Oil swoon expected to hurt Louisiana, but are the 1980s dark days likely to recur?

Advocate file photo -- Union Texas Petroleum pump jacks pump oil from the company's Sulphur Minesfield in southwestern Louisiana. The pumps are pictured here in Sept. 1985.

For most people, low gasoline prices are a reason to smile: Like a small raise, they mean an extra $10 or $20 of spending money each week. But for many Louisianians of a certain age, cheap gas also calls to mind unpleasant memories of the worst recession to hit the Pelican State in modern times: the oil… Continue reading →

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'Terrible shooting day' dooms LSU in road loss to lowly Mississippi State

LSU guard Keith Hornsby (4) and Mississippi State guard I.J. Ready (15) dive for a loose ball in the second half of a NCAA college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Mississippi State won 73-67. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Battling through a foot injury, Jordan Mickey produced one of the best… Continue reading →

Tim Kurtz is Navy’s oldest active fighter pilot, makes final flight with ceremonial landing in New Orleans

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- After directing his taxi in, Charlie Kurtz greets his father Navy Commander Timothy Kurtz at the Flightline First facility at the Lakefront Airport in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. The retiring Kurtz , 54, is one of the oldest active fighter pilots in the Navy flying the F-18 out of Belle Chasse.  He has 4500 hours of flight time, 41 combat sorties and over 300 shipboard arrested landings. He has been flying for the Navy for 25 years. Ten years were active duty and the remainder were with the reserve squadron VFA-204 in Belle Chase.

The flier believed to be the U.S. Navy’s oldest active fighter pilot officially retired Saturday, with a ceremonial… Continue reading →

The Advocate’s 2015 Super Dozen: Louisiana’s top high school football recruits

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --University fullback Nick Brossette tries to stiff arm Parkview Baptist cornerback KJ Drummer in the Division II championship game of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic Division II State Championship game on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

The class is especially loaded at running back, with a pair of star backs from Baton Rouge in Derrius Guice (Catholic) and Nicholas Brossette (University). Guice and Brossette are considered to be two of the nation’s best backs. Throw in fullback David Ducre (Lakeshore), and the depth of the class at the position is even deeper. Continue reading →

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Baby goat found beheaded at Algiers park

Authorities are investigating the beheading of a baby goat found slain Thursday morning at Brechtel Park in Algiers.… Continue reading →

Gretna hotel ordered shut down by Fire Marshal’s Office

The Louisiana Fire Marshal's Office on Thursday issued a cease-and-desist letter to a Gretna motel that inspectors said has been plagued by a number of safety issues, including… Continue reading →

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Oil swoon expected to hurt Louisiana, but are the 1980s dark days likely to recur?

Advocate file photo -- Union Texas Petroleum pump jacks pump oil from the company's Sulphur Minesfield in southwestern Louisiana. The pumps are pictured here in Sept. 1985.

For most people, low gasoline prices are a reason to smile: Like a small raise, they mean an extra $10 or $20 of spending money each week. But for many Louisianians of a certain age, cheap gas also calls to mind unpleasant… Continue reading →

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The Advocate’s Super Dozen: Star power like 2014 is lacking, but plenty of talent remains if you seek it out

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Plaquemine's Brian Jordan brings down Easton's Tyron Johnson during the Warren Easton vs. Plaquemine high school football game at Pan Am Stadium in New Orleans on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.

Welcome to Pine. One stoplight. No post office. Two gas stations. And one dang good football player. Derrick Dillon may not have grown up in Baton Rouge or New Orleans or Lafayette or Shreveport or Monroe, but… Continue reading →

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New book follows ‘100 Days’ leading to Superdome’s Super Bowl blackout, focuses on city's rebranding post-Katrina

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Half the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is in darkness due to blackout during the second half of the Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT/GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT OUT/225 OUT/10/12 OUT/IN REGISTER OUT/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/MANDATORY CREDIT THE ADVOCATE/ BILL FEIG.

New Orleans, someone once said, is a city that is always talking to itself, in constant conversation about its history, its future, and the changes along the way. Add to the names of those who contribute to our civic dialogue… Continue reading →

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Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown still alive at hospital after being found unresponsive in tub

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2011, file photo, singer Whitney Houston, left, and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown arrive at an event in Beverly Hills, Calif.  The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, unresponsive in a bathtub by her husband and a friend and taken to an Atlanta-area hospital. The incident remains under investigation.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)

ATLANTA -- The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found unresponsive in a bathtub Saturday and taken to a hospital in the north Atlanta suburbs, police said.

Bobbi Kristina Brown was found by her husband, Nick Gordon, and a friend. Her husband and… Continue reading →

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Photos: Check out the sights from Krewe de Vieux in New Orleans

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Members of the Krewe du Vieux Spank Squad dance on Royal Street in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. The theme of this year is Krewe du Vieux Begs for Change

The irreverent Krewe du Vieux wound its way through the French Quarter and Marigny on Saturday night under the theme “Krewe du Vieux Begs for Change.” Featuring marching subkrewes, brass bands and floats, the parade is noted for its adult themes and cutting… Continue reading →

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