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NOPD investigates 2 separate shootings just minutes apart

Posted: 27 Feb 2018 01:28 AM PST

NEW ORLEANS– The NOPD is investigating two separate shootings.

In the first incident, a call was received at 11:45 p.m. reporting a male victim was shot in the Fifth District near the intersection of St. Roch Avenue and North Johnson Street.

The victim arrived at University Medical Center by private conveyance suffering from a gunshot wound to the buttocks.

In the second incident, a call was received at 11:51 p.m. reporting a male victim arrived at Tulane Medical Center by private conveyance suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.

If you have any information about either of these incidents please call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

KIPP Renaissance High School will be closed Tuesday due to social media threat

Posted: 26 Feb 2018 09:15 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS — Administrators for KIPP Renaissance High School say the school will be closed on Tuesday following a threat that was made on social media.  The school is located at 3820 Saint Claude Avenue.

The school and the NOPD are investigating the threat, according to a written statement announcing Tuesday’s closure.

The closure includes all classes and after school activities as well as Bard Early College classes.

No details were provided by the school regarding the nature of the threat.  School administrators said the closure would be ordered out of an abundance of caution.

The school is asking parents who have questions about the threat or the investigations to contact the New Orleans Police Department.

6 in a row: Pelicans set Suns

Posted: 26 Feb 2018 09:14 PM PST

The New Orleans Pelicans are on a roll.

Anthony Davis scored 53 points and grabbed 18 rebounds as the Pelicans rallied from 17 points down to defeat the Phoenix Suns 125-116.

The Pelicans handed the Suns their 10th straight defeat.

Davis scored 16 points in the fourth quarter. The Suns cut the Pelicans lead to two, before Darius Miller made a three pointer and was fouled. He made the free throw for a 119-114 lead.

The Pelicans were playing one day after winning at Milwaukee in overtime.

Devin Booker led the Suns with 40 points, and 10 rebounds.

The Pelicans play at San Antonio Wednesday night.

LSU: no investigation of men’s basketball program and Will Wade

Posted: 26 Feb 2018 09:05 PM PST

LSU released a statement Monday, refuting a report by Yahoo Sports that head coach men’s basketball coach Will Wade’s “recruiting tactics” were being scrutinized by the NCAA.

The University said it spoke to the NCAA and there is no investigation.

Here’s a report from WGNO Sports from Baton Rouge.

LSU's Wednesday game at South Carolina tips off at 5:30 pm central time.

VIDEO: Double-fisting gunman tried to rob and shoot victim

Posted: 26 Feb 2018 08:56 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS -- The NOPD is trying to find a man who used two guns to try to rob and shoot a man in the Uptown area.  The case is the latest to roll on the Wheel of Justice.

According to police, the attack happened at about 11:00 at night on January 30 in the 400 block of Harmony Street.  Surveillance video details the moments surrounding it.

The video begins with a man who is at a car as another vehicle approaches.  The man is seen closing his door a little to allow for extra room on the street for the car to pass.

The vehicle drives past the man and stops about 30 feet in front of him.  Moments later, according to police, a robber exits the vehicle and carries two guns as he approaches and aims them at the victim.

For about a minute, the victim is seen searching his car and his own pockets, apparently looking for valuables.  Then the video goes from bad to worse.

After trying to appease the robber, the victim takes off running.  That's when the robber opens fire.  The man appears to stumble as he runs away, apparently hit by at least one of the bullets.

At this point, the robber's getaway driver has made the block and picks him up so they can make their escape.

According to police, the robber got away in a red or burnt orange Ford Mustang.  Also, the attacker was wearing a hooded sweatshirt with the words "Who Wanted It" on the back.

The victim survived the attack.  Police say the attacker, once he's arrested, will be booked with attempted armed robbery and aggravated battery by shooting.

To see the surveillance footage, click on the video button at the top of the screen.

If you can help solve this latest Wheel of Justice caper, call CrimeStoppers.  You don't have to reveal your name or testify in court, and you could earn a cash reward.

So far, more than 363 people have been booked after their cases rolled on the Wheel of Justice.

