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Texas woman lobs new allegations in wake of report on NOPD sex crime detectives

Advocate staff photo by JOHN SIMERMAN -- Attorney Gloria Allred, right, walks into the New Orleans Police 2nd District Station with a Texas couple who accuse the NOPD of dismissing the woman's claim of being raped by a hotel security guard during Mardi Gras this year.

She was bruised all over, the woman said. Her blood had soaked into the hotel mattress. But a week after the Texas woman reported that she was raped on Mardi Gras night and underwent a hospital exam, a New Orleans Police Department detective told her he was dropping the case. He had concluded the sex was… Continue reading →

Vacant jobs eliminated to help balance the state budget

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

The Jindal administration eliminated 167 vacant positions and found some extra dollars to balance the budget halfway through the fiscal year. “None of the positions that were taken were filled,” Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s chief budgetary adviser, said Friday. “The bottom line is we protected higher ed. We protected health care. There were… Continue reading →

Local immigration activists have mixed reactions to Obama’s speech

President Barack Obama speaks about immigration at Del Sol High School, in Las Vegas, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. The president unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation, setting off a fierce fight with Republicans over the limits of presidential powers. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Irma Esperanza Lemus was at church Thursday night when President Barack Obama announced new protections that will affect roughly 5 million undocumented immigrants. After the service, she and her fellow church members watched a rebroadcast of the president’s address on the Spanish-language cable channel Univision. Many cried. “Some parts were good; some parts… Continue reading →

Early voting starts Saturday for senator, other Dec. 6 contests

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., at a ceremonial investiture for new U.S. Attorney Walt Green, aAugust 1, 2014 at Russell B. Long Federal Building and Courthouse.

Early voting begins Saturday for the Dec. 6 runoff election in which voters statewide will choose between incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu and Republican challenger Bill Cassidy for a U.S. Senate seat and decide many other contests. Early voting will continue daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Nov. 29 at parish registrar of voters offices… Continue reading →

Trial for Bourbon Street shooter delayed to February

Trung T. Le

The trial of Trung Le, the only person arrested in this summer’s mass shooting on Bourbon Street, has been continued until Feb. 23. Le, 21, was scheduled to be tried Dec. 1 on one count of attempted murder and one count of manslaughter. Prosecutors moved for a continuance Friday, saying several of their witnesses wouldn’t be… Continue reading →

Man arrested for having gun on Tammany Trace, and other area police news

Phillip Picken

A Lacombe man with a gun was arrested after trying to gain entry into a building near St. Tammany Parish government headquarters Thursday, a parish spokesman said. Phillip Pickens, 35, was booked on several counts, including illegal carrying of a weapon, disturbing the peace,… Continue reading →

St. Tammany DA’s race heats up with new charges

Leanne Truehart, Charles Preston are in a May 3 runoff in the election for St. Tammany Parish Coroner.

It was probably inevitable that an increasingly heated election battle for top prosecutor in St. Tammany and Washington parishes would be handed over to the lawyers. Rykert Toledano, one of the contingent of attorneys supporting Brian Trainor in the race to succeed longtime incumbent Walter Reed, sent a cease-and-desist letter to Trainor’s opponent, Warren Montgomery, on… Continue reading →

Saints blog: Jonathan Goodwin has no plans to leave side of agent Ben Dogra, fired by CAA

New Orleans Saints center Jonathan Goodwin (55) gets set against the Detroit Lions during the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Like the vast majority of the public, Saints center Jonathan Goodwin isn’t sure why the talent and sports agency CAA recently fired his agent, Rakshpal Ben “Ben” Dogra. All the 13-year NFL veteran knew Friday was he had no plans to leave his professional relationship with Dogra. To read the complete blog entry, please click here.… Continue reading →

World Trade Center New Orleans, Ex-Im Bank join forces

The Export-Import Bank of the United States has joined forces with the World Trade Center New Orleans to assist local businesses to boost their export sales and add jobs as part of Ex-Im Bank’s City/State Program. The program helps ensure that Ex-Im Bank’s export finance products are more accessible to small and medium-sized businesses… Continue reading →

Man with gun arrested on Tammany Trace

Phillip Pickens

A man with a gun was arrested after attempting to gain entry into a building at St. Tammany Parish government headquarters Thursday, a parish spokesman confirmed. The man, whose name was not released, attempted to enter the refurbished caboose that serves as headquarters for the Tammany Trace, an approximately 30-mile walking and jogging path along an old… Continue reading →

Work starts on third phase of South Market District

Rendering provided by THE DOMAIN COMPANIES -- Work has started on The Beacon at South Market District, the third phase of a $200 million development in downtown New Orleans. The Beacon will consist of 126 apartments and 20,000 square feet of retail space. It is scheduled for completion in January 2016.

Construction has started on the third phase of the $200 million South Market District mixed-use development, an upscale apartment complex called The Beacon. The building, at Girod Street and O’Keefe Avenue, will consist of 126 apartments, 20,000 square feet of retail space and a landscaped courtyard. The retail space in The Beacon will focus on… Continue reading →

What to know as early voting starts Saturday

Early voting opens Saturday for any of Louisiana’s 2.9 million registered voters seeking to cast their ballots in advance of Louisiana’s December runoff. The Dec. 6 election will settle hotly contested congressional races, along with local competitions for mayors, district attorneys, judgeships and school board seats. See your customized sample ballot here.Continue reading →

Vacant jobs eliminated to help balance the state budget

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

The Jindal administration eliminated 167 vacant positions and found some extra dollars to balance the budget halfway through the fiscal year. “None of the positions that were taken were filled,” Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s chief budgetary adviser, said Friday. “The bottom line is we protected higher ed. We protected health care. There were… Continue reading →

Luke! Luke! Luke! Will Les Miles let the Marine play?

