I’ve mentioned before in this column that I grew up loving the late-1960’s run of the popular police procedural Dragnet. Jack Webb, depicting LAPD Sergeant Joe Friday, narrated the series as the most honest and dedicated police officer ever envisioned.
In most episodes, Sgt. Friday would be working in a case in a random division – homicide, robbery, bunco/frauds, etc. – and the viewer would watch as he gradually solved the case. In other episodes, however, the series dealt with less sexy matters such as police administration and internal affairs investigations. All the while, Sgt. Friday was as impassive as he was unimpeachable.
What you may not know is that Dragnet, which started as a radio program in 1949, was so popular that it spawned an series set in New Orleans.
Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra threw a block party on Saturday afternoon at the Central City fire station on Martin Luther King boulevard. Free food and activities were provided for attendees.
Tipitina’s Foundation youth music workshop will feature guests artists Stanton Moore Band on Sunday, followed by Johnny Vidacovich, Chris Severin, and Cliff Hines later in June.
After being rained out last month, the 610 Stompers and the Hot 8 Brass Band will return to Palmer Park on Sunday afternoon to lead adult teams in a games-oriented “Romp” fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity, organizers said.
Khaled Hosseini — whose novel “The Kite Runner” has sold seven million copies in the U.S. alone — will discuss his latest book “And the Mountains Echoed” on Sunday evening at Temple Sinai on St. Charles Avenue.
This Saturday (June 7), the Freret Market will return for its final monthly appearance before pausing during the hot months New Orleans summer, organizers said.
New Orleans police have released a computer-assisted sketch of a man who allegedly exposed himself to walkers in Audubon Park, and they are seeking the public’s help identifying him, authorities said.
While the Mayor is touting his successes at the Legislature, Landrieu’s only major success is getting a fall ballot initiative to increase property taxes in New Orleans. Unfortunately for Senator Mary Landrieu, it might be on the ballot at the same time as her election and could be troubling if voters strongly oppose the tax.
Just because New Orleans voters turned down the Audubon Institute’s millage doesn’t automatically mean they will oppose Mitch’s property tax increase. Everyone knows the cost of living in New Orleans has increased dramatically since Katrina. We’re just not sure voters are ready to add on another tax which would hurt property owners and renters, whose landlords would undoubtedly increase rents.
Officials from the International School of Louisiana toured the vacant former Augustine Middle School building on Broad Street in Mid-City on Wednesday as they “weigh options” for a larger campus, according to a report by Della Hasselle of MidCityMessenger.com. The school’s Camp Street campus is too small for the growing student population, and school officials have been looking for new alternatives — though facilities director Aviva Le told Mid-City Messenger that the challenges of a renovation at Augustine would be “humongous.”
In an effort to improve safety in the neighborhood, GG’s Dine-O-Rama on Magazine Street is donating 20 percent of sales today (Thursday, June 5) at lunch and dinner to raise money for new anti-crime cameras through the ProjectNOLA nonprofit.
If you’re looking for Father’s Day goodies, Blue Frog Chocolates has everything Dad might want: tools, ties, even cars and motorcycles! (Oh, did we say they’re in chocolate?!)
An Uptown resident was stunned to find an estimated $40,000 worth of marijuana in a package addressed to his home Tuesday morning, and he and his family are disturbed by the mystery of who sent it and why as they hope for answers from federal investigators, he said.
Music, food and games for kids, adults and seniors alike will make up the Gert Town Community Family Fest this Saturday afternoon at Norwood Thompson Park, New Orleans city officials announced.