In our opinion, C. Ray Nagin was the worst mayor of our lifetimes. It is entirely possible that Nagin was the worst mayor in New Orleans’ 295-year history, going all the way back to the French and Spanish chief executives whom Danae has been studying recently.
However, being a terrible mayor is not of itself a crime. Later this month, a jury will be convened in federal court to consider whether accepting some $200,000 in cash and gifts, along with several truckloads of free granite, is indeed a federal crime. The jurors will presumably hear Nagin’s Chief Administrative Officer Greg Meffert and big-time vendor Mark St. Pierre, both of whom are currently doing time in the federal pen.
The creation of “Save Our Sons,” “NOLA For Life” and the Multi-Agency Gang Unit each year have been hopscotched by the deaths of 2-year-old Jeremy Galmon in 2010, 23-month-old Keira Holmes in 2011, 5-year-old Briana Allen last year and, shockingly, the deaths of 1-year-old Londyn Samuels and 11-year-old Arabiana Gayles just days apart at the end of this summer, all struck down by cruelly careless gunfire.
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell had only been in elected office nine months when Samuels was killed in her district. Within days, she convened a summit of other City Council members, state lawmakers, judges and law-enforcement officials to discuss what more can be done on the violence issue. A common theme emerged, that more oversight is needed everywhere — of the New Orleans Police Department and its leadership, of the anti-crime programs in place, of the budgets for those entities and of the state law-enforcement agencies that also play crucial roles.
“Historically, the council has been really hands off on the police in general,” said state Sen. J.P. Morrell, one of the participants in Cantrell’s summit. “Both on the state and local level, we have to get more invested in the nuts and bolts of the different crime-fighting tools available to us.”
Described as a dream decades in the making with a vision that spans millennia, a museum built around a full-size replica of a slave ship is being planned for a site in the Lower Garden District riverfront near the former Entergy substation.
Whether you realize it or not, now - right now – and through Thursday evening at 8 PM, the almost annual Orleans Parish Tax Sale is taking place via CivicSource.com. It’s a big deal for many reasons, but also it can be rather fascinating if you’re a fan of Crescent City dwellings as well as archaic governmental proceedings. Here’s why: you bid down.
It’s the same dollar amount to all bidders, but you bid down percentage of ownership. Therefore conceivably one willing to purchase 1% of any given property’s tax year(s) becomes the de facto winning bidder and cannot be outbid, however they are settling for the smallest possible amount of ownership. Very New Orleans, right?
After a man on a bicycle robbed a woman stopped at a stop sign Saturday afternoon on Washington Avenue in Broadmoor, New Orleans police hope fingerprints he left and other leads will help lead to his identification, according to a report by Tania Dall and our partners at WWL-TV.
After the New Orleans Saints prevailed over the rival Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, the team’s new defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan, celebrated at Ms. Mae’s bar by buying a $100 round of drinks for everyone — an amount that goes a long way in the Magazine Street dive bar of legend, reports Emma Boyce of NOLA Defender.
Sharon Carter Sheridan lost both of her parents to cancer – lung and colon. Barely in her teens, Sheridan’s sister died of uterine cancer at the age of 13 in 1951. Two of her brothers died of cancer – lung and pancreatic. And, she herself has been breast cancer free for 17 years.
But it wasn’t until her sister, her dearest friend and confidant died from the disease that Sheridan became incensed.
“Cancer didn’t make me angry until my older sister was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010. That’s when I got mad,” said the New Orleans woman. “A lot of people around me have died from cancer – friends, cousins, family – but it was just something about my sister getting it that I just didn’t think was fair, and I’ve been angry ever since.”
After a masked gunman tried to rob the Shell gas station at Magazine Street and Jackson Avenue on Sunday evening, police have released a photo of the suspect and are seeking the public’s help identifying him, according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV.
The streetscape project that caused Freret Street businesses so much pain in 2012 will be repeated this fall as the city rebuilds each of those “bumpout” corners, but officials promise a quicker and smoother process this time around.
On August 29, 2013, Londyn Samuels, a one year old child, was shot and murdered in Central City.
Her murder was not an aberration. Three other children 5 years old or younger have been murdered in Central City during the past three years. Mayor Mitch Landrieu calls it “a drumbeat of death that is taking the precious from us.”
Naturally, these tragedies have increased calls for the police to do something. Times-Picayune columnist James Varney recently discussed using more aggressive policing tactics such as the controversial “stop-and-frisk” that has been notably employed in New York City, ultimately expressing “ambivalence” over whether it should, or even could, be successfully adopted here.
The funeral for Londyn Samuels, the 1-year-old who was shot to death last week while in her babysitter’s arms, was held Saturday morning at New Hope Baptist Church on LaSalle Street.
The free monthly Freret Market returns after its summer break, bringing 90 vendors of art and food, the Big Easy Roller Girls and three bands starting at noon today (Saturday, Sept. 7) at the corner of Freret and Napoleon.
Lusher Charter School has purchased two houses on the corner of its Willow Street campus in a strategic move to complete ownership of the block, but no specific plans for the new space have been determined, officials said.
“We know space is going to be at a premium, even though we haven’t decided on an exact use for that space,” said Blaine LeCesne, president of the school’s governing board. “Completing that square was important to us.”
After getting some national exposure on the Travel Channel, the bright blue Freret Street Po-Boy and Donut shop has begun serving its traditional New Orleans homecooking into the evening hours — but owner Troy Rhodies is quick to point out it has nothing to do with the TV show host’s teasing during the episode.
The city’s Movies in the Park series returns to Uptown this evening (Friday, Sept. 6) with a showing of “The Incredibles” at Burke Park, 2524 Annunciation Street, in the Irish Channel.
At the time, Allan was a first-year reporter at the States-Item, New Orleans’ afternoon paper. The editorial pages of The Times-Picayune and States-Item were adamantly opposed to the civil-rights movement then gaining steam throughout the South. The newspapers’ opposition to civil rights was based on the theory of “States Rights,” which held that the federal government had no right to impose an end to segregation on the sovereign states of the United States. Today, we all know how that has turned out in the last 50 years but, at that time, it was legal linchpin to the fight conducted in the courts by segregationist entities.
In the separate fatal shooting of a sleeping 11-year-old girl in west Carrollton, a man police believed was on the scene showed up to talk to investigators, authorities said.