like forever – taking a summer vacation.

It’ll only be five days and, though many of our friends will be heading to a beach or the mountains, we’re only going to around Peoria, Ill., for a family event. But, honestly, we could not be more excited if we were headed to St. Kitts or the Andes. We’re also planning to drive, and the 12 hours or so up and back (with an overnight each way) will be a long-overdue chance to explore some spots we’ve never seen. Or at least I’ve never seen, having not spent much time in the Great American Heartland outside of Kansas City, Chicago or St. Louis for business purposes. Continue reading »

May 242013

All of the proceeds from the “19 Fund” benefit at Tipitina’s on Thursday night will benefit the 19 people wounded in a spree shooting at a Seventh Ward second line on Mother’s Day, and the fund will also benefit future victims of violence as well, reports Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV.

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May 232013

Uptown Messenger and Gambit have entered into a newsgathering partnership. Stories from Uptown and Mid-City Messenger will appear in the print edition of Gambit, while stories from Gambit and that may be of interest to Messenger readers will be excerpted online. In addition, long-form stories based on reporting in Uptown and Mid-City Messenger will appear in Gambit. Continue reading »

May 232013

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

For more than 75 years, the Times Picayune has always won the official journal contract from the City of New Orleans. The official journal is where all mandated public notices are printed, tax seizures, bids, City Council summaries, etc. It is and has always been a great source of revenue that the TP has counted on.

For the first time there is a real chance that John Georges or even Margo and Clancy Dubos could take that contract from the TP. The contract is bid each year and of course the best bid wins. Councilmembers could always expect to hear from TP officials like former TP publisher Ashton Phelps or Editor Jim Amoss around that time. Though never spoken, we’re sure that many councilmembers dared not to vote against the TP for fear of retaliation in the next edition. Continue reading »

May 222013

The International School of Louisiana’a Camp Street campus.

The number of International School of Louisiana students at the Camp Street campus who passed state standardized tests showed another slight increase this year, officials said, and praised the scores recorded at the Jefferson Parish expansion campus as a “familiar” baseline to start from.

“We knock it out of the park in terms of where the state is, where the parishes are,” said Head of Schools Sean Wilson at Wednesday night’s board meeting. “It doesn’t mean we rest on our laurels. It means we now look at where we can improve.” Continue reading »

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May 222013

Tipitina’s will host a concert fundraiser Thursday night with performances by Donald Harrison Jr., The Revivalists and numerous brass bands — organized by Gambit, The United Way and Silence Is Violence to benefit the 19 victims of a shooting at a second-line on Mother’s Day as well as future victims of violence. Continue reading »

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May 222013

The area of Central City served by the Ceasefire anti-violence project has actually seen an increase in homicides and shootings in the program’s first year of operation, reports Ramon Antonio Vargas of the Times-Picayune. City officials and program organizers say their efforts to intervene in personal conflicts and resolve them before they become deadly, then help participants find new opportunities have yielded some results, however, and that long-term change will take more time, Vargas reports.

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May 222013

Tipitina’s Foundation, Project Homecoming and the United Way hope to have the restoration of Professor Longhair’s former home in the 1700 block of Terpsichore finished by the end of the year, so his daughter and grandson can then move into it, according to a report by Eric Paulson of our partners at WWL-TV.

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May 222013

Mireille Rabaté, a principal at the French American International School in San Francisco, has turned down an offer from the directors of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans to be the school’s next leader, according to a report by The Lens. Rabaté was the only finalist for the job following a national search, and the school has not announced what its next steps will be.

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May 222013

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A 46-year-old man was arrested early Tuesday morning after an hours-long standoff with police in the Milan neighborhood following an argument with his girlfriend, authorities said. Continue reading »

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May 222013

Jean-Paul Villere

The little-prison-that-could didn’t this last week when it failed to garner any bids during the City of New Orleans Surplus Property Auction.  That’s right, the Treme jailhouse at 2552 St Philip that raised eyebrows upon entry failed to rock, open wallets, or lift paddles.  Among the properties that did see successful play were two: each a corner brick two-story from different eras and areas. Continue reading »

May 212013

Members of the Bouligny Improvement Association — which represents the area from St. Charles to Magazine, between Napoleon and Upperline — held a roundtable discussion Tuesday night with NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel and Bryon Cornelison of City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell’s office. Continue reading »

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May 212013

Paula and the Pontiacs perform at a benefit to help reopen Jimmy’s Music Club on April 4, 2013. (Robert Morris,

Just when New Orleans officials and the owners of Jimmy’s Music Club were beginning to find some common ground, the city’s independent alcohol board on Tuesday afternoon surprised both of them by rejecting Jimmy’s appeal, essentially offering the club two routes: City Council or the courts. Continue reading »

May 212013

Will McGrew and his mother, Janet McGrew, who said she is proud that her son is standing up for what he believes in. (submitted photo)

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The day before his Ben Franklin High School graduation, a time when teenagers might engage in pranks or attend parties with buddies, Will McGrew helped organize a counter protest to the NOLA Needs Peace, Not More Abortion Coalition rally. The action was held on Monday afternoon near the proposed Claiborne Avenue Planned Parenthood site, a controversial new state-of-the art health facility slated to open in 2014. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for next week. Continue reading »

May 212013

(From left) Christopher Davis, Joseph Davis and Sheldon Jefferson (via

Defense attorneys for 15-year-old Sheldon Jefferson and 18-year-old Christopher Davis are trying to convince Judge Franz Zibilich that the confessions the two teens gave to police in the presence of their mothers should not be allowed in their trial on rape and kidnapping charges of a Garden District resident, according to a report by Mike Perlstein of our partners at WWL-TV. A third defendant, Joseph Davis (no relation to Christopher), refused to talk to police, Perlstein reports.

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