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Crowd gathers for peaceful Michael Brown memorial on LSU campus

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- LSU senior Nygel Anderson speaks during the protest after students gathered Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at LSU's Greek Theatre during a candlelight vigil held in memory of Michael Brown and recent events in Ferguson, Mo., regarding his death.

More than 200 people gathered on LSU’s campus Wednesday night to hold a memorial for Ferguson, Missouri, teen Michael Brown and others whose deaths they believe illustrate tensions between law enforcement and the black community. A white police officer shot and killed 18-year-old Brown, who was black, in the middle of a street in August, setting off… Continue reading →

Destrehan teacher accused of having sex with student pleads not guilty

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Former Destrehan High teacher Shelley Dufresne, left,  leaves the courthouse after appearing in St. Charles parish Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

Shelley Dufresne, one of two former Destrehan High School teachers accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student, made her first court appearance on Tuesday, saying nothing and showing little emotion as her lawyer entered a not guilty plea on her behalf in 29th Judicial District Court in Hahnville. St. Charles Parish prosecutors have formally charged… Continue reading →

Stricken N.O. judge ‘recovering, improving’

Photos provided by Orleans Parish Civil District Court - Civil Court Judge Clare Jupiter is pictured last year holding her granddaughter Ayanna Perry,  with New Orleans District E Councilman James Gray, and Civil Court Judges Bernadette DSouza and Paula Brown.

Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge Clare Jupiter remained hospitalized Tuesday, but she is recovering five days after suffering a sudden medical problem while conducting a conference with lawyers in her courthouse office, Chief Judge Kern Reese said . “She’s doing great. She’s awake, alert and convalescing,” Reese said Tuesday. “She’s recovering, improving.” Jupiter,… Continue reading →

WWII museum opens new pavilion Dec. 13

In this artists rendering provided by the The National WWII Museum, the devastation of Germany by the end of WWII is depicted in the Into the German Homeland gallery at The National WWII Museums' new Campaigns of Courage Pavilion, a new 32,000-square-foot space opening to the public Dec. 13 at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.  (AP Photo/The National WWII Museum)

A bombed-out bunker with a digital battle-mapping table and animated fighter planes soaring overhead gives an immersive look at strategic air raids over Europe during World War II. The simulated experience takes place inside a new 32,000-square-foot pavilion opening to the public on Dec. 13 at the National World War II Museum… Continue reading →

Taylor, Anzelmo vie for Jefferson Parish judgeship

Thomas Anzelmo; Dannyelle Taylor

Runoff elections have a way of making candidates focus on their opponent, and the race for the Division O seat on the 24th Judicial District Court in Jefferson Parish is no exception. After voters whittled the field of four down to two in the Nov. 4 primary, Westwego family lawyer Danyelle Taylor and… Continue reading →

Frank S. Bruno, New Orleans lawyer and real estate developer, dies at 90

Frank Bruno

Frank S. Bruno, a retired New Orleans lawyer and real estate developer, died Sunday at his home. He was 90. Bruno, born to immigrant parents of Italian descent, graduated from Fortier High School. He spent his youth working alongside his father, a cabinetmaker, who had a shop on Magazine Street near Austerlitz Street.… Continue reading →

Judge says tax vote banners on N.O. public schools can stay up for now

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- A group called

Orleans Parish School Board employees can no longer hang new signs at local campuses urging people to vote on an upcoming tax measure for public schools, but they do not have to take down existing signs, a judge ruled Tuesday. The signs don’t explicitly ask people to vote for the measure, but Civil District Court Judge… Continue reading →

Site of Solange’s wedding shut down due to permit dispute

Photo by Pompo Bresciani -- The Marigny Opera House

The Marigny Opera House, a building spotlighted internationally last week as the setting of the glamorous wedding of Beyoncé’s sister, Solange Knowles, has been shut down for a second time this month while it works out a permitting dispute with the city, Executive Director Dave Hurlbert said Tuesday. The first sudden shuttering of the building,… Continue reading →

