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Gym Doctor keeps fitness clubs running by taking care of cardio equipment at facilities along Gulf Coast

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Norman Bonck, owner of Gym Doctor, performs routine maintenance on Cybex treadmills at Snap Fitness on Lee Drive in Baton Rouge. He maintains equipment at about 50 fitness centers across southeast Louisiana and into Mississippi.

One recent morning found Norman Bonck, the Gym Doctor, up to his elbows in the intestines of an elliptical trainer. Bonck, 29, an Archbishop Rummel High graduate and former nursing student at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond now living in Tickfaw, left New Orleans with his mother after Hurricane Katrina flooded their house on Geneva Street… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish deputy helps deliver baby Saturday morning; mother names new child after officer

Second District Patrol Deputy Emily Brinser

A Jefferson Parish deputy gets a newborn girl named after her after she helped a woman deliver a baby Saturday morning, according to a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office press release. Second District Patrol Deputy Emily Brinser responded to a 911 call of a woman giving birth in Terrytown ahortly after 9 a.m. Saturday. Brinser arrived on-scene… Continue reading →

New Orleans marks 10th anniversary of Katrina with mourning, celebration, service and protests

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--John Boutte sings as images from Hurricane Betsy are displayed as President Bill Clinton joins New Orleans residents and  community leaders including Mayor Mitch Landrieu in a commemoration of the cityÕs resilience from the federal levee failures following Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago in the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015

After a week packed with analysis, discussions, panels and debates, Saturday dawned as a day of remembrance and mourning. Worshippers at interfaith services in Broadmoor and elsewhere across the region mourned the more than 1,500 people who died in Louisiana from Hurricane Katrina, most of them casualties of the flooding caused by New Orleans levees that… Continue reading →

NASA remembers storm’s impact at Michoud; ‘ride-out crew’ helped pump 1 billion gallons of water to keep plant safe

As the storm bore down on the 19½-foot levee separating Michael Parquet from the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, he looked out the back of a NASA building at a tree pushed horizontal by the wind. The tree was holding on, and somehow, so were its leaves. Parquet knew he and the rest of the skeleton… Continue reading →

Lil Weezyana Fest shows how good and how smart Lil Wayne can be

Advocate photo by ERIKA GOLDRING -- Lil' Wayne performs during Lil' WeezyAna Festival at Champions Square on August 28, 2015, in New Orleans.

The Band’s final show was titled “The Last Waltz,” and Friday night’s Lil Weezyana Fest could be dubbed “The Last Bounce.” “The Last Waltz” was a star-studded last call for the ’60s, while Lil Wayne used his show at Bold Sphere Music in Champions Square to highlight the sound that shaped his music. In the process,… Continue reading →

State looks at centralized car pool for state-owned vehicles

The Jindal administration, which already is installing GPS monitors, is preparing another plan to address the state-owned vehicle fleet. Soon after taking office more than seven years ago, Gov. Bobby Jindal sold some of the state’s vehicles. And as he leaves office in January, the administration will be embarking on a pilot program to centralize the system.… Continue reading →

Photos, updates from Katrina 10-year anniversary events across New Orleans

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--President Bill Clinton joins New Orleans residents Carl, second right, and Roberta Henderson, center, at their home in uptown that is being fixed up by the St. Bernard Project CEO Zack Rosenburg and volunteers in commemoration of the cityÕs resilience from the federal levee failures following Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015.

Update, 5:30 p.m.: Bill Clinton walked onto the porch of a house on Amelia Street on Saturday afternoon where water flooded above the door frame ten years ago and gave its owners a hearty “Hi folks!” Roberta and Carl Henderson, 65 and 64, had lived in that house since buying it in 1975. In the decade after the storm, they have… Continue reading →

Car crash on I-10 West and South Carrolton kills 23-year-old man

. A car crash early Saturday morning left one man dead and another woman seriously injured. New Orleans police said the crash occurred around 1:51 a.m. Satuday on I-10 West and Sourth Carrolton Avenue. Rami Khodr, 29, was speeding when he struck the victim's car from behind, police said. The impact ejected the… Continue reading →

Source: UNO president expected to announce plans to step down; unclear whether he's resigning

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Dr. Peter Fos president of the University of New Orleans.

University of New Orleans President Peter Fos is expected to announce next week that he’s stepping down from the helm of the Lakefront school, according to a source in the University of Louisiana System, which oversees the school. Fos’ three-year tenure at UNO has been marked by steep funding cuts and declining enrollment in… Continue reading →

Tom Benson puts more promissory notes in former heirs’ trusts in effort to reclaim Saints, Pelicans shares

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER  -- Tom Benson leaves for a lunch during a break in his trial at civil district court in New Orleans Wednesday, June 3, 2015.

Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson put $522 million worth of promissory notes in his former heirs’ trust funds Monday in an effort to reclaim nonvoting shares in the teams that are held by the trusts, a New Orleans federal court filing on Friday showed. Benson, 88, is suing San Antonio lawyer Bobby Rosenthal… Continue reading →

Man fatally shot outside Gretna apartment complex

. A man was fatally shot outside a Gretna apartment complex Saturday morning. Jefferson Parish Sherriff's Office PIO Glen Boyd said in a release the incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. Saturday on the 110 block of Whitney Avenue. When police arrived an unidentified man was found unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds next to the apartment,… Continue reading →

Jay Dardenne goes solo for gubernatorial forum; points out his lack of prostitution participation as compared to David Vitter

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne was the only gubernatorial candidate to show for a WRKF forum on Friday night, according to a Twitter posting. Dardenne opted to field questions from the audience which included the topics of education, film production tax credits and dealing with Baton Rouge traffic woes. One question asked of Dardenne was how is… Continue reading →

‘I’m ready to roll’: LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron treated successfully for prostate cancer

LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was diagnosed with prostate cancer and has been given a clean bill of health, he revealed Friday. Cameron plans to continue as offensive coordinator, and he will coach the 2015 season after receiving successful treatment. “I’m fine. My health is good,” Cameron said at a news conference Friday. “I’ve been given… Continue reading →

Tattered flag that flew outside Kenner home during Katrina to serve as reminder of city emergency operations center’s importance

This framed American flag flew outside of a Kenner home during Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 29, 2005, and emerged from the storm tattered. It was hung outside of the city's Emergency Operations Center on the eve of the storm's 10-year anniversary to be a reminder of the importance of the emergency operations center in the event of future hurricanes and other disasters. (Photo provided by Kenner city spokesman Bob Ross)

A Star-Spangled Banner that flew outside a Kenner home during Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago and emerged from the storm tattered will be permanently displayed in the city’s emergency operations center to remind everyone of why that building exists, Mayor Mike Yenni said Friday at a dedication ceremony for the flag. “Like the city,… Continue reading →

Gubenatorial candidates focus on reducing state vehicle fleet

In his first campaign commercial, U.S. Sen. David Vitter says he would reduce the number of vehicles in state government to save a couple hundred million dollars. “Today’s budget mess? My plan ends the waste, like eliminating thousands of unnecessary state cars,” Vitter tells the viewer in a TV spot that debuted last week.… Continue reading →

St. Tammany looks to its schools in remembering Katrina

Photo provided by St. Tammany Parish Public Schools -- Brock Elementary student Makai Hammond leads guests in the Pledge of Allegiance during the Katrina +10 Remembrance event held at Salmen High School on Friday, August 28, 2015.

The photographs that lined Salmen High School’s cafeteria Friday morning testified to the destructive force of a powerful storm but also to the strength of those who persevered. Images of destruction appeared side by side with those of renewal: pictures of new schools and smiling students, labeled with the words “community,” “pride,” “resilience” and “optimism.”… Continue reading →

Officials praise public housing residents while opening Bienville Basin community

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Former HUD Secretary (now director of OMB) Shaun Donovan, right, talks with former public housing resident Alfred Marshall after the ribbon cutting for the Bienville Basin Community, the redeveloped Iberville project.

On his second visit to New Orleans since taking the top job at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD Secretary Julian Castro thanked New Orleans public housing residents Friday for their resolve, character, grit and patience in managing the long, slow road to rebuilding the city’s subsidized housing after Hurricane Katrina. “You have… Continue reading →

Darren Sharper case: Co-defendant Erik Nunez asks judge to sever him in federal case involving ex-St. Bernard deputy

Erik Nunez

A former New Orleans steakhouse waiter accused of raping two women along with former Saints safety Darren Sharper in 2013, then destroying his phone to conceal evidence, is asking a federal judge to split him off from his co-defendant in a federal case surrounding Sharper’s admitted sexual misdeeds. Erik Nunez wants… Continue reading →

FBI head praises agents' response to Hurricane Katrina, says bureau 'made its true colors clear'

FBI Director James Comey discusses race and law enforcement, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at Georgetown University in Washington. Comey said the nation is at a crossroads on matters of race relations and law enforcement, saying the country must confront hard truths following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the slayings of two police officers in New York. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

FBI Director James B. Comey offered high praise Friday to the federal agents who responded to Hurricane Katrina, likening their resolve to those who “ran toward danger and destruction” in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing. Comey, addressing the FBI’s New Orleans Field Office and several dozen Louisiana law enforcement officials, said the bureau “made… Continue reading →

‘I’m ready to roll’: LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron treated successfully for prostate cancer

LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was diagnosed with prostate cancer and has been given a clean bill of health, he revealed Friday. Cameron plans to continue as offensive coordinator, and he will coach the 2015 season after receiving successful treatment. “I’m fine. My health is good,” Cameron said at a news conference Friday. “I’ve been given… Continue reading →

Southern faculty share salary concerns

Faculty members at Southern University say pay disparities have created an “economic apartheid system” at the historically black college system. Faculty leaders presented a resolution to the Southern University Board of Supervisors during its meeting Friday decrying the “gross disparities,” and several professors voiced their individual concerns over what they say has been stagnant pay for faculty… Continue reading →

St. Tammany Coroner identifies body of man found burned in car

The St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office has identified the body of a man found Thursday burned in a car near the community of Sun, in the northeastern corner of the parish. Travis Adair, 33, of Bogalusa, was identified through dental records, according to Coroner spokesman James Hartman. Adair died from smoke inhalation, Hartman said. The… Continue reading →