Attorney for Tulane athlete denies rape allegation

Niquel Q. Veal

A defense attorney for Tulane University wide receiver Niguel “Teddy” Veal hit back Wednesday against claims that Veal raped a drunken high-school student in his dorm room last week. Attorney Donald “Chick” Foret said he hopes prosecutors will refuse the felony case. “We have every confidence that they will get to exactly what … Continue reading →

NOPD sergeant suspended after arrest on child porn charges

Brad Wax

A veteran New Orleans police sergeant was suspended without pay after he was arrested Wednesday on dozens of child pornography charges, authorities said. Sgt. Bradley Wax, 54, was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on 38 counts of child pornography, said Laura Gerdes Colligan, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, whose office was responsible … Continue reading →

N.O. tourism up 3 percent in 2013

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ ---  Revelers costume through out the French Quarter and Canal Street and William H. Hines as Rex parades with his krewe to the theme of , All Creatures Great and Small, on Mardi Gras, Tuesday, February 12, 2013. The 300 Block of Bourbon street fills to the brim mid-day with revelers.  âMAGS OUT / INTERNET  OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/ LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC./GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT/225/10/12/IN REGISTER/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/

Lifted by Super Bowl XLVII, the NCAA Women’s Final Four and the annual Essence Festival, the number of people visiting New Orleans rose to nearly 9.3 million in 2013, according to a survey released this week by the University of New Orleans Hospitality Research Center. The total was up 3 percent from 2012, when about 9 … Continue reading →

Socialite Easterling goes out as she wanted—with a party

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- After passing away April 14, Mickey Easterling, a New Orleans socialite known as much for her grand lifestyle and outlandish hats as for her civic, cultural and political activism, sits on a bench surrounded by flowers and some of her other favorite things at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, April 22, 2014.   Her family declined to release her age, noting she once said, Age is a number, and mines unlisted.  Easterling, born Marycathyren Gambino, hosted many charity and political fundraisers at her home, welcoming such guests as singers Paul Simon and Robert Goulet, actor Larry Hagman, writer and composer Paul Bowles and a range of political figures including former Gov. Edwin Edwards and retired Gen. Wesley Clark.

Most of those in attendance seemed to agree that Mickey Easterling went out Tuesday evening just the way she would have wanted to — well-dressed and in the thick of things. Friends of the local philanthropist, socialite and party hostess packed the gleaming marble foyer of the Saenger Theater on Canal Street, plucking champagne … Continue reading →

N.O. City Hall launching program for racial reconciliation

City Hall will facilitate a series of meetings over the next three years aimed at improving race relations and by extension neighborhoods and communities in New Orleans, under a program announced this week by Mayor Mitch Landrieu. The “Welcome Table New Orleans” initiative will be conducted in partnership with the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation … Continue reading →

Tulane football recruit booked with rape

Niquel Q. Veal

A star Tulane University recruit who had been expected to play football for the school in the fall was suspended from the team Tuesday after New Orleans police arrested him on an accusation he raped an 18-year-old woman last week. Niguel “Teddy” Veal, a 17-year-old freshman, was booked with one count of simple rape. The woman … Continue reading →

Two N.O. firefighters injured when burning house collapses

Two New Orleans firefighters were injured early Tuesday morning when a burning house partially collapsed on top of them. They were among 45 firefighters battling a two-alarm blaze at a wood-frame camelback home in the 2400 block of Gladiolus Street in Gentilly around 12:30 a.m., according to the Fire Department. The two firefighters, who … Continue reading →

Critics protest Landrieu's civil service proposals

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Mayor Landrieu's administration introduced its civil service reform package to the Civil Service Commission Monday, April 21. 2014. Firemen, police and first responders were in evidence at the meeting.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s proposed overhaul of the city’s human-resources rules for classified employees hit a speed bump Monday at the New Orleans Civil Service Commission, where it met with a critical response from the commission’s staff and from unions representing police officers and firefighters. The Civil Service Commission took no action on the package of proposed … Continue reading →

N.O. police probe spate of home invasions, armed robberies

New Orleans police on Monday were investigating two home invasions and a rash of armed robberies over the Easter weekend. The first home invasion happened about 4 p.m. Friday in the 2000 block of Broadway. According to police records, a resident of the home walked outside to find two men on his doorstep. One of them … Continue reading →