Fleeing employees startle would-be robber, and other area police news

Timothy Borja

A man who tried to rob a Gentilly fast-food restaurant Sunday night ran away when fleeing employees startled him, New Orleans police said. The unknown robber, armed with a pistol, walked into the Wendy’s at 6166 Elysian Fields Ave. about 9:40 p.m. and demanded cash. The manager… Continue reading →

Judge sets early voting lawsuit hearing

A state district judge Tuesday rejected a West Monroe legislator’s attempt to extend early voting for the Dec. 6 election. 19th Judicial Court Judge Todd Hernandez denied a temporary restraining order and set a Dec. 4 trial date in an in-chamber’s session. “It was not unexpected,” said state Rep. Marcus Hunter, a Democrat, who argued shortening… Continue reading →

Ex-St. Bernard prosecutor suspended over client complaints

A recently dismissed St. Bernard Parish prosecutor has been suspended from practicing law after he failed to address complaints filed against him with the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board. The Louisiana Supreme Court handed attorney Gregory Duhy a yearlong suspension last week but deferred all but three months of it. Duhy will be placed on probation for… Continue reading →

Plan for new French Quarter hotel wins committee’s OK

Over the objection of some French Quarter residents, the Vieux Carre Commission’s Architectural Committee gave initial approval Tuesday to a plan to convert a vacant 19th-century riverfront building into the first new French Quarter hotel in decades. The committee granted the proposal “conceptual approval,” the first of several steps in the process of getting permission… Continue reading →

Companies collaborate on virtual offices in New Orleans

Las Vegas-based Allied Offices has contracted with Abby Executive Suites to provide office workstations at Abby’s 23 locations in New Orleans, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio. The collaboration gives Allied access to virtual offices in Texas and Louisiana for use by entrepreneurs and telecommuters in need of workspace and meeting rooms. A virtual office allows an… Continue reading →

Gov. Jindal scheduled to be in Virginia on election day

On the Dec. 6 runoff election day, Gov. Bobby Jindal is scheduled to speak to the Republican Party of Virginia’s annual gathering of party activists. That state’s Republican activists meet for seminars and speeches at what is called the Donald W. Huffman Advance. Huffman was chairman of Virginia’s Republicans. Continue reading full story on the… Continue reading →

Brown family blasts prosecutor’s handling of case

A member of the Missouri Highway Patrol walks past a building burned to the ground, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Dellwood, Mo. The building and several others in-and-around Ferguson were burned during protests after a grand jury decided not to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

FERGUSON, Mo. — Attorneys for Michael Brown’s family on Tuesday vowed to push for federal charges against the Ferguson police officer who killed the unarmed 18-year-old, and they renewed their calls for peace following a night of violent protests in which several businesses were burned to the ground. The attorneys said the grand jury process… Continue reading →

Politics blog: Jindal scores low in N.H., Iowa polls

In this Sept. 26, 2014, file photo, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is taking a backseat on the stages where Republican Party stars campaign for Bill Cassidy. Potential GOP presidential candidates U.S. Sens. Rand Paul, of Kentucky, and Marco Rubio, of Florida, along with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and tea party favorite Dr. Ben Carson, of Maryland, have all come to Louisiana to rally voters to… Continue reading →

Thanksgiving trumps Black Friday for deals

In this Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, file photo, watches are on display at Kmart in New York. The Friday after Thanksgiving has long been the day to grab the best bargains of the holiday shopping season. But new data from various companies that track the specials now say Thanksgiving is taking that crown, at least online. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year. An analysis of sales data and store circulars by two research firms contradicts conventional wisdom that Black Friday is when shoppers can get the most and biggest sales of the year. Turns out, shoppers will find more discounted items in stores that… Continue reading →

Facing health law hikes, consumers mull options

This Nov. 12, 2014, file photo shows the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, on a laptop screen, shown in Portland, Ore. Consumers in most places will see their health insurance premiums go up next year for popular plans under President Barack Obamas health care law.  But it will take time to get to a bottom line for family finances, let alone the larger political battle over the programs future. For many people, government subsidies will cushion the hit. And theres a new factor: returning customers who are savvy about health insurance and unafraid to shop for a better deal.   (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers across most of America will see their health insurance premiums go up next year for popular plans under President Barack Obama’s health care law. But it will take time for families to figure out the best bang for their budgets — even as a bigger political battle brews over the program’s future.… Continue reading →

