Oct 262012

A week after two children were found dead in the bathtub of a Gert Town apartment and their mother, Chelsea Thornton, allegedly confessed to killing them, 3-year-old Kendall and 4-year-old Kelsey were mourned by family, friends and neighbors Thursday evening, according to a report by Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV:

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Oct 262012

Dunleith Designs, Antiques and Gifts is holding a one day only Tent Sale with all inventory under the tents and in the 3000 square foot showrooms on sale 20-30% off.

Dunleith Designs, Antiques and Gifts offers fine authentic antique furniture, decorative arts, and gifts at a genuine value. Every piece is personally selected by the owner, Mr. Ken Rogers. Continue reading »

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Oct 252012

The Nix Branch of the New Orleans Public Library will host a lecture Friday evening (Oct. 26) entitled “The Fallen Queen: New Orleans in the Civil War” to finish out this year’s bicentennial program of events. Continue reading »

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Oct 252012

The Hullabaloo, Tulane University’s student-run newspaper, is suing the state Division of Administration for turnstile records from Green Wave football games after the Superdome’s private management company, SMG, turned down a similar request, according to a report by Jessica Appelbaum of The Hullabaloo. “The attendance records are … relevant because a faction of neighborhood residents criticize Tulane’s plans to build a stadium of that size,” Appelbaum reports. “They question the accuracy of the attendance numbers Tulane is reporting.”

A hearing in the case is set for Monday afternoon.

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Oct 252012

When 40-year-old Jody Butler saw police arrive at Seventh and Danneel in July 2010, he took off on a bicycle, and when police caught him they found cocaine and marijuana on him, according a report by John Simerman of The Times Picayune. But a three judge panel ruled that insufficient cause for searching Butler, saying, “Frankly, it would be more remarkable if a person did not flee upon the sudden appearance of three marked police cars in a high-crime neighborhood,” Simerman reports.

Our partners at WWL-TV examined this issue in a separate Central City case earlier this week.

Oct 242012

Andrew Yon, president of the International School of Louisiana board, opens a meeting Wednesday night to discuss how to deal with the Camp Street building’s overcrowding issue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A proposal to separate the International School of Louisiana’s Eastbank and Westbank buildings into two campuses for lower- and upper-school students is still just one idea among many for next year, the school board promised a cafeteria full of concerned parents, and set a two-week deadline for themselves to endorse or reject it. Continue reading »

Oct 242012

Map shows an auto theft in the Riverbend, a carjacking on Willow and a shooting in Hollygrove all linked to Ken Dooley on Monday, police said.

Ken Dooley (via opcso.org)

A man has been arrested in the Monday afternoon carjacking of a woman on Willow Street after what appears to have been a short crime spree that began with a car theft on the Riverbend and ended with a shooting in Hollygrove, police said. While the incident appears to be related to two subsequent armed robberies on Tuesday, investigation continues into both of those cases as well, police said. Continue reading »

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Oct 242012

Jean-Paul Villere

Recently en route to a morning meeting, I got pulled over by the NOPD, with good reason: my license plate had long expired.  And I knew it, and I knew what was next.  My inspection sticker?  Expired.  Insurance?  Legit, but no proof therein.  The only saving grace was that my license to drive happens to be aces with nothing attached, plus I operated the vehicle in a stellar manner.  Okay, the officer didn’t use the word ‘stellar’, that’s my own embellishment.  But trust me, I’m a good driver, just maybe not always a 100-percent legal one. Continue reading »

Oct 242012

The International School of Lousiana’s Olivier Street campus in Algiers.

The International School of Louisiana is still considering moving all its middle-school students to its Westbank campus and consolidating all its lower-grade students in the Camp Street building, but amid strong opposition from some families to crossing the Mississippi River, no decision is expected at Wednesday night’s meeting of the school’s governing board. Continue reading »

Oct 232012

A patrol car sits in the 5800 block of Clara Street as police investigate an armed robbery reported there Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

For the third time in 36 hours on an Uptown street, a woman at her vehicle was approached by a man armed with a gun who took her belongings — this time, around 8 p.m. on Clara Street between State and Nashville. Continue reading »

Oct 232012

Actor Wendell Pierce describes his proposal for a Sterling Express store anchoring a gas station on Tchoupitoulas at St. James before the City Planning Commission on Tuesday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Actor Wendell Pierce plans the next location of his fresh-food convenience store concept, Sterling Express, for Tchoupitoulas near the old Market Street power plant in the Lower Garden District, but the proposed gas station he wants to put it in received a split decision from a city panel Tuesday on its request for two bays for large trucks. Continue reading »

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