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Algiers man surrenders after SWAT standoff

Posted: 23 Apr 2018 02:02 AM PDT

New Orleans – A man is in police custody after a SWAT standoff in Algiers.

Police say they were called to a home in the 3600 block of West Homestead Drive around 11:20 p.m. Sunday on a domestic disturbance call.

According to the NOPD, Alphonse Dukes IV barricaded himself inside the house.

A gunshot was fired inside the home but no one was hurt.

Dukes surrendered to officers and was taken into custody around 2:30 a.m. Monday.

Kenner Police investigating deadly crash at Airline Drive

Posted: 23 Apr 2018 01:35 AM PDT

KENNER– The Kenner Police Department is investigating a fatality crash that occurred at Airline & Lesan Drive, in Kenner.

At approximately 8:10 p.m., Saturday, April 21, 2018, the Kenner Police Department began receiving telephone calls reporting a vehicle crash involving a single vehicle and a bicyclist at the intersection of Airline & Lesan Drive, in Kenner.

Upon first responders arrival they discovered a 2007 Ford truck struck a bicyclist crossing Airline Drive.

According to witnesses, the 2007 Ford truck was traveling westbound on Airline Drive, when a 54-year-old male bicyclist, crossing Airline Drive was struck. The bicyclist was thrown off his bicycle and struck the pavement. The bicyclist received critical injuries and his death was pronounced on scene.

At the time of this press release, family notification has not been made concerning this fatality, thus the victim's name will not be released at this time.

Kenner Police Chief Michael J. Glaser encourages anyone who witnessed this fatality crash, to contact Kenner Police Traffic Investigator Patrick Gallagher or Officer Casey Smith at (504) 712-2257.

Download the Kenner Police Department's Mobile App, which is a FREE download for Apple or Android available through your device app store by searching for the Kenner Police Department. Crime tips can also be submitted through the Mobile App. The Kenner Police Department also maintains a Facebook page and Twitter account.

Kenner Police Department website: http://www.kennerpd.com

 

Police are investigating a ‘violent crime spree’ throughout New Orleans that left one dead and several injured

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 08:32 PM PDT

NEW ORLEANS -- One man is dead and several other victims are injured Sunday, including an NOPD officer, after 25-year-old Charles Williams went on what police are calling: "A violent crime spree across the city of New Orleans."

The first incident happened at a residence in the 1900 block of St. Roch Avenue. That's where police say Williams opened fire on a group of people sitting on the front porch of a home. Three people were shot and taken to the hospital where they are in stable condition Sunday night.

The next incident happened in the 1400 block of North Derbigny Street, roughly a mile away from the first shooting. A victim was shot in the face at this location and is undergoing surgery Sunday night.

The third incident took place in the 1200 block of Desire Parkway, where police say Williams committed an armed carjacking. He then drove back to the initial scene where NOPD officers were investigating. That's when police say he opened fire again, grazing an officer in the chest. That officer reportedly in good condition Sunday night.

After this second drive-by shooting, Williams led police on a high speed car chase through 1000 block of Carrolton, where he hit a car and flipped his car in the process. That's when officers confronted him, he dropped his weapon and is now in jail.

"Right now he is being charged with multiple armed robberies, he is being charged for multiple shootings and an around the city of New Orleans," says New Orleans chief of police Michael Harrison.

Police mentioned a separate shooting, where a victim was shot in the head and was driving in the 2400 block of Elysian Fields. This victim struck a car with two passengers inside. They are reportedly in the hospital. The victim however, died from his injuries.

Chief Harrison says the NOPD continues to investigate these violent crimes and they are uncertain at this time if these crimes are somehow related.

We'll be sure to keep you updated as more information becomes available.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Learn more about Operation Lifesaver

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 04:17 PM PDT

METAIRIE -- Louisiana Operation Lifesaver has been around since 1981. It's mission: "To end collisions, deaths and injuries at places where roadways cross train tracks and on railroad rights-of-way."

"Last year we were the seventh worst in the nation with 84 collisions, 10 fatalities and 50 injuries at railroad crossings. So for a small state, those numbers are pretty staggering," says Claude Maher with Louisiana Operation Lifesaver.

That's why Operation Lifesaver stages mock crashes to promote rail safety. It's an opportunity for emergency responders and law enforcement personnel to practice rescue and response drills, to be prepared in the event of a real emergency and raise awareness.

