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    Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans is facing a lot of scrutiny over his fight with Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, and local businesses are responding. Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans and New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore got in yet another fight on Sunday. Evans was sticking up for legendary quarterback and teammate Tom Brady, but he got a one-game suspension for his actions. The NFL isn’t the only place he’s suspended. A New Orleans barbecue restaurant went to the extreme and banned Evans for life. They placed a photo sign on their door with a red sign over Evans’ face, saying, “This is a NO Mike Evans Establishment.” . @MikeEvans13_ @Saints pic.twitter.com/ikQOddKCUt — Blue Oak BBQ (@BlueOakBBQ) September 19, 2022 Evans probably didn’t expect so many consequences from a moment of having his teammates back, but he and Brady at least seem appreciative of each other through it all.Buccaneers teammates Mike Evans and Tom Brady are appreciative of each otherEvans initially started the fight with Lattimore because of a comment made about Brady. He was then seen...
    (CNN)New Orleans rapper Michael "Mystikal" Tyler pleaded not guilty Monday to multiple charges including first-degree rape and simple robbery, his attorney Joel Pearce told CNN.Mystikal was arrested in July after officials said a woman reported she was sexually assaulted and suffered minor injuries during the attack.He was charged with domestic abuse battery -- strangulation, false imprisonment, and simple criminal damage to property, in addition to first-degree rape and simple robbery, according to a release from the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office. New Orleans rapper Mystikal has been arrested on rape and domestic abuse chargesAscension Parish is about 25 miles southeast of Baton Rouge. Deputies with sheriff's office responded to an area hospital the night of July 30 on the sexual assault report, the office said at the time.Read MoreAfter interviewing the victim and further investigation, Mystikal was identified as a suspect, the sheriff's office said. He was arrested July 31. Mystikal remains in custody in Ascension Parish on a no-bond order, Pearce said. "This is someone's life," said Pearce, referring to his client. "He doesn't do drugs, he hates drugs,"...
    TOM BRADY tossed a tablet in anger during a frustrating afternoon in New Orleans. The 45-year-old quarterback was furious with his team's offensive showing on Sunday. 1Tom Brady threw a tablet in anger during Tampa Bay's clash with New OrleansCredit: FOX Tom Brady throws his tablet in frustration. pic.twitter.com/d6QTX8dRyV— TSN (@TSN_Sports) September 18, 2022 Tampa Bay Buccaneers were being shut out by New Orleans Saints when Brady let fly. The Bucs had zero points on the board into the third quarter, leaving Brady furious. He walked over to the sideline and hurled a Microsoft Surface tablet with all the velocity of one of his deep passes. NFL RedZone host Scott Hanson joked it was a good thing the tablet was covered in a giant blue case. READ MORE ON THE NFLTIME OUT Tom Brady gets special treatment from Tampa Bay amid rumors of marriage troubleRED FLAG FOOTBALL Jeff Bezos chilling with Roger Goodell leaves fans all saying same thing Tampa Bay turned it on in the fourth quarter by scoring 17 points. They ran out 20-10 winners at their division...
    “Action must be taken NOW if there is ever a chance to save the city and bring the reputation of being a city where tourists can come to party and celebrate and not become victims,” Pichardo wrote. "The residents of New Orleans ... also need and deserve to have a police force that can make them feel safe and be there for them every time they call 911." He added, "The simple expectations that the police will arrive when you call them is not a current reality in New Orleans." Pichardo suggested that the NOPD should take officers currently working administrative, general assignment or district detective roles and get them on the streets to patrol. "At its peak, the New Orleans Police Department had a headcount of 1143 commissioned officers," Pichardo stated. "With a workforce that size, the opportunity existed for NOPD to create specialized positions/units within the department without hampering its ability to provide adequate 911 response. ... That is no longer the case." Goyeneche explained, "We're down over a third of what we need to police this city...
    A tight, heavyweight matchup between two NFC South rivals led to a shoving match on Sunday afternoon. In the 4th quarter of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' game against the New Orleans Saints, a fight broke out starting with a hit by Bucs receiver Mike Evans on Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore that sent the latter to the ground. The pair were ejected for their roles in the fight, which saw both benches spill onto the field carrying on for some time. It took officials and coaches a few minutes to restore order, but the game opened up from there. With the game tied 3-3 at the time of the fight, the offenses put their feet to the pedal and finished with a final score of 20-10 in favor of Tampa Bay. WE HAVE A BRAWL IN NEW ORLEANS! pic.twitter.com/usCEvVPPxd— TSN (@TSN_Sports) September 18, 2022 A brawl broke out between Tampa Bay and New Orleans broke out after Marshon Lattimore (23,R) was seen jawing at the Bucs sideline and offering some words to Tom Brady (12, L) Lattimore shoved Brady as they...
