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Trendy CBD restaurant Ursa Major shuts its doors, blames plumbing problems on landlord

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Ursa Major is a new restaurant opening this weekend in the CBD with a zodiac theme across its menu and drinks list and even worked into the dining room design.

A zodiac theme. A $20 per person reservation fee. Global flavors, inspired by indigenous tribes who followed the stars. All were lofty goals, served up by the Central Business District restaurant Ursa Major after its May opening. They were also, by and large, marked departures from traditional New Orleans restaurant practices. But now, just… Continue reading →

Young downtown residents fueling retail sales growth in New Orleans

Retail sales continue to climb in Orleans Parish, due in part to a recent development boom and a crop of younger residents with more money to spend and eager to live downtown, local commercial property developers said Tuesday. Sales in New Orleans passed pre-Katrina levels in 2012 and grew $500 million from 2013 to 2014, Michael… Continue reading →

Travis Scott, ringleader of ‘FnD’ gang responsible for Mother’s Day second-line shooting, pleads guilty

The ringleader of a 7th Ward street gang blamed for a litany of violence in recent years — including the notorious Mother’s Day second-line parade shooting that wounded 20 people — pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges that will require he spend at least 20 years behind bars. Travis Scott, 31, admitted his role… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish Councilman Elton Lagasse sues Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni over campaign ads about taxes

Advocate photo by JOHN McCUSKER --   Jefferson Parish Councilman Elton Lagasse

Jefferson Parish Councilman Elton Lagasse has sued Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni and his campaign staff over a television commercial Yenni has aired in the race for Jefferson Parish president. Yenni and Lagasse are considered the frontrunners in a field of five candidates in the Oct. 24 election. The suit is the latest in a… Continue reading →

New Orleans-based Entergy will close Massachusetts nuclear power plant by 2019

New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. will shutter its money-losing Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Massachusetts, by June 1, 2019. The company said low wholesale energy prices played a major role in the decision. Record low natural gas prices have helped drop current and forecast power prices to about $10 per megawatt hour, according to Entergy. Pilgrim Nuclear… Continue reading →

Violence erupts at Metairie daiquiris shop when man attacks victim with machete

Police booked Akando Ducksworth, 32, for an alleged machete attack, which happened at 5260 Veterans Boulevard around 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

A Daiquiris & Creams shop on Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie exploded into violence Saturday night when one man attacked another with a machete and nearly severed his thumb, police said. Police booked Akando Ducksworth, 32, for the alleged machete attack, which happened at 5260 Veterans Boulevard around 11:30 p.m. According to police, Ducksworth was dancing… Continue reading →

Staff buyouts coming for Tulane; layoffs might be next

Advocate photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Tulane University president Michael Fitts.

Tulane University said Tuesday that it will offer buyouts and may have to lay off people to help close an annual budget deficit, aiming to cut 90 to 110 staff positions while sparing the school’s faculty. The cut would amount to a bit less than 2 percent of Tulane’s nearly 5,800 employees. And it would save… Continue reading →

Report: Humane Society removes 40 neglected animals from Bogalusa home; mother, daughter arrested for animal cruelty

A mother and daughter were arrested Monday for animal cruelty after the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Department found more than 40 neglected animals at their Bogalusa home. (Photo from Washington Parish Sheriff's Department)

A mother and daughter were arrested Monday for animal cruelty after the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Department found more than 40 neglected animals at their Bogalusa home. According to a report from WWL-TV, Terri Turner and her daughter, Frannie Fisher, were repeatedly warned on multiple occasions to take better care of their 40 dogs and cats after neighbors reported instances of… Continue reading →

Four victims robbed, carjacked at gunpoint on Sunday, Morning morning

. Four people were robbed at gunpoint in an armed robbery and two carjackings Sunday and Monday morning, according to the New Orleans Police Department. Shortly before 7 a.m. Sunday in the 2600 block of South Liberty Street in Central City, police said, a man was parking his vehicle when he was approached by another man… Continue reading →

Blanche Francis, civic activist and wife of retired Xavier University president, died at 89

Photo provided by WWL  --  Blanche and Norman Francis

Blanche Macdonald Francis, a civic activist and community leader in New Orleans for more than five decades and wife of retired Xavier University President Norman Francis, died Monday. She was 89. Xavier posted a tribute on its website, calling Francis the “first lady” of the university and “a generous, selfless supporter of Dr. Francis, Xavier and… Continue reading →

A closer look at New Orleans armed robberies reveals when, how frequently they result in shootings

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Police Department members line up newly acquired police vehicles for a press conference on the top of the NOPD parking garage in New Orleans, La. Monday, Oct. 12, 2015.

