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LSU falls to Mississippi State 34-29 in Tiger Stadium

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU wide receiver Travin Dural (83) has the ball slip through his hands pn a long pass, defended bu Mississippi State defensive back Will Redmond (2) during the first half the teams' game Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

Dak Prescott’s happy homecoming came at the expense of LSU. Prescott, a native of Haughton, accounted for 274 yards and three touchdowns, leading unranked Mississippi State to a 34-29 victory Saturday over No. 8 LSU in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. Prescott’s heroics were more than enough to help Misssippi State (4-0,1-0) snap a… Continue reading →

As work winds down at Avondale, shipyard’s future remains cloudy

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Avondale shipyards.

Avondale Shipyard, once Louisiana’s largest private employer, is quietly winding down operations, nearly six months after Huntington Ingalls Industries brought in one of the country’s largest pipeline and terminal operators in hopes it could help transition the 76-year-old West Bank facility into a commercial manufacturer for the booming oil and gas industry. At most, only a… Continue reading →

Councilwoman’s view on preservation differs from her predecessors

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- New District C council member Nadine Ramsey takes the oath of office Monday, May 5, 2014.

In June, shortly after taking office, Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey hinted at her position on one of the most important topics facing her district. In a move considered highly unusual for a City Council member representing many of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhoods, she overruled a recommendation from the Historic District Landmarks Commission and approved the demolition of a property… Continue reading →

Experts ask if New Orleans’ ‘exceptionalism’ masks grimmer reality

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Adolph Reed,  a New Orleans native and University of Pennsylvania political science professor, worries that New Orleans' singular attributes have become fetishized and commodified.

It’s almost an article of faith among New Orleanians that their city is sui generis — one of a kind, special, unlike any other place in the world. And since Hurricane Katrina, with a steady stream of wide-eyed newcomers calling the city home, the perception that New Orleans is exceptional seems only to have increased.… Continue reading →

Cassidy speaks on dyslexia

Advocate staff photo by Travis Spradling -- The Louisiana State Capitol

Amid an under-the-klieg-lights campaign for the U.S. Senate, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., took some time Thursday to address an issue that for him is far more personal than political: dyslexia. In an informational hearing before the U.S. House Science Committee, Cassidy spoke about his experience as a father when he and his wife, Laura, learned a… Continue reading →

Drainage work on Louisiana Avenue to start in earnest

If you dread navigating around the drainage projects on Napoleon, Jefferson and South Claiborne avenues, get ready: Louisiana Avenue is next. The construction of an $82.6 million underground drainage canal along Louisiana from South Claiborne to Constance Street will kick off in coming weeks as trees are trimmed and construction equipment is moved in, Sewerage &… Continue reading →

Hospital deals being renegotiated

Advocate staff photo by Travis Spradling -- The Louisiana State Capitol

Two-thirds of the contracts Gov. Bobby Jindal used to privatize the operation of Louisiana’s charity hospitals are being renegotiated. Federal authorities, who are providing most of the dollars the private companies receive, are troubled with the way the finances are organized in the agreements worth more than $1 billion. Taken out of the agreements —… Continue reading →

Funeral set for Tuesday for artist Bruce Brice

Funeral arrangements have been announced for folk artist Bruce Brice, the creator of the first poster for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 1970. Brice died Sept. 14 of complications from cancer. He was 72. A Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and… Continue reading →

RTA adds routes, expands other bus service

Bus riders in New Orleans will see new and expanded routes beginning Sunday, part of an effort by the Regional Transit Authority to step up transit access in underserved areas of the city. Three new lines will start running in New Orleans East, Algiers and the Carrollton area, while others will be extended or will see… Continue reading →

NFL Commissioner Goodell promises sweeping personal conduct policy changes

FILE - in this March 26, 2014, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions during a news conference in Orlando, Fla. Goodell says the league asked for, but was not given, a just-released video showing former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee on an elevator. Goodell says during an interview with CBS aired Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014:

NEW YORK (AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl. At a news conference Friday, Goodell made his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence. He did not announce any specific changes, but said he has not considered resigning. "Unfortunately,… Continue reading →

Undercover drug probe yields nearly 20 arrests in Plaquemines Parish

A six-month undercover drug investigation in Plaquemines Parish has led to the arrest of nearly 20 suspected street-level drug dealers and their suspected mid-level suppliers, the Sheriff’s Office said Friday. “Operation Crackdown,” which initially focused on crack-cocaine sales, resulted in undercover agents buying illegal drugs from the suspects between February and August throughout the parish’s west… Continue reading →