    NFL superstar Tom Brady was spotted throwing a team tablet to the ground during Tampa Bay Buccaneers victory over New Orleans Saints Sunday.  The Buccaneers eventually after triumphed over the Saints at the Superdome with a 20-10 win but it had been a tight contest until the fourth quarter, with Tampa Bay trailing 3-0 for a while, and the tension clearly got to Brady.  The quarterback has not been able to figure out his NFC South rival since joining the Bucs in 2020 and as his struggles continued in Week 2 on Sunday he did not hide his frustrations.  Tom Brady throws his tablet in frustration. pic.twitter.com/d6QTX8dRyV— TSN (@TSN_Sports) September 18, 2022 NFL superstar Tom Brady was spotted throwing a team tablet to the ground on Sunday It had been a tight contest until the fourth quarter and the tension clearly got to Brady RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston will face the... NFL Week 2 RECAP: Find out how all the action unfolded with... Tom Brady will...
    A New Orleans Starbucks is set to close down a popular café due to racism and mental health concerns amid the metropolitan street being overrun by homeless people.   The café located at 700 Canal St. will close its doors indefinitely on October 3 amid a series of issues that led the location to be a 'high incident store.' 'Our stores are windows into America, and every day, our partners witness the challenges facing our communities – challenges to personal safety and security, racism, a growing mental health crisis, and issues magnified by COVID,' a Starbucks spokesperson said in a July letter obtained by 4WWL news. 'These challenges play out within our stores – affecting our partners, our communities, and our customers alike.' Multiple incidents have been reported at the Canal street location but specifics, including the circumstances surrounding the specific allegation of 'racism,' were not disclosed. A Starbucks customer said they believe the company is prioritizing the safety of their employees with the recent decision. 'I think security is a concern on everyone's mind,' a customer told Fox 8. 'If...
    New Orleans overtook St. Louis as the US murder capital in the first half of this year, as the city struggles with its lowest police staffing level in modern history amid a crisis of officer morale.  In the first six months of 2022, New Orleans recorded 41 murders per 100,000 population, a higher homicide rate than any other US city, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of data from the Major Cities Chiefs Association.  By comparison, the first-half murder rate per 100,000 was 11.5 in Chicago, 4.8 in Los Angeles and 2.4 in New York City. In New Orleans, the homicide rate has soared 141 percent compared with 2019, while shootings are up 100 percent, carjackings up 210 percent and armed robberies up 25 percent, according to the city's Metropolitan Crime Commission. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell arrives by horseback for the Krewe of Zulu roll in March. The city now has the highest murder rate in the US, according to a new analysis In New Orleans, the homicide rate has soared 141 percent compared with 2019, while shootings are up 100 percent,...
    New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell is refusing to reimburse the city for nearly $30,000 in travel expenses, including on first-class or business-class flights. City travel policy requires New Orleans municipal workers select the cheapest options or compensate the city for the difference, but Cantrell has suggested that the pricey travel expenditures were necessary for her safety. MOON LANDRIEU WAS A NEW ORLEANS MAYOR OF COURAGE AND CONSEQUENCE “All expenses incurred doing business on behalf of the city of New Orleans will not be reimbursed to the city of New Orleans,” she said, according to WWL. “One thing is clear: I do my job, and I will continue to do it with distinction and integrity every step of the way. That’s what I have to say on that.” New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) Cantrell has racked up $29,000 in costs for traveling in first class or business class in lieu of coach since January 2021, including a nearly $18,000 trip to France over the summer, the Times-Picayune and the New Orleans Advocate...
    The Mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, is refusing to repay the city money she spent on first class flights overseas, despite strict travel guidelines put in place for employees that require them to book the lowest fare available, or agree to the reimbursement. Cantrell has defended her purchase of the luxury tickets as her both 'doing business' on behalf of the city and because she believes it wouldn't be safe for her to travel in economy class.  In the past, Cantrell has used the same excuse defending her purchase of upgraded travel as being one of safety rather than one of comfort.  'My travel accommodations are a matter of safety, not of luxury. As all women know, our health and safety are often disregarded and we are left to navigate alone. As the mother of a young child whom I live for, I am going to protect myself by any reasonable means in order to ensure I am there to see her grow into the strong woman I am raising her to be.  'Anyone who wants to question how...
