Aug 072012

With a busy August anticipated as Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans moves into its new campus at State and Patton streets and prepares for the first day of classes, the school’s board has moved its monthly meeting to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 8). Continue reading »

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Aug 062012

Owen Courreges

Why does Mayor Landrieu hate live music?  And why did Stacy Head give him the “alley oop” do shut down virtually any bar he wants?

I’m not a conspiracy theorist by any means, but when two events feed into each other so perfectly that a connection is nearly impossible to ignore, you have to acknowledge your suspicions even if you’d prefer not to speculate and stick with verified facts.  There is something rotten at City Hall, and I just want to know why. Continue reading »

Aug 042012

Helena Moreno

Ending a subplot of the race for the District B seat on the City Council almost as soon as it began, state Rep. Helena Moreno said Saturday afternoon that she won’t be a candidate for the job.

“I love the legislature,” Moreno said in a telephone interview, describing a daily enthusiasm to go to work on state issues affecting the city. “I don’t think that’s something I’m ready to give up at this point.” Continue reading »

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Aug 042012

New Orleans College Prep, the charter school that manages Walter L. Cohen High School, may have to dip into its reserves to cover a $300,000 gap between expenses and revenues in its $11.2 million budget for the coming year, if fundraisers and donations cannot fill the shortfall, according to a report by Yomi Akinyemi for The Lens. The budget hole comes from the expiration of previous startup grants and College Prep’s increasing portion of the costs of the Cohen building.

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Aug 042012

Crowds gather at the Fly at Audubon Park to see rising water levels during the Mississippi River flood of May 2011. ( file photo by Sabree Hill)

The project to increase height of the levee by 2 feet may involve shutting down the Fly for part of the two years of construction, and will remove all trees and vegetation, reports Mark Schleifstein of The Times-Picayune. It will skip over the Army Corps of Engineers campus that sits on top of a center portion of the levee, where floodwalls will be added later, Schleifstein reports.

Aug 042012

Craig Giesecke

No, I’m not going to write about the Chick-Fil-A thing just because this is a food column.

That said, I‘ve been having a fair amount of contact over the past week or so with various high-volume food and hotel chains. This is because I’ve had to include them in the very wide net I’ve had to cast in this job hunt. Ideal? No. But a dollar is a dollar these days and one can’t be too picky.

This isn’t to say I’m looking down my nose at the big chains. Actually, some of them do a remarkable job at introducing many people to variations of cuisine they might not ordinarily try. Olive Garden continually shifts its specials and, gotta admit, their endless salad/soup/breadstick offering is nearly impossible to beat when watching the budget and/or if you’re in search of something light (or feels that way). Continue reading »

Aug 032012

A 57-year-old woman was found dead inside an apartment that caught fire around 5 a.m. in the 8100 block of Apricot, just a few blocks from the busy intersection of Carrollton and Claiborne, according to our partners at WWL-TV. Police and fire investigators are awaiting an autopsy on the woman, said Officer Frank Robertson, an NOPD spokesman.

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Aug 032012

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

A new crop of college freshmen will infiltrate our city soon, calling New Orleans home. Whether it’s one semester or the next four years, the 2012 crew will be looking for jobs, be it for extra spending money or to work their way through school.

As a decision maker in the hiring process, I’m often befuddled by some of the things I see on job applications. Granted, I’m not talking about hiring to fill an upper management position. This is entry-level retail we’re talking about, but I deeply question if people really want a job given their tendency not to present their best selves. Continue reading »

Aug 022012

City Council Eric Strachan (left) speaks to Garden District resident Warren Hart during Thursday night’s launch party for Strachan’s campaign at Second Line Stages. (Robert Morris,

Five years ago, City Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson gave Eric Strachan his first job in City Hall. At a Thursday night election launch party, she gave him his first major endorsement as he seeks a seat alongside join her on the council. Continue reading »

Aug 022012

James W. Thomas (via

A 74-year-old man donned a white coat and posed as a medical worker to gain the confidence of a disabled man, then pocketed what valuables he could from the house before a relative and police caught him, authorities said.

In a separate case, investigators have also arrested a burglar who has been wanted for months for a number of home break-ins along the Napoleon Avenue corridor, police said. Continue reading »

Aug 022012

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

With the 2013 Super Bowl scheduled for New Orleans next January and the ever growing list of conventions coming to the Crescent City, it is no surprise that Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the City Council recently passed a package of 23 mandatory upgrades for the taxi cab industry. Continue reading »