Wheel of Justice hits 363 arrests

Rescued pot-bellied pig named Molly is killed, eaten by new owners

Posted: 26 Feb 2018 08:37 PM PST

DUNCAN, British Columbia – A pot-bellied rescue pig adopted from a Canadian shelter was later killed and eaten by its new owners, CHEK News reports.

Molly the pig was one of 57 pigs that came into the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals last summer. The pig was adopted on Jan. 19.

The BC SPCA was informed on Feb. 16 that Molly was killed and eaten by her new owners.

The people who adopted Molly committed in writing to not using the animal for food, but the BC SPCA says they have no legal recourse to file charges despite the owners breaking that commitment, officials say.

"Unfortunately, once someone becomes the legal owner of an animal, we have no legal recourse if they do not honor their commitment, but it was definitely discussed and agreed to during the adoption process," Lorie Chortyk, BC SPCA general manager of community relations, told CHEK.

Constables from the BC SPCA confirmed that Molly was killed humanely. Since there is no evidence of the animal suffering, no charges can be pursued.

“It takes a special type of person to adopt an animal from a rescue organization simply to take them home to kill them, and eat them,” British Columbia’s RASTA Sanctuary posted on Facebook.

Molly’s owner took to Facebook to explain his actions, according to Global News.

On Facebook, the person posted:

"I promise that I did not adopt Molly with the intention of killing her, it was only when she became aggressive with my partners dog and had tried breaking through our glass door that I made the decision to have her put down. I understand and invite people to have their own opinions on the matter, but please understand that I am still human. I realize that what I did was wrong, and I cannot fix it, I can only continue to apologize."

Basketball player intentionally misses free throw to preserve late teammate’s record

Posted: 26 Feb 2018 06:38 PM PST

IOWA CITY, Iowa – It would have been a University of Iowa school record, 35 made free throws in a row, but guard Jordan Bohannon said after the game that he was focused on something more important – preserving his late teammate’s record.

“That’s not my record to have,” Bohannon said, referring to the achievement by former Hawkeye Chris Street, who died in a car accident in January, 1993. “That record deserves to stay in his name.”

Bohannon, who led the team in scoring against Northwestern with 25 points, spoke to his brother after tying Street’s record in the first half and decided he would intentionally miss on the next trip to the free throw line.

Iowa went on to win the game, but, when asked later what he would have done if the teams were tied, Bohannon said, “God’s plan wasn’t going to let that happen,” according to Hawkeye Nation. “So, that just shows you, I don’t know if it was destined to happen, but it just worked out like it should have.”

Chris’ parents, Mike and Patty Street, met Bohannon on the court after the game, and the three shared an emotional embrace.

Mike Street later posted on Facebook that he appreciated Bohannon’s decision and was sure his son would “like to claim you as his little brother.”

“We certainly in the future want him to get another shot at it,” Mike said, according to the Des Moines Register. Mike said he told Bohannon, “Next time, you need to go right on by.”

‘Are you awake?’ Parents share last text from their son, missing CDC doctor

Posted: 26 Feb 2018 05:16 PM PST

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Four times, the parents of a missing doctor with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been told that a body has been found. Each time, Tia and Terrell Cunningham are sent into heart-wrenching agony, only to learn that it isn’t their son.

“It takes you to a place that the light is not shining in,” Terrell Cunningham said. “I won’t call it a dark place, but they are lows. This is extremely hard.”

The parents spoke Monday afternoon as the search for their son Dr. Timothy J. Cunningham, 35, entered a third week after he disappeared without a trace.

A Harvard-educated doctor, Cunningham is a highly regarded epidemiologist at the CDC, having risen through the ranks to become a team leader in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. He even earned a spot last year in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 list, a who’s-who of the city’s residents.

The disappearance has prompted a high-profile police search and a $10,000 reward for any information about the case.

Authorities have said Cunningham disappeared after leaving work early on February 12, complaining of feeling ill. His worried parents drove down from Maryland, arriving on February 14 only to find his phone, keys, wallet, car and dog at his house.

He has not been seen or heard from since.

“Everything about this disappearance is unusual,” his father said.

His mother added, “we really need him back to complete our circle.”