Man with knife barricades self inside apartment, prompting NOPD SWAT roll

The New Orleans Police Department SWAT Team on Tuesday morning was talking to a man armed with a knife who barricaded himself inside a Canal Street apartment building. Officers were called about 5 a.m. to the Volunteers of America’s Duvernay Residence, 1801 Canal St., and spoke to a woman who said she and her ex-boyfriend got into… Continue reading →

Politics blog: Jindal could be first Indian-American to run for president

Associated Press photo by JUSTIN HAYWORTH -- Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition fall fundraiser in Des Moines, Iowa, in September

India West newspaper reports that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will decide in the first half of next year on whether he is running for president in 2016, pushing back earlier estimates that the decision would be announced after the holidays. To read the complete blog entry, please click here.… Continue reading →

Barbie dethroned by Team Elsa

In this July 11, 2011, file photo, Barbie dolls appear on the shelf at Woodbury Mountain Toys in Montpelier, Vt. Elsa, Anna and the rest of the “Frozen” characters are the top toy for girls this holiday season, according to a new survey from the National Retail Federation. The results mark the first time in 11 years that Barbie hasn’t held the No. 1 spot. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in more than a decade Barbie has been frozen out of the top spot on the holiday wish lists of girls. The new reigning champion in the hearts of little girls is Team Elsa. The megahit “Frozen” has earned Disney more than a billion at the box office… Continue reading →

Saints blog: Broderick Bunkley likely out for rest of season

New Orleans Saints nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley (77) is tended to after being injured in the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman) ORG XMIT: NYOTK

It is believed Saints nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley tore his quadriceps in his team’s 34-27 loss at home against Baltimore, and his season is most probably over, the NFL Network is reporting. To read the complete blog entry, please click here.… Continue reading →

World War II museum opening new pavilion Dec. 13

A bombed-out bunker with a digital battle mapping table and animated fighter planes give an immersive look at strategic air raids during World War II. The simulated experience is inside the National World War II Museum’s new pavilion.… Continue reading →

Google’s latest: A spoon that steadies tremors

Associated Press photo by ERIC RISBERG -- Shirin Vala, 65, Oakland, California, who is an essential tremor patient, uses a Liftware Spoon to counter tremors and eat without spilling food.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Just in time for the holidays, Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon. Of course these spoons (don’t call them spoogles) are a bit more than your basic utensil: using hundreds of algorithms, they allow people with essential tremors and Parkinson’s Disease to eat without spilling.… Continue reading →

Hagel resignation comes at messy moment for US

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, listens as President Barack Obama, right, talks about Hagel's resignation during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Hagel is stepping down under pressure from Obama's Cabinet, senior administration officials said Monday, following a tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular foreign policy team. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is resigning at a particularly tough time for U.S. foreign and defense policy, with one war ending, another just beginning and the Pentagon struggling with the prospect of deeper budget cuts ahead. It also raises the prospect of policy shifts as President Barack Obama seeks to sign up his fourth… Continue reading →

Walt Handelsman for Nov. 25, 2014

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and animator Walt Handelsman’s work appears in The New Orleans Advocate four days a week. Follow this link to the cartoon.Continue reading →

Saints’ home skid reaches three games as Ravens prevail 34-27

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) drops a would-be touchdown in front of Baltimore Ravens strong safety Will Hill (33) as the New Orleans Saints faced the Baltimore Ravens Monday, November 24, 2015.

It looked like it was going to be another “blah, blah, blah” game for the New Orleans Saints. The kind of performance where you could say the Saints blew opportunities, struggled on defense and couldn’t stop the run — and the person listening would be able to fill in all the details. In other words, this… Continue reading →

Additional guardsmen dispatched to Ferguson

A row of burned cars sit on the lot of a used car dealer Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Dellwood, Mo. The cars are one example of property damage caused by rioters after a grand jury decided not to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered additional members of the National Guard to Ferguson, where violent protests broke out following the grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson.

Nixon's office announced early Tuesday that the additional guardsmen will provide security at the Ferguson Police Department, which was at the center of protests late Monday and… Continue reading →