May 222013

Tipitina’s Foundation, Project Homecoming and the United Way hope to have the restoration of Professor Longhair’s former home in the 1700 block of Terpsichore finished by the end of the year, so his daughter and grandson can then move into it, according to a report by Eric Paulson of our partners at WWL-TV.

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May 222013

Mireille Rabaté, a principal at the French American International School in San Francisco, has turned down an offer from the directors of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans to be the school’s next leader, according to a report by The Lens. Rabaté was the only finalist for the job following a national search, and the school has not announced what its next steps will be.

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May 222013

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A 46-year-old man was arrested early Tuesday morning after an hours-long standoff with police in the Milan neighborhood following an argument with his girlfriend, authorities said. Continue reading »

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May 222013

Jean-Paul Villere

The little-prison-that-could didn’t this last week when it failed to garner any bids during the City of New Orleans Surplus Property Auction.  That’s right, the Treme jailhouse at 2552 St Philip that raised eyebrows upon entry failed to rock, open wallets, or lift paddles.  Among the properties that did see successful play were two: each a corner brick two-story from different eras and areas. Continue reading »

May 212013

Members of the Bouligny Improvement Association — which represents the area from St. Charles to Magazine, between Napoleon and Upperline — held a roundtable discussion Tuesday night with NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel and Bryon Cornelison of City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell’s office. Continue reading »

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May 212013

Paula and the Pontiacs perform at a benefit to help reopen Jimmy’s Music Club on April 4, 2013. (Robert Morris,

Just when New Orleans officials and the owners of Jimmy’s Music Club were beginning to find some common ground, the city’s independent alcohol board on Tuesday afternoon surprised both of them by rejecting Jimmy’s appeal, essentially offering the club two routes: City Council or the courts. Continue reading »

May 212013

Will McGrew and his mother, Janet McGrew, who said she is proud that her son is standing up for what he believes in. (submitted photo)

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The day before his Ben Franklin High School graduation, a time when teenagers might engage in pranks or attend parties with buddies, Will McGrew helped organize a counter protest to the NOLA Needs Peace, Not More Abortion Coalition rally. The action was held on Monday afternoon near the proposed Claiborne Avenue Planned Parenthood site, a controversial new state-of-the art health facility slated to open in 2014. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for next week. Continue reading »

May 212013

(From left) Christopher Davis, Joseph Davis and Sheldon Jefferson (via

Defense attorneys for 15-year-old Sheldon Jefferson and 18-year-old Christopher Davis are trying to convince Judge Franz Zibilich that the confessions the two teens gave to police in the presence of their mothers should not be allowed in their trial on rape and kidnapping charges of a Garden District resident, according to a report by Mike Perlstein of our partners at WWL-TV. A third defendant, Joseph Davis (no relation to Christopher), refused to talk to police, Perlstein reports.

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May 202013

Amid rumors, protests and petitions, a Lower Garden District neighborhood group is asking city recreation officials to hold a public meeting explaining changes for a facility at Annunciation Park.

Meanwhile on Monday night, the association also heard from a resident seeking to open a new coffee shop on Jackson Avenue, met one of the first candidates to begin campaigning openly for the at-large seat that will be open in next year’s New Orleans City Council elections and discussed the problem of loitering at a Magazine Street corner store. Continue reading »

May 202013

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Has the New Orleans Police Department been cooking the books on the city’s crime stats?  That’s the intimation made by a recent “special report” from the Times-Picayune.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Police Superintendant Ronal Serpas often argue that while New Orleans has a sky-high murder rate, its violent crime rate actually isn’t that bad, and in fact is better than a wide range of cities from New Haven, Connecticut to Orlando, Florida.  Hearing them speak, you might believe that the guy in the mouse suit at DisneyWorld is more likely to demand your wallet at gunpoint than the ribald denizens of Bourbon Street. Continue reading »