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At Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, no haste to probe beating incident involving high school student

Advocate staff file photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Brady Becker, right, and his attorney David Belfield, speaks outside the Becker  home in Reserve. Becker still shows the bruises from his arrest by an undercover JPSO detective.

Within hours of the video’s appearance online, Detective Nicholas Breaux had been tried dozens of times in the court of public opinion. Viewers’ opinions split over the cellphone footage showing Breaux punching a high school student in the face. Some registered outrage over the plainclothes deputy’s use of force, while others insisted his tactics had been… Continue reading →

New Orleanians gradually accepting radical new attitude toward water

Advocate photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, regional administrator Ron Curry and Mayor Mitch Landrieu were on hand at the dedication of the NORA rain garden in Gentilly Thursday, February 6, 2014. The purpose of the garden is to collect rain water and let it gradually find its way into the city drainage system thus mitigating flooding and reducing subsidence. The garden can hold up to 500 gallons of water. There are other rain gardens planned throughout the city.

At almost any time, the sky over a New Orleans neighborhood can quickly change from blue to black as a storm moves in, unleashing window-rattling thunder and dense sheets of rain. In 20 minutes, the deluge can swamp streets, with water rising over lawns and inching toward front doors. But 30 minutes after the last drop falls,… Continue reading →

Tulane looking for ways to end annual deficits

Advocate file photo

Even Tulane University, New Orleans’ richest educational institution, isn’t immune to the financial pressures facing higher education. The 13,500-student university has hired a Chicago consulting firm to find ways to close an annual cash deficit of nearly $20 million and to make the 181-year-old school more efficient. At the same time, Tulane is preparing… Continue reading →

Two railroad cars derail in New Orleans East at Almonaster Boulevard

New Orleans firefighters responded Sunday evening to a two-car train derailment in New Orleans East at Almonaster Boulevard. The two Public Belt Railway cars are carrying 30,000 gallons of crude oil each, but there have been no leaks, and there is no immediate threat to the public, said Michael Williams, a New Orleans Fire Department spokesman.… Continue reading →

Audubon Zoo, Woldenberg Park debuting new attractions

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Erica Jones works her his way around the newly opened 44-foot high Kamba Kourse ropes course in New Orleans, La. Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.

“Change or die,” could be the motto of the Audubon Nature Institute. Although it has been years since the organization opened an entirely new attraction — the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in 2008 — new features are continually being added at the Audubon Zoo and elsewhere in an effort to… Continue reading →

Kerry tries to dampen fuss over Israeli PM’s speech

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at Geneva International airport, Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Geneva. Kerry is traveling in Switzerland for meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif about the ongoing nuclear talks.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday tried to calm tensions with Israel before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s congressional address, yet he insisted the Obama administration’s diplomatic record with Iran entitles the U.S. to “the benefit of the doubt” as negotiators work toward a long-term nuclear deal. On a mission to warn of… Continue reading →

Lawsuit for Nick Saban’s daughter, Kristen, scheduled for August trial

Associated Press file photo -- Kristen Saban

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — An August jury trial has been scheduled in the long-running dispute between the daughter of Alabama football coach Nick Saban and a sorority sister who claims that Kristen Saban beat her after a night of drinking. The Tuscaloosa News reports that Circuit Judge James Roberts has scheduled a trial for the week… Continue reading →

Diana Ross reprises her career in high-energy Saenger show

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON -- Diana Ross seen in concert at the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre in 2013.

Diana Ross didn’t allow press photographers at her sold-out show Saturday night at the Saenger Theatre, but in fact, the singing star, who’ll be 71 on March 26, looked marvelous. And even though the show lasted just 80 minutes, it was a high-energy affair crammed with crowd-pleasing performances. Ross, dressed in her first of four usually sparkling… Continue reading →

What a two-weekend stretch! LSU teams go undefeated; relive the action in stories, photos

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Players celebrate LSU first baseman Sandra Simmons' (3) three run homer down the right field line in the third inning against Stephen F. Austin, Sunday, Mar. 1, 2015, at LSU's Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La.

