A shed in a Laurel Street backyard caught fire Monday afternoon and spread to the main house, damaging the rear bedroom and the attic and drawing firefighters from the scene of a much larger Constance Street fire from just a few hours earlier.
An abandoned service station at the corner of Constance and Peniston streets burned to the ground Monday morning, damaging the house next door but harming no one, witnesses and officials said.
For those of you who have been under a rock since, well, ever, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the Police Association of New Orleans (PANO) don’t always see eye to eye. In fact, it’s gotten to the point where they just plain don’t like each other.
Part of the issue is that Landrieu has repeatedly said that the NOPD has sufficient manpower, while PANO argues that it has been chronically understaffed. The latest volley occurred recently when PANO released the results of a survey performed by Tulane Criminologist Peter Scharf. That study purported to show that an overwhelming majority of NOPD officers feel the department needs more officers and better equipment, and that morale is circling the drain.
A fresh-food market plans to bring the produce of 200 farmers to O.C. Haley Boulevard, and the local Mediterrean chain Byblos plans to move into the space on Magazine Street recently vacated by the closure of Nacho Mama’s.
At the party, the sci-fi krewe will announce next year’s theme and begin raising funds, with “appearances by interstellar Mardi Gras Indian tribe the Mighty Wookie Fi-Yo, performances by the Vajar Jar Binks Dance Team, music from all-girl ska-rockers Local Skank, and a lot more entertainment,” according to Brad Rhines of NOLA Defender.
Our (so far) week-long hiatus from the foodservice industry has allowed us to catch up on some sleep, watch a few movies and spruce up the house a bit. We‘ve also been able to check out a few potential opportunities and locations to get going again, and I’m sure we’ll crank up things again before too long.
I’ve received several suggestions about opening a pop-up operation or getting into the city’s food truck scene. But while I’ll never say never, I’ve got some severe reservations about both — and they have nothing to do with quality of the product or lack of customers. Matter of fact, we’d probably wind up doing okay with either approach.
Strong thunderstorms Friday morning caused power outages in neighborhoods across Uptown, based on a map of outages by Entergy. Approximately 40,000 customers were without power shortly after 11 a.m. amid the sudden, heavy downpour.
After a wounded man at the hospital claimed to have been caught in the crossfire of a early-evening gun battle at the busy corner of Magazine and Louisiana, investigators have found “no evidence” that suggests the shooting actually took place there, authorities said Thursday evening.
The block of Magazine Street between Napoleon and General Pershing will be closed to traffic and water pressure will be low from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday while Sewerage and Water Board crews repair a leaking water main, the agency announced.
Even those New Orleanians who have been around politics for many years and believe that nothing can surprise them (like us) were surprised by this week’s rash of political upheaval in what is usually a dull summer season.
And what a week this has been! What possessed Jon Johnson to use government funds to underwrite his campaign? His wife, who unfortunately died of cancer, was a physician. Surely they could have scraped together the funds needed. We feel sorry for Jon’s young daughter who has lost her mother and now will be separated temporarily from her father.
A 26-year-old man was found guilty of second-degree murder Wednesday evening in a 2011 shooting that claimed the life of a 19-year-old known as a peacemaker and shut down a Freret Street trouble spot.
The new owner of a Maple Street college bar that last year struck a bargain with the city to stay open amid allegations of underage drinking and other violations is now being praised for his efforts to make peace with his neighbors.
An Advertiser Bulletin published Tuesday included an incorrect phone number for Shared Housing of New Orleans. The correct phone number is 896-2575.
Meet the latest adoptables at Zeus’ Place on Freret Street!
Monday morning I woke up with a crusty old ’90s grunge rock song rattling around in my head, which I suppose isn’t too big of a surprise. It was “Overblown” by Mudhoney. And unless you were or are a student of grunge, which I kind of was, or spun the soundtrack to the movie Singles more than a handful of times (guilty) you might never have heard this jangly noise bomb. It drives a careening beat and rhythm accompanied by these opening lyrics:
Everybody loves us
Everybody loves our town
That’s why I’m thinking lately
The time for leaving is now
Hey, hey, hey, hey (x4)
It’s so overblown
Officials with the Recovery School District will discuss new admissions procedures, discipline policies and other issues with parents in a meeting next week to be held at Walter L. Cohen High School.
A new Ethiopian restaurant has opened on Magazine Street, and a popular Bywater cafe aims to open its Maple Street location next month.