Mar 042016
 

The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education sent a controversial decision on how to fund individual schools in New Orleans back to the Orleans Parish School Board on Thursday, in a move that appears to at least partially satisfy some schools’ request for more time to consider the impact of a new formula. Continue reading »

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Mar 032016
 
U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, left, speaks at the Katrina 10 commemoration on Aug. 29, and state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson rides in the Krewe of Femme Fatale during Mardi Gras 2016. (Richmond photo by Zach Brien of UptownMessenger.com, Peterson photo by Robert Morris of UptownMessenger.com)

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, left, speaks at the Katrina 10 commemoration on Aug. 29, and state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson rides in the Krewe of Femme Fatale during Mardi Gras 2016. (Richmond photo by Zach Brien of UptownMessenger.com, Peterson photo by Robert Morris of UptownMessenger.com)

Top row: Gov. John Bel Edwards and Clerk of Court Arthur Morrell; bottom row: Shane Riddle and Arlanda J. Williams. (sources: Office of the Governor, Orleans Clerk of Court, Louisiana Association of Educators, Terrebonne Parish government)

Top row: Gov. John Bel Edwards and Clerk of Court Arthur Morrell; bottom row: Shane Riddle and Arlanda J. Williams. (sources: Office of the Governor, Orleans Clerk of Court, Louisiana Association of Educators, Terrebonne Parish government)

As Saturday’s Democratic primary approaches, the majority of Louisiana’s superdelegates have already committed to cast their ballots for former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, based on interviews conducted this week. Continue reading »

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Mar 032016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

The recent announcement that former state senator and current chairman of the Louisiana Public Service Commission, Foster Campbell, has thrown his hat into the U.S. Senate competition is just another sign that Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana’s Democratic Party are preparing to aggressively compete against the state’s Republican Party in every race. Continue reading »

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Mar 022016
 
Neighbors rally around the sculpture at "The Fly" on Sunday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Neighbors rally around the sculpture at “The Fly” on Sunday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Although they appeared to be rebuffed by the New Orleans City Council last month, members of the “Save the Fly” movement are asking for the city to impose a new process that could slow down, alter or even stop the proposed Carrollton Boosters soccer complex on the Audubon Riverview. Continue reading »

Mar 022016
 
NOPD deployment graphic

(via City of New Orleans Neighborhood Engagement Office)

A neighborhood leaders roundtable on public safety this Saturday, March 5 will feature Chief Michael Harrison speaking about the NOPD’s new deployment strategy to place 94 more officers on New Orleans streets. The public safety millage on the ballot for voter consideration on April 9 will also be addressed because proceeds from the millage could be used to hire and pay for additional police officers, as well as to pay firefighters pension fund. Continue reading »

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Mar 012016
 
Walking from the 5700 block of Willow Street to the 3000 block of College Court -- the location of a shooting incident and an armed carjacking Monday night that investigators believe may be related -- would likely take less than 30 minutes via a variety of routes, according to Google maps.

Walking from the 5700 block of Willow Street to the 3000 block of College Court — the location of a shooting incident and an armed carjacking Monday night that investigators believe may be related — would likely take less than 30 minutes via a variety of routes, according to Google maps.

A man with a gun tried to open a woman’s car door on Willow Street in the university area and then fired several shots at her as she tried to escape from him Monday evening, only about an hour prior to another carjacking in the Fontainebleau that investigators believe may be the work of the same person, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Mar 012016
 
Dead Man Walking: The Opera symposium

(via Loyola University College of Law)

The Loyola University College of Law will be hosting a free symposium this Thursday, March 3, about the Dead Man Walking opera that is premiering in Louisiana on Friday, March 4, at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. The symposium’s panelists will feature Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty author Sister Helen Prejean and New Orleans Opera General & Artistic Director Robert Lyall. Continue reading »

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Mar 012016
 
Kay Charbonnet of Kay's on Magazine Street

Kay Charbonnet of Kay’s on Magazine Street

Greater New Orleans’ citizens are arguably the most flexible people in the country. We take turns with our fellow drivers on narrow cobblestone streets, we know the secret route to get to our house during parade season, and boil water advisories keep us on our toes. These are just a few quirks that make us curious to outsiders and unite us as New Orleanians.

