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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Nov 132014
 
New Orleans police set up a crime scene around a house on Fern Street where a resident fatally shot a man in his yard Thursday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police set up a crime scene around a house on Fern Street where a resident fatally shot a man in his yard Thursday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A Fern Street resident shot and killed an apparently unarmed man in his front yard on Thursday morning, and investigators are still trying to determine what led to the shooting, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Nov 122014
 

Nearly one in five women experience some sort of sexual assault while in college, and their assailants in 90 percent of those cases are someone they already know, according to a Loyola University researcher.

With Greek life playing such a central role in the social culture at both Tulane and Loyola universities — even providing what officials described as the setting for some of those attacks — would shutting down the fraternity system reduce sexual assault on campus? Continue reading »

Nov 122014
 

jewel bush

One day last week, I was walking down Magazine Street when this guy screamed out to me from across the street, “Hey! You so pretty.”

First off, being yelled at startled me. I was horrified when I turned to find this strange man speeding toward me.

With a blank look on my face, I said, “Thank you,” and began to walk faster. Continue reading »

Nov 112014
 
An April 2014 image of the building at 8837 Willow, slated for redevelopment into the Carrollton Commissary commercial kitchen. (via Google Maps)

An April 2014 image of the building at 8837 Willow, slated for redevelopment into the Carrollton Commissary commercial kitchen. (via Google Maps)

A proposal to renovate a blighted Carrollton storefront into a commercial kitchen expanded into far broader discussion Tuesday of how the rapid rate of development in New Orleans affects the city’s long-time residents, but officials ultimately decided that those societal issues can’t be saddled onto an individual business owner and voted in favor of the project. Continue reading »