Resources

Letter to the editor
Send a letter to the editor to voice your opinion.
East Baton Rouge Parish Homicide Map
A map listing homicides or suspected homicides in EBR Parish.
Gas Prices in BR
Current gas prices in BR area.

Loyola University faculty preparing to restructure academic programs

Advocate file photo by JOHN MCCUSKER -- Loyola University, New Orleans.

While Loyola University administrators continue to work to solve enrollment woes and eliminate a multimillion-dollar deficit created by having fewer students, the faculty has been at work drawing up plans to restructure the academic side of things, with one proposed plan abolishing four of the five colleges and creating two new undergraduate and graduate colleges in their places.… Continue reading →

Ex-candidate sues challenging U.S. Sen. Landrieu's residency

Advocate staff file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu

NEW ORLEANS — Former challenger Paul Hollis has sued Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, contending that she cannot represent Louisiana because she lives full-time in Washington. Under U.S. law, only “an inhabitant” of a state can be elected to the U.S. Senate to represent the state. “Mary L. Landrieu is in reality a full-time permanent… Continue reading →

Anti-coal push gets mixed results at local level

Advocate staff photo by CHAD CALDER -- A train leaves Gretna heading west along 4th St. on Wednesday, August 13, 2014.

After notching some early support from the Westwego City Council, a coalition of environmental groups fighting the prospect of coal-filled rail cars rumbling through West Bank communities on their way to Plaquemines Parish has found tougher sledding with legislative bodies in Gretna and Jefferson Parish as a whole. The Clean Gulf Commercial Coalition and a handful… Continue reading →

Food trucks rolling onto La. campuses

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- LSU mass communication junior Riley Dickens orders lunch Thursday, August 28, 2014, at Taco Churro's, a new food truck on LSU's campus.

The booming food truck craze has hit college campuses in Louisiana, as schools look to meet the ever-evolving demands of picky students. LSU in Baton Rouge and Tulane University in New Orleans have debuted their own food trucks this fall — merging the ongoing expansion of on-campus dining services with the restaurants-on-wheels phenomenon. “It’s about… Continue reading →

Two dead, one wounded in two 7th Ward shootings

A double shooting Saturday night in the 7th Ward left a 27-year-old man dead and a 24-year-old woman wounded, New Orleans police said. In a separate incident, also in the 7th Ward, an unidentified man was shot dead in the 1400 block of Frenchmen Street early Sunday morning. The earlier incident happened about… Continue reading →

Pennington Center selected to test new Alzheimer’s drug

LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center will take part in a national clinical research study, testing a drug that could treat Alzheimer’s — an incurable disease that affects brain function and eventually leads to death. The study marks Pennington’s entry into the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study network, an elite group of research sites that are leading federal… Continue reading →

State employee insurance changing

Advocate staff file photo by BILL FEIG -- Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols

Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols calls it a “right-sizing of benefits to costs.” But many state employees, retirees and their dependents say the changes they’ll be asked to start making next month translate to increases in out-of-pocket expenses for their health care. About 230,000 enrollees in the state’s Group Benefits program will be deciding in October… Continue reading →

High-speed Causeway chase ends in police firing shots at suspect

Ranell Joseph

A high-speed chase across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway on Saturday night ended with officers firing shots at a man suspected of robbing or trying to rob at least six stores and restaurants in Metairie, Marrero and Kenner in a two-night crime spree, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Col. John Fortunato said. The suspect, 26-year-old Ranell Joseph,… Continue reading →

LSU defeats Wisconsin 28-24 in season opener

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) throws downfield as offensive guard Hoko Fanaika (69) and center Ethan Pocic block during the first half at NRG Stadium in Houston.

