was chosen by the Krewe of Muses to be its first-ever "Honorary EveryMuse." Clarkson, the Academy Award-nominated actress, New Orleans native and daughter of City Council President Jackie Clarkson, previously rode in the Krewe of Orpheus parade in 2007. Clarkson will be in the giant red high heel float at the front of the parade when Muses rolls on the Uptown route Feb. 16.
Preservation Resource Center (PRC)
members were invited to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Dec. 27. It was an honor in advance of the PRC's Jan. 12 fundraiser in New York City, "Jazzed in January," at which the PRC will present its citizenship awards to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the group Rebuilding Together for their contributions to restoring New Orleans.
Robert E. Lucky Jr.
was sentenced to 25 months in prison on Jan. 3 for his role in a scheme to sell counterfeit Clementine Hunter paintings to art collectors. Two others in the scheme, William and Beryl Ann Boye, were sentenced last year. Lucky pleaded guilty in October to one count of mail fraud. Hunter was one of the preeminent Louisiana folk artists of the 20th century; her paintings fetch thousands of dollars.
The New Orleans Police Department
missed Superintendent Ronal Serpas' stated goal of reducing homicides in the city by 5 percent in 2011. Instead, homicides were up by a total of 14 percent. New Orleans closed the books on 2011 with a total of 199 murders on its streets. Serpas has announced a crime-fighting plan for 2012 based on crime analytics software; whatever works, but it has to work and it has to work quickly.