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 »

Apr 112016
 

The local New Orleans Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and the Loyola University Muslim Student Association will host The True Islam and the Extremists, a discussion about dispelling myths and misconceptions about Islam and to unite in the fight against extremist ideologies.

The event will take place Tuesday, April 12, and speakers include Jeffery Sallet, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI New Orleans Division, Kennith Polite, Jr. United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and Imam Mubasher Ahmed, of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. Continue reading »

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Apr 102016
 
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)

Smith posted a photo of himself at the French Quarter Festival to his official Instagram account around 7:45 p.m. Saturday. (via Instagram)

Smith posted a photo of himself at the French Quarter Festival to his official Instagram account around 7:45 p.m. Saturday. (via Instagram)

Former Saints player Will Smith was killed and his wife was wounded in a shooting following a three-car crash that police are describing as a possible “road-rage” incident in the Lower Garden District late Saturday, New Orleans police say. Continue reading »

Apr 082016
 
A rendering of the new configuration of Jackson Avenue through the Garden District, after a repaving project scheduled to start later this year. (via city of New Orleans)

A rendering of the new configuration of Jackson Avenue through the Garden District, after a repaving project scheduled to start later this year. (via city of New Orleans)

As part of an upcoming repaving project on Jackson Avenue, the portion of the street through the Garden District will be reduced from two travel lanes to one and a bike lane added on each side of the road, New Orleans city officials told nearby residents in a meeting Thursday evening. Continue reading »

Apr 082016
 
Imperial Woodpecker Sno-balls (Kristine Froeba)

Imperial Woodpecker Sno-balls (Kristine Froeba)

The tradition of the corner snowball, snoball, or sno-ball stand in New Orleans lives on. If you’re a local, you already know all about the famous Hansen’s Sno-Bliz. The Hansen family invented their Sno-Bliz machine in 1939. The Nectar Cream, the beloved Wedding Cake flavor, and the line around the corner on Tchoup. Visitors see the line and ask: “What are those people waiting in line for…?” If you’re not a local, you’ll know soon enough.

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

The latest entrée into the snowball scene is Imperial Woodpecker Sno-balls on Magazine near Harry’s Ace. Gourmet flavors such as Cardamom abound, the service is uber-friendly, special flavors are made daily. The Natural flavor range is a big hit and locals are taking notice. Continue reading »

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Apr 072016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Now serving his eleventh year as Orleans Parish’s top jailer, Marlin Gusman could easily be called the “Teflon Man”. Whether being attacked by the Legislative Auditor, Federal Judge Lance Africk, the consent decree monitors, Mayor Landrieu, the City Council or even the VOTE (Voice of The Ex-Offender) organization, the criticisms just roll off him. Continue reading »

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