By Ed Quatrevaux
Although Katz and Columbus are entitled to their opinions, it is shoddy journalism to falsely attribute quotes. I refer to the first paragraph’s attribution to the OIG of “marking down crimes“. That phrase does not appear in the report or any statement by the OIG and was invented by the authors of the opinion.
It’s time again to sample open-faced sandwiches and other delicacies at the annual Scandinavian Festival and Christmas sale this weekend at the Norwegian church in the Garden District in New Orleans.
Poydras Home will hold its 19th annual art show this weekend, with a patron party Friday evening followed by an array of artwork in a historic setting Saturday and Sunday.
When Officer Troy Pichon took a bullet to the leg during a firefight with a suspect Monday night in Central City, he may have saved his partner’s life.
It’s no surprise to us that the OIG and the Legislative Auditor have been bearing down on the New Orleans Police Department. Once people know you are weak, everyone comes around to take a punch. The OIG’s claim of police “marking down crimes” in the 8th District, the French Quarter, is nothing new. That kind of stuff has been going on since the 1980s.
Audubon Charter School is asking neighbors with Facebook accounts for help in winning new playground equipment for its elementary school students in a national online competition that ends today (Oct. 31).
Alternative pop sensation The Ready Set will be performing at the Civic Theater Saturday, November 2, 2013, and Uptown Messenger is giving away pairs of tickets! Join the party at the Civic Theatre to benefit Ochsner Pediatric programs.
Among the plethora of regional “only in New Orleans” who dats, where yats, and duck fats, what makes one feel more like a local than the timeless event of gathering foodstuffs we commonly call “makin’ groceries”? I put the origin to my French-immersed 11-year-old, and she walked away perplexed, but more like, “duh.” In French “to buy” translates as acheter (ash-atay), but we are talking academic-France French here, right? So you don’t simply buy your food, you of course “do the market” or faire la marche’. Ergo “to do” and parallel that in “to make” and, voila, one makes one’s groceries. One tween eye roll later, I knew I was on to something.
A 52-year-old man was killed while walking across Martin Luther King Boulevard by a driver who fled the scene, and New Orleans police are looking for surveillance video from the surrounding area that might help identify the vehicle, authorities said.
The same Mazda 6 that was taken at gunpoint from a woman pumping gas on Carrollton Avenue on Monday morning was later used in a bank robbery in Harvey, according to a report by Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV. The case is not believe to be related to a separate carjacking nearby last week.
Kenneth Polite, the new U.S. Attorney charged with overseeing all federal prosecutions in New Orleans, grew up in the Calliope housing projects, but along the way lost a 23-year-old brother to street violence. After his brother’s death, Polite recalls walking into his brother’s bedroom and seeing the walls lined with pinned-up programs from funerals of his brother’s friends who had already been killed.
“That’s what he woke up to each day,” Polite said. “That type of environment, where that level of criminality becomes normal, has to affect your concept of life. It has to affect your concept of how you’re going to die. This is what he expected.”
That environment of death and violence that reaches into the home on a daily basis is the root cause of the decades of staggering murder rates in New Orleans, a panel of experts agreed Tuesday evening during the Tulane University Hillel Center “The Big Issue” debate. And the key to reducing the number of murders, the panelists said, is for citizens to personally intervene in those environments through mentoring at-risk children.
The New Orleans Mission is hoping to raise $250,000 to increase the number of beds for homeless women from 16 to 38, officials announced Tuesday.