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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: 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 →

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 →

Video: LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture says he grew up watching Notre Dame on television

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture, center, celebrates with linebacker D.J. Welter , right, after the Tigers' 30-27 win over Florida on Oct. 11.

LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture talks how he got familiar with Notre Dame at an early age watching the Fighting Irish on television and has a lot of respect for them. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Panthers pound the Saints 41-10 in ‘embarrassing’ performance

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Fans including Larry Rolling react as time winds down in a NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.

There was a moment Sunday when the Saints displayed so much heart that it couldn’t be denied — but it was probably more heart than anyone wanted to see, since it led to pushing and shoving and fisticuffs. You had to see it to believe that there was a moment during Sunday’s 41-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers… Continue reading →

Light up the night

Advocate photo by J.T. BLATTY-- in New Orleans, La. Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. Lights depicting scenes of New Orleans electrify the facade of Gallier Hall during Luna Fete, a surrealistic video projection by the French light art group, La Maison Productions.

Visitors were treated to a dazzling display of art projected on New Orleans' Gallier Hall.… Continue reading →

Video: The Pelicans' Anthony Davis, Tyreke Evans say they respect the players and message behind the "I Can't Breathe" T-shirts

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans talk about NBA players like LeBron James and Tyreke Evans wearing "I Can't Breathe" T-shirts to protest a grand jury ruling not to indict a police officer in the death of a New York man. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Saints’ play action has been deadly this season

Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu (43) comes in behind New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) as he gets a pass away in the fourth quarter of the NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

The easiest touchdown the New Orleans Saints have scored this season might have come during a Week 8 game against the Green Bay Packers. With a little more than five minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Saints came out in a heavy set, with tight ends Josh Hill and Ben Watson serving as bookends on each… Continue reading →

Video: Saints quarterback Drew Brees says everybody is fair game when it comes to coach Sean Payton's in-game temper

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton yells at New Orleans Saints cornerback Leigh Torrence (24) during the second quarter of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA. on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011. The Saints lost the game 41-36. (Special to the Advocate/Steve Dykes)

Saints quarterback Drew Brees says when the game starts and the competitive juices of coach Sean Payton get flowing anyone can be on the receiving end of one of his angry outbursts. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Walt Handelsman animation: Politicians take money from 'silly things' like schools, roads and give to 'rich and famous'

Here is the latest from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and animator Walt Handelsman.… Continue reading →

Video: LSU forward Jordan Mickey says big lead early powered the team to a win against UMass

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- LSU Forward Jordan Mickey (25), along with team mate John Odo, battle for a rebound against Umass on Tuesday night at the Pete Maravich Center.

LSU forward Jordan Mickey scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds and five blocked shots in the Tigers' 82-60 victory against UMass in the Maravich Assembly Center. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

Practice of housing teens in Orleans Parish Prison worries a parent

Each year, dozens of New Orleans parents grapple with similar concerns as their teenage children face the prospect of being tried as adults.… Continue reading →

Video: Former Southern football player Calvin Mills proposes to his girlfriend at the Bayou Classic

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern fans celebrate Mike Jones' touchdown reception against Grambling in the 41st annual Bayou Classic, Saturday, Nov. 29, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

As a member of the Southern team and a former player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Calvin Mills has experienced a lot of things good and bad on the field in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Still, nothing could top what Mills did on Saturday when he proposed to his girlfriend with the help of the Southern University marching band during halftime… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis powers Pelicans past Kings 106-100

Associated Press photo by RICH PEDRONCELLI -- New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, center, receives congratulations from teammate Ryan Anderson, right, after scoring late in the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings last Tuesday in Sacramento, Calif. The Pelicans won 106-100.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Anthony Davis had 28 points and nine rebound to help the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Sacramento Kings 106-100 on Tuesday on Tuesday night. Ryan Anderson hit four 3-pointers and scored 22 points for the Pelicans, who outscored the Kings 31-15 in the third. Tyreke Evans had 18 points, and Eric Gordon… Continue reading →

Street Performer Series: Artist Artis Lewis

Artis Lewis is a street artist in Jackson Square who expresses his feelings through art. Advocate Video by Kevin McQuarn

Artis Lewis is a street artist in Jackson Square who expresses his feelings through art. He believes creativity and an appreciation for the beauty of life gives him a very unique style. Lewis hopes that when he “leaves this planet” his legacy will live on through his painted work.… Continue reading →

Saints fan Tony Williams who snatched ball away from Bengals fan Christa Barrett: It was fair game

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The Saints fan at the left hijacked a touchdown football which a player tried to hand to the woman at right as the New Orleans Saints faced the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, November 16, 2014.

