Gary Sinise of “CSI New York,” Mariska Hargitay of “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” and Trombone Shorty will join Harry Connick Jr. for the 20th anniversary ride of the Krewe of Orpheus on Lundi Gras, premiering a new song dedicated to the signature “Smokey Mary” float, according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV.
An employee of the Dat Dog on Freret Street was shot Monday morning by a masked man attempting to rob the popular restaurant before it opened, police said.
A cab driver was shot to death on Claiborne Avenue near Hollygrove in an apparent robbery Sunday evening, and a man and a woman were both killed in a shooting on St. Andrew Street that also injured another person, police said.
To escape a burning home just off Freret Street on Saturday evening, a 13-year-old boy jumped from a high second-story window into the arms of of a neighbor below Saturday evening, and other neighbors rescued the boy’s mother through the window shortly afterward with a ladder, witnesses and officials said.
“I was pulling up and she was halfway down the ladder,” said NOFD District Chief Albert Faciane. “I’ve gotta give credit — that was a good neighborhood save.”
Carrollton residents remain unclear on whether the thousands of families who live between Broadway, South Claiborne and the river could ultimately be left without a single open-admission school, after Recovery School District officials did not show up to a meeting Saturday about the future of James Weldon Johnson Elementary School.
Audubon Charter School leaders will meet this week with Orleans Parish School Board officials to discuss the possibility of moving Audubon’s upper grade students from the Carrollton courthouse location into the McDonogh No. 7 building on Milan Street in the Touro neighborhood, they said Saturday.
As we in New Orleans grieve the tragedy unfolding today in Connecticut, please let us also bear in mind the joy that our own school children bring us — and our duty as a community to protect them.
“What makes Sandy so beloved?” Grace Kaynor begins. “His kindness, gentleness, generosity of spirit, sense of humor and love for life.”
That Sheriff Marlin Gusman has entered into a consent agreement with the U.S. Justice Department regarding the governance of Parish Prison is great news for those who have long been advocating for an effective, just and equitable criminal justice system for New Orleans.
The long-simmering disagreement between Lusher and Audubon charter schools over which should be allowed to move into the Allen School building when Sci High moves out flared up Thursday afternoon, when a formal request by Lusher for a promise for the building reached the Orleans Parish School Board’s property committee.
The request filled the small committee room with supporters of both programs, but the 45-minute conversation was dominated by Audubon supporters’ arguments that their need for the school is greater — technically, both of Audubon’s campuses are currently in “temporary” facilities. The OPSB committee members, however, had little interest in wading into the fight, saying any move by Sci High is so far in the future that it makes little sense to argue about it now.
After a driver fled the scene of in a DWI crash at the edge of the Lower Garden District, police found an Uzi submachine gun in the car he left behind, police said.
The blaze was in the 2500 block of Freret Street on Thursday morning, and neighbors said it may have been started by a space heater, according to an initial report by our partners at WWL.
How to revitalize the Claiborne Avenue corridor from Napoleon Avenue down through the Treme area — such as whether to remove the Claiborne Avenue overpass — will be discussed in a final public meeting tonight (Thursday, Dec. 13) at the Dryades YMCA in Central City.
Allegations that a teacher at Lafayette Academy provided standardized-test answers to students were found to be unsubstantiated by an attorney the Choice Foundation board hired to investigate, but the board has refused to make any report on the investigation public, according to a report by Jessica Williams of The Lens.
Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy replied to an officer’s request for mountain-bike training as an incentive for good work by praising the idea but stressing the need for the evening shift to return to “its former proactive posture of 40 arrests a week” and saying he would not send anyone “who does not support these goals,” according to Mike Perlstein and our partners at WWL-TV. The ACLU says that message runs afoul of a state law against tying promotions to arrest quotas, WWL reports, but NOPD spokeswoman Remi Braden said it showed Bardy monitoring officer’s activity and motivating them to do better.
At the Nov. 28 meeting of the International School board, Wilson reported that the Jefferson Parish’s middle school was experiencing both disciplinary and academic issues that needed immediate attention. Classrooms were to be made smaller and teachers were to be retrained, Wilson said. Estrella was present at the meeting but did not speak about the issues at the time.
A 28-year-old man was shot to death Wednesday afternoon in Hollygrove, police said.