Launch Pad a space to nurture ideas

Photo provided by Launch Pad -- Barre Tanguis is one of the founders of Launch Pad.

In the old days — say five to 10 years ago — Max Gaudin would have nourished his entrepreneurial ambitions from his kitchen table or a coffee shop. But on Thursday, as he prepared to launch his third start-up company, the 28-year-old New Orleans native was busy tapping away on his laptop computer in a ground-floor … Continue reading →

Two dead, one wounded in two 7th Ward shootings

A double shooting Saturday night in the 7th Ward left a 27-year-old man dead and a 24-year-old woman wounded, New Orleans police said. In a separate incident, also in the 7th Ward, an unidentified man was shot dead in the 1400 block of Frenchmen Street early Sunday morning. The earlier incident happened about … Continue reading →

Pennington Center selected to test new Alzheimer’s drug

LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center will take part in a national clinical research study, testing a drug that could treat Alzheimer’s — an incurable disease that affects brain function and eventually leads to death. The study marks Pennington’s entry into the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study network, an elite group of research sites that are leading federal … Continue reading →

Loyola University faculty preparing to restructure academic programs

Advocate file photo by JOHN MCCUSKER -- Loyola University, New Orleans.

While Loyola University administrators continue to work to solve enrollment woes and eliminate a multimillion-dollar deficit created by having fewer students, the faculty has been at work drawing up plans to restructure the academic side of things, with one proposed plan abolishing four of the five colleges and creating two new undergraduate and graduate colleges in their places. … Continue reading →

Rebirth of downtown theaters brings new competition

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Gregor Fox  bought the Loew's State Palace Theatre earlier this month for $3.5 million.

Gregor Fox’s vision for the future of Canal Street looks a lot like its past. Fox, 42, a commercial real estate developer, purchased the Loew’s State Palace Theatre this month for $3.5 million. The theater, built in 1926 as a silent-movie house for first-run MGM films, was eventually remodeled to include three theaters. In the 1980s, … Continue reading →

Bywater group splits on position

In Mary Ann Hammett’s vision of a future Bywater, there’s a mid-rise condominium building within walking distance of her home with a rooftop from which she can watch container ships pass by on the Mississippi River. Julie Jones sees the future a little differently. In her version, she would no longer have trouble finding a parking … Continue reading →

New Orleans superfans compete for national recognition

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Donald Silcio tailgates before the Saints game on Monday night at Champions Square in New Orleans

Joshua Dean has two selves. One is a body piercer, social-media marketer and tattoo enthusiast who works overnight preparing confections at Sweet Things & Grill, a Metairie doughnut shop. The other is known as Pope Clown, a gray-toned creature with bull horns, images of a cross and a spider branded on his forehead, dark … Continue reading →

Man fatally shot Saturday in New Orleans East

Photo by Della Hasselle -- Evidence markers litter the front yard of  a man who was fatally shot Saturday afternoon in the 4600 block of Galahad Drive in New Orleans East

A man was fatally shot Saturday afternoon in the doorway of his home in a residential block of New Orleans East. The victim was identified as Gerard Darcy, 53, by his nephew Tyrone Dejoie. Officer Frank Robertson, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman, said the shooting happened about 2 p.m. A … Continue reading →

Attorney thinks he has identified second Bourbon Street shooter

Classic rock blared, tourists swilled drinks and Martin Regan, attorney for suspected Bourbon Street shooter Trung Le, cased the French Quarter on a muggy Thursday afternoon in search of the second gunman in the high-profile June 29 shoot-out that injured nine people and killed 21-year-old Brittany Thomas. That evening, in a phone interview, Regan said he … Continue reading →

Katrina memorial events on Saturday

REFLECTION AND FURY: 10:15 a.m., 1020 Forstall St. at St. Claude Avenue, Lower 9th Ward. A Community Voice sponsors a Hurricane Katrina memorial ceremony and protest. Members will speak about problems that include neighborhood conditions and a lack of programs for children and jobs for residents. Call (504) 710-2844. GREEN ARMY KATRINA … Continue reading →

Nighttime burglar ransacks Treme funeral home, steals hearse

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans police on Friday afternoon recovered a hearse at Jackson Avenue and Prytania Street that was stolen in the predawn hours from the Charbonnet Labat Funeral Home in New Orleans, La. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. An uknown man broke into the Treme funeral home late Thursday night and stole money and electronics before making off with the vehicle. The burglar remained unknown Friday.