Tony Williams said Monday morning he kept it for his eight-year-old grandson, who plays football. Continue reading →

Saints’ frustration reaches new high after 27-10 loss to the Bengals

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Larry Rolling reflected the frustration of Saints fans during their loss to the Bengals on Sunday, November 16, 2014.

Kenny Vaccaro sat down Saturday night and started watching all of the defensive plays from his rookie season. Then he watched all of the plays from this season. And then he watched the Cincinnati Bengals offense. The safety was up late — maybe even too late, considering the New Orleans Saints played the Bengals on… Continue reading →

Make The New Orleans Advocate part of your morning routine

The New Orleans Advocate debuts a new television commercial, featuring real subscribers and their affection for their daily newspaper with their morning coffee.… Continue reading →

Make The New Orleans Advocate part of your morning routine

The New Orleans Advocate debuts a new television commercial, featuring real subscribers and their affection for their daily newspaper with their morning coffee.… Continue reading →

Fatal Broadmoor fire claims five lives, including three children

A fatal fire Tuesday morning, Nov. 11, 2014, took five lives, including a 77-year-old woman, her daughter and her three grandchildren. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.… Continue reading →

Street Performer Series: Tarot Card Reader JT Canko

JT Canko has been reading tarot cards for over 30 years and can be found in Jackson Square.  Advocate video by Kevin McQuarn

JT Canko has been reading tarot cards for over 30 years and can be found in Jackson Square. Even though her readings don't usually include things like “hitting the lottery” or “meeting a tall, dark stranger,” Canko believes she gives customers a deeper sense of themselves. Canko also enjoys reading cards because it allows her to share in… Continue reading →

Holt Cemetery caretakers on life among the dead

Caretakers of the Holt Cemetery in New Orleans ponder life and death as they go about their daily duties. Holt Cemetery, established in 1879 on City Park Avenue, is a Potter’s field cemetery where many bodies of the indigent were buried, and many of the markers are hand built and hand written. See… Continue reading →

Election 2014: A Walt Handelsman animation for Oct. 29, 2014

Watch out for those negative campaign ads, Walt Handelsman says. Continue reading →

Scenes from Poche Plantation Arts and Crafts Show

The Poche Plantation Arts and Crafts Show, Oct. 25-26, 2014, in Convent featured cooking competitions, music, a pig roast, more than 30 food choices, more than 125 arts and crafts vendors, pony rides, face painting, tours of the historic mansion and lots more. Video shows scenes from Day 1.… Continue reading →

Video: B-29 World War II display at Lakefront Airport

Screen image from video

A B-29 ‘Superfortress’ is on display at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans as part of the attractions of the World War II Airpower Expo that begins on Friday and runs through Sunday.… Continue reading →

Long-standing second-line tradition uniquely New Orleans

Organizations have been marching behind brass bands in New Orleans since the 1840s. 170 years later, these processions, often referred to today as “second-lines,” can be found on the streets on most Sundays from Labor Day through Memorial Day. Videographer Caitlin McNally caught up with the second-lines of today and filed this report.… Continue reading →

Street Performer Series: Mime Uncle Louie

Uncle Louie, a street performer in New Orleans, performs with a tourist.Advocate video by Kevin McQuarn.

Uncle Louie is a full-time mime who can be found on Royal Street and near the Natchez Riverboat. He has been performing for over 21 years and believes the hardest part about street performing is making admirers happy. If there was one message Uncle Louie could share with the world, it would be simply, “love.”… Continue reading →