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UNO to honor Gordon ‘Nick’ Mueller, and other news of higher education

The University of New Orleans will present Gordon “Nick” Mueller with an honorary doctorate during its spring commencement May 15 at the Lakefront Arena. Mueller is a former history professor and administrator at UNO, as well as a driving force behind the creation of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. “Nick Mueller’s… Continue reading →

City Park promises legal action against trespassers trying to block new golf course

Photo provided by Jon Hopper -- City Park officials were notified of the latest act of vandalism and trespassing occurring near the construction site of the new golf course. An individual apparently vandalized the security fence around the site with three other individuals that were wearing masks. One individual allegedly possessed at least two incendiary devices while establishing a position in a tree.

Officials at New Orleans City Park are threatening legal action after a third trespasser climbed a tree at a construction site to protest a new golf course being built on a portion of the park’s Couturie Forest. The park’s statement Saturday night came two days after a group called the City Park for Everyone Coalition filed… Continue reading →

Winning offer for World Trade Center site guarantees New Orleans less, but offers more in long run

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Ships travel along the Mississippi River next to the World Trade Center building in New Orleans, La. Friday, June 13, 2014.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration has never been shy about expressing what it hoped to gain from leasing the former World Trade Center building for redevelopment: money. And a lot of it. When a previous developer, after more than six months of negotiating, refused to raise his financial offer for rights to the riverfront site, he… Continue reading →

Crimestoppers to start paying rewards sooner

Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans no longer will require tipsters to wait until a defendant is indicted before they can collect reward money for providing information that helps law enforcement to crack cases. With the exception of homicide cases, tipsters will be paid their full cash reward following an arrest in a felony investigation, even if… Continue reading →

In New Orleans, ‘eligible’ delinquents increasingly routed to adult courts, prisons

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Joshua Jones, 17, walks to the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Tuesday, January 27, 2015, for a court appearance on an armed robbery charge. After testing positive for marijuana, the judge revoked his bail and remanded him to jail.

One young man’s story sticks with Judge Mark Doherty. The teen had made his way to Juvenile Court twice before for minor offenses. Then it got worse. “He got arrested for a crime of violence which basically, next to murder, is the worst thing — an armed robbery,” Doherty said. Doherty, who has spent… Continue reading →

For Orleans DA, young armed robbers belong in adult court

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Joshua Jones, 17, takes his last look at freedom before entering the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Tuesday, January 27, 2015, for a court appearance on an armed robbery charge. After testing positive for marijuana, the judge revoked his bail and remanded him to jail.

Here came trouble in a lemon V-neck sweater, necktie and pressed khakis. Joshua Jones, 17, arrived in court on a January morning looking every ounce the fly-right prep student, down to the McDonogh 35 lanyard dangling from his crisp white collar. “I’m just taking one day at a time,” he said, doe-eyed, repeating a… Continue reading →

New Orleans officials hope to move young offenders awaiting trial out of Orleans Parish Prison

New Orleans City Councilwoman Susan Guidry took a first stab last week at dealing with one thorny aspect of the city’s handling of accused juvenile delinquents: where youths headed to adult court should be kept while they await trial. Should they be treated as adults and held in Orleans Parish Prison? Or should they… Continue reading →

Feds’ probe of former St. Charles DA Harry Morel continues with fresh subpoena

Federal authorities apparently are continuing to investigate a once-rejected case involving alleged sexual misconduct by former longtime St. Charles Parish District Attorney Harry Morel. At least one new subpoena was issued in the past month. Although the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2013 declined to bring charges against Morel, The New Orleans… Continue reading →

Photos, video from New Orleans City Park construction protests

Aiming to halt construction to preserve a Live Oak tree in City Park, Saturday a protester sat in the tree while others rallied in support.

According to the community group City Park for Everyone Coalition, the tree is located in Couturie Forest of City Park. However, the protestor is not acting on behalf of the coalition. This is not the first… Continue reading →

New Orleans District Attorney's Office responds to 'torrid allegations' in filing against public defense investigator accused of impersonating DA staffer

Advocate photo by YETORIA DESHAZIER - New Orleans District Attorney Leon A. Cannizzaro Jr. speaks with New Orleans Police Department superintendent Michael Harrison.

Already foaming with vitriol, the case of a New Orleans public defense investigator accused of impersonating a District Attorney’s Office staffer turned testier this week, with a retort from Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office to allegations of a malicious prosecution. Claims that Cannizzaro’s office concocted an indictment against 24-year-old investigator Taryn Blume… Continue reading →

City sells $65 milllion in bonds for repairs to streets, playgrounds, buildings

New Orleans soon will begin making repairs to more than two dozen parks and playgrounds and will spend more than $42 million on street improvements after the city this week sold the final $65 million of general-obligation bonds authorized by voters in 2004 as part of an overall $260 million bond program, Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office… Continue reading →

$5 billion Dow Chemical, Olin deal includes some Louisiana facilities

Dow Chemical is breaking off a significant part of its chlorine operations — including those in Plaquemine — in a deal with Olin Corp. valued at $5 billion. Olin owns a plant in St. Gabriel. Dow has been under pressure from hedge fund Third Point LLC to split its specialty chemical and petrochemical businesses. Dow… Continue reading →

Son of man killed inside his New Orleans home is arrested in father’s slaying

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH --Herbert Meyers III, 35, speaks with investigators at the scene of the homicide of his father Herbert Meyers Jr. at the 2400 block of Oriole Street in New Orleans, La. Monday, March 23, 2015. The younger Meyers was arrested for the murder of his father today in Metairie.