The Cunninghams also sought to beat back an Internet rumor that their son was a whistle-blower who had warned about the flu shot being responsible for this year’s deadly flu season.

“I must address this issue,” his father said. “It is a lie. … It is not factual. Hopefully, he’ll come back and be able to address that.”

The parents said their sole focus is finding their son, the middle of their three children.

Fliers have begun circulating across Atlanta, showing Cunningham’s magnetic smile and urging anyone with information to call 911. Friends say he was smart and caring, a man with a big grin who liked doling out big hugs to match his smile.

Pat Upshaw-Monteith, president and CEO of Leadership Atlanta, said she had recently met with Cunningham because he was taking on one of its highest-level volunteer positions. “Everything seemed to be going very, very well for him — and then for him to disappear, it just doesn’t add up,” she said.

Cunningham worked in epidemiology, trying to understand health differences across demographics. With more than 16 years of experience in public health, he has co-authored 28 publications on topics ranging from sleep deprivation to pulmonary disease, with a special focus on how health issues affect minorities. He worked on public health emergencies including Superstorm Sandy, the Ebola outbreak and the Zika virus.

CDC spokewoman Kathy Harben said Cunningham “is a highly respected member of our CDC family. … Our thoughts are with his friends and family during this difficult time.”

The parents said they knew that something with their son was amiss on the evening of February 11, after they spoke with him by phone and exchanged a series of text messages. “We’ve shared that with the detectives, and we’ve kept that as a private matter,” his father said.

“As a parent, you have indicators when things are just not right with your child, and that was the case,” he said.

His mother said she received a text message at 5:21 a.m. on the day he was last seen. “Are you awake?” her son asked.

Her phone was on silent mode. “I wish I had that opportunity to answer that text,” she said.

When they arrived at their son’s house after he went missing, the parents said, they knew that something was wrong because he had left his Tibetan spaniel unattended. The dog, officially named Mister Bojangles Cunningham but known as Bo, had twice accompanied Cunningham to Harvard where he went for his master’s and doctoral degrees.

He loved the dog so much, his parents said, he’d drive the 130 miles to Tuskegee, Alabama, to have the pooch’s teeth cleaned. “I tell you all that to really understand the relationship of Tim and Bo,” the father said. “To work as hard as he has worked — and to just now disappear — it’s such a challenge for us to understand.”

Both parents said they’ve been sustained by the outpouring of support from strangers and friends alike — and that their faith has helped them get through these difficult two weeks. “I often say, ‘Lord, you have put me in this position. What would you have me to learn?’ ” his father said. “I’m praying for a positive outcome but having difficulty in understanding the lesson.”

Terrell Cunningham retired December 31 after years with the Food and Drug Administration. He is also a retired Air Force colonel. “This was supposed to have been one series of memorable events after another,” he said. “This is not how we planned retirement.”

He praised the police department for working with the family. He understands the reason why the family was notified about the four bodies that were found, but it doesn’t make it any easier as a parent to bear such news.

“It is quite agonizing to wait on the news that it’s not our son,” he said. “We’d just like to send our sympathies and condolences to those families.”

While both try to remain positive, the parents have reflected on favorite memories.

For the father, it was in September for his 60th birthday. He had ordered all three of his children — Anterio, Tiara and Tim — join him and their mother in Cabo San Lucas. “I told them: I expect you to be there,” he said.

His middle son was always so busy working, his father feared he would not make it. “But he quickly said, ‘I’m coming.’ ”

It was an all-inclusive resort, and the family indulged in food and revelry. “It was so good to see Tim having so much fun, because he is such a hard worker. Very seldom does he have the time to just let go,” his father said. “It was awesome.”

His mother recalled hiking Stone Mountain with her boy on a Mother’s Day. Near the top of the mountain, the granite slope was slick from rain, and Tia slipped and fell, nearly sliding down the entire slope.

Her son rushed to her. “You scared me, Momma,” he said. “Now, I’m going to have to hold your hand.”

She responded with, “Tim, you don’t want to walk around the park holding your mother’s hand.”

That Mother’s Day, her grown son held her hand the entire way down the mountain.

