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Woman struck by car, killed overnight Friday in Mid-City

. A 33-year-old woman is dead after she was struck by a truck while standing in a Mid-City street early Saturday morning. According to New Orleans police, the incident took place on Oleander at Short streets around 2:30 a.m. A man, 64, was driving a red Ford pickup truck westbound on Oleander when he hit the… Continue reading →

After sustained progress, New Orleans’ murder rate is hurtling back up again

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- New Orleans police week the scene of a homicide on General Ogden street in Pidgeontown Monday, June 29, 2015.

Beneath storm clouds and white and yellow balloons, mourners gathered Wednesday for a grim occasion marked over and over this year in New Orleans: a memorial for a slain man. Timothy Thompson Sr., a 40-year-old Navy veteran and a father, was gunned down on Father’s Day, becoming one of the most recent victims among the 91… Continue reading →

Post-Katrina progress for black New Orleanians has not been acceptable, former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial says

It was around Christmastime in 2005, and former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial was at a church in New Orleans East. He was there, he said, to fight for minority residents who wanted to rebuild in that section of the city but were encountering resistance. Although the New Orleans City Council had passed a resolution stating… Continue reading →

Behind the numbers: Why Did Murder in New Orleans Fall in 2013?

My last two posts on this blog have sought to explain how I built a foundation from which analysis of gun violence is possible. The first post discussed some of the analytic problems created by the country’s traditional focus on murder, and the second post showed how data transparency in New Orleans can be used to advance an analytic agenda. This… Continue reading →

1 killed Friday after 3 slain, 4 wounded in 7 hours Thursday in N.O. area

Some New Orleanians seemed to take the approach of the July Fourth holiday as an excuse to celebrate with a bang, or actually a bang-bang-bang. Not fireworks, but gunfire. After a spasm of violence Thursday that left three people dead, the killers seemed to take most of Friday off. But about 8:45 p.m., police… Continue reading →

LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss to step down in August, cites 'major policy differences with a vocal segment of the faculty'

Advocate Photo by April Buffington --  Jack Weiss, chancellor of the LSU Law Center, speaks to the board of supervisors in April 2010.

Jack Weiss, head of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, is stepping down as law chancellor and dean in August in the wake of conflicts with faculty, some of whom had advocated for his ouster. “I am proud of the many positive developments at the Law Center during my eight years as chancellor and look… Continue reading →

Feud simmering between four-year and two-year colleges over state funding distribution

State funding for Louisiana’s colleges and universities became a unifying force in the most recent legislative session, but behind the scenes, animosity has been simmering over a disparity in the way two-year and four-year institutions are funded. Leaders on the community college level say the state funds have been distributed to “keep doors open” at four-year colleges,… Continue reading →

‘We can’t just have a party’: Essence aims to inspire on Day 1

Advocate file photo by ERIKA GOLDRING -- Contemporary R&B artist Trey Songz performs during the Between The Sheets Tour in New Orleans in March.

This year’s Essence Festival comes at a tumultuous time in America’s conversation about race, and Essence Communications President Michelle Ebanks says the festival is prepared to participate with a focus on African-American community building. “Essence has been community-centric by its very design,” Ebanks said Friday morning at a news conference. “We can’t just have a party.… Continue reading →

Analyst: Hot summers don’t equate to heavy gunfire in New Orleans

Murder in New Orleans is way up, shootings are rising fast and the dog days are just beginning to growl. It all sounds like a grim recipe for lots of gun violence this summer, except for one catch: The notion that trigger fingers warm up with the rising mercury is bunk, at least in the Crescent… Continue reading →

Behind the numbers: Murder is a Bad Statistic for Measuring Gun Violence

Welcome to The Advocate’s Behind the Numbers blog! Here, former city crime analyst Jeff Asher, now an independent consultant, will use data to analyze issues of interest to Advocate readers. The goal is to look deeply at underlying data to see what it tells us — in hopes of being able to say not just what’s happening, but why it’s… Continue reading →

Behind the numbers: Using Publicly Available Data to Evaluate Gun Violence

The New Orleans Police Department issued an interesting press releaseon April 22 highlighting a report published by the Sunlight Foundationon how well Louisiana reports criminal data (spoiler alert: not very). Although the report claims data sharing at the statewide level isn’t very good, it notes that New Orleans is surprisingly effective in its practices. This type of transparency… Continue reading →

Behind the numbers: The Fatal Shooting Percentage: Explaining Why Murder is Rising in NOLA