HOUSTON – LSU senior running back Kenny Hilliard found plenty of daylight up the middle of Wisconsin’s defense, darting 28 yards for the go-ahead, fourth-quarter touchdown to complete a second-half comeback and gave the No. 13 Tigers a 28-24 victory Saturday in the Advocare/Texas Kickoff. The Tigers (1-0) rallied from a 24-7 deficit at the 12:24 mark of the third quarter,… Continue reading →

Rebirth of downtown theaters brings new competition

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Gregor Fox  bought the Loew's State Palace Theatre earlier this month for $3.5 million.

Gregor Fox’s vision for the future of Canal Street looks a lot like its past. Fox, 42, a commercial real estate developer, purchased the Loew’s State Palace Theatre this month for $3.5 million. The theater, built in 1926 as a silent-movie house for first-run MGM films, was eventually remodeled to include three theaters. In the 1980s,… Continue reading →

State employee insurance changing

Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols calls it a “right-sizing of benefits to costs.” But many state employees, retirees and their dependents say the changes they’ll be asked to start making next month translates to increases in out-of-pocket expenses for their health care. About 230,000 enrollees in the state’s Group Benefits program will be deciding in October… Continue reading →

Bywater group splits on position

In Mary Ann Hammett’s vision of a future Bywater, there’s a mid-rise condominium building within walking distance of her home with a rooftop from which she can watch container ships pass by on the Mississippi River. Julie Jones sees the future a little differently. In her version, she would no longer have trouble finding a parking… Continue reading →

New Orleans superfans compete for national recognition

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Donald Silcio tailgates before the Saints game on Monday night at Champions Square in New Orleans

Joshua Dean has two selves. One is a body piercer, social-media marketer and tattoo enthusiast who works overnight preparing confections at Sweet Things & Grill, a Metairie doughnut shop. The other is known as Pope Clown, a gray-toned creature with bull horns, images of a cross and a spider branded on his forehead, dark… Continue reading →

State employee insurance changing

Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols calls it a “right-sizing of benefits to costs.” But many state employees, retirees and their dependents say the changes they’ll be asked to start making next month translates to increases in out-of-pocket expenses for their health care. About 230,000 enrollees in the state’s Group Benefits program will be deciding in October… Continue reading →

Tenure law appeal goes before Supreme Court

Judge Mike Caldwell

The Jindal administration’s appeal of a lower court decision that his signature 2012 teacher tenure law is unconstitutional goes before the Louisiana Supreme Court on Friday. Oral arguments in the case will be streamed online via the Supreme Court’s website. Go to www.lasc.org and click the “Oral Arguments” link on the right side of the… Continue reading →

Distracted teen drivers raise alarms

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Driving instructor Jack Shoemaker talks with student driver Jacob Little, 15, before going out on a training drive Thursday.

Teen drivers account for an inordinate number of fatal crashes involving distractions, according to a national report. However, there are signs of progress in Louisiana, and recent state laws have enough teeth to make a difference, said Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. The study, titled “Distracted &… Continue reading →

Pennington selected to test new Alzheimer’s drug

LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center will take part in a national clinical research study, testing a drug that could treat Alzheimer’s — an incurable disease that affects brain function and eventually leads to death. The study marks Pennington’s entry into the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study network, an elite group of research sites that are leading federal efforts… Continue reading →

Louis Gruntz, longtime Jefferson Parish lawyer, dies at 67

Kenner City Attorney Louis Gruntz Jr.

Kenner City Attorney Louis Gruntz Jr., who worked for more than 30 years in the Jefferson Parish Attorney’s Office, died Friday. He was 67. Gruntz was born in New Orleans and graduated from Jesuit High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tulane University and a law degree from Loyola University.… Continue reading →

Man fatally shot Saturday in New Orleans East

Photo by Della Hasselle -- Evidence markers litter the front yard of  a man who was fatally shot Saturday afternoon in the 4600 block of Galahad Drive in New Orleans East

A man was fatally shot Saturday afternoon in the doorway of his home in a residential block of New Orleans East. The victim was identified as Gerard Darcy, 53, by his nephew Tyrone Dejoie. Officer Frank Robertson, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman, said the shooting happened about 2 p.m. A… Continue reading →