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Covington man killed in motorized skateboard accident

nola.com — A 31-year-old Covington man was killed Sunday when he tumbled from the motorized skateboard he was riding, police said. Jerry Siles Jr. died after the accident that occurred in the 300 block of Boston Street shortly after 5 p.m.

'Selma' team of Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo to reunite for Hurricane Katrina drama, according to reports

nola.com — Nearly 10 years after it altered New Orleans history, "Selma" director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo are reteaming for a feature film set amid the historic 2005 storm, Variety is reporting. Details on the plot haven't been announced, although it is being described as "a love story and murder mystery" set against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina.
Jan 26, 2015

RT “@MoviegoerMike: "Selma" director and star to make a movie about Hurricane Katrina: ow.ly/HY3B6

Jan 26, 2015

"Selma" director and star to make a movie about Hurricane Katrina: ow.ly/HY3B6

Christina Bannister, owner of iconic downtown Baton Rouge restaurant Christina's dies at 60

nola.com — Christina Bannister, owner of the iconic downtown Baton Rouge diner, has died. She was 60. Her younger brother Mike Bannister says she died Monday (Jan. 26) "after a short illness," but declined to give further details.
Jan 26, 2015

Owner of iconic BR restaurant "Christina's," passes away; restaurant will remain open. @brnola ow.ly/HYZtM

Jan 26, 2015

RT @cabrasted: Sad news in Baton Rouge today: Christina Bannister of Christina's downtown restaurant died at 60 yrs old bit.ly/1uvQjX5

Louisiana budget cuts will have to go deeper, again

nola.com — Surprising to no one, dropping oil prices continue to make an already bad Louisiana budget situation even worse. "The news is bad," said Greg Albrecht, the chief economist for the Louisiana Legislature, at a state financial meeting Monday afternoon.
Jan 26, 2015

The bad news (bad management) keeps on coming for LA state budget with another $300m hole. @brnola ow.ly/HZ0ag

Jan 26, 2015

RT @JSODonoghue: Here's my story about the growing budget deficit, updated with new official estimates. bit.ly/1Bgna4x #lalege

Langenstein's to open its third area grocery location in River Ridge

nola.com — Longtime New Orleans grocery Langenstein's will open a store in River Ridge later this year, it's third in the metropolitan area, the company said Monday. The store will open in the Trading Post Shopping Center at 122 Sauve Road, a 47,000-square-foot retail strip that will be renovated and rebranded the Langenstein Center, the company said in a news release.
Jan 26, 2015

RT @NOLAnews: Langenstein's to open its third area grocery location in River Ridge bit.ly/1JQKudM

Jan 26, 2015

Langenstein's to open its third area grocery location in River Ridge | NOLA.com ow.ly/HYJp0

Crime reaches mayor's doorstep: Vehicle stolen from Mitch Landrieu's house recovered

nola.com — New Orleans' crime problems reached the doorstep of Mayor Mitch Landrieu over the weekend, as a privately owned jeep registered in his name was reported stolen Saturday and later recovered, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's authorities said. Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy Blake Hollifield was given most of the credit for the vehicle recovery, which his agency said came about because of his alertness and persistence.
Jan 26, 2015

My bike was recently stolen. Tried not to take it personally. This wknd? The fucking MAYOR had his Jeep lifted: nola.com/crime/index.ss… #nola

Mardi Gras 2015: 9 parades to roll this weekend

nola.com — Mardi Gras 2015 draws near, as nine parades roll throughout New Orleans and surrounding areas, Saturday (Jan. 31) and Sunday (Feb. 1).
Jan 26, 2015

RT @LarryHolder: Saints owner Tom Benson 'unduly influenced' in severing ties with Rita Benson LeBlanc, family members, attorney says s.nola.com/Yw6nFKE

Jan 26, 2015

RT @LarryHolder: Saints owner Tom Benson 'unduly influenced' in severing ties with Rita Benson LeBlanc, family members, attorney says s.nola.com/Yw6nFKE

Jan 26, 2015

RT @LarryHolder: Saints owner Tom Benson 'unduly influenced' in severing ties with Rita Benson LeBlanc, family members, attorney says s.nola.com/Yw6nFKE