Another reason for us to band together is coming to a road near you! We will be facing drainage system improvements and road construction for the next five years. Funds from FEMA as well as our Department of Public Works have been designated and projects have been mapped through 2019 and we need to stay flexible (as we do) in the name of long-term infrastructure improvements! Continue reading »

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Feb 292016
 
8405 Jeanette Street (via Google Maps)

8405 Jeanette Street (via Google Maps)

The committee overseeing demolition requests across most of Uptown New Orleans balked at a mortgage company’s recent request to tear down a single-story Carrollton home amid protests from the Preservation Resource Center and confusion over what the bank intends to do with the property. Continue reading »

Feb 292016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand made some interesting remarks at the Metropolitan Crime Commission’s annual awards luncheon this past week. Taken at face value, they were downright surreal.

“You want us out of the drug business? We’re out,” Normand sputtered. “But I guarantee you this: More policemen will live and more of you will die. Bank on it.” Continue reading »

Feb 272016
 

By Della Hasselle and Robert Morris

lusherLusher Charter School’s governing board voted unanimously Saturday to seek a court order against a new school funding formula, on the grounds that the Louisiana constitution specifically prohibits funding schools different from parish to parish.

The Audubon Charter School board also voted Saturday to continue exploring similar legal action, though school administrators will return to the board before making a final decision. Continue reading »

Feb 272016
 
Firefighters look for hotspots in the attic of 1019 Louisiana Avenue on Saturday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Firefighters look for hotspots in the attic of 1019 Louisiana Avenue on Saturday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two homes on Louisiana Avenue at the edge of the Irish Channel were heavily damaged in a fire that broke out overnight, killing four pets, New Orleans authorities said Saturday morning.

A four-alarm fire set off early Saturday morning. The fire damaged severely two homes on Louisiana avenue near Constance Street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

A four-alarm fire set off early Saturday morning. The fire damaged severely two homes on Louisiana avenue near Constance Street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 262016
 
The "SC" icons refer to simple rapes; the gray mask icons represent burglaries. (map via NOPD)

The “SC” icons refer to simple rapes; the gray mask icons represent burglaries. (map via NOPD)

Oliver Jerde (via opcso.org)

Oliver Jerde (via opcso.org)

The man charged in a series of home-invasions last month in the university area — and a suspect in two sexual assaults — has been removed from electronic monitoring and allowed to leave the state, according to court records. Continue reading »

Feb 262016
 
Tartine’s Daily Quiche Special with Fruit Salade (Kristine Froeba)

Tartine’s Daily Quiche Special with Fruit Salade (Kristine Froeba)

Tartines, Croque Madame, Rillettes, Rustic Pate’, Croque Monsieur, Quiche,
Brioche, Crepes and … AebelSkivers!

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

AebelSkivers! Danish puffed breakfast pancakes. On Laurel Street no less. Have you tried them? If so, you know the only place in town that serves warm, round, puffed Lemon Curd, Maple Syrup, Caramel, Chocolate, or Nutella-filled Danish Pancakes. That’s Toast on Laurel. A sister restaurant of sorts to the Francophile breakfast and lunch bistro Tartine, located on Perrier. On whichever side of the park you live or seek a unique petit-déjeuner, these two cafés deliver. Continue reading »

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Feb 262016
 
(via nolachili.com)

(via nolachili.com)

The 3rd Annual Chili In The Channel cook-off competition & celebration takes place this Saturday February 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at ReNEW SciTech Academy in the Irish Channel. Tickets for the event will be sold at the front gate, and proceeds will support programs for ReNEW Schools students. Continue reading »

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