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Louisiana-led G2 plans $11 billion natural gas export project in Cameron Parish

G2 LNG LLC announced plans Monday to build an $11 billion natural gas liquefaction facility in Cameron Parish that will be able to export 15.4 million tons of LNG per year. The project on the Calcasieu River Ship Channel will be the fourth-largest capital investment in Louisiana’s history, according to G2 LNG. The project is expected to… Continue reading →

'They shot them like it is just nothing': One dead, two injured in shooting at LaPlace home early Monday

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Nicole Malone kisses her son Darrell, 3, in their home on State Street that was hit with stray bullets  from a triple shooting where one victim died in LaPlace, La. Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. Malone was asleep when shooting broke out around 1 am and after hearing the shots she moved her family to the floor. No was injured inside the home but the front door, left, and a window had bullet holes.

Nicole Malone and her five children were asleep when the shooting started near their home in LaPlace at about 2 a.m. Monday. “First, it was in the distance and then it got closer and closer,” Malone said, her 3-year-old son Darrell sitting in his Spider-man chair in a living room still strewn with shards from a… Continue reading →

St. John Parish schools consider added security measures as national trend of mass shootings continues

The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board is considering installing electronic fencing and metal detectors at the parish’s two high schools after a knife was found on the newly renovated East St. John High School campus this summer and outsiders were found wandering the open campus. If the initiative is funded, St. John would be… Continue reading →

New Orleans City Council urges improved city services for immigrants, those who don’t speak English

The New Orleans City Council is urging Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration to increase the city’s outreach and services for immigrants and other people who don’t speak English. A resolution given unanimous approval Thursday, known as the “Welcoming Cities” resolution, is based on similar efforts in other cities. “This will identify common-sense measures to improve the… Continue reading →

Louisiana police agencies differ on naming officers who shoot or kill people

A lengthy police chase ended in Slidell last month when officers from three law enforcement agencies said they returned fire on Lucien Rolland, striking the man 18 times and leaving his body so riddled with bullets that the coroner could not determine which shots proved fatal. State Police last week identified Trooper Raymond Martinez as having… Continue reading →

New Orleans City Council backs Mayor Mitch Landrieu on need to send state prisoners to other jails

The New Orleans City Council is backing Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s calls to bring local inmates awaiting trial back to Orleans Parish Prison and send state Department of Corrections prisoners who already have been sentenced to other facilities. But Thursday’s 5-2 vote on a resolution condemning Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s decision to send more than 200 pretrial detainees… Continue reading →

City Council members express residents’ fear, frustration after high-profile robberies: Crime ‘is threatening the soul of the city’

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, right, talks with Johnny Vodanovich who owns the Monkey Hill Bar in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 the site of a recent brazen robbery. The mayor came by to talk with him about the crime.

Promising a “relentless pursuit” of gunmen who recently held up patrons and staff at two well-known Uptown restaurants and a popular bar, Police Superintendent Michael Harrison sought Friday to assuage fears of City Council members and residents about the latest crimes to touch off a panic in New Orleans. The meeting provided an outlet for council… Continue reading →

Six robberies -- including one involving two young men at Dillard University dorm -- reported in New Orleans on Thursday, Friday

Seven people including two young men in a Dillard University dorm room were robbed at gunpoint in separate incidents striking neighborhoods from Carrollton to Gentilly on Thursday and Friday in New Orleans. A 66-year-old woman was the first to fall victim near the corner of Usrulines Avenue and North Villere Street in Treme around 9:45… Continue reading →

Ex-Zulu queens Lisa Crinel and Sheila Mathieu — former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu's mom — plead guilty in massive Medicare fraud case

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu (32) is hugged by his parents Tyrone, left, and Shelia Mathieu before a NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Arizona Cardinals at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Monday, Sept. 23, 2013.

Lisa Crinel, a prominent New Orleans businesswoman and former queen of the Zulu Carnival organization, pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to two counts of a sweeping indictment that accused her and others of an audacious rip-off of Medicare that defrauded the program of $30 million. Joining Crinel in pleading guilty Friday was Threasa Adderley, one… Continue reading →

Man chased, shot multiple times just before midnight in New Orleans

Two men jumped out of a vehicle, chased a 20-year-old man and shot him multiple times late Thursday near the intersection of North Dorgenois and Laharpe Street, New Orleans police reported. The shooting occurred just before midnight. The victim, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the body, was transported to a hospital, where he was listed in… Continue reading →

Sybil Morial's new memoir describes her life as a ‘witness to change’

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--  Bill Hess greets his old friend, Sybil Haydel Morial as the New Orleans Museum of Art celebrates her memoir "Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment" in New Orleans, La. on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. As the wife of the cityÕs first Black mayor, MorialÕs memoir reveals a woman whose intelligence overrides the clichs of racial division. Readers will catch rare glimpses of Black professionals in an earlier New Orleans, when races, though socially isolated, lived side by side and who's culture formed a New Orleans identity.

Sparks flew in 1954 when Sybil Haydel met Ernest “Dutch” Morial at a friend’s book club. The two flirted by discussing a mutual passion, the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent landmark decision banning segregated public schools, Brown v. Board of Education. On Thursday evening, Sybil Haydel Morial, now 82, recounted those early days to an overflow… Continue reading →

Consultant’s memo stirs controversy as City Council debates alcohol regulation

A political consultant’s email laying out a strategy for trying to undercut City Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey that was accidentally emailed to the local news media generated backlash from the City Council on Thursday, with several members denouncing the memo as they voted in support of a measure pushed by Ramsey. The dustup came as the council was… Continue reading →

Susan Hutson fires back at inspector general in ongoing political battle over city's independent police monitor

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson speaks at Southern University at New Orleans Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 about the release of an IPM report finding fault in the New Orleans Police Department's probe in death of the Wendell Allen, killed by former NOPD officer Joshua Colclough, who was sentenced to 4 years for manslaughter.

