Kenneth Polite, the new U.S. Attorney charged with overseeing all federal prosecutions in New Orleans, grew up in the Calliope housing projects, but along the way lost a 23-year-old brother to street violence. After his brother’s death, Polite recalls walking into his brother’s bedroom and seeing the walls lined with pinned-up programs from funerals of his brother’s friends who had already been killed.
“That’s what he woke up to each day,” Polite said. “That type of environment, where that level of criminality becomes normal, has to affect your concept of life. It has to affect your concept of how you’re going to die. This is what he expected.”
That environment of death and violence that reaches into the home on a daily basis is the root cause of the decades of staggering murder rates in New Orleans, a panel of experts agreed Tuesday evening during the Tulane University Hillel Center “The Big Issue” debate. And the key to reducing the number of murders, the panelists said, is for citizens to personally intervene in those environments through mentoring at-risk children.
The New Orleans Mission is hoping to raise $250,000 to increase the number of beds for homeless women from 16 to 38, officials announced Tuesday.
Graphic artist legend Emory Douglas — whose work is on display now at the McKenna Museum in New Orleans — is responsible for crafting the Black Panther Party’s iconic visual identity, capturing the era’s intensity through fiery artwork that rose above the rhetoric and subterfuge of the day to reach an embattled community in ways words were unable to articulate.
A New Orleans Police officer was shot in the leg Monday evening while on patrol in Central City, and police have a suspect in custody after a manhunt in the area, authorities said.
“I want to give you what you deserve, and I know at this point that DPW does as well,” said City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell. “The goal is to get it done, in and out, and never have to come back again.”
The Dryades YMCA will hold the grand opening of its aquatics and wellness center at 11 a.m. Tuesday at 2230 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, officials said.
Loyola University has staked out a clear position on its St. Charles properties: “We are not tearing down any mansions.”
However, many local residents are less than sanguine regarding Loyola’s intentions. Loyola presently owns the Fabacher Mansion in the 7300 block of St. Charles Avenue. The proposed comprehensive zoning ordinance will change the zoning on this iconic property from RM-4 (moderate residential density) to EC (Educational Campus).
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, state Reps. Helena Moreno and Jared Brossett, the Red Cross and the New Orleans Police Department walked the streets of Central City on Saturday morning, personally delivering information to residents on fire safety, public health, anti-crime efforts and NOPD recruiting, all in the interest of rebuilding the community, according to a report by Antwan Harris of our partners at WWL-TV.
A Carrollton resident was rescued from a burning home on Lowerline Street early Sunday morning by New Orleans firefighters who credit a smoke detector for saving his life, authorities said.
The latest installment of Tulane Hillel’s “The Big Issue” discussion series will focus on the murder rate in New Orleans on Tuesday evening.
After a meeting described as “contentious” last week, the board of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orleans voted in favor of a plan for the 2014-15 school year to allow 33 4-year-old students paying tuition in the pre-kindergarten program automatic admission into the public kindergarten, followed by a lottery for 72 more seats with preference to children considered at risk, according to a report by Della Hasselle of The Lens. The board also voted to eliminate paid preschool for 3-year-olds, but outcry from parents led the board to amend their vote on the 3-year-old class to “undecided.”
Just as the repaving of Freret Street comes to an end, the city is planning to return to the commercial corridor’s much-maligned corner bumpouts and sidewalks from November until the spring.
Dress your dog up for a Halloween parade, participate in a pet blessing, and learn about the city’s new pet laws Saturday at Coliseum Square park’s “Dog Bowl,” presented by City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell.
Between March and August of this year, satisfaction with the New Orleans Police Department held steady at 58 percent, according to the results of the most recent independent survey of 600 city residents.
But during that same six-month stretch, satisfaction of residents in the Uptown-based Second District appears to have plunged by 10 percent, but soared by 12 percent in the Sixth District, right across Napoleon Avenue, according to the survey results. How much those widely divergent results actually reflect the attitudes of Uptown residents, however, is hard to ascertain because of the relatively small sample sizes in each individual district.