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Habitat for Humanity plans 62-unit mixed-income development in Bywater, NOLA Defender reports

Friday, 18 April 2014 10:15
Habitat for Humanity plans to build a two-story, mixed-income development with 62 units on a vacant lot across from the Joint, a popular barbecue restaurant in
Laurent brings supporters to protest his ouster from board
Friday, 18 April 2014 09:46
Jimmy Laurent, who was recently booted from a Lacombe area recreation board by St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister, pushed back hard this week, packing the board’s monthly meeting Wednesday night with dozens of vocal supporters and submitting a scathing letter that questioned Brister’s motives in removing him and suggested she values tourist attractions over programs for children. Laurent, one of the co-owners of Northshore Workforce, a controversial Covington work-release program that Sheriff Jack Strain…
Children's Hospital admits mistakes in providing information about fungal outbreak
Friday, 18 April 2014 09:46
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE)—Children's Hospital in New Orleans apologized Thursday for its handling of information about a deadly fungus that claimed the lives of five patients between 2008 and 2009 at the medical facility. Children's has been responding to news media inquiries and public concerns since FOX 8 News first reported earlier this week that five children died of mucormycosis which contaminated hospital linens. It is an invasive fungal infection with a high fatality rate…
Season of ups
Friday, 18 April 2014 00:30
When the 2013-14 season began, the New Orleans Pelicans, with at least two big offseason acquisitions, appeared to be a team of much potential and promise. When it ended, the Pelicans had the look of survivors after finishing with a 34-48 record, 12th in the Western Conference and 15 games behind the eighth and final playoff seed, the Dallas Mavericks. “I didn’t have a number as to how many games we would win,” Pelicans coach…
Work release co-owner sends racially-charged letter to parish president
Thursday, 17 April 2014 23:15
Katie Moore / Eyewitness News Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Twitter: @katiecmoore COVINGTON, La. -- One of the owners of a now-closed work release program in St. Tammany Parish fired back at the parish president after she asked him to step down from the board of Recreation District No. 4. Jimmy Laurent wrote a letter, dated April 14, to Pat Brister contesting his removal from the board, accusing her of having racial motivations for his ouster.
Northshore school teacher accused of molesting six children
Thursday, 17 April 2014 23:15
Jaclyn Kelley / Eyewitness News Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Twitter: @jkelleyWWL NEW ORLEANS -- A Mt. Hermon special education teacher is behind bars on aggravated incest and pornography charges. So far, six victims have come forward claiming Murray "Joey" Duncan, Jr. molested them. Deputies say there could be others. The small Northshore community of Mt. Hermon is in disbelief. On Wednesday, Washington Parish deputies arrested Duncan, a junior high special education teacher at Mt.
Harahan Council votes to define an elected officials' terms, allowing some to serve for longer
Thursday, 17 April 2014 23:15
In Harahan, where elected officials often cycle in and out of their political seats, the question of how often a politician can run after finishing another's
Pete Fountain announces his retirement
Thursday, 17 April 2014 22:01
Related:Pete Fountain participates in his 64th Fat Tuesday rideadd to reading list NEW ORLEANS -- One of the American Songbook’s greatest clarinetists and a musical icon, Pete Fountain, has retired from performing. His son-in-law and longtime manager, Benny Harrell, said Thursday night that Fountain, who is 83 years old, is in good health but just feels it's time to retire. Fountain's last performance was almost a year ago at last year's Jazz Fest, and this…
Audubon paid $270,000 in failed tax campaign
Thursday, 17 April 2014 22:00
The Audubon Nature Institute spent about $270,000 on its unsuccessful campaign for a 50-year property tax extension to support the city’s zoo, aquarium and other attractions, according to state filings released Thursday. All of that money came from the institute’s budget, and much of it was spent in the last two weeks or so leading up to the March 15 election, when voters shot down the idea of a higher property millage for Audubon by…
‘We dropped the ball’ in notices
Thursday, 17 April 2014 22:00
A top safety official at Children’s Hospital on Thursday acknowledged a “weakness of surveillance” in failing to identify an outbreak of fungus until five infected patients were dead and the hospital called in state and federal agencies to investigate nearly five years ago. Dr. John Heaton, the hospital’s associate medical director for patient quality and safety, also said officials “dropped the ball” by failing to tell family members of children who died with the rare…