Nov 052010

SWAT Team Members congregate outside a white, two-story building on the corner of Washington Ave. and S. Claiborne. early Friday morning. Sabree Hill/

An armed man’s standoff with police ended with his peaceful surrender Friday morning, authorities said.

The man got into an argument with his neighbors early Friday morning, fired at least one shot and barricaded himself into an apartment on Washington Avenue near Claiborne with another woman, said Capt. Robert Bardy of the NOPD’s Sixth District. Shortly after 10:30 a.m., both surrendered and were arrested, Bardy said. Continue reading »

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Nov 042010

Two teens have been arrested in an armed robbery outside an Uptown charter high school that served as a prelude to a violent Halloween weekend around the city, police said Thursday.

In separate incidents, a man was shot in the Garden District, a woman was robbed of her luxury car in the Milan area, police found a major stash of drug money in Freret, and thefts deemed “crimes of opportunity” saw a surge around Uptown, ranking NOPD officers reported at their weekly meetings Thursday morning. Continue reading »

Nov 032010

Dion McKinley (left) shows election results from WWL's website to judicial candidate Jennifer Eagan and supporters at an election night party at Eagan's home. (Sabree Hill,

Two Uptown residents lost their bids for lieutenant governor and city judge Tuesday night despite strong support from their own neighborhoods, according to an analysis of precinct-level results.

In a separate contest, voters in the Upper Hurstville neighborhood overwhelmingly renewed the fee that pays for private security patrols on their streets. Continue reading »

Nov 032010

This Valence Street home, with a hole in its side, has been the subject of complaints by Freret residents for more than a year. (Via Freret Property Campaign)

The slow process for cleaning up dilapidated properties was a source of frustration Tuesday night for a group of Freret residents making final preparations to launch a major anti-blight campaign in their neighborhood. Continue reading »

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Nov 022010

A system of rainstorms heading over New Orleans this afternoon is moving quickly enough that it shouldn’t create severe flooding problems, according to the National Weather Service.

About two or three inches of rain are expected over the next 48 hours, said meteorologist Christopher Bannan of the NWS office in Slidell. The rain is already beginning, should peak around 1:30 p.m. and be done by 3 or 4 p.m., Bannan said. Continue reading »

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Nov 012010

A home at the corner of Magazine and Henry Clay shows support for the neighborhood's security patrols, up for renewal on Tuesday's ballot.

If voters in Upper Hurstville choose to renew the neighborhood’s private security patrols Tuesday, they’ll see a reduced fee on their property-tax bills next year.

The fee had been $485 per parcel, but the security district’s board voted last week to reduce that amount to $425, said district chair Karen Duncan. The legislation enabling the 24-hour patrols expires after this year, however, so Upper Hurstville residents must first renew the district at the ballot Tuesday. Continue reading »

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Nov 012010

People and landmarks from the Irish Channel and Garden District are featured in a 15-minute episode of the One Square Mile web video series:

One Square Mile – New Orleans, Louisiana from Carl & Betsy Crum on Vimeo.


Nov 012010

Four Uptown bars are participating in a Friday-night pub crawl to raise money for trees to be planted the next day at the Wisner Playground on Laurel Street.

A $25 ticket at the door will buy you four beers, with the proceeds going to Friends of Wisner Park, the group that organized the drive to build the KaBOOM! playground earlier this year. Continue reading »

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Oct 292010

NOPD Superintendent of Police Ronal Serpas addresses officers of the Sixth District as Lt. Jeff Walls (center) and Capt. Robert Bardy listen.

The city government’s willingness to support New Orleans police financially will be directly based on whether the public believes the department is leaving behind its scandal-ridden recent past, Chief Ronal Serpas told officers in the Sixth District on Thursday.

“You didn’t do the things that have been admitted, but you have to do the things to overcome them,” Serpas said. Continue reading »

Oct 292010

Nicholas Washington, 4, wears his new astronaut costume in front of the Freret Neighborhood Center at the Fourth Annual Halloween Party and Great Costume Give-Away Thursday afternoon. The event was sponsored by Freret Neighborhood Center and Junior League New Orleans and included face painting, games, crafts, food, candy, a photo booth and a create-a-costume clinic. "He's in love with his costume," said his mother Keyoka Coe. Sabree Hill/Uptown Messenger

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Oct 282010

Actor Clarke Peters discusses the HBO series Treme at a panel discussion at Kendall Cram Lecture Hall at Tulane University Thursday evening.

Two overaching concerns dominated the creation of HBO’s Treme: to depict the culture of New Orleans with unprecedented accuracy, and to tell the specific story of that culture through the people who live and make it.

For most viewers around the country, the moment when Clarke Peters’ character Albert Lambreaux first appears wearing his Mardi Gras Indian regalia would have been nearly impossible to understand, a panel of the show’s creators and Tulane professors said Thursday night. But unlike most television shows, it is the mystery of what that costume signifies – of what New Orleans culture is – that forms the central narrative of the series, and is intended to keep viewers coming back, they said.
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Oct 282010

More off-duty police officers will be patrolling the streets of the Hurstville neighborhood after a vote Wednesday night by the security district to boost the amount of money going to patrols.

By a 6-0 vote, the board of the Hurstville Security District voted for a $20,000 increase in the patrol budget, raising it from $195,000 to $215,000 in the coming year. The additional money will not be allocated to any specific new type of patrol, but rather simply to deploy additional manpower as the off-duty officers see fit. Continue reading »

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