The forgotten inferno: <i>Tinderbox</i>  and the Up Stairs Lounge fire

The forgotten inferno: Tinderbox and the Up Stairs Lounge fire

The 1973 French Quarter fire is the subject of a new book

 

Blakeview: Airline Motors Restaurant

Remembering the 24-hour diner and filling station in LaPlace
A recent trip on Airline Highway through the River Parishes brought back memories of the Airline Motors restaurant. The LaPlace diner, which closed in 1993,...

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Clancy DuBos: New Orleans City Council and Airbnb prepare for war

Defining 'appropriate balance' could determine whether neighborhoods become overrun with tourists
The battle over city regulation of short-term rentals (STRs) escalated last week when Airbnb stopped showing city license numbers on its New Orleans listings, making...

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The count: New Orleans' ranking among U.S. cities' shares of mortgages for vacation or investment homes

No. 6
A study by Mortgage company Lending Tree examined 2017 mortgages for owner-occupied and non-owner-occupied properties to determine the effect on housing stock. The study found...

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Blake Pontchartrain: Plaza theater on Magazine Street

The theater opened in 1920
Hey Blake, In the late 1970s or early '80s there was a theater on Magazine Street that showed avant-garde art films on Saturday at...

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Commentary: Senator Soundbite

If Sen. Kennedy's so interested in the governor's race, perhaps Kennedy should take his own advice: resign
U.S. Sen. John Neely Kennedy has become the darling of the Washington press corps for his colorful turns of phrase. They are captivated by his...

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Lance Moore and Pierre Thomas were named to the 2018 New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame. The former Black and Gold players each helped bring the...

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What to know in New Orleans this week (June 19 - 26, 2018)

$19 AN HOUR? THAT'S WHAT YOU NEED FOR A TWO-BEDROOM APARTMENT IN NEW ORLEANS New Orleans renters need to earn an hourly wage of at...

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Clancy DuBos on covering the Up Stairs Lounge fire

In 1973, Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos was an 18-year-old cub reporter at The Times-Picayune. He remembers what happened on the night of June 24.
Editor's note: This story originally appeared in Gambit in June 2013. It was a dreadfully slow news day, even for a Sunday evening in June....

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Blakeview: LeRoux's 'New Orleans Ladies'

The song reached the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978
Forty years ago this summer, a song by a Louisiana band began its rise on the Billboard music charts: "New Orleans Ladies," performed by the...

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Blake Pontchartrain: World War I memorial in Bywater

The arch was erected in 1919 to honor 9th Ward residents who served
Hey Blake, Last week while visiting a cousin in Bywater, we walked by a World War I memorial on Burgundy Street. We were curious...

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Commentary: Nihilist governance

There is nothing 'conservative' about budgeting properly
On June 4, the day the website WalletHub declared Louisiana to have the worst economy of all 50 states, the Republican-controlled Louisiana Legislature demonstrated that...

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The count: how much Louisiana spent defending abortion laws since 2014

$1 million
A recent AP analysis of public records found that Louisiana has spent more than $1 million defending its abortion laws in court over the last...

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Caitlin Meehan-Draper, an instructor at the New Orleans charter school chain FirstLine, is one of nine finalists for 2019 Louisiana Teacher of the Year,...

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Clancy DuBos: Lege forecast — mutually assured destruction

Searching for solutions as the state faces the 'fiscal cliff'
Here's a political riddle worthy of a Las Vegas morning line: Will Gov. John Bel Edwards' seventh special legislative session end with a solution to...

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What to know in New Orleans this week (June 12 - 18, 2018)

CITY COUNCIL: DON'T CALL THEM 'CRIME CAMERAS'Those ubiquitous red-and-blue flashing crime cameras mounted across New Orleans streets now have a name: "Quality and Neighborhood Safety...

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Bail bondage: the price of freedom

Hundreds of people sat in jail because they couldn't afford to get out.
Can New Orleans bail out of its bail system?
All he needed was $500. Instead, he sat in jail for nearly two months. He got in a fight at his friend's house, the cops...

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Blakeview: Latrobe Park

From pumping station and fish market to parking lot and park
The 31st annual Creole Tomato Festival is June 9-10 at the French Market, and nearby is Latrobe Park, a small pocket park on Decatur Street...

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Stephen Goodly, a math teacher at Warren Easton Senior High School, is one of nine finalists for the 2019 Louisiana Teacher of the Year, an...

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The count: number of days per month New Orleanians reported poor mental health

4.4
New Orleans' access to health care has improved over the last decade, but there remain significant gaps in coverage and racial disparities in the city's...

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Blake Pontchartrain: Cor Jesu High School

The New Orleans schools under the Brothers of the Sacred Heart
Hey Blake, I was watching a WYES-TV documentary on Tom Benson, which mentioned he went to St. Aloysius High School. I know it merged with Cor Jesu to...

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Clancy DuBos: Miss Ella

Ella Brennan blazed trails and revolutionized American cuisine
The word "legend" has become so over-used it has lost much of its meaning, but Ella Brennan genuinely deserves that accolade. As matriarch of Commander's...

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Commentary: 'We are a city that floods'

Being ready is more vital than ever
Every year at this time we urge our readers to get a hurricane game plan, and we offer suggestions for preparing for storm season. This...

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What to know in New Orleans this week (June 5 - 11, 2018)

Council members call for 'common sense' gun control measuresAfter a Louisiana legislative session that considered several measures to allow guns on school campuses, the New...

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Blakeview: the Desire streetcar's end of the line

The line was replaced by buses in 1948
Sixty years ago this week marked the end of the line for the city's famous streetcar named Desire. The Desire streetcar line began in 1920...

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The count: Louisiana teachers (of about 3,800 surveyed) who support a statewide strike

2,341
A survey by the Louisiana Feder-ation of Teachers union released May 21 found that more than half of respondents were in favor of a statewide...

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