Some people know the Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home for its antique horse-drawn hearse or sometimes unique presentations of the dead, such as “Uncle” Lionel Batiste, the Treme Brass Band bass drummer, whose embalmed corpse was propped up next to a prop streetlight by the staff at the Treme institution. But at least one man thought of the … Continue reading →

Water fountains turned off at six St. John schools

Water fountains in six St. John the Baptist Parish public schools were turned off Friday after state health officials this week confirmed the presence of a rare brain-eating amoeba in one area of the parish’s water lines. Meanwhile, parish officials have increased chlorine levels in the water system after tests conducted by the Louisiana Department of … Continue reading →

Jackson can run for Jefferson School Board, judge rules

Rickeem Jackson, candidate for Jefferson Parish School Board

A state district court judge on Friday knocked down a residency challenge to Rickeem Jackson’s bid for the District 2 seat on the Jefferson Parish School Board, allowing the son of Saints Hall of Fame linebacker Rickey Jackson to run in the Nov. 4 election. Another challenge, by School Board member Etta Licciardi against Phillip Huskey … Continue reading →

Road Home properties up for auction in St. Bernard Parish

St. Bernard Parish government will sell 151 properties, the remaining inventory of Louisiana Land Trust/Road Home properties, at an auction at the St. Bernard Civic Center on Oct. 4. SVN/Gilmore Auction has been awarded the contract for the auction, the company said Friday. The properties include a previously renovated 1,085-square-foot home at 2001 Aycock St. in … Continue reading →

Future of Big Oil suit at stake as panel meets

It will be next month before Gov. Bobby Jindal will likely get a chance to change the membership of a south Louisiana flood protection board that’s suing dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies. The panel that nominates members for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East discussed plans to fill two expired terms Thursday. But members … Continue reading →

Katrina anniversary

Nine years after Katrina, musicians see thriving, if not always lucrative, music scene

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Benny Jones greets trumpet player, Wendell Brunious before they perform at the neighborhood, Candlelight Lounge in Treme, New Orleans on August 27, 2014.

Earlier this week, Benny Jones put his snare drum and sticks into his orange pickup truck emblazoned with the words “Treme Brass Band.” Headed for his Wednesday night gig at the Candlelight Lounge, Jones remembered back to 2006, just after he returned home to New Orleans to work on his flood-damaged house in Gentilly. … Continue reading →

Orleans DA, Innocence Project team to find unjust convictions

It’s Tom and Jerry sharing kibble. Muhammad Ali taking tea with Joe Frazier. A pair of seemingly natural rivals on Thursday announced a unique partnership with a serious aim: freeing the wrongly convicted without the usual costly, drawn-out court battles. Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro and leaders of the Innocence Project-New Orleans heralded a … Continue reading →

City: No effort made to remove latest homeless camp

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- A man rests under the Pontchartrain Expressway overpass in New Orleans on Aug. 12, 2014.

New Orleans police did not advise individuals living in a homeless encampment at Calliope and Camp streets to disperse Wednesday evening or conduct any type of sweep of the area, according to Tyler Gamble, a spokesman for the Police Department. Gamble’s statement Thursday clashes with a story told by numerous individuals at the camp, who said … Continue reading →

Showdown looms over Orleans judge’s age

Frank Marullo

The longest-serving judge in Louisiana fired back Thursday at a legal challenge over whether he can hold onto the title for another six-year term. Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Frank Marullo argued in a legal brief that he should remain on the ballot, dismissing a challenge by three voters who filed a lawsuit … Continue reading →

N.O. BioFund invests in two food-related companies

The New Orleans BioFund has crossed the $2 million mark in investments, announcing support for two companies that lift its tally to 12 southeast Louisiana businesses that have created more than 135 jobs in industries ranging from biotechnology to nutrition. The BioFund was developed two years ago to offer startup capital to emerging companies often considered too … Continue reading →