Feb 072012

Police investigate in the 1200 block of South Saratoga, where a man was shot by an officer Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A man was shot in the arm by a police officer after allegedly pulling a gun on him Tuesday evening, and a second man with him was arrested after a two-hour search of a Central City block, authorities said. Continue reading »

Feb 072012

Johnny V's on Magazine Street, photographed in September. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Johnny V’s is now open on Magazine Street, but the discovery that the controversial restaurant was allowed to quietly begin operation without fulfilling all the conditions set forth by the city — including signing a good-neighbor agreement — frustrated the board of the Audubon Riverside Neighborhood Association.

“They’re being rewarded for being non-compliant,” said ARNA member Cele Gordon during Tuesday’s board meeting. Continue reading »

Feb 072012

The Uptown Square building at 170 Broadway will be demolished to make way for an expansion of Lambeth House. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A portion of the original Uptown Square shopping center on Broadway Street has been cleared for demolition to make way for an expansion of the Lambeth House senior living facility. Meanwhile, a historic Central City gas station will be preserved and the fate of a church next to Ochsner Baptist Medical Center will be postponed by a month, based on decisions Monday by the city’s demolition-review panel. Continue reading »

Feb 072012

Cecile Tebo

Louisiana State University health division has announced that one of the best ways to trim their ever-growing budget woes is to eliminate 39 psychiatric beds dedicated to taking care of our most vulnerable, indigent, mentally ill that live in our midst. The LSU top brass concede that they worry about the ramifications of this decision, as they should. For almost three years post-Katrina, when virtually no psychiatric beds were available, the suicide rate surpassed three times the national average. Continue reading »

Feb 062012

Owen Courreges

It’s rapidly becoming clear to me that New Orleans city officials have concocted some bizarre conspiracy to give away all our money and credibility in civil rights lawsuits. Either that, or they think the Constitution is just an old wooden sailing ship and nothing else.

Given their actions over the past several years, either explanation is plausible. Continue reading »

Feb 062012

The New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School on Loyola Avenue. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School is intensifying and expanding is recruitment efforts this spring in an attempt to attract a larger incoming class for 2012-13 school year, officials said. Continue reading »

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Feb 042012

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks Friday at Tulane Law School. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

New state voter identification laws “too often appear to make a mockery” of equal access to the polls, the nation’s top law enforcer said Friday in an address at Tulane Law School, vowing to continue federal opposition to efforts to suppress voting. Continue reading »

Feb 042012

Craig Giesecke

I am convinced the level of a chef’s work on a day-to-day basis in his or her kitchen at work is inversely proportional to the type of food he or she demands once away from said kitchen. Case in point:

Several years ago, when I was working at Dick and Jenny’s, every staffer got a “shift meal” to take home at the end of the night. The late, beloved James Leeming was the chef at the time and any of us could take our pick of duck, prime rib or whatever. My choice? I’d get what I thought I might eat later, but I’d usually head to the Rally’s near Louisiana and St. Charles. Or Buddha Belly on Magazine. I have no idea how many of these shift meals turned into science experiments in the fridge at home. Continue reading »

Christy Lorio: Pajamas?

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Feb 032012

“You know the message you’re sending out to the world with these sweatpants? You’re telling the world, ‘I give up. I can’t compete in normal society. I’m miserable, so I might as well be comfortable.’”
- Jerry Seinfeld, in the pilot episode of Seinfeld

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

As a woman who appreciates fashion, I love looking back at old photos and illustrations of clothing trends that were popular during certain time periods.  Bustle skirts, mutton sleeves, heck even old-fashioned, cuban heeled stockings provide plenty of fodder for daydreaming. It seems like no matter the era, people looked so resplendent, whether it was 1858 or 1958. The elegance! The romance! It’s fun to dream about living in the past, though I wouldn’t necessarily want to wear a corset every day. Risking fainting and internal bleeding to enjoy a smaller-than-normal waistline isn’t appealing. Continue reading »

Feb 032012

It feels like spring outside, so invite spring into your wardrobe early with new arrivals at gae-tana’s. Skinny colored jeans give you a little pop of color, with lipstick, aqua, and turquoise all fresh and eye-catching. Beaded jewelry, starting at $6.50, adds accent, playing off your neutrals, and is suitable for daytime or evening wear.

Keep reading to see examples, and to get your own ideas for the season.

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Feb 022012

Scope of the Uptown drainage projects: yellow lines are complete; red are forthcoming. (via swbno.org)

The upcoming drainage projects on Napoleon and Jefferson avenues will shut down St. Charles Avenue streetcar service for 60 to 90 days next year, and a similar project on Louisiana Avenue will do so again a second time, officials said Thursday. Continue reading »