Which school has the best boys basketball team in Louisiana this season? (Poll)

highschoolsports.nola.com — By on January 26, 2015 10:30 AM, updated January 26, 2015 12:04 PM Madison Prep edged University Lab on Saturday in an exhibition touted as the battle between Baton Rouge's best boys basketball teams and a pair of Louisiana's likeliest state champions this March.
Jan 26, 2015

Louisiana is, by one measure, the most corrupt state in the country, report says s.nola.com/WVNBRxg via @nolanews

Jan 26, 2015

Louisiana is, by one measure, the most corrupt state in the country, report says s.nola.com/WVNBRxg via @nolanews

From Violet to Clinton to New Orleans, new schools superintendent brings methodical approach to problems

nola.com — CLINTON -- In East Feliciana Parish, New Orleans feels very far away. About a 45-minute drive northeast of Baton Rouge, there are hills, birdsong, dirt in the road and a sign for the Casa de Sue winery. Good luck finding a restaurant open after 2 p.m.
Jan 26, 2015

From @djdreilinger : From Violet to Clinton to #nolaed, new superintendent brings methodical approach to problems nola.com/education/inde…

Jan 26, 2015

Profile: Henderson Lewis Jr., New Orleans superintendent-designate, brings methodical approach to problems. bit.ly/1BfB7zK #nolaed

Jan 26, 2015

RT @JudyWalkerCooks: Super Bowl recipes: @Chef_Aaron Sanchez creates Tabasco-laced tacos, shrimp and sliders s.nola.com/GdLVa1H

Jan 26, 2015

Super Bowl recipes: @Chef_Aaron Sanchez creates Tabasco-laced tacos, shrimp and sliders s.nola.com/GdLVa1H

Super Bowl recipes: Chef Aaron Sanchez creates Tabasco-laced tacos, shrimp and sliders

nola.com — Tacos are having a moment, says celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez, the Food Network star and co-owner with John Besh of Johnny Sanchez in New Orleans and Baltimore. Ten years ago, "Those gourmet burgers started to show up. Now, it's tacos. "They're truly the peoples' food. It doesn't matter who you are, they're for everybody.

Male fatally shot Monday morning in Algiers

nola.com — New Orleans police say a male who was shot Monday morning (Jan. 26) in Algiers has died. The shooting was reported at 7:50 a.m. According to preliminary information from NOPD, the shooting was in the 3700 block of Garden Oaks Drive. No more information was available about the shooting, including any details about the victim.
Jan 26, 2015

Update: Teenage victim in Algiers homicide this morning was student at Landry-Walker. bit.ly/1CICQC6 pic.twitter.com/pA1A33Zein

Jan 26, 2015

Update with photos: Male fatally shot Monday morning in Algiers. NOPD has not confirmed age. bit.ly/1CIzqzh pic.twitter.com/se1uezi8t7

NOPD investigates shooting in Algiers

nola.com — New Orleans police are investigating a shooting Monday morning (Jan. 26) in Algiers. The shooting was reported at 7:50 a.m. According to preliminary information from NOPD, the shooting was in the 3700 block of Garden Oaks Drive. No more information was available about the shooting, including any details about the victim.
Jan 26, 2015

NOPD said victim in this morning's shooting in Algiers has died. Updates ASAP at @nolanews. bit.ly/1CIyDyk

Jan 26, 2015

NOPD investigating Monday morning shooting in Algiers | NOLA.com ow.ly/HWHvF

Jan 26, 2015

How to fund Baton Rouge's new mental health center? Council members mull options s.nola.com/wYqiDRM via @nolanews

Jan 26, 2015

Dropkick Murphys to Gov. Scott Walker: 'We literally hate you' s.nola.com/EmgXp2M via @nolanews

'Independent Lens: A Path Appears,' a 3-part look at gender-based oppression, debuts Monday (Jan. 26) on WYES

nola.com — " Independent Lens: A Path Appears," a three-part examination of gender-based oppression debuting at 9 p.m. Monday (Jan. 26) on WYES, comes from Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the team behind the earlier public-TV project " Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide." The focus of this new film, continuing Feb.
Jan 26, 2015

'Selma' team of Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo to reunite for Hurricane Katrina drama s.nola.com/C9KHYtL