    To paraphrase a well-worn line: We are ready for some football. And with the official kickoff of the 2022-23 season of National Football League just a day away – football fans have good reason to expect a wild ride. I can predict some shocking surprises this season – including one of football’s greatest players falling back to Earth (for good), a few struggling stars finally realizing their potentials and arguably the most tortured franchise in the history of the game going to the Super Bowl and winning it all. Ready, set, hike… The start of the football season is almost here - but who will go on to win the Super Bowl?  THE GOAT's LAST GOTom Brady, the 45-year-old quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is entering his 23rd season. He has appeared in 10 Super Bowls and won seven, including two years ago after he joined the Bucs following 20 seasons with the Patriots. People have been predicting his decline for years only to see him continue to perform at heights of the profession that only the greatest of...
    (CNN)Former New Orleans Mayor Maurice "Moon" Landrieu, who helmed the city for most of the 1970s before holding a Cabinet position in the Carter administration, died Monday at the age of 92, family aide Ryan Berni told CNN. Landrieu died at his home in New Orleans with his family present, Berni said."I never met anyone with a stronger moral compass. Moon Landrieu always fought for what he thought was right and just. I cherish the time I spent learning from him, long after he left public life. Please keep the Landrieu family in your prayers," Berni wrote in a Monday tweet.Landrieu, who was mayor of New Orleans from 1970 until 1978, headed a powerful Democratic political family in New Orleans. His daughter, Mary, was a US senator from Louisiana from 1997 to 2015, and his son, Mitch, also a former mayor of New Orleans, is a senior adviser and infrastructure coordinator in the Biden administration. As mayor, Moon Landrieu championed integration in the city, winning him the respect of many Black voters when he opened high-ranking city jobs and contracts...
    Welcome to FanSided’s 2022 NFL preview! It’s time to look into our crystal football and take a glimpse at the New Orleans Saints season prediction. Though there were some bright spots for the Saints in 2021, it was lowlighted by injuries and a disappointing final year of long-time head coach Sean Payton’s career. There are high hopes moving forward that they’ll be able to compete in the NFC even without the caliber of quarterback that some foes in the conference have.New Orleans Saints 2021 season in review 2021 record: 9-8 2nd in NFC South Didn’t Qualify for Playoffs In year one without Drew Brees, fans and analysts were rightfully skeptical of how things would go with Jameis Winston under center full-time for New Orleans. Brees was the team’s leading passer for 15 years, leading the Saints to the playoffs in nine of those years and winning a Super Bown in the 2009 season. Moving on from a Hall of Fame quarterback is uncomfortable, and trying to stay competitive in the midst of it is even trickier. Winston had seen...
    New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Maye was arrested Thursday morning for aggravated assault with a firearm. The 29-year-old was later released from custody after posting a $30,000 bond. Maye was being held at Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna, LA.  Maye's arrest followed an investigation relating to an incident which allegedly occurred in Metairie, LA on August 29. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office police report, via Nick Underhill, elucidated the reasoning for Maye's initial arrest and ensuing release. 'Sheriff Joseph Lopinto reports that the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested Marcus Maye, 29, after conducting an investigation into a road rage incident that occurred Monday, August 29, 2022, in Metairie. Marcus Maye was arrested Thursday morning after an investigation into a road rage incident  'Maye was arrested this morning on a warrant that was obtained for his arrest for one count of aggravated assault with a firearm. 'Maye was identified as the driver of a black SUV that was involved in an incident in which he is accused of pointing a firearm at another vehicle that was occupied by several...
    NEW Orleans Saints player Marcus Maye has reportedly been arrested for aggravated assault with a firearm following a road rage incident. Maye, who previously spent five years of his career with the New York Jets signed a three-year, $28.5 million contract with the Saints earlier this year. 1Maye, formerly with the New York Jets, has been arrestedCredit: Getty Images - Getty The NFL player's arrest allegedly stems from a road rage incident that occurred on August 29. Maye's attorney, Eric Hessler, issued a statement to the NFL Network, saying: “Marcus vehemently denies the allegation from a motor vehicle incident, and looks forward to defending himself when all the facts come out.” Maye was reportedly absent from practice on Thursday, according to nola.com. The Saints had listed Maye as their starting safety, according to NBC Sports. The news of Maye's arrest was initially reported by Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.football. The Saints are scheduled to kick off their season on September 11 in Atlanta against the Falcons. More to follow...For the latest news on this story, keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your...
