Prosecutors are using Louisiana’s repeat-offender laws to create potential sentences so high for criminal defendants that they have no choice but to plead guilty, potentially depriving them of the right to a fair trial, three candidates for Criminal District Court agreed Monday night.
The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University will host a free lunch lecture Tuesday, Sept. 30, by Rebecca Gordon on her book Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post-9/11 United States.
A wounded, unconscious man was rescued Monday afternoon from a burning apartment in a house on South Roman Street in the Hoffman Triangle area of Central City, New Orleans firefighters said.
“Look both ways before crossing the street.”
Every child is taught that line, the essence being that before you step off the curb, you’d better have verified that three tons of automotive engineering won’t be bearing down on your fleshy, fragile form. Being a pedestrian is perilous, and you have to take precautions.
However, in the City of New Orleans, it is often a great deal more dangerous than it ought to be.
Construction work at Lusher Charter School’s Willow Street campus will not start this fall as originally planned, school officials said this weekend.
Isidore Newman School invites prospective parents to visit our campus and learn about our enriching and challenging Pre-K – 12 curriculum. Newman is accepting applications for Lower, Middle, and Upper School – and for Green Trees Early Childhood Village, opening in August 2015.
Investigators have determined that two of the four armed robberies reported Saturday around Uptown New Orleans did not actually happen, authorities said.
On Tuesday afternoon, UNITY of Greater New Orleans will commemorate founder Dr. Everett Williams’ birthday by celebrating The Dr. Everett and Melva Williams Building, UNITY of Greater New Orleans’ permanent supportive housing building.
The Young Men Olympians social aid and pleasure club, sporting black and white suits, braved the rain for their annual second line parade on Sunday through central city. This year, they celebrated their 130th anniversary. The parade included four big-name brass bands, New Birth brass band, the Grammy-nominated Hot 8 brass band, TBC brass band and the Stooges.
Four robberies were reported around Uptown New Orleans on Saturday, including an Airline Highway gas-station holdup, a carjacking on South Claiborne, a Tulane student robbed on Broadway Street and another robbery on Peniston, according to police reports.
Mark K. Shriver, the son of Peace Corps creator Sargent Shriver and nephew to President John F. Kennedy, will talk about his personal story of rediscovering his father’s life and his plans to follow his legacy in a guest appearance Tuesday evening at Loyola University.
Tracy K. Smith, the winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, will read from her work, answer questions and sign books Monday evening as this year’s Florie Gale Arons Poet at Tulane University.
Candidates running for Criminal Court Judge will discuss criminal law and public safety in a forum sponsored by the Home Defense Foundation of New Orleans. The debate takes place this Monday (Sept. 29) at The Eiffel Society and is free and open to the public.
The Irish Network of New Orleans will hold a social this evening (Friday, Sept. 26) at the Publiq House on Freret Street to discuss the events leading to the upcoming International Irish Famine Commemoration.
State Representative Helena Moreno has turned out to be a savvy lobbyist for issues important to women and families and easily able to cross the political aisles to get the votes she needs. That’s the sentiment of the Legislative Agenda for Women (LAW), a coalition of organizations including the League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women, the Independent Women’s Organization, the National Council of Jewish Women, and the National Organization for Women, who hosted a reception in her honor, courtesy of attorney Pamela Gibbs.
In March, two women were caught in the crossfire of a gun battle on South Saratoga Street that left them both dead. Earlier this month, gunfire broke out again, and the victim staggered through the same Foucher Street intersection before collapsing and dying a block away.
Neighbors have long complained about the violence and lawlessness that grips the corner of Foucher and Saratoga, where five other people have also been wounded over the past year. After the most recent slaying, neighbors are banding together to look for solutions to end it by asking for more police presence, installing more anti-crime cameras, targeting blighted properties and trying to meet the health needs of people in the neighborhood.
The New Orleans Mini Maker Faire and Bricolage Academy are hosting a launch party tonight for the science, engineering and arts event that’s been dubbed “the greatest show-and-tell on Earth.”
Held at NOLA Brewing’s Taproom from 6 to 8 p.m., the education fundraiser and launch event will benefit Bricolage Academy, a tuition-free, open-enrollment public school in Uptown New Orleans.