Sep 282015
 
Police search a teen suspect arrested on a gun charge Friday night on Milan Street near St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police search a teen suspect arrested on a gun charge Friday night on Milan Street near St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The gun recovered at the suspect's home. (via NOPD)

The gun recovered at the suspect’s home. (via NOPD)

It wasn’t a shotgun; it was a lever-action rifle — but New Orleans police found the long-barreled weapon stuffed into a folding-chair bag exactly as witnesses described in the rash of five Uptown robberies this month now linked to a 16-year-old arrested Friday night, authorities say. Continue reading »

Sep 282015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

There was a time that I got a mild chuckle out of reading the old bumper sticker – New Orleans: Third World and Proud of It. The idea, of course, is that New Orleans is a poor city with inefficient, corrupt government, hence more akin to a developing nation than a prominent American city. Self-deprecating humor and all that.

However, it’s started to hit a bit too close to home lately. Last week we endured yet another “boil water” advisory for the east bank of Orleans Parish in the wake of a brief, 20-minute failure of the plant’s power generation capacity. It was the tenth such advisory in just five years. Continue reading »

Sep 262015
 

The boundaries of the school district for kindergarten admission to Lusher Charter school. (UptownMessenger.com)

The boundaries of the school district for kindergarten admission to Lusher Charter school. (UptownMessenger.com)

Families who live in the Lusher Charter School enrollment district will receive admissions preference to the school for one final year before the system is discontinued, but the school will continue to reserve seats for Tulane-affiliated families afterward, officials say. Continue reading »

Sep 262015
 
Police search a teen suspect arrested on a gun charge Friday night on Milan Street near St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police search a teen suspect arrested on a gun charge Friday night on Milan Street near St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A teenager on a bicycle with a gun was arrested on Milan Street on Friday night as investigators patrolled the area investigating a recent spree of five robberies nearby, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Sep 252015
 

Surveillance photo provided to Uptown Messenger.

Surveillance photo provided to Uptown Messenger.

The man believed to be responsible for five separate robberies around Napoleon and Prytania streets is concealing his shotgun in a bag normally used for a camping-style chair as he rides a bicycle around the neighborhood, New Orleans police say. Continue reading »

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Sep 252015
 
The houses at 1020 and 1032 Upperline Street. (Graphic by UptownMessenger.com, images via nola.gov)

The houses at 1020 and 1032 Upperline Street. (Graphic by UptownMessenger.com, images via nola.gov)

After the City Council approved the demolition of a pair of Upperline Street homes last week, a group of neighbors are hoping to find more ways both to monitor demolition requests and hopefully to help owners preserve historic houses before they succumb to neglect. Continue reading »

Sep 252015
 
New Orleans Chess Fest

(via New Orleans Chess Fest)

 

The New Orleans Chess Fest is an all day free event open to the public at Rosa Keller Library to promote the playing and learning of chess. The event is seeking donations on Kickstarter to pay for special guest seven-time US Women’s Chess Champion Irina Kush and US blitz chess champ and Chess Fest favorite Robbie Rasmussen. Last year, more than 250 kids and adults attended. Continue reading »

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Sep 242015
 
Milton H. Latter Memorial Library during the First Annual Children's Book Festival in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Milton H. Latter Memorial Library during the First Annual Children’s Book Festival in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

By Ben Myers for UptownMessenger.com

The Milton H. Latter branch library on St. Charles Avenue will close for about three months for the second half of a two-phase renovation project, officials said, possibly leaving New Orleanians short two libraries at the same time. Continue reading »

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Sep 242015
 

Oak wine bar

An Evening of Cabaret is a fundraising event being held this Monday, Sept. 28 to benefit The Kristin Brooks Hopeline and its program VET2VET, a veteran crisis hotline that puts veterans in touch with trained veteran peer counselors to help them obtain mental health support and navigate the V.A. system.

The event will feature performances by actors such as Kerry Cahill, Leslie Castay, Mandi Zirkenback, John Biguenet, and more. There will also be hors d’oeuvres in addition to a silent auction and raffle drawing.  Continue reading »

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Sep 242015
 
Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Bel Edwards descends from the stage at a recent political forum. (Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Bel Edwards descends from the stage at a recent political forum. (Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

At recent political events, consultants have been talking about how the Fund for Louisiana’s Future, a Super PAC supporting David Vitter, has turned the governor’s race into a nasty mix of negative ads which constantly bash Vitter’s opponents. With millions remaining in the kitty of several PACs, these kinds of ads will surely continue until the election – now just 30 days away. That negativity has also brushed off on Vitter himself who will be fighting off more personal attacks.

According to a new poll released today by Public Policy Polling, Vitter has “a very good chance” of being defeated in a runoff election because of his high personal negatives among the voters, now pegged at 51%. His previously strong lead has eroded as opponents focus more on his shortcomings and Democratic support gels behind John Bel Edwards. Even former governor Edwin Edwards, a distant relative of John Bel’s, now says that PSC Commissioner Scott Angelle could slide past Vitter and face Edwards in the runoff. The PPP, a Democratic-leaning firm, shows Edwards clearly in the lead. Continue reading »

Sep 232015
 
Two NOPD patrol units confer on Milan Street after speaking to witnesses near the Milan Lounge. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two NOPD patrol units confer on Milan Street after speaking to witnesses near the Milan Lounge. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

The two robberies on Milan Street on Tuesday night bring the total number of cases to five associated with a suspect wielding a double-barreled shotgun in the blocks around Napoleon Avenue and Prytania Street, New Orleans police said Wednesday. Continue reading »