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Feud simmering between four-year and two-year colleges over state funding distribution

State funding for Louisiana’s colleges and universities became a unifying force in the most recent legislative session, but behind the scenes, animosity has been simmering over a disparity in the way two-year and four-year institutions are funded. Leaders on the community college level say the state funds have been distributed to “keep doors open” at four-year colleges,… Continue reading →

‘We can’t just have a party’: Essence aims to inspire on Day 1

Advocate file photo by ERIKA GOLDRING -- Contemporary R&B artist Trey Songz performs during the Between The Sheets Tour in New Orleans in March.

This year’s Essence Festival comes at a tumultuous time in America’s conversation about race, and Essence Communications President Michelle Ebanks says the festival is prepared to participate with a focus on African-American community building. “Essence has been community-centric by its very design,” Ebanks said Friday morning at a news conference. “We can’t just have a party.… Continue reading →

LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss to step down in August, cites 'major policy differences with a vocal segment of the faculty'

Advocate Photo by April Buffington --  Jack Weiss, chancellor of the LSU Law Center, speaks to the board of supervisors in April 2010.

Jack Weiss, head of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, is stepping down as law chancellor and dean in August in the wake of conflicts with faculty, some of whom had advocated for his ouster. “I am proud of the many positive developments at the Law Center during my eight years as chancellor and look forward… Continue reading →

Family member says probe into the son of an NOPD officer investigated for aiding accused cop-killer Travis Boys is misguided

A son of a veteran New Orleans Police Department officer who is now the subject of an internal probe related to accused cop-killer Travis Boys’ flight from capture last week says neither Officer Jeardine Daniels-Sparks nor Lazandy Daniels, another son whom police have questioned, knew Boys or did anything to help him hide out. Steven Daniels… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office issues warrant for Metairie man who claimed to be shot

A Metairie man shot himself and then lied to detectives about what happened out of embarrassment, authorities said. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said a warrant for the arrest of Douglas Blackman, 38, has been issued on a count of false swearing after deputies determined that his story about armed intruders shooting him was false. Normand said Blackman eventually confessed that… Continue reading →

Guest column by only openly gay staffer for Bobby Jindal provides inside look at anti-gay company governor keeps

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Five years ago, I was squeezing through Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office window on the fourth floor of the Louisiana Capitol building. The Louisiana Senate chamber’s roof provides the closest thing to box seating for downtown Baton Rouge events, and as such, the governor, his family, various staff members and I had taken the opportunity to sneak out… Continue reading →

WWL-TV: Man steals taxi, smashes it into cars on Canal Street

. The New Orleans Police Department is searching for a man wearing a bucket hat, a Hawaiian shirt and carrying a black backpack who stole a taxi and crashed it into numerous cars on Canal Street. Edy Cadet left his cab parked outside the Sheraton Hotel with the key in the ignition. "When I saw… Continue reading →

State agencies fall into line on recognizing gay marriages as last legal hurdle is cleared

The latest in a series of shifting conditions that Gov. Bobby Jindal had said would be necessary before Louisiana would acknowledge and allow same-sex marriages was met Thursday morning, leaving state officials with no further excuse to drag their feet. With that final hurdle — an order from a federal judge in New Orleans — cleared,… Continue reading →

Mix of retail, medical space part of five groups’ ideas to redevelop old Charity Hospital in New Orleans

Charity Hospital

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration has received five responses to its call for “creative and innovative redevelopment ideas” for the vacant former Charity Hospital building in New Orleans. Responses were received by Wednesday’s deadline from the University of North Carolina School of Government; the Lewisville, Texas, real estate development firm Matthews Southwest; local developer HRI Properties; New… Continue reading →

CommCare names Jim Tucker as president, CEO

Jim Tucker, CommCare

James W. “Jim” Tucker has been named president and chief executive officer of CommCare Corp., a New Orleans-based nonprofit that operates 11 skilled nursing facilities, a hospice and institutional pharmacy in Louisiana. Tucker currently serves on the board of directors and takes the position held by John Stassi II, who will become general counsel and chairman of… Continue reading →

Orleans Parish school system taps two from Jefferson Parish

The Orleans Parish School Board has hired two high-level administrators who worked under former Jefferson Parish schools Superintendent James Meza, one of whom was recently passed over to succeed him. Michelle Blouin-Williams, who was interim superintendent for the Jefferson Parish Public School System until the board selected Isaac Joseph as permanent superintendent in May,… Continue reading →

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says $2.5 million property auction was a huge success