Defense Independent Pitching Statistic (DIPS) is a baseball statistic invented in 1999 by a man named Voros McCracken. DIPS provides a lens through which we might be able to understand why murder in New Orleans is rising so far in 2015. McCracken wrote an article in Baseball Prospectus in 2001 to present his new research, which found that while… Continue reading →

Woman shot dead inside car in Gentilly; man stabbed several times in West Bank robbery on Friday night

A woman was found shot dead in the front passenger seat of a red Chevrolet Camaro at the corner of North Broad Street and St. Bernard Avenue in Gentilly on Friday night. The victim was transported to a local hospital by EMS, where she later died. According to the New Orleans Police Department, it's believed the victim was shot at the intersection… Continue reading →

Family member says probe into the son of an NOPD officer investigated for aiding accused cop-killer Travis Boys is misguided

A son of a veteran New Orleans Police Department officer who is now the subject of an internal probe related to accused cop-killer Travis Boys’ flight from capture last week says neither Officer Jeardine Daniels-Sparks nor Lazandy Daniels, another son whom police have questioned, knew Boys or did anything to help him hide out. Steven Daniels… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office issues warrant for Metairie man who claimed to be shot

A Metairie man shot himself and then lied to detectives about what happened out of embarrassment, authorities said. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said a warrant for the arrest of Douglas Blackman, 38, has been issued on a count of false swearing after deputies determined that his story about armed intruders shooting him was false. Normand said Blackman eventually confessed that… Continue reading →

Guest column by only openly gay staffer for Bobby Jindal provides inside look at anti-gay company governor keeps

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Five years ago, I was squeezing through Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office window on the fourth floor of the Louisiana Capitol building. The Louisiana Senate chamber’s roof provides the closest thing to box seating for downtown Baton Rouge events, and as such, the governor, his family, various staff members and I had taken the opportunity to sneak out… Continue reading →

WWL-TV: Man steals taxi, smashes it into cars on Canal Street

. The New Orleans Police Department is searching for a man wearing a bucket hat, a Hawaiian shirt and carrying a black backpack who stole a taxi and crashed it into numerous cars on Canal Street. Edy Cadet left his cab parked outside the Sheraton Hotel with the key in the ignition. "When I saw… Continue reading →

State agencies fall into line on recognizing gay marriages as last legal hurdle is cleared

The latest in a series of shifting conditions that Gov. Bobby Jindal had said would be necessary before Louisiana would acknowledge and allow same-sex marriages was met Thursday morning, leaving state officials with no further excuse to drag their feet. With that final hurdle — an order from a federal judge in New Orleans — cleared,… Continue reading →

Mix of retail, medical space part of five groups’ ideas to redevelop old Charity Hospital in New Orleans

Charity Hospital

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration has received five responses to its call for “creative and innovative redevelopment ideas” for the vacant former Charity Hospital building in New Orleans. Responses were received by Wednesday’s deadline from the University of North Carolina School of Government; the Lewisville, Texas, real estate development firm Matthews Southwest; local developer HRI Properties; New… Continue reading →

CommCare names Jim Tucker as president, CEO

Jim Tucker, CommCare

James W. “Jim” Tucker has been named president and chief executive officer of CommCare Corp., a New Orleans-based nonprofit that operates 11 skilled nursing facilities, a hospice and institutional pharmacy in Louisiana. Tucker currently serves on the board of directors and takes the position held by John Stassi II, who will become general counsel and chairman of… Continue reading →

Orleans Parish school system taps two from Jefferson Parish

The Orleans Parish School Board has hired two high-level administrators who worked under former Jefferson Parish schools Superintendent James Meza, one of whom was recently passed over to succeed him. Michelle Blouin-Williams, who was interim superintendent for the Jefferson Parish Public School System until the board selected Isaac Joseph as permanent superintendent in May,… Continue reading →

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says $2.5 million property auction was a huge success

The first auction of properties taken over by the city for unpaid taxes raised $2.53 million and resulted in 79 sales, New Orleans officials said Thursday. The highest bid was $330,000 for a commercial building at 2438 St. Claude Ave. The city put about 90 “tax-adjudicated” properties, mostly vacant lots in neighborhoods across the city, on the… Continue reading →

New Orleans Police Department is investigating a shooting in Mid-City

New Orleans police Thursday were investigating the shooting of a 22-year-old man who was assaulted while working on a home in Mid-City. The shooting happened after 4 p.m. on North Salcedo Street, near the intersection of St. Peter Street. Sgt. Nicholas Gernon, commander of the New Orleans Police Department’s Homicide Section, said the victim… Continue reading →