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Claire Byun

Jun 232017
 

Now, as a nation, we don’t promise equal outcomes, by we were founded on the idea everybody should have an equal opportunity to succeed. No matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, you can make it. That’s an essential promise of America. Where you start should not determine where you end up.

-Former President Barack Obama

Day 58: Someone left a Wilson near where I ate lunch that day!

For part one of Matt’s Appalachian adventure, click here. For part two, click here. For part three, click here. For part four, click here. For part five, click here.

Cruising

“Listen, I don’t mean this in a racist way, but…” Katie began her sentence in a way that is almost always followed by something racist. This was a month ago and Katie was the until-now pleasant section hiker from Asheville, NC, who offered to drive a few of us the 90 minutes from Damascus, VA back to Erwin, TN, to continue our hike north. We had met her in Damascus for Trail Days, which as I described in Part 3, is the Mardi Gras of the Appalachian Trail, parade and all. Continue reading »

Jun 222017
 

Festival-goers braved the rain Sunday to spend time on the bayou (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

This year’s Bayou Boogaloo drew in more than $25,000 for ten citywide nonprofits, though beverage sales plummeted due to the weekends’ poor weather, organizers said.

Jared Zeller, founder of Bayou Boogaloo, said beverage sales decreased 49 percent on Sunday from the year before. Sales also decreased 18 percent on Saturday from 2016, though Friday’s totals grew by 65 percent, Zeller said. Continue reading »

Jun 222017
 

Vincent Thomas (via NOPD)

Police have charged one man with second degree murder in connection to a Monday night homicide in the 1100 block of North Roman Street.

The NOPD’s Homicide Unit arrested Vincent Thomas, 27, on Tuesday.

Officers responded to shots fired in the area around 8:30 p.m. Monday. Once on scene, officers discovered a male victim inside of a vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was pronounced dead on scene by EM, police said. Continue reading »

Jun 212017
 

A bicyclist rides in City Park (Claire Byun).

The proposed locations of 70 initial bicycle share program stations are still up in the air, and the city is asking for public input before the June 25 deadline.

Polling for preferred station alternatives is live now on the city’s bike share webpage. Voting will be used to reduce the number of alternate locations to just 70 for the program’s launch this fall. Continue reading »

Jun 212017
 

Crime around the Mid-City Security District stayed on an even keel last month compared to the rest of 2017, though auto thefts and auto burglaries increased.

MCSD responded to 12 auto thefts last month and cleared two of those crimes, Palumbo said. One vehicle was left unlocked, two were left with left keys in the ignition and only one showed evidence of a forced entry. Continue reading »

Jun 202017
 

The Orleans Parish Libertarian Party is working to grow their party while earning recognition on the ballot, but community engagement is the first step.

Mike Dodd, chairman of the local party, encouraged other Libertarian party members to run for smaller city and statewide seats so the party can gain political traction. Offices such as Orleans Parish School Board, seats on the magistrate court and even the city’s Inspector General would be good options for the smaller party. Continue reading »

Jun 202017
 

Police are searching for this man in relation to an armed robbery earlier this month (via NOPD).

The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying and locating a man wanted for armed robbery

The victim told police he was standing at the intersection of South Jeff Davis Parkway and Palmyra Street on June 9 at around 11:45 a.m. when he was approached by an unknown black male who asked for a dollar.

The victim said he gave the suspect a dollar and walked to the 3300 block of Palmyra Street to be near his coworker, police said. Continue reading »

Jun 202017
 

One man was found dead in his car with several gunshot wounds Monday night on the 11000 block of North Roman Street, police said.

New Orleans Police Department First District officers responded to shots fired in the area around 8:30 p.m. Monday. Once on scene, officers discovered a male victim inside of a vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was pronounced dead on scene by EM, police said. Continue reading »