Jan 122015
 

Owen Courreges

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.” Continue reading »

Jan 122015
 

(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

Robberies on South Claiborne and Louisiana. The robbery on Arabella has yet to appear on NOPD crime maps.

Robberies on South Claiborne and Louisiana. The robbery on Arabella has yet to appear on NOPD crime maps.

Two people were robbed at gunpoint in separate incidents early Sunday on Louisiana Avenue and early Monday on Arabella Street, and the Subway sandwich shop on South Claiborne was also robbed on Sunday evening, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Jan 102015
 

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

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! Continue reading »

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Jan 102015
 
Same-sex marriage supporters began lining up outside the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals before dawn on Friday to secure a seat in the courtroom. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Same-sex marriage supporters began lining up outside the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals before dawn on Friday to secure a seat in the courtroom. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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. Continue reading »

Jan 082015
 

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. Continue reading »

Jan 082015
 
Firefighters battle a blaze in the attic of a house at 4320 Constance Street on Thursday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Firefighters battle a blaze in the attic of a house at 4320 Constance Street on Thursday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Smoke billows from a house on Constance Street as firefighters battle a blaze there. (Reader submitted photo by Louise Fenton)

Smoke billows from a house on Constance Street as firefighters battle a blaze there. (Reader submitted photo by Louise Fenton)

A house on Constance Street that has been in the same family for a century was damaged in a fire Thursday morning, just weeks before renovations were complete and the owner had hoped to return home. Continue reading »

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Jan 082015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

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. Continue reading »

Jan 082015
 

Grow Dat is a youth program that nurtures young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. Our organization is entering 2015 with our Farm Share program ready to roll. In its second year, the Grow Dat Farm Share program is an opportunity for customers to enjoy chemical-free, fresh produce while investing in our farm, our youth leadership program, and our community.

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Jan 072015
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

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. Continue reading »

Jan 072015
 
Police officers document a gun recovered during the manhunt near Cadiz and Loyola streets on Sunday, Jan. 4. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers document a gun recovered during the manhunt near Cadiz and Loyola streets on Sunday, Jan. 4. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Morris Smith, Taman Martin, Darrell Quinn and Tevin Quinn (from left, via opcso.org)

Morris Smith, Taman Martin, Darrell Quinn and Tevin Quinn (from left, via opcso.org)

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. Continue reading »

Jan 072015
 
Revelers dance to the Storyville Stompers in the Oak Street barn. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Revelers dance to the Storyville Stompers in the Oak Street barn. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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.

Crowds gathered in the Oak Street barn (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Crowds gathered in the Oak Street barn (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 062015
 

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. Continue reading »