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How a punch in the nose and a little persistence can turn a scientist into an entrepreneur

Photo provided by Tulane University - Nicholas Pashos works in a lab at Tulane University. A National Science Foundation program is helping him move his breast reconstruction graft from the lab to the marketplace.

Knocking on doors. Getting your nose bloodied. Collecting “no” after “no” after “no.” It’s not what first comes to mind when Tulane University researchers talk about commercializing their discoveries. But the school’s new Innovation Corps program, funded by the National Science Foundation, is changing that and giving students and… Continue reading →

New Orleans loses 1,600 jobs in past year

The Advocate file photo

New Orleans lost 1,600 nonfarm jobs over the 12 months ending May 31, joining Lafayette, Houma-Thibodaux and Shreveport-Bossier City in the loss column. Metro-area job losses were driven largely by the oil and gas industry’s skid. The metros that gained jobs included Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Monroe and Alexandria. Hammond was unchanged, according to preliminary estimates… Continue reading →

Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana fall

First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 18 decreased to 2,822 from the previous week’s total of 3,445. The state labor department said there were 2,731 a year earlier. The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 3,249 from the previous week’s total of 3,335.… Continue reading →

U.S. rig count down 3; Louisiana drops five

The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by three this week to 421, snapping three weeks of gains after a slide that lasted months and pushed the count to record-low levels amid depressed energy prices. A year ago, 859 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services… Continue reading →

Andy Kopplin, Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s second-in-command, to leave City Hall

Andy Kopplin

Andy Kopplin, Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s top deputy and the man responsible for daily operations and budgeting at City Hall for the past six years, is leaving the Landrieu administration to run one of the region’s largest foundations. Kopplin, 50, will become president and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation in mid-August, replacing longtime head Albert… Continue reading →

Convicted New Orleans candy snatcher now officially faces 20-years-to-life sentence, though DA cites wiggle room

Jacobia Grimes

Jacobia Grimes, a serial shoplifter who was convicted this month of attempted theft after stuffing $31 worth of candy into his pockets at a New Orleans dollar store, now formally faces a mandatory prison sentence of 20 years to life under the state’s habitual-offender law. Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office filed a “multiple bill”… Continue reading →

Sheriff calls on FBI to investigate forceful arrest of alleged 'cold-blooded' cop killer Neveaux

Jerman Neveaux's mugshot after his release from the hospital.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand has asked federal authorities to investigate whether his officers used excessive force in their arrest this week of the young man accused of fatally shooting Deputy David F. Michel Jr. — an inquiry prompted by a cellphone video that shows deputies repeatedly striking the 19-year-old as they wrestled him into custody.… Continue reading →

'Uncertainty' surrounds Louisiana’s ninth-largest trade partner, major in-state investor following Brexit

Associated Press photo by ANTHONY DEVLIN -- Vote Leave supporters celebrate as they walk through Parliament Square in London, Friday. Britain entered uncharted waters after the country voted to leave the European Union.

The only thing certain about Britain’s exit from the European Union is “uncertainty” for a country that is Louisiana’s ninth-largest trading partner and a major investor in the state. The U.K. also is a substantial source of tourists. New Orleans is the second-most popular entry point for English visitors to the United States behind only New York.… Continue reading →

‘A major economic development opportunity:’ Luxury river cruise line to dock ship at former Gretna ferry terminal

Rendering provided by French America LineThis illustration shows the Louisiane in a fall setting. The 150-passenger boat will begin cruising from its new home port in Gretna this September.

A luxury cruise line that recently opened its headquarters on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish soon will begin offering journeys up the Mississippi River from a terminal in Gretna, officials announced Friday. The voyages are expected to create dozens of jobs locally while helping pay to restart regular ferry service between Gretna and New Orleans, officials… Continue reading →

Three overnight shootings leave three men hospitalized in New Orleans

New Orleans police reported two shootings late Thursday and another early Friday that left three men hospitalized. The first shooting occurred around 10:15 p.m. in the 7900 block of Downman Road. A 38-year-old man was shot multiple times and transported to a hospital by EMS. A second shooting occurred around 10:40 p.m. in the 4400… Continue reading →

'When you can’t believe these snitches, it’s like a house of cards': Telly Hankton racketeering case goes to jury

Telly Hankton

A frightening story of territorial vengeance run amok on the streets of Central City has reached a jury, with deliberations set to start Friday morning in the federal racketeering trial of accused drug boss Telly Hankton, alleged Uptown hit man Walter Porter and two Hankton cousins. During closing arguments Thursday, attorneys for Hankton, Porter,… Continue reading →

Worker crushed to death by industrial machine in Kenner

Update: The man killed Thursday in Kenner after being caught inside of an industrial machine and crushed was identified Friday as Dat M. Nguyen, 58, of Marrero. Original story An unidentified man was killed in Kenner after being caught inside of an industrial machine and… Continue reading →

Wal-Mart brings grocery pickup service to 6 south Louisiana stores

Associated Press file photo -- Wal-Mart customers can avoid the hassle of shopping for groceries in the retailer's stores by ordering online for curbside pickup at six stores in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas.

