New Orleans still struggles with crime — especially murder — inadequate police protection, constantly rising taxes and rents as well as a lack of affordable housing and sufficient funding for basic services like street repair. What long-term benefits will post-Katrina policy changes really bring for the majority of the city’s residents as income inequity continues to grow?
The man who was killed by Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies Monday evening after fleeing from a run-in with them at the Oakwood mall in Kenner showed at least four gunshot wounds, and New Orleans police are investigating the circumstances around the shooting, authorities said.
The Krewe of Zulu celebrated 100 years since its incorporation and the Krewe of Rex explored the world’s royal gardens to close out the 2016 Mardi Gras celebration Tuesday on St. Charles Avenue.
A suspect fleeing after an incident at Oakwood Mall on the Westbank was fatally shot Monday evening by Jefferson Parish deputies after his car crashed on Simon Bolivar Avenue in Central City while parades rolled just a few blocks away, according to our partners at WWL-TV.
The Krewe of Proteus presented the “Hindu Heavens” and the Krewe of Orpheus explored “The Wizard’s Bestiary” as both rolled on the Uptown route for Lundi Gras.
The first shooting took place around 10:40 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8, when police met the 29-year-old victim in the 3200 block of Toledano Street, said NOPD Officer Frank Robertson III. He told police he was originally shot near Milan and South Galvez streets and drove himself to Toledano, but detectives were still “trying to confirm the original location of the incident” later in the day, Robertson notes.
The victim was taken to the hospital and listed in critical condition afterward, Robertson said.
Around 5:30 p.m. Monday, a 35-year-old man showed up at the hospital in a private vehicle with a gunshot wound to the leg, Robertson said. He told police he had been shot near Palm and Hamilton streets in Hollygrove, but that location was still considered “preliminary” as detectives investigate.
His injury was not considered life-threatening, Robertson said.
Further details were not immediately available in either case. Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.
Gunfire broke out Sunday night on St. Charles Avenue in the crowd gathered to watch the Krewe of Bacchus roll, but no one was injured in the shooting, New Orleans police said.
Bacchus 2016 rolled along the traditional uptown route, beginning on Napoleon avenue at Tchoupitoulas, turning onto St. Charles, turning on Canal St. and ending at the Super Dome. The parade featured the theme “Flights of Delight.” All of its floats had some variation on the term flight. Actor Anthony Mackie, New Orleans native and who played Falcon in the 2104 Captain America movie, reigned as Bacchus XLVIII.
The Krewe of Okeanos “put on a fright,” the Krewe of Mid-City delivered “champagne wishes and foil-wrapped kisses,” and the Krewe of Thoth showed off “things with wings” as all three rolled under spotless blue Sunday morning skies on the Uptown route.
The white-gloved ladies of the Krewe of Iris showed the Uptown parade route how “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” on Saturday, followed by a frolicking tour of New Orleans neighborhoods by the naughty friars of the Krewe of Tucks.
The Krewe of Hermes performed Shakespeare on the Avenues, Le Krewe d’Etat brought its blend of satire and skeletal spectacle, and the Krewe of Morpheus took a New Orleans “staycation” as all three rolled on the Uptown route Friday night.
A woman asleep in her Audubon Street home awakened early Friday morning to find a man with a knife attempting to touch her, New Orleans police said.
22nd Annual Jazz Service Presented At St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church
St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church presents its 22nd annual Jazz Service, an Uptown Mardi Gras tradition led by Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band, at 9 a.m. this Sunday, February 7. All are invited to the worship service and the king cake reception to follow at the church, 7100 St. Charles Ave. at Broadway. This is a free, community event.
Surveillance video from Philip Street in the Garden District shows three young teens believed to be responsible for an armed robbery nearby Wednesday evening, New Orleans police say, and investigators are hoping the public can help identify them.
While New Orleans’ unique culinary history is well known, its influx of new restaurants can be dizzying. Many of the newer restaurants provide an homage to traditional New Orleans culinary dishes, many do not. The choices are endless. On Magazine Street alone, we can chose from African, Mayan, Japanese, Chinese, Caribbean, Italian, Israeli, Lebanese, Indian, Mexican, Korean, French, Vietnamese, and Thai. Gourmet Hotdogs, Elk Burgers, Gluten-Free, Sweet Potato Pancakes and Vegetarian, co-exist with Paleo.
So, where do locals go for local food? Where do we take our never-ending houseguests for an authentic, inexpensive, casual Creole New Orleans meal? Where do I find my New Orleans traditional wash-day Red Beans & Rice?
Lately, I find myself returning to the following three.
The krewes of Babylon, Chaos and Muses presented parade-goers with three different visions of Carnival on Friday night — Babylon’s meditation on antiquity, Chaos’ no-holds-barred satire, and Muses’ blend of visual spectacle and social commentary.
With Tuesday’s surprising Iowa caucus results and attention now turning to New Hampshire, New Orleans voters are beginning to focus on Louisiana’s March 5th presidential primary. Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have made fundraising stops in the region. Sen. Bernie Sanders has opened a campaign headquarters in Metairie. While Congressman Cedric Richmond and state Democratic Party chair Karen Carter Peterson are currently leading Hillary Clinton’s outreach efforts, Louisiana chairs have been named for Trump, Rubio and Kasich.