Mar 252013

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks to the Bouligny Improvement Association in February. ( file photo by Robert Morris)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell — who took office just in time to get involved in the annual controversy about enforcement of city laws along Mardi Gras parade routes — will fulfill a promise for a more comprehensive review of changes that could be made next year this weekend, when she holds a public roundtable discussion on the issue. Continue reading »

Mar 252013

Owen Courreges

New Orleans should annex all of unincorporated Jefferson Parish!  Metairie shall henceforth be known as New Orleans West!  “Fat City” will receive a makeover and be reinvented as “the little Bourbon!”  Prosperity shall rein!

Now that I have your attention, I will explain why this should happen, but cannot happen due to historical factors and outmoded laws. Continue reading »

Mar 252013

One victim in Sunday night’s shooting took place in the 3500 block of Audubon Court (shown on map), and the other victim was found crashed in a truck at Broadway and Washington. (map via NOPD)

Two men were killed Sunday evening in a shooting that led one of them to crash a pickup near the edge of the Xavier University campus, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Mar 222013

An officer investigates a shooting in the 800 block of Milan on March 4. ( file photo by Robert Morris)

Investigators are continuing to pursue new leads in a mysterious shooting earlier this month on Milan Street, but so far little new evidence has turned up to shed light on who might have done it or why, authorities said. Continue reading »

Mar 222013

The city’s spring “Movies in the Park” series will bring the animated feature “Hotel Transylvania” to Wisner Park tonight (Friday, March 22), with games and activities starting at 5:30 p.m. and projection of the movie on to the big screen beginning at dusk. Concession sales will benefit the Xavier Prep Foundation and recreation activities at the park. Continue reading »

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Mar 222013

Whether to move students out of the Sophie B. Wright Charter School campus after the discovery of termite damage closed the cafeteria and auditorium and who is to blame for the problem were debated by members of the Orleans Parish School Board clearing the way for immediate repairs on Thursday morning, according to a report by Kari Dequine Harden of The Advocate. Students will stay in the building because of a lack of space elsewhere and the risk of trouble from mixing different school populations, officials said, and said the termite damage is old and on out-of-the-way structures but discovered by engineers preparing for upcoming renovations to the school.

Mar 222013

Craig Giesecke

Any of us who have lived in a really small town are usually the first to speak up when some urban type starts talking about how they’d like to try the bucolic experience of small-town life.  “Oh, I think it would be so wonderful to really get to know my neighbors,” they say. “It’s so quiet and peaceful – away from the rat race,” they conjecture.

Those of us who have been there know how much unfair judging and rumor there is, as well as how much it’s a hassle to have someone up in your grill all the time. You can’t hide anything. But I can guarantee there’s one environment that’s even tougher in the same kinds of ways – and it’s the New Orleans service industry. Continue reading »

Mar 222013

After state Rep. Neil Abramson announced Thursday morning that Children’s Hospital would be reopening the shuttered New Orleans Adolescent Hospital next door and offering mental-health services for children there, Children’s Hospital issued a statement saying that such a plan would not be “economically feasible,” according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV. Abramson later replied that the arrangement is already spelled out in documents signed by Children’s Hospital and the state.

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Mar 212013

State Rep. Neil Abramson speaks during a town hall for Carrollton residents on Thursday night. (Robert Morris,

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposal to replace state income taxes with an increased sales tax is not just a bad idea, two New Orleans lawmakers said Thursday night: it’s not even a fully formed idea yet. Continue reading »