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COMMENTARY FROM NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE’S ERROL LABORDE: If I were Mayor of New Orleans Part2: A Letter to the Veterans Administration

IF I WERE MAYOR OF NEW ORLEANS, pt. 2: A LETTER TO THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION Last week in this space, I proposed a letter from a hypothetical mayor to the Archbishop, with regard to church closings. This week the issue is the Veterans Administration Hospital. Any mayors who would like to use either of the letters […]

COMMENTARY FROM NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE’S ERROL LABORDE: If I were Mayor of New Orleans: A Letter to the Archbishop

If I were mayor I would write a letter to Archbishop Alfred Hughes and tell him something like this: "Your Eminence, this is not about separation of church and state; this is about rebuilding the city. Please keep churches open. There are some, I know, that have lost their parishioners, but there are others where […]

COMMENTARY FROM NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE’S ERROL LABORDE: Note to the New Orleans City Council: Don’t join this team

When Mayor Ray Nagin appeared before the city council last week in response to an apparent scandal, he pleaded that his office and the council should work together "as a team." Sometimes there are teams that are best not to be on.         More than ever, the New Orleans City Council has to be an entity […]

COMMENTARY FROM NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE’S ERROL LABORDE: Louis Armstrong’s New Orleans and Top 4 Jazz Places

Were it not for Tad Jones, jazz history would be off by 13 months. Jones was the local jazz researcher who made the discovery that Louis Armstrong was wrong about the date he gave for his birth. Armstrong had claimed he was born on July 4, 1900 – certainly a festive date with a nice […]

After the Storm

Louis Armstrong School – 9th Ward 23rd Psalm – 9th Ward Charbonnet Street – 9th Ward Church of the Living God – 9th Ward Louis Armstrong School Assembly Hall – 9th Ward St. Rose Mission Baptist Church Flag – 9th Ward Tennessee Street – 9th Ward Tennessee Street Stoop

NOLA by the Numbers

25Percent of our nation’s petrochemicals produced in Louisiana. 1714Year Louis Antoine Juchereau de St. Denis founded Fort St. Jean Baptiste des Natchitoches, the first permanent European settlement in Louisiana. 1,800,000Approximate number of migratory waterfowl that use Louisiana’s coastal wetlands for habitat.  535Height, in feet, of the highest natural summit in Louisiana – Driskill Mountain, located […]

The Hotel That Was

Quasimodo once had dinner there. Few details of actor Charles Laughton’s meal at the Pontchartrain Hotel’s Caribbean Room are known other than the menu, which included three of the restaurant’s house specialties; Crabmeat Remick, Shrimp Bisque and Trout Veronique. Laughton, who was best known for his 1939 film  roles as Quasimodo, the bell-ringing hunchback, in […]

Bob Peyton’s Milestone List

“If you think you can, or you think you can’t … you’re right!”– Henry Ford Bob Peyton is quick to pull out the battered brown wallet from his back pocket and yank from it his “milestones” card: a tiny square laminated paper Rosetta stone that Peyton says he updates every time something big happens in […]

Life Along St. Claude Avenue

The doors opened on my shift – I remember I wrote the first patient name in the admit book,” recalls Connie Masson. In the 1970s, during her years at the University of New Orleans, Masson had a job as an emergency room clerk at the newly opened St. Claude General Hospital. That substantial hospital building, […]

Moment of Truth

Ed. Note: With this issue we continue our Baghdad Dispatch column, now written by two authors; Marine Capt. Mary Noyes, an attorney, and Marine Maj. Meredith Brown, an Iraqi Women’s Engagement officer. Their respective columns will appear in alternate months. Noyes moved to New Orleans in 2006; Brown is a native of Marrero. “Combat Cajun,” […]

Feeling the Pain

Gomer Gunch should have bought his wife a watch. It would have saved all of us a lot of trouble. Mr. Gunch was my mother-in-law Ms. Larda’s second husband. Sometime or other he promised to buy her a watch but he passed on before he got around to it. He did leave her a house, […]

Last Call

Yes it’s true!Beer and cheese It trips so easily off the tongue: Wine and cheese pairing. Now try this tongue-twister: Beer and cheese pairing. Not only does it sound a lot like a hot August night without air conditioning, it doesn’t even sound good. You should try it. It works. Stick to some basic guidelines […]