"I want people to be safe and obey the law. Stop when the lights are flashing. Never stop on the tracks. Never go around lowered gates," says Maher.

While the message is a seemingly simple one, people disobey the law more often than not. So much so, railroad engineers are starting to speak out.

"The train crews have been reporting that people are totally disregarding the lights and they're worried that they're going to hit someone, cause an injury or possibly a fatality," says Maher.

That's why mock exercises are paramount. Louisiana Operation Lifesaver teamed up with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office to promote rail safety, riding alongside railroad engineers and staging boots on the ground near crossings, issuing both warnings and citations that can cost you upwards of $275.

But is it worth it?

"A citation is one thing, but your life is worth much more than a few minutes and a ticket," says Maher.

So obey the law because being distracted can mean the difference between life and death. Especially, at railroad crossings.

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The birth place of Jazz celebrates international Jazz Day

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 03:07 PM PDT

NEW ORLEANS--  New Orleans is recognized as the birthplace of jazz. Seated squarely between numerous cultural, artistic and linguistic traditions, The Crescent City is a the ideal choice to kick off the 2018 celebration of International Jazz Day. The official date of International Jazz Day is April 30th, but the celebrations kicked off early in New Orleans on Sunday.

Featuring performances by Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, Patti Austin, Ledisi, Philip Bailey, Bilal, John Beasley (Musical Director) and many more.

The day kicked off with a second line in to the Orpheum Theater by the Preservation Hall Brass Band.

The afternoon concert will feature never-before-seen musical collaborations, a rousing affirmation of the unifying power of jazz. To maximize the impact of this special program, and to highlight the importance of the city's 300th birthday, the New Orleans concert will be webcast worldwide on April 30 as the lead United States celebration of International Jazz Day.

Waffle House shooter was once arrested by Secret Service for trespassing near White House

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 02:11 PM PDT

The man suspected of killing four people at a Waffle House in Nashville on Sunday was previously arrested by the US Secret Service for trespassing and being in a restricted area near the White House, authorities said.

In July 2017, Travis Reinking told a DC Metropolitan officer that he must get into the White House to speak with the President, according to an arrest report. The officer explained that he must get a tour to do that and told Reinking to move away from the pedestrian entrance, but the report states Reinking told the officer again that he had to speak with the President and that he was a “sovereign citizen” who had a right to inspect the grounds. After telling Reinking to move again, the report states that Reinking took his tie off, balled it into his fist, began approaching the officer and walked past the security barriers.

“Do what you need to do. Arrest me if you have to,” Reinking said, according to the report.

Reinking was detained but refused to leave the secured area, so he was arrested and charged with unlawful entry, the report states.

According to court records, Reinking entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with community service on July 26, 2017. On November 17, 2017, the court determined Reinking had successfully completed the program and the case was dismissed.

Shortly after his release, Reinking was interviewed by the FBI in Illinois, where he lived at the time.

Authorities revoked Reinking’s firearm authorization and seized four weapons after the interview. One of those weapons was the AR-15 used in Sunday’s Waffle House shooting, which killed four people, according to the Metropolitan Nashville Police.

Police later returned the seized weapons to Reinking’s father, who gave them back to his son, police said.

Reinking moved to Nashville in 2017 and worked in construction, police said. He had been fired from one job in April and began another construction job on Monday, but didn’t show up for work Tuesday.

On Sunday, police said a gunman arrived at Waffle House in a vehicle registered to Reinking. After sitting in the truck for a few minutes, the gunman came out wielding an “assault-type rifle” and fatally shot two people outside the Waffle House, police said.

Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said the gunman then went inside the restaurant and continued firing. Some witnesses suffered cuts on their faces from shattered windows. Two more victims inside the restaurant were fatally shot.

The shooting ended when a patron was able to wrestle the weapon away from the gunman, who then ran away.

Authorities said Sunday that they were drafting murder warrants against Reinking. Nashville police are asking residents to lock their doors and stay alert as they continue to search for the gunman.

The motive for the shooting remains unclear.