Armed robberies are on the rise in New Orleans in 2015, but how often do armed robberies turn into shootings? Armed robberies can be traumatic for the victims, but how frequently are they violent? The answer, fortunately, is not very often. Reviewing data from 2011 through 2014 shows that less than 1 in 20 armed robberies turn into a shooting,… Continue reading →

BP to reimburse Louisiana $58 million for legal fees, litigation costs and expenses in oil spill settlement

Oil giant BP will reimburse $58.25 million to the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office for its expenses, fees and litigation costs tied to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that caused millions of barrels of oil to spew into the Gulf of Mexico. The money was included in BP’s record settlement of more than $20 billion that… Continue reading →

Louis Congemi, Chris Roberts agree to stop airing disputed negative campaign commercials in Jefferson Parish race

Former Kenner Mayor Louis Congemi will no longer run two television ads claiming incumbent Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts, his opponent in the Oct. 24 election, has not paid all his taxes. In return, Roberts will cease airing his commercial saying Congemi, who is also a former parish councilman, was at one point under federal investigation.… Continue reading →

Growth in technology, health sciences drawing more young workers, top earners, employers to New Orleans

New Orleans is gaining credibility in the tech and health sciences sectors, while clusters of new hotels and offices being built near the University Medical Center can transform the city into a medical hub in coming years, the head of a local economic development group said Monday. Those types of opportunities in an urban setting… Continue reading →

Man jailed in St. John double murder offers alibi; attorney accuses sheriff of making hasty arrest

The man arrested last week in a double murder in St. John the Baptist Parish could not have pulled the trigger because he was at Harrah’s New Orleans Casino when the deadly shooting occurred, his attorney said Monday. The attorney, David Belfield, said surveillance footage shows his client, Derrence Greenup, at the casino during… Continue reading →

New Orleans police name man shot by officer Sunday in Upper 9th Ward; officer felt ‘threatened,’ chief says

Sometime between the two-minute warning and the end of the Saints game, said a neighbor across Desire Street from where a police officer shot a suspect in the buttocks on Sunday, was when “all this (stuff) broke loose.” Tracy Jarmon said he went out on his porch for a cigarette with two minutes left in regulation,… Continue reading →

Two men injured in shooting late Sunday in Harvey

Two male victims were shot Sunday night on the West Bank in Harvey, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. The shooting, which happened around 11:30 in the 500th block of 2nd Avenue, sent two victims to the hospital. One victim’s injuries were not life-threatening, deputies reported. The condition of the second victim was unknown.… Continue reading →

‘The Prep’ celebrates 100 years under a new name but with old ideals

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--Roberta Harris blows a whistle as she joins other alumni  at St. Katharine Drexel Preparatory, formerly known as Xavier University Preparatory School,  during the school's 100th birthday celebration  in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. Xavier Prep was established in 1915 by Saint Katharine Drexel. It was closed in 2013. Alumni then purchased the school building and reopened it as St. Katharine Drexel Preparatory School the same year. Harris is a 1976 graduate of the school.

The name and owners may have changed at Xavier University Preparatory School, but to Kelli Saulny, 34, the Magazine Street school’s environment feels the same as it did when she wore its yellow-and-black plaid uniforms as a teenager. Though Saulny now lives in New York City, working as director of operations for the cosmetics company Carol’s… Continue reading →

Judge unseals documents in dispute between Scott Sewell and Frank Fradella in the Ray Nagin corruption case

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Frank Fradella, a key witness for the government in its case against former Mayor Ray Nagin, leaves court after he was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan for one year and a day for bribing Nagin, who was sentenced to 10 years, in New Orleans, La., Feb. 11, 2015. Fradella faced a maximum of five years. He is the last figure in the case to be sentenced.

A federal judge has unsealed dozens of documents in a bitter dispute between two key figures in former Mayor Ray Nagin’s corruption case that had been unfolding largely out of public view. The crux of the spat is whether businessman Scott Sewell should be viewed as a courageous whistleblower who deserves to be compensated for millions… Continue reading →

Man robbed after asking directions to jazz club in French Quarter, drive-by shooting in St. Roch

A 26-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint after asking for directions in the French Quarter Saturday night, said New Orleans Police.

The man was walking along the 900 block of Bienville Street when he asked another man for directions to an old jazz club around 11:38 p.m., police said.

The man took the victim to an unknown location… Continue reading →

Exterminator Glenn Gueho actually is in the business of saving honeybees

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Glenn Gueho removes the top of an apiary at the Busy Bee Co. owned by Gueho, who specializes in removal and relocation of beehives to his land and even collects honey from the bees that are seen in Marrero, La. Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015.

They call him “Mr. Bee,” “The Bee Guy” and, sweetly, “The Honey Man.” For decades, Glenn Gueho has been southeast Louisiana’s go-to exterminator when it comes to bees. Every year, he gets roughly 2,000 calls from city agencies and homeowners asking him to rid skyscrapers, public parks and private homes of the pesky insects.… Continue reading →

Organizers expect 1,300 cyclists to turn out Saturday for bike ride around New Orleans

Bill Burke knows a thing or two about cycling. Though he once was overwhelmingly associated with road races, Burke branched out and started a company that produces multiple-sport events — many of which include cycling. He likes cycling so much that when he and his wife were married, they honeymooned overseas to see the Tour de… Continue reading →

Low energy prices brutal on Louisiana stocks

The U.S. stock market had a difficult third quarter because of worries of an economic slowdown in China and concerns about when the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates. As bad as things were on Wall Street, sustained low prices for crude oil made things even worse for Louisiana stocks. The 24 stocks in The Advocate’s… Continue reading →

Prudhomme funeral to be Monday at St. Louis Cathedral

Funeral arrangements for famed chef Paul Prudhomme have been announced. Prudhomme died Thursday. He was 75. Visitation is scheduled between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. Visitation also will be held Monday at St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square, beginning at 9 a.m. A funeral Mass… Continue reading →