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St. Tammany officials puzzled by voters’ rejection of charter amendments

Before last weekend’s election, St. Tammany Parish Councilman Steve Stefancik confidently predicted voters would approve all nine proposed amendments to the parish’s home rule charter. Indeed, the results were lopsided — but in the opposite direction. Voters said yes to only one change to the 15-year-old charter, with the other eight going down to defeat, many… Continue reading →

Prisoner allowed to leave New Orleans jail to visit girlfriend’s home; suspected of repeated ‘romantic’ visits

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Sharon Richard's home in Gentilly where sources say a furloughed prisoner sometimes visited

A state prisoner who was serving part of a 20-year sentence at Orleans Parish Prison illegally visited his girlfriend at a house several miles away from the jail — a rendezvous facilitated by a Sheriff’s Office employee who had been assigned to work alongside the convict. The security breach, discovered about two weeks before Orleans Parish… Continue reading →

Governor-elect John Bel Edwards grew up on small-town values, was taught that politician is a noble calling

Not quite a tow-headed boy carrying a pole to the fishing hole with his father the sheriff, but Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards grew up the son of the most important man in Tangipahoa Parish, running around a small rural town where everyone knew everyone else. “I grew up in… Continue reading →

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond part of bipartisan push to address incarceration rates, associated costs

Cedric Richmond

It’s rare, as a member of the Democratic minority in the U.S. House, to play a significant role in pushing major legislation to approval, U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, acknowledged this week. Rare, but for him, he said, not unprecedented: He teamed up with Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, in the House, along… Continue reading →

One suspect in Bunny Friend Park mass shooting ID'd, to be booked on 17 counts of attempted murder

New Orleans police say Friday that they’ve identified one of the suspects -- Joseph “Moe” Allen, 32 -- in last Sunday’s mass shooting during a block party at Bunny Friend Park.

Joseph “Moe” Allen, the man New Orleans police named Friday as the first confirmed suspect in Sunday’s mass shooting at Bunny Friend Park, has ties to “more than one organization,” NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said, hinting at a possible gang motive for the shooting spree that left 17 people wounded as bullets sprayed through a Continue reading →

Les Miles tells ESPN he didn't tell Gridiron Club he's stepping down or would be fired after A&M game

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Les Miles holds his weekly press conference amidst growing speculation of his dismissal.

Les Miles met with Gridiron Club members Friday and expressed gratitude for their service, but the 11th-year LSU coach did not indicate whether he’d be coaching the Tigers in the future, Miles said on ESPN on Friday night. Miles disputed the account during an interview on ESPN, saying, “I had no suggestion this was going to be my last… Continue reading →

In response to budget woes, Loyola University president touts $11.5 million savings plan

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Loyola University.

The Rev. Kevin Wildes, president of Loyola University since 2004, is faced with a daunting, three-part challenge in the months and years ahead. He must cut expenses sharply, attract and retain more students and win the support of disgruntled faculty members, some of whom have lost faith in his leadership. That’s the picture that… Continue reading →

Feds want Mother’s Day melee shooters and two more brothers sentenced together

Akein Scott, Mother's Day shooting suspect

Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence the two brothers who admitted spraying bullets through a Mother’s Day second-line parade in 2013 in tandem with two of their other brothers, who have been convicted of other crimes. The prosecutors argue that a combined sentencing will allow federal agents, witnesses and victims from several states to… Continue reading →

Former LSU instructor murdered, killer commits suicide in Connecticut home

Facebook photo -- Lauren Beebe

. Update, 2:15 p.m. Friday Police ruled Friday the deaths of a Killingworth couple found dead Wednesday morning in their Connecticut home a murder-suicide. The death of Lauren Beebe, 48, who had ties to Baton Rouge, was determined murder, and the death of Billy Newman, 57, was ruled a suicide. The couple both died of gunshot wounds,… Continue reading →

Loyola University, NASA partner to commercialize Stennis Space Center technology

Photo provided by NASA -- In the front row, from left, are Ashley Francis, director of graduate programs at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Business; Stennis Space Center director Rick Gilbrech; and Bill Locander, dean of the Loyola College of Business. In the second row are Kevin Pollard, executive mentor at Loyola; Stacy Savoie, Loyola MBA student; Duane Armstrong, chief of NASA applied science and technology projects at Stennis; Jon Atkinson, Loyola College of Business professor; Mike Guerrere, Loyola MBA student; and Lauren Underwood, technology transfer partnership manager with NASA's Engineering and Test Directorate at Stennis.

Loyola University’s College of Business is partnering with NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi, to commercialize a new technology patent, Loyola and NASA announced. Students from Loyola’s Master of Business Administration program will review the center’s patented technologies and choose one to promote. Then, they will work with Stennis engineers to provide… Continue reading →

Gretna neighbors describe father fatally stabbed, mother injured by son as friendly, nice people

Ronald Pritchett

From what Reginald McCue can tell, Renita Pritchett is a churchgoing woman. Her husband, Percival Pritchett, did not always go with her, but he always had a smile for his neighbor, McCue. He also would frequently laugh and joke with another neighbor, Arthur. The couple, really, were nice people. That’s why, when McCue heard that… Continue reading →

Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards’ Medicaid expansion timeline hits bump in road; here's what's next

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Louisiana Governor Elect John Bel Edwards speaks about his plans after winning the election the day before at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015.

