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Strip club on Tulane Avenue draws complaints from neighbors

By Jackie Galli, Mid-City Messenger Club Pressure on Tulane Avenue has everything a strip club should: dancers, poles, lots of cash. The one thing it doesn’t have is a permit to operate as a strip club. Pressure has been operating as a strip club since at least 2019, judging by the photos on their social Read More…

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Fairgrounds Triangle neighbors meet to address crime

By Jackie Galli, Mid-City Messenger Bianka Lebeouf was putting up fliers this weekend with her children for a neighborhood public safety meeting when she heard gunshots. One of the shots she heard resulted in a man’s death. Those gunshots were just one of several incidents Lebeouf experienced this past weekend; her truck was broken into, Read More…

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Roadwork ahead: Bike lane, crosswalk work to resume on Gentilly Boulevard

From the Mayor’s Office Beginning Tuesday (May 24), weather permitting, the city’s Department of Public Works contractor, Pavement Markings, will resume safety improvements including updates to the bicycle and pedestrian facilities along Gentilly Boulevard — from Grand Route St. John Street to St. Bernard Avenue. No parking will be allowed in this area for the Read More…

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Viewpoint: Don’t let the latest Covid variant ruin your Jazz Fest

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist The thousands of tourists and locals who will attend the long-awaited New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will surely cause an increase in cases of Covid-19 and it newest sub-variant, BA.2. A friend coming in for the festival wants to wear his mask at the Fair Grounds. While a good Read More…

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City to move forward with jail expansion as activists’ frustration grows

Local criminal justice reform activists and concerned citizens spoke out against the plans at a meeting hosted by the mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office at City Hall on Thursday (April 22). Vincent Smith, director of capital projects for the city, acknowledged that both Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the City Council have publicly expressed their disapproval of Read More…

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Roadwork ahead: Safety improvements begin on Gentilly Boulevard, Grand Route St. John

From the Mayor’s Office Starting this week, weather permitting, the Department of Public Works contractor Pavement Markings will begin safety improvements at the intersection of Grand Route St. John Street and North White Street as well as a phased series of updates to the bicycle and pedestrian facilities along Gentilly Boulevard – from Grand Route Read More…

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Viewpoint: What’s your plan to stay safe during Carnival season?

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist With several hundred thousand people about to descend on the streets of New Orleans, each of us should make a personal commitment to avoid becoming a statistic during Carnival season. After all, Covid-19 and crime are the overarching themes of this year’s Mardi Gras. Although parade goers might not see Read More…

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Viewpoint: There’s no quick fix for the city’s crime problems

The underlying conditions that precipitated the pandemic of crime New Orleanians are facing today were centuries in the making. Hopefully, they will finally be addressed. According to a Pew Research Center poll taken last summer, almost six out of 10 Americans believe that violent crime is a “very big problem” in the United States today. Read More…

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NOPD announces change of command in the First District

  Capt. Lejon Roberts will be leaving his post as commander of the NOPD First District, the New Orleans Police Department announced Friday in a press release. He will soon take the reins of the Special Operations Division. Terry St. Germain, recently promoted to captain from the rank of lieutenant, will assume command of the Read More…