Like Mardi Gras beads on a St. Charles crape myrtle, the debate over what to do with the New Orleans World Trade Center has lingered. The problem is that the World Trade Center, built in 1967, is widely regarded as a landmark. Nevertheless, its future is in peril. The city seems determined to see it scrapped. Others are raising their voices to have it preserved.
A dilapidated mansion on Baronne Street and a former school building nearby on Polymnia are among nine of the most endangered sites in in New Orleans this year, according to the Louisiana Landmarks Society.
The Broadmoor Improvement Association is withdrawing its name from a list of groups supporting an effort to strengthen the city’s noise ordinance, because its original inclusion was the result of a misunderstanding, an association official said.
Our brief trip up to Illinois for a long weekend turned out to be every bit the culinary adventure we’d been seeking, not so much because the food was adventuresome but because it gave us a chance to hit some spots that simply don’t exist in this part of the world – at least not yet. Give it time.
The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans governing board voted Thursday night to offer an interim contract to a new school leader, and then the remaining founding board members stepped aside for a new governing board to take the reins.
A new walking path with mile markers was unveiled Tuesday by the American Heart Association as the latest upgrade to Palmer Park in Carrollton, according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV.
U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu has won three elections for the Senate without ever surpassing 52 percent of the vote. Every one of her races has been tough and close but she faces an ultimate political test this year in a state that each year turns more Republican. Landrieu is one of the Deep South’s last two Democrats in the U.S. Senate. But many think that Southern Democratic elected officials closely resemble dinosaurs at the end of their era, except for State Senator Karen Carter Peterson who chairs Louisiana’s Democratic Party.
A 23-year-old member of a gang based in Hollygrove faces a life sentence in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to federal charges that he was part of a violent conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine that led to the murder of a 55-year-old woman in 2010, authorities said.
Private donations and emergency repairs continue extending the lengthy career of the New Orleans Police station at the corner of Magazine and Napoleon bit by bit, but the 110-year-old building may finally be in line to retire from service in the next few years.
Money is already being allocated to replace the crumbling structure, city officials said Wednesday, but before the project can move much further, a decision must first be made on where the new Second District station will be.
The boy’s name has not been released because of his age. For details of the arrest, see the NOPD news release below:
Second District officers arrested a 15-year-old gunman yesterday who admitted to pointing a gun at a woman’s head last week and then taking off in her car.
The incident happened last Wednesday just before 7pm in the 8400-block of Fig Street. The victim said she was about to get into her car when a teenager approached her, put a gun to her head and said, “Give me the keys. Don’t scream, or I’ll shoot you.” The gunman then left in the victim’s 2008 Saturn.
Two days later, the Saturn was spotted at Iberville and North Lopez Streets. Four males who were in the car fled the car at the sight of police. The car was then recovered.
Yesterday, detectives went to the corner of Fig and Cambronne Streets to follow up on a call of a suspicious person. The description of the person was similar to that of the teenager who had stolen the Saturn a week earlier. Detectives canvassed the neighborhood, describing the suspect to residents in hopes they may have seen him. Various residents told investigators they were familiar with the suspect, and were able to tell detectives where he might live. The information led detectives to the 15-year-old’s home, which was in the near vicinity. Detectives took the teen to the juvenile Bureau for questioning, and in a statement, he admitted to committing the armed robbery, and was subsequently booked with Relative to Firearm Use in a Robbery.
“Great work by our Second District team in this case. Our detectives were thorough, and left no stone unturned when trying to locate this teenager wielding a gun”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
“And this is another case where residents were forthcoming with our officers to tell them what they knew, because they recognize the NOPD’s ability to track down violent criminals and make our neighborhoods safer. As always, we’re incredibly grateful for the community’s help.”
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, who has been spearheading a review of the city’s Mardi Gras ordinances, said she is open to exploring the idea of changing the parade schedule to include routes other than St. Charles Avenue, according to a report by Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV.
“It’s maybe reaching out to other neighborhoods to see who is interested in taking on the load,” Cantrell said. “Again, you don’t want to make those decisions that will involve and have an impact on neighborhoods without engaging them in the discussion.”
The demolition of the former New Orleans Charter Middle School building at 3801 Monroe Street in Hollygrove is set to be finished in August, Firstline Schools officials said in a recent meeting reported upon by The Lens. Firstline operates Arthur Ashe Charter School, which holds now holds the New Orleans Charter Middle School’s charter.
Pastor John Raphael of New Hope Baptist Church, known for his “Thou Shalt Not Kill” signs and his hard line against violence, passed away at age 60 after a battle with bone cancer. His life was remembered in this report by our partners at WWL:
The NOPD anti-crime marches that have been postponed the last few months because of rain are scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, June 26) in the Milan and Hollygrove neighborhoods.