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Inmate vandalizes sprinkler system in new $150 million Orleans Parish Prison last week

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman gives a tour of the new  $145 million dollar Phase II Orleans Parish jail in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014.

Bored and often angry, inmates are notorious for damaging their surroundings, from backing up toilets to sabotaging light fixtures. Those awaiting trial in New Orleans are no exception. But one recent episode of vandalism has raised questions about the sprinkler system in the city’s new $150 million jail, a facility in which, unlike the recently shuttered… Continue reading →

In rare unity, BESE candidates blast timeline for Common Core test results

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Candidates answer panel questions Tuesday night at BRCC during a candidates forum for two Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) seats. In attendence for the forum are left to right, Laree Lejeune Taylor, Kathy Edmondson, Jason Engen, Jason France; Jean Armstrong, president Leaders With Vision; Carolyn Hill and Jada Lewis.

Wading into a statewide controversy, six candidates for Louisiana’s top school board said Tuesday night the state is taking too long in releasing Common Core test scores. “No question, they need to be here more quickly,” said Jason Engen, a Republican candidate for the District 6 slot on the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, which… Continue reading →

Chlorine level in St. Bernard Parish water system to remain high for another week or longer

St. Bernard Parish residents must endure high chlorine levels in their water for a while longer as the state performs tests to confirm a brain-eating amoeba no longer is plaguing the parish’s water system. Just how much longer is not clear. At a meeting of the Parish Council’s Water and Sewer Committee on Tuesday… Continue reading →

Scott Angelle’s close ties to oil helps his campaign for governor

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Louisiana Public Service Commissioner, Dist. 2., Scott Angelle takes part in the gubernatorial candidates debate at WDSU in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.

Scott Angelle has been touting his service on the state Public Service Commission as he campaigns for governor, but what he doesn’t say is that he also has a private gig that pays him far more — as an appointed board member of an oil and gas pipeline company that does business in Louisiana. Continue reading →

Candidate’s name will appear on ballot for House District 99

Ray Crawford will be on the Oct. 24 ballot in the race to replace state Rep. Wesley Bishop in House District 99 after an appeals court ruled a district judge should not have disqualified him. Crawford’s candidacy was challenged last month by district residents in a lawsuit that accused him of failing to pay his taxes… Continue reading →

New Orleans gang racketeering case nears end as three ‘Taliban’ members plead guilty

A state gang racketeering case against eight members of a Pigeon Town street crew known as “The Taliban” all but wrapped up on Wednesday with guilty pleas from three of the four remaining defendants. Jerome “Sookie” Toliver, Cornie “Porch” Jones and Darryl “Dino” Bannister all stood before Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Karen Herman to… Continue reading →

Research group backs French Quarter tax hike aimed at improving security

A nonpartisan research group has endorsed a quarter-cent sales tax increase in the French Quarter to support an ongoing State Police presence in the city’s No. 1 tourist neighborhood. But the Bureau of Governmental Research also cautioned that although the tax measure on the Oct. 24 ballot specifies that the money would go to support public… Continue reading →

Algiers Point-Canal Street ferry extending hours

Starting next week, the Algiers Point-Canal Street ferry will run later into the evening Friday through Sunday as a test to see if an extended schedule will translate into more riders. The new hours will go into effect Oct. 16 and last until Feb. 14, according to Transdev, the private company that operates New Orleans Regional… Continue reading →

Judge hints at possible contempt judgment if city doesn’t make overdue payments to firefighters pension fund

For the second time in two months, New Orleans officials on Tuesday found themselves trying to persuade a judge not to hold them in contempt for failing to pay millions of dollars the court has ruled the city owes to its firefighters. And once again, they’ve been given an ultimatum: Resolve the situation or, as Civil… Continue reading →

Hillary Clinton sends copy of her book to Bobby Jindal, other GOP candidates; gift addressed to 'Piyush Jindal'

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is among the group of Republican presidential hopefuls who will be gifted a copy of Democrat Hillary Clinton’s book — straight from her campaign. Er… make that “Piyush Jindal.” CNN reported Tuesday that Clinton joked during a campaign stop in Iowa that she sent copies of her 2014 memoir Hard Choices, which covers her… Continue reading →