No rest for LSU’s sports teams the last two weekends. The Tigers and Lady Tigers have been winning big and big games in sport after sport. The Tigers softball team extended its record start to 21-0 with five-game sweeps of tournaments in California and at Tiger Park, while the baseball team ran its record to 10-1 with… Continue reading →

Prytania Street B&B can add restaurant, City Council says

An Uptown bed-and-breakfast can expand to include a restaurant, the City Council has ruled, overturning the recommendation of the City Planning Commission. The zoning change needed for the expansion was opposed by several neighborhood organizations. Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, whose district includes the Prytania Street business, said she moved to overrule the commission because the… Continue reading →

Regents look at privatizing public universities

Years of deep cuts to state funding for Louisiana’s colleges and universities — and the threat of even further reductions in the near future — have some leaders looking at drastic measures that could change the face of Louisiana higher education. One idea that has recently been floated: Why not encourage some of the state’s public… Continue reading →

Will Smith’s ‘Focus’ tops box office with $19.1 million

In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Will Smith, center, and Margot Robbie, right, appear in a scene from the film,

NEW YORK — Will Smith’s con-man caper “Focus” disrobed “Fifty Shades of Grey” at the box office, but the film’s modest $19.1 million opening still left questions about the drawing power of the once unstoppable star. According to studio estimates Sunday, Warner Bros.’ “Focus” easily topped all competitors on a weekend with little competition at North… Continue reading →

Full Court blog: LSU basketball team greatly improves its chances for a tournament bid

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU's Jalyn Patterson (15)  pressures Ole Miss guard Terence Smith (3) on the Rebels' offensive end in the first half Saturday at LSU's Maravich Assembly Center. Ole Miss led 27-23 at half.

The LSU basketball team’s key victory over Ole Miss on Saturday in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center greatly enhanced its chances for an NCAA tournament bid. On Sunday morning, LSU found out that the Tigers had vaulted into the top 50 on the updated and Ratings Percentage Index lists. RPI is… Continue reading →

Shooting victim found dead in vehicle Saturday night

A 44-year-old man was found shot to death Saturday night in a vehicle at an apartment on Coveview Court in New Orleans, New Orleans police said. Officers, responding around 10:10 p.m. to reports of a shooting at 6537 Coveview Court, found the victim inside a red four-door Chevrolet Impala in a driveway in front of the apartment.… Continue reading →

Walt Handelsman: What are Mr. Spock and Governor Jindal doing in a cartoon together?

What are Mr. Spock and Governor Jindal doing in a cartoon together? Follow this link to the cartoon.Continue reading →

Million-dollar mansion club in New Orleans is booming, and a few key reasons might explain why

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- This home at 401 Iona St. in Metairie sold for $2.6 million.

Eleanor Farnsworth specializes in high-end real estate. She represents the buyers and sellers of homes in some of the ritziest parts of the New Orleans area. But even she is surprised by the current market for upper-echelon homes. “I haven’t seen this type of demand… Continue reading →

Bad timing: Scandals, criticism erupt around Louisiana’s film credit program

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Saints cheerleaders the Saintsations dance on the field in a game between the New Orleans Saints and the Miami Dolphins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. A reality TV show produced about the Saintsations by Horizon Entertainment got $1 million in state film tax credits.

The timing couldn’t be much worse for supporters of Louisiana’s film industry. As the state stares down a $1.6 billion budget shortfall, one due in part to the spiraling cost of corporate giveaways, a fresh wave of scandals has erupted around the film program, giving new ammunition to critics at a moment… Continue reading →

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal pivots on tax credits, marking a big change in philosophy


After years of hewing zealously to a promise never to approve a tax increase — a pledge that he believes also prevents the elimination of any state tax breaks — Gov. Bobby Jindal on Friday unveiled a budget plan for the coming year that trims tax credit programs by a whopping $526 million.… Continue reading →

Abortion clinic in New Orleans sees construction restart, but protests continue; ‘God hates this project,’ one pastor says

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Protesters lined up outside the site of the new Planned Parenthood building on South Claiborne in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. The site has resumed construction on Tuesday, after a year of delay.