As Herbert Meyers III told it, he had just returned to his father’s house near the New Orleans lakefront on Sunday night after running a quick errand when he discovered his dad, Herbert Meyers Jr., had been killed in a home invasion. But authorities apparently did not believe his story. Instead, they arrested the… Continue reading →

Breaux to take over as Associated Grocers CEO

Emile Breaux, Associated Grocers Inc.

Emile R. Breaux will become president and CEO of Associated Grocers on June 1, completing a management transition that started more than a year ago. At the end of Associated Grocers’ current fiscal year, Breaux will take over from J.H. “Jay” Campbell Jr., who has been president and CEO since February 1995. Campbell will remain with Associated… Continue reading →

Planned City Park golf course faces challenge in federal court

Photo provided by Darin Acosta -- Bulldozing of several acres of previously undeveloped wetlands in the Old Couturie Forest has provoked The City Park for Everyone Coalitions to file a federal lawsuit against City Park and FEMA. The coalition would like to halt construction of a golf course development north of Harrison Avenue.

The protest against a new, championship-level golf course in City Park has entered a new arena: federal court. The City Park for Everyone Coalition filed a federal suit against City Park and FEMA on Thursday in an attempt to stop the construction of a $13 million golf course slated to occupy land between Harrison and Filmore… Continue reading →

City Council members trade personal accusations over street name changes

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Robert C. Blakes, Jr., right, the son of Robert C. Blakes, Sr., smiles as he congratulated by Troy Henry, left, and other church members after two ordinances passed in City Hall to rename LaSalle Street between Earhart and Simon Bolivar Boulevard to Rev. John Raphael Jr. Way in honor of the police-officer-turned pastor of New Hope Baptist Church and Carondelet Street between Felicity and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard as Robert C. Blakes Sr. Drive, honoring the founding pastor of New Home Ministries in New Orleans, La. Thursday, March 26, 2015. Both men were known for their stance against violence in Central City and died in 2013.

The gloves came off. The claws came out. And any notion that everything is sweetness and light among members of the New Orleans City Council was shredded before a single motion was even considered at Thursday’s meeting. Five of the council’s seven members began by squabbling about whose turn it was to speak, in what order… Continue reading →

WWL-TV report: At McMain school in New Orleans, an academic bright spot, videos raise question: Why all the fights?

Image from WWL-TV video -- Recent videos of at least five fights between students at Eleanor McMain, all recorded on school grounds, include both girls and boys going at it, hallway scuffles and another fight in a bus line.

Among open enrollment schools in New Orleans, Eleanor McMain stands out as an academic bright spot, sporting a 90 percent graduation rate and a B state ranking. That’s why recent videos of at least five fights between students were so alarming to Principal Bridgette Frick. The altercations, all recorded on school grounds, included both girls… Continue reading →

$500 million pipeline system to link Motiva refineries in Norco, Convent

Motiva Enterprises said Thursday it will connect its refineries in Norco and Convent to create the Louisiana Refining System. The first step will be to build a Maurepas pipeline system — three pipelines that will connect the refineries and link the existing LOCAP terminal in St. James to Norco. The pipeline system will cost $500 million to… Continue reading →

Texas judge: Tom Benson likely can’t recover Saints, Pelicans shares he gave to now-estranged relatives

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson waves at the media before a press conference about the Saints reporting for 2013 Training Camp including meetings, physicals, and conditioning at the Saints Training Facility in Metairie, Thursday, July 25, 2013.

If Tom Benson is going to cut his now-estranged daughter and grandchildren off from any future involvement with the Saints and Pelicans, he needs to remove shares of the sports teams from a group of trusts benefiting his relatives and replace them with assets of equal value. Benson and his lawyers believe he has the assets… Continue reading →

Temporary overseers of Texas trust caught up in Benson dispute urge family to find ‘a peaceful resolution’

Former Mayor Phil Hardberger, left, and lawyer Art Bayern have been appointed by Bexar County Probate Court Judge Tom Rickhoff as Co-Receivers in the case concerning Tom Benson's assets.  Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. ORG XMIT: B64150848Z.1

The two men appointed to oversee a Texas trust that Tom Benson was temporarily suspended from managing urged the Saints and Pelicans owner this week to seek “a peaceful resolution” to the sprawling legal war he and his now-estranged daughter are waging against each other. “This suit has ensnarled an honorable family and… Continue reading →