Dozens gather in Duncan Plaza to protest the BP oil-spill

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 01:38 PM PDT

NEW ORLEANS-A protest rally was held this weekend at Duncan Plaza in downtown to protest the BP oil-spill in the Gulf of Mexico that tragically killed 11 people and impacted 11 million Americans including the Gulf Coast. While speakers like General Hornore told the stories of the victims, dozens of people were at the plaza holding up protest signs that said "environmental justice" and "this is the year for action". Protest organizers say this protest was important for the city of New Orleans as a reminder of what happened and to let everyone know that people are still feeling the effects of that tragedy.

"Eight years later we got thousands and thousands of people that are sick that worked heroically to help clean up the disaster, have filed medical claims with the  claims administrator, and not a single case has gone to court...so it's an injustice," Jonathan Henderson says.

 

YouTube ran ads from hundreds of brands on extremist channels

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 12:53 PM PDT

Ads from over 300 companies and organizations — including tech giants, major retailers, newspapers and government agencies — ran on YouTube channels promoting white nationalists, Nazis, pedophilia, conspiracy theories and North Korean propaganda, a CNN investigation has found.

Companies such as Adidas, Amazon, Cisco, Facebook, Hershey, Hilton, LinkedIn, Mozilla, Netflix, Nordstrom and Under Armour may have unknowingly helped finance some of these channels via the advertisements they paid for on Google-owned YouTube.

US tax dollars may have gone to the channels, too. Ads from five US government agencies, such as the Department of Transportation and Centers for Disease Control, appeared on the channels.

Many of the companies that responded to CNN said they were unaware their ads had been placed on these channels and were investigating how they ended up there. (Fuller responses from these companies are collected at the bottom of this article.)

One of the companies, Under Armour, is pausing its advertising buy on the platform after CNN notified the company its ads appeared on a white nationalist YouTube channel called “Wife With A Purpose.”

“We have strong values-led guidelines in place and are working with YouTube to understand how this could have slipped through the guardrails. We take these matters very seriously and are working to rectify this immediately,” a spokesperson for Under Armour said.

This is not the first time YouTube has put major companies’ ads up against controversial or extremist content, despite settings meant to protect advertisers.

The incidents have raised questions about whether YouTube can adequately safeguard ads and brands’ integrity, or whether its automated systems mean that advertisers will always be at risk of such ad placements.

After past incidents, some companies temporarily paused ads on YouTube, but then resumed advertising later on.

“YouTube’s bottom line hasn’t been hit,” said Nicole Perrin, a senior analyst at eMarketer who covers advertising and marketing technology. “If brands want to make sure this stops, the only way for that to happen is for them to stop spending [on YouTube] until it’s fixed.”

Brands continue advertising on YouTube to reach its huge audience, especially younger generations. YouTube says it has over a billion users, and that every day those users watch a billion hours of video.

“We have partnered with our advertisers to make significant changes to how we approach monetization on YouTube with stricter policies, better controls and greater transparency,” a YouTube spokeswoman said in a statement.

“When we find that ads mistakenly ran against content that doesn’t comply with our policies, we immediately remove those ads. We know that even when videos meet our advertiser friendly guidelines, not all videos will be appropriate for all brands. But we are committed to working with our advertisers and getting this right,” she added.

However, the YouTube statement does not address why the issue keeps happening.

How YouTube places ads

Almost anyone can create a YouTube account and upload videos, but the company decides which content and channels it puts ads on.

YouTube channels with 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours in the last 12 months can apply to make money from ads. Monetized channels are given a portion of YouTube’s ad revenue from the ads running on their videos. Videos can have ads even if the channels that posted them are not monetized.

Earlier this year, YouTube restricted which channels can generate revenue from advertisements, part of its broader effort to “prevent potentially inappropriate videos from monetizing.”

Advertisers entrust YouTube to decide — and define — what content is sensitive or extremist and not appropriate for their ads.

Companies can set broad targets for ads based on demographics and user behavior. While they don’t necessarily know where the commercials will end up, companies can blacklist certain channels and use a “sensitive subject exclusion” filter that is designed to stop ads from appearing on specific channels or content.

Many of the companies CNN contacted said they used the sensitive subject exclusion filter and expected their ads would appear on content that was “brand safe,” but the ad placements still happened.

This isn’t the first time YouTube has faced backlash about that definition difference.

In 2015, major companies’ ads appeared on ISIS videos. Last year, some advertisers pulled their ads after YouTube placed ads on videos that included hate speech and extremist content.

