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Lake Pontchartrain oil rig explosion: Officials continue search for missing worker, brace to clean up possible spill

BY RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS AND DELLA HASSELLE | rvargas@theadvocate.com dhasselle@theadvocate.com

Update, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017: While on Sunday night officials referred to the energy platform that exploded in Lake Pontchartrain near Kenner as an oil platform, authorities on Monday referred to natural gas being stored on the platform as well. Meanwhile, four of the injured workers had been discharged from local hospitals on Monday; one remained in a New Orleans intensive care unit in critical condition; and two had been taken to Baton Rouge General Hospital's burn unit, and indication their wounds are severe.   Read more

The Big Crazy: Saints turn tables on Detroit with punishing defensive performance in wild win

BY JOEL A. ERICKSON | jerickson@theadvocate.com

The New Orleans Saints have spent the past few seasons making the mind-blowing seem mundane, playing in so many crazy, heart-stopping, momentum-swinging games that the theatrics of Sunday's shootout against the Detroit Lions felt almost familiar.  Read more

Cam Jordan shows why he's one of the top players in the NFL during Saints' win over the Lions

BY NICK UNDERHILL | nunderhill@theadvocate.com

Cam Jordan used an elaborate metaphor to explain his performance against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Read more

Scott Rabalais: Saints have work to do after Lions win, but also a huge opportunity

BY SCOTT RABALAIS | srabalais@theadvocate.com

Here’s something you haven’t seen from the New Orleans Saints lately: Read more

Whom should LaToya Cantrell thank for lead over Desiree Charbonnet in New Orleans mayoral primary?

BY JESSICA WILLIAMS | jwilliams@theadvocate.com

In a New Orleans mayoral primary that demonstrated voters’ readiness to put a woman in charge of the city, LaToya Cantrell can thank a diverse segment of the city for her considerable lead over Desiree Charbonnet, an analysis of vote totals shows. Read more

How New Orleans-area races might shake up City Council; analysis: race remains big factor

BY JEFF ADELSON | jadelson@theadvocate.com

Even with two races still to be decided, Saturday’s election already represents a shake-up of the New Orleans City Council, which will see a maximum of three of the seven incumbents keep their seats for another term. Read more

Our Views: With historical New Orleans mayoral runoff set, it's time for voters to pay attention

Advocate editorial

In the wake of Saturday’s results in the New Orleans mayoral primary, City Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell and former Municipal Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet will face each other in a Nov. 18 run-off. Next month, the city’s voters will elect their first female mayor. Read more

Grace Notes: What to expect in New Orleans' mayoral runoff

BY STEPHANIE GRACE | sgrace@theadvocate.com

New Orleans' mayoral primary is finally over, and the runoff pairing is set. But before we embark on Phase Two of the race to replace Mitch Landrieu, here are some parting thoughts. Read more

LSU Film Room: More on DJ Chark's punt return, Russell Gage's role, Arden Key's best game yet and those early defensive woes

BY ROSS DELLENGER | rdellenger@theadvocate.com

Welcome to Film Room, our weekly analysis of LSU’s last football game. Read more

Halftime fixes: Whiteboard adjustments and an IV for Rashard Lawrence sent LSU to a victory

BY ROSS DELLENGER | rdellenger@theadvocate.com

The whiteboard in LSU’s halftime meeting room got worked. Read more

They're back! LSU returns to both major polls after comeback win over Auburn

BY ROSS DELLENGER | rdellenger@theadvocate.com

Changes abound at LSU this year — a new head coach, a host of new players, a new offense, etc. Read more

Louisiana Congressional delegation united in skirmishes over National Flood Insurance Program

BY BRYN STOLE | bstole@theadvocate.com

WASHINGTON — After a series of skirmishes over changes to the National Flood Insurance Program, Louisiana's congressional delegation is showing a united front as negotiations heat up on Capitol Hill over a long-term reauthorization of the program. Read more

Tulane extends a helping hand to Puerto Rican college students

BY KATY RECKDAHL | Special to The Advocate

Twelve years ago, colleges across the country opened their doors to Tulane University students displaced after Hurricane Katrina. Now Tulane wants to return the favor by taking in students displaced from their schools in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. Read more

New Hope Baptist Church wins approval from City Planning Commission for community center in Central City

BY ROBERT MORRIS | UptownMessenger.com

New Hope Baptist Church won approval from the City Planning Commission last week for its proposal to build an 18,000-square-foot community center along Felicity Street in Central City. Read more

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