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Guilty Of Rape

Man convicted of raping girls at New Orleans motel

A Milwaukee man has been found guilty of raping two young girls, to whom he's related, at a motel in New Orleans three years ago.  It's reported that a jury convicted 55-year-old Calvin Freeman on Thursday of two counts of first-degree rape.  Read more...

Kennedy Leads

UNO poll shows Kennedy still leads US Senate race

A new poll from the University of New Orleans shows Republican John Kennedy with a strong lead in the US Senate race at 22%. UNO pollster Ed Chervenak says Republican Charles Boustany and Democrat Foster Campbell are tied for second at 15%.  Read more...
VooDoo Fest

VooDoo Music + Arts Experience returns to City Park

Halloween weekend means the VooDoo Music Experience returns to New Orleans City Park, and what better way to kick off the weekend of music than with The Weeknd, headlining tonight at the park's festival grounds. The fest will also feature acts like Tool, Cage the Elephant, and... Read more
Med. Marijuana

Public meeting about growing medical marijuana

The LSU AgCenter will pitch its plan to grow the state’s medical marijuana today at a public meeting that will be attended by potential private investors. Chancellor of the LSU AgCenter, Dr. Bill Richardson, says they have about 450 people signed up to come to the meeting. Read more...
Halloween Fun

Halloween events for youngsters and the young at heart

There's no lack of Halloween events in the area this weekend. And, they get started Friday afternoon. Metairie's 8th annual Park-A-Boo at Lafreniere Park is a three-day event, running through Sunday. "We have a new Boo House that's more of a... Read more
Two New Polls

Latest polls on U.S. Senate and Presidential Elections

The University of New Orleans Survey Research Center has released the results of a new statewide poll on the 2016 U.S. Senatnate and presidential elections. John Kennedy is the frontrunner in the Senate   Read more...
Budget Cuts

With $313M deficit, agencies and colleges bracing for cuts

Louisiana closed the books on the last budget year with a $313 million deficit, and state agencies and colleges are being asked to prepare for budget cuts of up to 10 percent of their state financing to close the gap.  Read more...
Attorney Fees

Attorneys in BP settlement will divide $555.2 million

A judge in New Orleans has ruled a group of attorneys will divide $555.2 million for their work on behalf of people and businesses who suffered economic damages because of BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill.  Read more...
Prison Theft

Ex-Angola prison officials accused of theft to be arrested

Two former high-ranking prison officials accused of stealing at least $160,000 from funds meant to benefit employees are set to turn themselves in to jail. West Feliciana Parish Sheriff Austin Daniel said that arrest warrants have been issued.  Read more...

2 from Louisiana benefit in latest Obama commutations

Among convicts granted sentence commutations Thursday by President Barack Obama are two from Louisiana. A White House press release says men from LaPlace and Hahnville each saw their drug-related sentences cut. Read more...
Fatal Fire

Girl, 6, dies in fire; mother accused of negligent homicide

Louisiana authorities say an early-morning fire killed a 6-year-old girl in a camper trailer with bootlegged electricity, while her mother was away. Read more...

$135M boost going to LSU hospital managers under new deals

The private operators of LSU's charity hospitals are in line for a $135 million boost in their payments as part of new deals struck by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration. Read more...
Sharper Case

Sharper sentenced in Nevada attempted sex assault case

A judge in Las Vegas has sentenced former NFL star Darren Sharper to as many as eight years in prison for attempted sexual assault as part of a four-state plea deal.  Read more...
Budget Cuts

State agencies, colleges asked to draw up budget cut plans

Louisiana's state agencies and colleges are being asked to prepare for budget cuts of as much as 10 percent of their state financing because of a deficit from last year that could reach $300 million. Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration notified departments this week of the possible cuts.  Read more...
More Cameras?

More opposition to New Orleans' red light cameras

Fierce opposition is mounting to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's plan to expand photo-traffic enforcement by adding another 55 red light and speeding cameras. Read more...
Death Penalty

Prosecutors want accused killer to die for murder at Cane's

Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick announced today that a grand jury has returned an indictment for first-degree murder against Joshua Every for the killing of Raising Canes manager Taylor Friloux in Kenner.  "After meeting with Ms. Friloux's family... Read more
Traffic Cameras

New Orleans officials question plan to add traffic cameras

New Orleans City Council members have voiced skepticism about a plan to nearly double the number of traffic cameras in the city. Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration says the cameras are designed to prevent speeding.  Read more...
Family Sues