Susan Hutson, the city’s independent police monitor, is coming out swinging against Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux for trying to get her fired, claiming in a lengthy public letter that he has mistreated black employees in his office and has a “vindictive and vengeful personality.” Hutson’s letter, which was released late Wednesday night, was… Continue reading →

Feds seek new appeals court hearing on vacated convictions of five cops in Danziger Bridge shooting case

FILE - In Jan., 2007 and June, 2011 file photos, five New Orleans police officers are seen in a combination of photos, in New Orleans. From left: Robert Faulcon Jr., Robert Gisevius Jr., Kenneth Bowen, Anthony Villavaso II, and Arthur Kaufman.

Federal prosecutors late Thursday asked a federal appeals court to reconsider the split ruling of a three-judge panel in August that endorsed a new trial for five New Orleans police officers who were convicted in the fatal Danziger Bridge shootings a few days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The petition, which was filed under… Continue reading →

Council passes Mayor Landrieu’s HireNOLA initiative, though questions abound

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Activists picket outside New Orleans City Hall before the council took up a local hiring proposal Thursday, October 1, 2015.

The New Orleans City Council on Thursday unanimously backed Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s push to get more local and disadvantaged workers hired on city projects, though questions remain about how the mayor’s policy will play out in practice. The program, dubbed Hire NOLA, is part of the city’s Economic Opportunity Strategy, launched last year in response to… Continue reading →

New Orleans-area Republican Parties endorse Jeff Landry in Oct. 24 state Attorney General’s race

Advocate Photo by MARSHA SHULER -- Jeff Landry, a former congressman from New Iberia, received the endorsement Tuesday of the Louisiana Republican Party in his bid to unseat fellow Republican Buddy Caldwell, the incumbent state Attorney General. Landry is flanked by his wife, Sharon, his 10-year-old son, J.T., and Roger Villere, chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party.

The Republican Parties of New Orleans, Jefferson Parish, St. Bernard Parish, St. Charles Parish, St. John the Baptist Parish and St. Tammany Parish on Thursday all endorsed former U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry in the state Attorney General’s race, snubbing incumbent Buddy Caldwell, a fellow Republican. Landry also won the endorsement over Republican Attorney… Continue reading →

Landis Construction names third-generation CEO Anne Teague Landis

Landis Construction Co. in New Orleans has appointed an executive team with Anne Teague Landis as chief executive officer, becoming the third generation of Landises to take the 59-year-old company’s lead role. She will oversee strategy, administration and finance. Christian Generes is the company’s new president. He has worked closely with longtime executive vice president… Continue reading →

Feds give city $820,000 for program to keep newly released prisoners from committing new crimes

The U.S. Justice Department has awarded a grant of more than $820,000 to support the city’s NOLA For Life re-entry program, an initiative intended to keep newly released prisoners from committing new crimes. The funding stems from federal legislation designed to smooth the transition of adults and youths being released from prisons and returning… Continue reading →

Canal Street building to house two Marriott hotel brands

Texas-based hotel development firm NewcrestImage has purchased the 13-story building at 1600 Canal St. in the Central Business District, with plans to develop the property into the area’s first dual-Marriott branded hotel, the company said Thursday. The price was not disclosed. The building was constructed in 1960 but has been vacant since Hurricane Katrina… Continue reading →

New Orleans district attorney: Ex-Sheriff’s Office deputy enabled Central City gang to assault, stab inmate

Colley Solomon

Prosecutors brought felony charges this week against a former Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy accused of turning a blind eye as a violent Central City gang assaulted and stabbed an inmate at Orleans Parish Prison this spring — allegations strikingly similar to a case last year involving the same gang but a different guard. The deputy,… Continue reading →

New city plan leaves Napoleon Avenue neutral ground the same size, and adds a bike lane

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- City officials released a compromise plan for Napoleon Avenue on Thursday that would allow for a neutral ground at the existing width and the addition of a bike lane — all without reducing the number of lanes dedicated to traffic or parking.

City officials released a compromise plan for Napoleon Avenue on Thursday that would maintain the size of the neutral ground and add a bike lane — without reducing the number of lanes dedicated to traffic or parking. The idea is to reduce the width of both traffic and parking lanes by 2 feet each, rather than… Continue reading →

Man made up story about being threatened with gun in Tulane library, police say

Tulane University Police say that a man who reported being threatened with a gun in the school’s Howard-Tilton Memorial Library on Friday has admitted to making the incident up. In a campus-wide email, the school police department said that after a “lengthy interview,” they determined there was no aggravated assault. “The alleged victim has… Continue reading →

Two teens arrested in New Orleans East shooting that left 17-year-old dead, child injured as family watched

Damond Jackson

The New Orleans Police Department’s warrant squad swept up two teens accused of murdering a 17-year-old and injuring his 4-year-old cousin in a July shooting that left a block of Boeing Street in New Orleans East strewn with shell casings. Damond Jackson, 19, was booked on one count of second-degree murder and five counts of… Continue reading →

Police arrest alleged drunk driver after hitting, injuring pedestrian on Wednesday

. New Orleans police booked the allegedly intoxicated driver of a Porsche after they said he hit and seriously injured a woman who had just gotten off a Regional Transit Authority bus Wednesday morning. Michael Clement, 35, was booked on counts of vehicular negligent injury and DWI after the 8:30 a.m. crash, which happened at Tulane and Loyola avenues. Police said… Continue reading →