Oct 212015
 
(images via NOPD)

Suspects in the September robbery of the gas station on South Carrollton. (images via NOPD)

Investigators have released photos of two men suspected in an armed robbery in September of a South Carrollton Avenue gas station, and detectives are looking for more surveillance video related to three other armed robberies over the last week. Continue reading »

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Oct 212015
 

The 5th Annual Strike for STEM will be a night of bowling, cocktails, food, and live music by The Benchwarmers. The fundraiser will take place this Saturday, Oct. 24 at Rock n’ Bowl and will benefit Core Element, a non-profit organization promoting quality teaching in STEM–– science, technology, engineering and math–– across the Greater New Orleans area. Continue reading »

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Oct 202015
 
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Click for full store. Pre-order by Friday, Oct. 23, for items to be ready by Thursday, Nov. 5, Pop-Up Shop.

NOLA Messenger is proud to be an independent, New Orleans-owned and operated media company that has supplied quality news about the community to the community for five successful years. Now, you can help support our reporting in your neighborhood — and show some love for your favorite neighborhood news site — by purchasing from our new line of merchandise. Continue reading »

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Oct 202015
 
1455 Arabella Street (via City of New Orleans)

1455 Arabella Street (via City of New Orleans)

Plans for the rebuilt house at 1455 Arabella Street. (Rendering by Mayo Architects, via City of New Orleans)

Plans for the rebuilt house at 1455 Arabella Street. (Rendering by Mayo Architects, via City of New Orleans)

A home on Arabella Street was approved Monday to be mostly torn down and then rebuilt, without opposition from neighbors or city officials. Continue reading »

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Oct 202015
 

SWBCamp Street near Jefferson Avenue will close this week through the end of the year as part of the ongoing installation of a drainage canal there, according to the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Oct 202015
 
(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

Investigators have obtained a surveillance photo of two people they want to speak to about an armed robbery last week on Melpomene Street in the Lower Garden District, and are hoping the public can help identify them, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Oct 192015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

A few weeks ago the animated TV show “South Park” premiered a new episode regarding an issue so close to our hearts here in New Orleans: gentrification.

The plot of the episode revolved around attempts by the fictitious Colorado town for which the series is named to attract a new Whole Foods Market. This, the city reasoned, would prove the backwoods hamlet to be progressive and forward-thinking. Continue reading »

Oct 182015
 
An image from the security videos at Patois. Detectives note that the infrared video changes the colors in the video, and that the turquoise clothing is actually shown as near-black in normal light. (image via NOPD)

An image from the security videos at Patois. Detectives note that the infrared video changes the colors in the video, and that the turquoise clothing is actually shown as near-black in normal light. (image via NOPD)

In the security video that shocked New Orleans, infrared distortion turns the skin of patrons at Patois a bluish-gray color, creating a visual sense of unreality that matches the confusion felt by those diners moments later when three men wearing masks and hoodies burst in, robbing the entire restaurant at gunpoint on Aug. 21. That citywide shock was only amplified in late September, when robberies took place in similar fashion at Cafe Atchafalaya in the Irish Channel and then the Monkey Hill bar, only a few blocks from Patois and Audubon Park.

The Mayor called a news conference to announce an arrest in an unrelated spree of robberies and tout the city’s crimefighting efforts, then another new conference a day later after Monkey Hill, joined by U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite and pledging federal investigation and prosecution of the cases. Local news outlets “flooded the zone” with reaction and analysis pieces, while The New York Times and Washington Post brought national attention to the robbery spree. By the end of the month, the New Orleans City Council held its own hearing on “high-profile” robberies, pitching questions and suggestions to NOPD officials about how to battle the city’s feeling that control was being lost.

The entire discussion, however, provides ample opportunity for an airing of misconceptions about the city, its long battle with violent crime and its police force. While nearly every side of the discussion — frightened residents, embattled city leaders, besieged police officers, and skeptical critics — have made valid and useful points about the issue, the facts frequently get lost in the rhetoric. Continue reading »

Oct 172015
 
Greg Ward Jr., Houston quarterback, scrambles away from Tulane defensive tackle Tanzel Smart to complete a pass in the second half of Friday's game. Ward Jr. led the game in passing yards, rushing yards, passing touchdowns and rushing touchdowns.

Greg Ward Jr., Houston quarterback, scrambles away from Tulane defensive tackle Tanzel Smart to complete a pass in the second half of Friday’s game. Ward Jr. led the game in passing yards, rushing yards, passing touchdowns and rushing touchdowns.

On Friday, Tulane University played no. 24 University of Houston, an American Athletic Conference rival, in a primetime matchup. The nationally-ranked Cougars torched the Green Wave, beating them 42-7. Tulane gave up 461 yards of total offense. Despite forcing two turnovers, Tulane’s defense had no answer for Houston’s offense. Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr. finished the game with 222 yards passing and one touchdown and 77 yards rushing with three touchdowns. Tulane fell to 2-4 overall, with a conference record of 1-2. Houston improved to 6-0. Tulane faces another conference rival, Navy, next week in Annapolis.

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Oct 162015
 
1013 Sixth Street (via City of New Orleans)

1013 Sixth Street (via City of New Orleans)

Questions about whether the owner of a bed-and-breakfast planned for the Irish Channel just off Magazine Street would actually live there led to a split vote before the City Planning Commission this week, leaving the decision in the hands of the City Council. Continue reading »