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Judge won't close Islamic State case detention hearing to media, public

Friday, 31 October 2014 18:03
CHICAGO -- A federal judge on Friday denied a government request to partially close a detention hearing for a 19-year-old suburban Chicago man who authorities say
Judge applauds progress at prison
Friday, 31 October 2014 17:52
The federal judge overseeing a series of reforms at Orleans Parish Prison sounded a note of optimism Friday, praising the Sheriff’s Office and city officials for inching closer to constitutional conditions at the troubled lockup. “I know that change is difficult, and changing something that has been in place for an especially long time is difficult to accomplish,” U.S. District Judge Lance Africk said, “but I’m starting to feel that we’re making some progress in…
That Voodoo you do
Friday, 31 October 2014 17:52
On a cloudless Friday afternoon, retro-country singer Sturgill Simpson apologized to the crowd gathered for his early afternoon set at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience at City Park. “I’m sorry,” he said. “It’s really hard to stay focused. There’s a roller-coaster in front of me.” Voodoo features classic county-fair rides and public art pieces as well as music from across the contemporary spectrum. It started in 1999 and has become a regular part of…
‘Pill mill’ operators to testify against ex-cop
Friday, 31 October 2014 17:52
Federal prosecutors have set their sights on a former New Orleans police officer charged of accepting envelopes of cash and sexual bribes to conceal the free-wheeling drug distribution of two local pain clinics that authorities have described as “pill mills.” Donald Nides, a 34-year veteran of NOPD who had been assigned to a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force, is set to stand trial Monday on a laundry list of felony charges, including conspiring to…
Stabbing not random, but motive unknown, police say
Friday, 31 October 2014 17:52
Asfhar KashanifarIn a city where most killings are carried out by guns and often in public, this one was different. Asfhar Kashanifar’s life ended behind closed doors, inside his home in Lakeview, one of the city’s quieter neighborhoods. He died not from a bullet but from knife wounds. Detectives have theories about why he was killed but no solid motive yet, said Sgt. Nick Gernon, commander of the New Orleans Police Department’s Homicide Division.
Entergy seeks permission to merge Orleans operations
Friday, 31 October 2014 17:52
In a joint request filed Thursday, Entergy New Orleans Inc. and Entergy Louisiana LLC asked the New Orleans City Council to approve the transfer of Entergy Louisiana’s Algiers customers to the utility’s New Orleans subsidiary. The companies have asked the council to allow Entergy Louisiana to sell its operations and certain assets serving Algiers for a net value of about $60 million, according to the filing. The actual value will be determined when the deal…
Firefighters push back against city, want higher raises
Friday, 31 October 2014 17:45
Frustrated Baton Rouge firefighters irritated by a proposed city pay plan they saw for the first time this week say they’ll submit a counter offer seeking higher wages without cuts in benefits. Compensation comparison for firefighters in 20th year of service: Baton Rouge, La.: $53,048 total compensation 360 leave hours Lake Charles, La.: $34,320 total compensation 336 leave hours Clarksville, Tenn.: $34,736 total compensation 264 leave hours Shreveport, La.: $54,031 total compensation 240 leave hours
Sweater weather: Temps to flirt with freeze
Friday, 31 October 2014 17:45
Friday evening’s perfect Halloween trick-or-treating weather takes a downward turn in the overnight hours, with temperatures dropping to the mid 30s. And on Saturday evening, temperatures will get even colder, dropping into the near freezing level in Baton Rouge with slightly warmer temperatures in Lafayette and New Orleans. “Baton Rouge is going to be a close call, just above freezing,” said Tim Destri, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Slidell. Temperatures will likely drop…
Two booked in botched drug-related robbery
Friday, 31 October 2014 17:45
Baton Rouge police on Thursday arrested two men accused of a botched robbery earlier this week that left a 17-year-old dead. Rosedale residents Larry Scott Jr., 18, Jarvis Dawson, 20, and Marvin Lewis, 17, drove to Baton Rouge on Tuesday evening to buy marijuana, according to an affidavit of probable cause. But when Scott and Lewis bought the drugs at 1635 N. 49th St., they questioned whether they had received the proper amount, the affidavit…
Call for state troopers to enforce traffic violations in New Orleans
Friday, 31 October 2014 17:35
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - For nearly four months, Louisiana State Police troopers have patrolled city streets, with their presence most keenly felt on Bourbon Street. Since July, they have answered more than 3,500 calls for service and made more than 900 arrests. Their mission, though, of patrolling the French Quarter and surrounding neighborhoods will come to an end after the busy Halloween weekend. “Over $1 million in street value of drugs were taken off…
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