    Share this: A former chief of patrol for the New York City Police Department will serve as “consulting Chief of Operations” for the undermanned New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said Wednesday. Fausto Pichardo will have the position for “as long as six months,” Ferguson said in an email to his officers. The move comes as New Orleans struggles to cope with a diminishing force, low morale and increased response times for emergency calls — all at a time of pandemic-era increases in violent crime. The crime problem has heightened political pressure on Mayor LaToya Cantrell, the subject of a recent recall petition. Ferguson said Pichardo will help the New Orleans department implement recommendations developed by two former New York police chiefs who have done an assessment of the department’s operations.
    A FEMALE baggage handler has mysteriously died in a tragic incident at a New Orleans Airport, leaving her family, friends, and employer devastated. Jermani Thompson, 26, an employee at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday night where she later died of her injuries. 2Jermani Thompson died after an incident at a New Orleans Airport on Tuesday nightCredit: Facebook/Jermani Thompson 2Thompson was an employee at the airportCredit: WWLTV Thompson, an employee of GAT Airline Ground Support, was working to offload a Frontier Airlines plane that had landed at around 10pm when her hair reportedly got caught in a belt loader. She was taken to Ochsner Kenner Medical Center with severe injuries, according to nola.com. The Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office will perform an autopsy to determine an official cause of death. Thompson's family, friends, and employer are devastated over the news of her untimely death. READ MORE ON NEW ORLEANSEXTRA MONEY Thousands of Americans eligible for direct payments worth up to $2,550 GOING OVERBOARD Driver turning truck into improvised boat has everyone saying same thing...
    An airport baggage handler died after she was scalped in a horrific workplace accident after her hair got caught in a conveyor belt. Jermani Thompson, 26, had been working at New Orleans Airport when her hair tangled in the transporter on August 30 while she unloaded a Frontier plane that had just landed there.  She had been working on the apron, an area where the aircraft is parked, loaded, unloaded, refueled, boarded and maintained. Officials say that she was rushed to hospital shortly after the incident at around 10pm but passed away soon after. Her body was identified by the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office, and a spokesman for the airport confirmed the accident.  A spokesman for GAT Airline Ground Support, where she was employed, say her hair got caught in the belt loader. Jermani Thompson, 26, had been working at New Orleans Airport when her hair tangled in the transporter on August 30 Officials say that she was rushed to hospital shortly after the incident at around 10pm but passed away soon after. Her body was identified by the Jefferson...
    DaBaby has had an upcoming concert in New Orleans canceled on account of low ticket sales, it has been claimed. The event's Ticketmaster page was deactivated Tuesday after allegedly less than 500 tickets were sold for a 14,000-capacity venue, NOLA.com reports. His latest professional setback comes over a year after a massive outcry over jokes that DaBaby, 30, made about AIDS and his gay fans. Onstage: DaBaby has had an upcoming concert in New Orleans canceled on account of low ticket sales, it has been claimed; pictured performing in Memphis this April DaBaby's allegedly canceled show was scheduled to take place this Friday at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, with the lowest ticket price at just $35. A massive controversy erupted last summer when DaBaby performed at Rolling Loud Miami and joked onstage about AIDS and men performing public fellatio. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Selena Gomez is effortlessly stylish as she talks business... Megan Thee Stallion dresses to impress in a figure-hugging... Share this article Share 'If you didn’t show up...
    A petition was filed calling for a recall election for New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell in the wake of a series of controversies. The Friday petition, led by former city employee and ex-mayoral candidate Belden Batiste and Eileen Carter, cited a “failure to put New Orleans first and execute the responsibilities of the position.” Critics argued she has failed on matters of police staffing, tax collection, and French Quarter security, in addition to her rhetoric in support of a teenage boy who was convicted of carjacking five people. DEMOCRATS IN COMPETITIVE RACES BREAK WITH BIDEN ON STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS Criticisms of the mayor have heightened due to a sharp uptick in violent crime in the city. “The mayor, she should put the city of New Orleans first,” Batiste said at a press conference on Friday. “She has neglected her duties, and there’s a number of issues going on. For instance, look at crime, look at infrastructure. I don’t hate the mayor, but at the end, do your job.” Cantrell has also come under fire for...
    A 12-year-old girl in New Orleans was arrested after a video surfaced of her retrieving a gun following a fight on a school bus - only for her mom to defend her by saying: 'She was being bullied.'  The girl was in a brawl on the bus on Friday, during which she and the girl she was fighting with pulled each other's hair. She then she reportedly got off the bus, grabbed the pistol from a nearby car and banged on the door of the bus while screaming. When the driver did not open the door for her, she brandished the gun and left the scene as kids could be heard crying on the bus on the video shared with WWL. Her mother, who has not been named, said in the video posted to social media 'she was being bullied, so that's why she pulled out a firearm.' She indicates she is proud of her daughter for taking matters into her own hands, and said 'when a child is under frustration and being bullied, she is supposed to have help...