On the campaign trial, Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards promised time and again that he would expand the rolls of Medicaid on his first day in office. His promise to reverse repeated rejections of expanded Medicaid by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal and open the government health insurance program to more low-income workers was a cornerstone… Continue reading →

Ted Lewis: Saints' Jahri Evans still going strong, is 'a stud, a war daddy' Drew Brees says

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints G Jahri Evans (63) works in drills  during the Saints morning practice Monday at White Sulphur Springs, WV.

In his 10 seasons in the NFL, Saints guard Jahri Evans has learned that the day after Thanksgiving is not the when you want to do your weekly weigh-in. “Nah, I got that out of the way early,” Evans said. “I’m like everybody else on Thanksgiving.” That Evans admits he probably overindulged Thursday is one of… Continue reading →

Let there be lights: Check out what's new, different at Celebration in the Oaks this holiday season

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Celebration in the Oaks is seen in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015.

It started almost 30 years ago with some Christmas trees and some cocktails. Now the annual Celebration in the Oaks in City Park draws more than 165,000 visitors each year for food and libations among a constellation of a half-million dazzling LED lights strung across 25 acres, including the park’s Botanical Garden, Storyland and Carousel Gardens… Continue reading →

Which bowl game is LSU headed to? 1 of 3 options appear likely

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) juggles a pass before bringing it in, as Mississippi defensive back Kendarius Webster (15) moves in in during  he first half, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 in Oxford, Miss.

Whether Les Miles is still LSU’s coach or not, at some point over the holidays, the Tigers will have a bowl game to play. LSU’s potential postseason address, speculation over which has been drowned out by the spotlight on Miles’ embattled tenure at the school, is pure guesswork at this point considering the Tigers’ current… Continue reading →

Advocates for criminal justice reform, hot-button issue in governor’s race, hope John Bel Edwards sticks to promises

John Bel Edwards

. The red-meat rhetoric about John Bel Edwards unleashing thousands of “dangerous thugs” upon Louisiana neighborhoods has settled into the campaign dustbin. Now, as the governor-elect moves into transition mode, advocates for criminal justice reform in the state with the nation’s biggest per-capita prison population are hoping he’ll breathe life… Continue reading →

Heads up, downtown New Orleans: Bayou Classic bringing heavy pedestrian, vehicle traffic

With the 2015 Bayou Classic in New Orleans this weekend, heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic will affect certain parts of the city, officials said. The Bayou Classic, which for 41 years has pitted the football teams of Southern University and Grambling State University, is expected to create big crowds through Saturday. City officials urged the public… Continue reading →

Backyard bounty: Program started by replacing light bulbs now planting vegetable gardens across New Orleans

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Andreas Hoffmann, founder of Green Light, watches as Demi Simon, runs around the Green Light Edible Teaching Garden as students take a class to learn about making backyard vegetable gardens to provide households with fresh, healthy, local, sustainable food in New Orleans, La. Monday, Nov. 23, 2015.

Marie St. Germain-Louis walked next door to a garden where a plant with broad leaves was growing. She leaned over and rubbed one of the plant’s long stalks. “See this one here, the collard greens?” she said. “If nobody else picks that, I will make that for Thanksgiving this year.” Odds are, Thanksgiving tables across New… Continue reading →

Jimbo Fisher on Florida State: 'I’m very happy here. I’ve got a great job. I love this place.'

LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher, left,  and  head coach Les Miles talk football practice in New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006. LSU  is getting ready to play Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl football game on Jan. 3.  (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher experssed his affection for Florida State on Wednesday night when asked on his radio show if he'd consider leaving Tallahassee for Baton Rouge. “I’m happy where I’m at,” Fisher said, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. “I’m very happy here. I’ve got a great job. I love this place.… Continue reading →

Six armed robberies in New Orleans area in 10-hour span day before Thanksgiving

. New Orleans police reports six armed robberies occurred across the city Wednesday in about a 10-hour span. Here's a summary of each incident based on preliminary NOPD information: -- Around 2 p.m., two men in their 50s in the 3300 block of Montegut Street in the Desire area were working when they both were… Continue reading →

Multiple meetings about Port Marigny development site have resulted in little progress

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  The former Pre-Stressed Concrete Products plant, photographed Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, in Mandeville.

In a city where the length of public meetings often bears no relationship to the small size of the population, Mandeville’s marathon gatherings to discuss a proposed lakefront development are setting new records. The owners of Port Marigny, a planned 78-acre mixed commercial and residential development just east of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, presented their conceptual… Continue reading →

'Call Waiting' series on New Orleans police response times prompts NOPD to make changes

Much has been made of NOPD’s response time issues and the impact long response times have had on crimes being deemed ‘unfounded’ (UNF). NOPD Chief Michael Harrison responded bychanging NOPD’s policy so that officers arriving on a scene with no victim would mark the incident ‘Gone on Arrival’ (GOA) rather than UNF. A disposition of GOA requires more… Continue reading →

'No one feels safe': New Orleans on edge following Saturday's mass shooting

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans officials are quite sure someone knows the identities of the shooters who opened fire on each other in a crowd of hundreds of people during a block party — and they are urging them to come forward. Police Superintendent Michael Harrison says the shootout that wounded 17 people Sunday night was probably gang-related.… Continue reading →