Jun 072012

Diana Bajoie smiles broadly as Mayor Mitch Landrieu leads a round of applause for her after announcing her appointment as the interim representative of City Council's Uptown-based District B. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

The citizens of New Orleans scored a big victory yesterday when Mayor Mitch Landrieu appointed former state senator Diana Bajoie to fill the interim District B City Council seat.  A skilled legislator and smart negotiator, Diana is moderate in tone and quite capable of bridging the gap between the Council’s various factions and working effectively with Mayor Landrieu. Continue reading »

Jun 062012

Residents list their concerns about the proposed Tulane stadium during a roundtable discussion at Wednesday night's community meeting. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A number of initial questions were answered and many more new ones were raised Wednesday night when Tulane University officials met with hundreds of Uptown residents about plans to build a football stadium on campus. Continue reading »

Jun 052012

Two proposed developments — the conversion of the historic LaSalle School on Perrier Street into upscale condos and the creation of a Jimmy Johns sandwich shop on Maple Street — could receive long-awaited decisions when the City Council reconvenes Thursday after its recent hiatus. Continue reading »

Jun 052012

A still image from the robbery of Nemo's Carwash on South Claiborne Avenue. (via NOPD)

Brandon Collins (via opcso.org)

Video of the brazen robbery of a South Claiborne carwash that ultimately led to an officer shooting one suspect Saturday night has been released by police in hopes of identifying two robbers still at large. Continue reading »

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Jun 052012

Mayor Mitch Landrieu has not said whom he will choose to serve in the District B seat, but he sent council members a letter Monday saying that the city attorney has determined George does not fit the legal requirements of having held a primary residence in District B for two years, and thus will not appoint him, reports Gambit’s Clancy Dubos. The person Landrieu selects will serve until this fall, when District B voters elect a representative to finish out Stacy Head’s term to 2014.

Jun 042012

Eric Strachan (submitted photo)

As the residents of District B wait to learn whom Mayor Mitch Landrieu will appoint to represent them until a special election in November, the man who has been running the office unofficially for the last month is “strongly considering” his own bid for the seat in the fall. Continue reading »

Jun 042012

Owen Courreges

It appears that Louisianans will get the chance to vote on a significant revision to the state’s right to keep and bear arms this November.

Presently, La. Const. Art. I, Sec. 11 reads as follows:

“The right of each citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be abridged, but this provision shall not prevent the passage of laws to prohibit the carrying of weapons concealed on the person.”

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Jun 032012

Dozens of police officers gather Saturday night on South Rendon Street after an officer shot a robbery suspect. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The robbery suspect shot by a police officer Saturday night has been identified, and NOPD authorities say he “turned towards the officer in a suspicious manner” in a dark alley prior to the shot being fired.

Prior to leading the officer on a chase from the robbery scene, 23-year-old Brandon Collins and at least one accomplice tied his victims up, police also said Sunday afternoon. Continue reading »

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Jun 032012

Errol George, Stacy Head's nominee to fill her former District B seat on a temporary basis, appearing in a video during her campaign for the At-Large seat. (via vimeo.com)

With the 30-day deadline expiring last week for the City Council to choose a temporary successor to Stacy Head for the District B seat, the job falls to Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Who should he pick?

Express your own choice in our survey, and add your thoughts in the comments.

Jun 022012

A car stolen in a robbery on South Claiborne Avenue sits with its door open in the 1600 block of South Rendon Street, where the suspect abandoned it to flee from police. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A suspect in an armed robbery was shot by a police officer as he attempted to flee on foot following a chase Saturday evening through Uptown New Orleans, authorities said. Continue reading »