    (CNN)Louisiana's State Bond Commission denied funding Thursday for a $39 million infrastructure project in Orleans Parish for the second time, at the behest of state Attorney General Jeff Landry, according to a statement on Landry's official Facebook page and video posted from the bond commission meeting.Landry urged the commission to deny the funding in both instances due to a New Orleans City Council resolution encouraging area law enforcement not to enforce the state's abortion ban within their respective jurisdictions.The project, titled "New Sewerage and Water Board Power Plant, Planning and Construction" is intended to protect New Orleans streets from floodwaters during storms and be completed in 2024.In response to Louisiana's so-called trigger ban -- which took effect after the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade -- the New Orleans City Council passed a resolution July 7 certifying the city leaders' support of abortion access and reproductive health care by asking police, sheriff's deputies and prosecutors not to dedicate city funds to collect information about abortions.Louisiana woman claims she was denied an abortion after fetus was diagnosed with a fatal...
    The city of New Orleans has been denied access to funds to help with flood recovery because its officials have refused to enforce Louisiana's abortion ban – right as hurricane season peaks. Jezebel reported on Thursday, while New Orleans was under a flood advisory, that Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry successfully convinced the state's Bond Commission to strip the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board of a $39 million line of credit. "The financing that’s being held hostage would, specifically, be used to build a power station for the Sewerage & Water Board to help combat flooding. Melinda Deslatte, a research director at Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, live-tweeted today’s meeting, in which Republican politicians decided to punish New Orleans, a Democratic stronghold in the state, for defending abortion rights in the wake of a near-total ban. (Officials in New Orleans, including even the police, have vowed not to enforce the state’s new ban, which has already pushed out all three of its abortion clinics.)," wrote Jezebel. READ MORE: The crime-fighting policy Republicans refuse to acknowledge "The power plant,"...
    A new play about Joan of Arc, where she is non-binary and uses the pronouns 'they' and 'them', was today branded offensive and sexist by feminists. It is billed as 'questioning the gender binary' but academics have called it 'a violation of history'. The upcoming production at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre sparked a backlash yesterday after MailOnline's exclusive on the newly-written show.  And this morning feminist academics said the twist on Joan 'was modern nonsensical ideology'.    Dr Sarah Rutherford said the idea the historical heroine could be no-binary was insulting. She said: 'This offends me. Joan of Arc is a female cultural icon. 'She was escaping the constraints of being a woman at that time. Non binary, I have been told, means neither male or female. 'We know she was a woman. Please stop applying a modern nonsensical ideology to historical figures.' MP Rosie Duffield said: 'Misogyny, and the erasure of women - our words, our privacy, our stories, our history, our spaces, dressed up as "Art", "Politics" or "Academia" is still misogyny.'  It is not clear whether the play was commissioned or...
    Violent crime is on the rise in New Orleans. The city is rated a 2 on Neighborhood Scout's crime index (100 is safest), with a property crime rate of 47.13 and a violent crime rate of 13.6 per 1,000 residents. There were 218 murders in 2021. 145 homicides had already been reported by June 30 of this year, setting the city on its way to having a homicide rate of 77 per 100,000 — one of the highest murder rates in the world, on par with gang hot spots in Honduras and Mexico. Chicago, by way of comparison, sees 18.26 murders per 100,000 population. According to City Journal, this correlates with Soros-backed District Attorney Jason Williams' "more selective" approach to prosecuting violent offenders. The felony conviction rate dropped from 57% in 2019 to 21% in 2021, the year that Williams — under indictment for tax fraud — took office. Nearly 20% of the felony cases dismissed were violent crimes. After being sworn in, Williams claimed: "Being more selective about prosecutions will allow us to focus on the crimes that matter...
    This is the haunting moment a father sprints up to a house to try to rescue his kids after a woman looking after them posted a video saying she had killed them. Jermaine Roberts is seen in the footage parking his white truck before running to the home in New Orleans, Louisiana, around 11am on Sunday. He smashed his way in through a window and minutes later emerged with the youngsters and rushed them to hospital. His daughter Paris, four, died from her wounds, while his two-year-old son was in a critical condition. Janee Pedescleaux, who was with the kids and is listed as a guardian, earlier posted a horrific video on Facebook coated in blood saying she had killed them. The 31-year-old wailed 'my children are dead' and 'I'm done with life' before trying to blame Jermaine. She was later arrested for second-degree murder, attempted murder and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile. The footage is understood to have alerted the children's father to the incident and saw him race over and break into the house to try to save his...
