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Belle Chasse man arrested on a felony theft charge for stealing watches

Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Lonnie Greco said Tuesday that detectives had arrested Taylor Holloway, 25, of Belle Chasse, who is accused of stealing a Yamaha 12-volt winch while visiting a friend’s house. Holloway also is accused of filching the friend’s mother’s Michael Kors watch with diamonds and a Bouvier gold watch. All told, the stolen goods were worth… Continue reading →

After years of resisting, JetBlue finally adds a checked bag fee

FILE - In this April 23, 2013, file photo, a JetBlue plane takes off in view of the air traffic control tower at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, in Seattle. JetBlue, which has proudly proclaimed itself a holdout on fees for years, on Tuesday, June  ORG XMIT: NYBZ188

NEW YORK (AP) — The era of free checked suitcases on JetBlue has come to an end. The airline proudly proclaimed itself a holdout on fees for years, allowing passengers to check one bag for free. Now it will charge up to $25 for checked luggage. The move leaves Southwest Airlines as the only major U.S. carrier… Continue reading →

New Orleans City Council members praise plan for job opportunities on Louis Armstrong International Airport terminal contract

New Orleans City Council members on Tuesday lauded a strategy for recruiting, training and employing the city’s residents, especially minority and disadvantaged people, on the crews that will build a new terminal for Louis Armstrong International Airport, even as one council member raised concerns that certain bidders may have gotten preferential treatment in winning subcontracts. The… Continue reading →

FBI urges vigilance, boosts its resources as Fourth of July holiday approaches

Echoing a bulletin issued to law enforcement agencies nationwide, the FBI’s New Orleans Field Office on Tuesday asked area residents to remain vigilant during Fourth of July celebrations and to report any suspicious activity. The nationwide precaution does not stem from any specific terror threat in Louisiana or elsewhere, authorities said, and there’s no reason for… Continue reading →

Louisiana gay couples not rushing to get married

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide sent celebrants pouring into the streets Friday in Louisiana and beyond, but the ruling so far has produced only a trickle of couples at clerks’ offices around the state actually seeking licenses to be married. In New Orleans, just three couples showed up on Friday. Most… Continue reading →

New Orleans police believe rapper Widner ‘Flow’ Degruy left a cellphone near murder victims’ car; they arrest his alleged accomplice

Jonathan Evans

Rapper Widner “Flow” Degruy allegedly showed up at the scene of a double murder in New Orleans East on Memorial Day, spotted a cellphone on the ground and acted shocked. “Hold up, hold up,” DeGruy, a Lil Wayne protege signed to the Young Money label, reportedly said. “That’s my phone.” Police believe Degruy’s show of… Continue reading →

Federal appeals court upholds ruling that gives new trial to BP engineer in Deepwater Horizon disaster

Associated Press file photo by GERALD HERBERT -- Kurt Mix, left leaves federal court with an unidentified member of his defense team in New Orleans during his obstruction of justice trial in December.  A federal judge has since thrown out the conviction and ordered a new trial.

A former BP engineer who was convicted of obstructing the federal government’s criminal investigation into the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster deserves a new trial because of juror misconduct, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s ruling granting a new trial for Kurt Mix, who… Continue reading →

Satchmo SummerFest announces ‘15 lineup

Photo provided -- Donald Harrison will lead an all-star tribute to Louis Armstrong at the festival named for the famed New Orleans-born trumpeter.

Deacon John, Donald Harrison, Kermit Ruffins and the Rebirth Brass Band are among the more than 40 musicians who will honor Louis Armstrong at the 2015 Satchmo SummerFest, presented by Chevron. On Tuesday, festival organizers announced the talent that will play at the Old U.S. Mint festival the weekend of July 30-Aug. 2, including… Continue reading →

Six of nine Louisiana metro areas lose jobs, but state still up overall

Advocate file photo -- Unused inland drilling rigs are stacked together earlier this year at the Port of Iberia. Low crude prices have contributed to a loss of oil and gas jobs in Louisiana, particularly in the Lafayette and Houma-Thibodaux metro areas.