Now, she longs to hold his hand again.

Woman desperate to find necklace with daughter’s ashes that was lost at Disney

Posted: 26 Feb 2018 05:13 PM PST

ORLANDO, Fla. – A Georgia woman who ran in the 10th Anniversary Disney Princess Half Marathon over the weekend says she lost a cross pendant necklace filled with her daughter’s ashes on Sunday, according to WFTS.

Chasity Foster, a teacher from Augusta, Georgia, lost her 17-year-old daughter, Shaylin, in a car crash on her way to school last month. Shaylin was a high school senior who had been accepted into college to become a biomechanical engineer with the dream of creating prosthetics for children.

Before the tragic accident, Foster said the two used to run several marathons together; including the Disney marathon.

“She was a very fast runner. She was involved in soccer, cross country and track,” Foster told the Orlando television station.

Foster said this year they had signed up for the Disney Fairy Tale Challenge, previously known as the Glass Slipper challenge, — which involves a 19.3 mile magical adventure in two days including the Disney Princess Enchanted 10K and the 10th Anniversary Disney Princess Half Marathon.

She said after last month’s accident she was unsure about participating in the race. After Wesley Baker, Shaylin’s best friend, asked his mom, “what if Shaylin would have wanted us to?” she knew they would in fact be heading to Florida for the race to run in her honor.

Foster said her husband, Chris, ran in Shaylin’s place and even wore her Princess Anna costume.

During Sunday’s marathon, Foster says she was hesitant to wear the cross pendant necklace with Shaylin’s ashes because it means so much to her but she wanted her daughter to be there with her as she ran even if she wasn’t there physically.

“I had my husband double check to make sure the necklace was on properly because I didn’t want it to fall off,” Foster said. “During mile three, I realized the necklace was missing. It’s devastating to lose any child and then to lose the necklace I started freaking out.”

She said she was still wearing the necklace when they were in front of the Magic Kingdom parking lot entrance. A short distance later, near the princesses, is when she realized it was gone.

She went to look for it with her family and friends, but wasn’t able to find it before heading back to Georgia.

“To lose this necklace is just devastating and priceless. No amount of money in the world could replace this necklace,” she said.

Foster said the necklace matches her daughter’s promise ring — which her father gave her at her 16th birthday — and has her name engraved in the back.

“If anyone finds the necklace they can contact me in any way possible that they can,” Foster said. “I will even drive to their house because this [the necklace] is part of my baby.”

If you find the priceless necklace, you can contact Foster at or her Facebook page or even turn it in to Disney’s lost and found.

New Orleans sports before the NFL came to town

Posted: 26 Feb 2018 04:59 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS -- When New Orleanians talk sports, the Saints dominate the discussion. Even in the offseason.

Will they be able to afford Drew? Will they draft defense in the first round? Will Kamara and Lattimore be even better next season?

The NBA Pelicans are making a run to get in the conversation. But, even with an NBA team in the mix, New Orleans is a still football town.

It wasn't always that way.

"Long before we started putting 'Sportsman's Paradise' on our licenses plates, and that was only in the '50s, we have been a sportsman's paradise," says sports historian Derby Gisclair.

The Saints have only been around for about 50 of New Orleans' 300 years. Before the NFL came to town, sports fans had plenty to cheer for.

"We had four race courses in the 19th century," Gislcair points out. "We were the epicenter of horse racing here. The Fair Grounds is the third oldest race course continually operating in the country behind Saratoga and Belmont."

Metairie Cemetery was ​once a popular race course, too. In satellite images, you can still see the oval track in the design of the cemetery. In the 1850s, it was the site of one of the great rivalries.

"There was a race between two thoroughbreds, Lexington and Lecomte," says Gisclair. "Those two drew 30,000 people from all over the country to come see that race."

Boxing also found a home in and around New Orleans.

"The very first heavyweight title bout in the United States was held in 1870 in Kenner," says Gislcair. "It was called Kennerville at the time. And, there is a bronze statue out there to commemorate the event."

And, don't let anybody tell you northerners taught southerners how to play baseball during the Civil War. Gislcair says before the war even started, 5 percent of the members of the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players were from New Orleans.

