Sep 202015
 
Stephon Lofton, red shirt freshman corner back, celebrates Saturday's win with students in the student section of Yulman Stadium. Tulane beat Maine 38-7. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Stephon Lofton, red shirt freshman corner back, celebrates Saturday’s win with students in the student section of Yulman Stadium. Tulane beat Maine 38-7. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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.

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Sep 192015
 
Audubon Charter School's Broadway campus, photographed in late August. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Audubon Charter School’s Broadway campus, photographed in late August. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Audubon Charter School is considering changing the way its preschool classes are funded based on a new requirement that schools receiving state money for preschool participate in a centralized citywide enrollment system for those seats, officials said Saturday morning. Continue reading »

Sep 172015
 
(image via LouisianaAveAssoc70115 on Facebook)

(image via LouisianaAveAssoc70115 on Facebook)

With construction of a major new drainage canal on Louisiana Avenue slated to last at least until 2018, neighbors are rallying with a new online association dedicated to monitoring and reporting safety problems up and down the corridor. Continue reading »

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Sep 172015
 
A family photo taken in Smyrna prior to the 1922 evacuation. (courtesy of Danae Columbus)

A family photo taken in Smyrna prior to the 1922 evacuation. (courtesy of Danae Columbus)

Ninety-three years ago this week in an historical event known as the “Catastrophe of Smyrna,” several hundred thousand Greek and Armenian refugees were driven from their historic homes. Smyrna, now Izmir, was an idyllic, multi-cultural gem city on the Turkish Aegean where Muslims and Christians had lived side by side for thousands of years. Mustafa Kemal’s loyalists deliberately set a massive fire in an effort to facilitate the Christians’ departure and create a Muslim stronghold which still exists today. Jewish and Muslim homes and businesses were left untouched. Continue reading »

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Sep 172015
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

The suspect whose home investigators searched Tuesday night following an armed robbery involving a shotgun-wielding assailant at Laurence Square park has been cleared in that case, but he was booked on other warrants, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Sep 162015
 
A woman and child walk through Laurence Square park on Wednesday morning, about 12 hours after a robbery was reported there Tuesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A woman and child walk through Laurence Square park on Wednesday morning, about 12 hours after a robbery was reported there Tuesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel and NOPD spokesman Tyler Gamble discuss the investigation into the latest Uptown armed robbery on Wednesday morning in front of the district station. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel and NOPD spokesman Tyler Gamble discuss the investigation into the latest Uptown armed robbery on Wednesday morning in front of the district station. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Barely an hour after the conclusion of a meeting Tuesday night about armed robberies in the Uptown area, three teens were robbed by a man with a shotgun in a park on Napoleon Avenue — and investigators have already identified a suspect and seized a gun during a search of his home, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Sep 152015
 
NOPD Commander Paul Noel gestures toward City Councilwoman Susan Guidry and NOPD Chief Michael Harrison during an anti-crime meeting Tuesday night at Touro Infirmary. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Commander Paul Noel gestures toward City Councilwoman Susan Guidry and NOPD Chief Michael Harrison during an anti-crime meeting Tuesday night at Touro Infirmary. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After an August that brought a number of armed robberies virtually unprecedented in recent years to the Uptown area, New Orleans police officials discussed a number of common-sense reforms they say will help prevent violent crime — but forcefully rejected recent calls for a return to a more aggressive “stop and frisk” style of policing. Continue reading »

Sep 152015
 

Sixth Annual Salon de Jeanne d'Arc

The Sixth Annual Salon Jeanne d’Arc will feature two free workshops led by guest author and arts therapist Dr. Janet Lynn Roseman, along with Dr. Amanda Helm, an Assistant Professor of Sales and Marketing at Xavier University , and Lori Walsh-Van Wey, an editor and designer for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. A slideshow of Alex Labry’s photography book Personal Reflections of Joan of Arc and a networking reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public. Continue reading »

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Sep 152015
 

(map by UptownMessenger.com via Google Maps)

(map by UptownMessenger.com via Google Maps)

Several blocks of Jefferson Avenue and side streets are expected to have low water pressure on Thursday while contractors work on the installation of the new drainage canal, according to the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans.

B&K Construction will be tying in a new water main as part of the SELA Orleans Jefferson Avenue drainage canal construction, causing low water pressure from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, the SWB report states. The areas affected include Jefferson Avenue (from Loyola Avenue to South Claiborne), Willow Street (from Jefferson to State Street) and Magnolia and South Robertson streets (both from Jefferson to Octavia), the release states.

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Sep 152015
 
The Wild Magnolias play at Bayou Boogaloo 2015 (Photo courtesy of Karen Lozinski)

The Wild Magnolias play at Bayou Boogaloo 2015 (Photo courtesy of Karen Lozinski)

The 6th Annual Black and Gold Kickoff Party event serves to raise money for the Bo Dollis, Sr. Memorial Fund and will feature the following performers and special guests: The Wild Magnolias, The 79rs Gang, The Creole Hunters, Mystikal, Kermit Ruffins, “Big Sam” Williams, Mia X, and The Pinettess Brass Band. The event, scheduled for this Saturday, September 19, will also feature a silent auction. Continue reading »

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Sep 142015
 
The Allen School building on Loyola Avenue, currently used by Sci High. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The Allen School building on Loyola Avenue, currently used by Sci High. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Students Casey Diehl and Miles Jordan address the Orleans Parish School Board on behalf of Sci High. (image via opsb.us)

Students Casey Diehl and Miles Jordan address the Orleans Parish School Board on behalf of Sci High. (image via opsb.us)

After years of fruitlessly searching for a permanent location in the celebrated BioDistrict, New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School has been given a $35 million in support to find a new home elsewhere in the city. Continue reading »

Sep 142015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

I think, by this point, I’ve managed to establish myself as a critic of the current mayoral administration. If Mayor Landrieu has an official fan club, I am not a member. I find his usual gaggle of sycophants and hangers-on downright nauseating.

That being said, one would think that I am clapping my hands with glee with the recent announcement that Judge Kern Reese held Landrieu in contempt and sentenced him to house arrest in the decades-old lawsuit regarding firefighters’ longevity raises. However, I am not. Continue reading »