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New Orleans crash victim becomes an unwilling participant in A&E’s reality show ‘Nightwatch’

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Seventh Ward resident Jackie Groves, 28, was hit by a motorcycle during an accident on her bicycle at Elysian Fields and Burgundy and was approached by the film crew of the A&E show "Nightwatch" to sign a waiver while still being treated in an ambulance at the scene. Groves refused the waiver but footage of her inside the ambulance with the doors closed was still aired on the show anyway. Photo taken in New Orleans, La. Thursday, May 21, 2015.

Five months into her recovery, Jacqueline Groves was grabbing dinner with a friend when the crash came hurtling back into her life. The New Orleans artist was not watching “Nightwatch,” the popular reality show that chronicles the heroics of the city’s first responders. But it didn’t take long for her to learn from her roommate, via… Continue reading →

Zach Strief not bothered by Saints picking Andrus Peat; Strief, 'I understand how it works, and I also understand I'm not playing forever'

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints tackle Zach Strief blocks defensive end Cameron Jordan during training camp last summer at The Greenbriar in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Zach Strief didn’t get a call on draft night. And he never expected one, not even after New Orleans surprised almost everybody by taking Andrus Peat with the 13th pick. A few members of Strief’s family, his father in particular, kept expecting the Saints to call their starting right tackle and offer some insight behind the… Continue reading →

Got a coyote problem? Make a lot of noise

In this Oct. 6, 2014, photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society, two coyote pups are seen in the tall grass at the Queens Zoo in New York. There has been an increase in sightings of coyotes in the Gretna area. (AP Photo/Wildlife Conservation Society, Julie Larsen Maher)

Shooting or trapping them probably won’t work. If you’ve got a coyote problem, it may be best to simply make them feel unwelcome. Yell. Whistle. Throw stuff or spray them with the garden hose. Keep your pets inside so there aren’t any temptations to attract hungry coyotes. That’s the message Jefferson Parish… Continue reading →

Higher education bills are in the home stretch; legislation to slim TOPS costs on deck

Advocate Photo by MARK BALLARD -- State Senate Finance Committee Chairman Jack Donahue R-Mandeville, left,  Phyllis Taylor, whose late husband founded the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, and Senate Education Committee Chairman Conrad Appel, R-Metairie, right, spoke in March in favor of legislation designed to better control costs of the popular scholarship program. Donahue and Appel sponsored Senate Bill 48, which the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation helped draft, that would set an amount that would cover tuition for each qualified student annually, but allow the Legislature to vote on whether to raise the amount of the TOPS award each year.

When higher education leaders started gearing up for the legislative session, they had a short list of requests. First and foremost, they wanted to be spared from potentially devastating cuts to state funding for universities and colleges. As the Legislature continues its work on the budget, that threat appears to have lessened somewhat. The rest… Continue reading →

Report: More blame leaning towards Army Corps of Engineers in faulty levee failure during Katrina, according to new peer-reviewed article

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been blamed by officials and residents for the failure of several canals in the New Orleans area. The failure of three of those canals, the 17th Street, London Ave. and Orleans Ave. canals, caused a majority of the flooding in St. Bernard Parish and New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward during Hurricane… Continue reading →

Taylor Swift dazzles fans in Baton Rouge with first stadium concert on her ‘1989’ world tour

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Taylor Swift performs as part of her 1989 World Tour, Friday, May 22, 2015, at LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

Friday night in Baton Rouge, superstar Taylor Swift returned for her second appearance in LSU’s Tiger Stadium. “Well, hi, my name is Taylor, and I love the sight of a 50,000-person stadium in Baton Rouge,” Swift said after the first two songs of the evening. Opening songs — “Welcome to New York,” a pop empowerment… Continue reading →

Woman robbed blocks from Jesuit High School

. A 47-year-old woman was robbed at gunpoint Friday morning three blocks away from Jesuit High School, according to a New Orleans Police Department release. The woman said she was approached by an armed male on the 4000 block of Banks Street around 8 a.m., according to the release. The man demanded her property and… Continue reading →

Man stabbed with broken bottle at Tulane Avenue bar

. Early Saturday morning a man stabbed a 27-year-old man with a broken beer bottle, according to a New Orleans Police Department release. The fight happened past midnight Saturday at The Big Tasty Bar at 2901 Tulane Ave, according to the release. Two men were fighting at the bar and the fight turned… Continue reading →

In policy shift, Mayor Landrieu will stop using private email for public business; city attorneys to archive work-related emails from private account

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will allow city attorneys go through his emails from a private account which he has been using to conduct city business.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu will stop using a private email account he has been relying on to conduct public business and will allow city attorneys to go through his messages and archive those that are work-related, his office announced late Friday. Landrieu’s private account with Google’s Gmail apparently came with few of the typical… Continue reading →

Jefferson Chamber is latest group to denounce Gov. Bobby Jindal’s controversial executive order on religious freedom

It was no great surprise this week when Mayor Mitch Landrieu — chief executive of what is probably Louisiana’s most gay-friendly town — sought to undercut an executive order on “religious freedom” issued by Gov. Bobby Jindal. But on Friday, the Jefferson Chamber — a more conservative outfit, though one that has been… Continue reading →

Archbishop announces five goals to emerge from rare local synod; specific goals to be announced in September

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Archbishop Gregory Aymond talks about the priorities for the Archdiocese at his offices in New Orleans, La., on Friday, May 22.

After spending months meeting with rank-and-file Catholics to get feedback on how the local archdiocese is doing, Archbishop Gregory Aymond on Friday laid out the priorities the local church will focus on over the next three to five years. They include creating welcoming communities that celebrate diversity; embracing Christ in every family, parish and… Continue reading →

Events planned to mark Memorial Day

VFW EVENTS AT CHALMETTE NATIONAL CEMETERY: 12:30 p.m. The Vietnam War veterans of VFW Post 3798 will present a Memorial Day ceremony at Chalmette National Cemetery, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette, featuring a color guard, bagpiper and remarks from post members. Vietnam War veterans buried in the cemetery and members of the post… Continue reading →

Trapped construction worker wanted to live to see his baby born

ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO BY FAIMON ROBERTS -- One man is trapped and another person is dead after a trench collapsed in Covington on Thursday, according to St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 4.

Mandeville firefighter Barrett Pittman, an experienced paramedic, could see fear in the eyes of the man at the bottom of a caved-in utility trench near Covington. As Pittman and his partner, Jason Frosch, took turns tending to the construction worker and digging him out of the heavy soil that surrounded him Thursday afternoon, the man kept… Continue reading →