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    NEW ORLEANS — Crews on Saturday recovered the body of one of two construction workers that had been trapped nearly 10 months ago in the collapse of a Hard Rock Hotel under construction in New Orleans. Family watched as the remains of Quinnyon Wimberly, 36, were lowered from the complex using a platform and a crane, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported. Sobbing relatives huddled at the site for 15 minutes, as Mayor LaToya Cantrell and New Orleans Fire Department Chief Tim McConnell stood by. There was no immediate word on when crews would extricate the remains of the other worker, Jose Ponce Areola, 63. Crews have yet to reach the area on the 8th floor of the structure where they...
    (CNN)The remains of a construction worker have been recovered from the collapsed Hard Rock hotel in New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Saturday, 10 months after the disaster.Quinnyon Wimberly, 36, was one of three construction workers killed in October, though only one body was recovered at the time. Wimberly's family was at the wreckage site Saturday while his remains were extracted, officials said. Crews are scrambling to find 2 missing workers in the Hard Rock Hotel wreckage before another collapse "This has been a long journey, but the longest journey has been for the families mostly impacted by this collapse," Cantrell said. A stretcher-like bucket attached to a crane carried down the the remains, video from CNN affiliate WDSU...
    By KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The sheriff of New Orleans can be put back in control of the city’s long-troubled jail despite still-serious problems that triggered U.S. Justice Department oversight and a 2012 lawsuit, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Sheriff Marlin Gusman had agreed to cede authority over the Orleans Parish jail to a court-approved “compliance director” in 2016, amid complaints that progress was too slow toward court-ordered reforms aimed at improving medical care while curbing inmate violence, drug contraband and suicide attempts. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Lance Africk, citing the latest report by court-appointed independent monitors, said there are still serious problems at the jail. “For example, there remain significant incidents of violence relating...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The sheriff of New Orleans can be put back in control of the city’s long-troubled jail despite still-serious problems that triggered U.S. Justice Department oversight and a 2012 lawsuit, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Sheriff Marlin Gusman had agreed to cede authority over the Orleans Parish jail to a court-approved “compliance director” in 2016, amid complaints that progress was too slow toward court-ordered reforms aimed at improving medical care while curbing inmate violence, drug contraband and suicide attempts. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Lance Africk, citing the latest report by court-appointed independent monitors, said there are still serious problems at the jail. “For example, there remain significant incidents of violence relating to inmates...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans' district attorney has been ordered to pay more than $50,000 in penalties for failing to produce public records related to a 2015 request. Civil District Judge Ethel Julian's ruling was issued July 27 against District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro in a public records lawsuit filed in May 2017. The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center accused Cannizzaro of refusing to turn over records documenting his use of subpoenas. According to the court record, Cannizzaro had rejected the request as too burdensome and had referred MacArthur center lawyer Emily Washington to the clerk of court. After the 2015 request was made by the MacArthur center, the online news outlet The Lens revealed that Cannizzaro’s office had...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans’ district attorney has been ordered to pay more than $50,000 in penalties for failing to produce public records related to a 2015 request. Civil District Judge Ethel Julian’s ruling was issued July 27 against District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro in a public records lawsuit filed in May 2017. The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center accused Cannizzaro of refusing to turn over records documenting his use of subpoenas. According to the court record, Cannizzaro had rejected the request as too burdensome and had referred MacArthur center lawyer Emily Washington to the clerk of court. After the 2015 request was made by the MacArthur center, the online news outlet The Lens revealed that Cannizzaro’s...
    Lucy Hale: Inside a Day in My Life New head-turner for mortgage rates: 15-year loans at under 2% New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Clippers Live Stream, NBA Opening Weekend Schedule, TV Channel, Start Time As we continue with the NBA Opening Weekend schedule, The New Orleans Pelicans will take on the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday evening in ‘the bubble’ in Florida. © Provided by For The Win The Clippers fell to the Lakers in their first game back and will look to bounce back against Zion and the Pelicans. The Pelicans also are coming off a tough loss to the Utah Jazz on Thursday night. New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Clippers When: Friday, Aug 1 Time:...
    President Donald Trump has strongly denounced athletes who choose to kneel during the playing of the U.S. national anthem, proclaiming he would not watch professional sports where it occurs. In response, New Orleans Pelicans sharpshooter JJ Redick put Trump on blast for those remarks on Thursday, stating his belief that nobody in the NBA cares whether or not the president watches their product. Redick’s statement came after the league officially resumed its 2019-20 season from within a bubble environment at the Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Florida. Redick’s Pelicans faced Rudy Gobert and the Utah Jazz in the opening contest of the season restart, which was preceded by players and coaches from both teams kneeling...
    Protesters in New Orleans stood outside of courthouses this week to block landlords from entering and filing evictions. Associated Press Protesters in New Orleans stood outside of a courthouse this week to block landlords from entering and filing evictions. Louisiana's eviction moratorium was lifted on June 15, but a federal moratorium didn't end until Saturday. One courthouse in the city has already seen 343 evictions, which was in the range of normal pre-pandemic, according to Nola.com. The protests disrupted some court hearings, but there were no arrests, officials told Nola.com. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Men and women stood chained together outside of a New Orleans courthouse to block landlords and attorneys from being able to...
    Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images The poor New Orleans Pelicans can’t even get enough virtual fans to show up. The NBA restart is unlike any sporting event we’ve ever seen. With all of this taking place within the Orlando bubble, in the midst of a global pandemic, in the wake of rampant police brutality and protests for social justice, we are witnessing history every time these teams take the court. Or, at least, those of us actually showing up to watch are. Enter the poor New Orleans Pelicans, who couldn’t even get enough virtual fans to fill the stands in Thursday’s opening seeding game against the Utah Jazz: The Pelicans can’t even get enough fans virtually???????? pic.twitter.com/6UGjeoAotc — NBA Retweet...
    The NBA is finally back -- and ahead of the first game of the league's restart, players from both teams joined coaches and referees to kneel during the national anthem. The league had to shift to a bubble format in Orlando, Fla., due to the coronavirus pandemic, and in the aftermath of the nationwide protests, following the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd, players have focused on social justice, as well as the Black Lives Matter movement. Players from the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz, as well as the game’s referees, made a statement on Thursday prior to tip-off. During a pre-recorded version of the national anthem, everyone on the court took a knee, while some players locked arms,...
    The New Orleans Pelicans will turn to rookie sensation Zion Williamson. The Duke product, a favorite to claim the NBA Rookie of the Year crown, is averaging 23.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game this season. Another former Duke player, Brandon Ingram, who is a favorite to win Most Improved Player in the league, is averaging a team-high 24.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per contest. The Pelicans are loaded with talent, which also includes Lonzo Ball, Jrue Holiday, JJ Redick, and Josh Hart. Even if they don't make the playoffs this season, they will be a forced to be reckoned with in the coming years as their talent continues to develop under head coach Alvin Gentry. CLICK HERE...
    In prosecutor accountability circles, the name Leon Cannizzaro carries almost mystical significance. Cannizzaro, the district attorney of Orleans Parish (New Orleans) for the last 12 years, led the biggest prosecutors’ office in the most incarcerated state in the most incarcerated country on the planet, while filing bogus charges against ideological opponents in the public defender’s office. He routinely tricked reluctant, fearful witnesses and even victims to talk to his office through the use of “fake subpoenas” that threatened jail for noncompliance. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. In a surprising statement on July 24, Cannizzaro announced that he would grant mercy to his city in the form of not seeking reelection. This transformed a race that was expected to...
    BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) — A two-decade-old New Orleans-themed tradition continues at a historic restaurant in Alabama this week, despite the death of its longtime co-owner and recent closures related to COVID-19. AL.com reports that the Bright Star restaurant in Bessemer will again hold its “A Night in New Orleans” celebration. It actually will take place over three nights — Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Bright Star brings a well-known New Orleans chef to the restaurant each year for the event. This year, it’s Thomas Robey, the executive chef of Tujaque’s, who previously worked in Birmingham. Jimmy Koikos, the longtime co-owner of the 113-year-old restaurant, began the tradition in 1989. The late Jamie Shannon from New Orleans’ Commander’s Palace restaurant was...
    New Orleans (AP) — A judge in New Orleans has announced he will not seek re-election to the bench. Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Paul Bonin on Friday confirmed the decision not to run for the Section D judgeship he now holds. That means next year will be the first time, in more than 20 years, that he has not served the judiciary, The Times Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported. “I've done my fair share,” Bonin said. Bonin was elected to New Orleans Traffic Court in 1997, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal in 2008 and Criminal District Court in 2016. Even though he's leaving the judiciary, Bonin said he's not retiring. The 68-year-old said he intends to keep...
    DHS team deployed to Seattle; unit on standby in case of new unrest in city U.S. Mint asks Americans to start spending their coins to help with coin shortage spurred by COVID-19 New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson returns to NBA campus After leaving the NBA campus nine days ago because of “an urgent family matter,” New Orleans Pelicans rookie forward Zion Williamson returned on Friday evening. Click to expand Replay Video UP NEXT A moment of menace: Patriots Devin McCourty says Floyds death shows how far country still has to go SportsPulse: New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty has always been a vocal member of Players Coalition on social issues. He shared his perspective on George...
    By JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans’ mayor is shutting down the city’s bars because of rising coronavirus numbers, and is also forbidding restaurants to sell alcoholic drinks to go. “The crowds just grow and grow and grow,” Mayor LaToya Cantrell said at a livestreamed news conference Friday. “Even when we were allowing for takeout alcohol, some of the lines were so long they would become a gathering in themselves. And no mask-wearing and the like,” she said. The city is also getting many complaints about large parties of maskless people outside houses, said Jennifer Avegno, head of the city's health department, Cantrell warned short-term rental owners that big parties at their properties could cost their...