“YouTube has once again failed”

YouTube continues to place ads on channels run by the online and digital network InfoWars, which is notorious for promoting conspiracy theories, despite the backlash it got from advertisers in the wake of CNN’s reporting in March. CNN has since found that YouTube also put ads for Mozilla and 20th Century Fox Film on a Nazi YouTube channel.

The company’s ad ran on Brian Ruhe’s Nazi channel. YouTube subsequently deleted the channel for violating its community guidelines against spreading hate speech. Before its deletion, ads ran frequently on the channel.

Ruhe — who, when contacted by CNN for comment, emphasized that he did not want to be referred to as a “neo-Nazi,” because he thinks of himself as a “real, genuine and sincere Nazi” — confirmed to CNN that his channel was monetized before its deletion.

“YouTube has once again failed to correctly filter channels out of our marketing buys,” a 20th Century Fox Film spokesperson told CNN.

Ads for Jewish and Zionist groups, such as Jerusalem’s Friends of Zion Museum and the Jewish National Fund — a non-profit organization that owns land and plants trees in Israel — ran on a Ruhe video titled “David Duke on Harvey Weinstein exposing Jewish domination. Black/White genetic differences.”

The Friends of Zion Museum told CNN that it will not be advertising on YouTube “until we can be certain that incidents such as these will not repeat, and until we will be guaranteed that earnings from our campaign will not be forwarded to any channel glorifying Nazism or the Nazi crimes.”

In one video on Ruhe’s channel, former KKK grand wizard David Duke discussed what he said are racial and genetic differences between whites and blacks. YouTube placed a co-branded ad from Nissan and Disney that promoted the Nissan Leaf and the release of the film, “A Wrinkle in Time.”

The co-branded ad featured Disney executive VP of production Tendo Nagenda discussing diversity in the film industry. Even though the video bore an offensive content warning, which disabled certain features on it, like sharing, ads were still placed on the video.

“We are shocked Nissan advertising has been served next to inappropriate and disturbing content by one of our partners. We employ safeguards to keep digital advertising from appearing next to offensive content and have agreements in place with our partners to strictly adhere to our brand safety guidelines,” a Nissan spokesperson, commenting on behalf of both Nissan and Disney, told CNN. “Effective immediately, we are freezing all of our advertising on YouTube until we resolve this issue.”

The Genius of Play — a campaign by the Toy Association promoting play in child development — has also pulled its ads from YouTube after CNN found that ads for the campaign were placed on Amos Yee’s channel, which he has used to promote pedophilia.

Yee gained notoriety in 2015 for his YouTube video that praised the death of Singapore’s first prime minister. After he was granted political asylum in the US in 2017, he began using his YouTube channel to promote decriminalizing pedophilia.

After CNN reached out to YouTube about this story, the platform removed ads from most of Yee’s video. After that, Yee told CNN that YouTube had decided to entirely remove his channel’s ability to monetize.

Other ads appeared on several channels posting North Korean propaganda like Red Star TV.

Red Star TV says it is an “information project of the DPRK Solidarity Group in which truthful information about North Korea is translated and disseminated.” A representative for the group told CNN that it is officially recognized by North Korea and receives “information support” from the regime.

Advertisements potentially funded by US tax dollars also appeared on the channels promoting North Korean propaganda. They also ran on channels connected to InfoWars, Yee’s channel and far-right channels.

The Centers for Disease Control, Department of Transportation, Customs and Border Protection, Veterans Affairs and the US Coast Guard Academy had ads on the channels. The Coast Guard Academy, the Centers for Disease Control, DOT and VA all told CNN they are working to investigate why the ads were placed on the channels.

Meanwhile, ads from the Washington Post and New York Times appeared on far-right and conspiracy channels like Black Pigeon Speaks and some run by InfoWars. The companies are investigating how their ads appeared on the channels.

“It appears that YouTube did not follow its own protocols and categorize these videos properly,” the New York Times told CNN. The paper said its ads should only appear on a list of pre-approved sites.

If the channels are monetized — which InfoWars has previously claimed they are — the major newspapers could have unknowingly supported disinformation and conspiracy.

Ads also appeared on The Jimmy Dore Show channel, a far-left YouTube channel that peddles conspiracy theories, such as the idea that Syrian chemical weapons attacks are hoaxes.

Update: This article has been changed to note that Nissan was commenting on behalf of both itself and Disney.

