Mar 252014
 

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Less than three months passed between the arrest of George Junius Stinney Jr. and his execution. The whole Stinney trial took only one day – including jury selection.

The year was 1944 in Alcolu, a South Carolina town established by a lumber company in the late 19th century. All of the townsfolk worked for the mill; and in fact, were paid in metal coins emblazoned with the letter “A;” legal tender accepted at the company store to pay for everything from groceries to a doctor’s visit.

Stinney was 14 when he sat in the electric chair using the Bible he carried into the death chamber as a booster seat. From the looks of his mug shot, Stinney could have passed for as young as 12 when he was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder of two pre-teen white girls by an all-white jury in a town that was more than half black. Continue reading »

Mar 252014
 

Parcels and Post logoblueoutlineAfter 30 years of being your neighborhood post office at the corner of Magazine and Nashville, we are happy to announce that the new store is only five blocks away. We want to see you walk in our new doors, as we continue to offer the same friendly service, local gifts, shipping/packing services and smiles. Continue reading »

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Mar 242014
 

(via newcombartgallery.tulane.edu)

(via newcombartgallery.tulane.edu)

An exhibition at Tulane University’s Newcomb Art Gallery will feature paintings and prints by some of the most famous artists of Renaissance and Baroque Europe, as well as a catalog on the pieces with entries written by Tulane students. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public. Continue reading »

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Mar 242014
 

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Louisiana’s relatively lax landlord-tenant laws arguably need to be revisited, but a new proposal in the state legislature tilts the scales too far in favor of tenants who breach their obligations.

In late February, Louisiana State Senator Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb filed Senate Bill 298, which includes a laundry list of revisions to the laws governing residential leases.  The centerpiece is a non-waivable 30-day eviction notice period for all evictions, regardless of grounds.  Under existing law, a tenant may be evicted with five days notice, although this notice may be waived by agreement of the landlord and tenant in the lease. Continue reading »

Mar 242014
 

For the sequel to his autobiographical play “Reflections,” former City Council president Oliver Thomas has invited two other former New Orleans elected officials to join the cast — former City Councilwoman Cynthia Willard-Lewis and former school board president Gail Glapion, according to Alex Woodward of our partners at Gambit. “Reflections 2″ runs April 11-27 at Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 South Carrollton Avenue.

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Mar 242014
 

08-0214 Uptown Messenger Renwick Lecture Ad

This Wednesday, March 26th at 7:30 p.m., Loyola University Institute of Politics will be hosting the 5th Annual Ed Renwick Lecture: “One Louisiana, Three Perspectives.” Former governors Edwin Edwards, Buddy Roemer and Kathleen Blanco will discuss Louisiana’s current political issues and elaborate on their experiences in office. This event is free and open to the public.

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Mar 232014
 

A sign reading "Eat Local"  in the edible garden at Samuel J. Green Charter School. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A sign reading “Eat Local” in the edible garden at Samuel J. Green Charter School.
(Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

An “Edible Evening” brings more than just food to the table. The annual fundraiser benefits children through the Edible Schoolyard’s garden, kitchen, and wellness education programming at five FirstLine Schools.

Wine, burgers, desserts, tacos and more will be provided during the outdoor garden party at the Samuel J. Green Charter School in the Freret neighborhood from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday (March 27). For those party goers arriving or staying late, for the first time in five years the party will go until 10 p.m., a “Late Wave” party with Company Burger and Cure. Continue reading »

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Mar 222014
 

A man who found a lost iPhone following the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day chronicled his trip up Magazine Street looking for a place to drop it off in a series of videos that the owner afterward posted to YouTube, drawing thousands of views and a rave review of the entire journey from Gambit’s Alejandro de los Rios.

See one of the videos below — all five are embedded in the Gambit post.

Mar 222014
 
The Lusher High School courtyard on Saturday morning, prior to the start of the school's annual crawfish boil fundraiser. Next year, modular classrooms will fill the space. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Lusher High School courtyard on Saturday morning, prior to the start of the school’s annual crawfish boil fundraiser. Next year, modular classrooms will fill the space. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The two homes in the 7300 block of Jeanette. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The two homes in the 7300 block of Jeanette will be demolished to make way for modular classrooms, Lusher officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher Charter School has received approval for temporary modular buildings at both of its campuses during renovations next year — in a courtyard space at the high school, and replacing two homes that will have to be torn down on the corner of the lower school site, officials said. Continue reading »

Mar 212014
 

The Audubon Nature Institute will not file its first campaign-finance report until April 24, more than a month after the March 15 election it was advertising for, because it is not reporting any spending prior to Feb. 21, according to a report by Tyler Bridges of The Lens. Its activities prior to that date — including creation of a website called VoteYesForAudubon.com — were “part of a ‘branding campaign’ that did not specifically advocate the tax,” Audubon’s attorney told The Lens, though at least one critic says that the lack of disclosure allows Audubon to “circumvent” campaign finance laws intended to let the public know who is spending money to influence elections.

Mar 212014
 
An image of the suspect in a March 6 armed robbery at American Apparel on Magazine Street. (via NOPD)

An image of the suspect in a March 6 armed robbery at American Apparel on Magazine Street. (via NOPD)

Steven Rodney

Steven Rodney

The man suspected in the broad-daylight armed robbery of an American Apparel store on Magazine Street has been arrested on several armed robbery charges in Las Vegas, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Mar 212014
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

Two people — including a 2-year-old girl — were wounded in a shooting Thursday afternoon at Eagle Street and Earhart Boulevard in Hollygrove, and another man reported that he was shot shortly afterward in the 1800 block of Eagle in west Carrollton, New Orleans police said.

The two incidents appear to be unrelated, investigators said, but both involve dangerous groups that police are devoting all their resources to bringing to justice.

“We’ve gotten to the bottom of both,” said Lt. Shawn Ferguson at the weekly meeting of NOPD commanders on Friday morning. “We don’t think the they’re related at all.” Continue reading »

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Mar 202014
 

SWBOver the next year and a half, the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans will replace all the city’s water meters with new models that can be read remotely, eliminating the need for meter readers and allowing residents to monitor their usage in real time, according to a recent report by Della Hasselle of our sister site at MidCityMessenger.com. The utility is also moving toward entire water line replacements instead of “point repairs” on lines that break to reduce the amount of leakage across the system.

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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