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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Mar 052013
 

Robert P. George, a legal theorist, former presidential appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and former president of the National Organization for Marriage, will speak on issues of faith and social justice in a lecture titled “Five Pillars of a Decent and Dynamic Society” on Wednesday (March 6) at Loyola University. Continue reading »

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Mar 052013
 

Although 20 of the 628 students at Andrew Wilson Charter School were suspended in January — more than triple the number from the previous months — school officials reported positive news as well: gains in student achievement, new grants for pre-kindergarten summer camp and students with disabilities, increase in parental involvement and the likelihood of a budget surplus, reports Della Hasselle of The Lens.

Correction, 12:49 p.m., March 6: The original version of this post misidentified the school in the headline. The post itself and the original Lens article both correctly reference the school as Andrew Wilson Charter School.

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Mar 052013
 

“In a way, her strangeness, her naiveté, her craving for the other half of her equation was the consequence of an idle imagination. Had she paints, or clay, or knew the discipline of the dance, or strings, had she anything to engage her tremendous curiosity and her gift for metaphor, she might have exchanged the restlessness and preoccupation with whim for an activity that provided her with all she yearned for. And like an artist with no art form, she became dangerous.” – Toni Morrision, Sula

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For black writers and lovers of literature alike, Toni Morrison is the messiah, the godmother of black fiction, a figure to be studied, discussed, envied, loved and worshiped.

Morrison’s prose captures the richness of the black American experience in a language that is divine and lyrical. Her stories are dark and dreamy and poetical and political. The themes she explores are unforgettable and uncomfortable. They get under your skin, seep into your consciousness and ooze out of your pores inducing chills of delight – and angst.  That’s what a “good read” does. It changes you. Reading Morrison changes you. Her books can be difficult to access but are insanely popular nonetheless. Morrison sycophants boast of rereading her works multiple times. Her quotes inspire scribes to audaciously push forward and stand a bit taller as writers: “I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.” Continue reading »