Jan 082015
 

Two officers had already spoken to the passengers of the vehicle they stopped in Central City on Wednesday night when one man got out and fired at them while running away, New Orleans police said. One of the officers returned fire, killing the man, and the whole incident was recorded on body-worn cameras, police said Thursday. Continue reading »

Jan 082015
 
Firefighters battle a blaze in the attic of a house at 4320 Constance Street on Thursday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Firefighters battle a blaze in the attic of a house at 4320 Constance Street on Thursday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Smoke billows from a house on Constance Street as firefighters battle a blaze there. (Reader submitted photo by Louise Fenton)

Smoke billows from a house on Constance Street as firefighters battle a blaze there. (Reader submitted photo by Louise Fenton)

A house on Constance Street that has been in the same family for a century was damaged in a fire Thursday morning, just weeks before renovations were complete and the owner had hoped to return home. Continue reading »

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Jan 082015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Why hasn’t the Steve Scalise story died down yet? Because Rep. Scalise was less than forthright when he first spoke about the incident. Therefore, reporters and others continue to analyze the story and what it means about the Republicans’ ability to build a larger, more diverse constituency before the presidential elections.

Some things are certain. David Duke was a Republican elected official and a member of the Louisiana Legislature. That gave him respect. Other legislators secretly — or not so secretly — liked his ideas. Duke was wildly popular with white voters in Jefferson Parish and Louisiana in general, by his strong showing in the governor’s race against Edwin Edwards. Continue reading »

Jan 082015
 

Grow Dat is a youth program that nurtures young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. Our organization is entering 2015 with our Farm Share program ready to roll. In its second year, the Grow Dat Farm Share program is an opportunity for customers to enjoy chemical-free, fresh produce while investing in our farm, our youth leadership program, and our community.

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Jan 072015
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

It’s officially Mardi Gras in New Orleans again.  And thank goodness.  It truly is my favorite holiday anywhere every period, for true.  Parties, parades, shenanigans, and any semblance therein.  The rituals, the costumes, and it being New Orleans, of course, the food.  In that vein, part of the hoopla embraces the incessant consumption of brightly colored, sugared up beyond belief, roundish breaded pastry, that may or may not have a wee plastic baby figurine inside, simply and distinctly known as king cake.  Only, I turned 40 recently, and this season I’m watching that part of Carnival from the cheap seats. Continue reading »

Jan 072015
 
Police officers document a gun recovered during the manhunt near Cadiz and Loyola streets on Sunday, Jan. 4. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers document a gun recovered during the manhunt near Cadiz and Loyola streets on Sunday, Jan. 4. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Morris Smith, Taman Martin, Darrell Quinn and Tevin Quinn (from left, via opcso.org)

Morris Smith, Taman Martin, Darrell Quinn and Tevin Quinn (from left, via opcso.org)

Three teens and a 20-year-old who were arrested Sunday night following a police chase and manhunt are being tied to more recent robberies around the Uptown area, but their crime spree may have begun two months ago and stretched from Jefferson Parish through New Orleans and into Slidell, police said Tuesday. Continue reading »

Jan 072015
 
Revelers dance to the Storyville Stompers in the Oak Street barn. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Revelers dance to the Storyville Stompers in the Oak Street barn. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tuesday night, the Phunny Phorty Phellows rang in the 2015 Carnival season with their annual ride on the St. Charles avenue street car. Large crowds gathered at the Oak Street streetcar barn to see the Phellows depart down the line. The Phellows are a Mardi Gras crew that dates back all the way to 1878.

Crowds gathered in the Oak Street barn (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Crowds gathered in the Oak Street barn (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 062015
 

Martinique Bistro is closing after 20 years and will be reopened as Avo by a former Gautreau’s chef; a former Emeril’s chef has taken over Frankie and Johnny’s, and HiVolt Coffee will begin serving beverages to go inside of P’s and Q’s on Magazine Street, according to recent reports. Continue reading »

Jan 062015
 

The Family Center of Hope at Watson Teaching Ministries on St. Charles Avenue will offer a free screening Wednesday, Jan. 7, of the “Shell Shocked” documentary that explores youth and gun violence in New Orleans, followed by a discussion with director John Ritchie afterward. Continue reading »

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Jan 052015
 
Police take a suspect into custody Sunday night at Cadiz and Loyola. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police take a suspect into custody Sunday night at Cadiz and Loyola. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Morris Smith, Taman Martin, Darrell Quinn and Tevin Quinn (from left, via opcso.org)

Morris Smith, Taman Martin, Darrell Quinn and Tevin Quinn (from left, via opcso.org)

New Orleans police have released the names of the four men arrested Sunday night following a manhunt around Cadiz and Jena streets in connection with a series of armed robberies earlier in the evening — using a gun taken from a victim in an armed robbery shortly before Christmas, authorities said. Continue reading »

Jan 052015
 
The Phunny Phorty Phellows prepare to leave from the streetcar barn on Willow on their Twelfth Night ride through Uptown New Orleans in January 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Phunny Phorty Phellows prepare to leave from the streetcar barn on Willow on their Twelfth Night ride through Uptown New Orleans in January 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With those other holidays already behind us, the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line will yet again host the kickoff of the Carnival season with the annual Twelfth Night ride of the Phunny Phorty Phellows. Continue reading »

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Jan 052015
 

Owen Courreges

Since August 2004, six New Orleans police officers have been killed.  Two died in auto accidents with other motorists.  One died from an illness contracted while conducting rescue operations during Hurricane Katrina.  Another was killed off-duty during a home invasion.

The two remaining officers were killed while on-duty.  Both were killed by men suffering from severe mental illness. Continue reading »

Jan 042015
 
New Orleans police officers take a suspect into custody at the corner of Cadiz and Loyola streets during a two-hour manhunt in the area Sunday evening following a rash of Uptown robberies. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police officers take a suspect into custody at the corner of Cadiz and Loyola streets during a two-hour manhunt in the area Sunday evening following a rash of Uptown robberies. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Four people were arrested and two guns were seized Sunday night following a police chase and two-hour manhunt in the Freret neighborhood, and New Orleans police are investigating the suspects’ possible connections to a rash of several armed robberies earlier in the evening. Continue reading »