Nov 092014
 
A suspect is arrested after trying to hide on the rooftop of a South Carrollton restaurant following a police pursuit that began in Jefferson Parish. (image via WWL-TV)

A suspect is arrested after trying to hide on the rooftop of a South Carrollton restaurant following a police pursuit that began in Jefferson Parish. (image via WWL-TV)

A man allegedly fleeing from Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputies in a stolen vehicle Saturday evening crashed into two other vehicles on South Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans, then tried to hide on the rooftop of a nearby restaurant before he was arrested, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Nov 072014
 
Investigators surround one of the cars that burned across the street from the house. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Investigators surround one of the cars that burned across the street from the house. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A number of fundraisers have been created to help the family apparently targeted by Thursday morning’s firebombing just off Prytania Street, many of which have been organized by the many community groups they belong to. Continue reading »

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Nov 072014
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Presently there is a billboard that slaps you in the face as you travel southbound on I-55 away from Ponchatoula at the turn, before the stretch over the Maurepas. Quite simply, it reads, “Eat Louisiana Sweet Potatoes.” When I first saw it, I was getting ready for a potluck a few days later. I immediately considered the command and thought, “Okay.” Next trip to Rouses?  Sweet potatoes acquisition.  Served at the potluck?  Super tasty sweet potato casserole with a touch of cayenne and crunchy, melty marshmallow topping.  Ah!  The power of advertising!  Pat yourself on the back, powers that be. Continue reading »

Nov 072014
 
A damaged blue Saturn sits in the 2000 block of Foucher, after a fatally wounded woman was found in a Mercedes that crashed into it. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A damaged blue Saturn sits in the 2000 block of Foucher, after a fatally wounded woman was found in a Mercedes that crashed into it. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Friday morning's fatal shooting in the 2000 block of Foucher has yet to be loaded into the NOPD crime maps, but a homicide marker shows where a victim was found a block away in September. (map via NOPD)

Friday morning’s fatal shooting in the 2000 block of Foucher has yet to be loaded into the NOPD crime maps, but a homicide marker shows where a victim was found a block away in September. (map via NOPD)

One of Uptown New Orleans’ most persistently violent intersections — Foucher Street near South Saratoga — was the site of another homicide investigation overnight after a woman was found fatally shot inside a Mercedes sedan that crashed there, authorities said Friday morning. Continue reading »

Nov 062014
 
State and local investigators examine the remains of a car parked in a driveway off Constantinople at the corner of Pyrtania Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

State and local investigators examine the remains of a car parked in a driveway off Constantinople at the corner of Pyrtania Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A well-known New Orleans political consultant’s home was heavily damaged by a fire that apparently started in a car parked in his driveway off Prytania Street early Thursday morning, displacing his family and a neighbor.

New Orleans fire officials have deemed the blaze a possible arson as a host of state and federal agents join the investigation, and a chorus of elected officials condemned the attack’s apparent political motivations. Continue reading »

Nov 062014
 
Allan Katz poses with Seymour D'Fair, portrayed by Mark Romig. (photo courtesy of Allan Katz)

Allan Katz poses with Seymour D’Fair, portrayed by Mark Romig. (photo courtesy of Allan Katz)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

As we mark the 30th Anniversary of the 1984 New Orleans World’s Fair, the memories come flooding back.
It was underfunded and always in crisis, and for those who were part of the World’s Fair team it was a six-month roller coaster ride with near spills every day. Continue reading »

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Nov 062014
 
The Roots of Music brass band performs on Napoleon Avenue during the Krewe of Proteus parade in 2012. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Roots of Music brass band performs on Napoleon Avenue during the Krewe of Proteus parade in 2012. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

image001Big Sam’s Funky Nation will headline a fundraising celebration Friday night at NOLA Brewing for The Roots of Music, an educational project that trains New Orleans schoolchildren to play the city’s traditional music. Continue reading »

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Nov 052014
 
Lusher Charter School operations director Frank Israel checks on a classroom under renovation at the Freret campus in late October. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher Charter School operations director Frank Israel checks on a classroom under renovation at the Freret campus in late October. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With the major U.S. midterm elections now in the rearview mirror, school officials around New Orleans are now looking to the Dec. 6 runoff.

While Louisiana decides between Bill Cassidy and Mary Landrieu for U.S. Senator, New Orleans voters will also decide whether to renew a property tax that will begin building a citywide fund to maintain school buildings in Orleans Parish — which some school leaders say is crucial to ending the decades-long cycle of neglect and deterioration at city school buildings. Continue reading »

Nov 042014
 

2014 Urban Heroes Gala

The Urban Conservancy, a non-profit organization in New Orleans, is having their 2014 annual Urban Heroes Gala Saturday, Nov. 15, to celebrate three visionaries recognized by The Urban Conservancy and StayLocal, a non-profit organization that is the Greater New Orleans area’s independent business alliance. The event will feature food, drink and The Laissez Boys and Camel Toe Lady Steppers. Continue reading »

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