Jun 142013
 

Audubon Charter School’s Carrollton campus.

The removal of lead paint from the McDonogh 7 school building on Milan Street will not be finished in time for Audubon Charter to move in by August, school officials said this week, meaning Audubon students will return to the decrepit Carrollton Courthouse building when school resumes next year. Continue reading »

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Jun 142013
 

Craig Giesecke

I love being a chef and a food columnist in one of the great food cities of the world. But a conversation with a friend last week got me to thinking about something not usually mentioned in most such writing here in New Orleans and elsewhere. Namely, as great a food city as New Orleans is, most of us can’t afford to go out to eat very often and, when we do, we’re seeking convenience and looking at price as much or more as we are at the menu. Continue reading »

Jun 142013
 

Twenty members of the 3-N-G gang based in the Hoffman Triangle are responsible for at least 10 murders since 2008 — including the killing of 2-year-old Keira Holmes in the B.W. Cooper housing complex in December 2011, according to an indictment charging them all in a racketeering plot to distribute illegal drugs, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Jun 132013
 

Pastor Andre Massenburg, leader of the City of Refuge Ministry in Chicago and father of slain AmeriCorps volunteer Joseph Massenburg, speaks at the Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church on Wednesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Andreas Hoffman of Green Light New Orleans presents the parents of Joseph Massenburg with a plaque to mount on an oak tree planted in their son’s honor. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With prayers for comfort, songs about shelter and scripture about sacrifice, the people of New Orleans offered their heartfelt apologies Wednesday evening to a pair of grieving parents for the loss of their son’s life on our streets.

The young man’s father, a church leader from Chicago, needed no apology, however. Instead, using an adopted pulpit in the far end of west Carrollton, he returned their condolences with a thundering message of resilience and defiance. Continue reading »

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Jun 132013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

It’s no secret that Sheriff Marlin Gusman is embattled. Escapes, deaths, and many normal prison problems have plagued his term. Gusman has even admitted that the pricy new jail does not have the special facilities needed to best treat sick and mentally-ill patients in this phase. Let’s not forget that Orleans Parish sheriffs have traditionally kept their finances close to the vest and not readily available for full scrutiny by mayor and council. There’s not much transparency at the prison these days.

Black voters could make Gusman’s reelection a cause and turn out in record numbers to keep their sheriff. Standing in the wings might be one of two strong women who could set the sheriff’s office straight: Dana Kaplan or Stacy Head. There has never been a female sheriff in New Orleans or even a credible female candidate for sheriff. Continue reading »

Jun 122013
 

The former New Orleans Free School on Camp Street, photographed in October.

While neighbors of the former New Orleans Free School on Camp Street say they look forward to its redevelopment, they are concerned that 25 apartments there will be too many, they told city officials on Tuesday. Continue reading »

Jun 122013
 

A dove painted on Eagle Street marks the place where Joseph Massenburg was shot to death on April 1, 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A memorial service honoring Joseph Massenburg, the AmeriCorps worker fatally shot April 1 in west Carrollton, will be held at 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, June 12) at Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church at 8817 Hickory Street. Continue reading »

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Jun 122013
 

(map via NOPD)

A man was shot several times but managed to take his assailant’s gun, he told police; another man shot at and attacked some house sitters at his neighbor’s home, and a mother and son are both wanted after a dispute with a father following a trio of weekend altercations and gunplay along the South Claiborne Avenue corridor from Louisiana Avenue to Carrollton. Continue reading »

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Jun 122013
 

Jean-Paul Villere

I’m a sucker for a late movie.  I’m also a sucker for a premiere.  Throw the two together and BAM! check please!  And my preferred venue?  Of course none other that little Uptown icon, the Prytania.  Keep it in the parish, y’all!

One of my most favorite post Katrina discoveries in New Orleans actually remains the midnight show here.  You see, only in recent years did the petite movie house give it a go as a late-night destination.  A couple of summers ago it threw together a smattering of classics including The Shining and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure among others, and well, it kind of stuck.  Since then a healthy rotation of eventful fare has surfaced, some in high rotation; I mean, c’mon Prytania, how many times are you going to show The Room?  No, I haven’t seen it, but do I really need to?  I am sad to have missed Blue Velvet this round; hoping that gets another shot soon. Continue reading »

Jun 112013
 

Brandon Isbell (via opcso.org)

A 30-year-old man was arrested on a charge of trying to rob a store cashier at knifepoint on South Claiborne Avenue on Sunday evening, and a woman had her cell-phone stolen out of her hand Saturday afternoon on Freret Street, authorities said. Continue reading »

Jun 112013
 

The former Louisiana Seafood at 2900 LaSalle. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A new restaurant by the owner of Cowbell slated for a busy Central City commercial corridor won a favorable recommendation from city planners on Tuesday afternoon, as did commercial rezoning for a pair of buildings on a central stretch of Magazine Street. Continue reading »

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Jun 112013
 

jewel bush

The case of Terrilyn Monette has sparked discussion regarding the rules of engagement for a night out on the town with friends and has caused groups of gal pals to establish a code.

One of the things that drew us to this incident is that so many of us could identify with Monette. She was one of us; a professional woman out celebrating an accomplishment, her Teacher of the Year nod. She could have been a member of our girl posse. Or on any given night we could have been Monette. Continue reading »

Jun 102013
 

Lycee board members (from far left) Ann Meese, Ben Castoriano, Courtney Garrett, Erin Greenwald, Jacquelyn Simon, Paige Saleun, Jean Montes, interim director Gisele Schexnider, and Catherine MacPhaille. Also present Monday night were Tim Gray, Tessa Jackson and Elizabeth Rhodes. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans leaders hope to have an interim CEO identified by the end of the month and hired before the next school year begins, as they wrap up the year looking at a slight budget surplus and a continued changing of the guard among board members. Continue reading »

Jun 102013
 

Bricolage Academy expects to spend about $1.4 million — with roughly half from state per-pupil funding, and half from a major startup grant it was awarded — to educate its first 75 kindergarten students in the coming school year, according to a draft budget examined by the new charter school’s governing board Monday afternoon. Continue reading »

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