Nov 072013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Mayor Landrieu could be encouraging his CAO Andy Kopplin to enter the At-Large Council race against Stacy Head in order to preserve his legacy when the Mayor runs for Governor, according to the hottest rumor circulating among politicos lately — and the theory may make some sense. Continue reading »

Nov 062013
 
The Magazine Street view of the redevelopment. (rendering by Studio WTA architects)

The Magazine Street view of the redevelopment. (rendering by Studio WTA architects)

The proposed redevelopment from the corner of Magazine and Nashville. (rendering by Studio WTA architects)

The proposed redevelopment from the corner of Magazine and Nashville. (rendering by Studio WTA architects)

Three buildings at the corner of Magazine and Nashville are slated for an upcoming redevelopment and reconfiguration that will likely mean a reshuffling of the shops there, business owners and neighbors said this week.

Back in the summer, the Butler Callahan Holdings development company bought the property at the end of the 5700 block of Magazine where Rare Cuts, Vom Fass and Parcels and Post are currently located. Their plan, according to a letter sent to neighbors, is to renovate the three buildings, aligning the front of the corner building with the other two and joining the three structures into one contiguous space. Continue reading »

Nov 062013
 
A sign at Coliseum Park reminds dog owners of laws requiring them to keep their pets leashed and pick up after them. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

A sign at Coliseum Park reminds dog owners of laws requiring them to keep their pets leashed and pick up after them. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

I am a cat person, but we remain feline less for the moment.  My oldest developed an allergy recently, and I chose my offspring over my rat decapitator we had had since a wee kitten rescued post-K, all mangy and feral.  Not a tough call, but have you ever been brought a headless rodent with its noggin neatly next to its lifeless body?  It’s impressive.  And repulsive.  And in short, quite a skill.  Her name was Rita (yes, named after the storm – she did have a sister named Katrina who died a few years ago), and like most cats, self sufficient and less than encourageable; such are these creatures.  And therefore and in my experience quite unlike the other preferred domesticated pet: your household dog. Continue reading »

Nov 052013
 

In order to treat unsafe levels of lead and other toxic heavy metals, three feet of soil must be removed and replaced in areas of the Booker T. Washington High School site at 1201 South Roman Street that will not be covered by asphalt or buildings, according to state recommendations reported on by Mark Schleifstein of The Times-Picayune. Monique Harden, an attorney for the Walter L. Cohen Alumni Association, is asking the state to treat the entire site as a hazardous-waste site, Schleifstein reports.

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Nov 042013
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A man claimed to be from UPS at the door of a Garden District home, then shot at the residents when they tried to keep him from forcing his way into the home, police said.

In separate robberies over the weekend, one man was robbed by rifle-wielding assailants in the Hollygrove area, and another man was robbed by a bicyclist in the Milan neighborhood. Continue reading »

Nov 042013
 
A police dog and his handlers round the corner of Pitt and Lowerline streets while searching for a burglary suspect Monday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A police dog and his handlers round the corner of Pitt and Lowerline streets while searching for a burglary suspect Monday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A man allegedly breaking into a Pine Street home escaped from police officers by jumping out of a high window onto the roof of a home next door, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Nov 042013
 
(cartoon by Owen Courreges)

(cartoon by Owen Courreges)

Owen Courreges

The Pelicans have now debuted their physical mascot, appropriately around Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos.  Dubbed “Pierre the Pelican,” his Lovecraftian visage is certain to star in the nightmares of many an impressionable child.

The national media has latched onto Pierre’s horror-inducing appearance with particular gusto.  USA Today’s sports page labeled him “completely and utterly terrifying.”  Deadspin opined that Pierre is “perfectly armed to terrify,” describing his massive mouth as “the portal for your soul’s devourment.”  There was even speculation that perhaps Pierre was just a Halloween ploy. Continue reading »

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Nov 042013
 
Police investigate a suicide in the 2800 block of Laurel Street on Monday morning. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Police investigate a suicide in the 2800 block of Laurel Street on Monday morning. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Police confer in the driveway of a Laurel Street home where a woman shot herself in front of several officers. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police confer in the driveway of a Laurel Street home where a woman shot herself in front of several officers. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A 38-year-old woman fatally shot herself in a Laurel Street driveway Monday morning in front of several police officers, and at least one of the officers also fired at her, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Nov 022013
 

By Ed Quatrevaux

Although Katz and Columbus are entitled to their opinions, it is shoddy journalism to falsely attribute quotes. I refer to the first paragraph’s attribution to the OIG of “marking down crimes“. That phrase does not appear in the report or any statement by the OIG and was invented by the authors of the opinion. Continue reading »

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