Mar 072013
 

Kappa Sigma, the Tulane fraternity where narcotics officers arrested two members last week on charges related to the alleged discovery of a cornucopia of drugs with a street value of $10,000, has been suspended by its organization’s national office, meaning that parties and events must stop but members can continue living there, reports John Pope of The Times-Picayune. Both the international office and the university are investigating, with one possible outcome the closure of the Kappa Sigma house on Broadway, Pope reports.

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Mar 072013
 

The newly-formed Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans governance and CEO-search committees will hold their first meetings Thursday evening, school officials announced, a day after prosecutors dropped criminal trespassing charges against a former employee and the state Superintendent of Education personally appealed to the school’s French teachers to remain for another year. Continue reading »

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Mar 072013
 

Don’t miss acclaimed jazz band Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band when they perform in two concerts Saturday, March 9 as part of the 44th Annual Jazz Festival at Loyola University New Orleans. Held in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall located on Loyola’s main campus, the two-day festival includes a free performance by the Loyola Faculty Jazz Septet Friday, March 8 at 4:30 p.m. in Roussel Hall. Continue reading »

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Mar 062013
 

Police confer on Milan Street on Monday evening after a woman was shot in the 800 block there. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Police have not yet determined why an unknown man shot a 36-year-old woman in the neck on Milan Street on Monday evening in an attack neighbors now say may have been “random,” but the victim is recovering and investigators are redoubling their own efforts, authorities said Wednesday. Continue reading »

Mar 062013
 

Letter to the editor by Edwin Holmes Jr., New Orleans Fire Department

I am writing to clarify remarks made by New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) Assistant Superintendent Tim McConnell during an Uptown community meeting on Tuesday, which you attended, and referenced in your article on The Uptown Messenger website. At no time did Chief McConnell say that any fire company was being closed due to budget cuts. He did state that the City of New Orleans was fortunate to have received the “Staffing for Adequate Fire Emergency and Response” (SAFER) grant that allowed the department to hire firefighters in 2010 however; through attrition the department’s numbers have decreased back to the 2010 levels. The fact is the administration increased the amount of funding placed in the NOFD 2013 General Fund budget by more than $1.8 Million dollars. Continue reading »

Mar 062013
 

The national Society for Neuroscience used to rotate its the location of its annual conference among New Orleans, San Diego and Washington D.C., but cancelled in 2006 and 2009 because of hurricane concerns, returned in October 2012 but experienced “a few inconveniences related to Hurricane Isaac,” and finally dropped New Orleans from the rotation altogether, writes Barri Bronston of the Tulane New Wave university news service. Now, Tulane neuroscience chair Jeffrey Tasker is protesting the decision with a petition that has already gathered 865 signatures, Bronston reports.

The conference this year will be held Nov. 9, according to the Society for Neuroscience website.

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Mar 062013
 

Jean-Paul Villere

Repeat after me and out loud if you like: the New Orleans rental market is not like other rental markets.  And mantra or double down if it helps you: the New Orleans rental market is not like other rental markets.  It is only the first week of March, and I wrote about this last April, but it has become my mission to educate the public on this.  Since the beginning of the year my phone rings non stop abuzz with anxious returnees and largely clueless university parentals most all not even looking to rent till end of May and maybe August.  Ready for some contradictory advice?  Relax.  But be ready to be ready.  Why?  Read on: Continue reading »

Mar 052013
 

New Orleans Fire Department assistant superintendent Tim McConnell (left) points to the Audubon Riverside neighborhood on a map of ladder-truck coverage of Uptown after upcoming cuts. The yellow and pink areas can be reached by a ladder truck within eight minutes, but the unshaded area will take longer. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The ladder truck remains in the far-right bay of the Arabella fire station on Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After upcoming budget cuts to the New Orleans Fire Department are complete, some Uptown riverside neighborhoods will be too far for a ladder truck to reach within the nationally recommended standard of eight minutes, fire officials say, though a pumper truck on Arabella Street will still be able to respond to a fire within four minutes. Continue reading »

Mar 052013
 

A gun is drawn outside the door of Cajun Express in the 4100 block of Washington Avenue in surveillance video of a fatal shooting there Monday afternoon. (via NOPD)

LaToya Cantrell

Following a fatal shooting Monday near Washington and Broad, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell issued a statement Tuesday afternoon condemning the three murders in two years and deeming the Cajun Express store that the shooting took place outside of as a “public nuisance.” Continue reading »

Mar 052013
 

Two Tulane freshman, Jason Polsky and Alexander Montiel, have admitted to stealing and trashing 2,000 copies of the student newspaper because it had a front-page article about a drug bust at Kappa Sigma, the fraternity they were pledging, according to a report by Maggie Herman of The Hullabaloo. Polsky and Montiel — whom Hullabaloo staffers photographed in the act of stealing the papers — say they were acting without direction from the fraternity and have apologized, promising to reimburse the Hullabaloo for their cost, the report states.

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