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Environmental groups say ongoing effects of BP oil spill not always visible to the eye, but damage is continuing

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Louisiana State Director of the National Wildlife Federation's Louisiana Coastal Campaign David Muth holds a picture of nesting brown Pelicans on Cat Island in Barataria Bay five years ago with the empty mostly eroded island in the background seen today five years after the BP Oil Spill in Plaquemines Parish, La. Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Once a rookery for thousands of birds the island is almost devoid of life and being claimed by erosion.

On a boat ride Tuesday from Myrtle Grove through Barataria Bay to see what remains of the Deepwater Horizon oil almost five years after the April 20, 2010, disaster, it all looks so normal. There are no absorbent booms lining the beach, barely weathered oil is not pooling in the marsh… Continue reading →

Video: Adult Crime, Adult Time

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Derrick Jones Sr., father of Joshua Jones, 17, walks away from the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Tuesday, January 27, 2015, after a court appearance for his son, who is facing an armed robbery charge. 'He's not coming out,' Derrick Jones said, after learning the judge remanded Joshua to jail for failing a drug test. 'I'm done with him.'

Teenagers who are at least 14 can be transferred to adult court, though the process varies according to the defendant’s age. To transfer a 14-year-old child requires the blessing of a Juvenile Court judge, who must conclude the child is not amenable to rehabilitation. But older teens, 15 and 16 years old, can be transferred at the DA’s… Continue reading →

Video: Full version of Matthew McConaughey's emotional New Orleans speech at Film Society gala

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- New Orleans Film Society Patron Party & Gala at the home of Honorary Gala Chairs Sara and Paul Costello. Saturday March 28, 2015. Writer-Director Gary Ross, Honorary Gala Chair Alexa Georges, Actor Matthew McConaughey with his wife/model/designer Camila Alves

Actor and producer Matthew McConaughey spoke Saturday night during the New Orleans Film Society gala at the home of Paul and Sara Costello, in a short speech that summed up his fond feelings about the Crescent City, “home of the shortest hangover on the planet.” See the full video of his speech above. If you're… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal and ... twerking elephants? Special animation shows how governor is trying to dance to White House

Here’s the latest animation from Advocate cartoonist and animator Walt Handelsman. In Walt's new song-parody animation, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal tries to sing and dance his way to the White house.… Continue reading →

New Orleans airport TSA agent gives first-hand account of attack at press conference

New Orleans airport aggressor Richard White

Richard White, the Kenner man who was shot after he walked into New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong International Airport on Friday night and attacked security agents with a machete and wasp spray, died Saturday afternoon, about two hours after authorities revealed that he had Molotov cocktails with him in the airport and smoke bombs outside in his vehicle.… Continue reading →

Video: St. Joseph’s Altar

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--Rev. Emmanuel Mulenga, blesses the cookies, cakes and other foods offered on the alter at St. Augustine Church as Catholics celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph in New Orleans, La. Thursday, March 19, 2015. Church member Beverly Curry sits by the donation basket during the ceremony.

Archbishop Gregory Aymond leads a prayer over St. Joseph’s altar at Rouses Supermarket on Baronne St. Scenes from altars at St. Joseph Church, St. Augustine Church and De La Salle High School can be seen as well.… Continue reading →

Check it out: New Orleans opens Parisite Skate Park -- the first public skate park in city’s history

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Christian Dufrene, 17, of Lafayette flys over a jump during the opening of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commissions Parisite Skatepark Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in New Orleans. 'We don't have anything like this in Lafayette,' said Dufrene, who drove in for the opening. The 18,000-square-foot park, under an elevated section of Interstate 610 at Paris Avenue and Pleasure Avenue, features concrete and wood ramps, rails and jumps common to skateparks. The project is the result of a collaboration between the City of New Orleans, NORDC, Spohn Ranch Skateparks, Tulane City Center, and Transitional Spaces, a nonprofit formed by local skateboarders.

Hundreds of skaters, New Orleans officials and curious onlookers came together Saturday to celebrate the opening of the city’s first public skate park, an 18,000-square-foot space under the Interstate 610 overpass in Gentilly. Located at the intersection of Paris Avenue and Pleasure Street, Parisite Skate Park was the vision of Transitional Spaces, a nonprofit formed by… Continue reading →

Rabalais: In a pivotal year for Les Miles, LSU needs these recruits to pan out

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU coach Les Miles answers questions about new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and new defensive line coach Ed Orgeron last month. Miles and his staff finalized a signing class of 25 players Wednesday.

Recruiting is referred to as an inexact science. It’s a statement that does injustice to inexact sciences, like meteorology or coming up with a flu vaccine that actually works (excuse me while I reach for another tissue). Yet every year, fans and us media types sift through the college football classes on… Continue reading →

Video: Bourbon Street brawl erupts; New Orleans police acknowledges delayed response

A video showing a large group of men slugging it out with a group of bouncers on Bourbon Street early Sunday is raising familiar questions about the NOPD’s manpower shortages as Carnival season shifts into high gear. Continue reading →

Band members find stolen Rodrigue Blue Dog painting leaning against St. Louis Street building, return it to NOPD

Someone stole a $250,000 painting by acclaimed Louisiana artist George Rodrigue on Tuesday afternoon, apparently lifting it off the wall of a Royal Street gallery and walking out into the French Quarter.

Bassist Elliot Newkirk and his fellow bandmates in Stereo Fire Empire had just spilled out of the House of Blues at 1 a.m. Wednesday and were headed to a bar when they spotted it, leaning up against a French Quarter building: a $250,000 George Rodrigue painting that had been stolen about 10 hours earlier.… Continue reading →

Saints GM Mickey Loomis: We will let legal, NFL investigations play out after Junior Galette arrest

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Saints pass rusher Junior Galette in August 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

After star pass rusher Junior Galette was arrested in Kenner on Monday on an accusation of domestic violence, the Saints will let both the legal and NFL investigations unfold before deciding what exactly to do with the player, General Manager Mickey Loomis said at a news conference Tuesday. Loomis said the Saints will take the matter very… Continue reading →

Video: Saints coach Sean Payton talks about what the team did right and wrong this season

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

. Saints coach Sean Payton talks about the numbers and the stats that defined the Saints this season. He also talks about the process of how to make things better in 2015. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Rabalais: LSU’s Anthony Jennings brings a suitcase full of quiet confidence to Music City Bowl

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Quarterback Anthony Jennings is interviewed at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center late Saturday afternoon, after LSU arrived at the team hotel.

Amid the swirl of TV cameras and interviews and LSU players trying to find their room keys as they arrived at the Opryland resort on Saturday for the Music City Bowl, a small band of youngsters slipped in and took a picture with Tigers quarterback Anthony Jennings. As they returned… Continue reading →