Sep 042013
 

Keelen Armstrong (via NOPD)

Keelen Armstrong (via NOPD)

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on murder charges in connection with last week’s fatal shooting of a 1-year-old girl in Central City, and a 33-year-old man is wanted for questioning in connection with Monday’s slaying of an 11-year-old girl in west Carrollton, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Sep 042013
 
A table included in Lycee Francais's charter contract calls for eighth and ninth grades to be added next fall. (image via lfno.org)

A table included in Lycee Francais’s charter contract calls for eighth and ninth grades to be added next fall. (image via lfno.org)

The original plan for the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans calls for the charter school — which currently has students up to grade 3 — to suddenly add both the eighth and ninth grades next year, essentially leaping forward into both middle school and high school at once.

Now, the school’s new leadership is reconsidering that plan. Continue reading »

Sep 042013
 
Power lines emerge from a thicket of branches as an Entergy worker repairs the broken power line. (Photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Power lines emerge from a thicket of branches as an Entergy worker repairs the broken power line. (Photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

New Orleans: if you live here, you’re married to it.  Along with the betrothed come all the perks of city government with assorted departments therein, and Parks & Parkways, I’m looking at you.  This is me, index and middle fingers extended, pointing horizontally into my eyes and singularly redirecting index finger in your general direction, P & P Music Factory.  I.  Am watching.  You.  You have 32 weeks to trim the tree across the street from me.  Do it before and I’ll give you a gold star and curse less over the amount of property tax I pay annually.  Do it a day later than yesterday, I will channel the spirit of Pulp Fiction‘s Sam Jackson’s Jules before he had his religious awakening, and I will figuratively eat your Big Kahuna burger.  Why?  Because of the time frame you conjured, a turnaround time of supposedly and approximately 7 1/2 months before an issue gains resolution.  Only I won’t be saying “This is a tasty burger!” Continue reading »

Sep 042013
 
Pair of large mid-20th century African ivory elephant tusks, 60 inches tall and 79 ½ inches long.

Pair of large mid-20th century African ivory elephant tusks, 60 inches tall and 79 ½ inches long.

A pair of enormous mid-20th century African ivory elephant tusks, a large and unusual Peruvian silver box weighing a staggering 12 pounds, and a pair of 18th century Russian icons will all share top billing at a two-day multi-estate auction planned for Sept. 7-8 by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm’s showroom at 1330 St. Charles Avenue.

Start times both days will be 9 a.m. (CST). Around 1,250 lots will be offered, that will include Chinese and Russian objects, silver, furniture (American, English, French and continental), antique lighting, estate jewelry, Southern art, Oriental rugs and more. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and Artfact.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be taken. Continue reading »

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Sep 042013
 

Family and friends of Arabian Gayles comfort each other on General Ogden Street in west Carrollton Tuesday night. Gayles was killed by gunfire on the house, while she was sleeping. The shooting wounded two others in the house. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

After the second death of a New Orleans child by stray gunfire in less than a week, the vigil for 11-year-old Arabian Gayles in west Carrollton on Tuesday was full of strong emotions from hundreds of attendees.

Mother of Arabian Gayles, Ashley Moffet, is comforted as she cries for her daughter during a community vigil on General Ogden Tuesday night. Gayles was killed while sleeping from open gunfire on the house. The shooting wounded two others in the house. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Ashley Moffet, the mother of Arabian Gayles, is comforted as she cries for her daughter during a community vigil on General Ogden Tuesday night. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 032013
 

In one of the first major events to bring all the candidates for the Oct. 19 special judicial elections on a single stage, the eight candidates for traffic court and two of the three candidates for magistrate court met Wednesday night to answer questions posed by the Alliance for Good Government. Continue reading »

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Sep 032013
 

The vacant fire station at 4877 Laurel Street. (photo via the Preservation Resource Center, prcno.org)

The vacant fire station at 4877 Laurel Street. (photo via the Preservation Resource Center, prcno.org)

After John and Sylvi Beaumont, the new owners of the fire station on Laurel Street, presented a plan last week for a coffeeshop there with two apartments upstairs and a third in the old backyard stable, neighbors around Wisner Park were split between concerns from some about trash and parking versus enthusiasm by others over the old building’s new life, reports Stephanie Bruno for The Advocate.

Sep 032013
 

After shooting deaths of children at opposite ends of Uptown New Orleans bookended Labor Day weekend, officials and family members continue to express outrage over their deaths.

On Sunday, during a rebuilding celebration at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church on General Taylor Street, the Rev. Al Sharpton preached a sermon urging people to come together against crime in New Orleans and decrying the “pervasive lack of regard for human life,” according to a report by Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV. Just three days earlier, 1-year-old Londyn Samuels had been killed on nearby South Saratoga Street in Central City.


