Dec 082014
 

Owen Courreges

It’s a catchy title: “91%.” However, it stands for something far less significant.

Local documentary filmmaker John Richie has certainly adopted a theme. His previous effort, “Shell Shocked,” aimed to portray the gritty reality of youth gun violence in New Orleans. He now plans to follow up that film with “91%,” which is being pitched as “a film about gun background checks and the people whose lives they impact.” Continue reading »

Dec 072014
 
(photo by Jeff Strout, courtesy of New Orleans Ballet Association)

(photo by Jeff Strout, courtesy of New Orleans Ballet Association)

The New Orleans Ballet Association will present its annual community production of the Nutcracker Suite today (Sunday, Dec. 7), showcasing the talents of more than 200 participants in its programs for youth and senior citizens on stage at Tulane University. Continue reading »

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Dec 072014
 
Kenny Welcome, Tulane senior defensive tackle, sings the national anthem on Saturday night. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Kenny Welcome, Tulane senior defensive tackle, sings the national anthem on Saturday night. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday night, Tulane took on Temple University, an American conference rival, in the final game of the regular season, the final game in Yulman stadium for all of the team’s seniors. Tulane seniors were honored before kickoff with a hug and a game ball from head coach Curtis Johnson and greeted by their friends and family. The Green Wave fell to the Owls 10-3 in the closing seconds after a game riddled with turnovers from both teams.

Fun fact, Tulane and Temple played each other in the first-ever Sugar Bowl in Tulane Stadium in January of 1935.

Jordy Joseph, senior quarterback, receives a hug and a game ball from head coach Curtis Johnson. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Jordy Joseph, senior quarterback, receives a hug and a game ball from head coach Curtis Johnson. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Dec 052014
 
New Orleans police take a trash can into evidence (after the body of a woman found in it was removed) from an alleyway off Danneel Street on Nov. 26. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

New Orleans police take a trash can into evidence (after the body of a woman found in it was removed) from an alleyway off Danneel Street on Nov. 26. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

As investigators learn more about the life of a ‘well-known, well-liked’ woman whose body was found stuffed in a trash can in Central City the day before Thanksgiving, they say that a tip from the community could be key to finding her killer. Continue reading »

Dec 042014
 
Neighbors speak with developers inside the former Blockbuster at Magazine and Louisiana, which is slated to be renovated into a CVS pharmacy. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Neighbors speak with developers inside the former Blockbuster at Magazine and Louisiana, which is slated to be renovated into a CVS pharmacy. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A site map of the proposed CVS at Magazine and Louisiana presented by developers on Tuesday. (design by Linfield, Hunter and Junius architects)

A site map of the proposed CVS at Magazine and Louisiana presented by developers on Tuesday. (design by Linfield, Hunter and Junius architects)

Magazine Street touts itself as “one of New Orleans’ premier shopping and entertainment districts,” so when developers presented a plan this week to convert a vacant Blockbuster Video at the edge of the Garden District into a new CVS pharmacy, they can hardly have been surprised by the lackluster reaction from residents.

“We don’t need another store to go buy gum and beer,” said Constance Street resident Mindy Decker, noting that another Walgreens is already a few blocks away and suggesting CVS consider Tchoupitoulas instead. Continue reading »

Dec 042014
 

Austin L. Diven (via opcso.org)

Austin L. Diven (via opcso.org)

A man whose wild attempt to break into a Coliseum Square home drew a warning blast from the homeowner’s shotgun in October is now wanted on a charge of attempted home invasion, after prosecutors upgraded his charges and he failed to show up to court this week, court documents show. Continue reading »

Dec 042014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Excitement was definitely in the air at the Windsor Court Monday night as 150 well-heeled donors patiently waited for an intimate concert by the great Stevie Wonder to begin.  Attorney Tim Francis convinced Wonder, his old boss, to perform at the big ticket fundraiser for Mary Landrieu and served as master of ceremonies. Wonder told the crowd he and Landrieu “shared the same values” and that’s why he came. Continue reading »

Dec 042014
 
A car seen near a shooting in the 2500 block of Dryades Street. (via NOPD)

A car seen near a shooting in the 2500 block of Dryades Street. (via NOPD)

A man known only as "Black." (image via NOPD)

A man known only as “Black.” (image via NOPD)

Two men were wounded in Broadmoor and another man was killed in Central City in separate shootings Wednesday afternoon, and New Orleans police are asking for the public’s help identifying a suspect in one case and a car allegedly used in the other, authorities said. Continue reading »