Mar 112014
 
Torence "Lil Boosie" Hatch speaks at a news conference Monday. (via boosiespeaks.com)

Torence “Lil Boosie” Hatch speaks at a news conference Monday. (via boosiespeaks.com)

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The fanfare surrounding 31-year-old Torence “Lil Boosie” Hatch’s release from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola after a four-year sentence on drug charges has been surreal.

A video of his daughter, a wide-eyed girl in ponytails and bows, feverishly expressing her anticipation over her dad coming home went viral. The clip, sweet at heart, was highly problematic though, because of the little girl’s repeated and casual use of the N-word — and it embodies the contradictions in this whole story. Continue reading »

Mar 112014
 

ISL5kTo promote Health & Wellness the International School of Louisiana is excited to Kick Off the New Year with the ISL 5K – Spring Shuffle taking place Saturday, March 15, 2014 at LaSalle Park – 6600 Airline Dr. Metairie, LA 70003.

The event features a 5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Run.  The post-race party will include food, refreshments, music, and fun for the whole family, including Mini Zumba and Yoga classes, Nutrition Expert Advice, and family-friendly activities like Face Painting, Unicycle Races, Chinese Yo-Yo competitions, Circus Arts Juggling workshops, and more! Continue reading »

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Mar 102014
 

Owen Courreges

Ron Forman makes over $700,000 per year, yet he’s acting like a beggar.  And the worst part is, he’s not even an honest one.

Forman, the president and CEO of the Audubon Nature Institution (and erstwhile mayoral candidate), is seeking a new property tax millage.  It would be of 50 years duration at a rate of 4.2 mills.  Although the new millage would replace the existing 3.31 mills dedicated to the Audubon Zoo and the Aquarium of the Americas, it is not a renewal.  It is a new millage. Continue reading »

Mar 102014
 
(courtesy of The Audubon Nature Institute)

(photo via The Audubon Nature Institute)

On Saturday (March 15), Orleans Parish voters will decide on more than just runoff races for City Council seats. A property tax worth up to $11.9 million a year is up for vote for the Audubon Nature Institute, the organization that supports the Uptown-located Audubon Zoo, as well as the Aquarium downtown and other sites around the city.

Supporters of the millage say it is a renewal of an already-existing tax. But dissenters say that it’s a new tax, because it could mark an increase in funds for the Institute for a period of 50 years. Continue reading »

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Mar 082014
 
Chautauqua New Orleans offers a variety of classes, lectures and workshops for adult members (via nolachautauqua.com).

Chautauqua New Orleans offers a variety of classes, lectures and workshops for adult members (via nolachautauqua.com).

Accentuate your knowledge on Shakespeare to Mark Twain, to evolution and the human spirit, to even Libertarianism and Kinetic sculpture with this spring’s Chautauqua classes. All classes are under $40 and open to all Chautauqua members, classes begin on March 31. Continue reading »

Mar 072014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

For those of us whose memories go back a long ways, one of the all-time great New Orleans stories is the transformation of the Audubon Park Zoo from an “animal ghetto” to a world-class zoo that is considered an American gem.

It all started in the 1970s when then-Mayor Moon Landrieu, irate about complaints that the zoo was a vile-smelling, dirty place where the animals suffered from a lack of care, sent a promising young administrative assistant Ron Forman to the Uptown outpost to see what if anything could be done. Continue reading »

Mar 072014
 

By Tobias Arturi

In a state in which abstinence-only sex education is the norm, and locally accessible reproductive health services are scarce, and often demonized, Planned Parenthood has always remained a stalwart voice for the practice of safe sex and a resource for those who need real answers about sex other than “Don’t Have It”.
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Mar 062014
 
The suspected robber holds a gun at the counter of American Apparel (NOPD)

A robber holds a gun at the counter of American Apparel (NOPD)

Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Thursday afternoon in American Apparel, located at 3310 Magazine Street between Louisiana and Toledano streets, according to an incident report from New Orleans police and employees working in the area.

The suspect walked into the store around 2:40pm, and then spent nearly two hours asking the store’s employees their opinions on different articles of clothing, according to a police report by Officer Frank Robertson.

The man walked to the cash register as if he was about to check out, when he produced a semi-automatic pistol and pointed at the clerk and demanded she open the register, according to the report. The employee handed the over $800 in cash, police said. Continue reading »

Mar 062014
 
The Magazine Street view of the redevelopment. (rendering by Studio WTA architects)

The Magazine Street view of the redevelopment. (rendering by Studio WTA architects)

An upcoming redevelopment slated for three buildings on the corner of Magazine and Nashville streets means that a handful of local shops are moving to make way for a New York City-based business, small business owners and the location’s development company said this week.

The proposed redevelopment from the corner of Magazine and Nashville. (rendering by Studio WTA architects)

The proposed redevelopment from the corner of Magazine and Nashville. (rendering by Studio WTA architects)

Butler Callahan Holdings development company bought the property on the 5700 block of Magazine, in an area that currently houses the three specialty shops Rare Cuts, Vom Fass and Parcels and Post.  Ben Butler, a managing partner of the company, said Thursday that while he can’t yet announce the name of any new businesses slated to take over the spot, he can say that the company is “in lease negotiations with a very exciting tenant out of New York City.” Continue reading »

Mar 062014
 
Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO) is an initiative to engage young leaders in New Orleans in philanthropy. (via http://eiffelsociety.com/)

Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO) is an initiative to engage young leaders in New Orleans in philanthropy. (via http://eiffelsociety.com/)

Enjoy drink specials and a raffle during a Launch Party Happy Hour at the Eiffel society on St. Charles Avenue with the Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans on March 12. The EPNO is celebrating the launch of their new 2014 applications, and anyone in membership — as well as alumni, grantees and friends — is welcome. Continue reading »

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Mar 062014
 

Blight on Simon Bolivar (Uptown Messenger stock photo).

A new “lot maintenance program” passed by New Orleans City Council will allow the city to cut grass on blighted private property, recording the cost on that property owner’s tax bill.

The program, created as part of an amendment to an existing ordinance, allows the city to cut overgrowth, remove debris and perform routine maintenance on a private lot if the grass or growth is over 18 inches, there is trash or debris and/or if there is “noxious” growth, such as poison ivy, according to a presentation given by city administration in a Housing and Human Needs committee last month. Continue reading »

Mar 062014
 

rouse1Dear Voters,

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, I established a disaster medical clinic on Canal Street, treating citizens and the first responders who were rescuing them. We are almost ten years out from the waters of Katrina, and still there is much work to be done. Our criminal justice system is undergoing its greatest transformation ever, and it is time for that change to come to the Coroner’s Office as well.

I’m running for Coroner to bring compassion, transparency, and modernization to the Coroner’s office. As the current Chief Deputy Coroner of Orleans Parish, I know exactly where we can improve. I’ll hit the ground running. Continue reading »

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