Nov 102011

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

In the wake of the catastrophic Halloween shootings, everyone in New Orleans is calling for answers to the crime problem. We’re sorry to tell you this but there are no magic wands. There are no single answers that haven’t been thought of before. Continue reading »

Nov 102011

Nearly $75 million in investments have already been made along O.C. Haley Boulevard, City Councilwoman Stacy Head told our partners at WWL, and supporters are hoping the area is next in line for a residential and commercial renaissance akin to that on Freret Street. This weekend’s Crescent City Tour of Homes and O.C. Haley Art Market (as well as Thursday night’s Patron Party) are all intended to showcase the improvements that have already been made to the neighborhood and the potential for future growth.

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Nov 102011
Guest Speaker Josh Eby, dean of students at Redeemer Seminary in Austin, TX, will lead a workshop Sat. Nov. 12, 10-11:30am at Redeemer’s office, 5937 Magazine St.  “Shrek, Sense and Scripture:  Unlocking the Bible’s Storyline.” Continue reading »
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Nov 092011

A mural in a Walter L. Cohen High School hallway shows the tradition and pride in the school. (Robert Morris,

The state’s plan to transform Walter L. Cohen High School into a charter school over the next two years inspires a mixed reaction through the school community, based on a Wednesday night meeting with dozens of alumni, faculty, parents and students.

While some Cohen supporters agreed with the state that the school is in dire need of dramatic change to its dismal, lowest-in-the-state performance, many remain skeptical about what they see as a painful transition with an uncertain outcome. Continue reading »

Nov 092011

By Olivia Lueckemeyer, for

Rolland K. Jones (via NOPD)

Investigators have identified a serial shoplifter who has been caught on video stealing cases of beer from a Magazine Street convenience store on four separate occasions, and are hoping the public can help locate him, authorities say. Continue reading »

Nov 092011

Tracey’s will celebrate 11-11-11 in style with the Hot Club of New Orleans playing from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and then continue to rock it with the Bourbon Cowboys reunion at 8:30 p.m. to celebrate the birthday of former bartender Johanna. If you can’t come see the Hot Club of New Orleans this Friday, they will be performing every other Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.

You can stick around for a Scooter Second Line beginning at Tracey’s at 11 am on Saturday the 12th that kicks of the 3rd Annual Magazine St Blues Fest benefiting the 2nd District Cops featuring New Orleans Scooter Groups including New Orleans Scooter Cooperative, New Orleans Scooter Girls and other Scooter enthusiasts!

Continue reading to find out what else Tracey’s has planned for November.

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Nov 092011

(photo courtesy of Emily Davis)

This week, I catch up with an old pal.  Emily Davis and I have known each other for many years, and I wanted to share with the readers of and the world one of my favorite New Orleanians and soapmaker extraordinaire, a local lady my daughters rightly and simply call “Ms. Emily.” Continue reading »

Nov 082011

After a donation of exercise equipment to the team from the Brees Foundation, the Saints quarterback and ardent Lusher supporter stopped by the school for a training session, our partners at WWL-TV reported.

The Brees Foundation previously donated the Lusher High School football field, and last year Brees made a personal visit to encourage the team ahead of their first-ever trip to the state playoffs.

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Nov 082011

St. Charles Avenue could be home to le Viet café (near Jackson Avenue) in less than two weeks, while Magazine Street is slated for openings soon afterward of Magasin Vietnamese Café near Napoleon Avenue and Pho Noi Viet in the Lower Garden District, reports Gambit’s Ian McNulty.

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Nov 082011

Cecile Tebo

Unfortunately, violence in New Orleans is once again a national conversation du jour. But where does violence come from?

The birth of violence seems to have two very distinctive pathways. The first is cognitive violence, violence that is premeditated with a distinctive plan. For example, you have a bike. I don’t have a bike. I have a gun; you don’t have a gun. I want a bike so I will use my gun to get your bike.

The other pathway to violence through the emotions. Emotionally driven violence is borne out of fear, anger, depression, anxiety or perhaps untreated mental illness or substance abuse. Emotions, especially anger, seem to be all-too-often the root of the never-ending violence we see on the streets of New Orleans. Case in point: the most recent shooting on Bourbon Street reportedly occurred because one man looked at another man in a way that was perceived to be threatening. Continue reading »

Nov 072011

5428 St. Charles Avenue (photo by Preservation Resource Center)

This past Thursday, the New Orleans City Council did a curious and terrible thing.  It voted to overrule the National Conservation District Committee and allow the demolition of a historic St. Charles Avenue mansion designed by a prominent architect. Continue reading »