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Gretna neighbors describe father fatally stabbed, mother injured by son as friendly, nice people

Ronald Pritchett

From what Reginald McCue can tell, Renita Pritchett is a churchgoing woman. Her husband, Percival Pritchett, did not always go with her, but he always had a smile for his neighbor, McCue. He also would frequently laugh and joke with another neighbor, Arthur. The couple, really, were nice people. That’s why, when McCue heard that… Continue reading →

Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards’ Medicaid expansion timeline hits bump in road; here's what's next

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Louisiana Governor Elect John Bel Edwards speaks about his plans after winning the election the day before at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015.

On the campaign trial, Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards promised time and again that he would expand the rolls of Medicaid on his first day in office. His promise to reverse repeated rejections of expanded Medicaid by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal and open the government health insurance program to more low-income workers was a cornerstone… Continue reading →

Ted Lewis: Saints' Jahri Evans still going strong, is 'a stud, a war daddy' Drew Brees says

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints G Jahri Evans (63) works in drills  during the Saints morning practice Monday at White Sulphur Springs, WV.

In his 10 seasons in the NFL, Saints guard Jahri Evans has learned that the day after Thanksgiving is not the when you want to do your weekly weigh-in. “Nah, I got that out of the way early,” Evans said. “I’m like everybody else on Thanksgiving.” That Evans admits he probably overindulged Thursday is one of… Continue reading →

Let there be lights: Check out what's new, different at Celebration in the Oaks this holiday season

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Celebration in the Oaks is seen in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015.

It started almost 30 years ago with some Christmas trees and some cocktails. Now the annual Celebration in the Oaks in City Park draws more than 165,000 visitors each year for food and libations among a constellation of a half-million dazzling LED lights strung across 25 acres, including the park’s Botanical Garden, Storyland and Carousel Gardens… Continue reading →

Which bowl game is LSU headed to? 1 of 3 options appear likely

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) juggles a pass before bringing it in, as Mississippi defensive back Kendarius Webster (15) moves in in during  he first half, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 in Oxford, Miss.

Whether Les Miles is still LSU’s coach or not, at some point over the holidays, the Tigers will have a bowl game to play. LSU’s potential postseason address, speculation over which has been drowned out by the spotlight on Miles’ embattled tenure at the school, is pure guesswork at this point considering the Tigers’ current… Continue reading →

Advocates for criminal justice reform, hot-button issue in governor’s race, hope John Bel Edwards sticks to promises

John Bel Edwards

. The red-meat rhetoric about John Bel Edwards unleashing thousands of “dangerous thugs” upon Louisiana neighborhoods has settled into the campaign dustbin. Now, as the governor-elect moves into transition mode, advocates for criminal justice reform in the state with the nation’s biggest per-capita prison population are hoping he’ll breathe life… Continue reading →

Heads up, downtown New Orleans: Bayou Classic bringing heavy pedestrian, vehicle traffic

With the 2015 Bayou Classic in New Orleans this weekend, heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic will affect certain parts of the city, officials said. The Bayou Classic, which for 41 years has pitted the football teams of Southern University and Grambling State University, is expected to create big crowds through Saturday. City officials urged the public… Continue reading →

Backyard bounty: Program started by replacing light bulbs now planting vegetable gardens across New Orleans

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Andreas Hoffmann, founder of Green Light, watches as Demi Simon, runs around the Green Light Edible Teaching Garden as students take a class to learn about making backyard vegetable gardens to provide households with fresh, healthy, local, sustainable food in New Orleans, La. Monday, Nov. 23, 2015.

Marie St. Germain-Louis walked next door to a garden where a plant with broad leaves was growing. She leaned over and rubbed one of the plant’s long stalks. “See this one here, the collard greens?” she said. “If nobody else picks that, I will make that for Thanksgiving this year.” Odds are, Thanksgiving tables across New… Continue reading →

Jimbo Fisher on Florida State: 'I’m very happy here. I’ve got a great job. I love this place.'

LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher, left,  and  head coach Les Miles talk football practice in New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006. LSU  is getting ready to play Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl football game on Jan. 3.  (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher experssed his affection for Florida State on Wednesday night when asked on his radio show if he'd consider leaving Tallahassee for Baton Rouge. “I’m happy where I’m at,” Fisher said, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. “I’m very happy here. I’ve got a great job. I love this place.… Continue reading →

Six armed robberies in New Orleans area in 10-hour span day before Thanksgiving

. New Orleans police reports six armed robberies occurred across the city Wednesday in about a 10-hour span. Here's a summary of each incident based on preliminary NOPD information: -- Around 2 p.m., two men in their 50s in the 3300 block of Montegut Street in the Desire area were working when they both were… Continue reading →

Multiple meetings about Port Marigny development site have resulted in little progress

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  The former Pre-Stressed Concrete Products plant, photographed Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, in Mandeville.

