Mar 052013

New Orleans Fire Department assistant superintendent Tim McConnell (left) points to the Audubon Riverside neighborhood on a map of ladder-truck coverage of Uptown after upcoming cuts. The yellow and pink areas can be reached by a ladder truck within eight minutes, but the unshaded area will take longer. (Robert Morris,

The ladder truck remains in the far-right bay of the Arabella fire station on Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris,

After upcoming budget cuts to the New Orleans Fire Department are complete, some Uptown riverside neighborhoods will be too far for a ladder truck to reach within the nationally recommended standard of eight minutes, fire officials say, though a pumper truck on Arabella Street will still be able to respond to a fire within four minutes. Continue reading »

Mar 052013

A gun is drawn outside the door of Cajun Express in the 4100 block of Washington Avenue in surveillance video of a fatal shooting there Monday afternoon. (via NOPD)

LaToya Cantrell

Following a fatal shooting Monday near Washington and Broad, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell issued a statement Tuesday afternoon condemning the three murders in two years and deeming the Cajun Express store that the shooting took place outside of as a “public nuisance.” Continue reading »

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Mar 052013

Two Tulane freshman, Jason Polsky and Alexander Montiel, have admitted to stealing and trashing 2,000 copies of the student newspaper because it had a front-page article about a drug bust at Kappa Sigma, the fraternity they were pledging, according to a report by Maggie Herman of The Hullabaloo. Polsky and Montiel — whom Hullabaloo staffers photographed in the act of stealing the papers — say they were acting without direction from the fraternity and have apologized, promising to reimburse the Hullabaloo for their cost, the report states.

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Mar 052013

Robert P. George, a legal theorist, former presidential appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and former president of the National Organization for Marriage, will speak on issues of faith and social justice in a lecture titled “Five Pillars of a Decent and Dynamic Society” on Wednesday (March 6) at Loyola University. Continue reading »

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Mar 052013

Although 20 of the 628 students at Andrew Wilson Charter School were suspended in January — more than triple the number from the previous months — school officials reported positive news as well: gains in student achievement, new grants for pre-kindergarten summer camp and students with disabilities, increase in parental involvement and the likelihood of a budget surplus, reports Della Hasselle of The Lens.

Correction, 12:49 p.m., March 6: The original version of this post misidentified the school in the headline. The post itself and the original Lens article both correctly reference the school as Andrew Wilson Charter School.

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Mar 052013

“In a way, her strangeness, her naiveté, her craving for the other half of her equation was the consequence of an idle imagination. Had she paints, or clay, or knew the discipline of the dance, or strings, had she anything to engage her tremendous curiosity and her gift for metaphor, she might have exchanged the restlessness and preoccupation with whim for an activity that provided her with all she yearned for. And like an artist with no art form, she became dangerous.” – Toni Morrision, Sula

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For black writers and lovers of literature alike, Toni Morrison is the messiah, the godmother of black fiction, a figure to be studied, discussed, envied, loved and worshiped.

Morrison’s prose captures the richness of the black American experience in a language that is divine and lyrical. Her stories are dark and dreamy and poetical and political. The themes she explores are unforgettable and uncomfortable. They get under your skin, seep into your consciousness and ooze out of your pores inducing chills of delight – and angst.  That’s what a “good read” does. It changes you. Reading Morrison changes you. Her books can be difficult to access but are insanely popular nonetheless. Morrison sycophants boast of rereading her works multiple times. Her quotes inspire scribes to audaciously push forward and stand a bit taller as writers: “I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.” Continue reading »

Mar 042013

An NOPD officer investigates the scene of a shooting in the 800 block of Milan Street on Monday evening. (Robert Morris,

A 36-year-old woman was listed in critical condition Monday night after being shot in the neck by a stranger as she walked to her vehicle in a residential block of Milan Street just off of Magazine, police and neighbors said. Continue reading »

Mar 042013

The Recovery School District, in partnership with the Orleans Parish School Board, will host two application fairs for families this month, one for middle school families at KIPP Central Academy Wednesday (March 6) and another at Crocker Elementary on March 15. Continue reading »

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Mar 042013

Donna Brazil

Donna Brazile, a New Orleans native and Democratic strategist who often appears as a political commentator on CNN, will speak at Loyola University on Tuesday evening (March 5) as part of the annual Ed Renwick Lecture series that is free and open to the public. Continue reading »

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