    By JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Contractors have not been able to recover either of two remaining bodies from the wreckage of a hotel that partly collapsed during construction last year, and they don't know when they'll be able to do so, New Orleans officials said Friday. Their inability to say when they might be able to reach the bodies of Quinnyon Wimberly and Jose Ponce Arreola is disconcerting and significant, Fire Superintendent Tim McConnell said during a livestreamed news conference. McConnell had said on Monday that contractors hoped to remove one body by the end of this week and the other next week. McConnell said weather has caused some delays but the biggest problem appears to...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Contractors have not been able to recover either of two remaining bodies from the wreckage of a hotel that partly collapsed during construction last year, and they don’t know when they’ll be able to do so, New Orleans officials said Friday. Their inability to say when they might be able to reach the bodies of Quinnyon Wimberly and Jose Ponce Arreola is disconcerting and significant, Fire Superintendent Tim McConnell said during a livestreamed news conference. McConnell had said on Monday that contractors hoped to remove one body by the end of this week and the other next week. McConnell said weather has caused some delays but the biggest problem appears to be that contractors haven’t...
    By KEVIN MCGILL and REBECCA SANTANA, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said Friday that he would not run for a third term in a race that drew two sitting city judges and one of his fiercest critics, a city council member whose own political future has been muddied by a federal indictment on tax charges. Cannizzaro was elected in 2008 after having served as a state district judge in New Orleans and on the state’s 4th Circuit Court of Appeal. During his time in office the city’s murder rate fell — a statistic he said was attributable in large part to his staff’s conviction of 675 homicide suspects. But his tactics drew condemnation,...
    NEW ORLEANS — A New Orleans trumpeter, vocalist and bandleader is offering kids trumpets in exchange for guns. Shamarr Allen started the project last week, after a 9-year-old boy was shot and killed and two teens wounded, news agencies reported. “I have a 9-year-old son and I grew up in that environment so I understand what those kids are going through. They aren’t bad kids, they just don’t have anything to do,” Allen told WVUE-TV. So — after checking with police to make sure that he wouldn’t get any kids in trouble and would be able to give police the guns for safe disposal — he posted a note on his Instagram account: “To all the youth in New...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans trumpeter, vocalist and bandleader is offering kids trumpets in exchange for guns. Shamarr Allen started the project last week, after a 9-year-old boy was shot and killed and two teens wounded, news agencies reported. “I have a 9-year-old son and I grew up in that environment so I understand what those kids are going through. They aren’t bad kids, they just don’t have anything to do,” Allen told WVUE-TV. So — after checking with police to make sure that he wouldn't get any kids in trouble and would be able to give police the guns for safe disposal — he posted a note on his Instagram account: “To all the youth in New...
    Model Brooks Nader is back with a bang in this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue - just 12 months after she was chosen from thousands of girls at an open casting call to make her debut in the iconic magazine.  The 23-year-old Baton Rouge native looks every inch the confident beach babe in her latest shoot, which sees her striking a series of sexy poses on the beach in Bali, while wearing a host of teeny bikinis.  In several of the images, Brooks also dared to bare by going topless, sitting and lying down in the sand while wearing just a pair of bikini bottoms.    Strike a pose: Model Brooks Nader wowed in a tiny black bikini as she...
    This week searchers could reach the remains of one of two construction workers whose corpses are stuck in the collapsed Hard Rock Hotel construction site in New Orleans. On October 12 the 18-story building collapsed, trapping two workers’ bodies in the pancaked upper floors of the building. The building’s devastating collapse killed three people and injured many others. The body of Anthony Magrette was recovered from the building following the accident but the bodies of two workers, 63-year-old Jose Ponce Arreola and 36-year-old Quinnyon Wimberly remain in the structure.  This week searchers could reach the remains of one of two construction workers whose corpses are stuck in the collapsed Hard Rock Hotel construction site in New Orleans. An aerial...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans’ fire chief says it’s taking longer than expected to remove the bodies of two construction workers from a hotel that partially collapsed during construction 10 months ago. Fire Superintendent Tim McConnell said Monday that crews expect to retrieve the body of Quinnyon Wimberly from the Hard Rock Hotel wreckage by the end of this week, and that of Jose Ponce Arreola around the middle of next week. He had said last Monday that he hoped to have both bodies out by the end of that week. In a news conference livestreamed by TV stations, McConnell said a change in plans was the main reason for the delay. “We lost a day and a half...
    By JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans’ fire chief says it’s taking longer than expected to remove the bodies of two construction workers from a hotel that partially collapsed during construction 10 months ago. Fire Superintendent Tim McConnell said Monday that crews expect to retrieve the body of Quinnyon Wimberly from the Hard Rock Hotel wreckage by the end of this week, and that of Jose Ponce Arreola around the middle of next week. He had said last Monday that he hoped to have both bodies out by the end of that week. In a news conference livestreamed by TV stations, McConnell said a change in plans was the main reason for the delay. "We lost...
    If you’re a true fan of NOLA, you’ve probably always loved the wistful lyrics of “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?” … “Oh the moonlight on the bayou A Creole tune that fills the air I dream about magnolias in bloom And I’m wishin’ I was there” But who knew we wouldn’t be able to visit for so long and would miss it so much? The worldwide shutdown forced the cancellation of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival — a favorite with Bay Area music fans — as well as the French Quarter Fest and the Creole Tomato Festival. With indoor music banned, the legendary Preservation Hall, the Spotted Cat, Tipitina’s, Rock ‘n’ Bowl and...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans could soon be home to the nation’s first refuge for homeless transsexual and gender-nonconforming people. The House of Tulip has put in a bid on some rundown properties which they hope to renovate for their sanctuary, founders Mariah Moore and Milan Nicole Sherry told The Times-Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate. As of Friday afternoon, an online fundraiser showed that 4,700 people had given nearly $263,000 of the $400,000 organizers say is needed to buy and begin restoring the property. Moore, now an organizer for the Transgender Law Center, said a place like House of Tulip could have changed her life when she was a young trans woman and became a sex worker without...
