Nov 162012

When the Master Plan for distributing a $2 billion FEMA payment for school rebuilding was approved last year, officials hailed it as a panacea of sorts that would ensure every Orleans Parish student is at least in a building that is “warm, safe and dry.”

Now, school leaders are unsure the money will even go that far.

“Unless construction is under way, every project might see some cuts,” said Orleans Parish School Board member Lourdes Moran. “The Master Plan has to be reopened.” Continue reading »

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Nov 162012

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

No matter how quick and accessible digital publications are, a good ol’ fashioned  IRL (netspeak for In Real Life) book fair is far more inspiring than a Google search for new reading material. Get out from behind your iPads and Kindles and take an afternoon to explore The New Orleans Bookfair and Media Expo, held this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 725 Magazine St in the CBD. Continue reading »

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Nov 152012

By Dana Kaplan

Elections are about choices and about the path voters determine is best for their community. This is true on a national level and on a local level. On November 6, voters in District B chose two people to compete in the runoff to be their councilperson. I am honored to be one of those candidates.

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Nov 152012

Bricolage Academy, the new proposed charter school that aims to offer an innovation-based curriculum to a diverse student base, received an enthusiastic recommendation for approval Thursday before an Orleans Parish School Board committee.

After review by the National Association by Charter School Authorizers, the application from Bricolage was found to be “outstanding,” said OPSB Deputy Superintendent Kathleen Padian. Continue reading »

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Nov 152012

After a pair of armed robbers knocked a bicyclist to the ground with their car Friday afternoon before taking his belongings at gunpoint on an Uptown street, the same suspects appear to have repeated the crime with another victim on a bicycle in the Treme area the following night, New Orleans police say. Continue reading »

Nov 152012

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

This month marks the 35th anniversary of the election of Ernest Nathan “Dutch” Morial, the first African-American mayor in New Orleans history, who swung the doors open at City Hall for minorities and women.

It was an epic campaign, and it changed the city forever. Continue reading »

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Nov 152012

Walter Porter, accused of being the hitman for the violent Hankton gang located in the Central City area of Uptown New Orleans, is “unusually and uncharacteristically agitated” and may not be able to assist in his own defense on federal murder and conspiracy charges, a primary criteria for mental competency to stand trial, his attorneys said in court filings Tuesday, according to a report from Brendan McCarthy and our partners at WWL-TV.

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Nov 152012

Will Schwalbe

Will Schwalbe, author of “The End of Your Life Book Club,” will speak at the Bernard Hirsch Herman Memorial Lecutre at the Isidore Newman School on Friday morning (Nov. 16). Continue reading »

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Nov 142012

Six New Orleans charter schools — including two immersion schools in the Uptown area, the International School of Louisiana and Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle Orleans — will have their admissions controlled by a central, citywide process for students enrolling in the fall of 2014, state officials decided Monday night. Continue reading »

Nov 142012

Blue Frenzy performs at the second annual Magazine Street Blues Festival in 2010. ( file photo by Sabree Hill)

Now in its fourth year, the Magazine Street Blues Festival returns to Laurence Square on Saturday with performances by Rockin’ Dopsie, the Soul Rebels and other bands, as well as food trucks, art sales and a kids’ area — all to raise money for a citizens’ group that supports the New Orleans Police Department’s Uptown-based Second District. Continue reading »

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Nov 142012

Dale Smith, associate head of school at Newman, listens to a question about a sketch of the new L-shaped preschool building planned for the corner of Soniat and Danneel at a Tuesday night meeting of the Freret Neighbors United. (Robert Morris,

Officials from the Isidore Newman School envision a new, larger preschool building on the Soniat Street side of campus to open in 2014, as well as the renovations to athletic and science facilities farther down the road, they told the Freret Neighbors United group Tuesday evening.

Members of the association, meanwhile, are continuing preliminary discussions about creating a security district to increase the number of officers patrolling the area. Continue reading »

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Nov 142012

The Gracious Advocate. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for

Jean-Paul Villere

I took some time out this past weekend to breeze on over to one of the city’s most recent enhancements in diurnal sustenance offerings in a swank little spot known as Gracious and happened upon a happy counterpart, a vending machine for The Advocate.  This was my first visit to Gracious so I was sort of taking it all in and frankly didn’t notice the red vending machine until I departed, but that’s when it hit me.  The new New Orleans is frankly a lot like the oldNew Orleans, and while with certainty no one’s zipping around in a shiny, new Oldsmobile picking up a copy of the Saturday Times-Picayune and prussians from La Bonnbonniere, they’re still likely driving (something) and more than able to equivalently nourish their mind and their soul, all locally sourced.  And thank goodness! Continue reading »

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