What the companies said

Amazon said it has filters in place for advertising. Facebook said it was working with YouTube to address the situation.

Adidas: “We were unaware of this situation on YouTube, and we are working closely with Google on necessary steps to avoid any reoccurrences.”

Cisco: “Cisco reviews our advertising placements periodically, including when potential issues are brought to our attention. Our brand safety guidelines mandate that Cisco branded advertisements do not appear on sites with content that does not align with our corporate values.”

Hilton: “We pay careful attention to where, and how our brands are represented, to ensure alignment with our strong company values. We have guidelines, using filters and other controls, to ensure our advertising appears on sites that align with our brand values. I can confirm that we have moved quickly and that our advertisement is in the process of being removed from this channel. We are also working with the relevant parties to investigate this matter and ensure all appropriate follow up actions are taken.”

Hershey: “At Hershey, we deeply care about how and where our brands show up in advertising. We work very hard to target the right consumers and ensure our ads appear within the appropriate content. We were not aware that our ads were appearing within this specific programming on YouTube. All of our programmatic ads use filters to ensure that they are appearing in the right place and right time. Given our current control systems, our ad should not have run in this program or any other program with political or news views — even if it is rooted in comedy. Our internal media team and our media partners are looking into why our ad our appeared within this YouTube channel. It was not our intent and we are taking immediate steps to remedy this situation.”

Jewish National Fund: “It’s very upsetting to learn. More should be done to protect those folks who are putting up ads or campaigns so they aren’t put in places where they don’t belong. We take this very seriously. We’re going to look into this. We’re going to first investigate it on our end.”

LinkedIn: “One of our ads ran on an unapproved YouTube placement. The ad in question has been taken down and we are working with YouTube to understand why this happened to prevent a repeat occurrence.”

Mozilla: “This newly revealed incident where our advertisements ran alongside clearly objectionable content that does not reflect our brand or our values is deeply concerning to us, especially given steps we’ve taken to prevent this from occurring. We take this new report very seriously and are investigating how and why this happened, and what we need to do to fix it.”

Netflix: “We employ numerous filters to avoid having our content appear on sites or videos that clearly don’t represent us or our values. While that works well most of the time, there are a small number of instances where it doesn’t and we are working closely with Google to close that gap further.”

Nordstrom: “We have parameters that guide where our ads appear online, and aim to prevent them from showing up near certain types of content. We’re looking into this situation.”

Utah man loses more than 100 pounds on Keto diet

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 12:45 PM PDT

Many people fear eating fat might also make you fat. However, one Utah man proved otherwise.

Dave Anderson, of Eagle Mountain, stood over his stove cooking a pan-seared New York steak in olive oil and added butter.

Anderson is not afraid of fat. In fact, he said he would probably be eating about 50 to 60 grams of fat in that single meal alone.

"The calories from this meal will be very filling and satiating," he said.

Yet, as Anderson pounded the fat, he dropped the pounds. He used to weigh 360 pounds. His 6-year-old twins are not shy about it. After seeing a photo of his father two years ago, Bryce Anderson said with a little chuckle, "I thought he looked kind of fat!" His twin sister, Emma, agreed.

Anderson's wife, Terisa Anderson, said he gained the weight during a stressful time of life.

"All the stress of twins, his dad passing away, we sold our home at the time, there were just all these changes going on," she said. "He just spiked really high, and I was just really worried about him."

But all that changed when he heard about Keto. Anderson caught wind after seeing a friend post on Facebook about the diet.

"He was posting pictures of eating these huge piles of bacon and eggs and I said, 'I like bacon and eggs,'" Anderson said.

Anderson said he’s tried every diet in the book.

"I've done a super low-calorie, low-fat diet, stay under 1000 calories … Just crazy stuff," he said. Anderson also gave the Atkins diet a run, he said, "along with 30 million other people."

However, Anderson said the Keto diet is different.

"By switching to a high fat, more of a moderate protein, and low carb (diet), I fill up quickly and I'm full for many, many hours," he said.

Anderson’s body relies on fat instead of sugar as a fuel source. He's lost 100 pounds since starting the diet in August 2016.

"The best part of this for me is that I feel better," Anderson said.

And Anderson said he thinks more clearly. "One of the first things I noticed was the mental clarity and the mental focus … so I actually perform better at work."

Now, Anderson is able to play trains on the living room floor with his son.

