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Woman was not exposed to dangerous bacteria at Covington center, officials conclude

A federal investigator who was sent to the Tulane National Primate Research Center near Covington to look into the escape of a potentially deadly bacterium and who later reported symptoms of the disease caused by the bacterium was not exposed to the pathogen while at the center, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has… Continue reading →

Southern University president-chancellor search begins

Advertisements for Southern University’s newly created president and chancellor position could start appearing in national publications as early as next week. The panel charged with identifying a new leader for the system and Southern University’s Baton Rouge campus held its first meeting Thursday. The search committee’s goal is to identify three finalists for the post by… Continue reading →

Johnny Marchese, founder of Old Metairie’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, dies at 97

Photo provided by St. Patrick Parade Committee -- Metairie resident Johnny Marchese has been chosen as the grand marshal of the 43rd annual St. Patrick Parade in Metairie. Marchese, 95, founded the organization 42 years ago, serving as the president and

John “Johnny” Marchese, who founded the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Old Metairie, died Monday at his home. He was 97. Marchese started the parade in 1970 and was its captain for 42 years. He served as grand marshal in 2013 and also was a member of the event’s organizing committee. “Besides his family,… Continue reading →

Tammany officials break ground on Advanced Campus project

Braving frigid and blustery conditions, St. Tammany Parish officials on Thursday celebrated the start of work on what they hope will become the key part of an ambitious 848-acre mixed-use development north of Lacombe. The development is called Tamanend, and there are plans for commercial, retail and residential areas. Parish President Pat… Continue reading →

BESE rejects bid to aid students who opt out of Common Core exams

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Jayden Hart, 9, points at the 'number line' on the overhead projector image in fourth grade math teacher Wendy Richardson's class at Bains Elementary School, during a fluency exercise to let her kids practice what they've learned about rounding off numbers in St. Francisville.  Despite lawsuits and other arguments, Common Core is being taught in classrooms, including Bains Elementary and Bains Lower Elementary in West Feliciana Parish.

A bid to let students skip Common Core tests this month without schools being penalized was rejected Thursday by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. BESE turned down the proposal, with four in favor and seven opposed. Jane Smith, a member of BESE, former superintendent of the Bossier Parish… Continue reading →

Mythical gargoyle statue found on a New Orleans street

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--It was a morning of mystery and failed attempts at finders-keepers as  gargoyle appears to somehow have made a crash landing on South Solomon Street neat the intersection of Bienville  in New Orleans, La. Thursday, March 5, 2015. Several people came by to try and lay claim to the wayward mythical creature made of concrete but it was too heavy to lift in to vehicles or load onto a hand truck. One person, Ross Cassara said he believed the beast was not an old creation since it was may of concrete and rebar which was visible from it's broken wing.

It was a morning of mystery and failed attempts at finders-keepers as a gargoyle appears to somehow have made a crash landing on South Solomon Street near the intersection of Bienville in New Orleans, La. Thursday. Several people came by to try and lay claim to the wayward mythical creature made of concrete but it was too… Continue reading →

Higher ed leader plans new initiative for legislative session

Higher Education Commissioner Joe Rallo is planning to hold regular meetings with various stakeholders from across the state during the upcoming legislative session. The new “Commissioner’s Roundtable” initiative has been planned as a way to keep business and industry leaders, faculty, staff and others outside of Baton Rouge engaged in legislative issues related that will impact higher… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal pushes bills aimed to help veterans earn college degrees in Louisiana

Gov. Bobby Jindal is pushing two pieces of legislation that aim to help veterans and military students earn college degrees in Louisiana, he announced Thursday. One bill, sponsored by state Rep. Henry Burns, R-Haughton, would establish the “Governor’s Veterans Friendly Campus Designation” for colleges that implement a list of support measures for student veterans. Burns, a… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish Sheriff releases new video of plainclothes deputy punching high school student during arrest

In an about-face, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand released a longer cellphone video Thursday that shows one of his deputies punching a high-school student during an arrest last month. At 51 seconds, the video is longer than the 37-second clip that’s been viewed more than 320,000 times on YouTube, but it depicts a similar scene in… Continue reading →

Co-discoverer of HIV to speak at Tulane University

Dr. Robert Gallo, a co-discoverer of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the cause of AIDS, will speak at the Tulane Woldenberg Art Center Thursday, March 12, according to a Tulane press release. Gallo will give the keynote address for a three-day symposium, sponsored by the President's Office, that celebrates contributions to infectious disease research by faculty in… Continue reading →

Seven killings at center of federal, state racketeering investigation of Harvey Hustlers street gang

Advocate photo by CHAD CALDER -- Mugshots of suspects identified in a sweeping series of indictments related to the Harvey Hustlers street gang are shown at a press conference held Thursday.

The sweeping racketeering indictment against 21 suspected members of the Harvey Hustlers filed last week is part of a years-long joint investigation between the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and the FBI, with federal authorities indicting 18 other members of the street gang Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand called the largest and most violent his office… Continue reading →

'American Idol' contestant Quentin Alexander of New Orleans advances, praised for 'smooth' performance

Fox photo by MICHAEL BECKER -- Quentin Alexander, 21, of New Orleans, has made the top 24 on the 14th season of  'American Idol.'

