Lafayette Academy graduated its first class of kindergarten students Tuesday from Dunbar Elementary, which reopened in Hollygrove last year 10 years after Hurricane Katrina.
A woman was shot Tuesday evening on Fontainebleau Drive in what investigators are now calling a robbery, New Orleans police said.
Neighbors who frequent Audubon Park expressed two top priorities on Tuesday night — a short-term goal of improving the bathrooms on The Fly, and a long-term goal of creating a community-driven master plan to guide the future of the popular recreation space.
Meanwhile, they also learned the latest plans for the reconstruction of Magazine Street through the area — currently scheduled to begin some time in 2017.
The U.S. Postal Service is now joining the investigation into the attempted armed robbery of a mail carrier on State Street Drive, New Orleans police said.
Meanwhile, NOPD detectives have determined that the gunman in a robbery just off South Carrollton had previously been involved in a hit-and-run nearby moments before, police said.
By Chunlin Leonhard
Mr. Robbie Evans, the vice president of the board that governs the Choice Foundation, a three-school charter network in New Orleans, recently urged the Lusher Charter School teachers to vote against their fellow teachers’ efforts to unionize, describing the union as “an impediment to charter schools’ progress.” (The Advocate, Monday, May 9, 2016 p. 1B) He also commented about “union-created deadlock where only ineffective and possibly abusive teachers would benefit,” pointing to the infamous “rubber rooms” associated with New York public schools –“temporary reassignment centers where union-represented teachers accused of misconduct or incompetency have been sent while they await rulings from independent arbitrators.” (Id.)
Mr. Evans’ comments are not only outdated but also completely inapplicable to the unionization efforts at Lusher.
The Audubon Commission will host a town hall meeting on Tuesday, May 10 (tonight) to discuss construction on Magazine Street around the zoo and the prioritization of projects at The Fly. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Audubon Tea Room, located at 6500 Magazine Street.
New Orleans police still have a number of unanswered questions about the fatal shooting early Saturday of a Tulane graduate in town scouting wedding locations, but they believe that his death was the result of a robbery, said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison.
Thomas Rolfes, 25, was a 2011 graduate of Tulane University who had flown back to New Orleans on Friday for the weekend with his fiancee to scout locations for their wedding, Harrison said at a news conference Monday afternoon. The couple took separate flights, and Rolfes went out drinking with friends after he arrived, while his fiancee opted to go on to bed in their hotel room, Harrison said.
Rolfes is known to have been at Ms. Mae’s bar on Magazine Street earlier in the night, but surveillance video from a gas station on South Claiborne Avenue shows the young man making purchases around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, Harrison said. About an hour later, his body was discovered on nearby Amelia Street with a fatal gunshot wound to the chest, Harrison said.
Investigators are still trying to determine exactly what went wrong in that unexplained last hour of Rolfes’ life, Harrison said. His hands were injured in ways that suggest a struggle, and his wallet was missing, Harrison said.
“The motive was robbery,” Harrison said. “At some point, the robbery turned deadly.”
Among the unanswered questions that investigators are focusing on is how Rolfes got from the bar on Magazine Street to the gas station on South Claiborne without a vehicle, Harrison said. The surveillance video also shows Rolfes buying two bottles of water, raising the possibility that one of them might have been for someone else with him, Harrison said.
No gunfire was reported in the area between the time of Rolfes’ purchases and the discovery of his body, Harrison said.
“There is a gap in the time about what we know about Point A and Point B,” Harrison said.
While investigators have found “multiple” surveillance videos related to the case, they are asking residents all over Uptown to review their own cameras for anything that might help, says Sgt. Andrew Waldron. Anyone with information is urged to call the NOPD Homicide Division at 658-658-5300 to speak to a detective, or CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.
Rolfes is the 40th murder victim recorded in the city of New Orleans this year (as defined by the FBI, which tracks crime statistics). Harrison said that the figure remains down by 33 percent compared to last year, but is still far too high (a city of New Orleans’ size with a “normal” murder rate would have 40 homicides a year) — a point painfully driven home every time he has to meet with the families of murder victims, as he did this morning with Rolfes’ parents and fiancee.
“They are devastated over this tragic incident, and they can’t understand why this happened,” Harrison said. “As the chief, I can tell you that these conversations are never easy. No one should have to go through losing a child.”
