Marrero woman shot after answering doorbell

A woman who answered her door Thursday night was shot two times by an unknown shooter, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. The victim was in critical condition late Friday. Sheriff Newell Normand reported that a call was received around 8:20 p.m. Friday from someone indicating their neighbor had been shot. Third District deputies responded to 5008 Bowdon Street in Marrero, where they found a woman lying on the floor suffering from two gun shot wounds.… Continue reading →

Jindal: Details needed on immigrant children in La.

Advocate staff file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- La. Gov. Bobby Jindal

Gov. Bobby Jindal demanded further details from the White House Thursday about 1,071 unaccompanied immigrant children living with sponsors in Louisiana. Jindal wants to know where the children are living, the timeline for determining their ultimate status and whether the federal government plans to kick in dollars for their education and health care. He also wants to know how the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services decided where to place them. “It is unacceptable that the U.S.… Continue reading →

French Quarter residents sound off on plan to self-fund extra cops

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Local resident Chris Mortenson listens intently as French Quarter Management Security Task Force speaks to the public during a town hall meeting for residents and businesses to further explain its 'Make Our Streets Safer Initiative' and provide the opportunity to ask questions. The meeting was held at the ballroom of the Bourbon Orleans hotel in New Orleans, La., on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

A plan to bolster law enforcement presence on Bourbon Street and in other areas of the French Quarter by having neighborhood residents and businesses pay for off-duty New Orleans police officers met with skepticism and some pointed criticism Thursday night at a meeting sponsored by the French Quarter Management District. Since two gunmen opened fire on the city’s most famous street in the early morning of June 29, killing one… Continue reading →

Brutal beating or accident? Jury will decide in Victors’ trial

Errol and Tonya Victor

Eight-year-old M.L. Lloyd III suffered a brutal beating at the hand of his stepfather as punishment for a stolen ice cream snack, while his mother stood by and did nothing, prosecutors said during closing arguments Thursday in the second-degree murder trial of Errol and Tonya Victor. “This child basically bled to death inside his own body,” prosecutor Julie Cullen, from the state Attorney General’s Office, told jurors at 40th Judicial District Court in Edgard, as she described… Continue reading →

Buffa’s bar strikes deal with neighbor over live music

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Peter Roze and Paul Edmonds perform at Buffa's in June. The club has been targeted in a lawsuit brought by neighbor Sidney Torres IV over live music. A hearing of the case is scheduled for today.

A last-minute deal Thursday averted a courtroom showdown over live music between Buffa’s and the flashy former trash company owner who owns the house next door, setting the stage for a two-month trial run of limited performances at the Esplanade Avenue bar. The compromise seeks to find a middle ground between the longtime neighborhood bar and Sidney Torres IV, the former owner of SDT Waste and Debris Services, who has argued that music… Continue reading →

Dr. John follows up Armstrong tribute album with concert date at Joy Theater

Advocate staff file photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Dr. John performs in the French Quarter Festival in April.

Dr. John and the Nite Trippers will follow the Aug. 19 release of his upcoming album, a Louis Armstrong tribute titled “Ske-Dat-De-Dat ... Spirit of Satch,” with a Sept. 20 concert at the Joy Theater in New Orleans. Tickets for the show go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday. They will be available at www.thejoytheater.com. “Ske-Dat-De-Dat … Spirit of Satch” features 13 classic songs from various phases of Armstrong’s… Continue reading →

French Market board approves lease with Bourbon St. restaurant, shutting nonprofit out of deal

The French Market Corp.’s board of directors voted Thursday to lease a popular French Quarter tourist spot directly to a restaurant that has been operating there for more than a decade, ending a longtime lease with a politically connected nonprofit group. For years, New Orleans Musical Legends Inc. has leased Edison Park, a small park in the 300 block of Bourbon Street, from the city-owned French Market Corp. for $1 a year. In turn, the… Continue reading →

Lowering ozone standard could cost Louisiana jobs, economic activity, industry group predicts

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., talks with media at NRG's Big Cajun II power plant after taking a tour and giving a speech to workers and officials on how she opposes new EPA regulations on coal fired power plants on June 9, 2014, in New Roads.