    It’s no secret that NFL players take their EA Sports Madden ratings extremely seriously. Year after year, league members anxiously await their overall ratings for the latest edition of the popular game. Madden NFL 21 is set to release later this year and the top-rated players for the new edition have been revealed. As far as the players are concerned, the 99 Club is considered to be rather exclusive. Any player who makes the 99 Club is instantly given major respect from colleagues in the league. Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes was the first player to make this year’s 99 Club. The Super Bowl LIV winner was joined by Carolina Panthers’ running back Christian McCaffrey, Los Angeles Rams’...
    KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 19: Tyrann Mathieu #32 of the Kansas City Chiefs walks around the football field during the celebration of the team's victory over the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 19, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) Tyrann Mathieu will pay for funeral of young boy killed in New Orleans.New Orleans native Tyrann Mathieu has never been afraid to make a statement. He’s gone through a ton of hardship before becoming a Super Bowl champion with the Chiefs this February. He’s also known for always giving back to the community, whether that be his hometown or a city where he has applied his trade on the...
    The Tiger King craze continues: Surviving Joe Exotic documentary set at Animal Planet CEO of Durex condom maker says intimate ocasions are down during the coronavirus pandemic Kansas City Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu to fund funeral for murdered 9-year-old in New Orleans Tyrann Mathieu, a safety for the Kansas City Chiefs, will pay for the funeral of a young New Orleans boy killed Monday. © Mark Humphrey Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The 28-year-old Big Easy native said in a statement that he “wanted to help” the family of 9-year-old Devante Bryant so that they can channel...
    New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday and his wife, Lauren, announced on Wednesday they are donating his salary for the remainder of the NBA season to start the Jrue and Lauren Holiday Social Justice Impact Fund. Holiday’s game checks could be worth up to $5.3 million between eight regular-season games and potential playoff games. The money will be used to aid communities in New Orleans, Indianapolis and the Los Angeles area.  “Honestly when it came down to it, it was me and my wife talking about what we could do to kind of further this movement and progression and being able to help out our community and just being able to help,” Jrue Holiday told ESPN. Most of the money will be dedicated to nonprofits, black-owned businesses...
    Devonte Bryant (Instagram) Devonte Bryant, a 9-year-old, Black boy, was killed in a triple shooting in New Orleans. According to police reports, Bryant was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene. READ MORE: Alabama mall shooting leaves child dead, three others injured In addition to Bryant’s murder, two teenagers were wounded and two others fled from the 21000 block of Pauger Street, located in New Orleans’ Seventh Ward. “We as a society are talking about social justice versus social injustice. We as a community need to take a look at ourselves,”  said New Orleans Police Chief Shaun Ferguson. Bryant is one of more than seven children killed by gun violence in the United States in...
    NEW ORLEANS — It’s a fresh taste of bitter medicine for New Orleans: A sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is forcing bars in the good-time-loving, tourist-dependent city to shut down again just a month after they were allowed to partially reopen. Louisiana had been an international hot spot for the new coronavirus in March and New Orleans was its focal point. But hospitalizations began dropping after an April peak and it appeared that the closure of a wide array of businesses, including dine-in restaurants, gyms, tattoo parlors and bars, had flattened the curve. A gradual easing of restrictions began in May, culminating with Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s decision to let New Orleans bars reopen, albeit at only 25...
    NEW ORLEANS — It’s a fresh taste of bitter medicine for New Orleans: A sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is forcing bars in the good-time-loving, tourist-dependent city to shut down again just a month after they were allowed to partially reopen. Louisiana had been an international hot spot for the new coronavirus in March and New Orleans was its focal point. But hospitalizations began dropping after an April peak and it appeared that the closure of a wide array of businesses, including dine-in restaurants, gyms, tattoo parlors and bars, had flattened the curve. A gradual easing of restrictions began in May, culminating with Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s decision to let New Orleans bars reopen, albeit at only 25 percent...
    Bars in New Orleans have closed just a month after they partially reopened because of a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in Louisiana. After the state become an international coronavirus hot spot in March, with New Orleans a focal point of cases, hospitalizations began to drop after businesses were closed following a peak in April.  Businesses including bars, dine-in restaurants, gyms and tattoo parlors closed, which appeared to flatten the curve, and in May a gradual easing of lockdown restrictions culminated with Mayor LaToya Cantrell deciding to reopen bars at 25 percent capacity on June 13. However, the good times have been put on hold once again on Saturday when Governor John Bel Edwards - supported by Cantrell - issued...
