Mar 202014
 

The sentencing hearing for Former District B City Councilwoman Renee Gill Pratt’s federal racketeering conviction has been delayed until May so that she can seek a new trial on the basis that anonymous online commenting by members of the U.S. Attorney’s office may have unfairly influenced the jurors in her trial in 2011, according to a report by Laura Maggi of The Advocate. The same scandal previously led to the convictions against five NOPD officers in the Danziger Bridge shooting being overturned, Maggi notes.

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Mar 202014
 
Precinct-level results for the tax proposal supporting the Audubon Nature Institute. (map by Brian Denzer; click for larger PDF)

Precinct-level results for the tax proposal supporting the Audubon Nature Institute. (map by Brian Denzer; click for larger PDF)

The tax supporting the Audubon Nature Institute was not only rejected by New Orleans voters by a two-to-one margin, but the opposition was also distributed evenly across the city, losing in all but 10 of the city’s 366 voting precincts. Continue reading »

Mar 202014
 
NOPD investigators confer near a gun magazine and shell casings found at the scene of a shooting on O.C. Haley Boulevard on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD investigators confer near a gun magazine and shell casings found at the scene of a shooting on O.C. Haley Boulevard on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A sprawling police chase that led officers around Uptown and Mid-City New Orleans and caused several crashes Tuesday afternoon began with gunfire on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and has resulted one arrest, but investigators are still trying to determine exactly how all the events fit together, they said Wednesday. Continue reading »

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Mar 202014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

The power of social media and voter’s desire for a younger crop of elected officials definitely were the hallmarks of last Saturday’s election. In every instance, the younger of the two candidates was elected or reelected, as in Sheriff Marlin Gusman. Continue reading »

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Mar 192014
 
Flag boy of the Golden Blades (far right) at the meeting of the Golden Blades and Golden Eagles on St. Joseph's Night. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Flag boy of the Golden Blades (far right) at the meeting of the Golden Blades and Golden Eagles on St. Joseph’s Night. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Wednesday night, Mardi Gras Indians took to the streets in their annual St. Joseph’s night procession. The Uptown Mardi Gras Indians met near A.L. Davis park on the corner of Washington ave. and La Salle st. Continue reading »

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Mar 192014
 

The St. Patricks' Day block party outside Tracey's and Parasol's on Sunday. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

The St. Patricks’ Day block party outside Tracey’s and Parasol’s on Sunday. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

The off-duty police officers who have worked the Irish Channel block parties on St. Patrick’s Day for years declined to sign up this year through the city’s new, federally-mandated paid-detail system, leaving organizers scrambling to find replacements until the last minute, reports John Simerman of The New Orleans Advocate. Only about 15 percent of the department’s officers have signed up for jobs through the new city’s office, and as a result of the St. Patrick’s Day issue and others like it, the city is considering offering police higher rates for the off-duty work, Simerman reports.

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Mar 192014
 
Precinct-level results in the runoff for Orleans Parish Coroner. (map by Brian Denzer; click for full-sized PDF)

Precinct-level results in the runoff for Orleans Parish Coroner. (map by Brian Denzer; click for full-sized PDF)

In Saturday’s election for Orleans Parish Coroner, Jeff Rouse picked up votes in precincts across the city with the third-place candidate out of the runoff, while Dwight McKenna saw turnout among his supporters decrease — leading to Rouse’s narrow comeback victory. Continue reading »

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Mar 192014
 

bo dollis

While making your way to the St. Joseph’s Night festivities, pay homage to local activist and Mardi Gras Indian, Theodore Emile “Bo” Dollis the Big Chief of the Wild Magnolias, with The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation by passing the balcony at 1525 Louisiana Avenue from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 19). Continue reading »

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Mar 192014
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

SPOILER ALERT: The following has absolutely nothing to do with missing Malaysian flights, awesome local election results, what’s cool and/or gentrifying in New Orleans or St Patrick’s Day.  Nor does it have much to do with fisticuffs, with or without spherical handheld orbs of freshly fallen frozen precipitation, that may or may not last exceptionally long and nocturnally.  On a side note, turns out my high school sociology teacher was right: I don’t take anything seriously.  Rock on, Mrs. Schneider!

I love my brother-in-law.  I just do.  And I have two.  But I love my younger one more.  What can I say?  A parent doesn’t love all their children equally; why would you love all your in-laws the same?  You wouldn’t, and you don’t.  In fact, I’m guessing if you made it past the spoiler alert, chances are good you don’t love your brother-in-law, if you have one.  Which is a shame.  Because life is short, and why marry a spouse whose siblings are jerks?  I didn’t. Continue reading »

Mar 192014
 
(photo submitted by the Freret Neighborhood Center)

(photo submitted by the Freret Neighborhood Center)

By Liz Jurey, Freret Neighborhood Center

Have you ever wondered what happens in that yellow and red double shotgun house on Freret Street? You might be surprised to learn about the incredible work being done behind those blue doors! The Freret Neighborhood Center helps to offer resources to the Uptown / Central City area by providing access to a computer lab that is open to the public, conducting an afterschool program, organizing neighborhood clean-up efforts, and much more! We engage approximately 1,200 people, including residents, children, university students, as well as local and visiting volunteers.

This is a unique space where people from all walks of life are able to gather and work towards the betterment of this region. Show your support and celebrate our accomplishments by coming out this Thursday for an exciting event in our honor! Continue reading »

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Mar 182014
 

Sophie B. Wright’s return to its renovated home on Napoleon Avenue has been delayed by the discovery of more termite damage; two employees of the former Xavier University Preparatory School have been charged with embezzlement, middle-school grades are shifting between Crocker and Cohen College Prep, and a new principal is on the way to De La Salle, according to recent reports. Continue reading »

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Mar 182014
 
Precinct-level results in the sheriff's race runoff. (map by independent data analyst Brian Denzer)

Precinct-level results in the sheriff’s race runoff. (map by independent data analyst Brian Denzer; click to enlarge)

Sheriff Marlin Gusman won 40,068 votes in Saturday’s runoff election against Charles Foti — only about 500 fewer than he won in the Feb. 1 primary despite a dramatic decrease in turnout, suggesting that voters who chose other candidates initially and even some of Foti’s supporters simply stayed home. Continue reading »

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Mar 182014
 
Glenn Ford. (photo by jewel bush)

Former death-row prisoner Glenn Ford was released from prison last week, and is transitioning back to society at the Resurrection After Exoneration program in New Orleans. (photo by jewel bush)

jewel bush

What do you say to someone who has spent 10,950 days — 3 decades and his last 30 birthdays — wondering if today would be the day he would be put to death for a crime he did not commit?

“They give you a $20 debit card and say, ‘I’ll be waiting on you,’ ” said John Thompson, who spent 18 years in prison, 14 of them on death row, wrongfully convicted of murder.

On March 11, Thompson welcomed home fellow exoneree Glenn Ford, Louisiana’s longest-serving death row prisoner. Ford was released from death row and exonerated after an informant told police that the real killer — one of the original suspects — confessed to the 1983 murder. Continue reading »