May 252012
 

A rendering of the proposed football stadium on Tulane's Uptown campus. (via TulaneStadium.com)

By Nick Kindel

Perhaps it is inevitable that there will be tensions – and even friction – when a major institution is located in a residential area.  But is it really necessary for this to rise to the level of acrimony and divisiveness that currently characterizes the Tulane University stadium proposal? Continue reading »

May 252012
 

NOLA Til Ya Die announces a hot new line of merchandise! This line includes new designs and styles on tees, vees and a whole slew of gear, such as tote bags, cinch packs, tumblers, hydro pouches, bandanas, six-pack coolers, flasks, flags, koozies, tattoos, stickers and rain ponchos. If you spend $20 or more, receive a free rain poncho with your order! And, don’t forget our Survival Packs.

Click here for more details and to place your order today!

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May 242012
 

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

Edward Augustine (via NOPD)

A man whose attempt to flee police in a car full of heroin led to a crash in the Milan neighborhood that killed a Xavier Prep graduate last year now faces decades in prison following his conviction Wednesday on a manslaughter charge, officials said. Continue reading »

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May 242012
 

The increase in foot traffic along Freret has dramatically reduced crime, neighbors said during the Second District’s monthly anti-crime walk Wednesday evening, but they worry that blighted buildings such as the Barreca family’s former steak house continue to attract criminals, according to a report by Monica Hernandez and our partners at WWL-TV.

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May 242012
 

“Everybody on this street knows everybody,” High Hat owner Chip Apperson tells Eater.com in an interview with his partners about the Freret restaurant’s first year. The varied offerings on Freret let everyone benefit from the exposure other establishments bring, he says, and the owners and staff all eat at each other’s restaurants.

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May 242012
 

Two guns were stolen from the 1000 block of State, and one was stolen from the 1100 block of Jena in recent weeks -- all from unlocked cars, police say. (map via NOPD.com)

Three guns were reported stolen from unlocked vehicles around Uptown New Orleans in recent weeks — the same number that police were able to confiscate in criminal cases — and two of the gun thefts were from the same block of State Street. Continue reading »

May 242012
 

A map of locations of taxi-cab robberies around the Irish Channel. The numbered icons represent the three reported early Thursday morning, and the two blue icons represent two reported earlier in the month. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A woman ambushed and robbed three cab drivers in different locations around the Irish Channel early Thursday morning, police said, in a series of attacks that in some ways repeats a pattern shown in two other cases earlier this month. Continue reading »

May 242012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

BREAKING NEWS: Allan and Danae wrote this great column (below) about Bobby Jindal today but have to say something about the Times Picayune’s decision to lay off much of their staff and reduce print publication to only several times a week. Did we move to the country and not know it?

This decision is the Newhouse family’s way of continuing the profitability of the paper that has been around since 1837. Allan was a reporter and columnist for the TP during its golden years. His heart goes out to all the staff, especially those who will be layed off, and to the readers who don’t have access to computers and will have to rely primarily on television to get their news. We have always been readers and will miss holding that paper in our hands. Thank goodness we subscribe to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal so we can still get the real news every day.

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When Louisiana’s voters were believing Gov. Bobby Jindal’s spin during the last election that he loved his job and pledged to stay four more years, who would have thought that Bobby would emerge at the very top of Mitt Romney’s list for vice president? Many national columnists have opined for Jindal and are urging him on; others have placed him in the middle of the pack. Continue reading »

May 242012
 

Turn off your A/C and leave the fans in the corner: there’s a new way to beat the heat this summer. Bee Sweet Cupcakes is now offering homemade popsicles in a variety of flavors to tickle your taste buds. Featuring flavors such as strawberry lemonade, pina colada, grape pomegranate, and strawberry basil, these delicious popsicles are available for just $2 each, tax included! Also available are homemade lemon ice for $2, and Dippin’ Dots ice cream for $3 — so come in and cool down today!

Bee Sweet Cupcakes is located at 5706 Magazine Street, and is open Monday-Saturday from 11-6. Or call ahead to reserve your order at 504.891.8333.

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May 232012
 

The International School of Louisiana'a Camp Street campus.

In a shift of direction, the International School of Louisiana will most likely not apply for a fourth charter school in the New Orleans area next year, pausing its expansion plans to concentrate on finding more space at its Camp Street campus, growing its school in Algiers and opening the new campus it has already committed to in Jefferson Parish. Continue reading »

May 232012
 

The special offered at an Uptown eatery, with creative spelling and use of quotations. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

I have no problem with the language skills of the average New Orleanian.  If anything I fully embrace it, however I have to confess it often leaves me scratching my head if only because more often than not the word, syntax, and otherwise grammar choices made seem to be born out of sheer whim rather than deference to text.  Mostly I might chalk this up to New Orleanians’ frequent disregard for accuracy (and this might include driving habits, but another column for another day).  Generally, we all understand one another well enough, so what’s the difference, right?  For example, do quotation marks “really” have to be placed appropriately?  If it’s me, then “yes,” they do; but if it’s your favorite po-boy spot’s menu “board” detailing specials, “then” no, not so much. Continue reading »

May 232012
 

Jason Jaume, owner of the Hangar bar at 1511 S. Rendon St., was charged with 38 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor based on each person under age 18 found inside during a May 4 raid by state agents of a wrestling event marketed to families, according to our reporting partners at WWL-TV. The bar’s management has said the minors were all supervised by their parents and that none were drinking alcohol.

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May 232012
 

Second District police officers play with two local children during an anti-crime march in June of 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The NOPD Second District is planning its monthly anti-crime march on Freret Street tonight, and neighborhood groups are urging residents and business owners to come out and support the event. Continue reading »

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May 232012
 

The committee that organized a recent gun buyback at an Earhart Boulevard church needs to raise $13,000 to reimburse 173 gun owners who turned in weapons after the event ran out of money, according to a report by Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV. A total of 400 guns were surrendered, and committee member Rafael Goyeneche says that if even one violent crime was averted, the $23,000 event still cost less than a single emergency room visit.

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May 232012
 

“Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration has agreed to spend $2 million on street and sidewalk repairs, new traffic signal and other infrastructure upgrades. The administration will reimburse Costco for costs linked to meeting flood mitigation requirements,” writes Jennifer Larino of New Orleans City Business in a blog post about Hollygrove neighbors’ hopes that a requirement the Costco hire locally be included in the deal.

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