St. Bernard Parish

Prosecutor hints others may face charges in Peralta case

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta arrives at the parish courthouse Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

Embattled St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta may not be the only person facing criminal charges in a new indictment that’s likely to be handed up by a grand jury in coming weeks, a prosecutor with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office told a state judge at a hearing Tuesday. Assistant Attorney General David Weilbaecher Jr.… Continue reading →

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LSU football, baseball chat with Advocate sportswriter Ross Dellenger, Thursday at 11 a.m.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU outfielder Jake Fraley (23) celebrates with teammates Alex Bregman (8) and Mark Laird(9) after Fraley stole home to score in the third inning against Princeton, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

Get the latest information on the LSU football and baseball teams and share your views with Advocate sportswriter… Continue reading →

Chris Rose's fall from celebrated writer to restaurant waiter: Report details New Orleans columnist's new way of life

Chris Rose, shown here at Galatoire's in February 2007 during a Mardi Gras event, is now struggling to reenter the city's media landscape and had been waiting tables to make ends meet, he said in a new Columbia Journalism Review report. (AP photo)

Chris Rose, whose popularity skyrocketed after Hurricane Katrina because of his emotional column writing about New Orleans, is now struggling… Continue reading →

Tom Benson-appointed trustee again rejects proposed asset swap with relatives' trusts

Associated Press file photo by BILL HABER -- New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson alongside his wife Gayle Benson before the Saints-Packers game in October.

Despite substantially increasing what he’s offering to place in a group of trusts set up… Continue reading →



Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Christian Dufrene, 17, of Lafayette flys over a jump during the opening of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commissions Parisite Skatepark Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in New Orleans. 'We don't have anything like this in Lafayette,' said Dufrene, who drove in for the opening. The 18,000-square-foot park, under an elevated section of Interstate 610 at Paris Avenue and Pleasure Avenue, features concrete and wood ramps, rails and jumps common to skateparks. The project is the result of a collaboration between the City of New Orleans, NORDC, Spohn Ranch Skateparks, Tulane City Center, and Transitional Spaces, a nonprofit formed by local skateboarders.

Check it out: New Orleans opens Parisite Skate Park -- the first public skate park in city’s history

Hundreds of skaters, New Orleans officials and curious onlookers came together Saturday to celebrate the opening of the city’s first public skate park, an 18,000-square-foot space under the… Continue reading →

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Fire Department firefighters battle a 4-alarm fire at the intersection of Philip and Chestnut Streets in the Garden District the only occupant Ann Trufant, 87, escaped with no injuries from the three story 134-year-old home in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. A couple of firefighters received minor burns.

Firefighters battle blaze at New Orleans Garden District home

White smoke billowed up as Ann Trufant, 87, stared at her 134-year-old home, flames spewing from the windows. Her grandson Will Trufant, wrapped his arms around her.… Continue reading →


Officer suspended for alleged solicitation, and other area crime news

John McCoy

New Orleans Police Department officer Ananie Mitchell has been placed on emergency suspension without pay after he was arrested Monday and accused of soliciting a prostitute, the NOPD said Tuesday. The NOPD’s… Continue reading →


ESPN reporter Adam Schefter expects the Saints to restructure the contract of receiver Marques Colston

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) makes a catch against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

. The only sounds coming out of the Saints’ headquarters in recent days in the sound of silence. On all fronts. As the rest of the NFL is chopping salary and news is swirling faster than a group of kids going… Continue reading →


The team behind Wagner’s Meat and Chicken Box builds a third act with Melba’s

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Melba's, a combination po-boy and chicken shop/laundromat that has been growing and expanding.

Since Lois Thomas returned home to New Orleans from an extended post-Katrina stretch in Houston and Lafayette, word began to circulate among her fans that her gumbo and baked macaroni were again in rotation. Then one day last year her smiling portrait appeared on… Continue reading →


Craig Ferguson’s March 11 Saenger show canceled

** FILE ** In an April 26, 2008 file photo Entertainer Craig Ferguson performs during the Annual Dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association in Washington.     (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari/file)

Comedian and former late-night talk-show host Craig Ferguson’s March 11 show at the Saenger Theatre has been canceled. A release from the Saenger cited a scheduling conflict. Refunds may be obtained at the original point of purchase. For ticket… Continue reading →


What a two-weekend stretch! LSU teams go undefeated; relive the action in stories, photos

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Players celebrate LSU first baseman Sandra Simmons' (3) three run homer down the right field line in the third inning against Stephen F. Austin, Sunday, Mar. 1, 2015, at LSU's Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La.

No rest for LSU’s sports teams the last two weekends. The Tigers and Lady Tigers have been winning big and big games in sport after sport. The Tigers softball team extended its record start to 21-0 with five-game sweeps of tournaments in… Continue reading →

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