As we in New Orleans grieve the tragedy unfolding today in Connecticut, please let us also bear in mind the joy that our own school children bring us — and our duty as a community to protect them.
“What makes Sandy so beloved?” Grace Kaynor begins. “His kindness, gentleness, generosity of spirit, sense of humor and love for life.”
That Sheriff Marlin Gusman has entered into a consent agreement with the U.S. Justice Department regarding the governance of Parish Prison is great news for those who have long been advocating for an effective, just and equitable criminal justice system for New Orleans.
The long-simmering disagreement between Lusher and Audubon charter schools over which should be allowed to move into the Allen School building when Sci High moves out flared up Thursday afternoon, when a formal request by Lusher for a promise for the building reached the Orleans Parish School Board’s property committee.
The request filled the small committee room with supporters of both programs, but the 45-minute conversation was dominated by Audubon supporters’ arguments that their need for the school is greater — technically, both of Audubon’s campuses are currently in “temporary” facilities. The OPSB committee members, however, had little interest in wading into the fight, saying any move by Sci High is so far in the future that it makes little sense to argue about it now.
After a driver fled the scene of in a DWI crash at the edge of the Lower Garden District, police found an Uzi submachine gun in the car he left behind, police said.
The blaze was in the 2500 block of Freret Street on Thursday morning, and neighbors said it may have been started by a space heater, according to an initial report by our partners at WWL.
How to revitalize the Claiborne Avenue corridor from Napoleon Avenue down through the Treme area — such as whether to remove the Claiborne Avenue overpass — will be discussed in a final public meeting tonight (Thursday, Dec. 13) at the Dryades YMCA in Central City.
Allegations that a teacher at Lafayette Academy provided standardized-test answers to students were found to be unsubstantiated by an attorney the Choice Foundation board hired to investigate, but the board has refused to make any report on the investigation public, according to a report by Jessica Williams of The Lens.
Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy replied to an officer’s request for mountain-bike training as an incentive for good work by praising the idea but stressing the need for the evening shift to return to “its former proactive posture of 40 arrests a week” and saying he would not send anyone “who does not support these goals,” according to Mike Perlstein and our partners at WWL-TV. The ACLU says that message runs afoul of a state law against tying promotions to arrest quotas, WWL reports, but NOPD spokeswoman Remi Braden said it showed Bardy monitoring officer’s activity and motivating them to do better.
At the Nov. 28 meeting of the International School board, Wilson reported that the Jefferson Parish’s middle school was experiencing both disciplinary and academic issues that needed immediate attention. Classrooms were to be made smaller and teachers were to be retrained, Wilson said. Estrella was present at the meeting but did not speak about the issues at the time.
A 28-year-old man was shot to death Wednesday afternoon in Hollygrove, police said.
M.S. Rau Antiques, a French Quarter landmark, has greeted its 100th year with nothing more than the best and is currently hosting its most important exhibition to date, Impressionism: Influences & Impact. The exhibit features work by such master artists as Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, and even the beguiling Vincent van Gogh.
The gallery is hosting a speaker series on Impressionism in collaboration with the exhibition.
New Orleans and basketball possess an on again / off again romance over decades. From losing the Jazz in 1979 to almost getting the Timberwolves in 1994 and finally, under ( * cough * cough * ) Nagin, not yet elected to his first mayoral term, use of the New Orleans Arena for the once upon time hockey foray called the Brass springboarded the Crescent City back into the NBA limelight, ultimately securing the Hornets. Until now. Before you can utter another holiday greeting expect the Big Easy’s b-ballers moving forward to be known as the Pelicans. There’s a whole host of commentary on this change, both sides squawking over whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing; I’ll offer it’s nothing more than a missed opportunity. Have none of you ever see Teen Wolf? And for the record, it’s really okay if you’ve never seen Teen Wolf Too. Poor Jason Bateman, poor poor Jason Bateman. And today there’s a fairly boring TV series reboot of the story, which if you’re drifting through streaming Netflix, I’d say give it a go but leave your expectations at the door.
After a 19-year-old barged into a west Carrollton home and shot a man inside, family members managed to detain the gunman until police arrived, authorities said.
If you thought the new Taco Bell on South Claiborne was exciting news for Uptown New Orleans, just wait till you meet its new neighbors.
If Tuesday afternoon’s approval by the City Planning Commission is any indication, a major new shopping center called Magnolia Marketplace is soon headed for the large open area just off South Claiborne Avenue adjacent to the Harmony Oaks development.
The Sixth Annual Carrollton Caroling in Palmer Park on Sunday evening will be led by the Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church Choir and include the Krewe of Nyx, neighborhood leaders announced.
Two men whom police say are “behind much of the recent gun violence” in their Central City neighborhood were arrested Sunday on charges of possessing guns stolen from Uptown homes, authorities said, but both already appear to have been released from jail.