Mar 212014
 

The Audubon Nature Institute will not file its first campaign-finance report until April 24, more than a month after the March 15 election it was advertising for, because it is not reporting any spending prior to Feb. 21, according to a report by Tyler Bridges of The Lens. Its activities prior to that date — including creation of a website called VoteYesForAudubon.com — were “part of a ‘branding campaign’ that did not specifically advocate the tax,” Audubon’s attorney told The Lens, though at least one critic says that the lack of disclosure allows Audubon to “circumvent” campaign finance laws intended to let the public know who is spending money to influence elections.

Mar 212014
 
An image of the suspect in a March 6 armed robbery at American Apparel on Magazine Street. (via NOPD)

An image of the suspect in a March 6 armed robbery at American Apparel on Magazine Street. (via NOPD)

Steven Rodney

Steven Rodney

The man suspected in the broad-daylight armed robbery of an American Apparel store on Magazine Street has been arrested on several armed robbery charges in Las Vegas, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Mar 212014
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

Two people — including a 2-year-old girl — were wounded in a shooting Thursday afternoon at Eagle Street and Earhart Boulevard in Hollygrove, and another man reported that he was shot shortly afterward in the 1800 block of Eagle in west Carrollton, New Orleans police said.

The two incidents appear to be unrelated, investigators said, but both involve dangerous groups that police are devoting all their resources to bringing to justice.

“We’ve gotten to the bottom of both,” said Lt. Shawn Ferguson at the weekly meeting of NOPD commanders on Friday morning. “We don’t think the they’re related at all.” Continue reading »

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Mar 202014
 

SWBOver the next year and a half, the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans will replace all the city’s water meters with new models that can be read remotely, eliminating the need for meter readers and allowing residents to monitor their usage in real time, according to a recent report by Della Hasselle of our sister site at MidCityMessenger.com. The utility is also moving toward entire water line replacements instead of “point repairs” on lines that break to reduce the amount of leakage across the system.

Mar 202014
 

The sentencing hearing for Former District B City Councilwoman Renee Gill Pratt’s federal racketeering conviction has been delayed until May so that she can seek a new trial on the basis that anonymous online commenting by members of the U.S. Attorney’s office may have unfairly influenced the jurors in her trial in 2011, according to a report by Laura Maggi of The Advocate. The same scandal previously led to the convictions against five NOPD officers in the Danziger Bridge shooting being overturned, Maggi notes.

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Mar 202014
 
Precinct-level results for the tax proposal supporting the Audubon Nature Institute. (map by Brian Denzer; click for larger PDF)

Precinct-level results for the tax proposal supporting the Audubon Nature Institute. (map by Brian Denzer; click for larger PDF)

The tax supporting the Audubon Nature Institute was not only rejected by New Orleans voters by a two-to-one margin, but the opposition was also distributed evenly across the city, losing in all but 10 of the city’s 366 voting precincts. Continue reading »

Mar 202014
 
NOPD investigators confer near a gun magazine and shell casings found at the scene of a shooting on O.C. Haley Boulevard on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD investigators confer near a gun magazine and shell casings found at the scene of a shooting on O.C. Haley Boulevard on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A sprawling police chase that led officers around Uptown and Mid-City New Orleans and caused several crashes Tuesday afternoon began with gunfire on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and has resulted one arrest, but investigators are still trying to determine exactly how all the events fit together, they said Wednesday. Continue reading »

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Mar 202014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

The power of social media and voter’s desire for a younger crop of elected officials definitely were the hallmarks of last Saturday’s election. In every instance, the younger of the two candidates was elected or reelected, as in Sheriff Marlin Gusman. Continue reading »

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Mar 192014
 
Flag boy of the Golden Blades (far right) at the meeting of the Golden Blades and Golden Eagles on St. Joseph's Night. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Flag boy of the Golden Blades (far right) at the meeting of the Golden Blades and Golden Eagles on St. Joseph’s Night. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Wednesday night, Mardi Gras Indians took to the streets in their annual St. Joseph’s night procession. The Uptown Mardi Gras Indians met near A.L. Davis park on the corner of Washington ave. and La Salle st. Continue reading »

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Mar 192014
 

The St. Patricks' Day block party outside Tracey's and Parasol's on Sunday. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

The St. Patricks’ Day block party outside Tracey’s and Parasol’s on Sunday. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

The off-duty police officers who have worked the Irish Channel block parties on St. Patrick’s Day for years declined to sign up this year through the city’s new, federally-mandated paid-detail system, leaving organizers scrambling to find replacements until the last minute, reports John Simerman of The New Orleans Advocate. Only about 15 percent of the department’s officers have signed up for jobs through the new city’s office, and as a result of the St. Patrick’s Day issue and others like it, the city is considering offering police higher rates for the off-duty work, Simerman reports.

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Mar 192014
 
Precinct-level results in the runoff for Orleans Parish Coroner. (map by Brian Denzer; click for full-sized PDF)

Precinct-level results in the runoff for Orleans Parish Coroner. (map by Brian Denzer; click for full-sized PDF)

In Saturday’s election for Orleans Parish Coroner, Jeff Rouse picked up votes in precincts across the city with the third-place candidate out of the runoff, while Dwight McKenna saw turnout among his supporters decrease — leading to Rouse’s narrow comeback victory. Continue reading »

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Mar 192014
 

bo dollis

While making your way to the St. Joseph’s Night festivities, pay homage to local activist and Mardi Gras Indian, Theodore Emile “Bo” Dollis the Big Chief of the Wild Magnolias, with The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation by passing the balcony at 1525 Louisiana Avenue from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 19). Continue reading »

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Mar 192014
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

SPOILER ALERT: The following has absolutely nothing to do with missing Malaysian flights, awesome local election results, what’s cool and/or gentrifying in New Orleans or St Patrick’s Day.  Nor does it have much to do with fisticuffs, with or without spherical handheld orbs of freshly fallen frozen precipitation, that may or may not last exceptionally long and nocturnally.  On a side note, turns out my high school sociology teacher was right: I don’t take anything seriously.  Rock on, Mrs. Schneider!

I love my brother-in-law.  I just do.  And I have two.  But I love my younger one more.  What can I say?  A parent doesn’t love all their children equally; why would you love all your in-laws the same?  You wouldn’t, and you don’t.  In fact, I’m guessing if you made it past the spoiler alert, chances are good you don’t love your brother-in-law, if you have one.  Which is a shame.  Because life is short, and why marry a spouse whose siblings are jerks?  I didn’t. Continue reading »