Cohen High School to partner with Johns Hopkins University in redesign program

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Walter L. Cohen College Prep High School is one of 31 high schools in Louisiana to receive specialized guidance from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education toward redesigning its instruction and support services for the 2019-2020 school year. Cohen High School’s failing test scores were among the lowest performing schools in the city in [...]

Lamborghini driver pleads guilty to vehicular homicide in crash that killed passenger

The Uptown Messenger -

The man who drove a Lamborghini at speeds well over 100 mph through Uptown New Orleans before crashing into floodwall and killing his passenger two years ago pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide on Monday, and may now face a decade or more in prison. Jason Adams, 32, was driving with 23-year-old Kristi Lirette on May [...]

Garden District, Upper Hurstville security districts renewed by massive margins

The Uptown Messenger -

Barely a dozen people in total voted against renewing the Garden District and Upper Hurstville security districts on Saturday, with roughly 96 percent of voters in the neighborhoods agreeing to keep them in place for the next eight years. Upper Hurstville was renewed by 97 percent of the 140 votes cast, leaving only 4 ‘no’ [...]

Upper Hurstville, Garden District security districts up for renewal in election today

The Uptown Messenger -

While the only election many New Orleanians are considering today is whether to get the crawfish bread or shrimp bread, residents of the Upper Hurstville and the Garden District neighborhoods will vote on whether to renew their security districts. The security districts levy a tax on all the property in a certain neighborhood, then allow [...]

Acclaimed novelist Jesmyn Ward to give Tulane commencement speech

The Uptown Messenger -

Novelist Jesmyn Ward — whose accolades include frequent comparisons to fellow Mississippian William Faulkner — will give this year’s commencement address to students at Tulane University, where she is a professor of English. Ward won her second National Book Award last year for her latest novel, “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” and was honored with a MacArthur [...]

Lycee Francais to name CEO finalists next week

The Uptown Messenger -

After fielding nearly 50 applications from international applicants, Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans board members plan to name the finalists for the position at a public meeting Tuesday afternoon, officials said. CEO Keith Bartlett is retiring at the end of the school year, so the board’s CEO Search committee has been meeting for four months [...]

ECLIPSED play written by ‘Black Panther’ star continues run at Loyola

The Uptown Messenger -

The limited engagement of ECLIPSED—award-winning play by Danai Gurira (Black Panther)—continues its run at Loyola University through Sunday, May 6. The black female-led production about five women during the Second Liberian Civil War is part of Southern Rep Theatre’s 2017-18 season in residence at Loyola’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance. ECLIPSED is described as “a [...]

District A Council members pledge unrelenting focus on Sewerage & Water Board “insanity”

The Uptown Messenger -

With only weeks before her retirement, outgoing District A City Councilwoman Susan Guidry could hardly be more blunt in her assessment of the problems at the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans. In the very same conversation, however, her successor Joe Giarrusso III, speaks just as resolutely about his intent to fix the beleagured [...]

Danae Columbus: Mayor-elect Cantrell will challenge the gatekeepers of New Orleans

The Uptown Messenger -

If her choice of performers for the May 7 inauguration is any indication, it’s already clear that Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell will not be bound by traditional convention as she charts a new path forward for New Orleans future. Cantrell will govern “The Cantrell Way,” with citizens adapting to her style and priorities that will surely [...]

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