Nov 192011

Leaders of two French-immersion public charter schools in Uptown New Orleans, Audubon Charter School and Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans, both made efforts this week to dispute allegations that their admissions procedures favor students from wealthy families. Continue reading »

Nov 182011

An international student from Gambia in Tulane’s School of Continuing Studies was detained by the Department of Homeland Security in October on fugitive charges from Massachusetts and a visa that expired 23 years ago, according to an article by Rae Abbott in The Hullabaloo student newspaper.

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Nov 182011

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Apparently, many of us dread switching hairdressers even more than breaking up with a boyfriend.

I recently switched salons — nothing personal, but I just decided I wanted a change. My haircuts were great but I felt like I was getting the same cut over and over again. Perhaps I wasn’t vocal enough in my need for something new but I got a gift certificate for services at another salon so I used it as an excuse to try a new stylist and I kind of felt guilty about about the switch. Continue reading »

Nov 182011

This chunk of raised concrete in the middle of Lowerline Street next to Lusher Charter School is high enough that it scrapes the bottoms of passing cars, earning the nickname of the "Lusher lump." (photo via

A raised chunk of concrete on Lowerline Street, scarred and streaked across the top where its scrapes the bottoms of passing cars every day, has earned the nickname the “Lusher hump” from the neighborhood leaders imploring the city to fix it. Continue reading »

Nov 182011

A unique new line of inlaid sinker cypress in sterling silver by LaCrosse Metal Design. "I have worked to bring an organic feel to my jewelry by reflecting the history of New Orleans in my art," said LaCrosse. (Sabree Hill,

LaCrosse Metal Design has launched his website,, featuring several new collections that brings the history of New Orleans to his art. Based in the Irish Channel, LaCrosse Metal Designs can be purchased this Sunday at the Oak St. Po-Boy Festival, online or by appointment by emailing or 504-939-2577.

Click to view more of his art or visit to view all of his collections.

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Nov 172011

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Readers of may be among the city’s most likely voters in this Saturday’s elections, according to a recent reader survey. But results also indicated that many voters may not be voting for the all three ballot items which include a seat on the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, a Civil District Court judgeship and a constitutional amendment. Continue reading »

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Nov 172011

“Knowing French, knowing any other language, it opens up the world,” a mother who grew up speaking Spanish told The Associated Press about her son’s education at the International School of Louisiana. “It will make my son more interested in the world and make him more relevant in the world. He will be able to do anything he wants to do.”

Louisiana now offers 29 French-immersion programs across the state, the article states — including two other public charter schools in Uptown New Orleans, Audubon Charter and Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans, and the private Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans. The article has been on the websites of 172 news sources across the country since its publication yesterday, including the sites of major newspapers in cities such as Boston, Atlanta and St. Louis.

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Nov 172011

Walter Porter, the man charged in the slaying of Curtis Matthews in what officials have characterized as retaliation for his brother’s testimony against convicted murderer Telly Hankton, lived with his girlfriend in a home in the 4700 block of South Liberty, the Times-Picayune is reporting, and investigators found three guns inside after extensive surveillance of the location.

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Nov 172011

Volunteers put the finishing touches on new KaBOOM! playground equipment at the Lycée Français campus on South Claiborne. (via

The latest KaBOOM! playground in Uptown New Orleans will be built by volunteers Saturday at Conrad Park on Hamilton Street, only two weeks after the same organization brought new equipment to the Claiborne Avenue campus of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans. Continue reading »

Nov 172011

A suspect in a robbery in apprehended near Audubon Boulevard and Willow Street Monday morning. (Sabree Hill,

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A man who caused a police chase that led to the injury of a Tulane officer Wednesday has been charged with attempting to steal a Tulane student’s cell phone on St. Charles Avenue and then snatching an iPod from a Loyola student, authorities said. Continue reading »

Nov 172011

An officer with the NOPD Sixth District searches for fingerprints on a newspaper touched by a suspect in an attempted robbery of the Walgreens pharmacy on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris,

An attentive cashier at the Walgreens pharmacy on St. Charles Avenue foiled an attempted robbery when she realized her assailant was only pretending to have a weapon, and scared him off without giving up any of the store’s money, police said. Continue reading »

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