Two sought for questioning in Lower Garden District shooting death

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The NOPD is seeking assistance in locating Jamal Mitchell, 26, and Hassan Carline, 23, in connection to a homicide on Tchoupitoulas Street in November. The above pictured subjects are not currently suspects in the shooting death of 23-year-old Glenn Curtis. However, detectives would like to to interview them and swab their cheeks for DNA. On [...]

Café Reconcile recruiting new students

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Café Reconcile is recruiting new students for its 2019 classes. While Café Reconcile’s Class 1 is already underway, applications to participate in future classes, including Class 2 which begins March 18, are currently being accepted both online and in person. Young adults ages 16-24 years old can apply. Café Reconcile is an eight-week hospitality training [...]

Five Lusher seniors named Posse scholars

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Five Lusher Charter School seniors have been named Posse Foundation scholars: Kierra McDowell, Illinois Wesleyan University; Bryce Langford, University of Notre Dame; Kaysie Ratliff, University of Notre Dame; Jordan Fields, Illinois Wesleyan University; and Lucia Garcia, Case Western Reserve. Posse scholars receive full-tuition scholarships. The Posse Foundation identifies, recruits and trains individuals with leadership potential. [...]

Through inaction, City Council halts plans for nail salon on St. Charles Avenue

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Plans for a nail salon on St. Charles Avenue near the universities were scuttled after the City Council failed to vote on a zoning-change request within 60 days of City Planning Commission’s recommendation. The Planning Commission was unanimous in its support of La Vang Pearl, the company that purchased 7457 St. Charles Ave. to turn [...]

Council takes up school bus oversight, victims’ rights, property tax relief

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The City Council on Thursday approved an ordinance to create a uniform regulatory framework for school buses, adopted a resolution urging Orleans Parish criminal justice entities to cease the practice of jailing victims to compel them to testify, received a presentation and CPR demonstration from the American Heart Association in celebration of Heart Month, and [...]

Festival brings a taste of the Caribbean to Central City (Photos)

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The annual Marley Gras festival took place at Central City BBQ on Saturday, Feb. 9. The festival featured live music, Jamaican food,  handmade crafts, as well as a pepper-eating competition and a jerk-chicken cook-off. The celebration of the connections between New Orleans and Caribbean culture is held during Carnival in honor of reggae pioneer Bob [...]

Yo Joe! February real estate advice

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I’m Joe Gerrity, local businessman, investor and Real Estate Broker. For my monthly “Yo Joe!” column, I’ll be answering your real estate questions as well as providing market information and housing statistics. I believe the main responsibilities of a Realtor are to add value and facilitate mutually beneficial transactions, and through this column I hope [...]

Mayor Cantrell kicks off series of community meetings in support of tax reallocation for parks

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By Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger Mayor LaToya Cantrell took her administration’s push at reallocating property taxes for parks to the grassroots level Thursday, Feb. 7, speaking to a group of mostly supportive residents at a meeting at Lyons Recreation Center, asking them to approve a May 4 ballot measure doing so. It’s the first of [...]

B’nai B’rith Mardi Gras Mitzva Makers to parade on Feb. 17

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The 40th annual B’nai B’rith Mardi Gras Mitzva Makers Hospital Parade, originally set for Feb. 10, has been changed to the following Sunday, Feb. 17,  due to citywide road closures. The Mitzva Makers gather  at the Touro Infirmary’s Prytania Street entrance, 3500 Prytania, at 9:30 a.m.. The parade starts at 10 a.m. The Mitzva Makers [...]

Danae Columbus: Big downtown residential buildings eyed for boutique hotels

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Preservationists Mike and Bettye Duplantier bought a run-down historic town house at 820 Baronne in 1978 and enjoyed a bird’s-eye view of the neighborhood’s transition from skid row to prime South Market District real estate. Little did they know that 40 years later a well-meaning young couple would dream of converting the spacious adjoining town [...]

Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon to shut down St. Charles Avenue, other routes on Sunday

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The 2019 Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon is slated for Sunday, Feb. 10. The international event attracts both the running masses and elite athletes. It also brings road closures, parking restrictions and traffic delays. St. Charles Avenue will be closed to traffic Sunday morning from 6 a.m. to 10:45. The streetcar will not [...]

Report: Rex and Kern Studios are severing their partnership after more than 65 years

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After creating some of the most iconic images of Carnival together, the Rex organization and Kern Studios are ending their nearly seven-decades-long partnership, Dominic Massa of WWL-TV reports, after this year’s parade rolls with Kern-built floats themed “Visions of the Sun.” For at least the next five years, beginning with the 2020 parade, Rex will use [...]

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