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Sep 022013
 

Owen Courreges

Oh what a tangled web we weave…

This past week, a video was released of an encounter between former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten and provocateur James O’Keefe from this past July.  The encounter took place on the sidewalk in front of Tulane Law School (my alma mater) where Letten is now an assistant dean.

“You went to my home, you terrorized my wife, you’re violating federal law, you’re violating state law, you’re trespassing, you’re a nasty cowardly little spud,” Letten shouted.  He also called O’Keefe a “hobbit” for some reason. Continue reading »

Sep 022013
 
A neighbor drops off a small teddy bear at the home where an 11 year old girl was fatally shot early Monday. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A neighbor drops off a small teddy bear at the home where an 11 year old girl was fatally shot early Monday. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Children look at broken glass on the front door of the home where a shooting claimed the life of an eleven year old girl. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Children look at broken glass on the front door of the home where a shooting claimed the life of an eleven year old girl. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

An 11-year-old girl died Monday and two other people were wounded after several gunmen opened fire on the west-Carrollton home where they were all sleepign, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Sep 012013
 
Recent robberies on Spruce, Jeanette, State and General Pershing streets. (map via NOPD)

Recent robberies on Spruce, Jeanette, State and General Pershing streets. (map via NOPD)

As universities begin class again and campuses come to life, the Second District police commander is urging students to exercise caution in light recent robberies of two armed robberes on Wednesday on State and General Pershing Streets, and two carjackings this weekend on Spruce and Jeanette. Continue reading »

Aug 312013
 

The Krewe of OAK rolls in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Krewe of OAK rolls in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Krewe of O.A.K. — Outrageous And Kinky — rolls tonight at 7:30 p.m. from the Maple Leaf bar for its annual Mid-Summer Mardi Gras Parade. This year’s theme is “OAKtopussy Riot:a Tribute to James Bondage” and costumes are encouraged, but organizers strongly request that no toy guns of any kind be brought.

The parade will march from the Maple Leaf bar to Palmer Park and back.

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Aug 302013
 
Parents of Londyn Samuels Keion Reed and Andrea Samuels hold each other at the vigil. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Parents of Londyn Samuels Keion Reed and Andrea Samuels hold each other at the vigil.
(Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The day after a 1-year-old was shot to death in her babysitter’s arms on Saratoga Street sent a cascade of strong emotions coursing through Central City.

At dawn, neighbors awoke to an armed standoff at a Central City home involved in the investigation. The day progressed with an intense burst of grief from the child’s parents and their supporters at Cafe Reconcile, followed by an angry denunciation from city leaders for the lack of information in the case, and ended at dusk with a vigil mourning the slain child.

“She was my world,” said her father, 20-year-old Keion Reed, in a brief public address Friday afternoon. “She was my everything. She was my reason for getting up in the morning.” Continue reading »

Aug 302013
 
Fat Harry's kitchen manager Jean-Paul Martin prepares a sandwich on Friday afternoon, the first lunch served in the bar since it was destroyed by fire after Hurricane Isaac. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Fat Harry’s kitchen manager Jean-Paul Martin prepares a sandwich on Friday afternoon, the first lunch served in the bar since it was destroyed by fire after Hurricane Isaac. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Patrons line the bar for a Fat Harry's lunch on Friday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Patrons line the bar for a Fat Harry’s lunch on Friday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

It has taken a year — 362 days, to be exact, since a devastating fire following Hurricane Isaac — but landmark St. Charles Avenue bar Fat Harry’s reopened its kitchen Friday in preparation for a grand reopening party on Sunday. Continue reading »

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Aug 302013
 

“Though road construction and rush-hour bottlenecks continue on Carrollton Avenue less than a month before Costco plans to open its doors, the city says the streets will be ready for the wholesale retailer’s grand opening,” reports Marta Jewson of MidCityMessenger.com. The opening date is Sept. 21, less than a month away.

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Aug 292013
 
Police officers and detectives fill South Saratoga Street as they investigate the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old girl Thursday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers and detectives fill South Saratoga Street as they investigate the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old girl Thursday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas confers with Lt. Frank Young and Commander Bob Bardy at the murder scene. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas confers with Lt. Frank Young and Commander Bob Bardy at the murder scene. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

For the fourth time in as many years, a young child in Central City was gunned down Thursday evening for no reason other than the simple misfortune of being there when the shooting started.

“This is indescribable,” said Barbara Lacen-Keller, a longtime Central City activist. “There’s no way you could make a reason out of this. I know the Bible says to forgive, but, I don’t know… “ Continue reading »