Five N.O.-area housing grants awarded

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas has awarded more than $1.3 million in Affordable Housing Program grants for five projects in the New Orleans area totaling 210 housing units. Four of the projects are in New Orleans and one in Mandeville. Another $530,000 is going to projects in Lake Charles, Alexandria and Ruston for … Continue reading →

Two killed, one wounded in Desire shooting

Gunfire killed two men and wounded another early Tuesday morning in the Desire neighborhood, New Orleans police said. The shooting happened about 1:30 a.m. in the 3000 block of Edith Weston Place. Officers responding to a call of shots fired found three men inside a red Jaguar. Two men were pronounced dead on the scene … Continue reading →

Musician says troopers roughed him up during stop

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD  -- Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs performs Friday during the first day of Essence Festival in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Shamarr Allen said he was simply trying to avoid trouble when the trouble started last week. The local trumpet player said he had just dropped off a friend at his home in the Lower 9th Ward when he saw State Police clustered near Chartres Street and Caffin Avenue in the Lower 9th Ward about 2:30 a.m. … Continue reading →

Ex-cop McRae’s sentencing delayed

Associated Press file photo by Cheryl Gerber -- Gregory McRae as he entered federal court in New Orleans in December 2010.

A federal judge Monday postponed until next month the resentencing of Gregory McRae, a former New Orleans police officer convicted of igniting Henry Glover’s corpse in the days after Hurricane Katrina. McRae had been scheduled to appear in court Tuesday to learn his new punishment, but U.S. District Judge Lance Africk rescheduled the hearing for Aug. … Continue reading →

10 charged in cash-advance fraud scheme at Harrah’s Casino

An Orleans Parish grand jury has indicted 10 people on racketeering charges in an identity theft and counterfeit credit card scheme involving a group of New Yorkers who received tens of thousands of dollars in allegedly fraudulent cash advances from Harrah’s New Orleans Casino. The alleged ringleader, Jorge Cesar Mejia, 30, of the Bronx, New York, … Continue reading →

NOLA to host top travel trade show in 2016

New Orleans will host the largest travel industry show in North America in 2016. The U.S. Travel Association’s show, called IPW, was last held in New Orleans in 2002. The group had planned to hold the five-day show in Greater Miami and The Beaches. However, the City of Miami Beach Commission decided to renovate and expand … Continue reading →

Grant will fund UNO research on tiny structures

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $405,000 grant to a University of New Orleans chemistry professor to support research on fabricating microscopic structures. John Wiley began his work in 2011. The tiny chemical structures are about one ten-thousandth the size of a human hair. They consist of chains of particles surrounded by a ceramic-like sheet. … Continue reading →

Officer tried to run down husband with car, NOPD says

A New Orleans police officer was suspended without pay Monday after she was arrested and accused of trying to run down her husband with her car during an argument. Stephanie Caldwell, 33, was booked on several counts including aggravated assault, authorities said. According to a statement from the Police Department, Caldwell and her husband … Continue reading →

Strong New Orleans economy boosts First NBC profit

Increased construction activity and growth in commercial real estate and oil and gas service companies helped drive a strong second quarter for New Orleans-based First NBC Bank Holding Co. The holding company for First NBC Bank reported its second-quarter earnings jumped to $12.4 million, or 65 cents per share, compared to $8.1 million, or 49 cents per … Continue reading →

Officials hope new hospital’s opening will boost New Orleans East

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The New Orleans East Hospital opened this month. It is the first full service hospital to operate in the east since Hurricane Katrina. The hospital is at the site of the old Methodist Hospital, which did not reopen after the storm.

Karl Warner was the last person to be loaded onto a Black Hawk helicopter from the roof of the storm-ravaged Methodist Hospital in New Orleans East in 2005. The hospital’s chief engineer, he had spent seven days wading through Hurricane Katrina floodwaters, back and forth between the hospital and a small maintenance building across the street, where he … Continue reading →

Steely Dan mixes jamming with familiar hits at UNO show

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Donald Fagen with Steely Dan performs at the UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, La. on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Guitarist Walter Becker and singer-keyboardist Donald Fagen, the musical entity known as Steely Dan, brought a show packed with hits to the UNO Lakefront Arena on Saturday. Becker and Fagen are on their “Jamalot Ever After” tour. While their show didn’t lack jamming, courtesy of their exceptionally skilled band, the duo’s songs were, of course, … Continue reading →

Suit turns spotlight on NOPD K-9 unit

Tredell Smith

Every time he looks in the mirror, Tredell Smith sees a vivid reminder of his brush with Bo, the New Orleans police canine that chewed through part of his face. It happened one night last summer, as Smith was trying to avoid landing in handcuffs for the umpteenth time. He had eluded police on … Continue reading →

Local college campuses to be mostly smoke-free by this week

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Smoking bans at set to go into effect at the University of New Orleans, seen here, and Tulane University.

Starting this week, nearly all college and university campuses in New Orleans will be tobacco-free or moving in that direction. The policies, which ban cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and, in some cases, electronic cigarettes, are aimed at creating a healthier environment, cutting down on exposure to secondhand smoke and, in the case of public colleges, … Continue reading →

Lights off! Study: Cancer drugs best in dark

Photo provided by Tulane Public Relations -- Principal investigators and co-leaders of Tulane's Circadian Cancer Biology Group, Steven Hill (left) and David Blask (right), and team members Robert Dauchy and Shulin Xiang. Photograph by Paula Burch-Celentano

Sleeping with just a little bit of light in the room could render the popular breast cancer drug tamoxifen ineffective, according to a new study conducted by doctors at Tulane University School of Medicine. Conversely, sleeping in total darkness boosts the body’s production of melatonin, which by itself retards the growth of cancer cells and, in tandem with … Continue reading →

City’s new zoning law moving toward approval

After four years of meetings and revisions, New Orleans’ new comprehensive zoning ordinance appears to be on its way to adoption by the end of the year. The City Council on Thursday accepted the latest draft of the proposed ordinance from the City Planning Commission’s staff. The draft — presented as a staff report with a … Continue reading →