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Winning offer for World Trade Center site guarantees New Orleans exactly what it wants -- big money

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Ships travel along the Mississippi River next to the World Trade Center building in New Orleans, La. Friday, June 13, 2014.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration has never been shy about expressing what it hoped to gain from leasing the former World Trade Center building for redevelopment: money. And a lot of it. When a previous developer, after more than six months of negotiating, refused to raise his financial offer for rights to the riverfront site, he… Continue reading →

Study sees 'serious flaws' in Louisiana's proposed system for grading Pre-K programs

How the state plans to grade Louisiana’s revamped pre-K classes has “serious flaws” that need attention, two influential education groups said Monday morning. The proposed grading plan fails to spell out how programs can be improved, relies too heavily on a single grade to judge quality and lacks guarantees needed for the fairnes of the… Continue reading →

Southern University audit: System was late reporting financial picture to state

The Southern University System was nearly two months late in submitting its annual finance report to the state, and the report was riddled with errors and omissions, according to a new report from the state Legislative Auditor’s Office. The report found that the cash-strapped historically black college system’s expenses exceeded its revenues during the 2010… Continue reading →

Louisiana Spotlight: Some concerned Bobby Jindal's budget designed to finish out term, then 'you're on your own'

As they unravel Gov. Bobby Jindal’s budget proposal for next year, lawmakers are finding cuts disguised as “efficiencies,” gaps not disclosed by the administration and critical services reliant on shaky financing. Members of the House Appropriations Committee are questioning whether the Republican governor has provided spending plans that might work through the final six months of Jindal’s… Continue reading →

City Park promises legal action against trespassers trying to block new golf course

Photo provided by Jon Hopper -- City Park officials were notified of the latest act of vandalism and trespassing occurring near the construction site of the new golf course. An individual apparently vandalized the security fence around the site with three other individuals that were wearing masks. One individual allegedly possessed at least two incendiary devices while establishing a position in a tree.

Officials at New Orleans City Park are threatening legal action after a third trespasser climbed a tree at a construction site to protest a new golf course being built on a portion of the park’s Couturie Forest. The park’s statement Saturday night came two days after a group called the City Park for Everyone Coalition filed… Continue reading →

New Orleans area 5-week-old infant found; babysitter booked with aggravated kidnapping, authorities said

Tristan Douglas

As a Slidell mother was being reunited Sunday with her 5-week-old son who had been missing for two days, friends of the Violet woman accused of kidnapping the boy struggled to understand how she could have done such a thing. Takisha Douglas dropped her child off Friday morning with Sarah Harris, 48, a woman she had… Continue reading →

Special report, video: Story of McDonogh 35 student at heart of key question: Do young armed robbers belong in adult court?

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Joshua Jones, 17, walks to the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Tuesday, January 27, 2015, for a court appearance on an armed robbery charge. After testing positive for marijuana, the judge revoked his bail and remanded him to jail.

Here came trouble in a lemon V-neck sweater, necktie and pressed khakis. Joshua Jones, 17, arrived in court on a January morning looking every ounce the fly-right prep student, down to the McDonogh 35 lanyard dangling from his crisp white collar. “I’m just taking one day at a time,” he said, doe-eyed, repeating a… Continue reading →

Crawfish 'emergency': How an immigration kerfuffle could affect your étouffée, bisque

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Immigrant laborers peel boiled crawfish to be packaged and sold by the pound on Thursday morning at Riceland Crawfish in Eunice. Labor issues are making it difficult for many processors to find enough peelers to clean the amount of crawfish needed.