"We started playing baseball here in New Orleans in the 1850s at the Delachaise Estate, where we know as Tchoupitoulas Street," he says. "Back then it was Levee Ave. There was a large open field. That's where we had our first baseball games at the Delachaise Grounds as they called it."

Missing teen with autism rescued from cabin 2,000 miles away from her home

Posted: 26 Feb 2018 04:58 PM PST

TACOMA, Wash. — Authorities rescued an 18-year-old woman with autism who was lured online and transported from her home in Arkansas to a cabin in Washington state, the Pierce County Sheriff's Department said Friday.

On Thursday, the department said, Arkansas detectives investigating the disappearance of an 18-year-old with special needs reached out for assistance.  The teen was discovered missing from her home in the Blytheville, Arkansas area on February 17.

“Mississippi County detectives were able to determine that in the minutes before her disappearance, the victim had received and replied to a text message from a Washington state phone number,” the department said. “Through further investigation (Mississippi County) detectives were able to determine that the victim had been contacted online by a 50-year-old man from the Eatonville area, who reportedly has tried to befriend over 8,000 other children via social media.”

Detectives learned that in the days before the victim disappeared, the suspect had reportedly flown from Washington state to Tennessee with an adult female companion.

“The suspects reportedly rented a vehicle utilizing fake identifications, then drove to the victim's residence in Arkansas where they lured or abducted the victim with a possible sexual motivation,” the sheriff’s department said.

“The suspects then drove the victim to Washington state, where detectives were able to link the suspects to an address in the Eatonville area of Pierce County. MCSD were able to obtain arrest warrants for the 56-year-old male and his 28-year-old female companion on charges of kidnapping of an incompetent person, and were able to determine a possible address where the suspects and victim could be located,” the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department news release said.

A team of Pierce County deputies and sergeants  went to the home Thursday afternoon in the 39100 block of Ski Park Road East near Eatonville. After ignoring commands to open the door, the suspects eventually opened the doors and were taken into custody.

“The kidnap victim was located safe inside the house, and the male suspect's 14-year-old son was also located safe inside the house,” the news release said.

The male suspect and the female suspect were booked into the Pierce County Jail for their kidnapping warrants, where they are currently awaiting extradition to Arkansas.

The FBI put the victim on a plane back to Arkansas Friday morning to be reunited with her family. Deputies also drove the male suspect's teenage son to a relative's house in King County, the department said.

Police officer rescues cat from garbage disposal

Posted: 26 Feb 2018 04:57 PM PST

WAYNE, Pa. - Lynn Naimoli had a bit of a catastrophe with her 2 year-old cat, Sam.

Her husband heard noises coming from their kitchen around midnight last Saturday.

"We heard things being thrown out here and that usually means there's a problem," she told WPHL. "He came out here and Sam's head was stuck in the garbage disposal."

Naimoli couldn't believe their eyes.

"I was scared," she said. "I didn't know what to do!"

She called her son, who is a volunteer firefighter, and he started to dismantle the garbage disposal.

"We coconut oiled him and tried to get him back up but it just didn't work."

After two hours and no luck, she decided to call police. Tredyffrin Township Police Sergeant Brian Hughes responded.

"He used a little bit more coconut oil and got off a metal ring around his neck," she said.

That coconut oil turned out to be the perfect solution.

"They started pushing it back up and after about an hour we were able to get him out," she said.

Naimoli says that Sam had a few scratches and scrapes, but was otherwise okay.

"The only thing he needed was sleep and he slept for several days," she said.

She's calling Sergeant Hughes a hero for his help and smooth thinking.

"With the help of officer Hughes, we survived and it was great, he was very great."

MLK 50: Jacci Gresham is a ‘maverick’ of artistic expression in New Orleans

Posted: 26 Feb 2018 04:06 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS -- When Jacci Gresham blew into New Orleans roughly 40 years ago, she opened what is now the oldest tattoo shop in the city, Aart Accent Tattoos & Piercings on Rampart Street.

She was also the first black female tattoo artist in not only the city, but the entire country.

