in memoriam

“Steven Vincent epitomized what it meant to be a Louisiana State Trooper. When you talk about courtesy, loyalty and service – that was him!” Louisiana State Police Commander Mike Edmonson said, his voice husky with unshed tears.

Senior Trooper Steven Vincent is being laid to rest tomorrow, following a noon mass at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church in Lake Charles. He was killed in the line of duty, after stopping to render assistance.


“His time in service at the Louisiana legislature was always about the wants and needs of the people he served,” says Representative Katrina Jackson, Chairman of Louisiana's Legislative Black Caucus, of Representative Alfred C. Williams. 


Singer Percy Sledge, perhaps best known for his hit "When A Man Loves A Woman," has died, Artists International Management Inc., his talent agency, said.

Sledge died of natural causes a little after midnight at a hospice in East Baton Rouge, La., according to a coroner. The coroner said Sledge was 74, though the Encyclopedia of Music as well as his talent agency says Sledge was 73.

Jesse Hardman / WWNO

Last Sunday, longtime sound engineer Bill Deputy died of lung cancer at the age of 58. Deputy served as All Things Considered’s technical director for many years, and traveled all over the world capturing sound, including the first Mardi Gras after Hurricane Katrina in 2006.

Bill Deputy was All Things Considered's guardian of sound. An engineer and the show's technical director for many years, Deputy died Sunday of lung cancer in New Orleans at the age of 58.

Sound was a serious business for Bill. When he wasn't combining words and sound with music in the All Things Considered control room, he was traveling with us on assignments. We worked together everywhere from Baltimore to Gaza City, and his assignments with my colleagues were equally far-flung.

National World War II Museum

Thomas Blakey, the 94-year-old veteran who volunteered at the National World War II Museum for 15 years, passed away at his New Orleans home on Jan. 15.

The National World War II Museum in New Orleans is many things to many people. For the hundreds of school kids and other visitors who pass through, the museum is where they learn about an incomprehensible scene from world history. And for the World War II veterans who volunteer each day, the museum is where they confront war memories in a variety of different ways.

New Orleans' first black mayor, Ernest "Dutch" Morial, is being reburied 25 years after his death.

The Morials have bought a new family tomb in St. Louis Cemetery Number 3.

It's about 2 miles from St. Louis Cemetery Number 1, where Morial was buried in 1989. That tomb, in the city's oldest cemetery, is inscribed with his slogan, "Keep the drive alive."

This morning’s ceremony will be ecumenical. A news release says it will include a blessing from Catholic Archbishop Gregory Aymond and prayers from a rabbi, a Muslim imam and a Baptist church's bishop emeritus.

It’s a bit of a blue Christmas in New Iberia.

Some people are complaining that the city’s Christmas lights are too subdued this year.

But the blue lights lining trees, store windows and other decorations on Main Street are a memorial to a home-town artist — George Rodrigue. His blue dog paintings became internationally famous.

Rodrigue died a year ago.

Phyllis Mata of the Magic on Main committee tells The Daily Iberian that the change from white lights is temporary.

Former New Orleans civil rights activist Rudy Lombard has died.

He was 75.

The one-time mayoral candidate’s conviction for a sit-in at a Canal Street store was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

He died Saturday of complications from pancreatic cancer.

The New Orleans Advocate reports Lombard spent the past 20 years or so in Evanston, Illinois, where he worked as a research scientist for NorthShore University HealthSystem, focusing on prostate cancer. He was diagnosed with the disease a decade ago.

University of New Orleans professor and New Orleans historian Michael Mizell-Nelson died this week at the age of 49. Nelson was an avid scholar of the history of the city — especially the history of po-boy sandwiches, race relations in New Orleans, and how it all tied in with the history of the streetcar.

WWNO’s Poppy Tooker says she had the pleasure of spending time with Nelson during the taping of show segments for Louisiana Eats.

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