Administrators at the International School of Louisiana have decided to abandon an unpopular plan to create separate elementary and middle schools at the Camp Street and Algiers campuses, and will instead try to preserve the current K-8 structure at each by finding more space for the Eastbank students next year, they have announced.
Repairs to a broken 48-inch water main on Nashville Avenue that began over the weekend should be completed today (Monday, Nov. 5), in time to pose no impediment to voters at Eleanor McMain High School on Election Day, officials said.
The word of the day is “Schadenfreude,” a loanword of Germanic origin that refers to satisfaction received from the misfortunes of others.
Oh, I should use it in a sentence? OK. “I felt a warm feeling of Schadenfreude when the man who stole my bicycle was struck by lightning, died in intense pain, and then a swarm of rats appeared and urinated on his remains.” (Note to readers: I really hate bike thieves).
Following Hurricane Sandy, regrettably if understandably, many New Orleanians felt a whiff of Schadenfreude. We had been told so many times by so many people after Hurricane Katrina that we were poor, stupid, and our city had been built in the wrong place. People asked if we should bother rebuilding New Orleans, as if we were all just going to pack up our bags and move.
A woman was robbed at gunpoint as she left a Magazine Street bar early Saturday, police said.
An SUV stolen in a carjacking on Burdette Street has been found by police, but the 11-year-old Chihuahua mix “Skeeter” that was taken with it was not found, the victim told Maya Rodriguez of our partners at WWL-TV this weekend:
The investigation is ongoing, said NOPD spokeswoman Hilal Williams.
Loyola University hosts David Henry Hwang, author of M. Butterfly, for two presentations Monday (Nov. 5).
The city periodically clears out large encampments of homeless people from underneath the Pontchartrain Expressway, but the nightly population has risen to about 75 again — prompting city officials to consider a fence to secure the area, reports Richard A. Webster of the Times-Picayune. At the same time, the city is seeking federal assistance to help with the nearly 5,000 estimated homeless people in New Orleans, Webster reports.
The Tipitina’s Foundation is hosting a music workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 4) featuring Chris Severin Trio for children of all ages.
I went into work one day last week and was again reminded about just how much food we produce each day and how it has to be constantly renewed over and over as sales volume increases. Usually, it seems I’ve just made a big load of something when I have to make another one. Not that this is a bad thing – at all.
This is tough to translate when I get back home and try to replicate something for just two or three. Speaking honestly, I rarely cook at home much anymore and, when I do, it’s usually pretty simply stuff like pasta with some kind of sauce from a jar. I know that will soon change, with the holidays approaching. But it’s a sure bet I’m going to be overbuying some ingredients just because I’m now so accustomed to producing in bulk.
The St. Louis Jesuits, deemed a “pioneers of contemporary American liturgical music,” will perform Monday (Nov. 5) as part of Loyola Week’s Centennial celebrations.
Musicians Simon Berz and Klass Hubner perform at McKeown’s Books and Difficult Music as the 40th installment of the Difficult Music series Friday (Nov. 3).
The Cole Pratt Gallery will host an opening reception this evening (Friday, Nov. 2) for exhibits by artist Aaron Collier and artist Thuan Vu at the gallery at 3800 Magazine St.
Two polls commissioned last week in the District B City Council race each show different results among the top three candidates, but both suggest that the Nov. 6 election will be fairly close and lead to a runoff.
Allan and Danae have a major disagreement about what is going to happen next Tuesday when Americans decide on who is going to be their President for the next four years.
Allan thinks Mitt Romney is going to win this election. He thinks the game changer was the first Presidential debate and that Romney has been building momentum since then. Allan also feels there is a major Watergate-scale scandal that is going to unravel regarding the Barack Obama’s mis-handling of events in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans, including an Ambassador, dead.
Poydras Home will host its 18th annual art show Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 3 and Nov. 4) with proceeds benefiting the non-profit senior care center.
The 11th Annual New Orleans Kidney Walk strives to raise both money for kidney disease research and awareness of the need for screenings Sunday morning (Nov. 4) in Audubon Park.
An estimated 500 children received new costumes just in time for Halloween on Tuesday afternoon at the Freret Neighborhood Center’s Sixth Annual Great Halloween Party and Costume Give-away.
Happy Halloween! This season I’ve been pondering the fleshier parts of horror and sci-fi tales, and while it’s a topic albeit maybe not largely important to the masses, the citizens of New Orleans may take special note if only for the laissez-faire spirit certain holidays are known to embody. Public displays of “whatever is clever” occur more frequently given the time of year, and let’s face it, October 31st in the Crescent City has been known to produce some memorable evenings. Certainly many a vampire will be out this eve, a moss man or two perchance, likely some political free-for-all in play, and *okay okay* surely a bevy of slutty nurses (and likely other leggy first responders too). Invariably there will be cleavage, skin, and other epidermic revelations, but my main concern this column deals primarily with zombies and aliens and the applicable integration of the nude or semi-nude therein.
In all seriousness, ask yourself, have you ever seen a naked zombie? Likely not, at least not in the mainstream, maybe not even in the B-stream either.
All NOPD district stations — including the Second District at 4317 Magazine Street and the Sixth District at 1930 Martin Luther King Boulevard — will be handing out Halloween candy to children who stop by tonight, thanks to a donation from Walgreens, authorities said.