Anthony Jones, one of two chief technology officers under former Mayor Ray Nagin to admit taking bribes, was sentenced Wednesday to two years of probation by U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr.
Jones pleaded guilty in 2010 to accepting $22,000 in payoffs from City Hall technology vendor Mark St. Pierre in exchange for helping expedite payment of St. Pierre’s outstanding invoices.
The following year, St. Pierre was convicted of 53 counts of bribery — mostly involving his dealings with Greg Meffert, Nagin’s first technology chief and Jones’ former boss — and sentenced to 17 years in prison.
A former BP engineer who studied how much oil was gushing into the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon well blew out in April 2010 was found guilty in federal court Wednesday of one count of obstructing justice for deleting a string of text messages in an alleged effort to hamper the government’s criminal investigation of the deadly disaster.
Kurt Mix, 52, was found guilty of one charge and acquitted of another after jurors deliberated for more than nine hours over three days.
A federal judge left the future of the Dixie Brewing Co. building in question Wednesday after declining to rule on the owners’ request for an injunction to stop demolition of the Tulane Avenue brewery.
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman said the long-brewing battle between Dixie and the LSU-VA Medical Center, which plans to turn the building into a bioscience research facility, is best left to the state courts.
“This story is a local one only. A heated one, but a local one,” Feldman said in his ruling.
A New Orleans man agreed to a 15-year prison sentence after pleading guilty Wednesday to racketeering and eight other state charges in a wide-ranging indictment against alleged members of the “110’ers” street gang.
Kerry “Jordan” Pittman, 24, is the second of 15 defendants to plead guilty in what is believed to be the broadest state case against a gang in New Orleans history.
The 51-count indictment, issued in May, ties some of the suspects to the high-profile slayings of 5-year-old Briana Allen and 33-year-old Shawanna Pierce on May 29, 2012, while Briana attended a relative’s birthday party.
Any good Catholic can tell you that if you ever lose faith, the nuns will restore it.
Despite faltering at its outset and not being as outrageous as it would like, “Sister Act,” which is receiving a weeklong run at the Saenger Theatre, leaps, soars, and sparkles to life the moment its nuns hit the stage.
Beaming moxie and grace, the show’s collection of habit-wearing Brides of Christ practically walk away with Jerry Zaks’ production.
One minute, Florrie Bagel’s ridiculously enthusiastic Sister Mary Patrick is raising the roof.
Cedric Grant, one of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s top deputies at City Hall, is likely moving over to head the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board as the agency undertakes millions of dollars worth of infrastructure improvements.
The agency’s board voted on Wednesday to start negotiating a contract with Grant as its next executive director, choosing from a pool of 60 applicants. At the end of January, he would replace Marcia St. Martin, who has served as head of the agency since 2004.
SHREVEPORT — A driver whose SUV struck a Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol car has been issued a citation for careless operation.
A sheriff’s corporal was injured in the Sunday accident.
Sheriff Steve Prator said in a Wednesday news release that 39-year-old Jody Hollis of Bossier City was issued the citation.
Authorities said Hollis has been “extremely cooperative” during the investigation.
Cpl. Mark McLaughlin was injured when the patrol car he was sitting in was hit from behind by Hollis’ Yukon. McLaughlin’s vehicle was stopped on the inside shoulder of Interstate 220 while he assisted a motorist.
McLaughlin was treated at University Health and was released from the hospital Tuesday.
It’s not enough.
It’s not enough to be the best city to host a major sporting event, which New Orleans is. Indianapolis comes close, but Midwestern hominess is no match for the Crescent City’s centuries of history, culture and the-place-to-be vibe.
It’s not enough to prove yourself with more Super Bowls than any city but Miami, a heaping handful of Final Fours (men’s and women’s) and one of the oldest and most tradition-steeped college bowl games in the business.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Kobe Bryant scored 21 points in his sixth game of the season, and the Los Angeles Lakers closed out a four-game road trip with a 96-92 victory over Memphis on Tuesday.
Pau Gasol added 21 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who were coming off a 114-100 loss at Atlanta on Monday night. Nick Young had 18 points, and Jodie Meeks finished with 13.
Zach Randolph had 18 points and a season-high 16 rebounds for Memphis.
DURHAM, N.C. — No. 1 Connecticut came into Cameron Indoor Stadium and did something no other team in women’s basketball has been able to do.
The Huskies dominated Duke.
UConn routed the second-ranked Blue Devils 83-61 on Tuesday night behind 21 points and a career-high seven 3-pointers from Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis in her first game back from an injury.