Gov. Edwards’ statement following officer-involved shooting in Baton Rouge

Media release BATON ROUGE — After his press conference this morning, where he was joined by state legislators, law enforcement and community leaders, Governor John Bel Edwards released the following statement in response to the recent officer-involved shooting in Baton Rouge: “I join with our community leaders, elected officials, and everyone involved in this tragedy […]

‘Christmas tree’ lights up window at Charity Hospital, closed since 2005

Have you seen these photos circulating on social media? Lisa Walley Staggs says she “works at an inner city hospital situated directly across from Charity Hospital.” Charity has been closed since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, but Staggs says a couple of nights ago as she was leaving work, she glanced over at the building […]

Voice of the Superdome, Jerry Romig, dies at 86

Jerry Romig, the voice of the New Orleans Saints for 44 years, died on Wednesday at the age of 86. In a statement released by the Saints, team owner Tom Benson said, “Jerry Romig was part of our team, part of our family. One of my favorite days was putting a Super Bowl ring on his […]

Local artist Ally Burguieres accuses Taylor Swift of plagiarism

Ally Burguieres isn’t happy with Taylor Swift. In an open letter to the singer, Burguieres says she was “astonished” to see the use of one of her most popular designs on Swift’s social media platforms as part of her promotions for her new album, “1989.” Burguieres, who owns an art gallery on Royal Street, says she spent […]

Steve Gleason stories honored with Emmy award

I mentioned this last week on Facebook and Twitter, but forgot to mention it here. In case you missed it, my two stories with former Saint Steve Gleason that WDSU chief photographer Megan Mackel and I shot back in April were honored with an Emmy award in Ft. Lauderdale on December 5. In April, I spent time […]

Vote on “Monuments Ordinance” set for Dec. 17

According to a media release from the New Orleans City Council, the “Monuments Ordinance” will be heard on Thursday by the Committee of the Whole following the regular Council meeting. The Committee of the Whole will convene no earlier than 2:00 p.m. In addition, a Special City Council Meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. […]

Orleans Parish D.A. Leon Cannizzaro invites NRA to be part of gun violence solution  

Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro says while he believes in the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment, it should not be a rock that violent criminals can hide behind. “Both locally and nationally we are seeing an increase in gun related violence,” Cannizzaro said. “In New Orleans, the street trade of firearms has become too prolific. […]

Slideshow: Katrina front pages from the Times-Picayune

Here are some of the eye-catching and emotional front pages published by the Times-Picayune in the days after Katrina, in order of publication.

Former New Orleans mayor Marc Morial responds to Ray Nagin’s 10-year sentence

“Justice has been served for the wrongdoing committed, and this matter can finally be put behind us,” he said. “The biggest tragedy in this day is that it is a reminder of the corrosion of trust and misuse of power that are counter to the ideals of public service. I pray for my city, and […]

UL-Lafayette bans tobacco on campuses

MEDIA RELEASE The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is banning tobacco from its campuses effective Aug. 1, 2014. A new state law mandates that public universities create smoke-free policies, according to Joey Pons, associate director of Public Safety at UL Lafayette. “Previously, smoking was permitted outdoors at least 25 feet away from building entrances. Our […]

Statement from Orleans Parish DA’s office on decision to close investigation into Merritt Landry

Statement of District Attorney Leon A. Cannizzaro, Jr. Regarding the Disposition of the Merritt Landry Investigation (New Orleans, LA) – In conjunction with the Grand Jury returns of Thursday, May 15, 2014, the District Attorney’s office filed paper work with the clerk of Criminal District Court in which it declined to institute prosecution in the […]

Mayor Mitch Landrieu endorses Dr. Jeffrey Rouse for Coroner

Media release: Mayor Mitch Landrieu Endorses Dr. Jeffrey Rouse For Orleans Parish Coroner NEW ORLEANS – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced his endorsement of Dr. Jeffrey Rouse in the run-off for the Orleans Coroner’s office. “The Coroner’s Office is an important part of the city’s criminal justice system, so it is vitally important that we […]

St. James Parish schools closing

This announcement was just posted on the school board website: Due to declining weather conditions, all St. James Parish Schools will be dismissed and closed immediately. Please note that no kid will be left at home without a parent present. If you have any concerns regarding your child and their bus, please contact the school. […]

Justin Bieber arrest report

The Miami Beach Police Department posted the mug shot and arrest report on their twitter feed. Great use of social media.

Media release: ‘Memphis’ coming to the Saenger Theater

(NEW ORLEANS) – Jan. 13, 2014 – MEMPHIS, the 2010 Tony® Award Winner for Best Musical, opens at the Saenger Theatre March 11 – 16, for a limited engagement! Single tickets start at $26 and will go on sale, Friday, Jan 17, at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available at the Saenger Theatre Box Office, […]