Terry McMillan, a New York Times bestselling author, will read her new book “Who Asked You?” at Octavia Books tonight.
The event is scheduled at the bookstore on 513 Octavia Street at 7 p.m.
For more information, read the Octavia Books posting below:
Everyone we know is talking about our off-the-charts crime problem. While Bourbon Street could arguably be the most famous street in the world and crimes there like last Saturday’s shootings are truly shots heard ’round the world, the depth of our crime problem is really in our neighborhoods.
What we need are out-of-the-box crime solutions.
Pretzel croissants, Chilton County Peach Danishes, Pearl Sugar Brioche – these are just a few of the baked goods that will draw you into Gracious Bakery + Café this weekend. But once you are there, chances are you will stick around for sandwiches like their Smoked Ham on Baguette with pecan and cheddar spread and homemade pepper jelly. Now open on Sundays until noon, this family-friendly artisan bake shop is helmed by Sucré alumna Megan Forman and has been recognized by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of “America’s Best Bakeries.”
A 70-year-old woman was robbed at gunpoint inside her Soniat Street home shortly after nightfall Tuesday, witnesses and New Orleans police said.
A pizza-delivery driver was beaten by a man with a baseball bat early Tuesday morning in the former B.W. Cooper housing projects, New Orleans Police said.
As the New Orleans Police Department continues its investigation into an on-duty officer’s crash into a Central City beauty salon, the department boarded up the damaged business Tuesday to secure it against opportunistic burglars.
“Certainly, we don’t want to make bad things worse,” said NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy on Tuesday afternoon. “We’re sorry this happened.”
The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority will discuss increasing service on bus routes throughout the city, including restoring route 90 in Carrollton, at a series of community open houses in Broadmoor and Carrollton starting next week.
We will feature Brazilian style drinks and our famous po-boys. The Sports Hangover show will broadcast Live during the game to capture the excitement. We hope you will join us, too!
A woman walking on a Broadmoor street Monday morning was pushed to the ground and kicked by three men who were trying to take her purse, New Orleans police said.
The city of New Orleans’ $12.5 million plan to repave the uppermost end of Magazine Street next year answers a major standing request from the Audubon Commission, but Audubon leaders are still requesting an additional $3.6 million in upgrades to the riverfront park known as “The Fly.”
Jitney is probably a word few New Orleanians are familiar with, although historians believe that the work may have originated here.
Back in the early 20th century, systems of shared taxis, appeared in cities throughout America. The cost for using one of these shared cabs was usually a nickel, or jitney. The French Creole term “jeton,” which refers to a small coin or token, is widely believed to have been the inspiration for the word “jitney.” Accordingly, the word probably came from New Orleans.
The basic scheme behind jitneys was simple: An ordinary citizen could buy a used car or bus and run passengers around, usually far more cheaply and quickly than streetcars could. Eventually, some jitney operators formed jitney companies and even jitney drivers’ unions.
An on-duty New Orleans Police SUV crashed into a beauty salon on Louisiana Avenue on Sunday evening, but no one was inside at the officer was not harmed, authorities said.
Stay Local, Greater New Orleans’ independent business alliance, is pleased to announce their “Retail Therapy” summer workshop series for retailers. Every Tuesday and Wednesday in July, selected speakers will cover topics geared to help both existing and aspiring local, independent retailers of all skill levels run better businesses and connect with fellow retail entrepreneurs. Each workshop will be from 8:30-10:00 AM in Good Work Network’s Franz Conference room, at 2022 O.C. Haley Blvd. For more information on the series, click here.
A woman in her early 30s was raped at gunpoint Thursday night in the Hoffman Triangle area of Central City, New Orleans police said.
Two new and free blight-fighting tools will be unveiled at an event in Zion City this Saturday (June 28), and Councilmember LaToya Cantrell will be featured as a guest speaker.
The woman, who was visiting New Orleans from out-of-town with a group of people, had stepped off the St. Charles Avenue streetcar near Erato Street around 11:50 p.m. Saturday (June 21) when she was hit in the hip by a bullet, said NOPD Commander Bob Bardy.
“The victim was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said NOPD Sgt. Daniel Scanlan. “She gets off the streetcar and she’s standing there, when a gun battle breaks out down the street.”
Police found 27 .45-caliber shell casings on Erato closer to Carondelet, Scanlan said. The only video recovered so far appears to show two groups of two people each shooting at one another, Scanlan said, and investigators are trying to get the footage enhanced so it will be more useful to investigators.
Sixth District police were called to another shooting not far away on Danneel Street about 20 minutes after the St. Charles Avenue incident, and originally considered the possibility that the gun battle had simply moved locations, Bardy said. Investigators have since determined that the Danneel Street shooting was unrelated, possibly tied to a dispute between two men over a woman, Bardy said.
Saturday’s shooting was latest outbreak of gun violence on St. Charles near Erato Street. In 2012, two people were injured in a shooting during a Mardi Gras parade at the same intersection. During parades, police regularly make gun arrests there as well — such as in 2012, in both the first weekend and second weekend of parades in 2013, and again in 2014.
Bardy said Saturday’s shooting shows the need for participation in the new Safecam NOLA program that will create an index of private surveillance cameras around the city. Theoretically, Bardy said, such a system would allow investigators in the Sixth District station to track the suspects after they ran off on Erato Street, possibly finding a better image of them on the way.
Anyone who can help with the investigation is urged to call Sixth District detectives at 658-6060, or to call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.