Dear folks who decide holidays in Louisiana,
I respectfully request that you discontinue the Christopher Columbus holiday observance, posthaste.
It is an act of disrespect and deceit to continue to prop up Christopher Columbus as America’s first great hero.
Its governing board had just been replaced through a process in essence mandated by the state government, and several of the new members had already resigned. Its two founding school leaders had publicly parted ways with the school, the temporary school leader was under increasing public scrutiny — as were the school’s finances. Disagreements over the causes of the problems sharply divided parents, and monthly board meetings were balancing acts between simmering tensions and open acrimony.
Reflecting the atmosphere of uncertainty, Bartlett was appointed school CEO last year with “interim” very publicly affixed to his title, and board members promised another search for a permanent successor. Against that background, then, the same board’s decision Monday night to make Bartlett the permanent CEO with a more-than-20 percent salary increase — and applause from parents who had been some of the school’s sharpest critics — was all the more striking.
Tuesday night will feature block parties all across the Uptown area as neighborhood groups, churches and others celebrate the National Night Out Against Crime.
As the start of construction nears on a new community center funded by a state investment of more than $1 million, members of the Carrollton neighborhood remain apprehensive about the organization chosen to operate it — despite repeated assurances from officials that this is the most effective use of the land and the money moving forward.
No, you’re not imagining things. Violent crime in New Orleans is definitely getting worse.
Alas, the NOPD’s proposed “solutions” aren’t getting any better.
Just this month, the so-called “brown paper bag bandit” robbed two people in separate incidents two days apart – both within spitting distance of Trinity Episcopal Church. Those robberies especially stuck with me because they occurred with a couple of blocks of my house.
Tulane’s defense led the Green Wave to a 12-3 victory over American conference opponent the University of Connecticut on Saturday evening at Yulman Stadium, with a forced fumble, an interception and a safety.
A woman visiting her daughter on Dufossat Street was robbed of wedding and engagement rings at gunpoint just before noon Friday by a man who ambushed her from the sidewalk, the victims said.
New Orleans police are still looking for a man who has been at large for nearly two months after being identified in connection with a July armed robbery on St. Charles Avenue, authorities said.
In all likelihood your favorite rock band or artist got their wee start doing someone else’s material. It remains the sort of natural path most musicians follow as they begin to hone their own sound. Some artists do go forth and produce new and original works while others may wish to rely on other’s material still, hence the staying power of the cover band proper. In the world of cover bands there happens to be a whole swath of styles, everything from the hardcore playing of all songs in any given single artist’s catalog to “wedding” bands who play very familiar material but from a spectrum of the well-known, like Steve Miller, the Rev. Al Green, and maybe some Hall & Oates or even Loverboy, for good measure. The latter are the bands everyone secretly loves because they tap into the collective social psyche as most everyone may relate to much of the material, though few would ever claim true fan status.
Finally, there’s what I’ve come to loosely define as the “meta” rock band. Meta, as you may know, can be defined as “referring to itself or to the conventions of its genre; self-referential.” There exists a fine line a cover band walks between being cover or meta, in my opinion. Why? Because cover is exactly that, but meta plays on a participant within the genre either going back to the good old days of when they sucked, perhaps playing a tune with a previous ensemble or just flat out paying homage to whomever.
For Democratic candidates in Deep South and Border States, carrying President Barack Obama on their backs is a bone-breaking load that may very well end their political careers.
There is no better example of that than the multi-talented U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu who has every right to feel exhausted from carrying the weight of the unpopular President every day, every hour and every minute. But Landrieu isn’t alone. In Arkansas, U.S. Senator Mark Pryor is also staggering under the Obama load. And, in a border state like Kentucky, Democratic challenger Allison Lundergan Grimes would surely defeat Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell if it were not for the Obama load that threatens to sink her in a race so close that the winning margin may well be one percent or less. In Mississippi, Democrat Travis Childers is so far behind Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran that the race could well be considered over and settled.
The Junior League of New Orleans is throwing a street party at the Bloomin’ Deals Thrift Shop tonight (Thursday, Oct. 9) with food, drinks and live entertainment by the 610 Stompers and The Sirens of New Orleans. Guests will also have an opportunity to purchase signature Mardi Gras throws, like shoes and purses.
More than a year ago, New Orleans police revealed that they had identified the man who allegedly killed a popular DJ in an execution-style murder inside a Prytania Street home the previous summer.
Travis Cochran, who was 25 at the time, has been on the run since, but investigators now hope that tonight’s episode of the nationally-broadcast show “The First 48″ will lead to his arrest.
“It’s fairly unusual for an individual to evade a warrant for a murder for that long,” said NOPD Sgt. Nick Gernon. “This, obviously, is going to give us good national exposure.”
Many of you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And by now, you’ll probably also notice that Dat Dog loves to support a good cause. That’s why throughout October, our three locations will all be offering the Old Fashioned Home Made Nectar Soda Float and Specialty Dog throughout the whole month to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation in New Orleans.
One dollar from each item sold will go to the foundation’s ongoing efforts to fight breast cancer in the New Orleans area.