May 282013

Frank Alexis (via

After a shooting near a Broadmoor intersection that has been the focus of increasing economic development and anti-violence efforts, a 62-year-old man turned himself into police early Saturday morning, authorities said. Continue reading »

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May 282013

jewel bush

I was first exposed to “patty pan squash,” an oddly shaped vegetable that somewhat resembles a bell pepper, at the Hollygrove Market three summers ago. A few of them came in the weekly produce box along with a recipe to cook the sunburst squash. For just 25 bucks, you get a grip of locally grown and produced fare, a rotating cast of fresh eats dependent upon the season. Continue reading »

May 282013

The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans governing board will meet at 6:30 p.m. today (Tuesday, May 28) in a special meeting to discuss “next steps” in the search for CEO, after the previous nominee for the position turned down an offer from school leaders. Continue reading »

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May 272013

The old signs for the Frat House at 8200 Willow Street have been replaced by a banner for Jimmy’s Music Club. (Robert Morris,

When the New Orleans Alcoholic Beverage Control Board rejected a request by Jimmy’s Music Club last week, it may have seemed like the hand of The Man slapping down the former punk rock haven once again.

The reality, however, is that attorneys, city officials and even the club’s neighbors agree that Jimmy’s may be closer to reopening than it has in the last year. Continue reading »

May 242013

Craig Giesecke

With summer fast approaching, Kim and I are looking forward to something we haven’t been able to do in what seems like forever – taking a summer vacation.

It’ll only be five days and, though many of our friends will be heading to a beach or the mountains, we’re only going to around Peoria, Ill., for a family event. But, honestly, we could not be more excited if we were headed to St. Kitts or the Andes. We’re also planning to drive, and the 12 hours or so up and back (with an overnight each way) will be a long-overdue chance to explore some spots we’ve never seen. Or at least I’ve never seen, having not spent much time in the Great American Heartland outside of Kansas City, Chicago or St. Louis for business purposes. Continue reading »

May 242013

All of the proceeds from the “19 Fund” benefit at Tipitina’s on Thursday night will benefit the 19 people wounded in a spree shooting at a Seventh Ward second line on Mother’s Day, and the fund will also benefit future victims of violence as well, reports Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV.

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May 232013

Uptown Messenger and Gambit have entered into a newsgathering partnership. Stories from Uptown and Mid-City Messenger will appear in the print edition of Gambit, while stories from Gambit and that may be of interest to Messenger readers will be excerpted online. In addition, long-form stories based on reporting in Uptown and Mid-City Messenger will appear in Gambit. Continue reading »

May 232013

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

For more than 75 years, the Times Picayune has always won the official journal contract from the City of New Orleans. The official journal is where all mandated public notices are printed, tax seizures, bids, City Council summaries, etc. It is and has always been a great source of revenue that the TP has counted on.

For the first time there is a real chance that John Georges or even Margo and Clancy Dubos could take that contract from the TP. The contract is bid each year and of course the best bid wins. Councilmembers could always expect to hear from TP officials like former TP publisher Ashton Phelps or Editor Jim Amoss around that time. Though never spoken, we’re sure that many councilmembers dared not to vote against the TP for fear of retaliation in the next edition. Continue reading »

May 222013

The International School of Louisiana’a Camp Street campus.

The number of International School of Louisiana students at the Camp Street campus who passed state standardized tests showed another slight increase this year, officials said, and praised the scores recorded at the Jefferson Parish expansion campus as a “familiar” baseline to start from.

“We knock it out of the park in terms of where the state is, where the parishes are,” said Head of Schools Sean Wilson at Wednesday night’s board meeting. “It doesn’t mean we rest on our laurels. It means we now look at where we can improve.” Continue reading »

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May 222013

Tipitina’s will host a concert fundraiser Thursday night with performances by Donald Harrison Jr., The Revivalists and numerous brass bands — organized by Gambit, The United Way and Silence Is Violence to benefit the 19 victims of a shooting at a second-line on Mother’s Day as well as future victims of violence. Continue reading »

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May 222013

The area of Central City served by the Ceasefire anti-violence project has actually seen an increase in homicides and shootings in the program’s first year of operation, reports Ramon Antonio Vargas of the Times-Picayune. City officials and program organizers say their efforts to intervene in personal conflicts and resolve them before they become deadly, then help participants find new opportunities have yielded some results, however, and that long-term change will take more time, Vargas reports.

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