Boy's family sues town over his fatal shooting by deputies

Relatives of a 6-year-old autistic boy who was shot and killed during a traffic stop last year are suing the central Louisiana town where two deputy city marshals opened fire on his father's car.
The lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court ...Read more
Early Voting

Early voting runs through Nov. 1

Louisiana voters can cast early ballots for the November 8th election each day through November 1st, except Sunday.  "You do not need a reason to vote early! All voters may vote early, just like they are voting on Election Day," according to... Read more
Bridge Standoff

Police: Armed driver shoots self, closes Causeway southbound

Officials have closed the southbound Causeway from the Northshore to the Southshore because of a reported armed standoff.  "I was just told by police that we have an individual with a weapon on the bridge, and I know that we have a bunch of police cars out there... Read more
Music Classes

Free music classes offered for first-time learners

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation announces a major expansion of its music education programs to include free classes for kids who have never studied music and who don't own instruments. Read more...   
Fatal Shooting

Woman, 21, fatally shot inside vehicle in New Orleans

Police in New Orleans are investigating after a 21-year-old woman was shot to death while sitting in a vehicle with four other people, including a 2-year-old child.  News outlets report police say Kyrisha Armstrong died from injuries ...Read more
Jail Rape

Transgender inmate's rape lawsuit against jail set for trial

A lawsuit in which a transgender inmate says she was raped after being locked up with a male prisoner last year in the newly opened New Orleans jail is expected to go to trial in June.
A federal judge set a June 19 date in a Wednesday order.  Read more...

No Gun Soldier

Armed with faith: Movie shows WWII exploits of unarmed medic

When Desmond Doss climbed up Hacksaw Ridge — a 400-foot high escarpment on the island of Okinawa with a wall of dug in Japanese soldiers at the top — he carried his Bible, his combat medic supplies and the weight of his moral convictions but no weapon. When the wounded... Read more
More Seafood

We are eating more seafood

The government says the average American ate nearly a pound more seafood in 2015 than he or she did the previous year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the statistic Wednesday along with its annual Fisheries of the United States report. It says... Read more
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Alabama's defense faces different test in Fournette, LSU

Alabama's defense has changed with the times. The top-ranked Crimson Tide still has 300-pounders clogging the line of scrimmage, but nowadays the biggest stars are the hard-to-block pass rushers like Jonathan Allen... Read more

Harper: Saints starting to hit their stride, need to create turnovers

Thursday’s Saints Players Show marked the return of longtime Saints safety Roman Harper to the program. Harper made many appearances over the course of his first eight-year stint with the black and gold. Read More

Kristian: Armstead returns to Saints practice today

Good news for the Saints; Left Tackle Terron Armstead returned to practice today in a limited capacity.  Armstead missed practice yesterday, and was in and out of the ballgame last week against Kansas City, clearly not 100% recovered from an unspecified knee injury. Read More

Fantasy Football: Devontae Booker is fantasy gold down the stretch

The writing has been on the wall for weeks now. On First Take, Devontae Booker was my pick to be a super star for owners over the second half of the season. Read More

T-Bob: Anthony Davis makes history in Pelicans opener

Anthony Davis put up a truly singular stat line in the Pelicans season opener last night.  Quite literally, since the NBA started recording steals in 73-74, no player in league history has had a line like that of Davis. Read More

Steve: Can Saints snap 3 game losing streak against Seattle?

The Saints will try and get back on track in week 8 after falling to 2-4 against the Chiefs in Kansas City. My biggest positive from that game was that the run game at least had a pulse, putting up 104 yards. You better believe if you want to beat Seattle, you have to hand it off to keep ‘em honest. Read More

Deke's SEC Rankings, week 9

Tide and Tigers are off, while those other Tigers roll on! Oh and yes it’s cocktail time again in the SEC! Two decent games headline this week’s action in Oxford and Jacksonville.  So here’s this week’s SEC Rankings. Read More

Prep Preview: St. Augustine vs Holy Cross

This week’s WWL.com game of the week features two Catholic League foes as the St. Augustine Purple Knights (4-4) invade Zephyr Field to take on the Holy Cross Tigers (2-6). Read More

Thomas: LSU will 'dominate' top-ranked Alabama

Dwayne Thomas isn’t shy about his feelings regarding the Alabama Crimson Tide. The veteran defensive back is part of a senior class that gets one last chance to beat its hated rival, and he told reporters Wednesday that LSU isn’t just going to win the top-20 showdown... Read more

Brees: Saints must be "ultra-efficient" against Seahawks

With his Saints preparing to welcome the NFC West’s top team into the Superdome, Drew Brees joined Bobby Hebert for their weekly “QB To QB” segment Wednesday night on WWL. Read More
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