Jan 062012
 

Outages clustered along the South Carrollton corridor shortly before noon. (map via Entergy.com)

The theft of copper wiring at an Entergy substation in the Uptown area led to the loss of power to thousands of customers in the Carrollton and university areas at mid-day Friday, officials said.

According to early reports, “Somebody stole copper wire from a substation and basically took out the entire substation,” said Entergy spokesman Philip Allison. Continue reading »

Jan 062012
 

Attendees gather at the opening and reception for "Southern Writers and Other Assorted Images,” a photography collection by David G. Spielman presented by the Reynolds Ryan Art Gallery at Isidore Newman School Thursday night. Spielman's book, Southern Writers, is an intimate glimpse into the creative process of Eudora Welty, Pat Conroy, Anne Rice and 69 other authors. The exhibit is open to the public from 10 am - 4 pm Monday thru Friday. Contact Gallery Director Kathryn Scurlock to arrange a visit. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 062012
 

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Anytime I go out to eat, I look up reviews of a restaurant. Be it a professional critic or an amateur foodie, I like getting a preview of what to expect before I plop a linen napkin onto my lap. Of course, you don’t need to be a member of the press to dole out your opinion, at least online. With sites such as Urban Spoon and Yelp, you can share your own thoughts on last night’s fried chicken dinner or find out what Fred thought of his coq au vin just by doing some quick research. Continue reading »

Jan 052012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

With former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney taking a major step at the Iowa caucuses toward the Republican Presidential nomination, it’s only a matter of time until the national media begins the buzz speculating on the possibility of Romney picking Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal as his running mate. Continue reading »

Jan 052012
 

The International School of Louisiana hopes to hire a principal for the new school it will be opening this fall in Jefferson Parish as quickly as possible, and may add more upper-grade classes to its Algiers campus to accommodate an influx of new families, school leaders said Wednesday.

“We have a lot of moving parts over the coming weeks and months,” said ISL Head of Schools Sean Wilson. Continue reading »

Jan 042012
 

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Jan 032012
 

The apartment complex at State and Tchoupitoulas, photographed in August. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The effort to “Keep Tchoup Residential” (as the yard signs say) will get a public hearing next week, when one Uptown neighborhood group plans to ask for land-use rules that will prevent a large apartment complex from undergoing any sort of commercial transformation. Continue reading »

Jan 022012
 

Police leave a home on the 600 block of Peniston St. after searching for an armed robbery suspect underneath, inside and behind the home late Monday afternoon. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Sedrick Simms (via opcso.org)

A man who allegedly robbed a woman at gunpoint on her doorstep early Monday morning was spotted again walking nearby later in the day, leading to his arrest after a two-hour manhunt that shut down the 600 block of Peniston and several surrounding streets in a small corner of Uptown that struggles with an inordinate amount of gun crime. Continue reading »

Jan 022012
 

Neighbors react to a shooting in December in front of James Weldon Johnson Elementary School in the west Carrollton neighborhood. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Editor’s note: We had originally intended to do a listing of “most popular” posts on UptownMessenger.com in 2011, but in the process decided that a focus on the most important stories of the year in Uptown New Orleans would be more substantive. What follows is our assessment of the stories we’ve covered over the past year that continue to matter the most, with some commentary explaining our thinking. And, for anyone curious, those “most popular” posts are included at bottom as well. Thank you to everyone who read us in 2011, and we look forward to another year. Continue reading »

Jan 022012
 

Owen Courreges

In a few places around the city, some citizen with a flair for the dramatic has pasted up posters featuring black-and-white photographs of traffic cameras emblazoned with the word “OPPRESSION.” Given the news that continues to come out about New Orleans’ “safety camera” program, these posters appear more accurate with each passing day. Continue reading »

Dec 312011
 

Water gushes out of a hole in the ground on the side of Nashville Avenue after a car crashed into a hydrant there, witnesses said. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A car careening down Nashville Avenue on Saturday afternoon narrowly missed a group of people standing on the sidewalk and uprooted a fire hydrant before crashing into a parked car, witnesses said. Continue reading »

Dec 312011
 

An image of Mariah Woods from a vigil held in January in her memory. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Daria Youngblood suffered brain injuries and broken bones in the January crash that killed Mariah Woods when a suspect in a drug case fleeing police ran into the car the two women were sitting in on Milan Street. The officer, Justin Ferris, was fired in September for allegedly disregarding traffic rules, violating NOPD chase policy and lying about his actions afterward — and now Youngblood has filed suit against the city, Ferris and his supervisor, Sgt. Ron Dassel, seeking damages for her injuries, according to a report by Kyle Barnett in the legal journal louisianarecord.com.

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Dec 312011
 

The camera on Henry Clay Avenue at Coliseum issued 40,000 tickets this year, and the camera on Jackson Avenue at Chestnut issued 25,000 — both overlooking 25-mph zones “where drivers tend to think the speed limit is higher — often for good reason,” reports Gordon Russell of The Times-Picayune.

Dec 312011
 

Benjamin Morris

New Year’s resolutions are as entertaining as the parties in which we make them. There’s an art form to them, however, in that they can effectively be broken down into three main categories: those you make to keep, those you make for the sport of it, and my favorite of all, those you make with full awareness that your vow will last only until Mardi Gras, or if you’re having a particularly good time, the arrival of the Phunny Phorty Phellows. A few years ago, however, I finally found one that stuck.

I resolved to run for fifty percent fewer trains.

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Dec 312011
 

With the New Year in full swing and festival season – Mardi Gras, French Quarter Fest, and Jazz Fest –just around the corner, there’s no better way to show how much you love New Orleans than with a NOLA Til Ya Die Survival Pack. Full of everything you could possibly need in NOLA – from dog tags to bottle openers –the Survival Pack is the perfect gift for you or someone else! Keep reading for more details of what’s inside, AND a 10% discount code.

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