KIPP New Orleans Schools will participate in the 2013 charter-application process, potentially growing beyond the nine schools the system already operates to additional campuses in the city or around the state, according to a report by Erin Krall of The Lens.
A new bakery and a new casual French bistro have opened on Magazine Street, and the commercial building that houses the Big Top performance space and the Mais Arepas restaurant has been sold, according to recent reports.
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.
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.
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.
State lawmakers have said that they won’t take up Gov. Bobby Jindal’s effort to eliminate state income taxes this year, but how such a move could have affected Louisiana taxpayers will be discussed by Tulane economics professors at a panel discussion at noon on Thursday.
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.
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.
Poets Joseph Bienvenue, Thaddeus Conti and Gina Ferrara will be reading tonight (Wednesday, April 17) at McKeown’s Books on Tchoupitoulas in celebration of the release of “Dorado 2” by Verna Press.
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.
A 51-year-old man was shot to death Tuesday night on General Ogden Street in Hollygrove, authorities said.
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.