In a city where the length of public meetings often bears no relationship to the small size of the population, Mandeville’s marathon gatherings to discuss a proposed lakefront development are setting new records. The owners of Port Marigny, a planned 78-acre mixed commercial and residential development just east of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, presented their conceptual… Continue reading →

'Call Waiting' series on New Orleans police response times prompts NOPD to make changes

Much has been made of NOPD’s response time issues and the impact long response times have had on crimes being deemed ‘unfounded’ (UNF). NOPD Chief Michael Harrison responded bychanging NOPD’s policy so that officers arriving on a scene with no victim would mark the incident ‘Gone on Arrival’ (GOA) rather than UNF. A disposition of GOA requires more… Continue reading →

'No one feels safe': New Orleans on edge following Saturday's mass shooting

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans officials are quite sure someone knows the identities of the shooters who opened fire on each other in a crowd of hundreds of people during a block party — and they are urging them to come forward. Police Superintendent Michael Harrison says the shootout that wounded 17 people Sunday night was probably gang-related.… Continue reading →

James Gill: New John Bel Edwards administration might make us more civilized, but we’ll still be backward

Louisiana Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards addresses supporters at his election night watch party in New Orleans, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. Edwards won the runoff election for Louisiana governor Saturday, defeating the once-heavy favorite, Republican David Vitter, and handing the Democrats their first statewide victory since 2008. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

If, as Samuel Johnson averred, “a decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization,” Louisiana might now be ready to enter a less barbarous age. The imminent expansion of Medicaid, fiercely opposed by outgoing Gov. Bobby Jindal, will cover some 400,000 people currently unable to afford health insurance. That… Continue reading →

Bayou Classic expected to create crowds, heavy traffic this weekend

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Grambling head coach  Broderick Fobbs speaks at the  Bayou Classic news conference Tuesday.  Grambling and Southern play Saturday in the 42nd Bayou Classic in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

With the 2015 Bayou Classic kicking off in New Orleans this weekend, heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic will affect certain parts of the city, city officials said Wednesday. The Bayou Classic, which for 41 years has pitted the football teams of Southern University and Grambling State University against each other, is expected to create big crowds… Continue reading →

NOPD probing fatal shooting in Central City

New Orleans police Wednesday were investigating a shooting that killed a man in Central City. It happened around the intersection of S. Liberty Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, WWL-TV reported. The 47-year-old man died at the hospital. He had been shot multiple times, authorities said.… Continue reading →

Former LSU quarterback Matt Flynn thinks it would be a mistake to fire Les Miles

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Trophy with Matt Flynn and Les Miles during the BCS national title game Monday Jan. 7, 2008, in New Orleans.

The man who directed Les Miles’ national championship team has been surprised by the whirlwind of speculation surrounding his former coach’s job security. And Matt Flynn believes LSU will be making a mistake if they fire Miles after the Tigers finish off their season against Texas A&M. “Off the cuff, yeah, I do,” Flynn said. “He’s… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish stepping up seatbelt law enforcement this weekend

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that it will step up enforcement of seat belt laws over the Thanksgiving Holiday using some recently acquired federal grant money. JPSO said motorists caught driving without seat belts will be ticketed. The sheriff’s office said the grant will fund other traffic-safety initiatives in 2016, including campaigns against impaired… Continue reading →

Edwin Edwards hospitalized but expected to be discharged soon

Former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards waves with his wife Trina Scott Edwards as they arrive onstage with family and supporters for Louisiana Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards, at his election night watch party in New Orleans, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. John Bel Edwards won the runoff election for Louisiana governor Saturday, defeating the once-heavy favorite, Republican David Vitter, and handing the Democrats their first statewide victory since 2008. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Former Gov. Edwin Edwards is hospitalized with a case of pneumonia. “He will be out in a day or so,” said Mary Jane Marcantel, a long-time friend. Marcantel said she heard him asking for ice cream when she called to check on him Wednesday. The 88-year-old Edwards, a Democrat, is the state’s only four-term governor.… Continue reading →

Woman picking up her grandson victim of carjacking near Slidell, Sheriff’s Office says

St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating a carjacking that happened Tuesday night near Slidell, according to Capt. George Bonnett. A woman was sitting outside a Pebble Beach Drive home near Eden Isles waiting for her grandson when she noticed a dark colored vehicle stop nearby, Bonnett said. A man got out of the dark vehicle,… Continue reading →

New Orleans police officer found unconscious after SUV overturns in Metairie crash

Scene of a single-vehicle New Orleans police sargeant crash Wednesday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of WWL-TV)

. Update, 2:39 p.m. An off-duty NOPD officer’s SUV overturned on a street in Metairie and struck a pole around 12:35 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, and he has been taken to University Medical Center in uncertain condition. Jefferson Parish Col. John Fortunato said that the single-vehicle crash involving Sgt. Mike Marziale, 62, occurred in the 2800 block… Continue reading →

How Bobby Jindal's meteoric rise in GOP ended with him crashing down to earth with failed presidential bid

Advocate Staff Photograph by Travis Spradling.Picture shot on 2-12-98 Secretary of the Louisiana Dept. of Health and Hospitals Bobby Jindal talks on camera  Thursday, discussing the new  gambling hotline billboards (like one background, on Florida Blvd. near Wooddale Blvd. ) while making a video feed for news stations around the state. The crew in the foreground includes (from left)  Randy Knaps,and David Landry, both of the local production company Digital FX, and DHH spokesman Rusty Jabour. (Knaps is correct) The project is sponsored by the La. Dept of Health and Hospitals, and the Lousiana Lottery Corporation.       Keyword Gambling abuse aid advertising

At 24, Bobby Jindal, an Ivy League graduate and Rhodes scholar, was picked by Gov. Mike Foster to head the state Department of Health and Hospitals, commanding an agency with 12,000 employees that accounted for 40 percent of the state budget. At 28, he was appointed the youngest… Continue reading →

Chevron to cut 350 jobs in Gulf; unknown how Covington office will be affected

Chevron said Wednesday it plans to cut 350 jobs in the Gulf of Mexico next year. The latest round of layoffs to hit the U.S. oil giant comes as Chevron accelerates plans to sell off its shallow-water assets in the Gulf in order to focus on deepwater drilling. The process is set to begin next year… Continue reading →