May 142012

A lockdown two weeks ago at Banneker Elementary in the Riverbend was caused by a call from a man threatening to kill a female student there, likening her fate to that of two students from KIPP Believe College Prep on South Carrollton who were each shot to death the previous weekend, writes Jarvis DeBarry of the Times-Picayune. A perceived influx of more “belligerent,” violent transfer students is changing the culture at the school and leading better students astray to defend themselves, DeBarry says as he contemplates the problem of children “directly confronted by evil.

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May 142012

The public comment period ends Thursday on Tulane’s proposal to demolish two buildings on Zimpel Street for use as construction-staging areas for the FEMA-funded rooftop expansion of the Howard Tilton Library, according to the website for the project. Continue reading »

May 142012

NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel speaks in front of the Big Time Tips bar in Hollygrove during an anti-crime march in April. ( file photo by Robert Morris)

Phillips Bar on Cherokee Street, Big Time Tips on Edinburgh and The Show on Tchoupitoulas are all on the agenda for the monthly meeting of the city’s Alcohol Beverage Control Board at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the city council chambers at City Hall. Continue reading »

May 142012

Attendees at the second annual "Party in the Garden" at Hollygrove Market & Farm in 2011. ( file photo by Sabree Hill)

Tickets are still available until 5 p.m. at the Hollygrove Market & Farm website (and afterward at the door) for the third annual Party in the Garden, which will showcase the talents of chefs from some of New Orleans’ most acclaimed restaurants. The event begins at 6 p.m. tonight (Monday, May 14) at the farm, 8301 Olive St. Continue reading »

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May 142012

Owen Courreges

Submitted for your approval, a young, mild-mannered New Orleans female who manages a store on Magazine Street.  She lives happily in an apartment in the rear of her shop, interacting with neighbors and contributing to the fabric of one of New Orleans’ great commercial corridors.

Alas, this poor girl is about to come face to face with a place where reason and good manners have are given no quarter, a place we call…. The “Passive-Aggressive Neighbor Zone.” Continue reading »

May 132012

Benjamin Morris

We talk a lot about culture here in New Orleans. We should: we’re fortunate to have one of the most vibrant, eclectic, and most thrilling cultures in the United States, if not the world. The mélange of histories, geographies, ethnicities, and styles that defines this city challenges us no end, revealing its innovation and dynamism each time we encounter it. Residents and visitors alike discuss the culture in reverent terms, exploring its origins, composition, and value – and how we have nearly lost it on so many occasions.

In my last column for, I’d like to explore a slightly different question. I ask not what is New Orleans’ culture, but where?

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May 122012

Volunteers work on the new playground at Lusher Charter School's elementary campus on Willow Street in January. ( file photo)

Lusher Charter School is likely to reduce the number of incoming kindergarten students from 150 to 100 in the coming year, halting the expansion it began two years ago because it has run out of room at its satellite campus at the Jewish Community Center and been unable to find more space elsewhere. Continue reading »

May 112012

A Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant proposed for Oak Street garnered the initial support of the Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association this week, although they took issue with a plan to convert some of the corridor’s scarce off-street parking into an outdoor dining area. Continue reading »

May 112012

A map of five shootings in the Irish Channel and Central City, a murder and a gun incident at Cohen High School that all took place between May 1 and May 4. (map via

A wave of shootings in the Irish Channel that may be connected to an attack on a school bus last month and another outbreak of gun violence in the Central City area led to a joint operation of more than 40 officers being deployed to find the shooters and suppress the gunfire, authorities said this week. Continue reading »

May 112012

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

My husband and I have two vehicles, which aren’t spectacular or inspiring. They’re old, but not in a cool, classic-car kind of way. However, our class of 1999 Honda and Nissan are paid for, run well, and get us where we need to go safely and without worry. While we didn’t purchase them in their birth years, we’ve had them for a long time. I’ve taken my truck cross country twice, slept in the back of it on camping trips, survived two highway blowouts, and have taken care of it like it’s one of my cats.

You grow attached to your vehicle, and nine years is a long time to hold on to something.  Much like an elderly family member, we are mentally preparing ourselves for when they won’t be around any more. Since we both have a measly 10-minute commute, we’ve decided to become a single-vehicle household and get scooters to supplement our bicycles. While we’ve thought about upgrading, in reality we will probably get something sensible, like another Honda. You see, we have a long history of buying moderately priced cars and driving them into the ground, sometimes literally. Continue reading »

May 102012

The Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association will meet tonight to discuss a good-neighbor agreement with the proposed Mellow Mushroom and other new restaurants on Oak Street, while the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association will hear from several local nonprofits at their monthly meeting tonight. Continue reading »

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