    By KEVIN McGILL and JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's a fresh taste of bitter medicine for New Orleans: A sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is forcing bars in the good-time-loving, tourist-dependent city to shut down again just a month after they were allowed to partially reopen. Louisiana had been an international hot spot for the new coronavirus in March, and New Orleans was its focal point. But hospitalizations began dropping after an April peak and it appeared that the closure of a wide array of businesses, including dine-in restaurants, gyms, tattoo parlors and bars, had flattened the curve. A gradual easing of restrictions began in May, culminating with Mayor LaToya Cantrell's decision to let...
    (CNN)A 9-year-old boy killed in a triple shooting in New Orleans has become the latest victim in a spate of gun violence in July that has taken the lives of at least seven other children across the United States."We as a society are talking about social justice versus social injustice. We as a community need to take a look at ourselves," New Orleans Police Chief Shaun Ferguson told reporters at the scene.The 9-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting in New Orleans' Seventh Ward, a police department statement said. Ferguson said the child was shot in the head. Police originally said the child was 10. 1-year-old killed, 3 injured in shooting near New York City playgroundIn New...
    New Orleans police are investigating the killing of a 9-year-old boy in a street shooting that also wounded two teens,13 and 15. Police said the young boy was the victim Monday afternoon of the “senseless violence” that has escalated in the city for the past month, Fox 8 New Orleans reported. “Again, this is unnecessary, this is unfortunate and most importantly this is disheartening for us as a community to accept, a ... boy who has not lived his life yet to be killed today on the streets of New Orleans,” police Chief Shaun Ferguson said. WASHINGTON STATE POLICE OFFICER KILLED, ANOTHER INJURED IN SHOOTING: REPORT New Orleans police said this two-door white Jeep Wrangler was used in the fatal...
    (CNN)A 10-year-old was killed and two teenagers were injured in a shooting in New Orleans Monday evening, police said. "We as a society are talking about social justice versus social injustice. We as a community need to take a look at ourselves," Police Chief Shaun Ferguson told reporters at the scene.All three were on a residential street Monday when they were shot by people who approached them, Ferguson said. It is not clear if the victims and shooters knew each other.Two teenagers were taken to the hospital: a female with a gunshot wound to the stomach and a male with a gunshot wound to the leg. The child was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a statement from the...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 10-year-old child was killed and two teenagers wounded by gunfire Monday afternoon in New Orleans, police said. Police Chief Shaun Ferguson said police responding to shots being fired around 5 p.m. found the three victims. A girl described as about 15 or 16 years old and a boy, age 13, were wounded. The 10-year-old died from a gunshot wound to the head. What motivated the shooting is unknown and no suspects had been publicly identified as of Monday evening. Ferguson said police so far had learned the victims were standing along a street in New Orleans' 7th Ward “when they were approached by individuals on foot who began to fire at the victims.” Ferguson called...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 10-year-old child was killed and two teenagers wounded by gunfire Monday afternoon in New Orleans, police said. Police Chief Shaun Ferguson said police responding to shots being fired around 5 p.m. found the three victims. A girl described as about 15 or 16 years old and a boy, age 13, were wounded. The 10-year-old died from a gunshot wound to the head. What motivated the shooting is unknown and no suspects had been publicly identified as of Monday evening. Ferguson said police so far had learned the victims were standing along a street in New Orleans’ 7th Ward “when they were approached by individuals on foot who began to fire at the victims.” Ferguson called...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The two remaining bodies inside a hotel that was under construction in New Orleans when it partially collapsed last October might be removed by the end of this week or the beginning of next week, the city's fire chief said Monday. Three people died in the Oct. 12 building collapse. The body of one person — Anthony Magrette — was recovered shortly after. But the bodies of the other two — Jose Ponce Arreola and Quinnyon Wimberly — have remained inside as the city and building developer argued about how best to bring the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel down. Fire Superintendent Tim McConnell told reporters they have search and rescue dogs to assist in the...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The two remaining bodies inside a hotel that was under construction in New Orleans when it partially collapsed last October might be removed by the end of this week or the beginning of next week, the city’s fire chief said Monday. Three people died in the Oct. 12 building collapse. The body of one person — Anthony Magrette — was recovered shortly after. But the bodies of the other two — Jose Ponce Arreola and Quinnyon Wimberly — have remained inside as the city and building developer argued about how best to bring the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel down. Fire Superintendent Tim McConnell told reporters they have search and rescue dogs to assist in the...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The first subdivision built for middle- and upper-class Black residents of New Orleans — and one of the first in the nation — is now on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s great to have national recognition of the neighborhood’s historical significance after years of work, Gretchen Bradford, president the Pontchartrain Park Neighborhood Association, said Thursday. “As soon as this stuff with COVID-19 is over we’re going to have a grand celebration,” she said in a telephone interview. Pontchartrain Park opened in 1955. Although the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled a year earlier that segregated public schools were unconstitutional, segregation was still strictly enforced law in Louisiana and other Southern states. “We could only go...
    By JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The first subdivision built for middle- and upper-class Black residents of New Orleans — and one of the first in the nation — is now on the National Register of Historic Places. It's great to have national recognition of the neighborhood's history after years of work, Gretchen Bradford, president the Pontchartrain Park Neighborhood Association, said Thursday. “As soon as this stuff with COVID-19 is over we’re going to have a grand celebration,” she said in a telephone interview. Pontchartrain Park opened in 1955. Although the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled a year earlier that segregated public schools were unconstitutional, segregation was still strictly enforced law in Louisiana and other Southern states....
    BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A 29-year-old New Orleans man is in custody for his alleged role in a shooting that left one man dead at a Mississippi motel. Eddie Charles Brown faces charges of first-degree murder, armed robbery, and aggravated assault for a July 3 shooting at a Super 8 Motel in Biloxi, WLOX-TV reported. Biloxi police said warrants were issued by Harrison County Justice Court Judge Albert Fountain on July 6 for the arrest of Brown. Two days later, he was arrested and extradited to Mississippi, booked into the Harrison County Adult Detention Center and held on a $1.2 million bond. The victim —Cordaryl Weathersby, 26, of Pascagoula — was discovered in the motel's east parking lot. Weathersby sustained...
    New Orleans (CNN)Crews in New Orleans are expected to begin Monday the recovery of the bodies of two workers who died nine months ago when the Hard Rock Hotel collapsed during construction.The structure on the edge of the French Quarter partially collapsed on October 12, 2019, killing three and injuring dozens. One body was recovered.Recovery teams were unable to reach the bodies of 63-year-old Jose Ponce Arreola and 36-year-old Quinnyon Wimberly due to the instability of the collapsed structure. The city and developers have been in discussion on how to safely remove the bodies, an operation expected to take several days, city spokesman Beau Tidwell said earlier this this week.Crews began the process in June by removing some buildings near...
    Two statues of historical figures in New Orleans were toppled from their bases late Thursday or early Friday, and a third was vandalized with spray paint in the same time period, police revealed on Friday. As The New Orleans Times Picayune reported, the bust of Confederate Col. Charles Didier Dreux was discovered on Friday morning, having been knocked down from the pedestal that had previously held it. Dreux was the first Confederate field officer killed in the Civil War; the statue honoring him has been damaged multiple times in its history, including at one point having its nose chiseled off. Across town, a statue of philanthropist John McDonogh was also found knocked off of its pedestal. According to ABC News,...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — At least two statues of prominent historical figures were pulled from their pedestals in New Orleans and another has been covered with red spray paint, authorities said Friday. Statues of John McDonogh, who built a fortune on slave labor and left it to educating children, and Charles Didier Dreux, the first Confederate officer killed in the Civil War, were toppled late Thursday. A monument celebrating educator and philanthropist Sophie B. Wright was spray-painted with “BLM,” which stands for Black Lives Matter, and a hood placed over that statue's head. Mayor LaToya Cantrell's administration said those responsible “will face consequences.” “As we have said throughout these events: the administration is in complete support of peaceful demonstrations and...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — At least two statues of prominent historical figures were pulled from their pedestals in New Orleans and another has been covered with red spray paint, authorities said Friday. Statues of John McDonogh, who built a fortune on slave labor and left it to educating children, and Charles Didier Dreux, the first Confederate officer killed in the Civil War, were toppled late Thursday. A monument celebrating educator and philanthropist Sophie B. Wright was spray-painted with “BLM,” which stands for Black Lives Matter, and a hood placed over that statue’s head. Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s administration said those responsible “will face consequences.” “As we have said throughout these events: the administration is in complete support of peaceful demonstrations and...
    Coronavirus inside prisons doesnt just affect inmates. It affects communities of color Grocers urgently need to fix broken online business model, as pandemic shifts more to web, report says Will Guillory of The Athletic Talks Zion Williamson, NBA Restart, New Orleans Horse Racing, and More Will Guillory is the New Orleans Pelicans beat writer for The Athletic. He joined the Press Pass Podcast to discuss his early years freelancing on a variety of beats, going from covering Tulane to the Pelicans in the midst of their craziest season yet, and how his life has changed since Zion Williamson arrived in the Big Easy. He also touched upon how the Pelicans will use their platform in Orlando to promote social...
    By JANET McCONNAUGHEY and MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — COVID-19 is showing an alarming statewide rise in Louisiana, and New Orleans will soon restrict bars and restaurants to table service in hopes of reducing the disease's resurgence, officials said Wednesday. “We have a statewide epidemic. It’s no longer one or two regions,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said at his weekly coronavirus briefing. While New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued new regulations, the governor didn't make any statewide move to restrict bars, which the state health department identified Wednesday as the focus of 36 outbreaks that infected 393 people with the novel coronavirus. The new data released by the Department of Health showed another 68 cases were traced...
    NEW ORLEANS — One of the critically endangered gorillas in the New Orleans’ zoo is expecting her first baby and already is being trained with a “doll” to hold her future offspring. Thirteen-year-old Tumani’s training “doll” doesn’t look anything like a gorilla because a stuffed toy could easily be torn apart, the Audubon Zoo’s chief veterinarian, Dr. Robert McLean, said Monday. Instead, a rugged section of canvas firehose tubing has been woven roughly to the proportions and weight of a 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) newborn gorilla. “I haven’t seen it myself, McLean said. ”Apparently it’s pretty ugly but it does the job.” Tumani, father Okpara and females Alafia and Praline are western lowland gorillas. Although there were an estimated 362,000 in the...