District 69 candidate Paula Davis using "woman's place" comment to fuel her campaign

Paula Davis, who is running for the Louisiana Legislature’s District 69 House of Representatives Seat, is now using a remark that she called offensive as fuel for her campaign. Davis, a Republican, is running against fellow Republican Ryan Heck and Democrat Mark Holden for the seat. When she sought the nomination of the local Republican party, one member commentedthat… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts sues Louis Congemi over commercials about not filling state income tax returns

Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts

At-large Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts filed a suit Tuesday seeking to force one of his two challengers in the Oct. 24 primary to pull a pair of political commercials that accuse Roberts of not paying his taxes. Roberts sued Louis Congemi, the former Kenner mayor and ex-Jefferson Parish councilman, in 24th Judicial District Court, claiming… Continue reading →

White pickup used in LaPlace murders Monday found torched

Photo provided by St. John the Baptist Sheriff's Office -- This pickup truck, used in a triple shooting in LaPlace, was found burning in Reserve on Tuesday morning, Oct. 1, 2015.

A white pickup that was used in a triple shooting Monday that killed two LaPlace residents and wounded another was found burning Tuesday morning in Reserve, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre said. A sheriff’s deputy spotted it about 5 a.m. while on patrol, Tregre said. There still are no… Continue reading →

Weather Channel asks: What do you consider sweater — or, if you prefer, gumbo — weather?

What’s considered “sweater weather”? Depends on whom you ask. The Weather Channel conducted a survey of people in the United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) to find out what temperature makes people break out their sweaters. Of 6,586 respondents, 59 percent placed the sweater weather cutoff into the 55 to 65 degree range. The results show… Continue reading →

LSU able to host South Carolina Saturday; Columbia plagued by water main breaks

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Aerial of LSU showing the track, PMAC, Tiger Stadium and new Alex Box Stadium.

The LSU-South Carolina set for Saturday in flood-ravaged Columbia, South Carolina, could be moved, possibly even to Baton Rouge. Continue reading →

Man robbed of his clothing, vehicle in Lower Ninth Ward Monday afternoon

. A man was robbed of his clothing and vehicle at gunpoint Monday afternoon in the Lower Ninth Ward, police said. The man was sitting on his porch in the 1400 block of Tupelo Street around 4 p.m. Monday when two men approached him and demanded his property, according to the New Orleans Police Department preliminary offense log. The suspects… Continue reading →

Today's Rundown: Bobby Jindal set to release second book; political strategist James Carville says gubernatorial debate a disaster

. Today in The Rundown: We review Gov. Bobby Jindal’s latest book; Republicans hit the breaks on leadership shuffle in DC; Carville criticizes WDSU debate; and much more. Get The Rundown in your inbox by filling out the form here. Countdown…
Days until the 2015 primary election day: 18
Days until the runoff (as needed): 46
Days until the Iowa caucuses: 120 Where… Continue reading →

DEA collects about 50,000 pounds of pills as part of nation-wide effort targeting prescription pill abuse

. A recent prescription drug “take-back day” collected nearly 50,000 pounds of expired or unwanted prescription drugs, according to the New Orleans field division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The event was part of a nationwide effort targeting prescription pill abuse. “Prescription drug trafficking and abuse is our nation’s fastest-growing drug problem and destroys… Continue reading →

Projection: New Orleans police likely to report major crime on the rise in past 3 months, but it's not all bad news

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- New Orleans Police Chief Michael Harrison and Mayor Mitch Landrieu take questions after a press conference on the department's sex crimes unit. A 9-month internal probe of the embattled Sex Crimes Unit has determined that the troubles in the detective squad werenÕt nearly as horrifying as Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux described last year in a blistering report on the output of five detectives.

I introduced a method in July of using Calls for Service data to estimate Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) numbers in near-real time. This method predicted 4,524 person and property crimes in the second quarter of 2015, good for an estimated 3.7 percent rise in UCR from the first quarter. In August, the NOPD reported4,570 such crimes over the… Continue reading →