My last call for service before leaving my post with the NOPD Crisis Unit was a 24-year-old hanging from the rafters of his apartment, a clear and tragic sign that my advocacy work with the mentally ill was far from over. In my 10 years with the crisis unit, I was exposed to a large world of chronically mentally ill who live in our city, and their needs continue to be great, as witnessed in this last call.
In its first public hearing on a plan to effectively double water and sewer rates over the next five years, the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans faced an audience skeptical about the agency’s efficiency and worried about the impact of such a large increase on residents with fixed incomes.
Things at Whole Foods are starting to get real.
Last week, on January 11th, a man met his wife for lunch at Whole Foods on Magazine Street. Apparently, he committed the grand, obscene offense of parking over the yellow line. As a result, when he returned he was confronted by a watchful Samaritan who proceeded to engage him in a calm, fruitful discussion on the subject of proper parking etiquette and its role in civil society.
A man was found with a stolen gun last week at a repast for the victim of this month’s fatal shooting at Jackson and Tchoupitoulas, and he was arrested after a brief pursuit down Chippewa Street, police said.
Empires rise and fall. Nations abide with the tides. Even glaciers and mountains shift their positions over time. In the grand scheme of things, there are certain forms of change about which we can do little, and which we must learn to accept. But then – sometimes – there are presences whose passage is worthy of our closest attention. After a brief break for the holidays, one of those has returned.
His name is Wheels.
A Tulane student was robbed of her cellphone Thursday night on Willow Street near State by a man with what appeared to be a gun, police said.
The Ladies and Men of Unity second line will roll through Central City and Milan starting at noon Sunday at the Turning Point Lounge on Washington Avenue, according to Gambit’s Red Cotton, who also provides turn-by-turn directions and a video from 2010.
At least 20 teenagers have been arrested on robbery charges in the last two weeks, but the surge in Uptown robberies has continued unabated, police officials said Thursday.
One case alone yielded the arrest of a gang of nine teens who were allegedly involved in stealing a man’s laptop as he walked on Prytania Street. In another, a group of teens suspected in a series of Carrollton-area muggings were caught breaking into a house in the Milan area. Other cases involved cross-town car chases and block-by-block manhunts, almost always involving teens not much older than 16 or 17.
All-Star Marching Band, summer of 1997: We were out there sweltering in the heat on LSU’s practice field, memorizing music, remembering to mark time while staying in formation. We’d literally practice from when the sun came up to well after dusk, just like the All-Star Football Team. Except instead of running laps we were working on getting syncopated rhythms right. Our reward? Donning our school marching band uniforms in 90-degree humidity to keep the game watchers entertained, and earning a coveted patch for our letterman jackets.
It was a political reunion Wednesday at the funeral services for the late State Senate President Sammy Nunez as a generation of leadership from across Louisiana came to pay their respects to a man whose vision and determination helped create the downtown we know today.
The crowded parking conditions around Whole Foods in Uptown New Orleans has had many neighbors and customers up in arms, but one man got so mad last week that he literally pulled a gun, police said.
In the world of real estate, when it comes down to brass tacks, the future lessee or buyer and their expectations of market value often meet incongruously. The New Orleans area has experienced significant activity and attention over the past 7 years and not just through our own hurricanes, oil spills, or fantastic football (next year, y’all – when the city again hosts the Super Bowl – ka-blammy!), but the collapse of the lending world delivered a mighty wollop, as has the recession overall. A vertiable rollercoaster, very much unpredictable. Yes, hurricane season is a season. But even each year’s forecast can be so ridiculous, and as my grandfather used to yell at the evening news more as a taunt and less of a command “Scare the hell out of ’em.” Honestly, he would have made a great Wal-Mart greeter.