The first auction of properties taken over by the city for unpaid taxes raised $2.53 million and resulted in 79 sales, New Orleans officials said Thursday. The highest bid was $330,000 for a commercial building at 2438 St. Claude Ave. The city put about 90 “tax-adjudicated” properties, mostly vacant lots in neighborhoods across the city, on the… Continue reading →

New Orleans Police Department is investigating a shooting in Mid-City

New Orleans police Thursday were investigating the shooting of a 22-year-old man who was assaulted while working on a home in Mid-City. The shooting happened after 4 p.m. on North Salcedo Street, near the intersection of St. Peter Street. Sgt. Nicholas Gernon, commander of the New Orleans Police Department’s Homicide Section, said the victim… Continue reading →

Pigeon Town murder victim identified as Lloyd Cargo, 37

The man gunned down Monday on a porch in the Pigeon Town neighborhood has been identified by Orleans Parish Coroner Jeffrey Rouse as Lloyd Cargo, 37. Rouse said Cargo died of a gunshot wound. New Orleans police spokesman Officer Garry Flot said officers responding to the scene found Cargo lying on the porch around 1:25 p.m.… Continue reading →

State agencies line up to comply with same-sex marriage changes

State agencies quickly started adjusting to the reality of same-sex marriages in Louisiana as the last federal court roadblock came down Thursday. U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman rescinded his ruling supporting traditional marriage between a man and a woman, citing last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling which made same-sex marriages the law of the… Continue reading →

Scouting LSU football opponents: Syracuse at a glance, biggest threat, weak spot

Summer Scouting is a daily weekday post analyzing LSU football’s 12 opponents for the 2015 season. From McNeese State (June 29) to Texas A&M (July 11), we’ll give you an early scouting report on the one dozen teams on LSU’s schedule.

Game reset

When: TBA, Sept. 26
Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York
Early spread: LSU -20
Who’s before and after: Auburn and… Continue reading →

Harvey man accused of renting foreclosed apartments he didn’t own to unsuspecting tenants

Tamika Gotch

A Harvey man and an alleged accomplice have been arrested after authorities said they took over at least seven foreclosed homes, fraudulently rented them to unsuspecting tenants and made off with their money. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said Thursday it has arrested Kyron Hunter, 34, and Tamika Gotch, 37, both of whom say they are… Continue reading →

New Orleans federal judge orders Louisiana to begin recognizing same-sex marriages, deals final blow to Bobby Jindal admin's attempted blockade

Once again, a federal court has ordered Louisiana to begin recognizing same-sex marriages immediately and ruled that the state’s ban on recognizing gay unions is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman, who had previously upheld Louisiana’s ban, ordered state officials on Thursday to comply with last week’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which legalized same-sex marriage… Continue reading →

Mix of retail, medical space part of five groups’ ideas to redevelop old Charity Hospital in New Orleans

Charity Hospital

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration has received five responses to its call for “creative and innovative redevelopment ideas” for the vacant former Charity Hospital building in New Orleans. Responses were received by Wednesday’s deadline from the University of North Carolina School of Government; the Lewisville, Texas, real estate development firm Matthews Southwest; local developer HRI Properties; New… Continue reading →

'Admired' St. Augustine senior dies after shooting in New Orleans East; both suspects now in custody

Jawara Givens

Update, 10 a.m. Friday: The second suspect, Donovan Williams, has turned himself in to police, according to a WWL-TV report. Original story New Orleans police have arrested one suspect and are searching for another after a rising senior at St. Augustine High School died Wednesday from wounds he suffered in a New Orleans East… Continue reading →

‘We’re going to be nasty’: LSU’s 2016 football recruiting class could be program’s first consensus No. 1 haul — with a twist

Advocate staff photo by Bill Feig-- The LSU football team get fired up before taking the field against Sam Houston State Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.

LSU’s 2016 recruiting class is mesmerizing even to those who are a part of it. Texas linebacker Rahssan Thornton, for instance, spent a few minutes recently researching each one of the other 16 commitments who make up the group. He found similarities with most of them: They’re ranked in the upper echelon at their position nationally.… Continue reading →

Louisiana to receive several billion dollars as part of massive BP oil spill settlement with Gulf states

Advocate staff photo by Amy Wold -- Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announces BP has reached an agreement with U.S. authorities on the settlement of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill for $18.7 billion.

BP, the federal government and five states have reached a tentative settlement over economic and environmental damages from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, a record $18.7 billion deal that will steer much-needed resources into coastal restoration and help replenish cash-strapped local and state coffers across the Gulf Coast. Louisiana is set to receive $6.8 billion, the… Continue reading →