"Black people should have been in tattooing a long time ago," she says.

Gresham's story is one of many News with a Twist is telling as part of MLK 50, a yearlong commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination.

She was 30 years old when she went to San Francisco to get her first tattoo from Ed Hardy himself. Now, she's got "too many to count."

Gresham moved to New Orleans from Detroit as a laid-off engineer for General Motors.

"Black people had tattoos in New Orleans, but most of the time they were hand-stuck," she recalls. "Part of the problem is - I think - the proprietors were unfriendly to us. When you went to a studio and this biker was sitting there, you could tell he wasn't happy doing that."


Gresham remembers being kicked out of a bar in Chalmette because of the color of her skin, but she remained fearless in her trade. She even tattooed a member of the KKK.

"I don't think it was hard, because I was young. I was 29 then and men like woman, so did didn't matter," she says.

She's still hard at work, more than 40 years after she got her start. What's her secret to keeping the patrons coming?

"I think people are getting smarter. Why not? You only go around once. It's there for life. That's the best thing about skin rather than paper, and you can't lose it!" she says with a smile.



Hoot-n-Holler Inn opens cardboard hotel with maze hallways

Posted: 26 Feb 2018 03:58 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS -- There's a new hotel in Mid-City, and it's called the Hoot n Holler Inn.

Okay, so it may be a fictional hotel, but it's pretty unique.

The entire inn is made of cardboard, and its corridors consist of different mazes you must crawl through to get to your next destination.

Four local artists -- Jacques Duffourc, Whitney Raynor, Brian Spitzfaden, and Josie Ann Scamlan -- are the co-founders and inn keepers of this cardboard creation.

They say it's a space where kids and grownups alike can create their own world inside the tunnels.

We spoke to two of the co-creators who say it's a way for people to really get up close and personal with art.

"The idea with this is that you can crawl into it. You know, you can really interact with it on a personal level," says co-creator Brian Spitzfaden.

"It's experiential, because now we are so use to looking for the next thing to do on our phone or we are talking about the thing that we are doing in the moment and this is experiencing it in the moment which is very neat. It's unique compared to other things. You really have to get in there and crawl through the tunnels," says co-creator, Josie Ann Scamlan.

It's also equipped with a doodle deck, a party potty, and a joke joint where you can practice your comedian skills.

After experiencing it myself, it truly is an unusual and spectacular experience that you have to see for yourself!

The next event at the Hoot-N-Holler Inn is on March 3rd.

The admission is free, drinks are free, and there will be a live band.

For more information on booking birthdays or for attending an open-house event, click here.

1 in 4 young people has been sexted, study finds

Posted: 26 Feb 2018 02:10 PM PST

Sexting among teens and younger children has increased over the past decade and poses a growing challenge for educators and parents, according to a new study.

One in four young people said they’d received sexts, and one in seven reported sending them, according to the study, which was published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. The research included data from 39 separate research projects conducted between January 1990 and June 2016, with a total of 110,380 participants, all of whom were under 18 — with some as young as 11.

The researchers focused on data since 2008 and found an increase in sexting among young people.

The increased number of young people involved in sending or receiving sexually explicit photographs or messages has corresponded with rapidly expanding access to cell phones.

With that trend in mind, the study’s authors suggest that “age specific information on sexting and its potential consequences should regularly be provided as a component of sex education.”

Why sext?

The researchers found that younger people engage in sexting in large part as a way to begin exploring attraction to other people.

“As teens get older, we are going to see increasing numbers … who sext. Just as we see with actual sexual behavior,” said study co-author Jeff Temple, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

“It’s not terribly surprising considering as teens age, their interest in sexuality is heightened. They are trying to figure out who they are.”

Kami Kosenko, a communications professor at North Carolina State University, agreed: “As individuals become more comfortable talking about sex and interact with more potential sexual partners, we would expect to see them engage in more sexual communication, of which sexting is a part.” Kosenko was not directly involved in the study.

Teens sometimes ‘assume safety’

The study predicts a similar upward trend in sexting among younger teens and preteens. Coupled with a lack of awareness of the risks involved, especially among younger children, that is a cause for concern, the researchers said.

