After Jack Strain Tuesday did the perp walk at the slammer he ran for 20 years as St. Tammany Parish Sheriff, his successor, Randy Smith, struck a familiar, if unconvincing, note.
The doctrinal and liturgical differences between Catholics and Southern Baptists may seem dramatic to theologians, but it is the similarities of those religions that strike the dispassionate onlooker.
Imagine surviving German shelling and sniper fire as a GI on a Normandy beach only to return stateside and be told to move to the back when the bus taking you home reached the Mason-Dixon Line.
London was a slightly awkward place for Americans to be this week, when President Donald Trump arrived after a series of tweets that displayed a disregard for protocol foreign to his hosts' experience.
The Legislature was wise last week to extend the lease on Harrah's New Orleans casino, because conditions attached to it will ensure more gambling action and thus boost the taxpayer's share of the loot for decades.
The NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Manchester United of England's Premier League both belong to Malcolm Glazer's six children, and both have been disappointing their fans lately.
Sometimes it seems that capital punishment is an issue that will split the country, and the Louisiana Legislature forever, but though the pros and the cons, for the most part, talk past each other, minds can be changed.
Willie Sutton denied saying he robbed banks because that's where the money is, although he did say he enjoyed his work, which earned him some $2 million.
It wasn't hard for the cops to identify suspects in the murder of New Orleans pizza deliveryman Richard “Chris” Yeager five years ago.
It would clearly be unfair not to refund $6 million in fees unlawfully extracted from the people of Orleans Parish.
Three years after Bobby Jindal left the governor's mansion, his legacy is coming into clearer focus, and he sure was no one-trick pony.
The most preposterous scene in the new movie “Bolden” may not be the one where the eponymous hero is thrown from the gondola of a hot-air balloon and parachutes down blowing his pristine jazz cornet to tempt the picnicking crowds away from his riv…
Before they put a fence round the governor's mansion in Baton Rouge, undesirable characters strolled around as they pleased.
If New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell does manage to wrest all the tax revenues she wants from the tourist industry, the losers could include British Airways.
For every dollar the state receives in taxes from the gambling industry we spend at least $3 to deal with the antisocial consequences of addiction.
As CEO of Louisiana's third-largest public company and a former state legislator, Sean Reilly knows how to marshal an argument, as he demonstrated when persuading a House committee last week to kill a resolution that sought to place a moratorium o…
Trains that seem interminable and come thick and fast all day seriously detract from the tranquility of what may be the New Orleans area's whitest and most prosperous corner, Old Metairie.
It cannot be said that LaToya Cantrell was elected mayor of New Orleans just because voters believed she would get rid of traffic cameras, but her stance sure was wildly popular.
How fitting that Buddy Bolden's old house is to be preserved by a well-known keyboard player called Morton, albeit not one with any known connection to the immortal Jelly Roll.
Joseph Shakspeare was mayor of New Orleans in 1891 when 11 Italians died in what is billed as America's largest-ever lynching.
Violent juvenile crime is on the rise in New Orleans and our “quality of life is deeply affected,” District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro told the Metropolitan Crime Commission last month.
There are many buildings in New Orleans that evoke its storied past, but the CVS Pharmacy at Canal and Carondelet is not one of them.
When a drunken French colonial soldier called Pierre Antoine Dochenet attempted to kill two slaves in 1752, he committed a crime against property that brought the death penalty.
Quick-thinking prosecutors in movies or TV dramas might pace the courtroom while tying defendants in knots under cross-examination. Only when the state has won the battle of wits can society's enemies be safely sent up the river, and honest burghe…
The lunatic asylums of yore could inflict worse cruelties than any prison, and the mentally ill once commanded such little sympathy that the old Bedlam Hospital in London charged admission so the public could enjoy watching the comical antics of t…
The two Louisiana congressmen who have used the power of office to put pressure on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell over the blown call could hardly be more different.
David Vitter had reason to celebrate when his former colleagues in the U.S. Senate ensured that sanctions against Oleg Deripaska's companies would be lifted.
Someone out there must know who shot and killed Brittany Thomas around 2 a.m. on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter almost five years ago.
The big objection to traffic cameras is that their real purpose is to raise money for local government. If that is so, what we should do next is obvious.
Gov. John Bel Edwards believes that the state has been too eager to dedicate tax revenues, but suggests we do it again.
When three young men get into a truck in Scotlandville, and one of them is shot dead, the cops will need a good reason to send the other two on their way.
Criminologists could no doubt cite many reasons for the drop in New Orleans's murder rate, which coincides with a nationwide downward trend, but much credit must surely go to Michael Harrison's police department.
“Your true pilot cares nothing about anything on earth but the river, and his pride in his occupation surpasses the pride of kings.”
Oil and gas companies concede that their canals, most of them long since abandoned, played a major role in shrinking the Louisiana wetlands.
American teenagers are in the grips of a vaping “epidemic,” says FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. “These data shock my conscience,” he says.
It's been months since either of two state judges, Byron Williams of New Orleans, and Jeffrey Perilloux of St. John Parish, was seen on the bench.
The strippers were not showing so much as a well-turned ankle when they gathered in front of the state capitol Sunday.
Announcing the selection of Ghassan Korban as director of the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board in July, Mayor LaToya Cantrell explained “what it boiled down to.”
It takes a thief to catch a thief, as the old saying has it. An understanding of the criminal mentality is the key to solving crimes.
Louisiana blogger Lamar White sure managed to liven up Mississippi's U.S. Senate election, but Cindy Hyde-Smith won comfortably enough Tuesday.
A U.S. Appeals Court panel in New Orleans has just unanimously reversed its own unanimous ruling of two months ago.
Those garish green Weed World vans have been popping up around the French Quarter and the CBD for a few years now, but have evidently become a more common sight recently.
The latest GOP gaffe exposed by Louisiana's tireless leftist blogger Lamar White Jr., comes from U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi.