Sep 062010

Two Uptown addresses on one block – 1222 Leontine St. and 5338 Perrier St. – are slated for public hearings before the city’s Neighborhood Conservation District Committee at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the city planning commission conference room on the ninth floor of the Amoco Building, 1340 Poydras St.

The committee oversees demolition applications in the city, and Tuesday’s hearings are the public’s opportunity to comment on the properties.

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Sep 022010

A string of purse thefts along Magazine Street has drawn the attention of the New Orleans Police Department, officials said Thursday.

Women at three separate establishments – the Bridge Lounge, Byblos and Nacho Mamas Mexican Grill – had their bags purloined when their attention was diverted, Sixth District police said at their weekly Comstat meeting. In one case, the purse was slung across the back of the woman’s chair when it was taken. In another, the woman’s purse remained by her feet where she’d placed it, but her wallet had been removed from it.

The cases remain under active investigation, police said.

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Sep 012010

Uptown-area police believe they have solved one problem this week – a string of home burglaries in the area – but the area is still plagued by another recent trend, late-night bicycle-riding robbers.

The bulk of the home break-ins had taken place in the Milan area, said Capt. Darryl Albert, commander of the New Orleans Police Department’s Uptown-based Second District. Several had also taken place across Louisiana Avenue in the Garden District area of the NOPD Sixth District, leading police from both districts to collaborate on bringing the burglars in.

“These burglaries were running us crazy for a while,” Albert said at the second district’s weekly meeting Wednesday. Continue reading »

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Sep 012010

Councilwoman Stacy Head suggests an increase in the city’s public work and infrastructure spending in next year’s budget could help clear up the backlog of clogged drains, in response to questions posed by WVUE’s Natasha Robin.

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Aug 312010

The proposed set of reforms to the New Orleans Recreation Department will be presented to residents of City Council District B, which includes much of Uptown, at a public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Dryades YMCA, 2220 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

The proposal will be on the ballot in the Oct. 2 general election.

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Aug 312010

Harry Shearer /

With an opening night-screening of his levee-failure documentary, “The Big Uneasy,” at the Prytania Theatre in Uptown New Orleans, Harry Shearer knew he would be preaching to choir.

Taking the theatre stage to a full house’s standing ovation after Monday’s late showing, Shearer thanked the audience for their enthusiasm but described his broader goal.

“Nothing is more moving to me than hearing the reaction of the people of New Orleans, the city I adopted, the city that adopted me,” Shearer said. “But it wasn’t made for us. It was made for the rest of the country.”

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Aug 302010

Regis Grimes

A 21-year-old with a prior felony drug conviction was charged  with possessing a gun stolen from a car in January after officers saw him trying to get rid of it last week, police said.

Regis Grimes, 21, pulled a gun from under his shirt and tossed it into an alley near an abandoned house at 3519 S. Saratoga St. in the Milan neighborhood on Monday, Aug. 23, while officers were watching, according to a New Orleans Police Department news release. When officers found the gun, they determined that it had been stolen in January in an auto burglary at A.P. Tureaud and North Tonti streets, the release states.

Grimes was arrested on charges of illegal possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen gun and felon in possession of a firearm. He has a previous conviction for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Grimes is being held at the Orleans Parish Jail on a combined $45,000 bond.

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Aug 302010

Not even the rain could wash the words away.

In an event organized by the Tulane University English Department and the Poetry Society of America, eight noted Louisiana poets read their works to an audience of over 100 people who turned out Sunday afternoon to hear the poets reflect upon Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The poets — Nicole Cooley, Peter Cooley, Yusef Komunyakaa, Kay Murphy, Brenda Marie Osbey, Alison Pelegrin, Brad Richard, and Martha Serpas — represented a star-studded lineup of Louisiana’s literary talent, and read works whose topics covered the entire spectrum of the past five years. Continue reading »

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Aug 292010
Cedric Richmond

Cedric Richmond

State Rep. Cedric Richmond‘s dominance in Saturday’s four-way Democratic primary election was also on display in Uptown precincts, according to an analysis of results posted by the Secretary of State’s office.

Not only did Richmond win each of the Uptown wards with more than 50 percent, he also took nearly every individual precinct. Continue reading »

Aug 282010

Questions surrounding State Rep. Cedric Richmond, as well as the re-election campaigns of U.S. Rep. Joseph Cao and U.S. Sen. David Vitter were the main points of discussion Saturday at the Rising Tide 5 politics panel.

Moderator Peter Athas (of the Adrastos blog) drove the panel straight into the Richmond issue from the outset, beginning by asking blogger Jason Perry of American Zombie to describe his recent allegations against the state representative and Congressional candidate. Since Aug. 13, Perry has been writing posts alleging that Richmond was involved in the misuse of state grant money to a nonprofit, and he said he has been waiting on the mainstream media to acknowledge them. The mainstream media – represented by Times-Picayune columnist Stephanie Grace and Gambit columnist Clancy Dubos – responded that the grant system was set up by legislators as a slush fund for them to distribute at their discretion, and whether Richmond crossed any lines in his dealing with it remains to be determined.

The panel then turned its attention to Cao and Vitter. The consensus among the panelists is that Cao is generally very well-liked and very highly regarded, and may have a shot at re-election in a tough district despite an unpopular vote against health-care reform.”I think Cao will pay the price for voting against health care,” said panelist Jacques Morial, describing the numbers of uninsured in Cao’s New Orleans-area district whom the bill will help.

Vitter, on the other hand, was reviled as a man of low character by the panelists, but also a savvy political strategist with a strong chance of winning. “In Louisiana, people dislike Obama more than they dislike hypocrisy,” Dubos said.

(Click below to read live coverage of Rising Tide 5’s politics panel, which features blogger Peter Athas, blogger Jason Perry, political writer Clancy Dubos, columnist Stephanie Grace, HBO star Jacques Morial and radio personality Jeff Crouere.) Continue reading »

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Aug 282010

An unusual election with a short slate of candidates was generally expected to bring few voters to the polls, and Saturday’s wet weather is likely pushing turnout even lower, election workers at Uptown precincts said.

At the New Orleans School for Math and Science, only a dozen voters had made it through the drizzle by noon to cast ballots at each of the two 14th Ward precincts there.

“Both precincts are usually very well represented,” said poll worker Jane Fleshman during a break between voters. “The weather is having a little effect, but we weren’t expecting much turnout anyway.” Continue reading »

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Aug 282010

Two broad themes dominated the public safety panel at Rising Tide 5: a tremendous optimism in the new leadership at the New Orleans Police Department, and an awareness that without changing the socioeconomic conditions in the city, the police department’s success will be limited.

(Click below for live coverage of the public safety panel at Rising Tide 5, which features Tulane professor Peter Scharf, NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas, Jon Wool of the Vera Institute of Justice, Safe Streets director Allen James and Susan Hutson, New Orleans independent police monitor.) Continue reading »

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