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Weather Channel asks: What do you consider sweater — or, if you prefer, gumbo — weather?

What’s considered “sweater weather”? Depends on whom you ask. The Weather Channel conducted a survey of people in the United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) to find out what temperature makes people break out their sweaters. Of 6,586 respondents, 59 percent placed the sweater weather cutoff into the 55 to 65 degree range. The results show… Continue reading →

Source: Holding South Carolina vs. LSU game in Columbia 1st choice, neutral site 2nd, Baton Rouge 3rd

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles walks down Victory Hill for the game against Eastern Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Tiger Stadium.

The LSU-South Carolina set for Saturday in flood-ravaged Columbia, South Carolina, could be moved, possibly even to Baton Rouge. Continue reading →

Man robbed of his clothing, vehicle in Lower Ninth Ward Monday afternoon

. A man was robbed of his clothing and vehicle at gunpoint Monday afternoon in the Lower Ninth Ward, police said. The man was sitting on his porch in the 1400 block of Tupelo Street around 4 p.m. Monday when two men approached him and demanded his property, according to the New Orleans Police Department preliminary offense log. The suspects… Continue reading →

Man drives truck into sleeping neighbor's bedroom near Mandeville Tuesday

Advocate staff photo by Faimon Roberts -- A man drove his truck into his next door neighbor's house on Marigny Avenue near Mandeville Tuesday morning.

. An elderly man drove his truck into his next door neighbor's house on Marigny Avenue near Mandeville Tuesday morning, officials confirmed. Both the driver and a teenaged resident of the house who was sleeping in the bedroom where the truck crashed were taken to area hospitals in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries, according to… Continue reading →

Today's Rundown: Bobby Jindal set to release second book; political strategist James Carville says gubernatorial debate a disaster

. Today in The Rundown: We review Gov. Bobby Jindal’s latest book; Republicans hit the breaks on leadership shuffle in DC; Carville criticizes WDSU debate; and much more. Get The Rundown in your inbox by filling out the form here. Countdown…
Days until the 2015 primary election day: 18
Days until the runoff (as needed): 46
Days until the Iowa caucuses: 120 Where… Continue reading →

Man known as 'mayor of Leboeuf Street' dies in Algiers fire Tuesday; husband sent to hospital with injuries

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Louisiana State Fire Marshal Captain Brian Rayborn reacts to the scene on the 200 block Leboeuf St in Algiers where the New Orleans Fire Department responded to a house fire that killed an elderly man in his 70s and sent his husband to hospital for smoke inhalation in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015.

A fire in Algiers on Tuesday morning claimed the life of an elderly man known to neighbors as the “mayor of Leboeuf Street” and sent his grieving husband to the hospital with smoke inhalation. The New Orleans Fire Department said firefighters responded to the 911 call around 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning. When firefighters arrived to the… Continue reading →

DEA collects about 50,000 pounds of pills as part of nation-wide effort targeting prescription pill abuse

. A recent prescription drug “take-back day” collected nearly 50,000 pounds of expired or unwanted prescription drugs, according to the New Orleans field division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The event was part of a nationwide effort targeting prescription pill abuse. “Prescription drug trafficking and abuse is our nation’s fastest-growing drug problem and destroys… Continue reading →

Projection: New Orleans police likely to report major crime on the rise in past 3 months, but it's not all bad news

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- New Orleans Police Chief Michael Harrison and Mayor Mitch Landrieu take questions after a press conference on the department's sex crimes unit. A 9-month internal probe of the embattled Sex Crimes Unit has determined that the troubles in the detective squad werenÕt nearly as horrifying as Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux described last year in a blistering report on the output of five detectives.

I introduced a method in July of using Calls for Service data to estimate Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) numbers in near-real time. This method predicted 4,524 person and property crimes in the second quarter of 2015, good for an estimated 3.7 percent rise in UCR from the first quarter. In August, the NOPD reported4,570 such crimes over the… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal makes his case for presidency in new book 'American Will'

Gov. Bobby Jindal's second book 'American Will: The Forgotten Choices that Changed Our Republic — And Offer Lessons For Its Future'

In a book due out later this month, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal makes a case for why he thinks he should be elected president in 2016 — all wrapped in tales from history. “American Will: The Forgotten Choices That Changed Our Republic — And Offer Lessons For Its Future” is Jindal’s second book. The Advocate received an… Continue reading →

Lawyer: Judge gave faulty jury instructions in ex-New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin’s corruption trial

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Former mayor C. Ray Nagin leaves court with his wife Seletha Nagin  after being found guilty on 20 of 21 counts in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014.