Wal-Mart shoppers are now able to order grocery items online and pick them up curbside at no additional charge at six south Louisiana stores. The curbside service is being offered at three Baton Rouge-area stores at 308 N. Airline Highway in Gonzales; 904 S. Range Ave. in Denham Springs; and 17585 Airline Highway in Prairieville. Three… Continue reading →

Alleged bagman hit with conspiracy charge in Orleans Parish School Board bribe case

An associate of disgraced former Orleans Parish School Board member Ira Thomas was charged in federal court Thursday with serving as Thomas’ bagman, allegedly collecting a $5,000 bribe intended for Thomas from a vendor seeking a contract. Lester Mornay, who ran Thomas’ failed 2014 campaign for sheriff, faces a single charge of conspiracy to commit bribery.… Continue reading →

New Orleans City Council passes measure to bar contractors from using credit checks in hiring decisions

By the end of the year, employers who do business with the city of New Orleans likely won’t be allowed to check the credit histories of most of their workers, a ban supporters say will help prevent low-income residents from being continually penalized for past debt struggles. The City Council voted 6-0 Thursday to pass the… Continue reading →

Cap the strip clubs? French Quarter spots would be limited to as few as 7, under panel recommendations

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--The New Orleans City Planning Commission staff recommend capping and spacing out the number of French Quarter strip clubs, like the Penthouse Club seen here on Iberville St. in the Quarter in New Orleans, La. Thursday, June 23, 2016. The CPC recommended to eventually cut the clubs by half. The study released this week is in response to City Council's directive for the CPC to study the issue.

The New Orleans City Council should cap and eventually reduce the number of strip clubs in the French Quarter, and police should strictly enforce existing bans on illegal activity in those clubs, according to a study released this week by the staff of the City Planning Commission. But while the staff said a ceiling… Continue reading →

Tin Roof: Taste testers overwhelmingly choose premium American lager as style of LSU's official beer

Photo provided by Tin Roof -- Tin Roof's officially licensed LSU beer, Bayou Bengal, will be a premium American lager. ORG XMIT: M2RVar7ylTGrgBfj099S

What would an LSU beer taste like? We have an answer. Tin Roof Brewing Company announced Thursday that its officially licensed LSU beer, Bayou Bengal, is a premium American lager. Last month, Tin Roof reached out to LSU fans and members of the community to participate in a blind tasting panel to choose the style of… Continue reading →

Elmer Chocolate satisfying that sweet tooth with $40 million plant expansion

Satisfying that sweet tooth just got a big boost. Elmer Chocolate has completed a $40 million manufacturing expansion in Ponchatoula to make its chocolates, caramels, truffles and crèmes, along with its seasonal holiday Gold Brick, Heavenly Hash and Pecan Eggs. The production technology installed is designed to make the company more efficient, versatile and competitive in… Continue reading →

Grace Notes: Irvin Mayfield’s $1,435 breakfast hard to achieve, even harder for New Orleans Library Foundation to swallow

Irvin Mayfield

I used to think I knew something about expensive New York hotel breakfasts. I learned it the hard way, when I invited an interview subject to breakfast during the 2004 Republican National Convention. Louisiana’s delegation had just finished up a morning meeting at the tony Plaza hotel, and since we were pressed for time, we decided… Continue reading →

Two New Orleans jazz landmarks gain new owner, lifting hopes of restoration after years of neglect

Control of two of New Orleans’ few surviving early 20th-century jazz landmarks has shifted to a prominent real estate developer, raising hopes among jazz fans and preservationists that they finally can be restored after years of decay. The Arlene and Joseph Meraux Foundation, a nonprofit based in St. Bernard Parish, has swapped the former Karnofsky family… Continue reading →

2016 Satchmo Summerfest is moving to Jackson Square; see full lineup

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Storyville Stompers Grand Marshall Jane Harvey Brown sings "When You're Smiling" during the opening padre of the 15th Annual Satchmo Summerfest with the Storyville Stompers Brass Band in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 31, 2015. The parade began in Washington Artillery Park and ended at the U.S. Mint where Satchmo Summerfest continues with bands, lectures, food, and exhibits through Sunday to celebrate the birth of Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong on August 4, 1901.

The 2016 Satchmo Summerfest is moving from the festival’s traditional home at the Old U.S. Mint to Jackson Square. The 16th annual celebration of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong and his legacy will be Aug. 5-7. As it did at the Mint, Satchmo Summerfest will feature two main stages – the Red Beans and Ricely Yours Stage… Continue reading →

Hotel Modern on St. Charles Avenue sold, to be renovated as InterContinental-branded hotel

Photo provided by Hotel Modern -- The exterior of the Hotel Modern in 2012.

