Aug 112010

Tropical Depression Five failed to organize into a tropical storm Wednesday, but its remnants were still predicted to bring heavy rainfall to the city.

Although National Weather Service forecasters have stopped tracking Five as a tropical cyclone, they are issuing flash flood warnings for New Orleans and the Gulf Coast because the slow-moving thunderstorms could bring three to five inches of rain.

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Aug 112010

Welcome to, which will offer a more detailed, comprehensive look at the news and events of Uptown New Orleans than can currently be found anywhere else.

Our site is currently in an “alpha” release for a few final weeks as we continue to test its features and functionality. During this time, we will be posting news to the site, but the reporting will not reflect either the depth or the frequency that is to come.

Later this month, we will move to a “beta” release, which will see an increase in reporting while we test additional features. Finally, on Sept. 1, we will complete our initial site development and begin concentrating all our energy on serving the Uptown community.

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Aug 082010

The National Weather Service has extended its heat advisory for the New Orleans area until 8 p.m. Monday, noting the “oppressive heat” that “continues to blanket the Gulf Coast.”

With temperatures in the mid-90s, with humidity pushing the heat index 105-110, “heat illnesses are possible,” the forecasters remind us. “Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors.”

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Aug 032010

Residents of City Council District A (which includes the Uptown’s Carrollton and Audubon neighborhoods) have an opportunity to share their priorities for the coming year’s city budget, Councilwoman Susan Guidry said in news release today.

As part of a series of community input sessions on the coming year’s budget to be held in each council district, Mayor Mitch Landrieu will be hosting a meeting for District A residents at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, at Grace Episcopal Church, 3700 Canal St.

Aug 022010

The New Orleans Police Department’s Sixth District Comstat meeting will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday this week instead of its usual Thursday slot to accommodate the police academy graduation, officials said.

The meetings, which are held in the district’s roll call room, are set to return to their usual schedule next week.

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Aug 022010

Cedric Richmond

It’s a long-established storyline of the 2010 Congressional elections that national Democrats see U.S. Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao as one of the most vulnerable Republican seats in Congress, and last week they chose state Rep. Cedric Richmond as their candidate to do so. Continue reading »

Jul 172010

The two state legislators vying for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao both dug into their war chests in April, May and June to keep pace with the incumbent on campaign spending, according to Federal Election Commission reports filed this week. Continue reading »

Jul 132010

Anh "Joseph" Cao

The lone Republican challenger to U.S. Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao has withdrawn from the Aug. 28 primary, leaving the incumbent with no opposition until he meets his Democratic opponent and three independents in the Nov. 2 general election, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office.

Norman Paul Billiot of Marrero withdrew from the race Monday, the first business day after he filed the previous Friday, telling Ed Anderson of the Times-Picayune that he lacks the money to run and now supports Cao.

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Jul 082010

The slate of candidates for secretary of state and two local judicial seats got a little more crowded Thursday on an otherwise quiet second day of filing for the Oct. 2 open primary elections.

Joining the race for secretary of state were Republicans Sammy Kershaw of Lafayette and Melanie J. McKnight of Baton Rouge.

Richard Exnicios, a Democrat, became the third candidate seeking a seat on the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court. Meanwhile, Veronica E. Henry and Angela C. Imbornone, both Democrats, joined the race for the Section C seat on First City Court.

(See a complete list of candidates who have filed.)

Filing will end Friday.

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