The tap water in New Orleans has returned to its usual safety standards and can now be safely used for drinking, city officials said Friday morning.
By Ben Myers for UptownMessenger.com
The Milton H. Latter branch library on St. Charles Avenue will close for about three months for the second half of a two-phase renovation project, officials said, possibly leaving New Orleanians short two libraries at the same time.
An Evening of Cabaret is a fundraising event being held this Monday, Sept. 28 to benefit The Kristin Brooks Hopeline and its program VET2VET, a veteran crisis hotline that puts veterans in touch with trained veteran peer counselors to help them obtain mental health support and navigate the V.A. system.
The event will feature performances by actors such as Kerry Cahill, Leslie Castay, Mandi Zirkenback, John Biguenet, and more. There will also be hors d’oeuvres in addition to a silent auction and raffle drawing.
At recent political events, consultants have been talking about how the Fund for Louisiana’s Future, a Super PAC supporting David Vitter, has turned the governor’s race into a nasty mix of negative ads which constantly bash Vitter’s opponents. With millions remaining in the kitty of several PACs, these kinds of ads will surely continue until the election – now just 30 days away. That negativity has also brushed off on Vitter himself who will be fighting off more personal attacks.
According to a new poll released today by Public Policy Polling, Vitter has “a very good chance” of being defeated in a runoff election because of his high personal negatives among the voters, now pegged at 51%. His previously strong lead has eroded as opponents focus more on his shortcomings and Democratic support gels behind John Bel Edwards. Even former governor Edwin Edwards, a distant relative of John Bel’s, now says that PSC Commissioner Scott Angelle could slide past Vitter and face Edwards in the runoff. The PPP, a Democratic-leaning firm, shows Edwards clearly in the lead.
All residents of New Orleans — except those who live on the Westbank — should boil their tap water before trying to use it for the foreseeable future, city officials announced Wednesday night.
The two robberies on Milan Street on Tuesday night bring the total number of cases to five associated with a suspect wielding a double-barreled shotgun in the blocks around Napoleon Avenue and Prytania Street, New Orleans police said Wednesday.
Xavier University Preparatory School will be holding a second line for their centennial celebration this Sunday, September 27. The event is free and open to the public.
Tipitina’s Foundation will host its 4th annual Rhythm & Blues 5k run this Saturday, September 26. The event will feature five school marching bands performing for race participants and a post-run festival outside Tipitina’s. Proceeds from the run will benefit Tipitina’s Foundation.
Two people were robbed within moments of one another Tuesday night in nearby blocks of Milan Street, in what appears to be the third night in a week’s time in which the suspect was armed with a shotgun, witnesses and New Orleans police said.
A new condo building on St. Charles Avenue in the Garden District received approval from city planners on Tuesday, but a larger condo project intended to replace an apartment complex at State Street and Tchoupitoulas was recommended for denial — and city officials are still waiting on more information about the redevelopment of the former Sara Mayo hospital in the Irish Channel and another development at the major intersection of Washington and South Jeff Davis in Gert Town.
All together, the projects represent 500 new condo and apartment units in neighborhoods around the Uptown area.
The redevelopment wave across the Lower Garden District is continuing quickly, as residents heard plans Monday night for a new hotel on St. Charles Avenue, a new restaurant space on Constance Street and two new condo projects on Magazine Street and Jackson Avenue.
A Toledano Street driver lost control of her car Monday morning and hit a parked pickup truck, flipping it onto a male pedestrian who later died from his injuries, police said.
A man sitting on his porch on in the River Garden area was robbed at gunpoint Sunday evening, and another man had his motorcycle taken from him by an armed assailant on Pine Street, New Orleans police said.
Around 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, a man in his 50s was sitting on a porch in the 500 block of Adele Street (near St. Thomas Street) when a vehicle drove up, and a man with a gun jumped out, according to the initial NOPD report. The gunman went through the victim’s pockets, took $300 in cash, then left, the report states.
At nearly the same time, a man in his 20s parked a 2011 Kawasaki motorcycle in his driveway in the 2900 block of Pine Street (near Fig Street) when a man with a gun emerged from the side of the house, according to the NOPD reprot in that case. The gunman ordered the victim to unlock the motorcycle and roll it into the street, then “threatened to come back and kill victim if he called the police,” the report states. The gunman then left on Pine Street toward Earhart, the report states.
Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.
It’s so cute. Mayor Landrieu has a secret admirer!
This past week, Chief Deputy Mayor Andy Kopplin wrote to the city council announcing that the city had estimated the cost of removing three monuments to Confederate leaders (Lee, Beauregard, and Davis) plus the notorious Liberty Place Monument, which Mayor Landrieu believes are divisive symbols that make black people feel bad. The total price tag? $144,000.
A Tulane student awoke Sunday morning to find a strange man inside her upper-floor room in an all-women’s dormitory on campus, university police said.
Saturday night, Tulane won their first game of the 2015 season, beating the University of Maine 38-7 in Yulman Stadium. The Wave brought a balanced approach to the game. Quarterback Tanner Lee led all quarterbacks, completing 16 of 27 passes for 277 yards and one touchdown. The Wave brought a fierce running attack to Satuday’s matchup. Three running backs scored touchdowns. Dontrell Hilliard led all running backs with eight rushes for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Sherman Badie led all receivers with five receptions for 118 yards. The Wave held the Black Bears to 296 yards of total offense. The Wave will host American Athletic Conference rivals the University of Central Florida (0-3) on October 3rd.