New Orleans says goodbye to WWII veteran Lawrence Brooks

Lawrence Brooks, who died Jan. 5 as the nation’s oldest World War II veteran, was laid to rest Saturday (Jan. 15), amid pomp, gratitude, gospel, admiration and jazz. After the the eulogies, the gospel songs, the Victory Belles’ tribute and the solemnity of his funeral service, the men of Brooks’ former Army battalion carried his flag-draped casket outside of the National World War II Museum. The measured cadence of the honor guards’ heels pierced the silence as they slid Pfc.

Carjackers target women in Uptown neighborhoods near universities

Five carjackings and armed robberies occurred in quick succession Saturday afternoon (Jan. 15) in neighborhoods surrounding the universities, according to the New Orleans Police Department. All the victims in these crimes were female, police reports indicate. On Sunday, police said that four suspects arrested in unrelated incidents late Saturday may be connected to crimes in the Second District. All of Saturday’s incidents occurred in the Second District.

Broadmoor Improvement Association holding Day of Service on MLK Day

The Broadmoor Improvement Association is holding a Day of Service event Monday (Jan. 17) in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Volunteers will repaint the mural on the Gen. Pershing Street side of Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center and assist at the Broadmoor Food Pantry. The neighborhood association will also hold its first meeting of the year on Monday morning. To take part in the Day of Service, meet at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center, 3900 Gen. Taylor St.

Uptown breweries and distilleries are getting into the Mardi Gras spirits

It’s Carnival time — and before we know it, we’ll be hitting the streets and enjoying parades.

Something that goes great with parades, king cake and good times is that perfect beer or cocktail. It seems like nearly every brewery or distillery in town is getting in on the action and offering special Mardi Gras-inspired drinks.

Here’s a list of Carnival offerings from a few breweries and distilleries to get you in the Mardi Gras mood.

Viewpoint: City leaders must work together to get a grip on crime

As with most mayors entering a new term, LaToya Cantrell delivered an upbeat message at Monday’s Covid-restricted inauguration on the steps of Gallier Hall: Though New Orleans has endured a tough four years, citizens are resilient and many opportunities lie ahead. “Our time is now, and the best is yet to come,” Cantrell proclaimed. Like many New Orleanians, I soaked up her words, wanting to believe the city will change. It wasn’t long before the latest crime statistics brought me back to reality. Just 13 days into the New Year, seven innocent people have died.