We could not let this week pass without commenting on the 50th Anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s death. Allan was a reporter at the States Item Picayune when Kennedy died and actually met and talked with Lee Harvey Oswald during a trip to the newsroom just weeks before. Allan’s memory of Lee Harvey Oswald 50 years ago is that Oswald was considered a very weird, insignificant guy who was an advocate for Fidel Castro, not a very popular point of view in 1963 New Orleans. At the time, Danae was in junior high school in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
A 7-year-old girl inside her home was grazed by a stray bullet in a shooting Wednesday night in Central City that also hospitalized a 33-year-old man, New Orleans police said.
Just in time for holiday shopping, and autumn’s cooler temperatures, NOLA Til Ya Die has announced its newest pop-up shop, an outdoor event at Mid-City hub Bayou Bicycles (3530 Toulouse St., 504-488-1946).
In addition to the apparel and accessories brand’s online store, the weekly pop-up – held every Saturday through the end of the year from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weather permitting – marks the line’s latest retail location, and another example of owner Kathleen A. McCall’s fun, irreverent approach to connecting with the community.
I have always had a fascination with the written word in public places. Not street signs, business names or general advertising or billboards: you know, the traditional, formally executed kind via a municipality or organized venture, spreading whatever message usually of an identifying or sales nature. I mean the taggers, whether via graffiti by marker on a bathroom wall or spraypaint under a bridge, or those working in fresh concrete getting the last laugh (no grey ghost will come around and buff out what’s set in mortar, at least not with any expediency). What happened to Fred Ratke anyway? I notice a lot of new work he’s leaving up longer than I’d expect.
A free concert commemorating the 200th birthday of Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner features the Loyola Symphony Orchestra and Loyola Chorus alongside special guests and Metropolitan Opera stars Alfred Walker ’96, Greer Grimsley ’76 and Luretta Bybee. The program will include selections from Verdi’s “Otello,” “Aida” and “La Traviata,” as well as Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman” and “Die Walkure,” including the famed “Ride of the Valkyries.”
Investigators are seeking the public’s help in identifying several men photographed by surveillance cameras recently — one believed to have information about an attempted robbery on South Claiborne Avenue on Sunday morning, and two who allegedly stole several Playstation 3 units from the GameStop near the Walmart on Tchoupitoulas on Friday.
By Tracy A. BuccinoIn response to Mr. Courreges’ recent piece regarding NORTA fare increases (“Necessary or not, RTA fare hike makes New Orleans two bits closer to unaffordable“), I suggest that one way to increase revenue without socking it to the poor, elderly, and others with no alternative would be to increase the single-ticket price while keeping the monthly-pass price the same or perhaps even lowering it. I would also suggest offering discounted monthly passes for the same categories (and perhaps others) that are currently offered for the single fares.
Sheri Fink, whose book “Five Days at Memorial” recounts the efforts to save lives at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans immediately after Hurricane Katrina, will speak Wednesday evening as part of this week’s ongoing Jewish Book Festival.
The French government has issued a warning to travelers visiting New Orleans to avoid leaving the Garden District for Central City or the Irish Channel, according to our partners at WWL-TV. The notice urges French travelers not to stray north of St. Charles Avenue or south of Magazine Street (“au nord de l’avenue Saint-Charles et au sud de la rue Magazine“) when they are in the Garden District.
Should applications for jobs with the City of New Orleans ask if a person has any previous felony convictions? Mayor Landrieu, to his credit, says no.
Referred to as “banning the box,” cutting this query from employment applications won’t do away with background checks. It would, however, prevent a “yes” answer from eliminating an otherwise qualified candidate from the interview process based on biases against those with criminal records. Background checks, as they should, would come down the line once that person is considered for hiring; and even then, a felony conviction won’t be an employment barrier.
A man was fatally shot Monday afternoon while driving near Josephine and LaSalle streets in Central City, and his vehicle ran into a house near the shooting scene, New Orleans police said.
Thirteen years. That’s how long New Orleanians have been paying $1.25 fares for one-way trips on streetcars and buses. In an era characterized by major increases in city fees and taxes, transit fares have remained relatively low.
Now, it appears that $1.25 fares may not be quite enough. Veolia Transportation Services Inc., the French corporation contracted to manage services for the Regional Transit Association (RTA), revealed this past Tuesday that there will not be enough money left in reserves to fund services by 2015 unless a fare increase is enacted.
Are you worried about making loan payments on your house? Have you fallen behind, and are struggling to get back on track? Or are you preparing to buy, but unsure how you’ll finance every penny of your new home? Neighborhood Housing Services New Orleans announces its new, federally-sponsored Making Home Affordable loan program for homeowners just like you. Secure, confidential, and comprehensive!
Irvin Mayfield and the Jazz Playhouse Revue will headline the free Central City Festival on O.C. Haley Boulevard on Saturday, topping a lineup of traditional music, Creole food and local vendors showcasing the rebirth of the boulevard.