Dec 192012
 

Amid prayers and trumpet solos, LaToya Cantrell was sworn in Wednesday afternoon as the District B representative on the New Orleans City Council.

“My heart is in this,” Cantrell said after taking the oath. “This is not about a position. This is about improving the quality of life for people.” Continue reading »

Dec 192012
 

Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans is being sued by special-education coordinator Darleen Mipro, who was fired Nov. 30 amid an accusation that she had “been engaging in misconduct” at the school, according to a report at The Lens.

Mipro’s lawsuit claims that by calling police to charge her with trespassing and disturbing the peace on the day she was fired and by emailing the unspecified “misconduct” allegation to parents, the school administration was attempting to damage her reputation as an educator, the report states. Mipro’s firing did take place during a confrontation at the school between teachers guarding a sign that read “The Board is Killing our School” and a man who was trying to tear the sign down, one parent told The Lens.

Lycee board chair Jean Montes declined to comment on the lawsuit to The Lens.

Dec 192012
 

Jean-Paul Villere

While taking my children to school the other morning we made our way down Louisiana Ave when out of nowhere a mechanized voice akin to Robocop infiltrated the audio space of our car with some form of intrusive alert like “WARNING! THIS VEHICLE IS MAKING A LEFT TURN.”  I almost jumped out of my skin, jerking the steering wheel just so.  What the hell was that!? I muttered to myself. Continue reading »

Dec 182012
 

ENCORE Academy students (submitted photo)

ENCORE Academy is considering giving admissions preference to students from a large swath of Uptown — from the Garden District and Central City though Broadmoor and into Carrollton and Hollygrove — but the plan is on hold amid a sudden uncertainty about its location after next year. Continue reading »

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Dec 182012
 

Mitchell Marks (via opcso)

Mitchell Marks, 29, initially told police he was with William Baham the night Baham shot Erroll Meeks in front of Friar Tucks bar in January 2011, that he had tried to talk Baham out of the shooting and then saw Baham running away from the crime scene moments after shots rang out, according to a report by John Simerman of the Times-Picayune. After Marks recanted his statement during Baham’s trial, prosecutors played jailhouse recordings of Marks planning to “play dumb” during the trial and secured a 10-year sentence on a perjury conviction against Marks, the report states.

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Dec 182012
 

Skip N’ Whistle announces its “End of the World” Sale that takes place this week through Friday, December 21, at their shop located at 8123 Oak Street. I mean, what else would prepare you for the end of the world?

Skip N’ Whistle offers buy one, get one 50 percent off t-shirts and sweatshirts (of equal or lesser value), a clearance rack of items starting at $5 and add an iron-on to any clearance item for only $5. Also, spend $100 or more and get a Free Custom Gildan Shirt. Remember to stop in by Friday, December 21 or before the world ends, whichever comes first. Continue reading »

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Dec 182012
 

The new Crocker building on Marengo Street.

ENCORE Academy, the new charter school that emphasizes music and individualized instruction, will be allowed to keep its temporary home in the Crocker building on Marengo Street even as the Recovery School District is assigning New Orleans College Prep to move in. Continue reading »

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Dec 182012
 

Owen Courreges

NOPD Sixth District Commander Robert Bardy found himself in a bit of a controversy this past week after an e-mail message was released in which he seemed to be urging an informal arrest quota.  WWL-TV Eyewitness News obtained the message, which was sent in response to another e-mail by a member of the second platoon requesting that select officers be provided with mountain bike training as an incentive for exceptional police work.

Personally, my reaction to this would have been: “You consider mountain bike training to be a reward? In this climate? I mean, it’s December and I’m comfortable in short sleeves.  Honestly, me –  I’d ask for a bonus or time off, but whatever floats your boat, man.” Continue reading »

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Dec 182012
 

Gary Sinise of “CSI New York,” Mariska Hargitay of “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” and Trombone Shorty will join Harry Connick Jr. for the 20th anniversary ride of the Krewe of Orpheus on Lundi Gras, premiering a new song dedicated to the signature “Smokey Mary” float, according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV.

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Dec 182012
 

Chelsea Thornton (via opcso.org)

Chelsea Thornton, 23, must stay at the Orleans Parish Prison until space is available for her at the state mental hospital in East Feliciana Parish, reports Claire Galofaro of the Times-Picayune. Her attorney had requested house arrest until the transfer, but Magistrate Judge Gerard Hansen said that wasn’t an option because of the first-degree murder charges Thornton faces in the deaths of her two children in a Gert Town apartment, the article states.

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Dec 172012
 

Police vehicles surround Dat Dog on Freret Street and neighbors and employees talk outside after a robbery attempt and shooting inside the business Monday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An employee of the Dat Dog on Freret Street was shot Monday morning by a masked man attempting to rob the popular restaurant before it opened, police said. Continue reading »