Etc. Editorial

Art at the AlleyDutch Alley is an artist co-op that offers a variety of art including photography, jewelry, hats, costumes, accessories, paintings, wood carvings and more. “It was designed to be an artists’ venue where visitors would meet the artists and see them at work,” explains artist Tracy Thomson. She says that Dutch Alley (which […]

Featured Dining

Court of Two Sisters’ Chef PenedoExecutive Chef Chad Penedo of the Court of Two Sisters is a New Orleans native who’s been with the restaurant for over a year. Penedo says that when he started at the restaurant he read “every old menu that this place has,” and decided to bring back some old classics […]

Roll Green Wave

With an illustrious roster of Tulane University Football alums there’s no doubt the university can produce quality players. But can they win games this year? Head Coach Bob Toledo, heading into his second season coaching at TU, has a decent record. The 62-year-old San Jose, Calif., native heads into 2008 for his second season coaching […]

30˚90˚ Calendar

Through Oct. 5. “Peter Sarkisian: Extruded Video engines 6,7,8 and 9;” Contemporary Arts Center. Information, 528-3805, www.cacno.org. Through August 3. Running With Scissors’ A Place in the Sun; Le Chat Noir. Information, 581-5812, www.caberetlechatnoir.com. August 1-6, 16-19, 29-31. Zephyrs home games; Zephyr Field. Information, www.zephyrsbaseball.com. August 2. White Linen Night; CAC and Warehouse Arts District. […]

Children in Need

According to the Louisiana Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, 20 percent of school-aged children experience diagnosable mental health problems, yet of these children, 70 percent never receive care. In fact, of the 110,000 children identified as having a mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder in Louisiana, only seven percent were given treatment. The doctors, […]

Cutting-Edge Technology

CARDIOVASCULAR INSTITUTE OF THE SOUTHIn 1983, Dr. Craig Walker, the founder of Cardiovascular Institute of the South in Houma, established Terrebonne General Medical Center’s first catheterization lab and interventional cardiology program. Since then CIS has always been an advocate of exploring new opportunities for bringing leading-edge technology to the practice of cardiovascular medicine.   Because of […]

Committed to the Cause

Paul Friedlander never had to wonder about what he wanted to do when he grew up or where he wanted to do it. As a fourth-generation physician, Friedlander knew he wanted to be in medicine and as a New Orleans native, he only had one question, “Why not New Orleans?” After receiving his undergraduate degree […]

Calm in the Storm

He was always doing good things for people,” says Dr. Robert Veith about his childhood role model and family friend. “I wanted to do the same things.” Veith speaks plainly about his dedication to his field and the real need for focus on cancer treatment. “When I was young and idealistic, I wanted to help […]

Life-changing Treatments

"I think of myself as a physician scientist,” Dr. Carolyn Beach Daul says. “I try to find out what’s going on with each patient as scientifically as I can.” Daul sees her field as a subspecialty dealing with allergy and immunology therapies that’s full of unrecognized potential. “Not everyone realizes all that an allergist can […]

Curious Mind

When I started college, I did not want to go into medicine,” Dr. James McKinnie says. “Originally, I wanted to be an engineer.” That was the first thing McKinnie wanted to explain about how he became a doctor. He continues, “Then, I took a job as an orderly at West Jefferson for a summer. I […]

Exploring a Final Frontier

"I actually wanted to come back after Katrina,” says Dr. John D. England. “I thought that people should come back to New Orleans to help with the redevelopment of the medical center at Louisiana State University and the rebirth of New Orleans.” England, who was born and raised in West Virginia, spent almost a decade […]

Top Doctors List

Addiction Medicine Kenneth Boyd SumnerJefferson Psychiatric Associates3340 Severn Ave., Suite 206Metairie, LA 70002889-1448 Allergy and Immunology    Carolyn Beach DaulAllergy, Asthma and Immunology Associates3939 Houma Blvd., Suite 20Metairie, LA 70006885-2121 W. Edward Davis IIIOchsner Health SystemOchsner Medical CenterDepartment of Allergy and Immunology1315 Jefferson HighwayNew Orleans, LA 70121842-6742 Jane M. S. El-DahrTulane Medical CenterTulane Pediatric Subspecialty Clinic1415 […]

Top Doctors Intro

As always, we take health care reporting quite seriously. There is no perfect way to determine the city’s best physicians but we use a service that we feel is as good as possible. Here are some questions and answers about the methodology. Before you make any decision about physicians based on this list, please be […]

Verdict Please

Ed. Note: This first-hand account of a doctor facing a malpractice suit is offered as an example of the concerns and issues that a defendant faces. It is not intended to be a commentary on the plaintiff whose identity, and that of his attorney, are not revealed. Every morning for one week last May, I […]

