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On eve of hearings, I-10 expansion generates little enthusiasm

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Looking from the Perkins Road Overpass, up Perkins Road where traffic flows across on the I-10 overpass. The state is toying with idea of widening I-10 from bridge to I-10/12 split.

The state’s latest plan to widen Interstate 10 through the heart of Baton Rouge is sparking opposition, skepticism and a smattering of wait and see. “It’s still a bad idea, absolutely,” said Troy Menier, whose family has operated Troy’s Barber Shop a few yards off Perkins Road by the interstate for nearly half a century. Irma… Continue reading →

UNO president establishes $25,000 scholarship, and other news of higher education

University of New Orleans President Peter J. Fos and his wife, Lori, have established a $25,000 scholarship to help support female students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education at UNO. The Lori A. and Peter J. Fos Endowed Scholarship in Education is designed to support women studying education, with priority given to student-athletes. Beneficiaries will… Continue reading →

Lawyer to challenge Robottom for St. John presidency, and other area political news

Danny Becnel, a well-known trial lawyer and class-action specialist from LaPlace, has announced he plans to run for St. John the Baptist Parish’s highest office this fall. Becnel, 70, said his disgust with the performance of incumbent President Natalie Robottom prompted his decision. He criticized Robottom’s handling of Hurricane Isaac in 2012, saying… Continue reading →

St. Tammany judge orders return of leaked documents used in lawsuit against parish

A 22nd Judicial District Court judge has clamped down on a legal file that St. Tammany Parish officials argue was misappropriated by Covington resident Terri Lewis Stevens, who has used information from the documents in her legal battle with the parish. Judge Allison Penzato agreed with attorneys for the parish that a protective order should be… Continue reading →

Rarely seen Solange headlines House of Blues show with intensity

Advocate photo by ERIKA GOLDRING -- Solange Knowles performs with Christian Scott during Make It Right's benefit concert at House of Blues on August 29, 2015, in New Orleans.

Solange is Beyoncé’s sister, so when she headlined a benefit for the Make It Right program Saturday night at the House of Blues, many in the audience wondered if Beyoncé and Jay Z might be among the special guests the show promised. That has to be part of the challenge of being Solange — people always… Continue reading →

Newman School doubles preschool capacity with new $6.5 million facility

Photo provided by Tracie Morris Schaefer -- Pictured from left to right are Ellen Martinez, Assistant Director for Operations at Green Trees; Elizabeth Elizardi, Director of Green Trees; Ann Thompson '74, Chair of Newman's Board of Governors; and Dale M. Smith, Head of School.

After 10 years of planning, Isidore Newman School has opened the doors to a $6.5 million facility dedicated solely to early childhood education. The 19,000-square-foot Green Trees Early Childhood Village was fully enrolled when it opened earlier this month with 155 students, double the capacity of the 33-year-old Greenie House, Newman’s prior early… Continue reading →

New Orleans marks 10th anniversary of Katrina with mourning, celebration, service and protests

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--John Boutte sings as images from Hurricane Betsy are displayed as President Bill Clinton joins New Orleans residents and  community leaders including Mayor Mitch Landrieu in a commemoration of the cityÕs resilience from the federal levee failures following Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago in the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015

After a week packed with analysis, discussions, panels and debates, Saturday dawned as a day of remembrance and mourning. Worshippers at interfaith services in Broadmoor and elsewhere across the region mourned the more than 1,500 people who died in Louisiana from Hurricane Katrina, most of them casualties of the flooding caused by New Orleans levees that… Continue reading →

17-year-old shot in 7th Ward early Sunday morning

. A 17-year-old boy was shot multiple times in the 7th Ward on Saturday morning, according to the New Orleans Police Department. Police said the teen was shot in the abdomen and the arm, but that his wounds didn’t appear to be life-threatening. He was brought to a local hospital by private conveyance. The incident happened shortly before 7:30 a.m. in… Continue reading →

Woman robbed at gunpoint while unloading her car Uptown

. A 47-year-old woman was robbed while unloading her car Uptown Saturday evening, New Orleans Police said. The woman was unloading her car on the 5300 block of Laurel Street around 8:28 p.m. when two unknown men approached her and demanded her car keys, police said. Police said the victim complied and the… Continue reading →

Welcome to the Superdome for today’s game between the Saints and Texans

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Saints RB Marcus Murphy (48) is congratulated by team mate TE Kevin Brock (85) after Murphy scored the go-ahead TD before the Ravens came back in the final seconds of Baltimore's 30-27 win over the New Orleans Saints Thursday in the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

The big questions today is who plays and how much do they play.

Saints coach Sean Payton already addressed his quarterback rotation earlier this week, saying that Drew Brees would only see a handful of snaps and then be spelled by Luke McCown. Ryan Griffin and Garrett Grayson will play the second half.

The Houston Texans have rested their stars… Continue reading →

Sheriff’s Office identifies man killed outside Gretna complex

. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim of a homicide that happened Saturday morning in unincorporated Gretna. Davion Leggett, a 22-year-old Belle Chasse resident, was shot to death outside a Gretna apartment complex. Jefferson Parish Sherriff's Office PIO Glen Boyd said in a release the incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. Saturday on… Continue reading →

Lil Weezyana Fest shows how good and how smart Lil Wayne can be

Advocate photo by ERIKA GOLDRING -- Lil' Wayne performs during Lil' WeezyAna Festival at Champions Square on August 28, 2015, in New Orleans.

The Band’s final show was titled “The Last Waltz,” and Friday night’s Lil Weezyana Fest could be dubbed “The Last Bounce.” “The Last Waltz” was a star-studded last call for the ’60s, while Lil Wayne used his show at Bold Sphere Music in Champions Square to highlight the sound that shaped his music. In the process,… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish deputy helps deliver baby Saturday morning; mother names new child after officer

Second District Patrol Deputy Emily Brinser

A Jefferson Parish deputy gets a newborn girl named after her after she helped a woman deliver a baby Saturday morning, according to a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office press release. Second District Patrol Deputy Emily Brinser responded to a 911 call of a woman giving birth in Terrytown ahortly after 9 a.m. Saturday. Brinser arrived on-scene… Continue reading →

Photos, updates from Katrina 10-year anniversary events across New Orleans

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--President Bill Clinton joins New Orleans residents Carl, second right, and Roberta Henderson, center, at their home in uptown that is being fixed up by the St. Bernard Project CEO Zack Rosenburg and volunteers in commemoration of the cityÕs resilience from the federal levee failures following Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015.

Update, 5:30 p.m.: Bill Clinton walked onto the porch of a house on Amelia Street on Saturday afternoon where water flooded above the door frame ten years ago and gave its owners a hearty “Hi folks!” Roberta and Carl Henderson, 65 and 64, had lived in that house since buying it in 1975. In the decade after the storm, they have… Continue reading →

NASA remembers storm’s impact at Michoud; ‘ride-out crew’ helped pump 1 billion gallons of water to keep plant safe

As the storm bore down on the 19½-foot levee separating Michael Parquet from the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, he looked out the back of a NASA building at a tree pushed horizontal by the wind. The tree was holding on, and somehow, so were its leaves. Parquet knew he and the rest of the skeleton… Continue reading →

State looks at centralized car pool for state-owned vehicles

The Jindal administration, which already is installing GPS monitors, is preparing another plan to address the state-owned vehicle fleet. Soon after taking office more than seven years ago, Gov. Bobby Jindal sold some of the state’s vehicles. And as he leaves office in January, the administration will be embarking on a pilot program to centralize the system.… Continue reading →

Car crash on I-10 West and South Carrolton kills 23-year-old man

. A car crash early Saturday morning left one man dead and another woman seriously injured. New Orleans police said the crash occurred around 1:51 a.m. Satuday on I-10 West and Sourth Carrolton Avenue. Rami Khodr, 29, was speeding when he struck the victim's car from behind, police said. The impact ejected the… Continue reading →

Source: UNO president expected to announce plans to step down; unclear whether he's resigning

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Dr. Peter Fos president of the University of New Orleans.

University of New Orleans President Peter Fos is expected to announce next week that he’s stepping down from the helm of the Lakefront school, according to a source in the University of Louisiana System, which oversees the school. Fos’ three-year tenure at UNO has been marked by steep funding cuts and declining enrollment in… Continue reading →

Tom Benson puts more promissory notes in former heirs’ trusts in effort to reclaim Saints, Pelicans shares

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER  -- Tom Benson leaves for a lunch during a break in his trial at civil district court in New Orleans Wednesday, June 3, 2015.

Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson put $522 million worth of promissory notes in his former heirs’ trust funds Monday in an effort to reclaim nonvoting shares in the teams that are held by the trusts, a New Orleans federal court filing on Friday showed. Benson, 88, is suing San Antonio lawyer Bobby Rosenthal… Continue reading →