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Run to win: Saints rebound, whip Panthers, lead NFC South

Posted: 03 Dec 2017 07:48 PM PST

The Saints are all alone in first place in the NFC South with 4 games to play.

Rookie Alvin Kamara totaled 151 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns, and Mark Ingram rushed for 85 yards and a touchdown as the Saints whipped Carolina 31-21 Sunday afternoon at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints, 9-3, had their 8 game win streak snapped last Sunday against the Rams in Los Angeles.

The Saints never trailed. New Orleans scored on a two yard run by Kamara on fourth down on the first possession of the game. Kamara was asked to sum up his play against the Panthers.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton threw touchdown passes of 21 yards to Christian McCaffery and 24 yards to Devin Funchess. But the Panthers were held to 279 total yards and 16 first downs.

The Saints even got a contribution from third string quarterback Taysom Hill, who made two tackles on special teams.

The Saints clinched their first winning season, and first winning season at home since 2013.

New Orleans has a one game lead over Carolina, and a two game lead over Atlanta in the NFC South. The Saints play at Atlanta Thursday night.

Christmas Norco style rolls again

Posted: 03 Dec 2017 06:49 PM PST

NORCO; La-- The tradition of the Norco Christmas parade dates back to the 1970's but after a break in the 80's and 90's was resurrected in 2011. It has been bringing families together ever since, with the exception of 2016 due to weather.

Today, mother nature was on Norco's side, as the parade rolled once again highlighting Santa, the local first responders, dance troops and more.

"Norco is a really small town, we get together and cook together before this, and it's just a lot of fun to all get together," said Norco resident B.J Butler.

Costumes are encouraged, in fact the entire parade is like a mini- Christmas edition of Mardi Gras.


"There's food, music, dancing, throws, and floats," said Jessica Harris, whose been bringing her children to the parade for six years.

This years theme was a salute to first responders. Officials say a couple thousand residents turned out to support the community.

New head of New Orleans FBI starts Monday

Posted: 03 Dec 2017 06:12 PM PST

New Orleans – The special agent recently tapped to head the FBI’s New Orleans division starts Monday.

Eric J. Rommal most recently served as a Deputy Assistant Director in the Directorate of Intelligence since 2016.

He joined the FBI in 1997 and has experience investigating violent crime, white collar crime, cybercrime, and healthcare fraud.

Rommal replaces Jeffrey Sallet, who left the New Orleans office to head up the bureau’s Chicago division.

Silverdome, the stadium that refused to die

Posted: 03 Dec 2017 03:47 PM PST

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Boom went the dynamite, but, no, Michigan’s Silverdome just wouldn’t blow.

Sunday was demolition day for the outdated, dilapidated mausoleum of a stadium in a Detroit suburb that also bears the name of a dead automobile, Pontiac. Doom for the dome. But when the dust in Pontiac settled, the Silverdome was still standing there, like a hard-headed prizefighter unwilling to be knocked down.

For various reasons, America’s big, costly stadiums keep being replaced by bigger, costlier stadiums. Some are just plain old. Others are just poorly built. Sometimes, a wealthy owner of a team that plays games simply wants a larger playpen. So the “obsolete” place ends up being imploded, blown into a million atoms and particles like the planet Krypton, as was supposed to be the case Sunday morning with a stadium where Detroit’s players no longer play.

I spent several years living 10 minutes from this edifice, a half-hour’s drive or so from downtown Motor City. I spent quite a few Sundays and Thanksgiving Days there, watching the Detroit Lions play football on their way to not winning another championship. I saw Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers win a Super Bowl there. I saw Isiah Thomas and the Detroit Pistons play basketball there. In late 1981, I went to a concert by the Rolling Stones there, figuring that Mick Jagger and his band mates were old dudes and might not perform much longer.

The Who, Elvis, Aerosmith, the Jacksons, Springsteen, Metallica and local material girl Madonna were just a few of the acts who entertained at that Michigan monolith after it opened for business in 1975. The stadium was host to a 1987 “Wrestlemania” event featuring Hulk Hogan that drew a crowd of more than 93,000. Even the appearance of incredible hulk Donald J. Trump at a “Wrestlemania” 20 years later in downtown Detroit did not attract that big an audience, although he probably would insist that it did.

Today, like so many American stadiums, the Silverdome is nothing but a hollow shell.

It became obsolete in 2002 when the NFL’s Lions moved their lair to Ford Field downtown. Tenants came and went, auctions were held, buyers were sought. A monster truck show, a boxing card and other attractions were brought in, mainly in vain. The dome was done. Its upkeep was expensive, its infrastructure was in need of upgrades and its hometown was financially strapped. Going, going, gone.

All that remained was to blow it up. After all, we love edifice wrecks. We love watching things blow up, as long as it’s preapproved and legal. Once this property is condemned, boom, push the plunger, set off the explosives.