    New Orleans Saints rookie left tackle Trevor Penning was booted from Wednesday's practice following his third scuffle in as many days. Defensive tackle Malcolm Roach was also kicked out of practice for the fracas, after which, new Saints head coach Dennis Allen blasted his players. 'We don't have time for that,' Allen said, as quoted by ESPN. 'I sent two guys in today and we've got to get our work done. We've got to learn as a team how to compete and how to play and how to practice and push ourselves to the limit but yet not take it over the edge. '... It's not unusual for something like that to occur in training camp. It's certainly something we don't want to see happen. It'll be addressed and we'll move forward.' SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO  Saints offensive tackle Trevor Penning has been accused of going to hard in practice #Saints rookie 1st round pick, OL Trevor Penning, has been kicked off OTAs on Wednesday after starting a fight at practice for 3 consecutive days.pic.twitter.com/ZYj5yMJcdg— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 3,...
    NEW ORLEANS SAINTS booted a rookie lineman out of practice after starting another fight. Offensive lineman Trevor Penning was kicked out after starting an incident which involved at least 10 other players. 3New Orleans Saints rookie Trevor Penning (70) was kicked out of practiceCredit: FOX 3Trevor Penning was involved in three fights in as many daysCredit: FOX It was the third time in as many days he'd been involved in a fight and coaches had enough. Defensive tackle Malcolm Roach was also kicked out after the fight. Video footage from training camp showed Penning involved in numerous incidents with defensive team-mates this week. He was first seen exchanging punches with defensive end Payton Turner. Read More Sport StoriesSAD DEATH Ex-Pittsburgh Steelers running back and two-time Super Bowl champ passes awayBIRTHDAY NOTE Gisele pens heartfelt message to Tom Brady as he celebrates 45th birthday And then team-mates needed to intervene when he and defensive back JT Gray began pushing each other. Another incident saw him in a wrestling match with defensive end Scott Patchan. Saints coach Dennis Allen told reporters he...
    (CNN)New Orleans rapper Mystikal was arrested over the weekend on several charges including first-degree rape and simple robbery, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.APSO officers responded to an area hospital "in reference to a sexual assault" at 11:58 p.m. Saturday, a press release said.Ascension Parish is about 25 miles southeast of Baton Rouge.Detectives interviewed the victim, according to the release, who sustained minor injuries during the alleged attack."Through further investigation, Michael 'Mystikal' Tyler was identified as a suspect," the APSO release said.Read MoreMystikal was arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail, according to the release. He was charged with first-degree rape, simple robbery, domestic abuse battery -- strangulation, false imprisonment, and simple criminal damage to property, the APSO release said.Jail records show the rapper remains in the custody of the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.CNN has reached out to Mystikal's representatives for comment.
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans District Attorney Jason Williams was acquitted by a federal jury Thursday in a tax fraud case, lifting a legal cloud that had hung over him during his campaign to become the city’s top prosecutor and his first 19 months in office. Williams and an associate, Nicole Burdett, who worked in his law practice, had been accused in an indictment of conspiring to cheat on Williams’ taxes during a five-year period ending in 2017. Williams, a former City Council member, contended that the charges were politically motivated. The jury acquitted both on 10 counts involving Williams’ taxes, but convicted Burdett on four separate counts involving her own taxes. The verdicts came after roughly 16 hours of deliberations spread over three days. Williams did not address reporters after the trial. Prosecutors declined comment. “New Orleans should be relieved that their DA can get back to doing what he needs to do for this city,” Lisa Wayne, one of Williams’ defense attorneys, said outside the courthouse. Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday morning,...
    New Orleans’ oldest Mardi Gras Indian chief and former Oakland resident, Ray “Big Chief Hatchet” Blazio, was laid to rest with a huge traditional jazz funeral in the historic Treme neighborhood earlier this month. Blazio, 82, who had been experiencing health issues in recent years, died at his 7th Ward home on June 17. A New Orleans culture bearer, Blazio moved to Oakland in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina flooded his Seventh Ward home. He brought many Crescent City traditions with him to the West Coast, and was the grand marshal of the annual Oakland Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras parade with local bands M.J.’s Brass Boppers and the Blue Bone Express. Chief Hatchet also sometimes performed with the Boppers at local clubs, banging his tambourine and singing traditional Mardi Gras Indian songs like “Indian Red.” He loved music, and would make sure to attend when New Orleans’ Rebirth Brass Band, The Soul Rebels or Trombone Shorty played in town. Ray “Big Chief Hatchet” Blazio of the Wild Apache Mardi Gras Indian tribe takes the stage at the New Orleans Jazz Festival in 2005....
