Nov 192014
 
NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel speaks outside the Second District station on Magazine Street in October 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel speaks outside the Second District station on Magazine Street in October 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

NOPD Commander Paul Noel — who led the NOPD Special Victims Unit prior to his appointment to the Uptown-based Second District — has been named the leader of a task force to re-investigate sex cases ignored by detectives since his departure and recommend new policies to reform the unit, officials announced Tuesday. Continue reading »

Nov 182014
 
Banks McClintock and Julie Simpson plan a European-style speakeasy and wine bar at 1330 Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Banks McClintock and Julie Simpson plan a European-style speakeasy and wine bar at 1330 Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An intimate, European-style “speakeasy” serving wine, cocktails and a few French hors d’oeuvres is planned for a blighted building on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District, the owners told neighbors on Monday night. Continue reading »

Nov 182014
 
Cars across the street were also set ablaze in the Nov. 6 fire that displaced two families at the corner of Prytania and Constantinople. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Cars across the street were also set ablaze in the Nov. 6 fire that displaced two families at the corner of Prytania and Constantinople. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has announced a $2,500 reward for information in the fire that destroyed a New Orleans political consultant’s cars and heavily damaged his home earlier this month. Continue reading »

Nov 172014
 
An image from Sunday morning's armed robbery of the Family Dollar on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

An image from Sunday morning’s armed robbery of the Family Dollar on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

Two businesses on South Claiborne Avenue — a dollar store and an auto-parts store — were robbed at gunpoint Sunday, New Orleans police said, and investigators have released surveillance photos of dollar-store robbery in hopes of identifying a suspect. Continue reading »

Nov 172014
 

Owen Courreges

There’s an old joke that “NOPD” stands for “Not Our Problem, Dude.”  When it comes to investigating sex crimes, alas, it’s simply the reality of the situation.

A report from the New Orleans Office of the Inspector General released this past week showed that the NOPD is essentially ignoring the vast majority of sex crimes.  The OIG report studied 1,290 sex crime incidents from 2011 to 2013 assigned to five detectives (almost a third of the 16 detectives in the Special Victims Section).  Of those, only 179, or 14%, included a supplemental report reflecting that the claim had been properly investigated. Continue reading »

Nov 172014
 

Fair Grounds regulars and other locals share special moments in WYES-TV/Channel 12’s latest documentary, NEW ORLEANS FAIR GROUNDS MEMORIES. The hour-long program premieres Wednesday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

“While many folks have been to the Fair Grounds at Jazz Fest I do hope our  program will remind them that we have one of the top and most beloved race courses in America. It’s so much fun to bet on the beautiful horses and enjoy corned beef and cabbage  in such an amazing and historic place!” said producer and narrator Peggy Scott Laborde. Continue reading »

Nov 162014
 

TrustDrew

The Saints are down but not out. Fans need to show their support now more than ever. True fans are Drew fans. Dat Dog’s Constantine Georges has produced a rallying I Trust Drew T-shirt all fans should wear to show our faith in our team and our quarterback.

Dat Dog trusts Drew so much that the staff of the beloved restaurant will shelve their signature Hawaiian shirts in favor of the “I Trust Drew” shirts, beginning Sunday, November 16, when the Saints take on the Cincinnati Bengals at noon in the dome. Continue reading »

Nov 152014
 
Big Freedia holds up her World Record plaque. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Big Freedia holds up her World Record plaque. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday evening, Big Freedia, a New Orleans native and a nationally-renowned bounce artist, helped to set a world record. At the end of the Central City festival on Oretha Castle Haley boulevard, Freedia helped to set the record for most people twerking at once. Continue reading »

Nov 152014
 
Tulane running back Sherman Badie stiff arms Memphis linebacker Jackson Dillon. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane running back Sherman Badie stiff arms Memphis linebacker Jackson Dillon. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday afternoon, Tulane fell to Memphis 38-7 in their homecoming game, their first homecoming game at Yulman stadium. Turnovers were the name of the game, Tulane committed five in the game and three in the first half.

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Nov 152014
 

The boundaries of the school district for kindergarten admission to Lusher Charter school. (UptownMessenger.com)

The boundaries of the school district for kindergarten admission to Lusher Charter school. (UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher Charter School will continue to give admissions preference to incoming kindergarten students whose families live in a small district around the elementary school next year, officials announced Saturday amid concerns from some parents that that path into the school is soon to end.

“Nothing is changing as far as the process we’re going through for this year,” said school CEO Kathy Riedlinger. Continue reading »

Nov 152014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Like other remaining Democratic candidates around the country, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu knows she must increase her support among black and white females to emerge victorious on Dec. 6. That’s why Norma Jane Sabiston, Kristin Palmer, Angele Wilson and others are again reaching out to 5,000 key women supporters statewide to build Mary’s Army, highly committed grassroots warriors who will knock doors and work phones non-stop for the next three weeks. Armed with pink t-shirts and lists of likely voters, these women clearly understand the campaign’s success rests largely on their ability to persuade voters one person at a time. Not only does the Landrieu camp need to turn out a larger number of African-American voters, they also need to convince white voters to switch from Cassidy. Continue reading »

Nov 142014
 

With elaborate costume changes and a plethora of backup dancers, Big Freedia performs at the 2014 VooDoo Experience in City Park. (MidcityMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

The Eighth Annual Central City Festival on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard will include free performances Saturday by Big Freedia, Honourable South, First Emmanuel Baptist Church Choir, the Ashé Cultural Arts Center’s Sistahs Making a Change dance troupe, and the Kuumba Institute’s kids. Continue reading »

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Nov 142014
 

On Nov. 14th, 2008, I was lucky enough to be graced with daughter number three. Third time’s the charm, right? After a relatively short, natural labor at Touro Hospital, post lunch at the then Blue Bird Café (now Coulis), Rosalie Eleanor deVille Villere popped out about 5 o’clock that Friday evening, and things have never been the same since. Today she turns a mighty six, and here’s a little glimpse as to why she’s so special:

Jean-Paul with a then 3 1/2 year old Rosalie in Summer 2012 at Coliseum Square.  Photo credit to Brenda Hanegan.

Jean-Paul with a then 3 1/2 year old Rosalie in Summer 2012 at Coliseum Square. Photo credit to Brenda Hanegan.

First of all, the labor: again, it was just a few short hours. Really. Granted I didn’t do the heavy lifting here, but what makes mama happy makes papa happy; ergo, kudos to the kiddo. This was a more than welcome event given the birth of daughter number two was an emergency C section. Allow me to understate that it was a showstopper, and leave it at that. Continue reading »

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Nov 142014
 

BOUDIN: The New Orleans Music Project

As part of Southern Rep Theatre’s BOUDIN: The New Orleans Music Project, a group of volunteers called the Story Krewe will collect New Orleanians’ responses to the question: “How has New Orleans music saved your soul?”

Those interested in joining the Story Krewe can attend a training workshop at Second Line Stages on Saturday morning (Nov. 15). Continue reading »

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Nov 132014
 
Police investigators examine the scene of the shooting on Fern Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police investigators examine the scene of the shooting on Fern Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Bradley Parvez (via opcso.org)

Bradley Parvez (via opcso.org)

A former New Orleans Police recruit who fatally shot a man in his front yard on Fern Street on Thursday morning has been arrested on a murder charge, authorities said. Continue reading »

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