Fright Sights

Nola Defender -

Halloween is here. And, there are few things that New Orleanians love more than decorating for the holidays. NoDef sent our crack photo staff around the city to seek out some of the best decorations. Click on through to see the sights of fright.

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Politically connected company would benefit from state Amendment 3

The Lens -

After the Supreme Court in January struck down a New Orleans ordinance that allowed tax-collection contractors to charge a 10 percent fee on past-due bills, it called into question a similar statewide law — both written by collections contractor Archon Information Systems. The Louisiana Municipal Association is lobbying for the passage of an amendment Tuesday that would make the arrangement unambiguously legal. A subsidiary of the Municipal Association benefits financially from a deal with Archon, and the company is bankrolling the association's political-action committee and has sponsored the association's events.

WaPo: Congress Honors 231 Year Old Promise to Louisiana Gov

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By Ashley Larsen

231 years is an awful long time to avoid keeping a promise to Louisianan. Yet, according to a recent Washington Post article, that is exactly what Congress did to former Louisiana Governor Berndardo de Galvez, a key Spanish ally in the Revolution. A WaPo article describes how one determined secretary, Teresa Valcarce, broke through beltway gridlock to hang a portrait. Congress drew up a resolution to hang a portrait of the hero in Congress – in 1783. The painting was finally hung a few days ago.

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Sexual assault involving teen girl under investigation, police say

The Uptown Messenger -

Police are investigating a sexual assault case involving a 16-year-old girl in the university neighborhood of Uptown New Orleans, authorities said. The incident was reported around 9:30 p.m. in the 5600 block of Freret Street, according to the initial police report. Further details were not immediately available. The location is the same block as Lusher [...]

First Annual Delachaise-Calvary Community Health Fair to have free health screenings (Nov. 1)

The Uptown Messenger -

Cohen College Prep High School will host the inaugural Delachaise-Calvary Community Health Fair on Saturday (Nov. 1), including free screenings for a wide variety of vital signs, plus local music, activities for kids and a second line parade led by Cohen Prep Brass Band. The First Annual Delachaise-Calvary Community Health Fair will take place from [...]

Jean-Paul Villere: Is there Halloween after 40?

The Uptown Messenger -

I’ll be honest.  When I think of Halloween these days at four decades in I get a little, well, meh.  For me the gusto goes primarily to my kids and their assorted notions.  “Nerd vampire” here, “moustachioed lumberjack” there, maybe a growling bat, maybe a smiley cowgirl.  Costuming druthers swirl into the ether, their ideas and pairings, until something [...]

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Armed man jumps into vehicle and forces victim to drive in Claiborne Avenue carjacking, police say

The Uptown Messenger -

An armed man jumped into a man’s vehicle on South Claiborne Avenue and forced him to drive at gunpoint for several blocks before the victim managed to escape from the car, New Orleans police said Thursday morning. The driver, a man in his 50s, was initially flagged down by a woman on a bicycle around [...]

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