Apr 152016
 
Police investigate a fatal shooting on Monroe Street half a block from Johnson Elementary School in November 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Police investigate a fatal shooting on Monroe Street half a block from Johnson Elementary School in November 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Crime in New Orleans never ceases to become more shocking, as tragically shown again this weekend in the road-rage shooting death of beloved former Saints player Will Smith on Sophie Wright Place in the Lower Garden District that continues to make national headlines.

But 2016 could be quietly returning the overall downward trend in murders seen in the last few years — down 33 percent from 2015 — but also slightly down from the numbers in 2014, which were touted as the lowest number of murders New Orleans had recorded in decades. Continue reading »

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Apr 152016
 
The pothole on Maple Street filled with oyster shells in March. Tulane professor Richard Campanella said he believes it was an expression of frustration from a driver tired of hitting potholes. (photo submitted by Emily Branan)

The pothole on Maple Street filled with oyster shells in March. Tulane professor Richard Campanella said he believes it was an expression of frustration from a driver tired of hitting potholes. (photo submitted by Emily Branan)

Article by Emily Branan, video by Lawson Box

Richard Campanella was on his way to get his morning cup of coffee when he noticed an interesting addition to the Maple Street landscape: oyster shells.

Campanella, geographer and senior professor of practice at the Tulane School of Architecture, said he enjoys studying urban cityscapes and thought the pothole filled with oyster shells made an interesting subject to study. Continue reading »

Apr 152016
 
The weapon confiscated in the traffic stop (via NOPD)

The Glock 9-mm and 50-round magazine confiscated in the traffic stop (via NOPD)

Darnell Thomas (via NOPD)

Darnell Thomas (via NOPD)

Terrell Thompson (via NOPD)

Terrell Thompson (via NOPD)

New Orleans police confiscated a 9-mm handgun with a 50-round magazine from two men with previous felony drug convictions Monday night during a traffic stop on Danneel Street in Central City, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Apr 152016
 

Daily Brunch, Goat Cheese Enchiladas, and Mirlitons in a French Country Setting

The Standard. Did you ever stumble upon a restaurant so delightful you immediately wanted to text all of your friends, but also wanted to keep it all to yourself? I found one on Wednesday. The Standard. It was one of those cool rain drenched days in New Orleans–the kind where you can’t decide if outside is worth the effort.

Lump Crab, Crawfish, Mirliton, and Alligator Andouille Sausage Gumbo (Kristine Froeba)

Lump Crab, Crawfish, Mirliton, and Alligator Andouille Sausage Gumbo (Kristine Froeba)

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

Wellie-clad, I peered through the window of the new place across from Magasin Café. I saw a roaring fire. I was sold. Provencal décor at its most simple and elegant. Reclaimed wood. It looked expensive. It wasn’t. It should be. Continue reading »

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Apr 142016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

The voters’ rejection of Mayor Landrieu’s tax proposal to fund additional police officers and pay firefighters’ back pensions was not a vote against the need for the tax but a clear sign of voter dissatisfaction and mistrust of Mayor Landrieu’s public safety policies and leadership. While the mayor obviously needs to address that anger, new sources of funding are still desperately needed if devastating cuts are to be avoided.

Landrieu and the City Council could shore up our tax base by ensuring New Orleans becomes the next American city to enact a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. A “sin tax” on the purchase of carbonated soft drinks is on the books in many countries around the world including France, Barbados and Mexico, where consumption of sodas declined after the tax was enacted. Continue reading »

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Apr 142016
 

Alma Peters Park Maintenance

Alma Peters Park area residents who maintain the park will be painting and cleaning the park this Saturday, April 16, and for their maintenance projects this year, area residents are looking for donations for equipment and supplies, as well as volunteers. The park will not be available for use on this maintenance day and possibly longer, so the paint can dry.

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Apr 132016
 
Investigators gather on Sophie Wright Place after the fatal shooting of former Saints player Will Smith. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Investigators gather on Sophie Wright Place after the fatal shooting of former Saints player Will Smith. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Seven of the bullets that killed former Saints player Will Smith on Saturday night entered through his back, and one entered through the side of his chest, Orleans Parish Coroner Jeffrey Rouse announced Wednesday afternoon. Continue reading »

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Apr 122016
 
From left,  Imam Mubasher Ahmed of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite, and  Jeffery Sallet, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI New Orleans, all spoke Tuesday night at Loyola University. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

From left, Imam Mubasher Ahmed of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite, and Jeffery Sallet, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI New Orleans, all spoke Tuesday night at Loyola University. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The terrorists who call themselves the “Islamic State” are abusing the name of a religion that teaches peace and tolerance, creating a cycle of misunderstanding and fear that only feeds the violence, Muslim leaders and federal law enforcement officials said in a forum Tuesday night at Loyola University. Continue reading »

Apr 122016
 
The crash involved a Chevrolet Impala in front, Smith's Mercedes SUV in the center, and a Hummer in the rear, police say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The crash involved a Chevrolet Impala in front, Smith’s Mercedes SUV in the center, and a Hummer in the rear, police say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Cardell Hayes (via opcso.org)

Cardell Hayes (via opcso.org)

New Orleans police found a 9-mm handgun inside Will Smith’s Mercedes SUV on Tuesday morning and another revolver inside the Hummer driven by the man who allegedly killed him, though neither weapon appeared to have been fired, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Apr 122016
 

Marina Schoen (via lfno.org)

Marina Schoen (via lfno.org)

The French minister of education has named the academic director of the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans into a 200-year-old national order that confers knighthood on those who have made notable contributions to French education, school officials learned this week. Continue reading »

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Apr 122016
 
Broadmoor Metamorphosis

(via The Broadmoor Improvement Association)

The Broadmoor Improvement Association will be hosting both their annual Metamorphosis benefit event and their annual Eatmoor food truck round-up event at the Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center this month. Continue reading »

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Apr 112016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

On Saturday, around 11:30 p.m., former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was driving through my neighborhood. He was with his wife, Racquel. As he approached Felicity Street while driving eastbound on Sophie Wright Place, he was allegedly rear-ended by one Cardell Hayes.

Hayes and Smith exited their respective vehicles and got into a heated argument. Hayes pulled a gun, at which point Smith ostensibly turned. Hayes then sprayed out a hail of bullets, hitting Smith in his back and right torso. Smith bled out at the scene. Raquel was struck in her right leg.

Smith was much beloved in New Orleans, and this senseless act of violence has thus struck a chord with many. A makeshift memorial appeared Sunday near the scene of the shooting. Continue reading »