Feb 062015
 
(Source: Enrollment figures provided by individual schools to Uptown Messenger)

(Source: Enrollment figures provided by individual schools to Uptown Messenger)

Earlier this week, the French consul general — his government’s top representative in New Orleans — announced that he has been actively exploring options to advance the creation of a French high school in the city.

The French flag flies between the American and Louisiana flags outside the front door of Ecole Bilingue. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The French flag flies between the American and Louisiana flags outside the front door of Ecole Bilingue. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Officials at a number of elementary schools that offer French immersion programs have long discussed such an idea, but one of the fundamental concerns has always been the same: that there are not enough students fluent in French to justify a high school.

A review this week of the enrollment at area French immersion programs, however, suggests that may be changing. Continue reading »

Feb 052015
 

NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel, photographed in October 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel, photographed in October 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

With armed robberies around Uptown on the wane following the arrests of several alleged serial robbers, New Orleans police are now focusing patrols around the construction areas where residents having to park in unfamiliar spots are targeted by opportunistic auto burglars, police officials said this week. Continue reading »

Feb 052015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Mirror, mirror on the wall…who’s the fairest of us all? Even if Governor Bobby Jindal did not suggest to artist Tommy Yow that the portrait big-time donor Henry Shane was commissioning should portray Jindal with a more fair complexion, the painting was hung in a very prominent place at the governor’s office.

While Jindal is probably not trying to lighten his skin à la Michael Jackson, the presidential candidate Jindal apparently did not mind being depicted with a more fair complexion.  Are people with lighter skin considered better, safer, more desirable, more “American”? Continue reading »

Feb 042015
 
A mangled bicycle sits near a stalled train on Leake Avenue following the discovery of a dead man's body there Wednesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A mangled bicycle sits near a stalled train on Leake Avenue following the discovery of a dead man’s body there Wednesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A man’s body was found Wednesday morning on the railroad tracks near Leake Avenue, and investigators believe he was hit by a train sometime earlier, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Feb 032015
 
Police examine a car that crashed into a school bus and landed on a fence on St. Thomas Street at Felicity. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police examine a car that crashed into a school bus and landed on a fence on St. Thomas Street at Felicity. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A motorist was shot as he drove down St. Thomas Street on Tuesday afternoon, and as he tried to speed away, his car hit a number of objects before flipping and crashing into a school bus, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Feb 022015
 
Lycee Francais board chair Alysson Mills speaks while Grégor Trumel, Consul General of France in New Orleans, listens on. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lycee Francais board chair Alysson Mills speaks while Grégor Trumel, Consul General of France in New Orleans, listens on. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The top representative of the French government in New Orleans said he is actively researching the best option toward the creation of a new high school in the city aligned with his country’s educational program. Continue reading »

Feb 022015
 

Owen Courreges

I personally loathe either giving or receiving directions, particularly in New Orleans.  With all the twists and turns in the Crescent City, it’s a sure bet that there’s at least one step where you’ll have to “bear” onto something or venture on some convoluted path to make a left turn, all the while cursing the lack of rhyme and reason to the whole mess.

It’s all part and parcel of living in a city established nearly three-hundred years ago along a winding river.  The streets tend to take on a life of their own.

Now, sadly, it’s about to become ever more difficult to meander some streets of Uptown New Orleans.  Yes, the City Planning Commission (CPC) has once again exhibited its total lack of purpose, this time by approving needless street name changes borne of local political horse-trading. Continue reading »

Feb 022015
 

Tyrone Lowe (via opcso.org)

Tyrone Lowe (via opcso.org)

A construction-site security guard was disarmed and robbed at gunpoint in Central City and a man was shot in a Broadmoor backyard, according to weekend crime reports, but New Orleans police also announced the arrest of a man who was allegedly robbing pizza-delivery drivers. Continue reading »

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Feb 022015
 
Stretchers await the bodies of two Tulane Law students killed in a murder-suicide on Willow Street on Sunday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Stretchers await the bodies of two Tulane Law students killed in a murder-suicide on Willow Street on Sunday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A 28-year-old man fatally shot his 25-year-old girlfriend and then himself in a Willow Street apartment, New Orleans police said Sunday morning, leaving the Tulane community mourning the unexpected loss of two law-school students. Continue reading »

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Jan 312015
 
Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks at the grand opening ceremony at Martin Wine Cellar on Friday, Jan. 30. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks at the grand opening ceremony at Martin Wine Cellar on Friday, Jan. 30. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Before Mayor Mitch Landrieu took the podium for Friday’s grand opening ceremony at Martin Wine Cellar on Baronne Street, he had a very important question to ask.

“You’ve already got your lemonade?” Landrieu asked a patron in the crowd, noting her tall glass. He took the microphone, and continued, “I’m happy. You know how many times I came here when I was a kid to get a sandwich, how many Lindys I’ve eaten?” Continue reading »

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