Oct 272014
 
An 8-year-old boy tries on a new Hot Wheels costume at the Freret Neighborhood Center's annual Halloween festival in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

An 8-year-old boy tries on a new Hot Wheels costume at the Freret Neighborhood Center’s annual Halloween festival in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

By Lauren Saizan for UptownMessenger.com

The Freret Street Neighborhood Center has been taken over by monsters, witches and creatures that are one of a kind.

This is all in preparation for the upcoming Freret Neighborhood Center’s Halloween Party held on Tuesday, Oct. 28 — this year at a new location, All Nations Fellowship at 2524 Napoleon Ave. Costumes are being collected for the children in the neighborhood who cannot afford one, said Yasin Southall, Freret Neighborhood Center community organizer. Continue reading »

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Oct 262014
 
Traffic investigators surround a Honda Civic that crashed on Magazine Street early Sunday, killing one of its occupants. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Traffic investigators surround a Honda Civic that crashed on Magazine Street early Sunday, killing one of its occupants. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Luke R. Allison (via opcso.org)

Luke R. Allison (via opcso.org)

A 25-year-old man died early Sunday morning after being thrown out of a car that hit a pole on Magazine Street, and the driver was booked on a charge of vehicular homicide, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Oct 252014
 
(image via Loyola University)

(image via Loyola University)

Loyola University will host its annual candlelight vigil and march against sexual assault this Wednesday (Oct. 29) with an estimated 600 participants. The march will start from the Marquette lawn on Loyola’s campus and move down St. Charles to Tulane’s campus, where survivors will share their stories. Continue reading »

Oct 252014
 

8x4-signLouisiana voters have a real opportunity on Election Day to clean up the Louisiana Public Service Commission by electing consumer champion and energy expert Forest Wright over Eric Skrmetta, the current LPSC chairman who has time and again sided with monopoly utility companies against consumers while taking massive amounts of contributions from those very companies he is charged to regulate on behalf of the public. Continue reading »

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Oct 242014
 
A NOPD tactical officer retrieves a potentially explosive object from a garage facing Pearl Street on Friday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A NOPD tactical officer retrieves a potentially explosive object from a garage facing Pearl Street on Friday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After a man found an object in the garage of a Riverbend home on Friday afternoon that resembled a World War II explosive, New Orleans police closed the surrounding streets to secure the object. Continue reading »

Oct 242014
 
Commander Doug Eckert accepts his promotion to leader of the NOPD Crime Lab on Wednesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Commander Doug Eckert accepts his promotion to leader of the NOPD Crime Lab on Wednesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The New Orleans Police lieutenant charged with leading investigations in the Uptown-based Second District was promoted this week to commander and charged with leading the city’s crime lab. Continue reading »

Oct 232014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

We’re Mary Landrieu fans, so we’re used to her “Perils of Pauline” routines where she somehow squeezes out an unlikely victory at the very last instant. But in her current reelection campaign, her Road Runner gig seems to have run its course and her Republican opponents are certain that she’s ready for their cooking pot.

“This is the fourth time I’ve opposed Mary Landrieu in a U.S. Senate race and I’ve lost three times,” says Roger Villere, Chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party. “So I have a lot of respect for her. But this time, everything seems to have fallen in place for us. It won’t be over until it’s over but I think that this time we may finally have her number.” Continue reading »

Oct 232014
 

Judge J. Skelly Wright

Loyola University New Orleans is holding a memorial Friday in honor of 1934 graduate, Judge J. Skelly Wright, a New Orleans native who issued the order to desegregate the New Orleans public schools in the 1950′s and was appointed to the D.C. federal circuit court of appeals by President Kennedy. In addition to the memorial event, Loyola is installing a memorial to Judge Wright in front their law school and establishing a scholarship in his name. Continue reading »

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Oct 222014
 
Graham Bosworth (from left), Judge Frank Marullo, Marie Williams, Paul Sens and Byron C. Williams listen to moderator Lee Zurik during Wednesday's voters' forum at Touro Synagogue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Graham Bosworth (from left), Judge Frank Marullo, Marie Williams, Paul Sens and Byron C. Williams listen to moderator Lee Zurik during Wednesday’s voters’ forum at Touro Synagogue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Despite the drama that has surrounded the race for incumbent Judge Frank Marullo’s seat, the election itself may serve as a referendum on the operations of the Orleans Parish Courthouse, which Marullo defended as both efficient and transparent against criticisms from challengers Graham Bosworth and Marie Williams in a voters’ forum Wednesday night. Continue reading »

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Oct 222014
 
School Performance Scores for Uptown campuses, based on date released by the Louisiana Department of Education. (UptownMessenger.com)

School Performance Scores for Uptown campuses, based on date released by the Louisiana Department of Education. (UptownMessenger.com)

While Lusher Charter School remained the highest-performing school in Uptown New Orleans last year, two language-immersion schools surged forward to narrow the gap, according to the latest School Performance Scores released by the state this week.

Three other Central City elementary schools also showed improvement, growing from their previous grade of a ‘D’ in 2013 to a ‘C’ this year, the reports show.

But three other schools — each of which had been singled out for growth in previous years — tumbled precipitously in 2014, losing a letter grade from previous year’s performance. Continue reading »

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