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7:43 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Drive-by Shooting Suspect Involved In Jail Fight

A suspect in a deadly drive-by shooting in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward got into a fight with another inmate on his first day inside Orleans Parish Prison.

Court records show Blair Taylor, one of two men police say opened fire Aug. 10 on a crowd of mostly women and children, was attacked by another inmate last Thursday — hours after being booked on murder charges.

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7:39 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Judge Backs Use Of Common Core Materials

A state judge has ruled against Gov. Bobby Jindal in a lawsuit filed by Common Core supporters, lifting a contract suspension Jindal enacted to derail the multi-state education standards.

Judge Todd Hernandez issued a written ruling Tuesday.

He said Jindal's suspension of contracts the education department planned to use to buy testing material aligned with Common Core is causing harm to parents, teachers, administrators and students.

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The Reading Life
1:37 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

The Reading Life With Michael Pitre And Gina Ferrara

This week on The Reading Life: Michael Pitre, whose splendid new novel of the Iraq war is called Fives and Twenty-Fives. We’ll also hear from Gina Ferrara, whose new collection of poems is titled Carville.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Inside The Arts: Nine Lives Commemorates Katrina Anniversary, Tracy Letts' BUG, Cindy Scott Sings

Coming up on Inside the Arts, Nine Lives: A Musical Witness of New Orleans commemorates the 9th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina at Le Petit Theatre. We talk with guitarist Paul Sanchez.

 In the Marigny... Tracy Letts' dark comedy, BUG, continues to make audiences squirm. And, we talk with jazz singer Cindy Scott. Her new CD, Historia, is garnering widespread critical acclaim. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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7:59 am
Tue August 19, 2014

More Arrests In Lower 9th Ward Drive-by Shooting

A third man and a woman have been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting in the Lower 9th Ward that killed two people and injured five.

Two boys and their mother were among the wounded.

New Orleans police say 23-year-old Joseph Nelson III is accused of being one of two gunmen who fired into a group on Aug. 10. Police say 25-year-old Ashley Shorts allegedly helped one of those two avoid detection.

Nelson was booked yesterday with two counts of first-degree murder and five of attempted first-degree murder.

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7:55 am
Tue August 19, 2014

New Interim Police Chief Optimistic Reforms Will Continue

Commander Michael Harrison was sworn in as interim Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department immediately following the Serpas retirement announcement Monday.
Credit Tyler Gamble / NOPD

The new leader — at least for a while — of the New Orleans Police Department is pledging to continue reforms.

Lt. Michael Harrison is now the interim superintendent, replacing Ronal Serpas, who is retiring to teach at Loyola University.

Harrison told reporters at the new conference announcing his appointment that he’s optimistic the department will continue getting better.

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New Orleans Police Department
4:15 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

New Orleans Police Superintendent Resigns; Interim Chief Appointed

NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas, announcing his retirement Monday morning.
Credit Danny Monteverde / New Orleans Advocate

This story has been updated.

Ronal Serpas, the Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department brought in by Mayor Mitch Landrieu in 2010 as part of a series of sweeping changes to city government in the post-Katrina and post-Nagin eras, announced his retirement at a packed press conference Monday morning.

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8:04 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Former City Tech Chief Fined For Ethics Violations Ahead Of Sentencing

Former New Orleans technology chief Greg Meffert has paid a $2,000 fine for violating state ethics law.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the fine settled state ethics charges related to Meffert's use of credit cards and gifts from a man whose companies were doing business with the city.

Meffert was technology chief under former Mayor Ray Nagin, and he testified for prosecutors during Nagin's recent trial.

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8:00 am
Mon August 18, 2014

March Held In New Orleans Over Michael Brown Shooting In Missouri

More than 50 people marched two miles from Washington Square Park in the Marigny to a police station in protest of the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by Missouri police.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports yesterday's march was organized on social media by the New Orleans Anarchist Bookfair.

New Orleans police dispatched three officers on horseback. They stayed about a block away from marchers approaching the police station at North Robertson Street and North Claiborne Avenue.

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Nola Life Stories
5:00 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Ain't Dere No More: Sydney Besthoff Reflects On K&B

Among the many innovations that K&B Drugstores brought to the New Orleans area were self-service drugstores, which didn't exist when Sydney Besthoff, left, began working at his family's company.
Credit Historic New Orleans Collection & Infrogmation

When he started working at the family business in the late 1940’s, Sydney Besthoff III had no intention of becoming K&B Drugstore’s lead man. Over the course of the next 20 years, Sydney worked in every aspect of the business and became general manager. He expanded the company along the Gulf Coast throughout the 70’s and 80’s then sold the beloved chain in 1997. There was a local outcry — after all, K&B had been in New Orleans since 1905.

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