“I certainly like what I see. It appears Dr. Menon is bringing a refreshing change to the Coroner’s Office even in just a short period of time.” Rick Franzo, who heads the group Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany
One difference between interim St. Tammany Parish Coroner Pramod Menon and his predecessor was evident Thursday afternoon: He returned a reporter’s phone call within half an hour.
Such a response was unheard of during the last year of Peter Galvan’s tenure as coroner, when mounting media reports and investigations of alleged misspending rendered him incommunicado and culminated in a federal indictment, resignation and eventual guilty plea to federal theft charges.
For the first time in at least five years, many retired teachers, state workers and school system employees are in line for an increase in their pension checks.
Louisiana’s four statewide retirement system boards are preparing to seek legislative approval of a general cost-of-living adjustment — likely between 1.5 percent and 2 percent — for tens of thousands of retirees over age 60.
In addition, some older retirees who have the smallest pension checks could be in for a further boost.
ATLANTA — A week ago, the Southeastern Conference looked as though it had finally been vanquished.
The rest of the nation breathed a sigh of relief, clearly relieved it wouldn’t have to watch the haughty SEC celebrate another national championship.
Not so fast.
After a wild Saturday in this most unpredictable of seasons, the SEC was back in a familiar position — set to play for a BCS title, albeit not in its usual role of favorite.
No. 2 Auburn (12-1) was expected to land a spot in the championship game against top-ranked Florida State (13-0) when the BCS pairings were announced Sunday night, the fallout from Ohio State losing to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game.
As college football prepares for the final Bowl Championship Series, featuring a Florida State-Auburn championship game, it’s easy to see why the coming four-team playoff won’t solve all the postseason problems.
Heck, we might just miss the BCS. Maybe?
It sort of worked out this season. Top-ranked Florida State (13-0) was the only team to get through the regular season unbeaten, and the Seminoles did it in dominating fashion.
Auburn (12-1) won the Southeastern Conference, and among the teams with imperfect records, the Tigers’ résumé is best.
A firehouse, a city recreation facility and, now, a coffee shop.
The blighted property at Laurel and Upperline streets in Uptown New Orleans is ready for a third phase of existence after the City Council cleared the way for what its new owners envision as a handy caffeine fix for parents dropping off kids at Wisner Park across the street.
The council agreed unanimously Thursday to switch the building’s zoning designation from “multifamily residential” to “neighborhood business,” overruling objections from a handful of neighbors who raised concerns about parking and — should the coffee shop not work out — whatever sort of business might come after it.
“I’m thinking most of the households I know are going to go up closer to $18 or $20 a household. It adds up. When you’re doing a piss-poor job of running and managing (the system), we shouldn’t put it on the backs on the residents.” LARRY WarinO, District 5 councilman
The Westwego City Council will vote Monday night on a 2014 budget that includes a 40 percent increase in sewer and water rates. The change would add about $10 a month to the average residential water bill.
A 21-year-old Thibodaux man died Sunday afternoon in a head-on collision on La. 182 in Raceland, State Police said.
The Lafourche Parish Coroner’s Office pronounced Andrew Carter, 21, dead after the Chevrolet Malibu he was riding in crossed the centerline of La. 182, also known as Rodeo Drive, and struck an oncoming Volvo V50 around 3 p.m., said Trooper First Class Evan Harrell, a State Police spokesman.
Carter was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, Harrell said.
SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco 49ers aren’t handing over their two-year division reign just yet. And certainly not on their home field, where they rarely lose against the NFC West.
Phil Dawson kicked a 22-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining, and the Niners held off the nemesis Seahawks 19-17 on Sunday, denying Seattle a chance to clinch the division at Candlestick Park.
Frank Gore broke a 51-yard gain with just more than four minutes left to set up the go-ahead 11-play, 76-yard drive as the 49ers (9-4) against the playoff-bound Seahawks (11-2).
CINCINNATI — Andy Dalton regained his passing touch on a wintery afternoon, keeping the Cincinnati Bengals firmly in control of the AFC North.
Dalton threw for three touchdowns and ran for another on Sunday, giving his best performance since October, and the Cincinnati Bengals remained perfect at home with a 42-28 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
The Bengals (9-4) improved to 6-0 at Paul Brown Stadium on a cold, windy day: 28 degrees at kickoff with a wind chill of 19 and light flurries.
PHILADELPHIA — LeSean McCoy had the best rushing performance in team history in some of the worst conditions.
McCoy ran for a franchise-best 217 yards, including touchdowns of 57 and 40 yards, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame two touchdown returns by Jeremy Ross to beat the Detroit Lions 34-20 in a blizzard Sunday.
Ross returned a punt 58 yards for a score and ran a kickoff 98 yards. But McCoy ran 57 yards up the middle for a tying touchdown, and Nick Foles connected with Riley Cooper on the 2-point conversion.