Apr 182013

Children’s Hospital signed a lease in January for the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital that required mental-health services there as a way to continue negotiating to purchase the building outright, but planned all along to keep its psychiatric services at the DePaul campus nearby, hospital officials told the New Orleans City Council on Thursday morning. Continue reading »

Apr 182013

Desmond A. Pratt Sr. (via opcso.org)

A New Orleans police officer assigned to the Uptown-based Sixth District has been arrested on charges of forcible rape and sexual battery, according to jail records.

Desmond A. Pratt Sr., 43, “was immediately placed on emergency suspension without pay after he was arrested at his home,” according to our partners at WWL-TV. The victim was a 15-year-old girl, according to a NOPD news release.

Apr 182013

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Many of you may not know State Rep. Wesley Bishop, born in the Ninth Ward. Bishop grew up in Lower 9 and, as an adult, has been a resident of Eastern New Orleans. It is guys like Bishop who are going to help make New Orleans safer because his greatest concerns are exactly the same as any Uptown legislator or resident – violence and crime. Continue reading »

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Apr 172013

Just two weeks after the 2013 Freret Street Festival drew record-setting crowds, Dat Dog, The Other Bar and Gasa Gasa will be hosting another festival Saturday evening, “Uptown Sounds,” featuring acoustic sets, DJs and full bands. The festival runs from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and will also feature art and film, and is being organized by Loyola University’s Music Industries Studies program, according to a post at The New Freret website.

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Apr 172013

This is a vital moment for New Orleans. Where our energy comes from will be decided in a 20 year plan that will lay out how to manage increasing energy costs, what kinds of investments should be made to meet demand, and if we are going to consider pollution as a real cost. Entergy has submitted their version of this plan and it is heavily biased towards their bottom line.  We have a different vision. The Alliance for Affordable Energy is a utility consumer watchdog nonprofit that advocates for ratepayers (that is anyone who pays an electric and gas bill). We want to see a plan that works for everyone, includes a 2% annual increase in energy efficiency, and investments in clean energy. If you share this vision, please come to a critically important public hearing scheduled for this Friday. Meeting starts at 1 pm in Council Chambers and is hosted by the Council Utility Committee’s office for the sole purpose of hearing from the public. Now is your chance to be heard. Continue reading »

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Apr 172013

Jean-Paul Villere

On my first real-deal roadtrip as a teenager across America, I remember driving past a little ramshackle, two-bit of a motel as I zipped through Clarendon, Texas; the name of the establishment was the It’ll Do Motel.  At the time, I chuckled to myself wondering on the possible success the warts-and-all-approach to luring passers-by this overnighter might have.  Just up the road, we quickly passed through yet another faceless Texas town in Claude, and my thoughts fast turned to why a town might end up with the name Claude.  And really, the It’ll Do stayed largely out of my thoughts until this past Monday morning while waiting in queue at the bank.  Why 20 years went by and suddenly I’m thinking about the Texas panhandle a lifetime ago isn’t so curious, but here’s how it went down. Continue reading »

Apr 172013

Police surround a white car that was later towed from the scene of a fatal shooting at General Ogden and Olive streets on Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A 51-year-old man was shot to death Tuesday night on General Ogden Street in Hollygrove, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Apr 162013

jewel bush

We live in an age of carnage where we have a front row seat to view tragedy –- domestic and foreign — on loop via stills of blood splattered sidewalks and footage of the resulting chaos.

As we struggle to make sense of the escalating violence in the world, add the Boston Marathon bombings to the grisly list of sadistic markers of our generation. Continue reading »