Oct 302012

The two candidates for the Uptown-based District 6 seat on the Orleans Parish School Board, incumbent Woody Koppel and challenger Jason Coleman, discussed how to bring Recovery School District charters back to the OPSB, the strengths and weaknesses of charter-school autonomy and whether collective bargaining should return to the schools in a recent video interview by Jessica Williams of The Lens.

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Oct 302012

Poydras House supporters sign the final beam to be placed in the new addition just before it is hoisted high into the air. (submitted photo)

The final steel beam was placed on the framework of the three-story addition to Poydras Home on Magazine Street on Thursday, signed by residents and supporters looking forward to its completion next summer. Continue reading »

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Oct 292012

LaToya Cantrell, Dana Kaplan, Marlon “Buck” Horton and Eric Strachan

With the latest campaign finance reports filed in the District B City Council race, the pattern established earlier in the contest may be holding: Eric Strachan continues to hold a lead in fundraising, but Dana Kaplan appears to have nearly as much or more cash on hand in the final week before the Nov. 6 election.

LaToya Cantrell’s campaign continues to trail both Strachan and Kaplan in total money raised and spent, although her fundraising did outpace Kaplan’s during one part of the reporting period, the reports show.

Finally, Marlon “Buck” Horton filed a report stating that he did not raise or spend any money during the latest period. Continue reading »

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Oct 292012

Traditional Norwegian food, such as open-face sandwhiches, smoked salmon, cakes and cookies, are on display during the 2011 Scandinavian Festival. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Nicole Harvey)

Heart-shaped waffles, open-faced sandwiches, the Scandinavian Jazz All-stars and Christmas crafts will all be a part of the annual Scandinavian Festival at the Norwegian Seaman’s Church at 1772 Prytania Street this weekend. Continue reading »

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Oct 292012

By Dana Kaplan

The final weeks of the campaign have been quite humbling for me personally and a wonderful boost to our supporters. Our campaign to make New Orleans safer has picked up the endorsement of Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Congressman Cedric Richmond , Sheriff Marlin Gusman, Assessor Errol Williams and State Representatives Helena Moreno, Walt Leger, and Jared Brossett. A tremendous cross section of support.

In the past few days, the endorsements have continued with the Times Picayune, Gambit Weekly and The New Orleans Tribune. Again, a wonderful blend of support from every part of the city. Continue reading »

Oct 292012

An armed gunman forced his way into a Gert Town home to rob the resident, a group of four people were robbed at gunpoint on Magazine Street, and two women with an infant were carjacked by a man wielding a rifle in the Hollygrove area in separate incidents Sunday — though police did make arrests in one of the cases, according to initial reports. Continue reading »

Oct 292012

The former Coliseum Theater as seen in “Interview with a Vampire”

Rene Brunet and Jack Stewart will release their book “There’s One In Your Neighborhood: The Lost Movie Theaters of New Orleans” at a party showcasing old film reels on the Prytania Theatre’s screen (Nov. 1, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.). Continue reading »

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Oct 292012

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Oct 292012

Owen Courreges

There’s an old “Bloom County” cartoon I recall reading once.  They’re holding a political convention, and Milo Bloom, ever the political realist, is at the podium speaking about the sundry scandals and distractions that will govern the upcoming election.  Watch a few minutes of cable news commentary and you get the same effect.

All of a sudden Opus (who, incidentally, is a penguin), shouts out, “ISSUES!” Milo says, “What’s that?” Opus then responds: “I THINK AN ELECTION SHOULD BE ABOUT ISSUES!

In the final panel, Opus is seen tied upside-down to tree, his mouth taped shut, below a large sign emblazoned with the word “BLASPHEMER.” Continue reading »

Oct 292012

Owen Courreges

Hello, dear readers. What follows are the results of a policy questionnaire that I sent to all the candidates in the city council District B race. I received responses from Marlon Horton, LaToya Cantrell and Dana Kaplan, but did not hear back from Eric Strachan.

Please bear in mind that positions taken during a campaign are not set in stone and that working as a single member of a legislative body requires negotiation, trade-offs, and prioritization. Sometimes politicians fail to take specific positions during campaigns to avoid alienating voters or being called hypocrites later. When that is the case the electorate itself is mostly to blame.

I would like to thank all the candidates who responded. Their candor was refreshing, and I hope that these questions and their answers will assist District B voters in making their selection. Continue reading »