Nov 032014
 

Owen Courreges

Election day is tomorrow.  If you’re like me, you’re relishing in the opportunity to vote for a smattering of ill-considered proposals and lackluster candidates in the vain, fleeting hope of actually making this city a better place.

However, I am also aware that there are those of you who are just short of hopelessly ignorant when it comes to the proposed state constitutional amendments.   Usually, constitutional amendments are for matters of great public import; in Louisiana, though, they tend to be a bunch of random crap.

With this in mind, I have created the following voters guide to the proposed Louisiana constitutional amendments, together with my recommendations (spoiler alert: I hate pretty much all of them). Continue reading »

Nov 032014
 

Annunciation Street intersects Calliope underneath the Pontchartrain Expressway. (The homicide there had not yet been marked on NOPD crime maps Monday morning.)

Annunciation Street intersects Calliope underneath the Pontchartrain Expressway. (The homicide there had not yet been marked on NOPD crime maps Monday morning.)

A 25-year-old man was shot to death inside a SUV near the Pontchartrain Expressway at the edge of the Warehouse District and Lower Garden District, New Orleans police said Monday morning. Continue reading »

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Nov 032014
 

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TRANSITIONS

The period from infancy to high school is a crucial time of transition for every young person.

It is a time when they come to own their personal values, to define their lives’ priorities,

and to develop habits of hard work, resiliency, and integrity.

It is, quite simply, when character is forged.

At Trinity Episcopal School, we take very seriously our role as mentors to children on the journey of growing up.

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Nov 012014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Since Danae has been on the sidelines in two current campaigns, we thought it was only appropriate that Allan — who wrote his “cloudy crystal ball” political predictions in the Times Picayune for decades — pen this column.

A very important election will be held in New Orleans and throughout America on Tuesday. What do the pundits think is going to happen? Who cares? You’re the ones who are going to the polls to vote. Your opinions are worth as much or more than some self-appointed seer who thinks he or she knows more about Louisiana politics than voters just like you.  Early voting set an all-time record. But traditional voters like Allan will still vote next Tuesday. Seize that power and help decide our political future.

Here is some information about several of the elections that will be on the ballot in New Orleans. How good are you at picking the outcomes before the polls open? Continue reading »

Nov 012014
 
Munchie Legaux, Cincinnati quarterback and New Orleans native, jukes Tulane CB Darion Monroe on a scramble in the 4th quarter. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Munchie Legaux, Cincinnati quarterback and New Orleans native, jukes Tulane CB Darion Monroe on a scramble in the 4th quarter. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

A crowd full of costumes was not enough to lift Tulane to victory over their American Athletic Conference rivals, the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, on Friday night at Yulman Stadium. The Wave lost 38-10 to Cincinnati, despite forcing three turnovers. The next home game is their homecoming game November 15th versus the Memphis Tigers. Friday was also a homecoming for Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux who is a New Orleans native and a graduate of Edna Carr high school. Continue reading »

Oct 312014
 

First Annual Delachaise-Calvary Community

Cohen College Prep High School will host the inaugural Delachaise-Calvary Community Health Fair on Saturday (Nov. 1), including free screenings for a wide variety of vital signs, plus local music, activities for kids and a second line parade led by Cohen Prep Brass Band. Continue reading »

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Oct 312014
 
Miss Cindy's awesome Halloween house on South Liberty Street. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Miss Cindy’s awesome Halloween house on South Liberty Street. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

I’ll be honest.  When I think of Halloween these days at four decades in I get a little, well, meh.  For me the gusto goes primarily to my kids and their assorted notions.  “Nerd vampire” here, “moustachioed lumberjack” there, maybe a growling bat, maybe a smiley cowgirl.  Costuming druthers swirl into the ether, their ideas and pairings, until something likely unforeseen altogether comes to fruition.  The freedom of imagination and living in a town where almost anything goes.  Swoon.  And to be 12! Continue reading »

Oct 302014
 

Austin L. Diven (via opcso.org)

Austin L. Diven (via opcso.org)

A man threatened a crowd in Coliseum Square, then tried to break into a house on the park, only relenting when a woman at the home fired a shotgun into a nearby tree Tuesday night, witnesses said.

The man retreated into the fountain in the park before he was arrested on charges of trespassing, simple criminal damage to property and disturbing the peace, and experts say the case speaks yet again to a dangerous lack of resources in New Orleans to treat the mentally ill. Continue reading »

Oct 282014
 
John Georges speaks to a standing-room only crowd at Loyola University on Tuesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

John Georges speaks to a standing-room only crowd at Loyola University on Tuesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A year into The Advocate’s entry into the New Orleans market, publisher John Georges says his newspaper’s content and cost models make it a front runner to become the preferred paper for residents across Louisiana. Continue reading »

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Oct 282014
 
The old Hubert building at 4401 South Broad Street. (via Google maps)

The old Hubert building at 4401 South Broad Street. (via Google maps)

Separate proposals for a Mexican restaurant in Broadmoor and a commercial kitchen for catering operations in Carrollton found themselves facing frustrated neighbors and hesitant officials during a City Planning meeting on Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading »

Oct 282014
 

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My son was 5 years old when he made the disturbing announcement that “Cornbread” had been shot.

He told me a detailed account of Cornbread dribbling a basketball in the rain when “they” shot him — shot him in the back! Panicked at the thought that my son might have somehow witnessed a murder, I interrogated him: Who is Cornbread? Who is “they”? Where did you see Cornbread? When did you see Cornbread? Continue reading »

Oct 282014
 

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Eric Skrmetta

Eric Skrmetta

Leadership.

It’s the most overused word in politics today. But every once in a while we learn about an elected official who exhibits bona fide leadership, living up to the qualities we’d expect from someone working on our behalf. Chairman Eric Skrmetta is an authoritative, commanding influence on the Public Service Commission. His leadership has shaped this state agency into one of the most efficient and envied in Louisiana. Continue reading »

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Oct 272014
 
Workers try to clear an overturned dump truck that crashed into a building on South Claiborne on Monday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Workers try to clear an overturned dump truck that crashed into a building on South Claiborne on Monday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A South Claiborne Avenue pedestrian was killed Monday when a dump truck crashed into a building and turned over, and emergency workers closed the downtown-bound side of the busy street to traffic near Martin Luther King Boulevard as they worked to clear the wreckage. Continue reading »

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Oct 272014
 
The old Hubert building at 4401 South Broad Street. (via Google maps)

The old Hubert building at 4401 South Broad Street. (via Google Maps)

A chef at a popular Mid-City eatery hopes to open her own Mexican restaurant in Broadmoor, but first she will need to obtain commercial zoning for a former Broad Street drug store that neighbors have long fought to keep residential. Continue reading »