    (CBS Local)– Keith David has been in a lot of great movies and TV shows during his storied Hollywood career, but few have been as important and timely as his appearance on CBS’s “NCIS: New Orleans.” The 3x Emmy Award winner appeared on episode 17 of the show’s sixth season called “Biased” in March. In the episode, a White New Orleans police officer shoots a Black Navy officer in the middle of a party. David’s character Gene Holloway is a Black New Orleans police officer and plays a key role in the examination of the case. “I got to work with an old friend in C.C.H. Pounder and play a love interest,” said David in an interview with CBS Local’s...
    NEW ORLEANS — One of the critically endangered gorillas in the New Orleans’ zoo is expecting her first baby and already is being trained with a “doll” to hold her future offspring. Thirteen-year-old Tumani’s training “doll” doesn’t look anything like a gorilla because a stuffed toy could easily be torn apart, the Audubon Zoo’s chief veterinarian, Dr. Robert McLean, said Monday. Instead, a rugged section of canvas firehose tubing has been woven roughly to the proportions and weight of a 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) newborn gorilla. “I haven’t seen it myself, McLean said. ”Apparently it’s pretty ugly but it does the job.” Tumani, father Okpara and females Alafia and Praline are western lowland gorillas. Although there were an estimated 362,000 in the...
    By JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One of the critically endangered gorillas in the New Orleans’ zoo is expecting her first baby, and already is being trained with a “doll" to hold her future offspring. Thirteen-year-old Tumani's training “doll” doesn’t look anything like a gorilla because a stuffed toy could easily be torn apart, the Audubon Zoo’s chief veterinarian, Dr. Robert McLean, said Monday. Instead, a rugged section of canvas firehose tubing has been woven roughly to the proportions and weight of a 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) newborn gorilla. “I haven't seen it myself, McLean said. ”Apparently it's pretty ugly but it does the job." Tumani, father Okpara, and females Alafia and Praline are western lowland gorillas. Although there...
    NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 27: Marcus Davenport #92 of the New Orleans Saints in action during a game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on October 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) The Saints offense gets all the headlines, but New Orleans defense needs Marcus Davenport to become a star in 2020 to make a run to the Super Bowl. Drew Brees and the prolific Saints’ offense makes them a threat to win every game they play. If New Orleans is going to take a big step forward in 2020, they’ll need their defense to become just as dangerous as their star-studded offense. To make that happen, the Saints need more...
    By The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — A study of New Orleans area residents infected with the coronavirus indicates 75 percent had no symptoms. The study released Thursday by researchers at New Orleans-based Ochsner Health was done in May. It looked at testing of residents in New Orleans and neighboring Jefferson Parish. The study indicated a death rate among those infected of 1.63%, much more deadly than the flu. Researchers selected 2,640 people, representing varied demographic groups from Orleans and Jefferson, from among 25,000 volunteers. They received nasal swab tests for the virus and blood tests for antibodies. Another finding in the study: Infection rates were higher among Black residents (10.3%) than white residents (5.9%). The death rates of 1.72%...
    New Orleans Saints Demario Davis P.E.A.R.L.S. for Girls a Gem of an Event By: Brittany Sirabella July 2, 2020 Follow ESM On Social Facebook Twitter Youtube Flipboard Instagram ShareTweet0 SharesJust recently, New Orleans Saints superstar Demario Davis hosted a free event called P.E.A.R.L.S. for Girls #SocialSummer as part of his Devoted Dreamers Foundation which kicked off on Saturday, June 6th.  The event hosted an array of strong, powerful, accomplished women in a plethora of different fields. Women at the top of their game from the beauty, fashion, fitness, entrepreneurship, and a whole lot more participated in the month-long event to serve as role models and pillars of inspiration to young girls everywhere. ...
    NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 22: Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints carries the ball for a touchdown during the third quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. New Orleans defeats Tennessee 38-28. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) What is Alvin Kamara trying to tell us with his latest cryptic tweet? Alvin Kamara is no stranger to getting fans riled up on Twitter. Of late, he’s really been active on social media, engaging with fans and leaving us wondering at times just what in the heck he’s talking about. On Wednesday morning, Kamara posted once again on Twitter, but now more than ever, everyone is left scratching their heads. What are...
    New Orleans brewery Dixie Beer announced it would be changing its name but insisted it’s “a retirement of a brand” not rewriting “history” following George Floyd’s death. “This is really a retirement of a brand,” brewery General Manager Jim Birch shared following a backlash over the name change, according to report by 4WWLTV in a piece published Monday. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) “This isn’t us trying to rewrite history or trying to tell a different story,” he added. (RELATED: Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct On Fire After Officers Evacuate Building Amid George Floyd Riots) WATCH: Birch continued, while explaining that “it’s probably one of the most difficult decisions that we’ve had to make because we...
    A former Roman Catholic deacon awaiting trial on rape charges in New Orleans has died, his defense attorney said Tuesday. George F. Brignac, 85, had been accused of sexually abusing children for years before being removed from the ministry in 1988. He was charged last year with first-degree rape after a former altar boy told police Brignac had repeatedly raped him beginning in the late 1970s. Police said the abuse began when the boy was 7 years old and continued until he was 11. Brignac had been in declining health after suffering a fall in the local jail that “broke his back,” defense attorney Martin Regan said. He had been out on bail and died Monday hours...
