New Orleans’ Jazz Fest announced the 2015 lineup through a promotional video. Headliners include Elton John, Ed Sheeran, and Lady Gaga. Tickets to Jazz Fest will go on sale tomorrow (Jan. 13) through Ticketmaster at 10 a.m.
The NOPD is looking for a few good cops. It just doesn’t care if they’re very smart.
In a December 29, 2014 letter to the Civil Service Commission, Police Department Superintendent Michael Harrison advocated removing the requirement that police recruits obtain at least 60 higher education credits, with exceptions for those possessing prior military or law enforcement experience.
According to Harrison, all that fancy book learnin’ just ain’t necessary. He’d prefer to emphasize “workforce training over formal classroom education.” Furthermore, the 60-credit mandate damages “NOPD’s ability to recruit and hire qualified police officers by excluding . . . those who cannot afford a higher education.”
— New Orleans JazzFest (@jazzfest) January 9, 2015
With the 2015 JazzFest lineup set about to be revealed on Monday, my thoughts have escalated into the unknown and the possible for who and what might appear this season. In the past my notions have been met with mild success, what with HangoutFest and its line-up, now firmly affixed in mid-May, often casting a who’s who of who isn’t playing JazzFest. Somehow I feel like this is my year. The Who / Joan Jett are touring ensemble at this time with a mysterious void in their tour around JazzFest, same with Hozier and Wilco; so to say they’re all candidates exceeds likelihood. As such, I shall humbly exclude them from my top 10. Therefore without further delay: prognosticate this!
As expected, the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals made no decision on same-sex marriage in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi after hearing arguments Friday morning from attorneys on both sides of the issue in each state. Likewise, the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to reveal whether it will take issue up in its spring session, which would supercede any decision by the appeals court.
But the three 5th Circuit judges — Judge Jerry E. Smith and Patrick Higginbotham, two appointees of President Ronald Reagan, and Judge James Graves, appointed by President Barack Obama — did each seem to focus on different issues in their questions during Friday’s hearings, shedding some light on which issues they felt needed more elucidation.
The Du Mois Gallery on Freret Street will host an opening reception this evening (Saturday, Jan. 10) for a new exhibit of work by Craig Berthold and Mark Grote entitled “La Isla Misteriosa.”
Two officers had already spoken to the passengers of the vehicle they stopped in Central City on Wednesday night when one man got out and fired at them while running away, New Orleans police said. One of the officers returned fire, killing the man, and the whole incident was recorded on body-worn cameras, police said Thursday.
Purloo — the highly-anticipated restaurant that will showcase Chef Ryan Hughes’ takes on dishes from across the Deep South — has opened for dinner inside the Southern Food and Beverage Museum on O.C. Haley Boulevard, the restaurant announced.
Why hasn’t the Steve Scalise story died down yet? Because Rep. Scalise was less than forthright when he first spoke about the incident. Therefore, reporters and others continue to analyze the story and what it means about the Republicans’ ability to build a larger, more diverse constituency before the presidential elections.
Some things are certain. David Duke was a Republican elected official and a member of the Louisiana Legislature. That gave him respect. Other legislators secretly — or not so secretly — liked his ideas. Duke was wildly popular with white voters in Jefferson Parish and Louisiana in general, by his strong showing in the governor’s race against Edwin Edwards.
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New Orleans attorney Stuart H. Smith will be at the Garden District Book Shop tonight (Thursday, Jan. 8) to sign his upcoming book Crude Justice: How I fought Big Oil and Won, and What You Should Know About the New Environmental Attack on America.
It’s officially Mardi Gras in New Orleans again. And thank goodness. It truly is my favorite holiday anywhere every period, for true. Parties, parades, shenanigans, and any semblance therein. The rituals, the costumes, and it being New Orleans, of course, the food. In that vein, part of the hoopla embraces the incessant consumption of brightly colored, sugared up beyond belief, roundish breaded pastry, that may or may not have a wee plastic baby figurine inside, simply and distinctly known as king cake. Only, I turned 40 recently, and this season I’m watching that part of Carnival from the cheap seats.
Three teens and a 20-year-old who were arrested Sunday night following a police chase and manhunt are being tied to more recent robberies around the Uptown area, but their crime spree may have begun two months ago and stretched from Jefferson Parish through New Orleans and into Slidell, police said Tuesday.
Tuesday night, the Phunny Phorty Phellows rang in the 2015 Carnival season with their annual ride on the St. Charles avenue street car. Large crowds gathered at the Oak Street streetcar barn to see the Phellows depart down the line. The Phellows are a Mardi Gras crew that dates back all the way to 1878.
The National Weather Service is warning New Orleans that temperatures are expected to sink below freezing Wednesday evening through Thursday morning, making for the coldest night since last winter.
Martinique Bistro is closing after 20 years and will be reopened as Avo by a former Gautreau’s chef; a former Emeril’s chef has taken over Frankie and Johnny’s, and HiVolt Coffee will begin serving beverages to go inside of P’s and Q’s on Magazine Street, according to recent reports.