Oct 042013
 

Archie Jefferson, younger brother of a former Congressman from a once-powerful political family, is marketing the South Broad Street home where his wife was found murdered last year as a bed-and-breakfast, apparently without a license, according to a report by David Hammer of our partners at WWL-TV and Claire Galofaro of The New Orleans Advocate. After Sandra Peters Jefferson was beaten to death last May, Archie Jefferson was a “person of interest,” but no charges were filed, Hammer and Galofaro report.

Oct 032013
 

Jonah Bascle

Jonah Bascle

Susan Guidry, the incumbent representative for District A on the New Orleans City Council, has drawn her first announced challenger for her re-election: 27-year-old comedian Jonah Bascle.

But Bascle, confined to a wheelchair by muscular dystrophy, says he remains just as serious about making New Orleans accessible to people with disabilities as he was when he ran for mayor in 2010.

“It’s been four years,” Bascle said. “Stuff that I thought would be done by now still isn’t.” Continue reading »

Oct 032013
 

Sandy Kaynor, the attorney who was critically wounded a year ago in a carjacking in the driveway of his home in the Touro neighborhood, had temporarily made it home and was relearning to speak, but infection has set in and he has returned to intensive care, his wife tells Meg Farris and our partners at WWL-TV. As his family copes with his continuing struggle, they also trying to find more ways to steer troubled teens off the path of violence, Farris reports.

Oct 032013
 

Tropical Storm Karen is expected to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane tracking toward the central Gulf Coast this weekend. (map via the National Hurricane Center)

Tropical Storm Karen is expected to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane tracking toward the central Gulf Coast this weekend. (map via the National Hurricane Center)

New Orleanians should begin preparing their homes for possible high winds this weekend after the formation Thursday morning of Tropical Storm Karen in the southern Gulf of Mexico, according to meteorologists with the National Weather Service. Continue reading »

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Oct 032013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Even Tulane alum Allan Katz thinks that Mike Perlstein of WWL and Gordon Russell of the Advocate certainly did a bang up job on their first-rate investigation regarding Tulane’s century-old scholarship program.  Like many old habits in New Orleans, there is an aversion to change.  But change is definitely necessary for this program. Continue reading »

Oct 032013
 

Dominica chef Alon Shaya chats with a neighbor of the proposed Magazine Street expansion at an open house in August. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Dominica chef Alon Shaya chats with a neighbor of the proposed Magazine Street expansion at an open house in August. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The chef and owners of John Besh’s popular Domenica restaurant told a supportive neighborhood association to “start getting hungry” for their family-oriented Magazine Street expansion as they approach a hearing before the City Council next week, despite initial resistance from the City Planning Commission. Continue reading »

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Oct 022013
 

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum act in a scene being filmed Tuesday for "22 Jump Street" on the Tulane University campus. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano/Tulane University, reprinted courtesy of New Wave)

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum act in a scene being filmed Tuesday for “22 Jump Street” on the Tulane University campus. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano/Tulane University, reprinted courtesy of New Wave)

Tulane University will be making another appearance on the big screen, this time in the upcoming movie “22 Jump Street,” a sequel to last year’s “21 Jump Street” (itself a continuation of sorts of the 1980s TV show of the same name), according to a report on the New Wave university news site. Tulane will serve as the fictional “MC State” college where undercover cops played by actors Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum will enroll, New Wave reports.

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Oct 022013
 
My kids' bare feet at the playspot (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

My kids’ bare feet at the playspot (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

I brought my kids to the park yesterday.  As the temps are getting cooler and it’s a little overcast and drizzly this week, their boundless energy seems more so, and invariably the question arises: “Daddy, can I take my shoes off?”  Okay, they’re 2 and 4, and yes, they should be asking “may I,” but no matter how hard you try, such corrective linguistic preferences breeze in and out of tiny ears, especially when all they want is to get toes to ground.  I almost always answer “yes.” Continue reading »

Oct 022013
 

A pint-sized soldier marches in front of the ReNEW Reed Elementary middle school dance team on Napoleon Avenue during Mardi Gras 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

A pint-sized soldier marches in front of the ReNEW Reed Elementary middle school dance team on Napoleon Avenue during Mardi Gras 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

An evening of cocktails and small plates, jazz and a silent auction Friday at ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy will raise money to send students from across one of the city’s largest charter networks on college visits. Continue reading »

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Oct 022013
 

AD_GOB_UptownMessengerMany nonprofit organizations working hard to improve our region are facing enormous challenges and are seeking energetic, talented and qualified leaders to help them achieve their mission. The Get on Board training program prepares individuals to serve as board members for nonprofit organizations. Continue reading »

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