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A Saints resurgence? Leave that to the strong rookie class that's the best of strong NFL groups

BY JOEL A. ERICKSON | jerickson@theadvocate.com

Seven and a half months ago, New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis walked into the interview room at the team's headquarters late at night. Read more

Father, son wanted for alleged terrorizing threats made at Lusher Charter School, officials say

Advocate staff report

The New Orleans Police Department is searching for a 14-year-old student accused of making threats on Lusher Charter School grounds and his father, who reportedly tried to prevent his son from being arrested, according to school officials and the NOPD. Read more

Report: Reggie Bush says he's ready to end NFL career, wants to retire with Saints

Advocate staff report

Reggie Bush is ready to take one final bow.  Read more

No Strings Attached: How Louisiana helps industries cut jobs

BY REBEKAH ALLEN | rallen@theadvocate.com

Over the past 20 years, Exxon Mobil has been exempted from paying almost $700 million in property taxes that would have otherwise helped pay for East Baton Rouge Parish schools, police officers, parks, libraries and other parish operations. Read more

Is it legal? Mike Edmonson's tax-free lifestyle sparks questions about other Louisiana-paid housing

BY JIM MUSTIAN | jmustian@theadvocate.com

The legislative auditor's report that lambasted Mike Edmonson reverberated through the state Capitol last week, as lawmakers heard testimony that the former State Police superintendent exploited taxpayer money to provide a life of perks and privilege for his family.  Read more

Several state doctors apply for medical marijuana permit

Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The number of doctors who have applied for permission to dispense medical marijuana is edging upward, as the estimated summer start of the program gets closer. Read more

Rabalais: Tigers are coming along, but their 'it' factor isn't consistent enough -- yet

BY SCOTT RABALAIS | srabalais@theadvocate.com

Twenty-five seconds into the game, Will Wade knew. Read more

2nd suspect jailed in 7th Ward slaying that may have been provoked by Nov. 21 robbery

BY RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS | rvargas@theadvocate.com

New Orleans authorities have arrested a second suspect in a killing that may have been retaliation for a gun and cash stolen from a 7th Ward home last month. Read more

Oh no! LSU's last-second layup blunder costs them win against Stephen F. Austin

BY SHELDON MICKLES | smickles@theadvocate.com

As wild finishes go, the final 30 seconds of LSU’s basketball game with Stephen F. Austin on Saturday was as crazy as it gets. Read more

Stephanie Grace: Those who misuse donations for vital public services deserve a 'special place' in prison

BY STEPHANIE GRACE | sgrace@theadvocate.com

Louisiana has given the world enough disgraced public officials to fill up an entire federal prison, or at least a wing of one. But there should be a special place in the pen for one particular category of wrongdoer. Read more

Walker: Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers shines like gold in intense college finale

BY ROD WALKER | rwalker@theadvocate.com

Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers had received a text from Archie Manning before. Read more

Federal judge tosses conviction in Houma meth bust due to illegal package search

BY JOHN SIMERMAN | jsimerman@theadvocate.com

When a UPS Store owner in Southern California cracked open a suspicious package in 2014 and found three pounds of pure methamphetamine inside, her discovery sparked a police sting 1,800 miles away that netted the arrests of three Houma men. Read more

New Orleans woman appears set to plead guilty in case involving Ricky Williams, Dennis Rodman

BY RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS | rvargas@theadvocate.com

Federal court records in Houston strongly suggest that a New Orleans woman is poised to plead guilty in a case in which she stands accused of bilking millions of dollars from former Saints running back Ricky Williams, ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman and two other pro athletes. Read more

Councilman-elect Jay Banks joins battle to quell amount of Uptown Airbnb rentals, end 'horror story'

BY ROBERT MORRIS | UptownMessenger.com

District B City Councilman-elect Jay Banks recently heard what he calls a “horror story” about the proliferation of Airbnb rentals in Uptown neighborhoods. Read more

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