Louisiana stands to lose billions of dollars in economic activity and thousands of jobs, and 80 percent of the state’s coal-fired power plants will be forced to shut down if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lowers the federal ozone pollution standard, according to a new report from industry. The National Association of Manufacturers released the report commissioned from the NERA Economic Consulting on Thursday to bolster its argument that a tougher Continue reading →

Tropical Storm Bertha approaching the Caribbean

Image from the National Weather Service Hurricane Center

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and other nearby islands as Tropical Storm Bertha approaches the Caribbean. The storm’s maximum sustained winds early Friday are near 45 mph with no significant change in strength expected over the next two days. In addition to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, tropical storm warnings are in effect for Babados, St. Lucia,… Continue reading →

Photos: Saints complete first week of training camp

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS Saints owner Tom Benson and his wife Gayle watch training camp from their golf cart during  practice Thursday at The Greenbriar in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

Photos of the New Orleans Saints practicing at The Greenbrier in West Virginia.… Continue reading →

Hurricane Isaac recovery bonds sold

Bonds to raise money to repay Entergy Corp. for getting the lights back on after Hurricane Isaac were sold earlier this week, state regulators announced Thursday. The slow-moving hurricane with sustained winds of about 67 mph dumped rain and caused flooding throughout south Louisiana in August 2012. About 787,000 of Entergy’s customers in Louisiana, mostly in the New Orleans area, reported outages. The Louisiana Public Service Commission reported selling about $315 million in bonds that will… Continue reading →

Suspect in fatal Destrehan stabbing arrested

Bruce Bourgeois Jr.

A 34-year-old Destrehan man accused of stabbing his live-in girlfriend to death was arrested Thursday evening in Independence, the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office said. Authorities said Bruce Bourgeois Jr., 34, stabbed Mia Waite, 34, Wednesday morning inside their home at 318 Madewood Drive in Destrehan. Bourgeois was arrested in Independence in Tangipahoa Parish. He will be transported to the Nelson Coleman Correctional Center in Killona, where he will be booked on counts of first-degree murder,… Continue reading →

A look at some new laws that take effect Friday

A look at new laws that take effect Friday Hundreds of new laws take effect Friday, with the start of August. A look at some of the changes on the books: ABORTION: People who work for abortion providers are prohibited from distributing health information at Louisiana’s public schools. RIGHT TO TRY: Terminally ill patients, with permission from their doctors, can use… Continue reading →

Council committee votes to use $4 million in NOPD surplus for jail reforms, firefighter pensions

With the New Orleans Police Department struggling to recruit officers to fill its rapidly depleting ranks, the City Council’s Budget Committee voted Thursday to shift more than $4 million of unused cash from the department’s personnel budget to pay for other obligations. The committee voted unanimously to transfer $2 million to Sheriff Marlin Gusman to help pay for court-ordered jail reforms and $2 million to the New Orleans Fire Department for pension-related costs. The committee also… Continue reading →

Extradition hearing delayed for Kenner man sought in murder-for-hire

The extradition proceedings for a Kenner man wanted in an alleged murder-for-hire scheme in CuraƧao have been postponed, as his attorney travels to the Dutch Caribbean island trying to convince prosecutors they issued a warrant for the wrong man. Keith Alden Kemba Godwin, 27, allegedly served as the getaway driver in the shooting death of Raikel Conception, 34, who was gunned down last year on a speedboat in Caracas Bay. Godwin, who was arrested… Continue reading →

Foundation to fund N.O. Jazz and Heritage group’s music programs

Screen grab provided by Dailymotion.com -- Gia Prima, left, performs 'I Want You To Be My Baby' with her husband Louis.

A donation from the Gia Maione Prima Foundation will fund the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation’s programs in music instruction and career development. The Jazz and Heritage Foundation announced Thursday that it will recognize the donation by naming a room in the soon to be completed George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center in honor of Louis and Gia Maione Prima. Gia Maione Prima was New Orleans singer-trumpeter Louis Prima’s fifth wife. She… Continue reading →

La. food service expo set this weekend

The Louisiana Restaurant Association’s Louisiana Foodservice & Hospitality Expo is being held Saturday through Monday at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, Halls I-J, with an estimated 11,000 attendees expected. The Expo is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday. The Expo will have more than 50 new companies exhibiting products and services and is open to restaurant owners, managers, buyers, hotel food and beverage directors and others in… Continue reading →

N.O. chamber surpasses 1,100 members

The New Orleans Chamber says it has surpassed 1,100 members, a 450 percent membership increase since 2009. Ben Johnson, president and CEO of the chamber, credits the growth to the chamber’s members recruiting potential members. Lisa Blossman, chairman of the board of directors, attributed the growth to the value the chamber provides through more than 70 events a year. The chamber also said it maintains a high membership retention rate.… Continue reading →

