Feb 282013
 

The city official who approved the fence closing Newcomb Boulevard at Freret Street lacked authority to do so, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday, according to a post by Karen Gadbois of The Lens. If the state Supreme Court chooses not to hear the case, then the Newcomb Boulevard Association will likely need the City Council’s approval to keep the fence up, Gadbois writes.

Feb 272013
 

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell smiles as she takes notes on an issue raised by a member of the Bouligny Improvement Association on Wednesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The use of public space on the Mardi Gras parade routes improved slightly this year, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell said Wednesday night, but the city laws need to be reviewed starting now to make sure that less of the sidewalks and neutral grounds are unfairly co-opted by furniture, ropes and improperly-placed ladders. Continue reading »

Feb 272013
 

The 111-year-old jail on St. Phillip Street. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Two days ago via Twitter New Orleans’ own PRC posted a link detailing a list of city owned property likely to soon be available at auction.  The Crescent City remains riddled with blight, therefore the city must own some of it, right?  Right!  My personal favorite on the list happens to be the old jail erected in 1902 at 2552 St. Philip in Treme.  It’s a gorgeous old brick and mortar bunker of a building; today’s new construction absolutely pales in comparison to this craftsmanship.  Unfortunately due to the city’s neglect this sweet corner piece has fallen well beyond disrepair, but fortunately not so far that it can’t be brought back. Continue reading »

Feb 272013
 

Silver plate with image of a bull’s head by Pablo Picasso, cast by Francois and Peter Hugo.

A silver plate showing an image of a bull’s head by the renowned artist Pablo Picasso (Sp./Fr., 1881-1973), cast by Francois and Peter Hugo of Paris in the mid-1950s, is the anticipated top lot of a massive multi-estate sale planned for March 2-3 by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm’s new gallery located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue.

The plate, numbered 6 of 20 and titled Tete de Taureau (“Head of Bull”), is expected to bring $30,000-$50,000. It is verso stamped “Picasso” and the rim carries the Hugo mark. It is 16 ½ inches in diameter. In all nearly 1,500 quality lots will change hands in a variety of categories: fine art, Asian objects, silver, jewelry, furniture, gold coins, clocks, chandeliers, rugs and more. Continue reading »

 Comments Off
Feb 262013
 

The section of Jefferson known as Phase II will begin construction in the coming months, followed shortly afterward by Phase I. (image via swbnosela.com)

Following work that has already begun on South Claiborne and Napoleon avenues, contractors will embark on a project in the next few months to install a new box canal under the neutral ground on Jefferson Avenue — with a fourth project on Louisiana Avenue in the foreseeable future.

“By this time next year, Louisiana, Napoleon and Jefferson will all be under construction,” Col. Ed Fleming of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told an audience of 150 Uptown residents Tuesday night. “If you’re going to try to get from Claiborne to Tchoupitoulas, it’s going to be a little difficult.” Continue reading »

Feb 262013
 

“[Richard] Hamilton is the essence of what I’m looking for,” NOPD Commander Paul Noel said of his 58-year-old rookie in the Uptown-based Second District, in the following report by Mike Hoss of our partners at WWL-TV. “When you see him out in the street, you know he not only walks the beat and talks to people, but you can tell he genuinely cares.”

Feb 262013
 

Wyatt Silverman and Jules Staib, both 20, were arrested on a variety of drug charges after allegedly accepting a delivery of a package with illegal drugs inside at the Kappa Sigma house on Broadway Street, and a search of their rooms afterward turned up more psychedelics for a total street value of $10,000, according to a report by Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV.

Feb 262013
 

jewel bush

As a graduate of Xavier University Preparatory School, I long dreamed that if I ever had a daughter she would attend “The Prep” like I did. This will likely never happen.

Last week, the Sisters of Blessed Sacrament, a Pennsylvania-based religious order, announced that my alma mater would close at the end of the school year. “The figures do not reflect that the future of the Prep will be financially sustainable,” stated a letter I received in the mail on Monday, February 25. Continue reading »

Feb 262013
 

Veteran Democratic strategist and New Orleans native Donna Brazile is the featured speaker for the Institute of Politics at Loyola University New Orleans March 5 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The CNN and ABC political commentator and vice chair for voter registration and participation at the Democratic National Convention will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the top political issues of the day in “Stirring the Political Pot with CNN’s Donna Brazile.” Continue reading »

 Comments Off
Feb 252013
 

City Councilwoman Susan Guidry speaks at a town hall meeting Monday night at Lafayette Academy in Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The prolonged stretches of darkness that have regularly fallen over Carrollton Avenue after sunset will soon be a thing of the past, City Councilwoman Susan Guidry told residents Monday night, reporting that the city plans to have all of the thoroughfare’s streetlights repaired within 90 days. Continue reading »

Feb 252013
 

New Orleans Film Society director Jolene Pinder (from left) and “Django Unchained” actresses Laura Cayouette and Dana Gourrier pose at the society’s annual Oscar-watching party at the Prytania Theatre on Sunday evening. (photo via the New Orleans Film Society Facebook page).

“She’s a spitfire and smart as a whip without ever forgetting to be a kid,” writes Laura Cayouette, an actress in Django Unchained, about cheering for Quvenzhané Wallis for Best Actress during the New Orleans Film Society Oscar-watching party at the Prytania Theatre on Sunday evening. “It wasn’t her night, but I hope she knows how many people were rooting for her and how impressed we all are with her achievements and her extraordinary performance.” Continue reading »

 Comments Off
Feb 252013
 

In a trio of recent news stories showing the spicier side of student life, the Hullabaloo student newspaper reports that NOPD officers used pepper spray to break up an off-campus party on Willow Street, that the university is investigating a separate episode in which seven fraternity pledges were allegedly found swimming in the Audubon Park lagoon, and that the decades-old tradition of screening a high-budget porn film in McAlister Auditorium has come to a quiet end since 2011.

 Comments Off
Feb 252013
 

Nearly 10 years ago, Joseph Street resident Roy Fausset came home to find a hole from the roof of his home through the second and first floors, at the bottom of which were fragments of a 45-pound, bowling-ball-sized rock that tests by Tulane professor Steve Nelson confirmed to be a meteorite, according to a report by Scott Satchfield of our partners at WWL-TV.

 Comments Off
Feb 252013
 

Owen Courreges

At this point, there should be little doubt in anyone’s mind that the City of New Orleans opposes the Louisiana Science Education Act of 2008, an “academic freedom” act transparently designed to facilitate the teaching of creationism in public schools.  In May of 2011, the New Orleans City Council voted unanimously to support legislation aimed at repealing the LSEA, and just this past December, the Orleans Parish School Board unanimously voted to ban the teaching of “creationism or intelligent design in classes designated as science classes.”

The actual language of the LSEA seems relatively innocuous at first blush.  It merely allows schools to “foster an environment … that promotes critical thinking skills, logical analysis, and open and objective discussion of scientific theories being studied including, but not limited to, evolution, the origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.”  It later provides that that the LSEA “shall not be construed to promote any religious doctrine, promote discrimination for or against a particular set of religious beliefs, or promote discrimination for or against religion or nonreligion.”

Still, that last bit is just a fig leaf.  Creationism can still be introduced into the classroom as an alternative “science,” and the fact remains that evolutionary biology is specifically targeted. Continue reading »