Nov 102010
 

"Light Years," by James Salter

“If you’re lucky, it turns out.”

So said novelist James Salter, addressing an audience of about 150 at Tulane’s Lavin-Bernick Center on Wednesday evening, where he read a recent short story and took questions about his life and work. Salter, best known for his novels Light Years and A Sport and a Pastime, is the author of five novels, two collections of short stories, numerous plays, screenplays, and nonfiction works, and a memoir, Gods of Tin, about his years as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force, serving in over 100 combat missions in the Korean War. Continue reading »

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Nov 102010
 

Police were called to the intersection of Camp and Jena streets early Wednesday morning by a man with a gunshot wound to the hand who reported an attempted robbery nearby under circumstances police now deem questionable, they said.

Meanwhile, Uptown officers are adjusting to a new policy that will radically reduce arrests on minor warrants in the city, and concentrating in the Black Pearl to combat a recent spike in property crimes there, they said Wednesday at the weekly meeting of the NOPD’s Uptown-based Second District.
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Nov 102010
 

1900 Amelia St. (maps.google.com, unknown date)

The Delachaise Neighborhood Association applauded the city planning commission’s decision last month to effectively keep closed an apartment complex they view as a magnet for crime, but are concerned that the city council might overturn the decision next month. Continue reading »

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Nov 092010
 

The mural on the original Martin Wine Cellar building (photo by anthonyturducken via flickr)

With Tuesday’s blessing by a city board, Martin Wine Cellar is one step closer to reclaiming its original Uptown New Orleans location, raising hopes among neighbors there that it will kickstart the revitalization of the Baronne Street business corridor.

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Nov 092010
 

David Mintz of COPS II smiles as Capt. Darryl Albert hands detective Heather Gore a new laptop at the Second District Station Monday afternoon. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

More than a dozen detectives in the New Orleans Police Department’s Uptown-based Second District now have laptop computers to carry into the field and an injured officer has a little more financial security thanks to a series of recent donations around the department. Continue reading »

Nov 092010
 

Uptown-area NOPD districts (nola.gov)

The decades-old lines that define the New Orleans Police Department’s individual districts will likely be redrawn in the coming year using computer deployment software, Superintendent Ronal Serpas told the City Council. Continue reading »

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Nov 072010
 

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church, from Topeka, KS, picket in front of St. Stephen Catholic Church Sunday morning during mass. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Westboro Baptist Church’s unique brand of public vitriol has provoked everything from impromptu arguments to organized counter protests to Supreme Court cases, but it barely managed to raise an eyebrow Sunday morning among parishioners of St. Stephen Catholic Church. Continue reading »

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Nov 072010
 

Tim Baudier and Matt Brichetto plant a tree while children play behind them at Wisner Playground on Saturday morning. Sabree Hill/ www.UptownMessenger.com

After they finished tamping down the soil around their newly planted oak, the small group of volunteers realized the trunk was a little off-center, adjusted it with a tug, and finally stepped back to admire their work for the first time.

“Look, this tree has an acorn,” realized Jacob Owens. “Somewhere there’s a squirrel that’s been waiting for this tree.” Continue reading »

Nov 062010
 

The 2nd Annual New Orleans Coffee Festival at Freret Market was devoted to people coming together to enjoy drinking and learning about coffee.  There were nine different coffee vendors at the event.

Attendees try Coast Roast Coffee at the 2nd Annual New Orleans Coffee Festival at Freret Market Saturday afternoon. The festival was devoted to people coming together to enjoy drinking and learning about coffee. There were nine different coffee vendors at the event. Sabree Hill/ www.UptownMessenger.com

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Nov 062010
 

The unique Louisiana Swamp Festival features Zydeco and Cajun music along with food and crafts at Audubon Zoo.

Michael Doucet and Friends performs at Louisiana Swamp Festival at Audubon Zoo Saturday afternoon. The festival featured Zydeco and Cajun music along with food and crafts. It continues Sunday, November 7, 2010. Sabree Hill/ www.UptownMessenger.com

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