Apr 212012

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

I love Spring in New Orleans. The weather is as perfect as it’s going to get, the roster of festivals grows every year, and we get to enjoy balmy, beautiful evenings. But in order to maintain this idyllic mindset, you’ll need the proper clothes and accessories to keep that fun day in the sun from turning into a sunburned sweat fest. Continue reading »

Apr 202012

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

The runoff election for an at-large seat on the New Orleans City Council seems a perfect opportunity to bring up the subject of bi-racial coalitions in the city’s politics. Solid bi-racial coalitions are the foundation of crossover vote victories. In this Saturday’s election, crossover votes will be one of the major factors that will determine the election’s outcome. Continue reading »

Apr 192012

A police officer walks two grieving family members, leaning on one another for support, past the scattered shell casings to their Annunciation Street home after the slaying of Darnell Brown in early April. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Once again, after watching the crime-scene tape go up around a murder scene on Annunciation Street near Peniston and General Taylor, the long-suffering residents of the neighborhood made their weary way to a meeting with police officials, asking why this latest man was killed, and why it keeps happening over and over again. Continue reading »

Apr 192012

Police mark bullet casings on Jackson Avenue and look for other evidence around a car that crashed into city bus after the car's driver was fatally shot. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In an unrelated incident, a school bus window is damaged by gunfire after being shot out by two people on the street near Chippewa and Second. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A murdered man’s car crashed into a city bus on Jackson Avenue and a school bus was hit by gunfire as it carried children home through the Irish Channel in separate incidents Thursday afternoon that both illustrated the proximity of many New Orleanians to deadly violence.

The two shootings were believed to be unrelated, but both left witnesses horrified by the violence intruding on their daily routines. Continue reading »

Apr 192012

A robbery this week on Vincennes Place shows several similarities to a case last week in Broadmoor, police say. (map via nopd.com)

An attempt Monday afternoon to take a woman’s car at gunpoint in her Vincennes Place driveway may have been committed by the as-yet-unidentified accomplice of a man arrested last week in a very similar case in Broadmoor, police said. Continue reading »

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Apr 192012

Tyrone A. Williams (via opcso.org)

The suspect in last week’s attack on a woman jogging in Audubon Park is now scheduled for a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation, but it remains unclear whether the criminal justice system has any remedy to what authorities and neighbors describe as an escalating pattern of troubling behavior. Continue reading »

Apr 192012

Have you been thinking your space needs some organizing, but you’re not sure if hiring someone to help is really worth it? See what Katherine H., a client of NOLA Clutterbusters, had to say about her experience with Tami Hills:

I cannot quite explain, nor can I exaggerate the extent to which Tami has helped me. She has changed my house, my organization, my space and and my mindset. She took a space that was beyond cluttered, which I had been hopelessly and cluelessly looking at for four years, and turned it into a home — right before Mardi Gras. On Muses Thursday, two blocks from the parade route. Seriously — she was amazing. Continue reading »

Apr 182012

Crowds gather in the entrance of the Prytania Theatre for the New Orleans Film Society's annual Oscar-watching party in February. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Featuring New Orleans debuts, interviews with directors and “films you won’t see anywhere else,” the New Orleans Film Society’s week-long “filmOrama” celebration of independent and foreign films begins Friday at the Prytania Theatre. Continue reading »

Apr 182012

Ira Hayes (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Being in real estate, bugs go with the territory.  Newbies to NOLA, I often find, are repulsed by cockroaches, miffed by mosquitoes, and terrified of termites — though they don’t know it til they experience their first swarm [insert evil laugh here on par with "Tell 'em Large Marge sentcha": Mu-hu-whah-ha-ha!].  Seriously folks, they’re bugs, not nanobots.  They were here before us, they’ll be here after us. 

In the meantime, find yourself a good bug guy.  Or here, use mine: meet Ira Hays.  Continue reading »

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Apr 172012

At a press event Monday afternoon dozens of local leaders came together to spread the word: “Stacy Head Works for Us!”

Leading the way was State Representative and former candidate for Council at-Large Austin Badon, who sent a powerful message to his supporters. “I ask, urge and implore all of those who supported me in the General election on March 24 to join me and vote Stacy Head Council at-Large,” said Badon. “It’s the right choice, and the right thing to do.” Continue reading »

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