Preteens can be particularly vulnerable to the pitfalls of sexting. Relationships among tweens (children 10 to 12) are often short-lived, and that makes individuals more vulnerable to having sexts forwarded without consent or being subject to sextortion: the use of nude images and or videos as a form of threat or blackmail.

“As tweens and kid smartphone ownership gets younger and younger, we are going to see an increase in the number of teens who are sexting,” Temple said.

On average, children in the study were 10.3 years old when they got their first smartphones.

Danger also arises from messaging apps that give the impression that videos and images shared or stored are private, although this may not be the case.

“Teens can sometimes assume safety or security is embedded in these apps when it’s not,” said study co-author Sheri Madigan, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary.

“Kids don’t really have a clear understanding of cause and effect,” Madigan said. “When they send a picture, they may not recognize they cant get it back or that it is really up to the recipient to decide how they are going to treat that picture.”

Kosenko said that “with youth acquiring cell phones at younger and younger ages, we should be concerned about their digital and physical safety.”

Part of the problem lies in the children’s brains, Madigan said. “Younger teens who have less developed frontal lobes are less able to think through things than older teens. They are likely more vulnerable to being coerced into sexting or to participate in nonconsensual sexting.”

There is little or no literature on tweens and sexting, according to Madigan, who suggests that it is important to do further research on the topic.

Nonconsensual sexting

According to the study, 12.5% of young people — or one out of every eight — report that they have been forwarded a sext without consent from the sender and/or the receiver.

“That is why this concept of digital safety and security is so important: because we know that this is happening. We know that sexts are being forwarded without consent, so if parents are having conversations with their teens about sexting, they can talk about those potential risks,” Madigan said.

Nonconsensual sexting can take a toll on a teen’s health.

“If we look at things like sexual behavior with teens, if it’s consensual and both teens wanted it and are OK with it, you are not going to see the negative psychological health. If it was nonconsensual or coerced, that is where you see the negative mental health problems, and we see the same thing with sexting,” Temple said.

According to the study, further research needs to be conducted on nonconsensual sexting “to appropriately target and inform intervention, education, and policy efforts.”

What parents need to know

JAMA Pediatrics defines sexting as “the sending or receiving of nude or seminude images or sexually explicit text messages.” This can happen voluntarily in a relationship or when a teenager is asked to “prove” how much they like someone. It can also happen without consent.

The biggest concern, according to the journal, is the possibility of photos or messages being spread to other people. Sexting can cause severe emotional distress, which is why it is important to talk with children about it. The researchers suggest:

  • Start the discussion early with your kids using broad questions such as “have you heard of sexting?” By understanding what your child already knows, you can then frame your conversation.
  • Use examples appropriate for your child’s age. Be specific about the possible consequences of sexting. “Parents should be proactive and not reactive,” Madigan said.
  • Remind your teenager of their own worth. Let them know that being pressured is not OK and that sexting is not a way to “prove” their love. “If you have the conversation early and often, when problems arise, then kids know they can go to their parents and talk to them,” Madigan said.

Being open and withholding judgment are keys to a successful interaction with a young person about sexting, Kosenko said.

“This means that demonizing sexting won’t work. Also, don’t assume that you are the expert on the subject or the one who should lead the discussion,” she said.

“You might be tempted to tell your children to ask you if they have questions, but consider what can be gained by letting your children tell you what they know and think about sexting.”

Lakeview’s Pizza Nola closing

Posted: 26 Feb 2018 01:50 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS — Pizza Nola in Lakeview is closing.

The restaurant’s last day of business is Sunday, March 11, co-owner Will Samuels said in a news release.

"It is with a heavy heart that we must make this decision," Samuels said. "We have had a good seven-and-a-half years, but we must realize that financially we are unable to keep the restaurant operating under the current economic climate. After a slow second-half of 2017, we were counting on a much bigger financial boost from this Carnival season to get us back on track. Unfortunately, we did not get that."

The pizzeria does plan to re-open to sell king cakes during the 2019 Carnival season and intends to keep its long-standing partnership with Dong Phuong bakery to provide king cakes throughout Carnival.