Sync Up highlights

The Synch Up entertainment business conference runs through two weekends, April 25-26 and May 2-3, at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Admission is free, but space is limited and registration is required. See for information. Here are some of the highlights. Interviews with: Ronald “Slim” Williams, co-founder of New Orleans rap … Continue reading →

Panel sets stage for sound limits on Bourbon Street

Advocate staff file photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Musicians and supporters raillied and then stormed New Orleans City Hall in January in protest of the French Quarter proposed noise ordinance.  A full council vote on a new ordinance is expected later this week.

A New Orleans City Council committee endorsed an ordinance Monday setting new sound restrictions for Bourbon Street, clearing the way for a full council vote later this week on an ordinance that has drawn passionate and loud debate for nearly four years. After contemplating new rules that would have applied citywide, the council and Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s … Continue reading →

Construction to close stretch of Prytania Street

Construction will close a stretch of Prytania Street for an entire year, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Starting April 21, Prytania Street will be closed between Joseph Street and Nashville Avenue in both directions, due to culvert installation. Thru traffic is being diverted to Nashville Avenue. The construction is related to the … Continue reading →

Style reigns supreme at French Quarter’s Gay Easter Parade

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Frankie

The crowd inside Grand Pre’s bar in the 800 block of North Rampart Street brought out their finest threads for Easter Sunday. Men wore slick-looking suits, ranging in hue from cream-white to caramel, while women donned elaborate hats in a palette of vibrant pastels. The occasional human-sized rabbit hopped through the tavern as well. … Continue reading →

Early voting runs through Saturday in four area parishes

Early voting will continue through Saturday in the four area parishes — Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Charles and St. John the Baptist — that will be holding elections May 3. In Jefferson, voters will decide on five millage propositions, though only one involves the entire parish and two affect only Grand Isle. In addition, Harahan voters … Continue reading →

N.O ladies arm-wrestle their way to glory

Photo by Brian Falgoust. -- Margot Tenenbomb (left) and Kate Kibby, whose wrestling name is Séance Brawls (right) face off in the final bout of the New Orleans Ladies Arm Wrestling Super Brawl II, Saturday night.

It was a man with sharp cheekbones and white-blonde hair, wearing a tan cowboy hat and a brown fringed-leather jacket, who revealed the source of Margot Tenenbomb’s freakish forearm power. “Crew,” he said, his gaze distant and lips pursed as if he were on the verge of whistling. “She did a stint of crew in college.” … Continue reading →

Some N.O. charters begin exploring teachers unions

Advocate staff photo by John McCusker -- Tiana Nobile, co-president of the teachers' union at Morris Jeff Community School in New Orleans, teaches her first grade class.

Mark Quirk is like a lot of veteran teachers in New Orleans. He thinks of his job as more of a calling than a career, has watched the growing emphasis on test scores with dismay and worries that teachers have lost important rights concerning pay and job security in the privately run charter schools that have taken over … Continue reading →

People in Business for April 20

Lisa Greenberg, L.H. Hayward & Co.

L.H. Hayward and Co. has named Lisa Greenberg as vice president of business development to spearhead the New Orleans food company’s expansion into new meal products and distribution into new domestic markets. Greenberg was managing director for The Keswick Group in Richmond, Va., a sales and marketing consulting firm that specializes in market research, brand awareness … Continue reading →

Bridging the funding gap

Justin Obletz, Advantage Capital

Years into organized efforts to improve the city’s entrepreneurial climate, the increased availability of startup capital is brightening the outlook for fledgling businesses, but investment sources warn that if promising upstarts are to become long-term Louisiana employers, more work lies ahead. The rising interest in starting businesses is clear in the growing numbers of people … Continue reading →

New Orleans artist John Clemmer dead at 92

John Clemmer

John Clemmer, a prominent New Orleans artist who also taught generations of students at the Tulane University School of Architecture and Newcomb College, died April 11 in Milwaukee of complications from a stroke he suffered two weeks earlier. He was 92. Clemmer had been involved in the artistic life of New Orleans since the late … Continue reading →