Jun 282012

After a presentation by Costco officials on Thursday morning, the New Orleans City Council enthusiastically and unexpectedly took a vote to approve the Carrollton Avenue project and grant the wholesale retailer’s design requests.

“I knew we were doing OK when at one of the neighborhood meetings somebody stood up and said, ‘Enough outreach already. Let’s build it,’” Costco vice president Jackie Frank said during his presentation to the city council. Continue reading »

Jun 272012

Adonis I. Harris (via opcso.org)

Investigators have identified and arrested a man they say wore a dress and wig to rob a record store on Broadway Street over the weekend.

Meanwhile, in addition to the carjacking and shooting in the Riverbend, another robbery was reported in the Milan neighborhood on Tuesday. Continue reading »

Jun 272012

Jean-Paul Villere

“Scare the hell out of ‘em,” my grandfather used to routinely yell at the TV during the weather under a hurricane watch.  Louis was a funny, old guy.  Spot on, too.  Laying back in his ratty, leather Lazy Boy, he’d peer at the precipitation prognosticators through his thick glasses and maybe shake his right index figure counterbalanced by a crooked pinky a la an old football injury incurred when shoes were still and truly spiked.  This phrase accompanied every foreboding forecast while my grandmother Mireille would counter his groans with a dismissive “Oh Louis . . .” Continue reading »

Jun 262012

New Orleans police walk crime-scene tape around the site of a shooting in the parking lot of a McDonald’s on South Carrollton Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In the thick heat just before the sun began to set Tuesday afternoon, a middle-aged man stood on the Carrollton Avenue sidewalk with his wife and 8-year-old son and watched as crime scene technicians counted shell casings in the parking lot of McDonald’s.

“Sometimes I hate that I ever came back to New Orleans,” said 44-year-old Kenny Smith, a Gert Town resident who lives about three blocks from the latest shooting in his neighborhood. “You can’t even come to McDonald’s to get something to eat without worrying about getting shot at.” Continue reading »

Jun 262012

Detectives wait for crime-scene technicians to come examine an SUV stolen in a carjacking on Dublin Street that was later found stashed in a carport behind a vacant home on Cambronne. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A woman who was being robbed of her SUV just off of Oak Street was shot at by her attacker when she tried to run away, police said. The woman was not hit and her vehicle was found minutes later in a west Carrollton yard, but the gunman remains at large. Continue reading »

Jun 262012

A sketch of the Reginelli’s renovation of the former WOW Wingery, which will remain the same size in the same footprint, but restore the exterior windows, awning and doors of a traditional New Orleans corner grocery.

Reginelli’s proposed move across Magazine Street breezed through its hearing before the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, drawing no opposition and winning unanimous approval from the commissioners. Continue reading »

Jun 262012

A business robbery on Earhart, gunfire on Robert Street and a shooting on Simon Bolivar were all reported Monday night. (map via NOPD.com)

In separate incidents Monday night, shots were fired during a dispute on Robert Street, a 19-year-old was wounded in a drive-by shooting on Simon Bolivar, and an auto-parts store was robbed in Hollygrove, according to police reports. Continue reading »

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Jun 262012

In “The One: The Life and Music of James Brown,” biographer “[R.J.] Smith carefully and smartly reveals Brown’s flaws without reveling in the Backstage Confidential stories. He also balances Brown’s flaws with his assessment of his musical accomplishments,” writes former Offbeat editor Alex Rawls in the introduction to an extensive interview with Smith on Rawls’ new music news site, MySpiltMilk.com. Smith reads and signs the book tonight at Octavia Books.

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Jun 262012

The June meeting of the ENCORE Academy governing board, originally set for tonight, has been canceled because of scheduling conflicts, according to an email from school leader Terri L. Smith. The board’s next meeting is scheduled for July 24, but if any issues require board attention before then, a special meeting will be called, Smith writes.

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Jun 252012

The former WOW Wingery at State and Magazine is receiving extensive renovations so that Reginelli’s can move across the street.

The back end of the former WOW Wingery restaurant at State and Magazine has been removed and its interior completely gutted, but when Reginelli’s moves across the street this fall, the building’s exterior will be restored to its original appearance of a traditional New Orleans corner grocery, the owner said Monday morning.

“We’re trying to bring it back to the traditional old-style corner grocery,” said Darryl Reginelli. “It’s really going to go back to what it was originally.” Continue reading »