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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 →

Firefighters battle blaze at New Orleans Garden District home

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Fire Department firefighters battle a 4-alarm fire at the intersection of Philip and Chestnut Streets in the Garden District the only occupant Ann Trufant, 87, escaped with no injuries from the three story 134-year-old home in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. A couple of firefighters received minor burns.

White smoke billowed up as Ann Trufant, 87, stared at her 134-year-old home, flames spewing from the windows. Her grandson Will Trufant, wrapped his arms around her. Nearby, neighbors and curious bystanders stood transfixed at the corner of Philip and Chestnut streets on Tuesday as firefighters poured water on a blaze that engulfed the… Continue reading →

Walt Handelsman animation: Mardi Gras 2015 the 'Wonderful World of Make-Believe'

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Walt Handelsman, Mardi Gras 2015 and the 'Wonderful World of Make-Believe' is rolling !… 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 →

Video: Catholic running back Derrius Guice looks forward to being a part of the freshman chain at LSU

Catholic HIgh School running back Derrius Guice shows off his U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey he received Friday at Catholic High.

. Catholic running back Derrius Guice talks with The Advocate about his commitment to LSU and his dreams of one day playing for the Tigers in Tiger Stadium. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Baby goat found beheaded at Algiers park

Authorities are investigating the beheading of a baby goat found slain Thursday morning at Brechtel Park in Algiers.… Continue reading →

Gretna hotel ordered shut down by Fire Marshal’s Office

The Louisiana Fire Marshal's Office on Thursday issued a cease-and-desist letter to a Gretna motel that inspectors said has been plagued by a number of safety issues, including faulty electrical wiring that caused small fires in rooms.… Continue reading →

Southern’s ‘Human Jukebox’ performs in Atlanta

Southern University’s marching band, known as the “Human Jukebox,” took to the field at Atlanta’s Georgiadome Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, competing against eight other historically black universities.… Continue reading →

Bo Dollis, big chief of the Wild Magnolias, dead at 71

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Legendary Wild Magnolias Big Chief Bo Dollis has passed away. He has been in ill health and traveled the streets of the city on Mardi Gras 2013 in a motorized chair.

Big Chief Theodore “Bo” Dollis, who led the Wild Magnolia tribe for several decades and whose gritty voice helped introduce Mardi Gras Indian music to a worldwide audience, has died. He was 71. His death was announced Tuesday by the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame. “It is with profound sadness that I must… Continue reading →

LSU adds Steele, Orgeron to football coaching staff

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left,  LSU defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, head coach Les Miles and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron stand together during a news conference Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at LSU in Baton Rouge.

With new coaching staff members Kevin Steele and Ed Orgeron on board, LSU’s football staff could be a dream team.… Continue reading →

Street Performer Series: Dancer Jennifer Jones

Advocate photo by KEVIN MCQUARN --- Jennifer Jones, daughter of the legendary musician Joe Jones, is a New Orleans street performer. She has been performing for nearly 10 years.

Jennifer Jones, daughter of the legendary musician Joe Jones, has been a New Orleans street performer for nearly 10 years. One of the last things her father said to her before his death was to “heal the people.” Jones believes that by making people happy through her dancing that she is carrying on the legacy of her father.… Continue reading →

Tulane students helping revitalize barbershop music

On Saturday night, the singing group Green Envy will be featured at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center as part of the Barbershop Harmony Society’s winter convention.… 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 -- The Saints will wait until legal and NFL investigations have been completed before deciding what to do with outside linebacker Junior Galette, who was arrested Monday on an accusation of domestic violence.

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 →

Aunt suspects ‘set-up’ in Algiers killing

Advocate staff photo by CAITLIN McNALLY--Kim Henderson, the aunt murder victim Guy Henderson, stands where her nephew's body was found on an Algiers street on Sunday, Dec. 29. Photo taken in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014.

