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Online commenting scandal involving ex-New Orleans prosecutors Sal Perricone, Jan Mann shrouded in secrecy despite new report

Sal Perricone, Jan Mann

A long-hidden report finally made its way into daylight this week, but the result isn’t quite a paragon of transparency. Three years after scandal shook the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Orleans, the Justice Department this week released the findings of a wide-ranging and widely watched misconduct probe that blasted former prosecutors Sal Perricone and Jan… Continue reading →

Photos released of escaped inmate -- an accused murderer with mental illness history last seen in Mid-City-area of New Orleans

Lorenzo Conner

A murder suspect’s brazen early morning escape Tuesday from a state van touched off a disjointed, multiple-agency manhunt through Mid-City that continued into the evening with no sign of his whereabouts. Lorenzo Conner, whose mental state convinced a judge last year to rule him incompetent and return him to an East Feliciana Parish hospital, somehow rid… Continue reading →

Ralph Brennan to buy Napoleon House

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--  The historic Napoleon House on Chartres St. in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, March 31, 2015. After more than a century of ownership, the Impastato family will sell Napoleon House to restaurateur Ralph Brennan. Although it is an emotional time for the Impastato family, they believe the restaurant will be in the good hands with The Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group who owns popular New Orleans places such as Redfish Grill, Mr. BÕs and RalphÕs on the Park. Brennan assured the Impastato family that the exterior and interior layout of the restaurant will remain untouched.

After more than a century of ownership, the Impastato family will sell the Napoleon House to restaurateur Ralph Brennan, WWL-TV is reporting. The Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group owns the Redfish Grill, Mr. B’s and Ralph’s on the Park. It recently reopened the French Quarter landmark Brennan’s. Read the story fromContinue reading →

Governor candidates talk tax incentives, budget crisis at forum

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --A packed house listens as Louisiana gubernatorial candidates give their opinions on select topics during "2015 Governor's Race and Small Business: A First Look," Tuesday, sponsored by The National Federation of Independent Business, the Louisiana Restaurant Association and the Louisiana Retailers Association.

The four major candidates for Louisiana governor agree that the state’s in desperate need of tax incentive reform to shore up the budget — and soon. Republicans U.S. Sen. David Vitter, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle and Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards all touched on the state’s growing budget crisis during… Continue reading →

Groups studying Louisiana's religious freedom act want to match Indiana version sparking intense gay rights protests

Thousands of opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, gathered on the lawn of the Indiana State House to rally against that legislation Saturday, March 28, 2015. Indiana's law has been widely criticized by businesses and organizations around the country. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

Religious organizations are studying Louisiana’s Preservation of Religious Freedom Act to see how it can be updated to match the Indiana and Arkansas versions that have provoked intense gay rights protests in those two states. But election year politics, and a shorter legislative session that deals primarily with fiscal issues, may postpone any bills until… Continue reading →

New Orleans board approves leasing World Trade Center building for Four Seasons project

Advocate staff file photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  New Orleans Building Corp. on Tuesday gave permission to sight a lease agreement with a development team.

Pushing aside the objection of one of the teams on the losing end of last week’s decision approving development of a Four Seasons hotel and condominiums inside the former World Trade Center building, the New Orleans Building Corp. on Tuesday gave its executive director permission to sign a lease agreement for the site with the development team of… Continue reading →

Mother Jones report: Federal court tosses out James O’Keefe’s libel suit in Mary Landrieu’s 2010 office incident

James O'Keefe

A federal court in New Jersey threw out James O’Keefe’s libel lawsuit steming from a MainJustice news website article that detailed O’Keefe’s involvement in gaining access to then U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office in 2010, according to a report published in Mother Jones. O’Keefe, a conservative filmaker, filed a lawsuit in 2013 claiming he was libeled… Continue reading →

Attorney for Bourbon Street shooting suspect Trung Le pitches argument to secure witness names

Trung T. Le

A prosecutor with Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office acknowledged Tuesday that it can’t withhold the names of witnesses to last summer’s Bourbon Street shooting unless it can prove to a judge that their safety is in danger. But just when lawyers for accused shooter Trung Le might get those names remained in doubt after… Continue reading →

Bacterium release inspires review of procedures at research labs on deadly diseases

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Joyette Musselman Rhoden, a resident of Estates of Northpark subdivision, speaks during a public meeting about the ongoing problems at the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Covington Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at the St. Tammany Parish Administrative Complex in Mandeville.