Planned Parenthood has resumed work on a controversial new clinic in New Orleans, eight months after pressure from the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans and anti-abortion protesters shut down construction. Planned Parenthood expected to have the clinic open for business by now, but only the bare foundation has been laid so far after the archdiocese succeeded… Continue reading →

What’s the future of Louisiana rating public schools with letter grades? Many think it’s senseless

The future of letter grades for public schools is unclear less than five years after the Louisiana Legislature ordered them to begin. The annual marks, which have sparked bitter arguments, were already partly on hold for the past two years, and Louisiana’s top school board will be asked next week to extend that another… Continue reading →

Check it out: New Orleans opens Parisite Skate Park -- the first public skate park in city’s history

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Christian Dufrene, 17, of Lafayette flys over a jump during the opening of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commissions Parisite Skatepark Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in New Orleans. 'We don't have anything like this in Lafayette,' said Dufrene, who drove in for the opening. The 18,000-square-foot park, under an elevated section of Interstate 610 at Paris Avenue and Pleasure Avenue, features concrete and wood ramps, rails and jumps common to skateparks. The project is the result of a collaboration between the City of New Orleans, NORDC, Spohn Ranch Skateparks, Tulane City Center, and Transitional Spaces, a nonprofit formed by local skateboarders.

Hundreds of skaters, New Orleans officials and curious onlookers came together Saturday to celebrate the opening of the city’s first public skate park, an 18,000-square-foot space under the Interstate 610 overpass in Gentilly. Located at the intersection of Paris Avenue and Pleasure Street, Parisite Skate Park was the vision of Transitional Spaces, a nonprofit formed by… Continue reading →

Fishermen in coastal New Orleans parishes identify a new safe harbor for hurricanes, but there’s a catch

Commercial fishermen in the coastal parishes south of New Orleans have identified a place to serve as a safe harbor for their boats during hurricanes, though they probably will have to spend at least one more hurricane season with no officially authorized place to go when a storm churns its way up from the Gulf of Mexico.… Continue reading →

Man sought in fatal shooting near New Orleans Police headquarters arrested Saturday, called police to complain he was being followed

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Police work the scene of a murder on the Broad Street overpass near police headquarters Friday, February 27, 2015.

Authorities have arrested an apparently mentally disturbed man accused of a brazen shooting spree Friday in which he fatally shot a friend, dumped the corpse in the middle of South Broad Street, shot another man outside the Orleans Parish Criminal District Courthouse and opened fire on a third victim blocks away in what police described as a “road… Continue reading →

LSU’s recruiting penalties are historic — and the national consensus is that they’re ‘pretty ridiculous,’ too

Advocate staff file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU's Tiger Stadium

LSU football coach Les Miles visited the home of recruit Matt Womack on Oct. 28. At the time of the visit, it was perfectly within NCAA rules. Two months later, it was not. Miles’ in-home visit with Womack, a tackle from Mississippi, is at the center of recruiting sanctions the program has suffered — penalties Continue reading →

Report: Rita LeBlanc, Gayle Benson got into physical altercation at Saints game last season, sparked Tom Benson's ownership changes

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson walks with his wife Gayle Benson, left, and co-owner Rita Benson LeBlanc before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Bill Haber) ORG XMIT: NYOTK

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Report: Three months after brutal beating, California lawyer returns to 'wonderful' New Orleans

Photo provided by Bill Callaham -- California lawyer Bill Callaham reportedly returned to New Orleans on Friday night, just three months after he was brutally attacked by three men in the city.

A brutal attack by three men in New Orleans this past December can't keep California lawyer Bill Callaham away from Louisiana. According to a WWL-TV report, Callaham returned to New Orleans on Friday night for the first time since that incident to celebrate with friends and family. "So many people ask me, why would… Continue reading →