Dec 312010

A tornado watch is in effect until 7 p.m. Friday for the shaded areas. (National Weather Service)

Potentially violent weather – including tornadoes, hail and street flooding – could help usher in 2011 in New Orleans, weather officials said Friday morning. Continue reading »

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Dec 302010

A carriage carrying the body of rapper Renetta 'Magnolia Shorty' Lowe leaves the 5th Baptist Church Thursday afternoon. (Sabree Hill,

Slain rapper Renetta ‘Magnolia Shorty’ Lowe was laid to rest Thursday in a funeral service and second line attended by thousands, including musical luminaries Lil Wayne and Bryan “Birdman” Williams, founder of Cash Money Records.

Lil Wayne and Bryan "Birdman" Williams, founder of Cash Money Records, at Renetta 'Magnolia Shorty' Lowe's funeral. 'Magnolia Shorty' and Ms. Tee, Trishell Williams, were the first women signed to Cash Money Records.(Sabree Hill,

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Dec 272010

Security-camera image of a man who allegedly burglarized the Agora Galleries on Magazine Street. (via NOPD)

An armed robbery and a shooting were reported about a block apart in the Irish Channel on subsequent days last week, but investigators say the two gun crimes were almost certainly committed by different people.

In a separate case, police are also searching for an unusually deliberate Christmastime burglar. Continue reading »

Dec 222010

New Orleans is experiencing another bout of low water pressure, this time because of as-yet-unspecified problems at the Carrollton station, the city said.

Pressure at the station is beginning to return, according to an email alert from the city of New Orleans, and Algiers is the only area of the city unaffected.

There has been no word yet whether water quality was affected.

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Dec 222010

A new studio for Romney Pilates is under construction on Magazine Street. (Photo by Sabree Hill,

A meeting of Magazine Street-area neighbors concerned about the construction of a new Pilates studio has been postponed temporarily, an organizer said Wednesday morning.

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Dec 212010

Canine Culture manager Shannon Kottemann high-fives a pit bull inside the store at the Sula Foundation holiday gathering. Pit bull owners had a chance to finish holiday shopping while mingling with other pit bulll owners. Holiday carols with a twist such as "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Pit Bull" were sung at the event. The Sula Foundation is dedicated to fostering responsible pit bull ownership through low-cost veterinary clinics, free spay/neuter, education and advocacy. (Sabree Hill,

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Dec 212010

Renowned New Orleans metal sculptor Arthur Silverman at a book signing for SILVERMAN: The Art Works of Dr. Arthur Silverman, at Octavia Books Tuesday afternoon. Since the mid-eighties Dr. Silverman has made over 400 metal sculptures that range from a matter of inches to 60 feet in height. Across the United States, he is represented in five national museums. Dr. Silverman has 48 public pieces of art in New Orleans; more then any other artist. (Sabree Hill,

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Dec 212010

The resurfacing project will take place in three subsequent stages: Calliope to St. Andrew (from January to Mardi Gras), from there to Napoleon (which will last into the summer) and from Napoleon to Nashville.

For more details on the project itself, see reporting by R. Stephanie Bruno in The Times-Picayune. For reaction from Magazine Street business owners, see a report by Paul Murphy of WWL.

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Dec 212010

A man was fatally shot on Louisiana Avenue Parkway early Sunday morning, police said.

The man was found lying in the street with a gunshot wound to the chest about 3:20 a.m. in the 3000 block of Louisiana Avenue Parkway, the first block on the lake side of Claiborne Avenue, police said. Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene, according to a news release from the NOPD Second District. Continue reading »