Jul 092015
 

nopd2 featNew Orleans police investigators have no evidence to believe that the report of a recent home-invasion on Pine Street is connected in any way to a previous incident on Broadway Street, in part because the victim herself has such an uncertain recollection of what actually happened to her, authorities said this week. Continue reading »

Jul 092015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

What are the two M’s (Mitch and Marlin) fighting about now? We hear it’s FEMA dollars originally designated for Templeman II. Sheriff Marlin Gusman technically has them. Mayor Mitch Landrieu wants them.

Both Landrieu and Gusman are smart, well-educated, strong-willed but obstinate elected officials, each used to getting his own way. By not endorsing former Sheriff Charles Foti two years ago, Landrieu paved the way for Gusman’s re-election and this current issue. Continue reading »

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Jul 082015
 
Entergy trucks blocking the street on June 2, aka, life in New Orleans. (photo by S.L. Alexander)

Entergy trucks blocking the street on June 2, aka, life in New Orleans. (photo by S.L. Alexander)

S. L. Alexander (via courtroomcarnival.com)

S. L. Alexander (via courtroomcarnival.com)

By S.L. Alexander

As we begin to age in place, we Baby Boomers are being bombarded with suggestions in support of our insistence that 60 will just be the new 40: structured exercise (walk 10,000 steps a day!), careful diet (eat a lot of blueberries!), and mental gymnastics (do crossword puzzles in ink, even the one in the Sunday New York Times!).

But those of us of any age who are lucky enough to live in New Orleans as the tenth anniversary of August 29, 2005 (which I call “the late unpleasantness”) slinks our way, don’t need to wear our Fitbits 24/7. Just dealing with the confluence of various deadlines for spending government money, an estimated 71 billion federal bucks to rebuild the most devastated city since Sodom and/or Gomorrah — which certain folk have compared us to, actually — has forced us to strengthen ourselves in at least 10 ways as we fight a uniquely local condition: New Orleans Infrastructure Fatigue. Continue reading »

Jul 082015
 
Police officers examine a gun confiscated after an apprehension following a brief robbery spree along Magazine Street and Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers examine a gun confiscated after an apprehension following a brief robbery spree along Magazine Street and Napoleon Avenue in April. The same boy was arrested again this week in connection with another armed robbery attempt, police say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A teenage boy was arrested Tuesday for allegedly trying to rob a man at gunpoint last week on Napoleon Avenue near Freret Street, and investigators say he had only been free for a single day after his last arrest for two armed robberies on Napoleon and Magazine in April. Continue reading »

Jul 072015
 
The house at 918 Soniat was approved for demolition Monday. (April 2015 photo via Google)

The house at 918 Soniat was approved for demolition Monday. (April 2015 photo via Google)

Renderings by MetroStudio architects for a new home at 918 Soniat. (via City of New Orleans)

Renderings by MetroStudio architects for a new home at 918 Soniat. (via City of New Orleans)

A former rental home on Soniat Street that may have origins dating back nearly to the Civil War is likely to be torn down and replaced with new construction, but a request for a similar project on Annunciation Street split the city panel overseeing demolitions Monday. Continue reading »

Jul 062015
 
Tents sit in front of St. Henry's Catholic Church at the 22nd Annual Feast of St. Henry Mass and Reunion. Live entertainment,  beer, food, and snowballs were all free at the event. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Tents sit in front of St. Henry’s Catholic Church at the 22nd Annual Feast of St. Henry Mass and Reunion. Live entertainment, beer, food, and snowballs were all free at the event. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

St. Henry’s Church will follow an anniversary mass with a reunion block party this Saturday night, July 11. The event is free and open to the public and will feature drinks, food, and live music by the J. Monque’D Blues Band, as well as other special guests. Continue reading »

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Jul 032015
 

Dr. Ken Roy

Dr. Ken Roy

By Ken Roy, M.D.

The Louisiana legislature, in its wisdom, passed Senate Bill 143 “Medical Marijuana” in both houses of the legislature, and that bill has now received the signature of the governor. This is a sad day for science, a sad day for medicine and a sad day for the State of Louisiana.

At issue is an end run effort to introduce legal “medical marijuana” into the State of Louisiana without addressing the question of legalization for recreational use. Although government has the right to legalize the recreational use of harmful substances, as with alcohol and tobacco, the current legislation skirts that question and proposes to introduce marijuana for use in a small number of medical conditions. Every time that has happened in other states, the initial legislation has been a “foot in the door,” and subsequent legislation, rules and practice has virtually legalized the recreational use, and massively increased the availability. Continue reading »

Jul 022015
 
The My House building at 2010 Peniston Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The My House building at 2010 Peniston Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

static1.squarespace.comA facility that served the children and families of the Milan neighborhood for decades on Peniston Street until Hurricane Katrina is now finally nearing its reopening, 10 years after the storm, officials said. Continue reading »

Jul 022015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Because our ancestors hailed from countries where freedom was not free, we firmly believe that a big part of the American Dream is the freedom to run for public office. Actually, we are eternally grateful that so many Americans in cities large and small are willing to risk their personal privacy and accept inevitable criticism while articulating their ideas on how our democracy should operate. Whether we like the positions candidates take or not, we still appreciate their First Amendment right to speak up – which our ancestors could not do without fear of death or reprisal.

Earlier this week we spoke with two-time presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, a Republican religious rights conservative and former governor of Arkansas, who was meeting with a small group of supporters at Ralph’s On The Park. Huckabee is clearly fulfilling his vision of the American Dream. Continue reading »

Jul 022015
 

Starting Monday, drivers attempting to pass through Magazine Street’s intersection with Jefferson Avenue will be guided by a “phased” signal that alternates between Uptown and Downtown-bound traffic, the Sewerage & Water Board announced. Continue reading »

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Jul 012015
 

SWBTraffic lanes will be shifted on Magazine Street at Louisiana Avenue for much of the remainder of the week as a new water line is installed in preparation for the major drainage canal construction on the corridor, the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans said. Continue reading »

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Jun 292015
 
The front door of the Priestley school building in west Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The front door of the Priestley school building in west Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The long-shuttered Priestley campus on Leonidas Street will see its first signs of life this summer when Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans begins some groundskeeping work at the site, in anticipation of using it as its first school-bus pickup and dropoff point next year.

“The neighborhood will begin seeing some things start to happen this week,” said CEO Keith Bartlett. Continue reading »