    “Spirit of Congo Square,” a cast bronze sculpture by Adewale Adenle, was commissioned by the city of New Orleans and installed in Louis Armstrong Park in 2010. In several previous installments of Black Music Sunday, we’ve explored the jazz clubs of New York City: The Cotton Club, Smalls’ Paradise, the Vanguard, Birdland, The Village Gate, and Slugs’ Saloon, as well as the incredible music recorded live in those venues. I also promised our next stop would be New Orleans, often referred to as “the birthplace of jazz.”   But before we can herald the onset of jazz, we need to first explore its earlier roots. New Orleans provided the perfect incubator for African and Caribbean music, drumming, and dance to produce multiple musical offshoots on new soil. What makes New Orleans unique to this day is that the music that grew up there and took root was never contained inside of clubs, brothels and concert halls; it is still intimately entwined with street performance and outdoor celebratory rituals of birth, death and sheer enjoyment. So let’s pay a visit to Congo Square....
    A BABY boy has died after being bitten by a dog, police have said. Cops rushed to a home in Gentilly Woods, New Orleans on July 11 after receiving reports of the attack. 1A baby boy has died after being bitten by a dog at a home in New OrleansCredit: Google Police revealed that the boy, 13 months, was taken to hospital where he later died, WVUE reports. It’s not known what dog carried out the attack and it’s not known if it belonged to the family of the boy. Police have not said if the dog has been taken by animal control crews. Cops haven’t revealed if they have made any arrests as investigations continue. Most read in The US SunKATE FATE McEnroe says what everyone's thinking as Kate hands Rybakina Wimbledon trophySILVER SISTERS Kim & Khloe Kardashian show off REAL bodies in unedited swimsuit snapsGET A ROOM Kardashian fans shocked as Kim makes NSFW comment to Pete in season 2 trailerDESPERATE SEARCH Update in case of family with toddler who vanished after Walmart trip More to follow...For the...
    Australian hoops fans will have two more names to watch this year with Dash Daniels - the brother of Dyson Daniels - and Tyrese Proctor pushing for big futures in the NBA.  The NBA is stacked with Aussie talent including Patty Mills, Joe Ingles, Ben Simmons, Matisse Thybulle, Josh Green and last season's breakout star Josh Giddey. Dyson Daniels [New Orleans Pelicans at pick No.8] and Perth Wildcats star Luke Travers [Cleveland Cavaliers at pick No.56] became the latest to join their ranks at the most recent NBA draft. Left to right, Kai Daniels, father Ricky Daniels, Dyson Daniels and mother Brikitta Kool-Daniels Now Dash, 16, has been identified as an NBA player of the future. The younger Daniels sibling recently averaged 17.25 points in his eight games at the under-16 nationals including stuffing the stat sheet with 29 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals against Tasmania. After recently getting a taste of the excitement of the NBA draft while supporting his older brother, he now has a burning desire to reach the top himself.   Kai, Dyson and...
    A New Orleans woman is facing murder-for-hire charges after she inadvertently tried to book a hitman to take out a love rival on a website that is linked to the FBI. Zandra Ellis, 33, was taken into custody by the feds this week in the parking lot of a Waffle House in Louisiana after discussing the hit with an undercover agent, according to the criminal complaint in the case.  Ellis made contact with Rent-A-Hitman.com on June 30 using a fake name, Jasmine D. Brown, the documents state.  In her inquiry, Ellis said that she wanted a woman identified only as B.H. dead. Ellis said: 'I would like her dead since she is trying to kill me.' The operator of the website, Robert Innes, said that he contacted Ellis 24 hours later to see if she wanted to go through with the hit. Ellis responded within a minute to say she did.  Innes, a graduate of the Napa Valley police academy, started the website in 2005 as an internet security company.  Rent-a-Hitman was founded by Robert Innes in 2005 and was...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ten months after Hurricane Ida damaged a museum celebrating New Orleans’ African American parading culture, the Backstreet Cultural Museum is reopening. A parade is planned Saturday afternoon from the original building to the new museum site just blocks away in the city’s Treme neighborhood, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported. The museum will now occupy a smaller location at a former bar, and not all items can be shown at once, said Dominique Dilling-Francis, president of the museum’s board and the founder’s daughter. She plans to rotate exhibits every few months. Hurricane Ida left holes in the roof and water inside the original building, a former funeral home, after the storm crashed ashore in August 2021. A powerful Category 4 hurricane at landfall, Ida hit on the same date Hurricane Katrina had ravaged parts of Louisiana and Mississippi 16 years earlier. Artifacts at the museum include regalia given by Mardi Gras Indians — African Americans who create new elaborately plumed and beaded costumes every year. There is also memorabilia from baby dolls — groups...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Hundreds of thousands of immigrants who rely on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are keeping a close watch on a case before a federal appeals court in New Orleans.The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Wednesday on the legality of the Obama era program known as DACA.Demonstrators from around the country gathered in front of the courthouse to show their support for DACA. Some came from the HANA Center in Chicago."We've been fighting for this program since day one," said HANA Center Community Organizer Glo Choi. "Immigrant youth have fought for it to even exist in the first place."Some DACA recipients listened to oral arguments from inside the courtroom."It was emotional. It was also really surreal because they were talking about DACA recipients as if we weren't sitting in the room," said HANA Center Housing Assistance Program Coordinator Jerelly Marchán-Aguirre.DACA was established by the Obama Administration 10 years ago. It was put in place to protect some immigrants from deportation who came to the U.S. as children. There are more than 6-hundred...
