Oct 092014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

For Democratic candidates in Deep South and Border States, carrying President Barack Obama on their backs is a bone-breaking load that may very well end their political careers.

There is no better example of that than the multi-talented U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu who has every right to feel exhausted from carrying the weight of the unpopular President every day, every hour and every minute. But Landrieu isn’t alone. In Arkansas, U.S. Senator Mark Pryor is also staggering under the Obama load. And, in a border state like Kentucky, Democratic challenger Allison Lundergan Grimes would surely defeat Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell if it were not for the Obama load that threatens to sink her in a race so close that the winning margin may well be one percent or less. In Mississippi, Democrat Travis Childers is so far behind Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran that the race could well be considered over and settled. Continue reading »

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Oct 092014
 

Junior League of New OrleansThe Junior League of New Orleans is throwing a street party at the Bloomin’ Deals Thrift Shop tonight (Thursday, Oct. 9) with food, drinks and live entertainment by the 610 Stompers and The Sirens of New Orleans. Guests will also have an opportunity to purchase signature Mardi Gras throws, like shoes and purses. Continue reading »

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Oct 092014
 
NOPD Homicide detectives in a promotional photo for A&E's show "The First 48." (via facebook.com)

NOPD Homicide detectives in a promotional photo for A&E’s show “The First 48.” (via facebook.com)

The house on Prytania near Josephine where a man was found shot to death in June 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The house on Prytania near Josephine where a man was found shot to death in June 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

More than a year ago, New Orleans police revealed that they had identified the man who allegedly killed a popular DJ in an execution-style murder inside a Prytania Street home the previous summer.

Travis Cochran, who was 25 at the time, has been on the run since, but investigators now hope that tonight’s episode of the nationally-broadcast show “The First 48″ will lead to his arrest.

“It’s fairly unusual for an individual to evade a warrant for a murder for that long,” said NOPD Sgt. Nick Gernon. “This, obviously, is going to give us good national exposure.” Continue reading »

Oct 092014
 

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Many of you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And by now, you’ll probably also notice that Dat Dog loves to support a good cause. That’s why throughout October, our three locations will all be offering the Old Fashioned Home Made Nectar Soda Float and Specialty Dog throughout the whole month to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation in New Orleans.

One dollar from each item sold will go to the foundation’s ongoing efforts to fight breast cancer in the New Orleans area. Continue reading »

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Oct 082014
 

The former Duke Morgan spa on Magazine Street, photographed in September 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former Duke Morgan spa on Magazine Street, photographed in September 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The owners of the French Quarter’s Sylvain easily continued their path toward a new restaurant on Magazine Street last week, when the City Council voted to approve alcohol sales in the building. Continue reading »

Oct 082014
 
New Orleans police investigate a home invasion on Eighth Street on Friday, Oct. 3. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police investigate a home invasion on Eighth Street on Friday, Oct. 3. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Jacolby Lamar (via NOPD)

Jacolby Lamar (via NOPD)

New Orleans police have obtained an arrest warrant in this past weekend’s home-invasion in the Irish Channel for a man whose last listed address is in a house next door to the 75-year-old victim’s, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Oct 082014
 

The New Birth Brass Band will lead participants in a second line benefiting the National Alliance on Mental Illness this Saturday (Oct. 11) in Audubon Park. The 5th Annual NAMIWalks will include a performance by Charmaine Neville prior to the second line and a community celebration in the park after the second line. Continue reading »

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Oct 082014
 

Smoked Ham with Pecan-Cheddar Spread, Apple and Homemade Pepper Jelly on Baguette

Family-friendly destination voted one of “America’s Best Bakeries” by Travel + Leisure magazine

Attention Uptown residents: Gracious Bakery + Café is now offering full lunch service on Sundays. Going along with their expanded hours is a new lineup of sandwiches and salads, including the following:

Turkey Breast – House-cooked turkey breast, cayenne-candied bacon, cranberry-orange relish and arugula on oatmeal bread

