Jan 122017
 
Kim Gandy of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (center) poses with Mariah Wineski of the  Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Judy Benitez also of NNEDV. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Kim Gandy of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (center) poses with Mariah Wineski of the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Judy Benitez also of NNEDV. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Like thousands of women across the country, former New Orleanian Kim Gandy, President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), is clearly concerned. Gandy fears that some of the Trump administration’s nominees for key cabinet posts “have historic positions that appear contrary to the rights and protections they will be charged to uphold.” It’s more important than ever, says Gandy, “for women’s voices to be heard and for women to be politically active in issues they care about.” Continue reading »

Jan 112017
 

A beagle named Maggie plays in Wisner Park in 2012, prior to the creation of a dog park there. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Residents who live nearest Annunciation Square in the Lower Garden District turned out Tuesday night to voice opposition to a proposal to create a dog park there, sending city officials back to the drawing board before moving forward. Continue reading »

Jan 112017
 


After years and years of trying, we are finally able to sell single beers on our beloved Freret Street. We want to thank each one of our neighbors, customers, and supporters for making this possible for us.

Since we opened on Freret Street back in 2008, we’ve enjoyed serving our people: English and Spanish-speakers, high school kids and college students, neighbors and fellow Freret business owners. Continue reading »

Jan 102017
 

An image of David Bowie as Halloween Jack from “Diamond Dogs,” his arms raised over the crowd at the Prytania Theater on Jan. 17, 2016. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Reprising last year’s packed-house screenings in tribute to David Bowie, the Prytania Theater will show “Labyrinth” tonight to commemorate the one-year anniversary of his death. Continue reading »

Jan 092017
 

French consul general Gregor Trumel (right) listens to Lycee board member Alysson Mills during a February 2015 board meeting. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans plan to seek a change to state law that would allow them to guarantee admission for children of teachers they recruit from France, officials said Monday night. Continue reading »

Jan 092017
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Victoria Coy, the executive director of the Louisiana Violence Reduction Coalition, went on a bit of a tear this past week over Louisiana’s so-called “Stand Your Ground” (SYG) law. In an opinion piece written for The Lens, Coy made claims that, if true, would indeed be quite disturbing:

  • Stand Your Ground was tacked on to Louisiana’s Justifiable Homicide rules in 2006, upending centuries of common-sense definitions of self-defense.”
  • Under the revamped rules, you no longer have the duty to retreat from a threat before using lethal force. You need only ‘perceive’ a threat in order to justify meeting force with force — even if you could easily escape that threat.”
  • Stand Your Ground has codified prejudice. . . . If black men are the scary ones, then why should they be afraid? It’s this exact logic that is not only encouraged, but required under the disastrous Stand Your Ground law.”

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Jan 092017
 

When you consider McGehee, think about the girl who comes here… and the leading woman who will graduate. A McGehee girl: acts her age, thinks for herself, is fearless, takes a stand, makes better choices. A McGehee girl leads. Visit and see for yourself.

Join us for an upcoming admission open house and experience the magic of McGehee. To register please email: admissions@mcgeheeschool.com You may also call our Admission Office at 504-561-1224 to schedule a private tour of our school.

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Jan 082017
 

Citing a lack of cooperation with Jefferson Parish school leaders, the International School of Louisiana will close its Metairie campus next year, the school board announced Friday evening.

The more than 400 students at the Jefferson Parish campus will have first preference for admission at the International School’s other campuses — at the former Bethune building in Hollygrove, on Camp Street in the Lower Garden District, and in Algiers, officials said.

For more details on the decision, read the full report from Mid-City Messenger.

Jan 062017
 

The Phunny Phorty Phellows are a carnival krewe that dates back to the 1870s. Their annual parade on the “Epiphany” marks the beginning of the Carnival season. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Phunny Phorty Phellows, a New Orleans carnival krewe that dates back to the 1870s, brings in the Carnival season with their St. Charles avenue street car parade. Riders and attendees alike braved the cold and the rain to welcome in the 2017 Carnival season.

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Jan 062017
 

Rachael Levine, a senior at Lusher Charter High School, has been selected to play in the High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall for the second year in a row. Rachel will be performing on cello with the Strings Orchestra at the famous concert venue on February 5 this year. Continue reading »

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Jan 062017
 
New Orleans police officers confer on the scene of a robbery that involved gunfire Thursday night on Robert Street just off Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police officers confer on the scene of a robbery that involved gunfire Thursday night on Robert Street just off Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A late-night computer sale near Magazine Street erupted into an exchange of gunfire Thursday after one group of armed men tried to rob the other, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Jan 052017
 

A sampling of locations around the Carrollton area where residents complained via social media about hearing loud booms on Dec. 1 (in green) and on Dec. 6 (in blue). (map by UptownMessenger.com via Google)

In early December, weeks before New Year’s fireworks could be considered a culprit, a pair of massive nighttime explosion sounds rattled homes and startled residents across the Carrollton area.

The noise was loud enough that it sent New Orleans police officers searching for gunshot victims, but they turned up nothing — and a survey of other public agencies since then likewise leaves the source of the sounds a mystery. Continue reading »

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Jan 052017
 

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Former Congressman Bob Livingston, now a Washington D.C.-based lobbyist, told talk show host Larry King on Tuesday night that President-Elect Donald Trump is making a good start on his pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington. “President-elect Trump has hired some outstanding people and is headed in the right direction,” said Livingston. Continue reading »

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Jan 042017
 
The former Times-Picayune building at 3800 Howard Avenue (photographed in August 2016 by Google  Maps)

The former Times-Picayune building at 3800 Howard Avenue (photographed in August 2016 by Google Maps)

The group of local investors who bought the former Times-Picayune building last year are requesting mixed-use zoning from the New Orleans City Council — suggesting yet another major redevelopment in the works along the Pontchartrain Expressway. Continue reading »

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