Aug 072015
 
Davie Shoring pulls the first half of the house at 921 General Pershing onto Magazine Street to its destination in Central City. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Davie Shoring pulls the first half of the house at 921 General Pershing onto Magazine Street to its destination in Mid City. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

A home on General Pershing Street previously slated for demolition to make way for the expansion of St. George’s Episcopal School is instead being moved to Mid-City, where it will be rehabilitated and sold to a teacher. Continue reading »

Aug 062015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Today’s debate at the New Orleans City Council is another symbolic step in the long-term struggle for New Orleans’ working poor to earn the living wage they deserve to support their families.

Though New Orleans has enjoyed unprecedented growth since Hurricane Katrina as well as an influx of skilled young professionals, we still rank second in income inequity among 300 U.S. cities. In fact, income disparity in New Orleans has increased in recent years, according to the New Orleans Data Center. Continue reading »

Aug 052015
 

SWBParts of South Claiborne and Jefferson avenues will both experience low-water pressure on Thursday as part of work to install major new drainage canals along both corridors, according to the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Aug 032015
 
Left, Lt. Jennifer Dupree and other officers examine a gun seized in a robbery investigation just off Napoleon Avenue. (UptownMessenger.com file photo) At right, Lt. Nick Gernon confers with homicide detectives in a still image from A&E's "The First 48." (source:facebook.com/thefirst48)

Left, Lt. Jennifer Dupree and other officers examine a gun seized in a robbery investigation just off Napoleon Avenue. (UptownMessenger.com file photo) At right, Lt. Nick Gernon confers with homicide detectives in a still image from A&E’s “The First 48.” (source:facebook.com/thefirst48)

Two New Orleans police detectives with extensive experience with investigations on the streets of Uptown New Orleans have been named to fill vacant, high-ranking positions in the NOPD Second and Sixth districts, department officials announced. Continue reading »

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Aug 032015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Trust me, I’m a federal prosecutor.” You can almost hear the words come from his mouth. Sure enough, with his latest initiative, U.S. Attorney Louisiana Kenneth Polite is asking us for a great deal of trust.

Polite recently announced a bold plan for reducing gun violence in New Orleans. He proposed a joint effort between his office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the New Orleans Police Department, Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Crimestoppers, to investigate and prosecute federal gun crimes.

At first blush, this sounds like exactly what gun-rights advocates have been crowing for. Authorities often seem to be asleep at the wheel when it comes to enforcing existing gun laws, leading to calls for more burdensome regulation.

Alas, it rapidly became clear that Mssr. Polite’s plan is not something that law-abiding gun owners will be sanguine about. Continue reading »