    By KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Underpinning protests against racial injustice in New Orleans earlier this month was a fear that the demonstrations, however necessary to raise public consciousness, would endanger public health in a city and state that had been hot spots for the new coronavirus. Cases of COVID-19 have been on the rise in Louisiana and other states as restrictions on public gatherings and businesses have eased. But fears that the New Orleans protests — launched after the police custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis — would contribute significantly to major coronavirus clusters have proven unfounded so far. Dr. Joseph Kanter, director of the state health department region that includes New Orleans, said Thursday...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans artist is asking students to help with ideas for a mural on the wall around a school. Jessica Strahan will paint the mural as part of the Unframed collection started last year in the city’s Arts District. It will be part of her “You Are What You Eat” series of portraits in which up to half of a person’s face is covered by a fruit that the person loves or finds significant, she said. It will also be the first of up to three new murals joining five painted last year for the collection created by the Helis Foundation and the Arts Council New Orleans. Strahan is asking kindergarten through 12th grade students...
    By KATY RECKDAHL, The Times-Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Though only 5 feet, 8 inches in height, Ray “Speedy” Walker stood tall for the George Washington Carver High School basketball team last year. A senior, Walker wore uniform No. 1 for the varsity squad and calmly ran its offense as point guard and served as team captain for four years running. Using the quickness that earned him his nickname, he forced turnovers and turned fast breaks into scores. “He was the heart and soul of our team,” said his coach, Nate Roche. Last year, Walker, 18, led the Rams to a winning 26-9 season that ended at the state semifinals in March. “This was our...
    By TODD A. PRICE, USA Today - The American South NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kathryn Conyers is not a baker, but she tried. And she failed. When she sought advice from her friend Carla Briggs, a trained pastry chef, Conyers was too embarrassed to send photos of the lackluster loaves. In the end, Briggs decided that she needed to come over and bake the bread herself. A month later, as the coronavirus pandemic ramped up, the friends saw shelves in New Orleans barren of bread and thought, ‘maybe baking bread could be a business.’ Soon after that, Viola’s Heritage Breads was born. “Viola just sounds nice and homey, like somebody’s grandmother that maybe would have a recipe that exists today...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal grand jury returned an 11-count indictment Friday against New Orleans City Council President Jason Williams and an attorney in his law firm on tax fraud charges. Williams is accused of inflating his business expenses from 2013 to 2017 in order to reduce his tax liability by more than $200,000, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Louisiana said in a news release. The indictment also said Williams, a criminal defense lawyer, and Nicole Burdett, an attorney in Williams’ law office who also handled administrative duties, failed to file the proper reports on cash payments from clients totaling $66,516. The charges include one count of conspiracy, five counts each of preparing false or...
    GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 29: Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (90) celebrates a touchdown during the NFL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals on September 29, 2019 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Jadeveon Clowney could make the Saints the Super Bowl favorites. The New Orleans Saints already possess one of the better defensive lines in the NFC, featuring Marcus Davenport and Cameron Jordan, just to name a few. And despite their limited cap room at the moment, they’ve been linked with Jadeveon Clowney, who would take the Saints’ pass rush from good to elite in 2020. The Saints estimated top-51 cap space sits at just...
    By KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Questionable vehicle stops and searches, insufficient record keeping and inadequate supervision by sergeants, lieutenants and captains have plagued task forces assembled by the New Orleans Police Department to combat crime, court-appointed experts said in a report released Friday. The report was filed in U.S. District Court by a firm hired to gauge the city’s compliance with reforms ordered in a 2012 court agreement, called a consent decree, with the U.S. Justice Department. The report said the city continues to make progress in complying with the multifaceted order. It does not details specific incidents. It also does not raise allegations of questionable use of force — a problem that led to calls...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Blaine Kern Sr., a float builder who was often credited with helping expand New Orleans’ Mardi Gras celebration into a giant event known worldwide, has died. News outlets reported that Blaine Kern Sr., known as “Mr. Mardi Gras” for his decades of work that helped boost New Orleans Carnival celebration, died Thursday. He was 93. Kern’s wife, Holly Kern, told WWL-TV that her husband loved what he did and was always eager to share the story of Mardi Gras. “He was an amazing guy. So generous, so kind. He had a love for life and a zest for life that I’ve never seen before,” she said. Kern developed an infection after a fall and died at...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Blaine Kern Sr., a float builder who was often credited with helping expand New Orleans' Mardi Gras celebration into a giant event known worldwide, has died. News outlets reported that Blaine Kern Sr., known as “Mr. Mardi Gras” for his decades of work that helped boost New Orleans Carnival celebration, died Thursday. He was 93. Kern's wife, Holly Kern, told WWL-TV that her husband loved what he did and was always eager to share the story of Mardi Gras. “He was an amazing guy. So generous, so kind. He had a love for life and a zest for life that I've never seen before,” she said. Kern developed an infection after a fall and died at...