First lady expands effort to end vet homelessness

First lady Michelle Obama applauds as she speaks at the 2014 National Conference on Ending Homelessness, part of the Joining Forces initiative, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama says the statistic that the U.S. has more than 58,000 homeless veterans is “a stain on the soul of this nation,” as the government expands its initiative for affordable housing for service members. She announced Thursday nearly 100 local leaders have pledged this month to end homelessness among veterans in their communities by the end of 2015 as a part of the Mayors Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness. Mrs.… Continue reading →

Study traces dinosaur evolution into early birds

This undated artist rendering provided by the journal Science shows the dinosaur lineage which evolved into birds shrank in body size continuously for 50 million years. From left are, the ancestral neotheropod, the ancestral tetanuran, the ancestral coelurosaur, the ancestral paravian and Archaeopteryx. Scientists have mapped how one group of dinosaurs evolved from the likes of the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex and primitive Herrerasaurus to the welcome robin and cute hummingbird. The surprisingly steady shrinking and elegant evolution of some Triassic dinosaurs is detailed in the journal Science on Thursday. Comparing fossils of 120 different species and 1,500 skeletal features, especially leg bones, researchers constructed a detailed family tree of theropod dinosaurs. That suborder of dinos survives to this day as birds, however unrecognizable and improbable it sounds. (AP Photo/Davide Bonnadonna, Science)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have mapped how a group of fearsome, massive dinosaurs evolved and shrank to the likes of robins and hummingbirds. Comparing fossils of 120 different species and 1,500 skeletal features, especially thigh bones, researchers constructed a detailed family tree for the class of two-legged meat-eaters called theropods. That suborder of dinos survives to this day as birds, however unrecognizable and improbable it sounds. The steady downsizing and elegant evolution of the theropods is… Continue reading →

More than 3,300 U.S. inmates have sought clemency

The Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 3,300 federal inmates have applied since April to have their prison sentences cut short under a new Justice Department clemency initiative, according to data provided to The Associated Press. That figure represents nearly five times the number of inmates, 702, who applied for sentence commutations during the same period last year, the department said. The surge of petitions came in the months after the Justice Department broadened the criteria for inmates… Continue reading →

Coroner identifies recent N.O. homicide victims

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office has identified several people killed in recent days across the city. Tyrell Williams, 23, was shot about 7 a.m. July 24 in the 8000 block of Lacombe Street in New Orleans East, said Brian Lapeyrolerie, the coroner’s chief investigator. Jacorey Carter, 23, was found shot dead about 6:45 a.m. Monday on Shepard Court in Algiers. The body of 23-year-old Rebecca Demuth was found a little after 11 a.m. Tuesday under… Continue reading →

More high school students earning college credit

While Louisiana has long ranked near the bottom nationally among public high school students who earn college credit, those who did so this year rose by 30 percent, the state Department of Education announced Thursday. The tests are called Advanced Placement. AP classes can pave the way for college credit for students who score at least a 3 on a test with a score range of 1 to 5. Advocates say the classes… Continue reading →

Man shot to death in Algiers

A 32-year-old man was shot to death late Wednesday night in Algiers, police said. Jonathan King was killed just before 10 p.m. at the Cypress Run apartments in the 6100 block of Tullis Drive, said officer Hilal Williams, said Brian Lapeyrolerie, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator. Police have not identified a suspect or motive. Anyone with information is asked to contact homicide Detective Anthony Pardo at (504) 658-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.… Continue reading →

NOPD arrests suspects in Hollygrove murder, and other area crime news

Christopher Jarrell

New Orleans police have arrested two men they believe fatally shot an 18-year-old man in Hollygrove earlier this month. Dwayne Williams, 18, was arrested about 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the 7600 block of Stonewood Street in New Orleans East. He was booked on counts of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault with a firearm. Jerry Rixner, 22, was arrested Wednesday in Mesquite,… Continue reading →

No big winners in Wednesday’s lottery drawings

The Louisiana Lottery Corporation says nobody won the two major jackpots in the Louisiana Lotto and multistate Powerball drawings on Wednesday night. Louisiana Lotto players matching all six numbers drawn would have won or shared a $700,000 prize, which will rise to an estimated $725,000 for Saturday. Players matching all five numbers and the Powerball would have won or shared the $60 million jackpot. The prize goes to an estimated $70 million for Saturday. The… Continue reading →

State Department: ‘No American is proud’ of CIA tactics

In this Jan. 8, 2004, file photo, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks at a news conference in Washington at the State Department. A document circulating among White House staff says a Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept Powell and some U.S. ambassadors in the dark about harsh techniques and secret prisons. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White House document. “This report tells a story of which no American is proud,” says the four-page White House document, which contains the State Department’s preliminary proposed talking points in response to… Continue reading →