Attorneys for Ray Nagin told a federal appeals court panel Monday that a faulty jury instruction tainted at least nine of the 20 criminal charges on which the former New Orleans mayor was convicted and imprisoned last year. Nagin’s federal public defenders also argued that U.S. District Judge Helen “Ginger” Berrigan improperly levied a… Continue reading →

Government makes last-ditch plea to restore New Orleans officers’ convictions in Danziger Bridge shootings

A pair of federal judges went off the legal reservation when they endorsed a new trial for the five New Orleans police officers convicted in the Danziger Bridge killings, government lawyers contend. The officers were accused of firing on innocent people, killing two of them, a few days after Hurricane Katrina hit the city and then… Continue reading →

Federal monitors find some use-of-force investigations by New Orleans Police Department ‘deficient,’ lacking in documentation

Moments after accused cop-killer Travis Boys was arrested in June, a New Orleans Police Department lieutenant got on the radio and ordered officers to check Boys for injuries and to keep their body-worn cameras rolling. “The entire city’s eyes are on us,” the lieutenant said. “Everything will be done by the book.” Those words, as… Continue reading →

Third suspect arrested in shooting that killed 17-year-old, injured 4-year-old in New Orleans East

New Orleans police on Monday arrested a third suspect in the fatal shooting this summer of 17-year-old Gerald Morgan. Joseph Dixon, also known as Joseph Davis, 18, was taken into custody at a home on Coventry Street in New Orleans East. He was booked on second-degree murder and five counts of attempted second-degree murder. Morgan was gunned down July 21 in front… Continue reading →

Shootings in New Orleans dropping in 2015; see chart of gun violence by neighborhoods

There were 32 shooting incidents in September 2015, 11 of them fatal (34.3 percent). September’s total represented a rise from August’s 23 shootings, but the 32 shootings was just one below 2015’s monthly average of 33 shootings per month through September. Annualized Pace of Shootings, 2015. Source: NOPD. There have been 300 shootings (39.3 percent fatal) through September 2015, a 5.6 percent… Continue reading →

Louisiana lawmakers ask for more time to become REAL ID compliant before enforcement begins on some parts of law

With the deadline on Saturday, the Louisiana congressional delegation asked federal authorities to wait a while before forbidding the use of state drivers’ licenses to access federal courthouses, military bases and other facilities, saying the state would be in compliance soon. A majority of the state’s U.S. representatives and senators asked that the enforcement of the… Continue reading →

Pair arrested during Uptown armed robberies investigation not considered suspects in those crimes, NOPD says

The New Orleans Police Department arrested two people last week while investigating a string of Uptown armed robberies, but neither has been booked in those crimes and they are not considered suspects, police said Monday. John Guillory, 18, and an unnamed teenager were arrested in New Orleans East, police said. Neither of them has… Continue reading →

U.S. House Republicans delay leadership votes, clouding bid by Majority Whip Steve Scalise to move up

. Washington — In a move that could hurt the chances of U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, to rise to majority leader, voting by Republicans to fill that post and other leadership positions has been pushed back several weeks, until late October at the earliest. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, called off Monday the voting that… Continue reading →

Key vote on Common Core test results set for Oct. 13, would create 'level playing field,' John White says

A vote by Louisiana’s top school board on Oct. 13 will be crucial in ensuring that Common Core test results in Louisiana are comparable to scores in other states, state Superintendent of Education John White said Monday. Under the plan, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will consider how scores on the exam translate into… Continue reading →

1 of 2 challengers for Conrad Appel’s state Senate seat withdraws, backs remaining challenger John LaBruzzo over incumbent

John LaBruzzo, left, and Scott Songy. Provided by LaBruzzo's campaign.

Scott Songy, one of three candidates running for state Sen. Conrad Appel’s seat in the Oct. 24 primary, said Monday that he has filed papers to withdraw from the race, and he is supporting lone remaining challenger John LaBruzzo over the incumbent. The reason: Songy — who is paralyzed and couldn’t take the demands of… Continue reading →