    NEW ORLEANS -- Starting in late 2024, Princess and the Frog fans will be able to join Tiana and friends on an epic musical adventure through the Bayou at Disney Parks!Disney unveiled plans for the new attraction at ESSENCE Fest in New Orleans and celebrated the occasion with a lively panel and live art demonstrations provided by the YAYA Arts Center. The event also included performances by the world-renowned Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Jennifer Lewis, who voices Mama Odie in the beloved film."Myself and the rest of the team are very excited to bring Tiana's Bayou Adventure both to Disneyland and Magic Kingdom," says Ted Robledo, Executive Creative Director of Walt Disney Imagineering. "It's the first-ever American princess, African-American princess, adventure story to ever be a part of our parks so I cant wait for our guests to experience it."Disney is the parent company of ABC Localish.
    Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday participated in an event featuring a critical spelling error on the stage backdrop. The vice president walked on stage smiling and waving at the Essence Festival in New Orleans where she participated in an interview with actress Keke Palmer. But behind the vice president, the text mistakenly read “Lousiana” instead of Louisiana. It is unclear who is responsible for the spelling error. However, the vice president’s advance staff should have caught the obvious mistake before Harris went on stage. [email protected] office could use a spellchecker. Its "Louisiana," not "Lousiana." pic.twitter.com/vtTsIqLOLU — Jackson Richman (@jacksonrichman) July 4, 2022 It’s the latest example of how Harris and her staff struggle with bad optics as they try to improve her political performance on the national stage. Harris was widely mocked after she participated in a video with children in October to promote space exploration, but they were later revealed to be child actors. In September, Harris nodded in agreement when a student claimed Israel was guilty of “ethnic genocide.” Kamala Harris nods as a student accused...
    NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana -- For three full days, the New Orleans Superdome drew hundreds of thousands of people to the beauty carnival, the fan zone, the vendor marketplace, and other main attractions of the ESSENCe Festival.As the exclusive entertainment partner - Disney brought its own iconic magic to the Big Easy.From ABC7NY anchor Sade Baderinwa with the cast of Rise on Center Stage and hosting the Disney-sponsored film festival, to Tamron Hall with characters from Wakanda to drum major Mickey - Disney was right at home."With Disney bringing the magic and as well as the Black joy for us - Essence brings that Black joy. I just think it's an incredible partnership made in heaven," said Essence Chief Revenue Officer Pauline Malcolm.However, the Essence Festival is not all fun and games. It is also about elevating the discussion and action about high-impact issues for the African-American community like health, economic empowerment, and social justice."In many of the states that are attacking a woman's right to choose, are the same states attacking voting rights," said Vice President Kamala Harris.A festival highlight...
    NEW ORLEANS -- The ESSENCE Festival Of Culture is back in full force, with tens of thousands of people flooding New Orleans for the first time since the start of the pandemic.It's a celebration of Black music, food, history, and that's barely scratching the surface.Vice President Kamala Harris will head to the festival Saturday, according to a White House official.She will take part in a fireside conversation with Emmy-winning actress Keke Palmer, speaking to the most critical issues facing Black women, including the implications of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.It will be the largest audience the vice president has addressed since the court's decision last Friday, the official said.Harris, who spoke at the ESSENCE Festival in 2019, will also meet privately with the leaders of reproductive justice organizations while in New Orleans.Eyewitness News reporter Darla Miles is at the festival. Watch her report in the video player above.You can also watch "ESSENCE Fest Primetime" exclusively on Hulu starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.This year is especially unique because The Walt Disney Company...