Dec 302013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

That old Morial magic still works.

When the invitations went out from National Urban League CEO Marc Morial’s office for a Friday luncheon at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, you could feel the stir in the political community. Last Friday, with the restaurant closed for the private event, there wasn’t an empty chair in the place. Continue reading »

Dec 302013
 

Owen Courreges

With New Year’s Eve a scant day away, it is only fitting that I commit this column to a particularly relevant topic: Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

First, I’d like to preface this piece by observing that nobody actually supports drunk driving.  It’s a contributing cause to innumerable auto accidents and fatalities.  It frustrates law enforcement and makes mothers M.A.D.D.

However, in spite of popular efforts to present a DUI as the moral equivalent of nun beating, activists and local governments are committed participants in a conspiracy to presenting driving drunk as a mere peccadillo – a “petty offense” that does not merit significant concern. Continue reading »

Dec 292013
 

The Uptown breakfast and bakery scene has seen a flurry of activity of late, with Live Oak Cafe slated to revamp the former Oak Street Cafe, Toast by the owners of Tartine in the former Laurel Street Bakery slot, Ye Olde Bake Shoppe opening on Carrollton and even a Haydel’s Bakery pop-up on Magazine. Continue reading »

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Dec 292013
 

The Lady Rollers will close out 2013 with their 18th-anniversary second-line parade at noon today (Sunday, Dec. 29) around the Louisiana Avenue corridor, according to a post by Big Red Cotton for Gambit. The second-line starts at the Sandpiper, 2119 Louisiana Avenue, and passes through the neighborhoods alongside Louisiana, Toledano and Washington.

The parade is dedicated to Mansfield “Field” Patterson III.

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Dec 282013
 

Kathryn Hunter (via NOPD)

Kathryn Hunter (via NOPD)

Robert Robinson (via NOPD)

Robert Robinson (via NOPD)

Homicide investigators are now searching for a man wanted on a number of outstanding arrest warrants in addition to a woman previously named in connection with a shooting at an Amelia Street residence that killed two men earlier this month, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Dec 272013
 

Craig Giesecke

One of the great things about relocating to A Different Place is the learning curve. While some folks find it too easy to begin honking and beeping about how things just ain’t right in the new place, I find it mostly tremendous. So it is with my wife’s effort to obtain medical marijuana here in Southern California. Continue reading »

Dec 262013
 

Are you worried about making loan payments on your house? Have you fallen behind, and are struggling to get back on track? Or are you preparing to buy, but unsure how you’ll finance every penny of your new home? Neighborhood Housing Services New Orleans announces its new, federally-sponsored Making Home Affordable loan program for homeowners just like you. Secure, confidential, and comprehensive!

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Dec 252013
 

Jean-Paul Villere

Each year, the winter holiday season always finds me greeting it with fidgety awkwardness.  Why?  For one, the holidays are completely unavoidable.  For two, they’re always rigidly defined.  And for three, the expectations can mash into dizzying highs but swiftly sail into cavernous lows.  These things might be what draws me so closely to Carnival, as Mardi Gras remains fairly avoidable, it changes timelines every year, and no one really cares throughout its discourse anyway.  Miss a parade?  Fine.  Wanna skip town altogether?  No big.  Do whatcha wanna is more than a new ad campaign for Touro.  It remains a relatively new staple in the Fat Tuesday song cannon courtesy of none other than the Rebirth Brass Band.  And God bless ‘em and the song, because for me, it sums it up.  But personal preferences on Christmas and New Year’s?  Not so much. Continue reading »

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Dec 252013
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

Three teens who allegedly robbed a man of his cell phone after attacking him with a glass bottle on South Carrollton Avenue were arrested Monday, New Orleans police said.

In a separate case, a woman watering her plants on her Nashville Avenue porch threw a glass of water at a man with a gun to thwart his robbery attempt Saturday afternoon, police said. Continue reading »

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Dec 242013
 
Seventh Ward Santa with Akhil Isiah Ricco-Thompson on Dec. 23, 2013. (submitted photo)

Seventh Ward Santa with Akhil Isiah Ricco-Thompson on Dec. 23, 2013. (submitted photo)

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It’s the weekend before Christmas at Dennis Photography, a quaint picture studio. It’s the calm before the storm, a studio attendant explains, before the gallery is packed with crying babies, active toddlers and parents filling out picture packets on one of the busiest Santa Claus picture-taking days of the season.

Seventh Ward Santa, as he has grown to be known in his 43 years, is nowhere in sight. According to his business agent, Fred Parker, Santa is in between photo shoots as is typical during this time of year working to make as many appearances and greet as many little ones as possible. He’s been on call since Nov. 1 visiting multiple New Orleans daycare centers, elementary schools and high schools daily in addition to his regular sittings at the studio.

“I’m dog-tired. I can’t sleep. I’m up at 5 and then up until 12 and 1 at night,” Seventh Ward Santa said. “I’m looking forward to Christmas Day so I can get to sleep.” Continue reading »

Dec 232013
 

Drew Ward

Drew Ward

Reid Stone

Reid Stone

The two Republicans running for the New Orleans City Council District A seat are effectively joining forces in the Democratic district, with entrepreneur Reid Stone announcing his withdrawal Monday afternoon and joining the campaign of neighborhood-activist Drew Ward. Continue reading »