May 312012

What was about to be an extraordinarily brief public meeting of the state’s top education officials at Walter L. Cohen High School became an unscripted dialogue about the transformation of that school and others into charters Wednesday evening. Continue reading »

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May 312012

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Two suspects have now been arrested in three of five recent robberies of cab drivers around the Irish Channel, and investigators are working to identify a second set of perpetrators in what appears to be a loosely organized “clique” of robbers targeting taxis, police said. Continue reading »

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May 312012

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Earlier this week, Allan and Danae taped one of our “Louisiana Newsmaker” TV shows with Police Chief Ronal Serpas, who spoke optimistically about New Orleans’ chances of shaking the title of “America’s Murder Capital.”

But just 30 minutes after the chief’s upbeat TV interview, he was racing to Simon Bolivar Avenue where three gun-toting young men fired a fusillade of shots into a birthday party for a 10-year-old, killing a 5-year-old child and a 33-year-old woman who was driving her car three blocks from the birthday party and was hit by a stray bullet. Wounded were a 10-year-old boy, and two men, ages 20 and 24. Continue reading »

May 312012

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An 18-year-old surrendered to police Wednesday and was arrested on murder charges in the deaths of a woman and a child in Tuesday’s shootout at a birthday party on Simon Bolivar Avenue, but investigators are looking for two other suspects as family and community members mourn the lives that were lost. Continue reading »

May 302012

A rendering of the proposed Tulane stadium. (via

The second round of debate over the Uptown football stadium proposed by Tulane University is slated to start soon, with the university meeting with the community over design issues next week, and the New Orleans City Planning Commission studying the interim zoning district the week after that. Continue reading »

May 302012

After another successful year that included the Freretstivus holiday market, a record-setting Freret Street Festival, and an experimental indoor set last month, Freret Market will sign off for the summer after one last hurrah on Saturday. Continue reading »

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May 302012

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will meet at 6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, May 30) at Walter L. Cohen High School, 3520 Dryades Street. Among the agenda items are a request to add an an eighth grade to Lafayette Academy, and move the preschool, kindergarten and central offices to a new site in Mid-City.

The board will also receive a report on school construction projects around the city, including Audubon Charter’s Broadway campus renovation, the construction of Lawrence Crocker campus in the Milan neighborhood, the gym construction at McMain High School, the design of the Booker T. Washington High School, and the installation of solar panels at the International School of Louisiana’s Camp Street campus.

May 302012

Jean-Paul Villere

Last week’s announcement that the The Times-Picayune would be cutting back production to just a few days a week ruffled many a feather, but it shouldn’t have been a surprise.  New Orleanians remain adverse to changes in tradition, well, actually adverse to change period, whether it’s the T-P or what have you.  But c’mon people, we all knew this was inevitable, didn’t we?  The digital revolution continues to change how we live, and paper is a slowly dying medium.  I mean, how many iPads or tablets did I see recording video at JazzFest this year?  Too many.  And I don’t recall seeing one T-P. Continue reading »

May 282012

Owen Courreges

Economic rights are largely considered passe these days. The concept of a natural right to contract (or trade) is not typically invoked with any genuine authority. The end of the “Lochner Era” in American jurisprudence, which lasted from the turn of the last century to the 1930’s, has seen unchecked expansion of government intrusion into Americans’ personal economic dealings. Continue reading »