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Louisiana Spotlight: Big Oil lawsuit survives, so far

Kevin McGill, Associated Press staff, in New Orleans, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Facing opposition from a powerful industry, the governor and many in the Legislature, a New Orleans-area flood board’s lawsuit against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies seemed doomed early on. But that was roughly 15,000 billable hours ago. That ever-growing… Continue reading →

Smiley Anders

Smiley: Victory prayers

One of my favorite writers, George Gurtner (now writing for The New Orleans Advocate), says the upcoming Battle of New Orleans bicentennial celebration on Jan. 6, plus the current football season, remind him of this story: “Legend has… Continue reading →

Mark Ballard

Political Horizons: Attacks on immigrants a political land-mine

In a 1755 essay, Benjamin Franklin worried that newly arrived Germans threatened to become “a colony of Aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us instead of our Anglifying them.” Even back in the day, says Stanford University professor… Continue reading →

James Gill

James Gill: Former juror still makes no difference

It’s supposed to be a runoff, but it looks more and more like a retrial as Victor Durand, former Gov. Edwin Edwards’ recalcitrant juror, attaches himself to the campaign. Make that the recalcitrant juror from the trial Edwards lost. There was one… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace

Stephanie Grace: A cruel decision of pure politics

Gov. Bobby Jindal lost me at “waste.” OK, he never had me in the first place, certainly not when it comes to his rejection of $16 billion in federal money to provide health insurance for roughly 240,000 of his most struggling… Continue reading →

Gregory Roberts

Washington Watch: Joy in the fight, bruise in the result

— Mary Landrieu’s Keystone pipeline gambit pretty much played out, as the headline writers put it, as a “hail Mary” pass — a desperate attempt, with the clock running out and the score against her, to change the outcome of… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais

Together, Shaquille O’Neal and Dale Brown formed legendary pair; and together, they will enter College Basketball Hall of Fame

Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU center Shaquille O’Neal, left, and coach Dale Brown chat during a game in January 1991.

Basketball took Dale Brown around the world, filling a need in a fatherless lad with boundless energy that couldn’t be satisfied by staying home in frosty Minot, North Dakota. Without knowing it, maybe what the globetrotting Brown was looking for was Shaquille… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon

Patricia Gannon: ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

Kathleen Blanco, Steve Oubre

Blanche Dubois famously said, “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” Make no mistake, in society, like everywhere else, deceit and duplicity run their crooked courses, and every year I’m forever grateful for angels who step forward out of nowhere.… Continue reading →

Chante Warren: Common Ground

Common Ground: Make lunch a priority for your kids

I thought I was doing a pretty good job of packing my children’s lunch boxes by filling them with all of their favorites — pepperoni pizza Hot Pockets, ham and cheese Lunchables, mini Oreos, an orange and a juice box.… Continue reading →

Danny Heitman: At Random

Danny Heitman’s “At Random”: Adventures in going nowhere

I first connected with Pico Iyer in 1992, through the pages of “The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto,” a book of his that was making a splash that year. A copy arrived in the newsroom and somehow landed on my… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer

Quin Hillyer: In union cross-hairs: charters, lab schools, and NOCCA

A union-led lawsuit against charter schools is not only misguided in its stated aims, but also threatens serious collateral damage to the LSU and Southern Lab schools; to the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts; to the New Orleans Center for… Continue reading →

Pat Shingleton

Pat Shingleton’s Weather News for Nov. 24, 2014

It originated as a day to give thanks for the harvest, to embrace relationships between family and friends and an invitation to neighbors. As noted in a previous column, original traditions included the wild turkey and the pumpkin pie. Long before the arrival… Continue reading →