Oct 132013
 

Police officers stand amid shell casings marking the scene of a fatal shooting on Chippewa Street in the Irish Channel on Feb. 21, 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Police officers stand amid shell casings marking the scene of a fatal shooting on Chippewa Street in the Irish Channel on Feb. 21, 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Investigators from the New Orleans Police Department are looking for four people for questioning in connection with an unsolved homicide in the Irish Channel from February of this year, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Oct 132013
 
Planning District 2 (via nola.gov)

Planning District 2 (via nola.gov)

A public meeting for residents of the Central City, Garden District and adjacent Uptown neighborhoods will be held at 6 p.m. Monday on the latest draft of the new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance. The meeting will be at the Dryades YMCA at 2220 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, and it will cover changes in Planning District 2, which runs generally from Napoleon Avenue to the Pontchartrain Expressway. Continue reading »

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Oct 132013
 

Joshua Rockwood (via opcso.org)

Joshua Rockwood (via opcso.org)

A man who was allegedly masturbating in a women’s restroom at Children’s Hospital and slid into one woman’s stall was arrested on charges of voyeurism and indecent-behavior with juveniles, according to a report by Helen Freund of The Times-Picayune. Joshua Rockwood, 20 years old and already a registered sex offender, hid in a stall when a mother brought three young children into the restroom, and then when a hospital employee came in, slid along the ground into her stall while masturbating, Freund reports.

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Oct 122013
 
Map of Prince of Wales second line route (via Google maps)

Map of Prince of Wales second line route (via Google maps)

The Prince of Wales/Lady Wales 85th annual second line will roll Sunday afternoon down Magazine Street, through Central City and into the Garden District, according to a post by Big Red Cotton for Gambit. The second line will start at 1 p.m. at its usual spot, the Rock Bottom Lounge at 3801 Tchoupitoulas, and end there at 5 p.m.

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Oct 112013
 

Family and friends of pedestrians killed while trying to cross South Claiborne at night blame the lack of streetlights from Napoleon Avenue to Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, according to a report by Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV. City officials say they are converting lighting on the stretch to energy-efficient lights and should be finished in the coming weeks.

Oct 112013
 

Stephanie Carter (via opcso.org)

Stephanie Carter (via opcso.org)

Verquan Carter (via opcso.org)

Verquan Carter (via opcso.org)

Verquan Carter, 21, was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder in Sunday evening’s shooting near Jackson and South Claiborne avenues that wounded a 14-year-old and an 18-year-old, according to a report by Danielle Bell of The Times-Picayune. Carter’s mother, 48-year-old Stephanie Carter, was arrested as an alleged principal to the crime based on witness statements and a video that shows her giving her daughter a loaded gun moments before she opened fire, Bell reports.

Oct 112013
 

Although the signs on Freret say "no parking," drivers may actually park on the Freret corridor after construction ends at 5:30 p.m. each day, city officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Although the signs on Freret say “no parking,” drivers may actually park on the Freret corridor after construction ends at 5:30 p.m. each day, city officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In spite of a maze of construction projects that make Freret Street and its row of new businesses a challenge to reach, there is one silver lining for drivers: parking is allowed on both sides of Freret after construction is finished each day. Continue reading »

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Oct 102013
 
The undivided two-way traffic pattern that dominates Jefferson Avenue on the river side of St. Charles Avenue will soon extend to South Claiborne as the drainage-canal installation proceeds. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The undivided two-way traffic pattern that dominates Jefferson Avenue on the river side of St. Charles Avenue will soon extend to South Claiborne as the drainage-canal installation proceeds. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Although the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for overseeing the construction of four major drainage canals around Uptown New Orleans, the federal-government shutdown caused the agency to miss a planned public meeting Thursday about the beginning of the latest phase on Jefferson Avenue. Continue reading »

Oct 102013
 

A sample menu for the planned Pizza Domenica chalked onto the wall of the building during August's open house. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A sample menu for the planned Pizza Domenica chalked onto the wall of the building during August’s open house. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

If there was ever any doubt about the city’s stance on the new Pizza Domenica restaurant that John Besh is proposing for Magazine Street, the New Orleans City Council dispelled it Thursday afternoon with a unanimous vote in its favor — including the use of go cups. Continue reading »

Oct 102013
 
(From left) Christopher Davis, Joseph Davis and Sheldon Jefferson (via opcso.org)

(From left) Christopher Davis, Joseph Davis and Sheldon Jefferson (via opcso.org)

Joseph Davis, 17, pleaded guilty to four counts of forcible rape and one count each of second-degree kidnapping and armed robbery, and was sentenced to 40 years in prison last week for his role in the the rape of a Garden District woman in February, reports Katherine Sayre of The Times-Picayune. Davis “initiated the rape and wielded a gun in the assault,” Sayre reported; 16-year-old Sheldon Jefferson had previously agreed to serve 30 years for raping the woman; and 18-year-old Christopher Davis, the driver in the incident, had previously been sentenced to 35 years.

Oct 102013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

So who gets to decide how many judges are too many? Mayor Mitch Landrieu has strong feelings on the subject, based on his own experiences when he was in the private practice of law and his observations from the mayor’s office. There are too many judges and the money devoted to supporting empty courtrooms and under-worked judges could be better spent if the money was instead in the city’s general fund, Landrieu says. Continue reading »

Oct 092013
 
Prytania Theatre owner Rene Brunet laughs with his son, Robert Brunet (right), as he arrives at Sunday night's Oscar-watching party in February 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Prytania Theatre owner Rene Brunet laughs with his son, Robert Brunet (right), as he arrives at Sunday night’s Oscar-watching party in February 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Jean-Paul Villere

As a child of the 80s reared on cable and the small screen, my first opportunity to see The Wizard of Oz on the big screen came in a mid 90s summer-revival series at the State Palace, and the experience remains with me today.  First of all, the movie alone to be seen in this fashion should not be missed, I don’t care how many times you’ve seen it.  Secondly, to see a film in a somewhat decrepit but likely once masterful venue layers the sensory.  Creaky, spent springs and paint-chipped seating, flooring with decades of goo, and echoey cavern of yesterday celluloid dank and dark.  And then Mr. Brunet spoke. Continue reading »