"We were the first to promote their king cakes and we are so proud of what we have accomplished in our partnership and of the recognition the bakery has achieved," said Samuels.

Samuels said he’s grateful for the pizzeria's many dedicated customers and staff who have supported the restaurant throughout its tenure.

"We have some loyal customers – some of whom order from us multiple times per week, and I am thankful for their dedication and support," Samuels said.

Following Pizza Nola's closing, another restaurant (to be determined) will occupy Pizza Nola's current location at 141 West Harrison. Parties interested in sub-leasing or purchasing should contact Samuels.

Who’s going to win ‘The Bachelor’ Arie’s heart?

Posted: 26 Feb 2018 01:49 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS-- 'The Bachelor', Arie Luyendyk Jr. is racing towards the finish line to find his one true love.  This season of the hit ABC show is coming down to the wire, and Arie must choose between three women.

His choices are Kendall, Becca K., and Lauren B.

News with a Twist Reporter Kenny Lopez wanted to find out who folks think Arie should end up with?

How did Dooky Chase get his nickname? ‘One never knows,’ Leah Chase says

Posted: 26 Feb 2018 01:37 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS -- February is Black History Month, a month-long celebration remembering the important contributions that African Americans have made in our nation's history.

In honor of Black History Month, News with a Twist is featuring the people and places of New Orleans and beyond that helped to shape our community.

Today's, it's Dooky Chase's Restaurant in Treme.

"I always say, the name doesn't make the man; the man makes the name," Chef Leah Chase says. "My father-in-law was the first Dooky. How you get your nickname in the South, one never knows."

Dooky Chase's Restaurant is world-famous, thanks to the hard work of the late Dooky Chase Jr. and his wife, Leah. It's known for classic Creole cuisine and African-American art.

The original "Dooky" Chase was Edgar "Dooky" Chase, Sr., Leah Chase's father-in-law.

Dooky Chase Sr. opened Dooky Chase Restaurant in 1941. It started in 1939 as a sandwich shop and place to buy lottery tickets, eventually blossoming into the renowned eatery it is today.

"My mother-in-law was the one who started the restaurant," Leah Chase says. "In 1941, she was making so many sandwiches until we got to where we are here. When I came in, in 1945, she was well on the way, making money, making her sandwiches. I came in and said, 'I worked in the French Quarters and that's not what we did down there'  I thought we should grow and said we could eat the same things -- jambayala, mushrooms creole, oyster stuffing, chicken with oysters stuffing. So here we are."

Our Black History Month series is brought to you by The King Firm.

Arrest made in burglary of Terrytown fire station

Posted: 26 Feb 2018 01:30 PM PST

TERRYTOWN, La. — A Belle Chasse man has been arrested in connection with the burglary of a Terrytown fire station.

Sean Ulbrich photo courtesy JPSO

According to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, 26-year-old Sean Ulbrich entered the Terrytown Volunteer Fire Department station in the 300 block of Heritage Avenue in the early morning hours of Feb. 8 and stole equipment and tools.

Before fleeing, Ulbrich reportedly stopped, pulled a gun from his waistband, and pointed it at a door to an area where fire personnel were present after apparently hearing a noise, according to the JPSO.

Some of the stolen property was later found abandoned in Plaquemines Parish. Other stolen items were recovered at Ulbrich’s home.

Hollygrove Market closing, clearance sale set for Tuesday

Posted: 26 Feb 2018 01:22 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS — Hollygrove Market, a popular local farm and produce market in the neighborhood for which it is named, is closing, according to an announcement on the market’s Facebook page.

“We are sorry to inform you that we are suspending store operations at Hollygrove Market after our closing today, Monday, February 26,” General Manager Pual Baricos said in the post.

The market will have a clearance sale on Tuesday.

“We are reorganizing financially and will have another announcement about our permanent status as soon as possible. We thank you for your understanding and patronage and hope we can continue to support our local farmers and serve our customers in the New Orleans area in the future.”

The market, located at 8301 Olive St., offered online produce shopping, the famed $25 “box” of locally sourced fruits and vegetables,  classes and workshops, and a community garden.