In fact, it was just on November 20 when another mighty arena, the Georgia Dome, was blown to smithereens in Atlanta, being of no further use. A state-funded stadium opened in 1992 that cost an estimated $214 millionwas already a useless vestige of yesteryear. It was host to a couple of Super Bowls, a few NCAA Final Four basketball tournaments and several events of the 1996 Olympic Games, but already, by 2017, it was just a useless hunk of junk.

The Georgia Dome had structural issues. Its roof was weather-beaten and damaged. Furthermore, the owner of pro football’s Atlanta Falcons wanted his team to play outdoors, not indoors. He got his way, and on August 26 of this year, the $1.6 billion (yes, billion) Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened its expensive doors.

So many similar places have vanished before our very eyes — Texas Stadium, Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati), Fulton County Stadium (Atlanta), the Kingdome (Seattle), Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh), the Omni arena (also in Atlanta), all demolished or imploded, wiped off the face of the earth. A lot of structures are built to last, but some don’t seem to last very long. Atlanta seems to need a new stadium every other Thursday.

Others still stand like haunted houses — the Houston Astrodome, for instance — awaiting their fates. If those walls could talk, they’d say: “Use me! I’ll be a flea market, a fruit stand, a motocross course, a revival tent, anything you like! Please don’t implode me! Help!”

Taxpayers must sit there wondering how many hundreds of millions of dollars are necessary to erect a public stadium that the public can actually use,

The truth is, sports teams need (or claim they need) state-of-the-art facilities with modern technologies. Bigger is necessarily better. But then they abandon their old places of business like kings vacating old castles. They move out and move on. It is left up to somebody else to pay for the lights, the heat and the cleanup crew. An ultra-modern stadium sits idle like a decrepit shopping mall or steel mill.

Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Dodger Stadium and others keep going and going, while other stadiums apparently come stamped with expiration dates.

What’ll we implode next? The Alamo? Monticello? Mount Rushmore? Maybe somebody eventually will say, “Let’s blow this thing up and put up a brand new one!”

I sure did hate to see the good old Pontiac Silverdome go. I had a good laugh Sunday morning when it refused to go. Tough against all odds and obstacles, not unlike Detroit itself, the Silverdome probably stood there Saturday night on the eve of destruction girding for the worst. Then sang out defiantly the next day, “Hit me with your best shot.”

And if at first you don’t implode, try, try again.

Mandeville man booked for killing his wife, string of burglaries on North Shore

Posted: 03 Dec 2017 03:21 PM PST

ST. TAMMANY PARISH — A Mandeville man is accused of killing his wife, then going on a burglary spree from Slidell to Lacombe before crashing his vehicle on I-10.

According to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, deputies responded about 7:30 a.m. Saturday to a possible homicide at 580 Smith St. in the Mandeville area.

When they arrived at the scene, they found a woman’s body.

The suspect, 39-year-old George Dargis, was also the suspect in a string of burglaries reported early Saturday morning along Highway 190 from Slidell to Lacombe.

A robbery was reported at Eddie's Grocery around 5:30 a.m. on Highway 190 in the Slidell-area. Deputies also responded to alarms at the Dollar General in Lacombe and at Lishman's in Lacombe shortly after that. The Lacombe Car Wash was also burglarized. In all four instances, a vehicle was used to gain access to the building, either by driving into or backing into the buildings.

Around 10 a.m., detectives were notified that Dargis was in University Hospital after he had been involved in a car crash on the Twin Span bridge. The New Orleans Police Department handled the crash.

Following his release from the hospital, Dargis was booked into Orleans Parish Prison as a fugitive. He was then transported to St. Tammany Parish Jail where he was booked on the following charges: Simple Burglary (Two Counts), Unauthorized Entry of a Place of Business, Simple Robbery, and Second Degree Murder.

According to the sheriff’s office, Dargis was arrested earlier this week following a vehicle pursuit in the Slidell-area. He was booked in the St. Tammany Parish Jail for charges of Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Felony Aggravated Flight from an Officer, and Felony Possession of Schedule II CDS. He was released on bond on November 30.

2nd annual Beignet Fest serves up savory and sweet delicacies

Posted: 03 Dec 2017 12:35 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans City Park was snowing with powdered sugar Saturday for the second annual Beignet Festival.

The festival celebrates new Orleans' most iconic dessert, the beignet. Traditionally, a sweet dish dusted with powdered sugar, there were many savory options to chose from as well, ranging from a crab beignet dish, to a tasso beignet for example.

The festival featured several restaurants choose from. New Orleans Coffee and Beignet, The Ruby Slipper Cafe and Legacy Kitchen Collection were just a few vendors.

Proceeds benefited the Tres Doux Foundation, who makes grants to local nonprofit organizations that provide accessible, quality programs for children with developmental delays.