OK everyone, we can breathe now. Quentin Alexander, of New Orleans, was the very last of the eight male contestants to get his name called on Wednesday’s night’s “American Idol,” sending him on to compete next week in Hollywood. The 21-year-old appeared to a be a tight bundle of nerves as the camera panned the… Continue reading →

How Saints cutting Pierre Thomas impacts Mark Ingram, affects the team

Advocate Staff Photo by Arthur D. Lauck  Photo shot on 2-09-10 met saints 00020487a Pierre Thomas rides in the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl Parade Tuesday in New Orleans.

Who catches screen passes now? That was the initial thought when news of Pierre Thomas’ release hit on Wednesday afternoon. The next thoughts were why Thomas and why now? Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish Sheriff: Teen punched on video 'started it'; extended video released

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand points to a photo from social media, which JPSO says depicts Brady Becky with a cup from a Daiquiri shop with his mother at a Carnival parade after getting the black eye he received from JPSO deputy Nick Breaux on February 13, 2015 outside Lakeside Mall, during a press conference at the JPSO Media Center in Harvey, La. Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

Breaking his silence Wednesday on the controversial cellphone video that shows a deputy repeatedly punching a high school student in the face, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand offered a full-throated defense of the deputy’s actions and portrayed the student as an unruly 17-year-old who should “maybe stay off the alcohol.” Nearly three weeks after… Continue reading →

Woman files suit against Royal Sonesta claiming she was raped by security guard last year; case sent to DA but no arrests made so far

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Attorney Gloria Allred walks with her un-named clients after a press conference at Civil District Court in New Orleans Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The woman says she was raped by a security guard working for the Royal Sonesta hotel on Mardi Gras night 2014.

A Texas woman and her celebrity attorney, Gloria Allred, returned to New Orleans on Wednesday to accuse the Royal Sonesta Hotel in the French Quarter of allowing a hotel security guard to rape the woman on Mardi Gras night last year. They called a news conference in front of the Civil District Courthouse, where they had… Continue reading →

St. Bernard president Peralta ordered to avoid contact with key state witness

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta arrives at the parish courthouse Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta must refrain from having contact with a key witness in the state’s criminal case against him following an “uncomfortable situation” between the two last week, a judge ruled Wednesday. Peralta has faced mounting legal issues since his ex-wife, Sharon Schaefer, accused him of handcuffing, beating and raping her in their… Continue reading →

Tennessee shocks LSU at PMAC; Tigers squander opportunity to solidify NCAA tournament spot

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  LSU's Keith Hornsby is fouled be Tennessee's Josh Richardson in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

The roller-coaster ride of a season continued for the LSU basketball team on Wednesday night at a most inopportune time. Facing a team it crushed by 18 points on the road just 2½ weeks earlier, LSU, which was riding a three-game winning streak, had an opportunity to solidify its spot in the NCAA tournament field in its… Continue reading →

Another monkey at Tulane center put to death after testing positive for bacterium

Photo provided by WWLTV -- A fifth rhesus macaques has become infected at the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Covington.

A fifth monkey at the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Covington has tested positive for a bacterium considered by the U.S. government to have the potential to pose a “severe threat to public, animal or plant heath,” officials confirmed Wednesday. The monkey, a rhesus macaque, was euthanized, and cultures from a necropsy were… Continue reading →

Defense admits to marathon bombing

It this courtroom sketch, U.S. Attorney William Weinreb, left, is depicted delivering opening statements in front of U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right rear, on the first day of the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev, depicted seated second from right between defense attorneys Judy Clarke, third from right, and Miriam Conrad, right, is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring 260 people. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

BOSTON — The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It’s whether he deserves to die for it. In a blunt opening statement at the nation’s biggest terrorism trial in nearly 20 years, Tsarnaev’s own lawyer flatly told a jury that the 21-year-old former… Continue reading →

Orleans Parish DA wants opposing lawyers held in contempt of court

Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office returned fire Wednesday in the case of a young public defender’s investigator who accused the DA this week of maliciously prosecuting her to save face over allegations of prosecutorial misconduct. Prosecutors argued in a legal filing Wednesday that attorneys for Taryn Blume should be held in contempt… Continue reading →

Work to start soon on West Jefferson’s new animal shelter

Rendering provided by Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter -- An architectural rendering shows the planned West Bank animal shelter planned by Jefferson Parish at the corner of Lapalco Boulevard and Peters Road.

Crews will begin work this spring on Jefferson Parish’s new $12 million West Bank animal shelter in Harvey. The Parish Council on Wednesday approved New Orleans-based Gibbs Construction’s low bid of $9,475,000 for the project. Councilman Ricky Templet said that bid was $228,000 under the projected cost of the 29,000-square-foot building. The total… Continue reading →

Bat infestation forces KIPP Believe Primary to move to temporary site; school to reopen on Holy Rosary campus Thursday

Photo provided by Marta Jewson, The Lens -- A bat infestation at Benjamin Banneker Elementary School forced KIPP Believe staff to pack up classrooms and relocate.

A bat infestation at KIPP Believe Primary caused school officials to cancel classes Wednesday and scramble to relocate to the Holy Rosary campus in order to resume classes on Thursday. “In the last few days it’s gotten increasingly worse,” School Leader Sarah Beth Greenberg said. An increase of bat sightings at the K-3… Continue reading →

DA drops last charge against NOPD officer who once faced attempted murder count

Initially charged with attempted murder, a New Orleans police detective no longer faces any criminal charges over the alleged beating of his pregnant ex-girlfriend. Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office dropped a simple battery count against him on Wednesday. Detective Robert Hurst, now relegated to desk duty, still faces possible… Continue reading →