Dec 112014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Congressman Bill Cassidy’s strong win against Sen. Mary Landrieu last week and Sen. David Vitter’s role as chief strategist has set up a powerful Cassidy/Vitter connection that will put an imprint on Louisiana for years to come.  Together they will also be a powerful force in Washington as Vitter uses his clout in the Republican Party to help better position Cassidy, who could quickly find himself Louisiana’s senior senator if Vitter becomes our next governor. Continue reading »

Dec 102014
 
Charmaine Baker Fox leads a prayer in honor of Betty Daigre, a 66-year-old housing organizer who died this week after being found incoherent outside her St. Mary Street home Dec. 1. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Charmaine Baker Fox leads a prayer in honor of Betty Daigre, a 66-year-old housing organizer who died this week after being found incoherent outside her St. Mary Street home Dec. 1. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A memorial photo of Betty Daigre hung on the porch of her home Wednesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A memorial photo of Betty Daigre hung on the porch of her home Wednesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A woman widely known as “Ms. Betty,” a selfless community servant who fought for years to put roofs over many heads, was discovered last week outside her River Garden home, speaking incoherently and suffering mysterious injuries, neighbors say.

After her unexplained death Tuesday following a week in the hospital, both the police and those that Betty Daigre helped are struggling to understand whether foul play could have led to her sudden loss.

“What really needs to happen is that there needs to be exposure on this case,” said Ronald McCoy. “It’s as if it never happened. But it happened, it’s real, and it happened in such a tragic way to a lady in the safety of her own home.”

A mourner places a candle at Betty Daigre's doorstep. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A mourner places a candle at Betty Daigre’s doorstep. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Dec 102014
 
Halpern's Furnishing Store on St. Charles Avenue, photographed in June. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Halpern’s Furnishing Store on St. Charles Avenue, photographed in June. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The micro-distillery aspect of the proposed Lula restaurant that is slated to replace the Halpern furniture store on St. Charles Avenue easily won the approval of the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, despite some concerns from neighbors about the impact of larger development plans for the block. Continue reading »

Dec 092014
 
Eddie Murray, a Loyola junior, sports a shirt reading "Justice for ___ whichever one is next." On the back, the shirt listed names of black men who have died at the hands of police. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Eddie Murray, a Loyola senior, sports a shirt reading “Justice for ___ whichever one is next.” On the back, the shirt listed names of black men who have died at the hands of police. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Tuesday, Loyola New Orleans’ Our Lives Matter group held a candlelight vigil in honor of those who have passed due to police brutality. After lighting candles, participants held a 4:30 moment of silence for the four and a half hours Michael Brown’s body was left on the street. Students took the opportunity to share their own experiences with police brutality and abuses of power and generally their feelings about the current events involving the police. Our Lives Matter will be holding events in the coming year including a panel discussion on the definition of racism and a meeting with the Second District police.

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Dec 082014
 

Owen Courreges

It’s a catchy title: “91%.” However, it stands for something far less significant.

Local documentary filmmaker John Richie has certainly adopted a theme. His previous effort, “Shell Shocked,” aimed to portray the gritty reality of youth gun violence in New Orleans. He now plans to follow up that film with “91%,” which is being pitched as “a film about gun background checks and the people whose lives they impact.” Continue reading »

Dec 072014
 
(photo by Jeff Strout, courtesy of New Orleans Ballet Association)

(photo by Jeff Strout, courtesy of New Orleans Ballet Association)

The New Orleans Ballet Association will present its annual community production of the Nutcracker Suite today (Sunday, Dec. 7), showcasing the talents of more than 200 participants in its programs for youth and senior citizens on stage at Tulane University. Continue reading »

Dec 072014
 
Kenny Welcome, Tulane senior defensive tackle, sings the national anthem on Saturday night. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Kenny Welcome, Tulane senior defensive tackle, sings the national anthem on Saturday night. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday night, Tulane took on Temple University, an American conference rival, in the final game of the regular season, the final game in Yulman stadium for all of the team’s seniors. Tulane seniors were honored before kickoff with a hug and a game ball from head coach Curtis Johnson and greeted by their friends and family. The Green Wave fell to the Owls 10-3 in the closing seconds after a game riddled with turnovers from both teams.

Fun fact, Tulane and Temple played each other in the first-ever Sugar Bowl in Tulane Stadium in January of 1935.

Jordy Joseph, senior quarterback, receives a hug and a game ball from head coach Curtis Johnson. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Jordy Joseph, senior quarterback, receives a hug and a game ball from head coach Curtis Johnson. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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