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 »

Feb 022012

Two armed robberies were reported in the university area of the NOPD Second District this week, and one robbery was attempted on Eve Street. (via NOPD.com)

One juvenile robbery suspect was arrested by tracking his ankle bracelet and the stolen cell phone, and another robbery by teenagers was foiled when the victim drew his own gun, as the new commander of the NOPD Second District pledged this week to make stemming the tide of holdups the top priority for the entire district.

“Take a look at the armed robberies. That’s ridiculous,” said Commander Paul Noel on Thursday morning, after his first weekly meeting with the Second District leadership since being promoted to lead the district Sunday. “Every single person in this room has got to help work on that.” Continue reading »

Feb 022012

Audubon Charter School to reinstate French prekindergarten for 3-year-olds.

Timely applications deadline for all grades extended through Feb. 15th.      

Audubon Charter School, an A+ school and the only Orleans public school accredited by the French National Government and an initiate member of the American Montessori Society, was recently approved to reinstate its French pre-K3 program (prekindergarten for 3 year olds) for the school year 2012-13.

Applications are available at the school website: www.auduboncharter.com or call (504) 324-7110 for information.

As a result, Audubon has extended its timely application deadline for all grades pre-K3 through 8 for both its French and Montessori programs to February 15, 2012 in order for applicants to have sufficient time to apply.

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