The Hotel Modern on St. Charles Avenue has been sold and will be renovated as an InterContinental-branded hotel. InterContinental operates nine hotel brands, and the brand being adopted by the Hotel Modern wasn’t specified. Hawkeye Hotels, a privately held hotel group with headquarters in Iowa City, Iowa, purchased Hotel Modern on Wednesday, according to a news release. The hotel… Continue reading →

NOPD: Teenager shot in shoulder Wednesday in New Orleans East

A teenager was shot and injured late Wednesday in New Orleans East, police said. The 17-year-old boy told police that shortly before 10 p.m., he was walking in the 7600 block of Jahncke Road when three or four men started shooting at him, New Orleans Police Department spokeswoman Dawn Massey said. The boy was shot in the right shoulder and… Continue reading →

'Speechless': A day after killing of JPSO deputy, community tries to cope, recover

Advocate photo by SOPHIA GERMER -- A memorial of teddy bears, balloons, notes and flags sit on the grass at the intersection of Ascot and Manhattan where the fatal shooting Wednesday of Deputy David F. Michel Jr. took place, in Harvey, La. Thursday June 23, 2016.

A day after the killing, a state of disbelief seemed to surround the fatal shooting Wednesday of Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy David F. Michel Jr., as the law enforcement community grasped for answers and confounding new details emerged about the alleged gunman. Michel’s death drew an outpouring of grief that officials described as overwhelming, including a… Continue reading →

Daiquiri shop owner, shot at least 17 times in attack, to play key role as Hankton case heads to jury

Telly Hankton

Before the blast of gunfire, two weeks in a coma and his forced exile from New Orleans, the owner of the Jazz Daiquiris lounge on South Claiborne Avenue was just a self-made local bar owner whom everyone knew as “Mr. John.” Now, the story of John Matthews and his survival sits at the heart… Continue reading →

Three ventures targeting solutions in education, health, housing receive $55,000 to spur growth

Three ventures targeting education, health and housing received $55,000 in investments coming out of a Propeller program designed to accelerate their growth. For-profit ventures Whetstone Education and eNre each received $25,000, while nonprofit Youth Rebuilding New Orleans received a $5,000 grant. Twelve others graduated from Propeller’s three-month accelerator program, which provided them with executive mentors and… Continue reading →

N.O. Medical Mission Services offers ‘ray of hope’ to people with little access to health care

Photo provided by New Orleans Medical Mission Services, Inc. -- Mary Kennedy helping to fit an elderly woman in the eye clinic. ORG XMIT: XK3ruaq99QQ7SqnRlo-H

These days, the 500 volunteers with the New Orleans Medical Mission Services make big impacts in Central American countries every time they visit. Earlier this year in Nicaragua, for example, doctors completed 45 surgeries, conducted dozens of post-operative therapies and saw more than 1,600 people in a makeshift eye clinic, serving many who had gone their… Continue reading →

How Cuba could be an opportunity for one-time top trade partner Louisiana

More than a half-century ago, ferry-boats regularly brought tourists from New Orleans to Cuba, separated by only 700 miles. Now, with commercial air service expected to resume to the isolated island nation amid normalizing U.S. relations, Louisiana could reap some benefit from ramping up business with its onetime leading trade partner. That’s according to… Continue reading →

Warrant offers new details of former St. Charles Parish DA Harry Morel’s alleged sexual advances

The chairman of the St. Charles Parish Hospital board, booked this week on several counts of filing false public records, admitted in an interview with the FBI that he prepared bogus community service letters “under the direction” of Harry Morel, the former St. Charles district attorney who pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice earlier… Continue reading →

Grace Notes: Having averted takeover, Orleans Sheriff Marlin Gusman tries to put positive spin on jail settlement

So Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman can walk away from the threat of a federal takeover with his head held high, while the deeply troubled jail he oversees will get a new leader who’ll have unprecedented operational and financial control and answer mainly to a federal judge. Sounds about right. The seizure… Continue reading →

NOPD makes progress in handling of rape cases since 2014 probe, new IG report finds

Advocate staff photo by MATT SLEDGE -- New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux released the findings of a follow-up audit of the Police Department

In what New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux praised as a “spectacular” transformation, the New Orleans Police Department’s long-beleaguered Sex Crimes Unit has reversed a history of frightful lapses in its handling of reported rapes, according to a newly released audit report. “It’s just one of the most remarkable turnarounds I’ve seen,” Quatrevaux said at a… Continue reading →

WWL-TV: Single $1,400 breakfast included in $18K hotel stay Irvin Mayfield charged to library donors in 2012

Irvin Mayfield

Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield charged the city’s public library charity more than $18,000 to stay five nights at a hotel on New York’s Central Park in July 2012, WWL-TV reported Tuesday, racking up huge fees for mini-bar liquor, limo rides and hotel meals, including a single breakfast costing more than $1,400, according to invoices provided by the Library Foundation.… Continue reading →