Style reigns supreme at French Quarter’s Gay Easter Parade

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Frankie

The crowd inside Grand Pre’s bar in the 800 block of North Rampart Street brought out their finest threads for Easter Sunday. Men wore slick-looking suits, ranging in hue from cream-white to caramel, while women donned elaborate hats in a palette of vibrant pastels. The occasional human-sized rabbit hopped through the tavern as well. … Continue reading →

Early voting runs through Saturday in four area parishes

Early voting will continue through Saturday in the four area parishes — Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Charles and St. John the Baptist — that will be holding elections May 3. In Jefferson, voters will decide on five millage propositions, though only one involves the entire parish and two affect only Grand Isle. In addition, Harahan voters … Continue reading →

N.O ladies arm-wrestle their way to glory

Photo by Brian Falgoust. -- Margot Tenenbomb (left) and Kate Kibby, whose wrestling name is Séance Brawls (right) face off in the final bout of the New Orleans Ladies Arm Wrestling Super Brawl II, Saturday night.

It was a man with sharp cheekbones and white-blonde hair, wearing a tan cowboy hat and a brown fringed-leather jacket, who revealed the source of Margot Tenenbomb’s freakish forearm power. “Crew,” he said, his gaze distant and lips pursed as if he were on the verge of whistling. “She did a stint of crew in college.” … Continue reading →

Some N.O. charters begin exploring teachers unions

Advocate staff photo by John McCusker -- Tiana Nobile, co-president of the teachers' union at Morris Jeff Community School in New Orleans, teaches her first grade class.

Mark Quirk is like a lot of veteran teachers in New Orleans. He thinks of his job as more of a calling than a career, has watched the growing emphasis on test scores with dismay and worries that teachers have lost important rights concerning pay and job security in the privately run charter schools that have taken over … Continue reading →

People in Business for April 20

Lisa Greenberg, L.H. Hayward & Co.

L.H. Hayward and Co. has named Lisa Greenberg as vice president of business development to spearhead the New Orleans food company’s expansion into new meal products and distribution into new domestic markets. Greenberg was managing director for The Keswick Group in Richmond, Va., a sales and marketing consulting firm that specializes in market research, brand awareness … Continue reading →

Bridging the funding gap

Justin Obletz, Advantage Capital

Years into organized efforts to improve the city’s entrepreneurial climate, the increased availability of startup capital is brightening the outlook for fledgling businesses, but investment sources warn that if promising upstarts are to become long-term Louisiana employers, more work lies ahead. The rising interest in starting businesses is clear in the growing numbers of people … Continue reading →

New Orleans artist John Clemmer dead at 92

John Clemmer

John Clemmer, a prominent New Orleans artist who also taught generations of students at the Tulane University School of Architecture and Newcomb College, died April 11 in Milwaukee of complications from a stroke he suffered two weeks earlier. He was 92. Clemmer had been involved in the artistic life of New Orleans since the late … Continue reading →

Upcoming community events

The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office will hold an event where residents can turn in old prescription drugs such as painkillers to keep them from falling into the wrong hands. The Drug Take-Back Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the sheriff’s substation at 5429 Paris Road. … Continue reading →

Murder rate still sliding in New Orleans

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Family members react at the crime scene where a man shot was shot and killed in the 11000 block of Hayne Boulevard in New Orleans East Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Upon NOPDs arrival they found an unidentified 24-year-old man lying in the street shot multiple times to the body and a 24-year-old man with a graze wound to the head.  The unidentified man died on the scene and the 24-year-old man was listed in stable condition.       The Lead Homicide Detective in this case is Rayell Johnson.

Murder has been ingrained in the culture of New Orleans for decades, a fact of life that is perhaps the city’s most dubious distinction. Year after year, the city ranks among the nation’s deadliest, with a stubbornly high rate of killings fueled by chronic gun violence. But last year’s body count caused something of a double-take … Continue reading →

Morial blasts end of residency rule, and other political news

Marc Morial

Former Mayor Marc Morial, long a champion of the law requiring city employees to live within New Orleans’ city limits, published a broadside this week blasting the City Council’s 6-1 vote last week to exempt police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians from the rule. Those who supported rescinding the rule, including Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas, … Continue reading →

Former L.A. Frey meat packing plant site for sale

The former L.A. Frey & Sons Meat Packing Plant property on Burgundy and Bartholomew streets — previously envisioned as a four-corner, $42 million mixed-use development called ICInola — has been listed for sale. The property in the Bywater neighborhood includes a 52,500-square-foot plant adjacent to a 15,000-square-foot vacant lot, and a 14,000-square-foot office building with an 8,100-square-foot … Continue reading →

Companies making Burkenroad conference presentations

Nearly three dozen public companies in the region will make presentations at the 18th annual Burkenroad Reports Investment Conference from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 25 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel, 601 Loyola Ave. The free event gives individual and institutional investors a chance to hear from top management from each of the companies. … Continue reading →

