Oct 142010

The 3-2 decision by a state appellate court allowing Tulane University to keep Newcomb College closed “threatens the rights of all donors in the state of Louisiana,” the president of the group pressing for Newcomb’s reopening said afterward.

Three of the court’s five judges upheld previous rulings that Josephine Newcomb’s founding donations more than a century ago do not require the college to be kept open into perpetuity, it was widely reported Wednesday. (See Nola.com, WWL, WGNO or WVUE for more details.)

Renee Seblatnigg, president of the Future of Newcomb College, praised the two dissenting judges, suggesting that their opinions might form the basis of an appeal to the state Supreme Court. Her complete statement is below: Continue reading »

Oct 132010

The group's new T-shirt (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Freret Neighbors United members reaffirmed their support of a plan to make input from neighborhood groups a more formal part of city government in a wide-ranging meeting Tuesday that also included: plans for reducing blight, uniting the Milan area, founding a health clinic, enhancing street lighting, planting more trees and throwing a Halloween Party for neighborhood children. Continue reading »

Oct 122010

Singleton's Mini Mart, at the corner of Garfield and Millaudon streets in the Black Pearl (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After a six-month investigation culminated in raid police say yielded three pounds of marijuana and nearly $14,000 in cash, the New Orleans Police Department is now seeking to seize the Black Pearl convenience store where the drugs and money were found, authorities said.

The owners of Singleton’s Mini Mart protest that they have nothing to do with drug sales, however, and neighborhood residents are left with mixed feelings about the store. Continue reading »

Oct 102010

Saints fans take a break from the Magazine Street Blues Festival to watch the beginning of the game against the Arizona Cardinals on TVs set up on Napoleon Street.

The bustle of food vendors, artists, blues musicians and their dancers Sunday at the Magazine Street Blues Festival all came to a sudden halt at 3 p.m. – kickoff time for the Saints – when flat-screen TVs in the middle of Napoleon Avenue took center stage.

Johnny Angel of Carrollton finds a curbside seat for the Saints game against the Cardinals.

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Oct 092010

Marika Skwarek (left), 7, Annika Skwarek and Vince Skwarek pick up trash on Magazine St. near Henry Clay Avenue during the Redeemer Presbyterian Church trash cleanup Saturday morning. "We just moved here four months ago and wanted to get involved in helping the community out," said Vince Skwarek.

Redeemer Presbyterian Church launched an effort to clean up Magazine Street on Saturday. Continue reading »

Oct 092010

Blues Frenzy performs at the second annual Magazine Street Blues Festival Saturday afternoon.

The second annual Magazine Street Blues Festival started Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Magazine Street and Napoleon Avenue, filling the neutral grounds with artists and Lafayette Square with a stage for musicians and tents for food and beverage vendors.

The festival continues tonight as the Soul Rebels headline, and returns Sunday for a second day.

Soul Rebels’ dancing man leaps into the crowd at Magazine Street Blues Festival from Robert Morris on Vimeo.

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Oct 092010

82nd Prince of Wales Second Line route

The Prince of Wales 82nd Annual Second Line will parade through several Uptown neighborhoods Sunday. Continue reading »

Oct 082010

Passengers transfer from bus to streetcar at Melpomene Street. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

How inconvenient is the interruption in service on the St. Charles streetcar line? It depends on who you ask.

“I am late for work,” said Steven Hawk of Riverbend. “It’s honestly the longest car trip I ever took.”

“It wasn’t inconvenient at all, as a tourist,” said D. Willoughby of Sag Harbor, N.Y. Continue reading »

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