Pork Braciole – Rolled and sliced pork loin filled with Parmesan, baby kale and garlic aioli on focaccia

Corned Beef – House-brined and slow-cooked with pickled slaw, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing on multigrain rye

Roasted Turnip and Sweet Potato Salad On spinach with goat cheese and pecans

Coconut & Passionfruit Cake with Coffee for Dessert

“This is kind of a big deal,” says owner and third-string dishwasher Jay Forman. “I’m partial to the cayenne-candied bacon. Really doesn’t need the rest of the sandwich; it does just fine on its own.” All breads are made daily, in house. Along with the new lunch service, Gracious also offers a terrific line-up of baked goods like their Bruleed Pear Danish, Pretzel Croissants, and Hazelnut “Kermit” Cruffins. Desserts include Pumpkin-Spice Cake and Flourless Chocolate and Raspberry Bouchon Bites. Now open on Sundays until 2 pm, this family-friendly artisan bake shop is helmed by Sucré alumna Megan Forman and has been recognized by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of “America’s Best Bakeries.” Locally roasted French Truck Coffee, specialty Chai and free Wi-Fi round out the neighborhood appeal.

Located in the ground floor of the Woodward Building across from Fox 8 News, Gracious Bakery is open seven days a week and provides business catering to the CBD and Greater New Orleans area with free delivery. For more information, visit them at www.graciousbakery.com or give them a call at (504) 301-3709.
 
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Oct 072014
 

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During the month of October, we’re left to drown in a pink sea of bumper stickers and T-shirts emblazoned with sparky catchphrases about “boobies” and “ta-tas.”

This messaging is near impossible to escape. While absolutely catchy, this sexualized rhetoric places an increasingly disturbing emphasis on breasts over breast-cancer patients. Continue reading »

Oct 072014
 
An image from surveillance video shows the armed robbery Friday night of the Discount Corner gas station on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

An image from surveillance video shows the armed robbery Friday night of the Discount Corner gas station on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

As police continue their investigation into a rash of late-night robberies at Carrollton-area convenience stores, authorities are urging businesses to take precautions for themselves and their employees. Continue reading »

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Oct 072014
 

Franklin collageAward-winning documentary film maker, author, actor, Grammy winner, Pulitzer prize winner, opera star, Neurointerventional surgeon, United States Representative, director, producer, 5-star chef, record producer, dean, CEO, composer, educator, artist, entrepreneur, chemist, attorney, innovator, leader, success.  Just a few of the words that have described Ben Franklin graduates.

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Oct 062014
 

Owen Courreges

It’s called the “BigBelly,” and it’s being pitched to cities across the country as a miracle of American innovation.  It’s a solar-powered trash compactor designed to replace ordinary city trash receptacles.  There is practically no green-tech buzzword that doesn’t apply to these things.

I first began seeing the BigBellies in New Orleans last year along the Canal Streetcar line.  The website Clean Technica reported in December 2012 that the city hoped to have “at least 150 solar-powered trash compactors installed,” before the Super Bowl and that, contracts and bidding permitted, “[t]his number could be expanded to 242.”

Presently, the city is planning on expanding the BigBelly receptacles to the French Quarter and Downtown Development District.   The bid date is set for October 30th at 11 a.m.  It’s happening, and it’s happening soon.

What hasn’t happened, at least as far as I can see, is proper due diligence. Continue reading »

Oct 062014
 
A gas station robbery on South Carrollton early Monday joins other recent holdups on South Claiborne and Airline Highway. (map via NOPD)

A gas station robbery on South Carrollton early Monday joins other recent holdups on South Claiborne and Airline Highway. (map via NOPD)

After a perplexing series of holdups at the Magnolia Discount store on Airline Highway, armed robbers turned their attention to a Magnolia Discount on South Carrollton overnight, New Orleans police said Monday morning. Continue reading »

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