Kim Henderson watched from the window of her mother’s house as her nephew, Guy Henderson Jr., got in his car with an acquaintance Monday afternoon. Then she saw something disconcerting. “While (Guy Henderson) was sitting in the car, I saw the other guy drop a gun out of his waistband and pick it up… Continue reading →

Video: Alabama receiver Amari Cooper says it's Bourbon Street, not New Orleans, that he dislikes

Alabama quarterback Blake Sims listens during media day for the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. Alabama is slated to square off against Ohio State on New Year's Day.  (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

. Alabama receiver Amari Cooper clarifies the statements he made on Saturday when some people thought he said he didn't like the city of New Orleans. 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 →

Video: The Old New Orleans Rum Company

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Bottles of Old New Orleans Rum are on display at the Old New Orleans Rum Company.

Katie Darling, CEO of the Celebration Distillation Corporation, gives a behind-the-scene look at the Old New Orleans Rum Company.… Continue reading →

Video: Saints disagree with referees ruling not to overturn a Jimmy Graham fumble against the Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta Falcons strong safety Kemal Ishmael (36) strips the football from New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) after a reception near the goal line in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. Falcons free safety Dezmen Southward (41) tackles. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)

. The Saints thought tight end Jimmy Graham caught a touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday. Referee John Parry upheld officials on-field coall that the play was a catch fumble, which cost the team a key touchdown.… Continue reading →

Video: Wishing you Happy Holidays from The Advocate

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --   Madeleine Smith, 14 months, hangs an ornament on a Christmas tree as the Marine Corps Band of New Orleans plays one of four Christmas concerts in south Louisiana Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 at the Northshore Harbor Center near Slidell. The Marines will return to Slidell on Wednesday, Dec. 17, for their annual Toys for Tots distribution.

The Advocate gives a different type of breaking news notification. Leslie and Donney Rose deliver a holiday poem to Advocate followers to wish readers and web users a wonderful holiday season.… Continue reading →

Causeway officials see hope in railings designed to keep vehicles out of Lake Pontchartrain

The truck speeds toward the bridge railing at over 60 mph. On impact, puffs of white can be seen as the tires explode, shards of glass and metal go flying and the back end of the truck rises off the ground, the wheels akimbo and still spinning. In slow motion, it’s like a ballet, hundreds of… Continue reading →

Video: LSU forward Jordan Mickey says the Tigers' adjustments paid off against Alabama-Birmingham

Associated Press photo by Mark AlmondLSUs Jordan Mickey looks to shoot in front of UABs Tosin Mehinti during the second half of Thursday's game. LSU won 79-70.

. LSU forward Jordan Mickey scored 13 points and had eight rebounds in the Tigers' 79-70 victory at Alabama-Birmingham on Thursday. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Saints quarterback Drew Brees says the team responded well to the changes after the Carolina loss

Associated Press photo by Nam Y. HuhSaints quarterback Drew Brees throws a pass as Bears defensive tackle Stephen Paea pursues during Monday's game.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 29 of 36 passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns to lead the team to a 31-15 victory at the Chicago Bears. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

Once in disarray, Saints again filled with hope after win vs. Bears

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) celebrates a touchdown with wide receiver Kenny Stills (84) during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO — The New Orleans Saints have made many statements this season, each seemingly contradicting the previous one. On Monday night, they finally made the one they wanted to make. A season that just a few days ago appeared to be in disarray is now once again filled with hope, thanks in part… Continue reading →

How LSU can still get 10 wins: Decisions of some of Louisiana’s top football prospects could make or break 2015 recruiting class

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --Riverdale athlete Donte Jackson (1) is run out of bounds by East Jefferson defensive back Devin Samson (6) during the first quarter Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at Joe Yenni Stadium in Metairie.

Frank Wilson says LSU can still get to 10 wins. Addressing the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club this past week, Wilson, LSU’s recruiting coordinator and running backs coach, claimed the Tigers could reach the 10-win mark for a fifth straight season. That’s mathematically impossible, a questioner pointed out to Wilson. LSU is 8-4 with… Continue reading →

Video: Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans says the team tried to run and push the ball in its win against the New York Knicks

New Orleans Pelicans forward Tyreke Evans (1) drives against New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. The Pelicans won 104-93. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans scored a game-high 27 points and had six assists and four rebounds in the team's 104-93 victory against the New York Knicks in the Smoothie King Center on Tuesday. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →