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  • NBA pulls 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, focuses on New Orleans

    07/21/2016 1:41:07 PM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 68 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 7/20/16
    Without any movement by state legislators in North Carolina to change newly enacted laws targeted at the LGBT community, the NBA is pulling the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, league sources told The Vertical
  • 'A bullet hole in the head': Landrieu delivers passionate speech on gun violence(anatomy101)

    04/28/2016 11:15:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies ^ | 4/28/2016 | Robert McClendon
    "A bullet hole in the head." "They blew her guts out." As Mayor Mitch Landrieu spoke about violence in New Orleans, it seemed at times as if he was using intentionally graphic language in an attempt to shock the audience gathered Wednesday (April 27) at Tulane University.
  • Lawyer: Smith held no gun as he was shot 8 times in the back

    04/13/2016 11:28:23 AM PDT · by libstripper · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 13, 2016 | Kevin McGill & Rebecca Santana
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The killer of former Saints defensive end Will Smith shot him eight times in the back after deliberately ramming his Hummer into the NFL veteran's Mercedes SUV hard enough to shatter its back window, the Smith family's lawyer said Wednesday.
  • Police look for motive beyond road rage in shooting death of Will Smith

    04/10/2016 2:02:46 PM PDT · by 5150 FREEPER · 36 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 4/10/16 | Cindy Boren
    Police are investigating whether the shooting death of Will Smith, a former defensive end who played on the New Orleans Saints‘ Super Bowl-winning team, was a random act that occurred when an argument erupted into road rage after an auto accident Saturday night in New Orleans’s Lower Garden District
  • Supreme Court permanently disbars former Rep. William Jefferson (5/01/15)

    12/31/2015 6:11:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    NOLA ^ | 5/01/15 | Bruce Alpert
    WASHINGTON - The Louisiana Supreme Court Friday (May 1) permanently barred former Rep. William Jefferson from practicing law. Jefferson, 68, a Democrat who represented New Orleans in Congress for 12 terms, is serving a 13-year prison sentence in Oakdale for corruption and not scheduled for release until August, 30, 2023, when he would be 76 years old. The Louisiana Supreme Court said in its ruling that it agreed with the unanimous finding of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board that the conduct of the Harvard-educated lawyer is so egregious that he should not be allowed to return to the practice of...
  • Police release video of Tulane med student shooting: Graphic content

    11/21/2015 1:27:47 PM PST · by BBell · 50 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 11/21/15 | Jonathan Bullington, | The Times-Picayune
    New Orleans police released surveillance footage of Tulane University medical student Peter Gold being shot early Friday morning (Nov. 20) while trying to stop an apparent armed robbery at Magazine and St. Mary streets in the Lower Garden District.Gold, 25, stopped his car upon seeing a man dragging a woman toward an SUV in the 1000 block of Saint Mary Street, police said. When he tried to help, police said the gunman pointed a weapon at Gold and demanded his money. "The victim explained to the suspect, repeatedly, that he did not have any cash," NOPD said in a news...
  • Wake Up America: Syrian Refugees Arrive in New Orleans

    11/15/2015 12:49:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 68 replies ^ | November 15, 2015 | Justin Holcomb
    Heads up America, Syrian refugees have arrived and they are here to stay. Your State Department funds are being well invested in one-way tickets for Syrian refugees to New Orleans, Louisiana. FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports, Social Former FBI Special Agent-In-Charge Jim Bernazzani gave his opinion on the matter. "If I was in charge of ISIL, logistically I'd take advantage of this situation and put my people in, into the United States," he said. Governor Bobby Jindal expressed his concerns to the president by writing a letter to the executive office. "As with former immigration crises and...
  • Bobby Jindal demands more information on Syrian refugees placed in Louisiana

    11/15/2015 3:39:44 AM PST · by markomalley · 70 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/14/15 | Seth McLaughlin
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal demanded Saturday that the Obama administration keep him informed on the Syrian refugees that are being placed in his home state, saying he is erring on the side of caution following the terrorist attacks in Paris.Mr. Jindal, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, sent a letter to President Obama urging him to “pause” the entire relocation effort until more is known about the attacks that left more than 120 people dead. He also questioned the level of screening the refugees are undergoing and whether they will be monitored moving forward — pointing out that one of the...
  • BREAKING: Syrian Refugees From The Muslim World Are Arriving In New Orleans

    (November 3rd story) After the Hayride broke the exclusive story on 10,000 Syrian refugees possibly resettling in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Metairie, it has now come to light that refugees are already coming into the New Orleans area. Catholic Charities, which receive federal grants from U.S. Department of State/Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, have apparently taken in two Syrian refugee families already and are expecting many more. There are approximately 180 cities in the country that are eligible to accept the 10,000 Syrian refugees. Here is the full list of those cities, which includes Baton Rouge, Matairie and Lafayette:
  • 4 shot in assault rifle attack at Desire's Sampson park

    07/28/2015 8:50:24 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 29 replies ^ | 7-26-15 | Ken Daley
    A man armed with an assault rifle opened fire at a crowded park in Desire Sunday (July 26), shooting at least four people, including a man left critically wounded, New Orleans police said. The attack came around 6:20 p.m., when Edith Sampson Playground Park at the corner of Piety and Treasure streets was crowded with family gatherings and several children were playing inside two inflatable "space walkers," witnesses said. "I was scared for my life," said one woman, who asked that her name be withheld for fear of retaliation. "All those children was out there. I just got down and...
  • 'Bronze Age Pompeii' Found In Italy

    12/06/2001 6:52:22 AM PST · by blam · 18 replies · 2+ views
    Discovery ^ | 12-03-2001
    'Bronze Age Pompeii' Found in Italy Dec. 3 — Italian archaeologists have discovered one of the world's best-preserved prehistoric villages, a "Bronze Age Pompeii" that was buried in volcanic ash near the world-famous Roman city almost 4,000 years ago. The ancient settlement was overwhelmed by volcanic flow when Mount Vesuvius erupted around 1800 B.C., smothering the village near present-day Nola in southern Italy many centuries before Pompeii suffered the same fate. "This is by far the best-preserved prehistoric village in Italy and one of the best in the world. Everyday life in the ancient Bronze Age is preserved there," Giuseppe ...
  • New Orleans Cop Shot Dead in Cruiser

    05/24/2015 6:52:06 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 62 replies
    ABC ^ | 5/24/15
    A New Orleans police officer was found shot dead in his marked patrol car this morning, city officials said. The shooting was reported around 7 a.m., the New Orleans Police Department said in a news release. The victim's car rolled forward and struck a curb after the shooting. The officer's name has not been released, but the New Orleans police identified the victim as a 45-year-old man who worked as a Housing Authority police officer.
  • New Orleans Cop Shot Dead in Cruiser

    05/24/2015 2:50:17 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 37 replies ^ | May 24, 2015 | EMILY SHAPIRO
    A New Orleans police officer was found shot dead in his marked patrol car this morning, city officials said. The shooting was reported around 7 a.m., the New Orleans Police Department said in a news release. The victim's car rolled forward and struck a curb after the shooting. The officer's name has not been released, but the New Orleans police identified the victim as a 45-year-old man who worked as a Housing Authority police officer.
  • Body found lodged in Mid-City fence

    03/28/2015 2:02:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies ^ | Jonathan Bullington
    New Orleans police are investigating the death of a man who was found Thursday morning with his neck lodged between the top portion of a wrought iron fence outside a Mid-City shopping plaza. Police, firefighters and paramedics all responded shortly after 7 a.m. after receiving a report of the person's body found on the short iron fence that separates the plaza's parking lot from the sidewalks along Carrollton and Tulane avenues. ... New Orleans police said Thursday afternoon that a woman walking in the area spotted the victim, a 58-year-old man, around 7 a.m.
  • Possible terrorist attack at New Orleans Airport

    03/20/2015 6:24:08 PM PDT · by gop4lyf · 213 replies
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    I just got this from a friend. His brother works at the New Orleans Airport.
  • Man stole $1,500 in filet mignon steaks from Roosevelt Hotel: NOPD

    02/12/2015 2:27:54 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 43 replies
    Times Picayune ^ | February 11, 2015 | Heather Nolan
    New Orleans police need help identifying a man seen in surveillance photos stealing several boxes of filet mignon steaks from The Roosevelt Hotel. Police said the man pried open a locked gate and walked away with the boxes in an unknown direction. The theft occurred after 10 a.m. Feb. 9 at 130 Roosevelt Way. The steaks are valued at more than $1,500, police said...
  • Victim of St. Roch attack: 'They just wanted to stomp somebody'

    07/30/2014 6:37:31 AM PDT · by topher · 44 replies [The Times-Picayune ] ^ | July 29, 2014 at 9:16 PM, updated July 29, 2014 at 9:59 PM | Jonathan Bullington
    William Murphy set out Sunday night to pick up a few groceries at the New Orleans Food Co-op in the St. Roch neighborhood. The roughly three-block walk is one the 54-year-old home renovator said he's made countless times since moving to the neighborhood in 2006. But what should have been a routine errand quickly turned into a harrowing encounter with a group of teenagers who left him bloody and battered.
  • Ray Nagin sentenced to 10 years in prison for public corruption

    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Wednesday. Nagin, 58, the two-term mayor who was the face of the city during Hurricane Katrina, joins a list of Louisiana elected officials convicted of misdeeds committed while in office. But he is New Orleans' first mayor to be convicted and sent to prison for public corruption.
  • Pizza driver beaten with baseball bat during delivery, police say (New Orleans knockout game)

    07/03/2014 8:02:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Uptown Messenger ^ | July 1, 2014 | Robert Morris
    A pizza-delivery driver was beaten by a man with a baseball bat early Tuesday morning in the former B.W. Cooper housing projects, New Orleans Police said. The driver was taking a delivery to the 1300 block of South Prieur Street shortly before 2 a.m., and saw a man waiting outside when he arrived, said NOPD Detective Sgt. David Barnes on Tuesday afternoon at the weekly meeting of Sixth District ranking officers. The driver asked the man if he was the person who placed the order, and when the man said yes, the driver turned back to the car to get...
  • Canal Boulevard business robbed at gunpoint, NOPD says

    03/04/2014 6:02:07 PM PST · by BBell · 7 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 3/4/14 | Robert McClendon
    A man robbed a Canal Boulevard business at gunpoint Monday (March3) evening in New Orleans, police said. The suspect, whom NOPD did not describe, entered the business at about 5:15 p.m armed with a pearl-handed revolver.
  • Mary Landrieu's Career Depends on Winning a Numbers Game (and the math might not save her this time)

    12/18/2013 4:06:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | 12/17/13 | Alex Roarty
    **SNIP** "We now have a situation where you have an unpopular president on the downside and a senator who has no independence from him," said Brad Todd, a GOP consultant who twice worked on campaigns against the senator. "Mary is a tough campaigner, she campaigns vigorously, she's charismatic, she's experienced at tough races. However, she has never had to run with an anvil around her neck. She will have to do that this time." Landrieu's own position on Obamacare reflects the tension between competing demands. Earlier this year, she gave the Affordable Care Act a bear hug. She repeatedly said...
  • Landrieu Pushing Legislation To Prevent Health Insurance Cancellations From Obamacare, Supports ACA

    11/07/2013 3:16:24 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    710 KEEL ^ | 11/06/13 | Dennis Foley
    Senator Mary Landrieu says she will be introducing legislation to make sure anyone who likes their health care plan can keep it if the wish under Obamacare, but she still supports the law. **SNIP** Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon said about 80,000 Louisiana policyholders will lose their policies because of Obamacare. Landrieu’s legislation would allow policyholders to keep their insurance as long as they kept paying their premiums.
  • Ray Nagin: The final chapter (bribery, conspiracy, money laundering trial postponed third time)

    11/03/2013 9:17:00 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Best Of New Orleans ^ | 10/28/13 | Clancy DuBos, Joe Raspanti
    Former Mayor Ray Nagin's federal trial on 21 public corruption charges was postponed again last week — for the third time. The former mayor is now set to stand trial on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. If and when Nagin does go to trial — or if he pleads to a reduced charge — it will be the final chapter of Hurricane Katrina's political arc. Guilty or innocent, Nagin's fate will bring closure to a city that arguably suffered as much after the storm as during it, thanks in large measure to the former mayor's failure to implement a recovery program...
  • St. Tammany Parish ceases its emergency operations for Karen (stand down - top gusts - 40mph)

    10/06/2013 6:43:13 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Bayou Buzz ^ | 10/06/13
    **SNIP** "Due to the downgrade of Tropical Storm Karen to a tropical depression, and the discontinuation of all watches and warnings for St. Tammany Parish, the parish Emergency Operations Center will stand down. The parish's EOC staff and our partner agencies have ceased operations and they, along with the parish president, would like to thank the citizens of St. Tammany Parish for their cooperation during this event."
  • LA:Mid-City armed robbers thwarted when would-be victim fires his own gun; 2 teens in custody

    09/30/2013 5:31:43 PM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies ^ | 27 September, 2013 | Danielle Bell
    Two teens are behind bars after a would-be victim turned the tables on three armed robbers in Mid-City on Thursday night (Sept. 26), pulling out his own gun and firing at them, causing them to flee. No one was injured. Aaron Smith, 18, and Hakeem Carter, 17, were stopped by police shortly afterward, according to NOPD spokeswoman Hilal Williams. An item dropped on the ground by one of the teens as they ran linked them to the crime, she said. Smith and Carter were arrested and booked with two counts of attempted armed robbery. The third robber remains at large....
  • Judge Throws Out Officers’ Convictions in Killings After Hurricane Katrina

    09/17/2013 9:22:35 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 13 replies
    NEW ORLEANS — Citing “grotesque prosecutorial misconduct” on the part of federal lawyers here and in Washington, a judge on Tuesday threw out the 2011 convictions of five former police officers who had been found guilty in a momentous civil rights case of killing two citizens and engaging in an extensive cover-up in the days after Hurricane Katrina. In a heated 129-page decision, Judge Kurt D. Englehardt of Federal District Court here declared that federal prosecutors had created a “prejudicial, poisonous atmosphere” in making anonymous online comments before and during the trial at, the Web site of The Times-Picayune,...
  • Neighbors report 11-year-old girl wounded in General Ogden Street triple shooting has died

    09/02/2013 9:34:08 AM PDT · by BBell · 29 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | September 2, 2013 | Benjamin Alexander-Bloch
    Neighbors are reporting that one of the two 11-year-old girls wounded in a triple shooting early Monday inside a home on the 1300 block of General Ogden Street, has died. New Orleans police later confirmed the girl's death and said she had been shot in the head and brought to a nearby hospital early Monday in critical condition.The Orleans Parish Corner's Office on late Monday morning identified the girl as Arabian Gayles. Several neighbors earlier in the day simply had said the girl was named "Raven." The other girl, who neighbors said was Arabian Gayles' cousin, was struck in the...
  • One-year-old shot dead, babysitter critically injured in Central City [New Orleans]

    08/30/2013 2:18:13 PM PDT · by seacapn · 18 replies
    New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | updated August 30, 2013 | John Harper
    A 1-year-old girl is dead and the child's 18-year-old babysitter is in critical condition after a shooting Thursday night in Central City, the New Orleans Police Department said. Police say two men are being sought in connection with the shooting. The toddler and babysitter were walking in the 2800 block of South Saratoga Street when shots rang out just before 8:20 p.m., according to the NOPD. The woman, who was shot in the back, rushed inside a relative's nearby home with the child, and someone inside called 911, NOPD spokesman Frank Robertson said. Robertson said the woman was in surgery...
  • Gay couple the target of a hate crime, home vandalized with slur [FBI investigates]

    08/05/2013 8:26:58 PM PDT · by kevcol · 25 replies
    WWLTV ^ | Aug 4, 2013 | Jaclyn Kelley
    NEW ORLEANS -- The NOPD, along with the FBI, are investigating a hate crime caught on tape. Security cameras caught a man vandalizing a gay couple's home on Julia Street just after 1 a.m. Saturday. The video showed a man getting out of a vehicle, using a ladder to remove a gay pride flag and then returning to spray paint words on their wall. It was same flag John Hill and his fiance John Weimer Jr. held high just last month during a rally of support for the recent Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. "John and I were waving...
  • Police name suspect in New Orleans parade shooting

    05/13/2013 8:05:37 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 53 replies
    CNN ^ | May 13, 2013 | By Jason Morris and Catherine E. Shoichet
    New Orleans (CNN) -- A suspect has been identified in a New Orleans parade shooting that left 19 people injured. Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said that authorities are looking for 19-year-old Akein Scott. Serpas said New Orleans police are familiar with Scott, who was arrested in March and may be out on bond. "I would recommend strongly that Mr. Scott contact anybody who he is comfortable with to turn himself in," Serpas said. When asked if Scott was the lone shooter, Serpas said it was still early in the investigation. The superintendent credited several people calling a Crimestoppers tip line...
  • Ambulance gets 'booted' while paramedics tend to emergency

    12/02/2012 11:42:44 AM PST · by grundle · 63 replies ^ | November 30, 2012 | Brendan McCarthy
    NEW ORLEANS - The Quicky's convenience store in Mid-City takes its parking lot rules seriously. Very seriously. About 4 p.m. Friday, New Orleans paramedics rushed inside the store for a man with a life-threatening medical issue. They worked on the patient with chest pain, put him inside the vehicle, then started to speed off. The paramedics “heard a loud noise,” and the vehicle came to a screeching halt, according to Jeb Tate, spokesman for New Orleans Emergency Medical Services. The medics stepped out and found a boot on their ambulance. Convenience store employees allegedly put a restrictive parking boot on...
  • Entergy New Orleans complaint center provides few answers

    09/02/2012 6:04:25 PM PDT · by matt04 · 18 replies
    Fannie Eugene drove to Entergy's new complaint center in Mid-City on Saturday to see when power might be restored at her house in the Lower 9th Ward. "My husband has emphysema, so it's getting harder by the day," said Eugene, 60. She hoped to find out if relief was in sight soon. "So I asked them, 'Are you working in my area?'" Eugene said. More than half the city's households still lack power. But she received no real news at the complaint center, which is located at 3400 Canal St., she said. "They're just open," she said. "They don't know...
  • Isaac Looters Locked Up

    08/31/2012 3:29:35 AM PDT · by kevcol · 18 replies
    NOLA Defender ^ | August 30, 2012
    [New Orleans].. They found guns, jewelry, various clothing items including caps, shorts, socks and pants, as well as tennis shoes. Sidney Brooks, 17, was arrested in connection with the incident. Police think there could be more suspects. . . at S. Robertson and Martin Luther King Jr. A couple were caught stealing alcohol and money from the bar, and both were booked. Also on Wednesday, five people were caught breaking into a corner store at Jackson and Magnolia. On Tuesday night, four men were caught by police breaking into a building at 7th and Danneel. On Thursday morning, NOPD Chief...
  • Reactions to cable outages in Hurricane Issac's Path

    08/29/2012 4:22:39 PM PDT · by matt04 · 19 replies
    I live in CT. I lived thru Irene and the freak October snowstorm that left parts of the region without power for over a week in some cases. The supposedly hearty New England residents were crying within two days how they didn't have power and cable. I decided to take a look at the Facebook page of one of the major cable companies in the path of Isaac. All these screen shots were taken around 6:30 PM Eastern time on 8/29.
  • Think Pompeii Got Hit Hard? Worse Eruptions Lurk

    03/07/2006 11:10:23 AM PST · by blam · 54 replies · 1,556+ views
    Think Pompeii got hit hard? Worse eruptions lurk By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent Mon Mar 6, 5:03 PM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The preserved footprints and abandoned homes of villagers who fled a giant eruption of Mount Vesuvius 3,800 years ago show the volcano could destroy modern-day Naples with little warning, Italian and U.S. researchers reported on Monday. The eruption buried entire villages as far as 15 miles (25 kilometres) from the volcano, cooking people as they tried to escape and dumping several feet (metres) of ash and mud. New excavations show far more extensive damage than that...
  • Making Groceries

    07/08/2012 5:57:12 PM PDT · by djone · 13 replies ^ | NOLA Notes
    "I thought all mothers cooked and cleaned as vigorously as my mother. I learned that was not the case. We’d have friends over and ask if they wanted to stay for dinner. They’d inquire what we’d be eating, and I’d go look at my mother’s calendar—she always had her menu written down for the coming two weeks. So, every two weeks my mother went to Schwegmann’s. She wrote her grocery list, organized by the order of the aisles, on an envelope and put her coupons inside. She’d buy so many groceries, she’d need two baskets. During the summer, I’d go...
  • Soul-searching for racial justice (Indescribable)

    05/26/2012 1:45:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | May. 26, 2012 | Professor Alex Mikulich
    It is a sign of the times that the Trayvon Martin case is waning away from public attention, and that the U.S. Catholic bishops have not addressed the fundamental issues of racial justice at stake for the nation. A failure to address the social structures and culture that is death-dealing for African-American and Latino men and women in America -- the context for the Feb. 26 killing of Martin -- is a “supreme dishonor to the Creator” in terms of the most basic tenet of Catholic social teaching: that we are all made in the image and likeness of God....
  • Time is running out for Bill Jefferson (11-time convicted FELON-LA still walks free)

    04/06/2012 7:08:01 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    NOLA ^ | 4/01/12 | James Gill
    Time is running out for Bill JeffersonPublished: Sunday, April 01, 2012, 6:37 AM By James Gill - The Times-Picayune Legal experts cited by the paper say federal prosecutors may now ask trial judge T.S. Ellis III to lock Dollar Bill up. Those experts are not exactly going out on a limb, considering that prosecutors opposed bail for William Jefferson in the first place. Now that an appeals court panel in Virginia has resoundingly and unanimously upheld Jefferson's conviction on all but one of 11 counts, prosecutors would be remiss if they didn't urge immediate consignment to the pen. The experts...
  • New Orleans, Year of our Lord 2012

    03/16/2012 10:35:40 AM PDT · by ConservativeNewYorker
    The Irish Echo ^ | March 14, 2012 | Megan O'Sullivan
    New Orleans — It wasn’t a beautiful New Orleans Ash Wednesday morning at The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France, the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States. The sun was trying to peek out from behind the clouds and scattered drops of rain fell on the artists and street vendors of the square. The brothers of the James Cardinal Gibbons Division and the Archbishop Philip M. Hannan Division, both from Louisiana, alongside Kinght of the Holy Sepulchre, Sir Patrick Allen of Francis P. Beirne Division 9 in New York, gathered in the side alley of...
  • (Former New Orleans Mayor) Ray Nagin is focus of federal grand jury probe

    02/10/2012 11:52:27 AM PST · by abb · 30 replies
    New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | February 9, 2012` | David Hammer
    A federal grand jury is investigating whether city vendors gave former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin gratuities ranging from plane tickets to materials and equipment for his family's granite-countertop business and also helped the firm land an exclusive installation deal with a retailing giant while Nagin was in office, according to several sources close to the probe. The federal probe is zeroing in on Nagin along three parallel tracks: luxury travel and home maintenance provided by city technology vendors; a granite countertop installation contract that Nagin's family company got from The Home Depot; and the possibility that at least two...
  • Piers Morgan Tries to Bait Musician to Blame Bush for Katrina Fiasco

    10/25/2011 6:06:10 PM PDT · by DFG · 14 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 10/25/11 | Matt Hadro
    Although interviewee Harry Connick Jr. was unwilling to cast blame towards any specific person or agenda over the failed response to the Hurricane Katrina in 2005, CNN's Piers Morgan thrice tried to bait him into doing so on Monday. Connick stated on Piers Morgan Tonight that "at this point, what good is it going to do to blame local or state or federal government?" Yet Morgan emphasized the "scandalously slow" response to the disaster by authorities, and even noted liberal conspiracy claims that "surreptitious racism" was involved.
  • CBS Presents Former Mayor Nagin as an 'Expert'on Eve of Hurricane

    On Friday's Early Show, CBS somehow thought it was appropriate to bring on former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to offer "lessons learned from other hurricanes," as Hurricane Irene bore down on the East Coast. Anchor Chris Wragge not only failed to ask Nagin about his failures in leadership in the lead-up to Hurricane Katrina, but also twice labeled his guest an "expert in the field".
  • Ex-New Orleans politician guilty of racketeering (Pratt is pal of William Jefferson FELON-LA)

    08/04/2011 11:02:15 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Vindy ^ | 7/26/11
    Ex-New Orleans politician guilty of racketeeringPublished: Tue, July 26, 2011 @ 11:45 a.m. NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former New Orleans councilwoman connected to a corruption-tainted ex-Louisiana congressman has been convicted of conspiring to loot more than $1 million from charities run with taxpayer money. Federal jurors on Monday convicted 56-year-old Renee Gill Pratt of one count of racketeering and she faces up to 20 years in prison when sentenced Oct. 26. **SNIP** Jefferson was convicted in 2009 on corruption charges over his African business ties. He’s free pending appeals. Gill Pratt insisted Monday that she is innocent. She is...
  • NOPD officer pleads guilty to raping his girlfriend's 13-year-old daughter

    05/11/2011 10:42:33 AM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 37 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | 05/11/2011 | John Simerman, The Times-Picayune
    Just as his alleged victim, the 13-year-old daughter of his ex-girlfriend, was sworn in to testify, former New Orleans police officer Christopher Buckley pleaded guilty this morning to raping the girl. Buckley, 39, was arrested in October 2008 after the girl told her story to her mother, also an officer with the NOPD. The Times-Picayune is not naming the woman because of her relationship with the victim. The victim, now 15, had been sworn in and was preparing to take the witness stand when Buckley decided to take a plea. In all, he pleaded guilty to seven counts of forcible...
  • Epic flooding will test levee system as never before, experts say (N.O. worried)

    05/09/2011 5:38:22 PM PDT · by PilotDave · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | 9 May 2011 | Tom Watkins
    "I wouldn't say that this is going to be a disaster, but the modern Mississippi levee system has never been tested under flood conditions like this," he said. "It's probably going to exceed water levels not seen since the Great Flood of 1927: historically the largest ever measured."
  • Feds back William Jefferson (FELON-LA) verdict (Has yet to serve first day on 13 year sentence)

    03/14/2011 4:44:23 AM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies
    NOLA ^ | 3/12/11 | Bruce Alpert
    Feds back Jefferson verdict111-page filing says jury got it right Bruce Alpert - Washington bureau Saturday, March 12, 2011 WASHINGTON -- A federal jury properly found that former Rep. William Jefferson engaged in "numerous bribe schemes" to "unjustly enrich himself and his family," so a federal appeals court should allow the jury's guilty verdict to stand, prosecutors say. In a 111-page filing late Thursday to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., the prosecutors urged the court to reject Jefferson's argument that the verdict, guilty on 11 of 16 corruption charges, must be thrown out. Jefferson's attorneys argued...
  • New Orleans restaurants seem to have recovered after the BP oil spill

    12/27/2010 3:54:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NOLA ^ | 12/26/10 | Brett Anderson
    New Orleans restaurants seem to have recovered after the BP oil spillBy Brett Anderson, The Times-Picayune Published: Sunday, December 26, 2010, 8:45 AM The days of explaining exotic species of Hawaiian finfish to puzzled locals have passed at Grand Isle restaurant. After struggling through months when the oyster bar would sit idle for weeks on end, supplies from Terrebonne Parish and Galveston Bay are now readily available. Grouper may still be more difficult to come by than usual, but at least it's not Chilean. Still, David Pearson, a partner in Grand Isle, a Warehouse District seafood restaurant, is not resting...
  • Most principals in William Jefferson (FELON-LA) case doing poorly a year after his sentencing

    12/16/2010 11:38:09 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NOLA ^ | 11/28/10 | Bruce Alpert
    Most principals in William Jefferson case doing poorly a year after his sentencingBy Bruce Alpert, Times-Picayune Published: Sunday, November 28, 2010, 9:00 AM A little more than a year after he was sentenced to 13 years in prison for public corruption, former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson from New Orleans remains free pending an appeal that likely won't be resolved until the spring or early summer. But for some of the people and businesses caught up in what federal prosecutors called a web of shakedown schemes orchestrated by Jefferson, no appeals court ruling will reverse the bankruptcies, loss of business and...
  • 2 suspects arrested in stabbing death of Marine in French Quarter

    12/10/2010 6:33:36 AM PST · by BBell · 25 replies
    Times Picayune ^ | Friday, December 10, 2010
    Melvin Clay, 37, and Helaina Amrine, 21, were arrested Thursday night in connection to the stabbing death of 23-year-old Marine Ryan Lekosky in October.New Orleans Police Department spokeswoman officer Shereese Harper reported that the two were arrested by police shortly after 9 p.m. at the intersection of Dauphine Street and Bienville street, just one block from where the fatal stabbing occurred.According to Harper, Clay was charged with second degree murder, while Amrine, his girlfriend, was charged with accessory after the fact.After leaving the Marine Ball with his wife around 3:30 a.m. on October 31, Lekosky was stabbed several times when...
  • Blanco responds to Bush's criticisms in memoir (and lies about Hurricane Katrina)

    11/09/2010 10:49:36 PM PST · by STARWISE · 68 replies · 1+ views
    WWLTV ^ | 11-9-10 | Katie Moore
    *snip* The Katrina chapter expresses Bush's clear frustration with then-Governor Kathleen Blanco, who refused to federalize the National Guard for the incident. “I did not need the federalization of the Guard because that would've taken police powers away from the National Guard. And goodness knows, we needed that,” she said. Bush said on Oprah, “I said to the governor, give me the authority to send in federal troops. By law, the president cannot send federal troops to conduct law enforcement without a declaration of insurrection." An insurrection declaration would've given the military police powers. “He didn't discuss that with me....