Sep 172011
 

The preliminary site plan for Audubon Charter School's temporary campus in Gentilly. (via auduboncharter.com - click to see full PDF)

Audubon Charter School received its first look this week at the layout of its new campus at the former Jean Gordon site in Gentilly, as school officials continue to look forward to a wintertime move. Continue reading »

Sep 162011
 

The Uptown high school’s tradition of roasting the Saints opponents on massive student-made banners usually ensures a grin for Claiborne Avenue drivers during football season, but apparently a thief had other plans for this week’s gag at Chicago’s expense, according to nola.com. Theories in an unusually worthwhile comment section range from disgruntled university students from the area to overzealous Saints fans planning to appropriate the image inside the Superdome.

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Sep 162011
 

Jennifer Regina (via opcso.org)

A woman may have been attempting what police call “suicide by cop” this week, authorities said, after she threatened one officer with a knife and demanded to be shot on a Central City street, then made a desperate grab for the gun in another officer’s holster at the hospital, authorities said. Continue reading »

Sep 162011
 

Councilman Arnie Fielkow thanks the applicants vying for an appointment to replace him on the City Council for six months until a special election can be held. (via nolacitycouncil.com)

A number of Uptown’s neighborhood leaders, former elected officials and residents form a majority of the candidates seeking a six-month appointment to the New Orleans City Council, until an election is held to replace resigning Councilman-at-Large Arnie Fielkow. Continue reading »

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Sep 162011
 

Katrina Badger of the mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement asks Uptown residents to “take a lead on reducing violent crime” by attending Saturday’s “Saving Our Sons” summit Saturday morning at the UNO Lakefront Arena:

The Mayor has called us all to take action together to reduce violent crime in our city. It is critical for Uptown residents to come out in strong numbers united with the rest of the city. Continue reading »

Sep 162011
 

A barbecue blowout featuring a competition between 40 teams at the recently reborn Palmer Park on Saturday will benefit a volunteer group seeking to build an army of mentors in the New Orleans area.

The “Q’n for Kids BBQ Fundraiser” in support of Each One Save One will begin at 11 a.m. Sampling the barbecue will run until 2 p.m., with awards announced at 5 p.m.

Read more for the full event announcement: Continue reading »

Sep 162011
 

“During this past weekend’s showing of THE ROOM, some jackass threw a metal spoon at our screen and punctured a hole in it,” wrote Robert Brunet on the venerable Uptown single-screen’s Facebook page. “Our screen is a special silver screen designed for our Digital Projector to give an optimum image. If anyone has knowledge of who did this, I will give them a lifetime pass to the theatre.” Continue reading »

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Sep 162011
 

Tulane law student Bruce Reilly, who was convicted of murder in 1993, speaks to WWL's Scott Satchfield.

“It’s kind of the elephant in the room on Tulane’s campus — the story surrounding Bruce Reilly,” reports Scott Satchfield of our partners at WWL-TV. “Reilly confessed to murder in 1993 in Rhode Island and served 12 years of a 20-year sentence. Now, he’s a first year law student at Tulane.”

Sep 162011
 

Fighters trade blows at July's match. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The ever-restless organizers of Friday Night Fights have yet another twist for this month’s installment. If the boxing and music is not spectacle enough, tonight’s show will also feature a hot dog eating contest at 7:30 p.m. and a male-and-female beauty contest at 8:45 p.m., with cash prizes to raise the stakes at both. Continue reading »

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Sep 162011
 

A promotional image for True Blood (via hbo.com). Note the swampy milieu.

I’m not ashamed to admit it: I’m a full-fledged lover of True Blood. I resisted watching the show initially since Twilight fans are so, well, annoying in their fanaticism, for lack of a more eloquent term, but my sister insisted that I try True Blood solely based on its Louisiana setting. I’ve been hooked ever since the first episode, and now I’m anxiously awaiting Season Five. (Which, by the way, how could they end Season Four like that and expect us to wait nine months for the next one?) Continue reading »

Sep 152011
 

Mike Feinberg (via tulane.edu)

The idea of society providing a quality, comprehensive education for all children is inspiring and attainable, but the old model for delivering that education — a monolithic government entity led by politicians with a captive audience of students forced into grossly unequal schools — has got to go, one of the nation’s pioneers in public school reform told a Tulane audience on Thursday.

“We need to get rid of the government monopoly,” said Dr. Mike Feinberg, co-founder of the KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Foundation. Continue reading »