The release of a deadly bacterium from a research lab near Covington has triggered a federal review not just of procedures at that facility but of how all U.S. facilities such as the Tulane National Primate Research Center are overseen, officials said Tuesday night. Earlier this month, a report from the federal Centers for… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal shuffles staff, sends top aides to Iowa for possible 2016 run

Advocate staff file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- La. Gov. Bobby Jindal

While flirting with a run for president in 2016, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has made another shuffle among his upper staff — just days before the start of the last legislative session of his final term in office here. Leaving the Governor’s Office are Deputy Chief of Staff Taylor Teepell and Legislative Affairs director Matt Parker. Continue reading →

Alex Bregman's huge night lifts LSU to an 8-6 win over UL-Lafayette

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- LSU catcher Chris Chinea (26) comes to home plate and bumps helmets with LSU outfielder Beau Jordan (24) after Chinea hit a single run homer in the bottom of the second inning against UL-Lafayette as they play in the Wally Pontiff Classic at Zephyr Stadium in Metairie on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

Standing in the on-deck circle, LSU shortstop Alex Bregman arched his back and glanced up toward the sky in a brief spell of disappointment as Mark Laird’s groundball was turned into an inning-ending double play. It was the bottom of the eighth inning, so Bregman wouldn’t get a shot to hit for the cycle. It was the… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal responds to David Vitter's 'crazy' tax plan comment, compares senator to President Obama

Photo provided by NFIB -- All four major announced candidates in this year's governor race met on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, for a lunchtime forum hosted by the National Federation of Independent Business in Baton Rouge.

All four major announced candidates in this year’s governor race met for a lunchtime forum hosted by the National Federation of Independent Business in Baton Rouge. Here are a few quick takeaways: 1) U.S. Sen. David Vitter distributed a typically pointed statement bashing Gov. Bobby Jindal’s plan to repeal the refundable portion of the inventory tax credit — an idea that… Continue reading →

Right-leaning think tank: Louisiana will be the first state to reach ‘Tax Freedom Day’ in 2015

Advocate staff photo by CHRISTINE MORGAN -- Ron Rindone, a volunteer tax preparer, completes George 'Joe' Morrison's tax returns Thursday, March 12, 2015,  at the Denham Springs Library. Co-sponsored by Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and the Internal Revenue Service, the free program prepares tax documents for people who qualify.

This year, Louisiana will be the first state to reach “Tax Freedom Day,” the day when the state’s taxpayers collectively have earned enough money to pay federal, state and local taxes for the year, according to the Tax Foundation, a right-leaning think tank based in Washington D.C. Louisiana will reach that milestone on April 2 for 2015,… Continue reading →

Ex-coastal restoration chief Zeringue running for Louisiana House seat

Coastal protection and restoration advocate Jerome “Zee” Zeringue announced Tuesday he’ll run for the Houma area Louisiana House seat being vacated by Rep. Gordon Dove. Dove, a Republican from Houma, cannot run for re-election to the District 52 seat because of term limits. House District 52 encompasses parts of Terrebonne and Lafourche Parish. Zeringue, a Republican, recently served as executive director… Continue reading →

LSU Survey finds people 'like the idea' behind Common Core; but label lost in partisan rhetoric

Louisiana adults seem to be getting their “facts” about Common Core from partisan rhetoric and basing their opinion, for the most part, on their political persuasion, according to the most recent chapter of LSU’s 2015 Louisiana Survey that was released Tuesday. But the poll also found lots of support for the concept — higher academic standards… Continue reading →

20-year-old man fatally shot on Mayo Boulevard

New Orleans police report a 20-year-old man was fatally shot in the 6800 block of Mayo Boulevard around 8:30 p.m. Monday. Police said when officers arrived at the scene, the victim was lying in the street with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and has not yet been identified. Homicide Detective… Continue reading →

Justice Department report scathing in its findings of former federal prosecutors Sal Perricone, Jan Mann

Sal Perricone, Jan Mann

Sal Perricone, the former federal prosecutor, hid behind a computer for years, assailing criminals, New Orleans attorneys and judges in vitriolic comments he penned under online news articles using an array of aliases. But when confronted in March 2012 by his boss, former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten, Perricone removed his mask in a heartbeat, owning up… Continue reading →