Six of Louisiana’s nine metropolitan areas lost nonfarm jobs over the 12 months through May 31. Big gains in the Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and Hammond areas, however, helped the state gain 8,100 nonfarm jobs over the same period, the Louisiana Workforce Commission reported Tuesday. Louisiana’s nonfarm employment finished the 12 months at 1,994,300… Continue reading →

Accused NOPD cop killer Travis Boys makes first court appearance under heavy security on Tuesday

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Travis Boys is transported to Orleans Parish Prison Tuesday, June 30, 2015 after a court appearance.

Travis Boys, the accused killer of New Orleans Police Department Officer Daryle Holloway, appeared in court on Tuesday under heavy security as prosecutors and defense attorneys haggled over preliminary issues related to the capital murder charge he faces in the June 20 fatal shooting inside the officer’s patrol vehicle. Boys, 33, wore a navy… Continue reading →

First same-sex couples get marriage licenses in Louisiana despite continuing confusion

For 72 hours after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex couples could not be denied the right to marry, it seemed that ruling might apply everywhere in the country but Louisiana. With waters muddied by Gov. Bobby Jindal, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and a state association representing clerks of court — all of whom… Continue reading →

Businessman Sidney Torres plans large, upscale development in underused Mid-City tract

New Orleans businessman Sidney Torres IV has purchased a large swath of land near Bayou St. John in Mid-City, saying he plans a “massive” and “high-end” residential and commercial development on 9 acres of mostly underused land. The sale is the largest real-estate transfer in the neighborhood in decades, Torres said, calling it a “sign of… Continue reading →

Suspected cop killer Travis Boys is indicted, Orleans Parish District Attorney seeks death penalty

This photo provided by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office shows Travis Boys. After an intense 24-hour manhunt, New Orleans police Sunday, June 21, 2015, arrested Boys, a suspect in the fatal shooting of a police officer as he was being transported to jail. Boys was still wearing his broken handcuffs when a rookie officer and his trainer spotted him trying to board a city bus Sunday morning, said Police Superintendent Michael Harrison. (Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office via AP)

By the time veteran New Orleans police Officer Daryle Holloway was laid to rest in a mournful service on Saturday, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office already had secured a grand jury indictment for first-degree murder against the officer’s suspected killer, Travis Boys. Cannizzaro’s office held back news of the indictment until Monday morning, when it… Continue reading →

New Orleans men become first same-sex couple to wed in Louisiana, each thankful for 'making me the man that I am today'

ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO BY JOHN MCCUSKER -- Michael Robinson and Earl Benjamin are the first same-sex couple to wed in New Orleans since Friday's historic Supreme Court decision.

The legal battle. The delays. The disappointment. It was all behind them Monday afternoon. Before them was the life they’d waited years to claim, the one where Michael Robinson and Earl Benjamin could hold hands, gaze into each other’s eyes and promise to love forever. “You are my best friend,” Robinson told Benjamin… Continue reading →

Judge acquits former DA candidate Lionel ‘Lon’ Burns in battery case

A New Orleans Municipal Court judge has tossed out misdemeanor battery and theft charges against former district attorney candidate Lionel “Lon” Burns, finding insufficient evidence that Burns last year kicked and punched a woman he’d dated for more than a year after responding to her Craigslist personals ad. Judge Desiree Charbonnet granted a motion… Continue reading →

Offshore helicopter company opens 35-acre Houma base

BC-LA—Helicopter Base,130 Offshore helicopter company opens 35-acre Houma base Eds: APNewsNow. HOUMA, La. (AP) — Houston-based Era Group has opened a 35-acre helicopter base for offshore flights to and from Houma-Terrebonne Airport. The Courier reports ( ) that the base houses 30 helicopters that will carry 15,000 workers to and from oil platforms each month. President, CEO and chief… Continue reading →

New Orleans restaurant group to buy former Houston’s location

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The Houston's Restaurant in Metairie is closing.

Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts has signed an agreement to purchase the former Houston’s Restaurant site on Veterans Memorial Boulevard and plans to open a restaurant there. Zeid Ammari, chief operating officer of the fast-growing restaurant operator and investment group, said Monday that a deal should be finalized in the next several days, though he said it… Continue reading →

Association reverses course, urges all court clerks to issue same-sex marriage licenses

The Louisiana Clerks of Court Association, which had warned its members against granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples, reversed course Monday afternoon and said all clerks across the state should comply with last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide. In an email to the group’s members, Executive Director Debbie Hudnall argued… Continue reading →

Ochsner plans new rehab hospital

Less than two weeks after launching a statewide network, Ochsner Health System announced it will partner with a Pennsylvania company to build a new, 60-bed acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital in 2016. The joint venture with Select Medical Corp. gives Ochsner a partnership with a company whose specialties include rehabilitation services. Select Medical now has 17… Continue reading →

Same-sex marriage might remain in limbo in Louisiana as 5th Circuit considers case

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--People rally during the "Decision Day Rally for Marriage Equality" in Jackson Square in New Orleans, La. Friday, June 26, 2015. The rally was called after today's U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 ruling allowing same sex marriage across the country, though Louisiana same sex couples may have to wait 25 days to acquire licenses.

Same-sex marriages could remain unrecognized by authorities in Louisiana for at least a few more days, with the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals asking for attorneys for both sides in a case brought against the state by a gay couple to present arguments on how it should proceed in the wake of last week’s U.S. Supreme Court… Continue reading →

St. Charles joins Jefferson in issuing same-sex marriage licenses

Days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, St. Charles Parish joined neighboring Jefferson Parish as one of the first jurisdictions in Louisiana to begin issuing the licenses. Clerk of Court Lance Marino said the couple — men in their early 50s — “appeared in my office requesting the license with the knowledge… Continue reading →

Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro to seek death penalty for accused cop killer Travis Boys

This photo provided by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office shows Travis Boys. After an intense 24-hour manhunt, New Orleans police Sunday, June 21, 2015, arrested Boys, a suspect in the fatal shooting of a police officer as he was being transported to jail. Boys was still wearing his broken handcuffs when a rookie officer and his trainer spotted him trying to board a city bus Sunday morning, said Police Superintendent Michael Harrison. (Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office via AP)

Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro is seeking the death penalty for Travis Boys, the man accused of killing New Orleans Police Department Officer Daryle Holloway with a single shot in a police vehicle on June 20. Boys was indicted Monday for first degree murder in the death of Holloway, a 22-year veteran of the force who… Continue reading →

Ironically, liberal New Orleans could be among last places in Louisiana to issue same-sex marriage licenses

Though it’s widely regarded as the most liberal city in the state, New Orleans will almost certainly be among the last places in Louisiana where same-sex couples will be able to obtain a marriage license. Orleans Parish is the only parish in the state where marriage licenses are handled directly by the vital records office of the… Continue reading →

Day 2 for Michael and Earl: It's official as couple weds, becomes first same-sex couple to say 'I do' in Louisiana

ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO BY JOHN MCCUSKER -- Michael Robinson and Earl Benjamin are the first same-sex couple to wed in New Orleans since Friday's historic Supreme Court decision.

Michael Robinson and Earl Benjamin became the first same-sex couple to marry in Louisiana following Friday's historic Supreme Court ruling... Continue reading →

Two armed robberies reported late Saturday in New Orleans

. Two armed robberies were reported between 9 p.m. Saturday and 5 a.m. Sunday, according to the New Orleans Police Department. The first incident happened in Mid-City about 9:30 p.m. Two men, both 24 years old, were standing outside their car in the 2700 block of Ursulines Avenue when a man with a gun demanded their… Continue reading →

$1.5 million Baptist church renovation hailed as ‘catalyst’ for change in Central City

At one time, the future of Fifth African Baptist Church looked bleak. It was 2006, and although the church was among the first to reopen its doors after Hurricane Katrina, the storm’s aftermath had threatened to wipe out its nearly 140-year history. Membership dwindled from roughly 1,500 to fewer than 200, as two locations… Continue reading →