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Mar 232017
 

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

The number of armed robbery and assault incidents around Mid-City dropped dramatically in February, which lowered the total number of crimes overall.

Armed robberies dropped from nine in January to just three last month, according to numbers from the Mid-City Security District. No murders, rapes or assaults were reported last month, and simple robbery incidents dropped by one. Continue reading »

Feb 252017
 

The “Musco Andromena” float rolls down Canal street on Saturday, Feb. 25 2017. Endymion rolled with the theme “Endymion’s Constellations” this year. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Endymion rolled on Saturday night in Mid City. Each float was themed with one of the 88 Constellations. New Orleans-based surgeon Parker Velargo reigned as the Krewe’s 51st King.

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Feb 202017
 

Warren Easton Charter High School (photo by Alicia Serrano, MidCityMessenger.com)

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

As the future of education in New Orleans continues to shift toward a unified school district, some charter schools have the option to branch from Orleans Parish School Board oversight.

Warren Easton Charter High School won’t be taking that step – at least this year. Continue reading »

Feb 082017
 

Joseph Shelby was last seen on Jan. 5 (via NOPD)

The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a man missing since early January.

The reporting person advised that her friend, Joseph Shelby (DOB: 10-16-1962) was last seen on Jan. 5 at their residence in the 4200 block of Buchanan Street. Shelby is known to disappear for long periods of time and suffers from multiple physical and psychological conditions, police said. Continue reading »

Jan 312017
 

The Ohm Well’s Valerie McMillan leads Hot Yoga class last year (via Friends of Lafitte Greenway).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Friends of Lafitte Greenway has an abundance of goals for 2017, and most revolve around improving the safety of the greenspace and growing community programs. Continue reading »

Jan 172017
 
Patrick Armstrong

Patrick Armstrong

In one of the episodes in HBO’s Treme, there’s a scene where Clark Peter’s character Albert “Big Chief” Lambreaux emerges from a darkened street in full Mardi Gras Indian Chief regalia. I think it is a beautiful scene, because out of the desolate landscape emerges something beautiful, overwhelming, and completely unexpected. It marks an important and iconic scene in the show – the character Lambreaux is doing this as a protest to the way things are, and a demonstration of the promise of the way things should be. Continue reading »

Dec 082016
 
Students and educators at Bricolage (Bricolage.com)

Students and educators at Bricolage (Bricolage.com)

Bricolage Academy staff are now operating under a three-year strategic plan that includes a new facility, a full endowment and lofty student achievement goals.

Bricolage’s Board of Directors approved a three-year strategic plan that’ll run into 2020 and features five imperatives, ranging from student achievement to growing its foundation. The board met Wednesday afternoon to go over the new plan after staff met with stakeholders and the board director earlier this year.

The plan only covers three years – as opposed to a more traditional 10-year plan – because Bricolage is only four years old. Continue reading »

Sep 122016
 
Police said a Shell gas station on Esplanade Avenue was robbed at knifepoint on Saturday (NOPD).

Police said a Shell gas station on Esplanade Avenue was robbed at knifepoint on Saturday (NOPD).

The Shell gas station in the 3400 block of Esplanade Avenue, across from New Orleans City Park, was robbed at knifepoint over the weekend, the New Orleans Police Department said in a preliminary report.

Police said on Saturday evening shortly after 6:15 p.m., a “male juvenile” armed with a knife walked into the back of the store and put on a ski mask. Continue reading »

Sep 012016
 
Coast Guardsmen rescue stranded residents from high water during severe flooding around Baton Rouge, LA on Aug. 14, 2016. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles (courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture).

Coast Guardsmen rescue stranded residents from high water during severe flooding around Baton Rouge, LA on Aug. 14, 2016. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles (courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture).

It reads almost like a script, doesn’t it?

Something awful happens. Maybe there was some warning, maybe not. First responders arrive on the scene and begin doing what they can to save lives and help people get away from the danger. They’ve trained for endless hours, gone through all the exercises, sat through interminable meetings considering what to do in worst case scenario situations.

Patrick Armstrong

Patrick Armstrong

At some point, a realization sets in that this is beyond the worst case scenario that was planned for, and this information starts getting communicated back to the folks in the command center. Folks in the command center start working on finding more responders and activating protocols to find additional resources. The scale of the problem starts becoming apparent: resources are hours or days away; additional responders are either already engaged with this beyond-the-worst-case-scenario or are hours and days away themselves. Continue reading »