LaTanya Killingworth was fresh out of Alfred Lawless High School when she found out she was HIV positive. She casually took a test while visiting a health center with a friend. Weeks later, after she had forgotten all about it, she was called in to get the results.
“The day I found out I was positive I cried because I thought I would never have kids. It was a death sentence at that time,” Killingworth says. “I thought my whole life was gone at 19.”
A couple sitting in a car on a Milan-neighborhood street were robbed at gunpoint overnight, New Orleans police said.
Shared Housing is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation that helps elderly and/or disabled adults remain in their homes by matching them with people who need a place to stay. These “homeseekers” provide light housekeeping and companionship. In exchange for their services, the homeowner provides free room and board. Shared Housing carefully screens applicants, facilitates appropriate matches, then formalizes each match in a rental contract.
The Prytania Theatre will host a screening Tuesday evening of “Bridegroom,” a documentary exploring issues of marriage equality from the perspective of a man who lost his partner in a tragic accident and was afterward left without any legal protections that marriage would have provided.
There is little uglier in this world than rent seeking, particularly when it’s specifically aimed at eliminating competition by reducing opportunity for others. Longstanding, established businesses can be especially guilty of this. After all, why beat your competition fairly and squarely when you’ve been around so long that you can simply send in the cops?
Recently, rent-seeking has come to Frenchman Street.
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The Loyola orchestra, chorale, chamber singers and brass ensemble will perform a free Christmas concert at 3 p.m. today (Sunday, Dec. 8) at Holy Name of Jesus Chuch, complete with a Christmas carol sing-along.
Audubon Zoo will offer a special winter treat for visitors this afternoon (Sunday, Dec. 8): an ice-skating rink and ice skates, free with admission or membership.
The New Generation Social Aid and Pleasure Club will second line through Central City on Sunday with the Nkrumah Better Boys, starting at noon at A.L. Davis Park at Washington and LaSalle and disbanding there at 4 p.m., according to a post by Big Red Cotton and our partners at Gambit.
Franky & Johnny’s has reopened under new management on Arabella Street, the NOLA Smokehouse barbecue popup plans to open on Jackson Avenue in February, the Aline Street Beer Garden has a new permanent Dat Dog counter and the recent opening of Ivy on Magazine Street has prompted a contemplation of the restaurant industry’s place in the New Orleans economy by The New York Times.
Freret Street will see the debut of two new events — a nighttime version of its long-running market and a new 5K charity race — as city officials released a revised timeline for the ongoing street-construction project.
A concrete-batching plant under construction on a lot about a block from the South Broad Street overpass has been halted temporarily amid opposition from residents of the Zion City neighborhood; rapidly rising home prices in the Irish Channel made the area the focus for a recent case study of post-Katrina gentrification; and the dramatic reduction in appraised value of an assisted-living center on Magazine Street is being questioned, according to recent reports.
Kristin Gisleson-Palmer had to make a tough decision this week about her future on the New Orleans City Council — a decision she may not have been planning to make even days before. Kristin thought she was doing a good job. She enjoyed the support of Mayor Mitch Landrieu and had carried some of his key legislation — especially Mitch’s ideas about changes in the taxicab industry — but also made enemies along the way.
Then came retired Judge Nadine Ramsey and the realities of the changing demographics in Algiers. Still, Kristin was carrying around a new poll from a nationally recognized Democratic pollster that showed her with a healthy lead over Nadine. Some insiders doubted the numbers but that didn’t stop Kristin from showing it to heavy hitters.
On Saturday, December 7, the Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO) will celebrate the continued rebirth of New Orleans by holding its annual 5K race along Freret Street. JLNO’s Freret 5K and half-mile fun run showcase this vibrant and growing economic corridor, promotes family fitness, and raises funds for JLNO’s community projects and volunteer efforts. These community projects include Bayou District, Judgment Call, Kids in the Kitchen, Lafayette School Support, Lemonade Day University, Rebuilding Together, Safe Sitter, and Senior League.