Going into what is supposed to be the biggest sales week of the crawfish season, processor Dexter Guillory, of Eunice, says he is nothing but worried. One month into the peak season, during which the crawfish industry makes most of its money, an immigration kerfuffle has kept Guillory and most of the owners of the state’s dozen… Continue reading →

New Orleans: 'Home of the shortest hangover on the planet' and other top quotes from Matthew McConaughey's emotional speech

Actor and producer Matthew McConaughey spoke Saturday night during the New Orleans Film Society gala at the home of Paul and Sara Costello, in a short speech that summed up his fond feelings about the Crescent City, “home of the shortest hangover on the planet.” Here are the five best quotes from his speech. (Advocate photo by Steven Forster)

Actor and producer Matthew McConaughey spoke Saturday night during the New Orleans Film Society gala at the home of Paul and Sara Costello, in a short speech that summed up his fond feelings about the Crescent City, “home of the shortest hangover on the planet.” McConaughey, an on-and-off resident of New Orleans, attended the annual gala… Continue reading →

UNO to honor Gordon ‘Nick’ Mueller, and other news of higher education

The University of New Orleans will present Gordon “Nick” Mueller with an honorary doctorate during its spring commencement May 15 at the Lakefront Arena. Mueller is a former history professor and administrator at UNO, as well as a driving force behind the creation of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. “Nick Mueller’s… Continue reading →

Louisiana roads called 'axle-breaking insults' as state struggles to meet basic transportation needs

Louisiana’s roads and bridges are beset by dwindling dollars, pressing needs and the lack of any sweeping solutions on the horizon. Even amid a $12.3 billion backlog of transportation infrastructure projects, nearly $91 million — roughly equal to 3 cents of the state’s 20-cents-per-gallon gasoline tax — is set to be diverted to the State Police… Continue reading →

Barges sit idle, Louisiana workers furloughed as oil price drop hits home

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Unused inland drilling rigs are stacked together at the Port of Ibieria Thursday.

Tucked away in a slip at the far east side of the Port of Iberia, a dozen Parker Drilling inland barges are lashed together, three wide and four deep. The Parker rigs won’t be drilling for oil or gas again anytime soon. “They laid off close to 300 — mostly floor hands, roustabouts, roughnecks,… Continue reading →

Crimestoppers to start paying rewards sooner

Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans no longer will require tipsters to wait until a defendant is indicted before they can collect reward money for providing information that helps law enforcement to crack cases. With the exception of homicide cases, tipsters will be paid their full cash reward following an arrest in a felony investigation, even if… Continue reading →

Video: Adult crime time

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Derrick Jones Sr., father of Joshua Jones, 17, walks away from the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Tuesday, January 27, 2015, after a court appearance for his son, who is facing an armed robbery charge. 'He's not coming out,' Derrick Jones said, after learning the judge remanded Joshua to jail for failing a drug test. 'I'm done with him.'

Teenagers who are at least 14 can be transferred to adult court, though the process varies according to the defendant’s age. To transfer a 14-year-old child requires the blessing of a Juvenile Court judge, who must conclude the child is not amenable to rehabilitation. But older teens, 15 and 16 years old, can be transferred at the DA’s… Continue reading →

In New Orleans, ‘eligible’ delinquents increasingly routed to adult courts, prisons

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Joshua Jones, 17, walks to the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Tuesday, January 27, 2015, for a court appearance on an armed robbery charge. After testing positive for marijuana, the judge revoked his bail and remanded him to jail.

One young man’s story sticks with Judge Mark Doherty. The teen had made his way to Juvenile Court twice before for minor offenses. Then it got worse. “He got arrested for a crime of violence which basically, next to murder, is the worst thing — an armed robbery,” Doherty said. Doherty, who has spent… Continue reading →

Matthew McConaughey praises New Orleans in award acceptance speech, ‘what a big, beautiful mess’

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- New Orleans Film Society Patron Party & Gala at the home of Honorary Gala Chairs Sara and Paul Costello. Saturday March 28, 2015. Writer-Director Gary Ross, Honorary Gala Chair Alexa Georges, Actor Matthew McConaughey with his wife/model/designer Camila Alves

Actor and producer Matthew McConaughey spoke Saturday night during the New Orleans Film Society gala at the home of Paul and Sara Costello, a speech that summed up his fond feelings about the Crescent City, "home of the shortest hangover on the planet."

"It's the home of the front porch," he said, from which New Orleanians engage with the… Continue reading →