An expected 30-percent decrease in the size of this year’s incoming freshmen class — blamed in part on rising private-school tuition amid a tough economy — could lead to budget cuts at Loyola University, according to a report from Meg Farris of our partners at WWL.
Once upon a time with my wife and two wee daughters we used to live in a li’l ol’ shotgun in the Riverbend. We absolutely loved that house, but after the birth of our second child, 1200 sq ft was no longer so quaint or enjoyable. Too, where we were on the 800 block of Dublin often served as overflow parking for area retail, but worse, the density didn’t always bring the best drivers. Some days people would whip around the corner off Maple like they were in hot pursuit. And when you have toddlers and newborns you begin to see traffic and safety in a whole new way. It was at this point I began to wonder about the pros and cons of living on a dead end street.
It wasn’t just the hardest moment of his career as a police officer, Noel said. It was the most difficult task he’s ever faced in his life.
“Hopefully I never have to do this again, as long as I live,” Noel said.
Two redevelopments on major thoroughfares around the Garden District — an upscale national furniture retailer on Magazine, and a new location of a local coffee shop on Jackson Avenue — both won initial approval Tuesday from the City Planning Commission.
After a man was attacked by two strangers who stole his keys and then his car about a block off St. Charles Avenue on Sunday evening, police are seeking the public’s help in finding the vehicle, authorities said.
I was startled to see a self-addressed envelope arrive in my mailbox over the weekend.
Back in January, I wrote a letter to myself as part of a New Year ritual with my writers group. Jamey Hatley, a Memphis transplant and gifted wordsmith, leads what has become a literary sacrament for the MelaNated Writers Collective. We write handwritten notes to ourselves, seal them and then hand them over to her for safekeeping. It’s an individual exercise that we do together. Some MWC members jot down encouraging words or scribble stern reminders to adhere to writing regimens while others list publishing goals. No one reads your letter and you are free to use the paper – space – however you choose.
Local artist and icon George Dureau is a definitive New Orleans talent who has given much to the people and the city he loves over the years. Now his fans can return the favor.
The 82-year-old painter, sculptor and photographer spends his days in a nursing home due to the ruthless effects of Alzheimer’s. He’s being well cared for, but long-term financial support is a concern. That’s why close friend Katie Nachod and other acquaintances, who fondly call themselves “Friends of George,” have planned a fundraising event for Dureau.
After the resignations of two members left the new Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans governing board without any members who are minorities, school leaders said that restoring diversity is a top priority as they seek to replace them over the next month.
“We need a more diverse board,” said board chair Tim Gray. “This board really does not look like a cross-section of the population of New Orleans.”
Broadmoor businesses and homeowners have begun installing the ProjectNOLA anti-crime cameras that the neighborhood hopes will reduce criminal activity as the area continues its commercial rebirth, according to a report by Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV. The residential cameras are installed by the homeowners and linked in to the private ProjectNOLA surveillance network, while 10 cameras along the Washington and Broad commercial corridor are being sponsored by City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell’s office.
There comes a time in every writer’s life when, owing to a unique combination of nostalgia and sloth, they turn wistfully back to their previous work and think of how they can milk it at least one more time. The result is always an uncomfortable cobbling of original material and hackneyed crap.
Thus, I am proud to present to you my retrospective column, with selected updates on various topics that I have previously addressed.
Much has been going through my mind over the past couple of weeks, as we’ve been doing some scaling back here at the house with a yard sale, taking that trip up to Illinois and generally refocusing ourselves. Quite honestly, the local culinary world has not treated us kindly over the past year or so, despite our history of success, and we wonder if our time in New Orleans is coming to an end.
We only need to look at former Plaquemine Parish Sheriff Jiff Hingle’s sentencing yesterday — nearly 46 months for accepting bribes from contractors anxious to do business with his parish — to quickly realize that being a Louisiana sheriff with millions of dollars to dole out to greedy contractors and consultants can be a very slippery slope.
One Sheriff who never made a major misstep and could be coming back around for another term is former Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff Charles Foti. Now, in the private practice of law, Foti is bombarded by people every day who are asking him to take on his former protégé, Sheriff Marlin Gusman. It’s even possible that Foti’s cousin, Mitch Landrieu, is one of those speaking with him.