To read our live coverage of the news conference, see below:
Two Tuesday primaries ago, after a rash of losses in large states on the Atlantic seaboard prompted the media to pronounce the Bernie Sanders campaign over, presidential candidate Jill Stein of the Green Party took to Twitter to invite Sanders to “build the revolution to last outside the rigged two-party system.”
Around 8 p.m. this past Tuesday, just as Ted Cruz was announcing that he would drop out of the race for the Republican nomination, Google recorded a sudden spike in searches for “Libertarian Party.” And two days later, longtime Republican strategist Mary Matalin made national headlines by announcing that she had changed her registration to Libertarian.
As Democrats and Republicans prepare to nominate two historically unpopular candidates, has the moment finally arrived for these third parties to give Americans another choice?
“Third parties tend to be most successful in times of economic concern,” said Brian Brox of the Tulane University department of political science. “When people are feeling economic dislocation, when they’re feeling economic anxiety, that’s when they’re most open to broader possibilities than just the steady state of Republicans and Democrats.”
I’m not sure that you could ever find two political figures more disparate than Mayor Mitch “Sinkhole” Landrieu and Pierre T. G. Beauregard.
This is not to say that there aren’t similarities. Beauregard, like Landrieu, was born into a wealthy and influential family. However, unlike Landrieu, Beauregard soon established himself independently of his family name.
A 25-year-old man found with a fatal gunshot wound early Saturday morning near South Claiborne Avenue has been identified as a 2011 graduate of Tulane University who had returned to New Orleans to look for wedding locations, according to New Orleans police and media reports.
Update: The event has been postponed until the summer. For updates, visit Adultpromnola.com.
High Art NOLA will host their annual fundraiser, the Adult Prom Gala, this Saturday, May 14 at Republic, located at 828 S. Peters Street. The ticketed event will include a sponsored bar, DJ set, and live art all night.
Adult Prom will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday. High Art NOLA is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to revitalizing neighborhoods with community art gardens and youth leadership programming. All ticket sales will benefit youth arts programs and Annual Winter Formal for terminally ill youth in New Orleans.
Tickets are $50 for general admission, $100 for VIP, and $250 for White Glove VIP. To learn more about the gala and ticket details, visit the event’s webpage here.
Please come out and enjoy our 6th Annual Taste at the Lake this Friday from 7 to 10 pm! For one price, all guests can enjoy food and lively libations from New Orleans’ best restaurants and bars while enjoying the live music and bidding on excellent auction items!
Taste at the Lake is an annual event hosted by Friends of Lakeview. All proceeds from this event go to our Lighting the Way campaign to add decorative lighting to the New Canal Basin Park (West End Park).
Octavia Books, Garden District Book Shop, Maple Street Book Shop and Tubby & Coo’s in Mid-City will all celebrate Independent Bookstore Day together on Saturday morning with a variety of special events at each location.
Summer is coming, and New Orleanians are seeking lighter fare. Many are also seeking healthier choices. Magasin Café offers both. The restaurant is popular and has become a mainstay for both the Magazine foodie crowd and the health-conscious. Magasin Café has proven so successful in fact, that late last year, the small restaurant expanded, adding a second location, Magasin Kitchen, in the CBD.
The husband and wife team of Kim Nguyen and Luu Tran, along with Kim’s mother Luot Nguyen, create each of the restaurant’s dishes. It could be said that Magasin is one restaurant with three chefs, but endless ways to customize one’s meal. Kim Nguyen states that their goal was to “take the best of our Vietnamese roots, combined with countless hours of research, to create dishes that we grew up eating and introduce them to the rest of the world.” They have also created one of the few uptown restaurants where it’s easy to monitor nutritional content.
“The Fry Pans Aren’t Sufficing is funny, but this collection also defines an elemental loneliness… Personal and surreal, these poignant survival stories coax the reader into moments of shared feeling, into truth, reflection, and simple beauty.”
—Yusef Komunyakaa, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Emperor of Water Clocks and The Chameleon Couch
This Saturday, May 7, join Peyton Burgess and company at the launch party for his new book, The Fry Pans Aren’t Sufficing. The event will be at Sisters in Christ Music Store (at 5206 Magazine) from 5 p.m. ’til. Drinks and food provided.
Dat Dog at 3336 Magazine Street will serve specialty sausages and charcuterie as part of the annual Magazine Street Champagne Stroll this Saturday, May 7. The Merry Antoinettes marching group will be serving champagne cocktails, and the Magazine Street Art Market at Dat Dog will stay open late while a DJ spins French tunes.