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- United States Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Luke Boyd, 27, center, shares a moment with his wife, Tina, 28, and daughter, Natalie, 18 months, during a promotion ceremony at LSU's Stadium Club in Tiger Stadium, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Boyd, who is a walk on with the LSU football team, was promoted from Sergeant to Staff Sergeant.

Luke Boyd isn’t like everyone else on the LSU football team. He’s 27 years old. He’s a walk-on. And he’s an active Marine who has spent time in Afghanistan. Read The Advocate’s preseason feature on Boyd. As LSU closes its regular season on Thanksgiving night against Texas A&M, Boyd comes a… Continue reading →

WWL-TV video: Saints fan, Bengals fan in ball incident meet over beignets

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--After having a touchdown ball taken from her by a Saints fan a a Bengals fan was given a ball and took photos with other Saints fans in a game between the New Orleans Saints and the Cincinnati Bengals in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.

Two strangers brought together by a now-notorious event at Sunday’s Saints-Bengals game at the Superdome met recently for hugs and beignets. Yes, hugs. The duo involved in a controversial football catch in the endzone stands expressed mutual respect and absolutely no hard feelings over the incident. See the WWL-TV story and video here.… Continue reading →

‘Dream trip’ to Disney turns tragic: ‘Our community is grieving for this family’

This photo provided by the Louisiana State Police shows the wreckage of a sport utility vehicle that was involved in an accident that killed five people in Calhoun, La., Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. A 16-year-old boy driving relatives from Texas to a vacation in Disney World apparently fell asleep at the wheel, causing the vehicle to veer off the highway and roll over, killing three children and two adults, authorities said Thursday. (AP Photo/Louisiana State Police)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Michael and Trudi Hardman had always talked about taking their six children to Disney World, and just a week before Thanksgiving, it seemed their “dream trip” was to be a reality. But just a little more than three hours after they took to the road Wednesday night, their SUV veered off a highway… Continue reading →

‘Daily Show’ takes on Mary Landrieu, Keystone XL efforts

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Keystone XL oil pipeline bill sponsor, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The U.S. Senate has rejected a proposal to fast-track the approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Jon Stewart, on Thursday’s “Daily Show,” poked fun at Louisiana’s U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and her unsuccessful effort this week to get the Senate to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. See the clip here.… Continue reading →

After arrest of celebrated baker, prosecutors to take fresh look at ’06 slaying

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Michelle Paige, and Veronica Paige Lewis, right, hold pictures of Leroy Paige, Michelle's husband and Veronica's son, who was allegedly stabbed and killed by baker turned actor Dwight Henry in Feb. 2006. Photo taken in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. There home is next to an overgrown vacant lot abandoned after the federal levee failures following Hurricane Katrina.

Amid charges that renowned New Orleans baker and actor Dwight Henry stole cash from his former place of business, prosecutors are re-examining a 2006 homicide for which Henry was arrested but never charged, saying it’s not clear why former District Attorney Eddie Jordan’s administration did not prosecute the case. Months after Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters… Continue reading →

Obama: Target ‘felons, not families’

President Barack Obama announces executive actions on immigration during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Obama outlined a plan on Thursday to relax U.S. immigration policy, affecting as many as 5 million people. (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)

Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on “felons, not families.” The moves, affecting mostly parents and young people, marked the most sweeping changes to the nation’s fractured immigration… Continue reading →

Man to stand trial in 2013 Metairie carjacking

Daryle Guillot

A man with the word “REDRUM,” a variant of “murder” backward, tattooed across his forehead will stand trial in Jefferson Parish for allegedly carjacking a woman last year in Metairie. Daryle Guillot, 38, is currently serving a 10-year sentence for attempting to rob a woman in New Orleans with a knife, but he will be tried… Continue reading →

Louisiana same-sex marriage proponents seek shortcut to U.S. Supreme Court

Advocate photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Andrew Bond and Nick Van Sickles are one of six legally married couples who argue that Louisiana must recognize their marriages just as the federal government does. Nick holds their adoptive daughter Jules, 2.

The plaintiffs in Louisiana’s lawsuit over same-sex marriage are hoping to leapfrog the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, where the case is scheduled to be heard in January, and go directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Forum for Equality Louisiana and other parties trying to overturn Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriage filed a request… Continue reading →

City Council makes small changes before approving city’s 2015 budget

Advocate file photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--  New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu addresses the media in city hall before presenting his 2015 budget to city council in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. EMS director Dr. Jeffrey M. Elder stands to the left of the mayor and the city's Chief Administrative Officer Andy Kopplin stands to the right.

The New Orleans City Council voted Thursday to increase the budgets of several city departments, including Sanitation, Health and Public Works, and to remove $1.6 million from the Fire Department’s pension fund as the council approved a $536.8 million general fund operating budget for 2015. The panel approved the budget unanimously, changing the final total very… Continue reading →