Oct 182015
 
An image from the security videos at Patois. Detectives note that the infrared video changes the colors in the video, and that the turquoise clothing is actually shown as near-black in normal light. (image via NOPD)

An image from the security videos at Patois. Detectives note that the infrared video changes the colors in the video, and that the turquoise clothing is actually shown as near-black in normal light. (image via NOPD)

In the security video that shocked New Orleans, infrared distortion turns the skin of patrons at Patois a bluish-gray color, creating a visual sense of unreality that matches the confusion felt by those diners moments later when three men wearing masks and hoodies burst in, robbing the entire restaurant at gunpoint on Aug. 21. That citywide shock was only amplified in late September, when robberies took place in similar fashion at Cafe Atchafalaya in the Irish Channel and then the Monkey Hill bar, only a few blocks from Patois and Audubon Park.

The Mayor called a news conference to announce an arrest in an unrelated spree of robberies and tout the city’s crimefighting efforts, then another new conference a day later after Monkey Hill, joined by U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite and pledging federal investigation and prosecution of the cases. Local news outlets “flooded the zone” with reaction and analysis pieces, while The New York Times and Washington Post brought national attention to the robbery spree. By the end of the month, the New Orleans City Council held its own hearing on “high-profile” robberies, pitching questions and suggestions to NOPD officials about how to battle the city’s feeling that control was being lost.

The entire discussion, however, provides ample opportunity for an airing of misconceptions about the city, its long battle with violent crime and its police force. While nearly every side of the discussion — frightened residents, embattled city leaders, besieged police officers, and skeptical critics — have made valid and useful points about the issue, the facts frequently get lost in the rhetoric. Continue reading »

Oct 172015
 
Greg Ward Jr., Houston quarterback, scrambles away from Tulane defensive tackle Tanzel Smart to complete a pass in the second half of Friday's game. Ward Jr. led the game in passing yards, rushing yards, passing touchdowns and rushing touchdowns.

Greg Ward Jr., Houston quarterback, scrambles away from Tulane defensive tackle Tanzel Smart to complete a pass in the second half of Friday’s game. Ward Jr. led the game in passing yards, rushing yards, passing touchdowns and rushing touchdowns.

On Friday, Tulane University played no. 24 University of Houston, an American Athletic Conference rival, in a primetime matchup. The nationally-ranked Cougars torched the Green Wave, beating them 42-7. Tulane gave up 461 yards of total offense. Despite forcing two turnovers, Tulane’s defense had no answer for Houston’s offense. Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr. finished the game with 222 yards passing and one touchdown and 77 yards rushing with three touchdowns. Tulane fell to 2-4 overall, with a conference record of 1-2. Houston improved to 6-0. Tulane faces another conference rival, Navy, next week in Annapolis.

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Oct 162015
 
1013 Sixth Street (via City of New Orleans)

1013 Sixth Street (via City of New Orleans)

Questions about whether the owner of a bed-and-breakfast planned for the Irish Channel just off Magazine Street would actually live there led to a split vote before the City Planning Commission this week, leaving the decision in the hands of the City Council. Continue reading »

Oct 152015
 
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(via facebook.com/The.Encore.Shop.NOLA)

 

 

The Encore Shop is a women’s resale clothing shop that supports the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. The Encore Shop is having a fundraiser this Tuesday, Oct. 20, and the event will include a designer boutique, live music, food and drink. Continue reading »

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Oct 152015
 
(via New Orleans Opera)

(via New Orleans Opera Association)

The New Orleans Opera Association presents its Youth Vocal Competition in collaboration with the Loyola University Preparatory Arts Program, Newcomb Department of Music, Tulane University and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Louisiana high school students have been chosen to compete this Saturday, October 17, 2015, at Loyola’s Roussel Hall (at the corner of Calhoun Street and St. Charles Avenue) starting at 1 p.m.

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Oct 152015
 
Robert Morris

Robert Morris

Uptown Messenger founder Robert Morris will be a featured guest on WHIV’s The Sound Salvation with Chris Rose at noon today. Robert and Chris will be discussing crime and other information. To listen live, click here or tune in to Radio NOLA HIV at 102.3 LPFM. Continue reading »

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Oct 152015
 
(Photo via NOPD)

(Photo via NOPD)

New Orleans police have released a photo showing the suspect in this weekend’s armed robbery of a student inside the Tulane Lavin-Bernick Center, and are asking for the public’s help identifying him, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Oct 152015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

When President Obama issued his controversial executive order which would give work permits and protection from deportation to almost four million unauthorized immigrants — including an estimated 100,000 living in Louisiana — he never expected his dream to get derailed by Republican-appointed federal judges at the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeal in New Orleans. Continue reading »

Oct 152015
 
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Today is International Credit Union Day! You might think Credit Unions are just another kind of banks, but you’d be very wrong. Credit Unions are members of our local community, and work very differently than the large banks you might be familiar with. In 2014 alone, Louisiana credit unions provided more than 282,000 consumer loans and over $180 million in business loans.
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Oct 142015
 
Two NOPD officers stand in the closed intersection of South Saratoga and General Taylor streets on Wednesday afternoon following what neighbors describe as a shooting. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two NOPD officers stand in the closed intersection of South Saratoga and General Taylor streets on Wednesday afternoon following what neighbors describe as a shooting. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In the last five years, the 2100 block of General Taylor Street has seen the highs and the lows of violent crime in New Orleans, as well as whatever you can call the city today.

On the afternoon of Easter Sunday in 2010, a man named Eric Everett was shot and killed in his driveway in the block while washing his car. As shootings continued, neighbors banded together to demand more attention from police, and by the following year, they were celebrating a dramatic reduction in crime. Then, on Wednesday afternoon, for the first time in years, the shots rang out again — but this time, police were able to announce an arrest in the shooting shortly afterward. Continue reading »

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Oct 142015
 

The City of New Orleans has issued a traffic advisory to temporarily close portions of Drexel Drive and Washington Avenue near Xavier University in Gert Town. On Wednesday, Oct. 14, Washington Avenue between South Carrollton and Short streets will be closed to through traffic from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. Continue reading »

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