Clarkson asks agency to look into Algiers streetcar line

Jackie Clarkson

Outgoing New Orleans City Council President Jackie Clarkson has asked the Regional Planning Commission to study what it would take to put a streetcar line along General de Gaulle Drive in Algiers. Clarkson, whose term as an at-large councilwoman ends May 5, submitted a resolution for introduction at the May 13 meeting of the RPC, a … Continue reading →

Weekend traffic plan sought for Lakeshore Drive

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The Non-Flood Protection Asset Management Authority voted Wednesday to open all four lanes of Lakeshore Drive to vehicular on the weekends. The longtime practice was to allow only cars headed east, which helped fuel the area's popularity among cyclists and joggers.

A newly created committee will spend the next two months trying to come up with a way for cyclists and pedestrians to coexist with cars on weekends at the New Orleans lakefront, following a state board’s decision Wednesday to fully open Lakeshore Drive to vehicular traffic coming from the east. It seems likely the committee’s basic … Continue reading →

Audubon spent $270,000 on failed ballot measure

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Peewee, a new penguin chick that hatched last month at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, flaps his wings Saturday in New Orleans.

The Audubon Nature Institute spent about $270,000 on its unsuccessful campaign for a 50-year property tax extension to support the city’s zoo, aquarium and other attractions, according to state filings released Thursday. All of that money came from the institute’s budget, and much of it was spent in the last two weeks or so leading up … Continue reading →

Michelle Obama to deliver Dillard graduation address

Associated Press file photo by Jacquelyn Martin -- First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to deliver the 2014 commencement address at Dillard University on May 10.

First lady Michelle Obama will deliver this year’s commencement address at Dillard University, the White House has announced, citing the school’s “legacy as one of America’s top historically black universities.” The ceremony is scheduled at 10 a.m. May 10 on Dillard’s campus in Gentilly. The first lady also is slated to speak this year … Continue reading →

City, sheriff agree on plan to pay for new hires at jail

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Mayor Mitch Landrieu greets Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman at a literacy event in January. Gusman and Landrieu's administration have been at odds about how much to spend revamping the troubled Orleans Parish Prison.

After claiming for months that he lacked the resources to carry out court-ordered improvements at Orleans Parish Prison, Sheriff Marlin Gusman signed a partial settlement agreement with city leaders Thursday outlining a spending plan for Gusman to make scores of new hires at the dangerously understaffed jail, using funds the city already had set aside for him last … Continue reading →

Guns secured, artists get busy on new project

Advocate staff photo by Andrea Mabry -- From right to left, Adam Mysock, Katrina Andry, and Deborah Luster choose guns to create artwork with at the press conference announcing the Guns in the Hands of Artists project at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery on April 16, 2014. Ferrara has obtained 186 guns from the city's gun buy-back program, and twenty-seven artists will create new works using the guns.

In a city where people seem to have no trouble finding — and firing — perfectly good weapons, a group of New Orleans artists seemed tickled Wednesday to pick through a pile of charred, mangled castoffs, like bargain shoppers after a gun show arson. Local printmaker Katrina Andry gently picked up a dismantled revolver — the … Continue reading →

3 rescued from ship on Pontchartrain

In this image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard the uninspected towing vessel Todd Michael is grounded on Lake Pontchartrain, Tuesday April 15, 2014. The Coast Guard rescued three crewmembers from the vessel after the Todd Michael took on water, separated from the barge and grounded onshore. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans)

The owner of a tow boat that ran aground Tuesday in Lake Pontchartrain said high waves pushed by a passing storm front broke a line connecting the vessel and a barge it was pushing. The captain had no choice but to run the vessel — the Todd Michael — onto … Continue reading →

Landrieu-backed bill extends new courthouse deadline

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu reacts to his reelection for a second term at the Hyatt Regency with his father Moon, mother Verna, sister U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu has offered an enticement to judges at Civil District Court to get them to reconsider their opposition to moving into the abandoned Charity Hospital building. Landrieu is pushing a bill in Baton Rouge that would give the judges an additional year to collect higher court fees meant to help finance a new courthouse. Under … Continue reading →

Water in Mississippi River is high but no threat

High water in the Mississippi River has triggered increased inspections of the river levees in the New Orleans area by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but officials said the river will remain far below flood levels as a crest passes the area in the coming week. The river rose to about 11.84 feet at … Continue reading →

Ebb Tide Films setting up in N.O. Regional Business Park

Ebb Tide Films, a subsidiary of Universal Studios, is setting up shop in the New Orleans Regional Business Park’s Enterprise Center. Ebb Tide — a name being used as the working title for the feature film “Jurassic World” — is the second post-production company to go into the Enterprise Center, 13801 Old Gentilly Blvd., the business park’s … Continue reading →