Jan 112014
 
Tyler Johns, left, Shanay Haywood, center, and Rachel May, right, paint "A.L. Davis Panthers" on the outside of A.L. Davis park. (photo by Zach Brien for UptownMessenger.com)

Tyler Johns, left, Shanay Haywood, center, and Rachel May, right, paint “A.L. Davis Panthers” on the outside of A.L. Davis park. (photo by Zach Brien for UptownMessenger.com)

NOLA for Life in A.L. Davis park. (photo by Zach Brien for UptownMessenger.com)

NOLA for Life in A.L. Davis park. (photo by Zach Brien for UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday in Central City, volunteers, both local and visiting, came out to fix up A.L. Davis Park as well as Carter G. Woodson School as part of the sixth NOLA for Life Day effort. Continue reading »

 Comments Off
Jan 102014
 
Toilet paper flies from the Krewe of Tucks' "Expelling the Culture" float in 2012. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Toilet paper flies from the Krewe of Tucks’ “Expelling the Culture” float in 2012. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A set of new laws concerning conduct during Mardi Gras parades will not ban toilet paper from being thrown from floats, in a change from a draft of the laws introduced by the City Council earlier this week. Continue reading »

Jan 102014
 

The tent where a woman in her 50s was found dead under the Pontchartrain Expressway on Wednesday. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The tent where a woman in her 50s was found dead under the Pontchartrain Expressway on Wednesday. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The woman found dead in a tent Wednesday afternoon underneath the Pontchartrain Expressway died of hypothermia related to the extreme cold weather, the coroner confirmed to Meg Farris of our partners at WWL-TV, and another man was also found dead of hypothermia Tuesday near a Poydras Street hotel. Continue reading »

Jan 092014
 
Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Judge Michael Bagneris and NAACP President Danatus King at the Holy Name of Jesus School. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Judge Michael Bagneris and NAACP President Danatus King at the Holy Name of Jesus School. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Either the city of New Orleans made tremendous progress in the last four years, or it has not really come as far as its leaders are saying. Or, is it going in the wrong direction entirely?

These were the three positions staked out by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Judge Michael Bagneris and NAACP President Danatus King in a debate before the Alliance for Good Government on Thursday evening. Landrieu, defending his first term, argued that his administration has made impressive strides in a city with both immediate and long-term problems. Bagneris accused Landrieu of misleading the public with distorted reports, and King argued that Landrieu has enacted policies that will ultimately weaken the city through the inequality they create. Continue reading »

 Comments Off
Jan 092014
 
Police investigate the scene of a fatal shooting at Calhoun and Hewes streets. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police investigate the scene of a fatal shooting at Calhoun and Hewes streets. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A dispute between a woman and her ex-boyfriend turned deadly late Thursday morning on a quiet stretch of Calhoun Street, when a third man intervened in the argument and ended up shooting the ex-boyfriend to death, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

 Comments Off
Jan 092014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

In simple terms, many of New Orleans’ races this year’s races are breaking down to the status quo (incumbents) and those who say not good enough for us (the challengers). This “Tale of Two Cities” campaign theme was imprinted by new New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and is inspiring progressives and liberals around the country including Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Minor.

There is more consistent and insistent talk about income equality, which even President Obama has called “a fundamental threat to the American dream.” Even the newly elected mayor in Seattle, home of many prosperous tech companies and their high-paying jobs, has created a task force to examine the issue. de Blasio says there is a progressive movement in America that is having a real effect with mayors from around the country talking about fighting inequality and poverty and expanding access to early childhood education. Continue reading »

Jan 082014
 
The blue tent where people staying under the Pontchartrain Expressway said a woman was found dead Wednesday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The blue tent where people staying under the Pontchartrain Expressway said a woman was found dead Wednesday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A woman was found dead in a tent Wednesday afternoon underneath the Pontchartrain Expressway overpass at the edge of New Orleans’ Central Business District, after a night so cold that area homeless advocates were out trying to get as many people indoors as possible. Continue reading »

Jan 082014
 
Ladders form a backdrop to the Krewe of Proteus on Napoleon Avenue in 2012. A proposed new law would require all ladders be six feet back from the curb. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Ladders form a backdrop to the Krewe of Proteus on Napoleon Avenue in 2012. A proposed new law would require all ladders be six feet back from the curb. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

All Mardi Gras ladders must be kept at least six feet back from the curb during parades, and may not be chained together, under a set of new laws being introduced this week before the New Orleans City Council. Continue reading »

Jan 082014
 

Jean-Paul Villere

At last! As of earlier this week Carnival has officially begun, and the dawn of the first day found me eating king cake for breakfast. No, this is not a tradition in our house, and while I can earnestly say in my 39 years I cannot recall my first taste of the seasonal treat as a boy, my joy for this pastry in general spans decades, leaving me to weep for the scores that remain uninitiated. But then that’s New Orleans all over to me. Red beans on Monday? Every chance I get. Poboys for lunch more than once a week? Absolutely. Editing my overall caloric intake this winter holiday season? Well, let’s not get too hasty, ‘kay? Continue reading »

Jan 082014
 

McGOpenHouse

A McGehee girl experiences academic rigor and personal attention in its small class sizes with direct access to faculty. Your daughter will learn about honor and service as well as leadership. The McGehee Advantage provides her with the opportunity to be…team captain, student body president, and star of her class musical – and she will enjoy not only equal opportunity but every opportunity. Continue reading »

 Comments Off