Building Their own Hospital

More than 180,000 women in the U.S. will face a diagnosis of breast cancer this year the American Cancer Society estimates. Each case will be unique, but doctors who treat the disease say most of these women have one wish in common: to get through their treatment and put the unhappy episode behind them. In […]

Paula’s Story

It wasn’t supposed to end this way: a teacher at the pinnacle of her career, a mother approaching “grandchildren time,” a wife secure in 32 years of marriage. She was taken from her students, her children, her husband, her family and her friends by a silent killer called Pulmonary Embolism. The tragedy began with a […]

Summer Salads

Dog days mean salad days at my house – air-conditioning, swimming and salads. That’s how August in New Orleans should play out. Early residents of this steamy city, with no cold air or pools to cool off with, must have enjoyed their salads.“The Creoles have always been famous for the excellent salads which grace their […]


A story published June 30 on NewScientist.com reports that scientists at Sangamo BioSciences, a biotechnology company in Duarte, Calif., have made a remarkable leap forward with AIDS/HIV research, having successfully created HIV-resistant mice. Scientists discovered that by sabotaging the gene that creates chemokine (C-C motif) receptor 5, a surface protein to which HIV bonds, the […]

Cops Learn from Schindler’s List

If we expect the best of people, we are more likely to receive the best of people,” says Tulane University historian Lance Hill. That is one of the lessons of the Holocaust and the story of Oskar Schindler, an improbable hero of World War II, Hill says. A German industrialist and self-absorbed member of the […]

Chartering the Course

With his disarming laugh and easy manner,  Anthony “Tony” Recasner could be mistaken for a man of leisure, someone who has escaped the stress of modern life. In reality, as one of the pioneers of the charter school movement in New Orleans, his schedule includes opening new schools, giving local and national presentations and meeting […]

Dollars for Runways

Based strictly on its climate, New Orleans would seem to have it made in the shade when it comes to solar power. Basking in some of the most intense sunshine of any city in the U.S., and logging more sunny days per year than most locales, the city seems a good candidate to become a […]

Save the Churches

Being the shepherd of the Archdiocese of New Orleans is no doubt a tough job. Much of the flock has strayed, both geographically and spiritually, and many of the churches and buildings remain damaged from Hurricane Katrina, some standing in areas where parishes barely exist anymore … All of this in a spiritual town with […]

Read and Spin

The Tremé Brass Band has long celebrated an urban heritage rich in music, performance, jazz funerals and second-line, even winning the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Award in 2006 from the National Endowment for the Arts. The band’s newest release New Orleans Music!, just recorded on the Mardi Gras Records label in March 2008, carries on […]

Riding a Gospel Train

Years ago, a blues researcher told me, with an expression of mingled horror and bafflement, that vocalist Little Brother Montgomery lost a bag of letters by Louis Armstrong that he’d been carrying around. This was in Chicago in the 1960s. He lost that bag on a city bus. I never learned why he was toting […]

Post-disaster economy bucks national trend

As the New Orleans area approaches the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one picture of the city is emerging as a community with fewer people but who make more money and have an easier time finding jobs than before the disaster, according to an economic analysis conducted recently by the University of New Orleans. “As […]

Restaurant Insider

Ah, August … Traditionally a  time when restaurants live or die by local patronage. If you can brave the heat, why not visit a restaurant you haven’t visited in a while?  By the time you read this, Rambla may very well have opened in the International House Hotel (221 Camp St.). Designed by Kenny LaCour […]

New in Mid-City

There is a practical reason why Mid-City is called by that name. As the story goes, in the early days of the neighborhood’s development Hibernia Bank decided to open a branch on the corner of Canal Street and North Carrollton Avenue. One little problem was that the bank didn’t know what to call the neighborhood. […]

Julia Street

Hey there Julia and Poydras,I was driving with my parents down Banks Street in Mid-City. We passed 3701 Banks St., which is now Finn McCool’s. I remember it used to be Joe’s 19th Hole. My parents seem to remember it being an Irish bar in their youth (roughly 30 years ago). Can you tell me […]


White Linens and Dirty LaundryIt’s hot out there, and staying cool by wearing white is the thing to do during the summer. On Aug. 2, the annual Whitney White Linen Night, presented by the New Orleans Arts District, will welcome more than 16,000 people to some of the city’s finest galleries throughout Julia Street and […]

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