Feb 062014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

You have to hand it to Mayor Mitch Landrieu. He ran a flawless campaign. His message was just what the voters wanted to hear and of course it helped that he had many millions of dollars to drive home his message through mail and tv, along with a very strong Get Out The Vote effort that capitalized on pure volunteers, unclassified employees and a skilled team of out-of-state professionals.

Judge Michael Bagneris, who got a late start, could not keep up. Judge Bagneris had to spend so much time driving to explain to the voters the Mayor’s failings, that he never had time to define his goals and method to reach them. Continue reading »

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Feb 062014
 

Slide-1One in three of our residents live below the poverty line. This means little to no access to the ever-changing technology that will affect the future of countless careers. That’s why collaborators Civic Center, St. Claude Main Street, New Orleans Youth Sound Experience, and NOLA Mix found it imperative to launch the St. Claude Lab.

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Feb 052014
 

The controversial Orleans Parish Prison consent decree will be discussed during a symposium on prison reform this Friday.

The Prison Reform: Progress, Policies & Practices symposium will “initiate a dialogue between legal practitioners, community activists and others involved with reshaping the U.S. prison system,” according to a press release.
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Feb 052014
 

Michael Singreen (via opcso.org)

Michael Singreen (via opcso.org)

The murder trial of a man accused of killing his parents in an Audubon Boulevard home in 2009 has stalled as attorneys try to sort out whether the defendant’s sister — who is in a mental institution — is fit to testify as a witness. Continue reading »

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Feb 052014
 
Pedestrians pass by the Newcomb Boulevard fence early Tuesday afternoon.

Pedestrians pass by the Newcomb Boulevard fence early Tuesday afternoon.

Early last month, New Orleans city officials promised that they would comply with a court order to remove a fence on Newcomb Boulevard “without delay.” More than a month later, the fence still stands, there is discussion about a City Council effort to make the street one-way, and the city still says it is working on the removal — “without delay.” Continue reading »

Feb 052014
 

Jean-Paul Villere

If you’ve never traversed the Crescent City by foot, you are missing out.  You can really dig in the cracked pavement and tiered landscape, plus there’s a whole host of scents to engage traveling by bike or car one is likely to miss.  Just the other night a group of us walked from Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop over to the Marigny and the wafts of equal parts liquor, urine, and pot made for a less-than-appetizing nasal gumbo.  But while one wrestles over the legal and the sanitary, in the French Quarter the street surfaces historically remain level.  To say the least, it’s refreshing, especially if one is familiar with any other stretch within New Orleans where the mature oaks that pepper the streets over time have broken new ground, so to speak, giving the citizenry, say it with me: more broken sidewalks. Continue reading »

Feb 052014
 

After the recent publication of a letter from Archbishop Gregory Aymond saying that anyone involved in the construction of a Planned Parenthood clinic on South Claiborne Avenue is “cooperating with the evil that will take place there,” pro-life activists believe the pressure they have created has delayed the start of construction since the May groundbreaking, according to a report by Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV. Planned Parenthood has said 90 percent of its services are health care other than abortions, and that it does not perform the procedure at its clinic on Magazine Street, Hernandez notes.

Feb 042014
 
A map of precincts won by City Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell and challenger Jason Williams on Saturday. (map by Brian Denzer; click for larger PDF)

A map of precincts won by City Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell and challenger Jason Williams on Saturday. (map by Brian Denzer; click for larger PDF)

New Orleans City Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell won over voters in far more precincts than either of her two challengers, but Jason Williams and Freddie Charbonnet together won far more voters than she did — making for a spirited contest with advantages on both sides between Hedge-Morrell and Williams heading into the March 15 runoff. Continue reading »

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Feb 042014
 
Gott Gourmet Cafe, a restaurant on Magazine Street, has recently transformed into GG’s Dine-O-Rama. The name came from their decision to expand their menu to include a wider range of dishes. Adding “O-Rama” to something means “a wide overview of” and was used as far back as the 1950’s. The restaurant specializes in “refined comfort food,” a blend of modern day comfort food served in the atmosphere of a retro diner. Continue reading »
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Feb 032014
 

lfno lycee patton featAs Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans seeks to rebuild after last year’s controversies, one crucial goal for its new leadership has been the creation of a long-term plan to guide the school’s development.

When a first draft of that plan was presented for board approval Monday night, however, the conversation quickly turned to a question that speaks to the broader transformation of New Orleans’s educational system: Do charter schools rely too heavily on fundraising efforts that can burden the families the schools are intended to serve? Continue reading »

Feb 032014
 
Precinct-level results in the City Council At-Large Division 1 race. (map by Brian Denzer, click for larger PDF version)

Precinct-level results in the City Council At-Large Division 1 race. (map by Brian Denzer, click for larger PDF version)

Despite the well-known rivalry between Mayor Mitch Landrieu and City Councilwoman Stacy Head — she was the only incumbent council member he declined to endorse for re-election — the two were re-elected by very similar margins across the city, with support from very similar precincts. Continue reading »

Feb 032014
 
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Auto thefts around the Sixth District. (map via NOPD)

The number of auto thefts occurring in the Sixth District plummeted from 12 to zero after a contraption known as a “tow wagon” was taken off the streets, New Orleans police said at a weekly meeting at headquarters Friday.

Police have videos showing the tow wagon lifting parked cars and being driven off, NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy said. The contraption lifted the cars up from underneath, hooked into their bottoms and towed them away, without having to break any windows or start engines, according to police.

“That has been our nemesis,” Bardy said about the tow wagon and the number of auto thefts in the district. Continue reading »

Feb 032014
 

Owen Courreges

Sometime after the Iran-Iraq broke out in 1980, Henry Kissinger was quoted as saying: “It’s a pity they can’t both lose.”

These words seem appropriate following the results of the Orleans Sheriff’s election day this past Saturday.  Incumbent Marlin Gusman received 49% of the vote, falling just short of the amount required to avoid a runoff.  The runner up with 29% of the vote, Charles Foti, is also Gusman’s predecessor. Each of these men have made their own contributions to a Sheriff’s office that is beyond dysfunctional. Continue reading »

Feb 022014
 
A precinct-level analysis of Mayor Mitch Landrieu's re-election victory by Brian Denzer. (click for larger PDF version)

A precinct-level analysis of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s re-election victory by Brian Denzer. (click for larger PDF version)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu swept to re-election Saturday with 64 percent of the vote, easily outpacing his two challengers in his bid for a second term — but his support was not as evenly distributed across the city as it was four years ago, according to a map of precinct-level results. Continue reading »

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Feb 022014
 
Participants make their way towards downtown on St. Charles ave.

Participants make their way downtown on St. Charles Ave. early Sunday morning (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Early Sunday morning, runners took to the foggy streets of New Orleans for the annual Rock N’ Roll Marathon. Beginning at the corner of Poydras St. and Camp St. downtown, the course went Uptown to St. Charles Ave., to Mid City and finished in City Park. Continue reading »

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