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Stalled no more, Four Seasons developers file first construction permits in New Orleans

BY RICHARD THOMPSON | rthompson@theadvocate.com

After being stalled by more than two years of litigation, developers behind plans to transform the former World Trade Center building at the foot of Canal Street into a Four Seasons Hotel and condominiums have applied for construction permits to begin work this fall. Read more

Longtime DEA task force member pleads guilty to reduced charges, agrees to help DOJ

BY JIM MUSTIAN AND FAIMON A. ROBERTS III | jmustian@theadvocate.com froberts@theadvocate.com

A veteran lawman assigned to a New Orleans-based federal drug task force pleaded guilty Thursday to pocketing thousands of dollars seized during drug raids, admitting to significantly reduced charges in a clear indication that he is cooperating with a secretive U.S. Justice Department probe into law enforcement misconduct. Read more

Letters: What should replace New Orleans' Confederate-era monuments? Some patriotic suggestions

Jeff Steingraber

Regarding replacements for the recently removed New Orleans monuments, I have suggestions. Read more

Rabalais: Noted for his offensive genius, Hugh Freeze finally did something Ole Miss found indefensible

BY SCOTT RABALAIS | srabalais@theadvocate.com

Hugh Freeze finally committed an offense that Ole Miss couldn’t defend. Read more

Gov. John Bel Edwards: Time to explore to 'fiscal cliff' options, decide if special session 'will be productive'

BY ELIZABETH CRISP | ecrisp@theadvocate.com

Gov. John Bel Edwards is urging Louisiana House Speaker Taylor Barras to form a bipartisan working group to come up with options for addressing the more than $1 billion budget shortfall the state faces next year. Read more

Ex-Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office chief deputy Craig Taffaro hit with federal tax charges

BY GORDON RUSSELL | grussell@theadvocate.com

Craig Taffaro, the recently retired chief deputy to Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand, was charged in federal court Thursday with tax evasion and filing a false tax return. Read more

New Orleans musician deals with illness with a little help from his friends

BY ALISON FENSTERSTOCK | Special to The Advocate

When Bernard Pearce launched his GoFundMe page last year, he noted on it that the funds raised would either help pay the ballooning expenses related to his medical condition — or for his funeral. Read more

Saints mailbag: Three running backs on the field at same time this season?

BY NICK UNDERHILL | nunderhill@theadvocate.com

Do you see Saints utilizing all three RBs on the field at the same time (Ingram, Peterson, Kamara)?— Covfefe Valenti (@Valenti_Andrew) July 20, 2017 Read more

Grand jury charges New Orleans man accused of fatally stabbing boyfriend in Bourbon Street home

BY RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS | rvargas@theadvocate.com

A New Orleans grand jury on Thursday handed up charges of second-degree murder and obstruction of justice in the fatal stabbing of his boyfriend inside the victim's French Quarter home earlier this year. Read more

Elderly Metairie woman's death, thought to be homicide, now deemed of natural causes

BY HELEN FREUND | hfreund@theadvocate.com

A day after an 84-year-old woman's death inside a Metairie senior citizen home was deemed to be a homicide, authorities said Thursday it has been reclassified as a death from natural causes. Read more

Mom, grandmother of 17-year-old New Orleans murder suspect turn him over to police

BY RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS | rvargas@theadvocate.com

The mother and grandmother of a 17-year-old murder suspect literally grabbed hold of him and handed him over to police Wednesday.  Read more

Trump administration pulls health law help centers in New Orleans, 17 other cities

By CARLA K. JOHNSON , AP Medical Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration has ended Affordable Care Act contracts that brought assistance into libraries, businesses and urban neighborhoods in 18 cities, meaning shoppers on the insurance exchanges will have fewer places to turn for help signing up for coverage. Read more

'Alarming' allegations in lawsuit: Louisiana prisoners forced to bark for food

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press

Louisiana prison officials blocked attorneys from investigating "alarming" allegations of inmate abuse, including claims that mentally ill prisoners were forced to kneel or bend down and bark like dogs to get food, a lawsuit alleges. Read more

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