One of the earliest memories I have of my father remains a wrestling match with a Christmas tree, trying to persuade it to stand just so. Come to think of it, that was actually an annual event. Flying nettles, sweaty brows, and errant gruntled pseudo-curses on par with A Christmas Story Darren McGavin battles with the home boiler. Years go by, decades really, a couple of kids get raised, a couple of marriages pass on, and in 2010 the world of medicine gave my pop a terminal diagnosis, only he proved them wrong. He’ll tell you he should be dead, but today he turns 73.
A woman who received a red-light ticket for a car she didn’t own was determined to have been driving a rental at the time, city officials said, making her responsible for the ticket.
The owners of the Rum House on Magazine Street plan to open a new restaurant next door, the “Red Dog Diner,” serving a wine-country comfort food in a casual Old World atmosphere, they said Tuesday.
One man was stabbed multiple times with a box cutter in an Uptown riverside neighborhoood on Friday evening, another man sitting in his car was robbed at gunpoint in Central City, and New Orleans police are looking for a teen who allegedly brandished a gun at a Central City convenience store, according to weekend crime reports.
After a tugboat capsized near the Louisiana Avenue wharf Tuesday morning, all five people aboard it were rescued from the Mississippi River, according to our partners at WWL-TV.
Bay BridgeFest music festival returns to downtown Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, October 25-27. A total of 20 bands will play on three stages, and many of the artists are mainstays of the popular New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. This year’s lineup features The Revivalists, Dumpstaphunk, Amanda Shaw, Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience, Honey Island Swamp Band, Walter Wolfman Washington, Johnny Sansone, Cedric Burnside Project, Young Pinstripe Brass Band, Gravy, Rochelle Harper Band and Sista Jazz.
The Courtyard Brewery, a new “nano” brewery with a small taproom, is planned for a warehouse on Erato Street in the Lower Garden District, its founders told neighbors Monday night.
As speculation heats up about possible candidates in the upcoming New Orleans city elections, Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell so far faces only one announced challenger in her first bid for re-election: bounce artist Marlon “10th Ward Buck” Horton.
This past week, the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal ordered the reinstatement of yet another New Orleans police officer on grounds that the NOPD violated the “Police Officer’s Bill of Rights” by taking too long to investigate his misconduct.
Thomas McMasters illegally arrested two women in 2009 for prostitution loitering, which requires a conviction for prostitution within the previous year. McMasters, however, failed to check for a previous conviction and neither woman had one. Since women don’t appreciate being mislabeled as whores (imagine!), they filed complaints. McMasters admitted during the investigation that he knew the law but simply didn’t follow it.
Alumni of the AmeriCorps program in New Orleans completed repairs to a Freret homeowner’s ceiling this weekend, and dedicated to the project to the memory of Joseph Massenburg, the 18-year-old AmeriCorps volunteer shot to death in April, reports Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV.
The two judicial seats on Saturday’s ballot will head to a runoff next month, whittling the eight-candidate field down to Stephen Jupiter and Clint Smith in Traffic Court and eliminating one person for a runoff between Harry Cantrell and Mark Vicknair for Magistrate.
Audubon Charter School cleared its audit for the 2012-2013 school year with no issues, according to a report presented to school leaders Saturday.
After a successful first year in 2012, the Irish Film Festival will return this weekend to the Prytania Theatre, with a gala Friday night and films throughout Saturday and Sunday.
The grief that follows the loss of a child to violence is one of the most unbearable burdens life can impose on a mother. It is one of life’s mysteries, then, that by gathering a dozen such heavy souls in one room, the burden on all of them becomes lighter.
“It hurts deeply to lose a kid, and you just don’t know why,” said Ann Dimes, a member of the “Helping Mothers Heal” group at the Watson Teaching Ministries on St. Charles Avenue. “So you reach out to another mother, another sister … because life is precious. Life will continue to go on.”