"My knees were so beat up that kneeling on the floor was excruciating, let alone crawling around chasing," he said.

Anderson also loves to play tag with his kids in their backyard. "I couldn't keep up with two 4-year-olds. They'd run me into the ground," he added.

Intermountain Healthcare's outpatient dietitian Emily Lybbert said there are some benefits to the diet.

"Keto is great. It encourages limiting those more processed foods that don't have as many nutrients in them," she said.

However, Lybbert said the diet is not sustainable. "It's not healthy to be in ketosis for that long. It's just kind of your backup system," she said.

Lybbert said it is dangerous to cut out entire food groups.

"You cut out vitamins and minerals that are in those,” she described. You aren't going to get as much riboflavin and thiamin or as much Vitamin C as maybe you would."

Anderson would argue differently though. In response, he said, "Yeah, I cut out the foods that raise my insulin, which tells my body to store fat. Find out for yourself. There's so much information out there — so many published studies."

Anderson said it has changed his life and he feels 20 years younger. His wife agrees saying, "He has more energy for the kids and the honey-do list."

After playing tag with the twins, Anderson threw Emma up in the air as she laughed and screamed. Anderson said he feels better than ever, "being able to pick them up and toss them around and all that fun stuff!"

 

Video shows tornado rip through Sonic Drive-In of Galliano

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 12:38 PM PDT

GALLIANO, La. -- Video from a surveillance camera at Sonic Drive-In of Galliano shows the moment a tornado hit the restaurant and caused extensive damage.

The tornado, which touched down mid-morning Sunday, also caused damage to at least 12 homes near South Lafourche High School, according to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office says no one was injured. There are power outages in some areas because of downed power lines.

Watch video of the tornado below, courtesy of Travis Moore:

Hero customer ambushes Waffle House killer and wrests away his assault-style rifle

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 11:46 AM PDT

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James Shaw Jr. bolted toward the restrooms once he heard the gunshots. But he didn’t lose sight of the gunman.

And the moment the shooter paused, police said, Shaw decided to rush him.

That heroic act by a customer saved countless lives at a Nashville-area Waffle House, where a seminude gunman killed four people early Sunday morning.

James Shaw Jr. disarmed the suspect shooter at an Antioch, Tennessee Waffle House. He took a selfie of himself showing his injury as well as a bandaged hand.

“He saw the gunman looking at his rifle. At that point, the shots had stopped,” Metro Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said.

Travis Reinking, 29, is a person of interest in a shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House on April 22, 2018.

“So he decided to rush the gunman, actually wrestled that assault rifle away, tossed it over the counter. At that point, the gunman then fled.”

Shaw suffered minor injuries in the melee, including cuts and an injured elbow.

“He is the hero here, and no doubt he saved many lives by wrestling the gun away and then tossing it over the counter and prompting the (gun)man to leave,” the police spokesman said.

Witness Chuck Cordero saw everything unfold from outside the Waffle House’s famously wide windows.

As he ran away, “I looked back and there was a gentleman wrestling with the gunman,” Cordero told CNN affiliate WSMV.

“He was a hero … had that guy had a chance to reload his weapon, there was plenty more people in that restaurant.”

Looking for Pelicans playoff tickets? Here’s how you get them

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 11:26 AM PDT

NEW ORLEANS — The Pelicans defeated the Portland Trailblazers Saturday 131-123 to sweep their four game Western Conference opening round playoff series.

It was the first series win for New Orleans since 2008, and first playoff series win ever for Anthony Davis.

Here’s how to score tickets for the second round of playoffs:

  • An exclusive pre-sale for Pelicans season ticket holders will begin Monday, April 23 at 9:00 a.m. to purchase individual tickets for Games 3 & 4 of the second round of the playoffs. All season ticket holders will be sent a link and password via e-mail to access these playoff tickets.
  • You can sign up for Pelicans Insider, the Pelicans free weekly e-mail newsletter, to be eligible for the Pelicans pre-sale on Tuesday, April 24 at 8:00 a.m. Fans can sign up for Pelicans Insider by visiting Pelicans.com and will be sent a link and password via e-mail to access the pre-sale.
  • A limited number of tickets will go on sale to the public if necessary on Wednesday, April 25 at 8:00 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at Pelicans.com, Ticketmaster.com, by calling (504)-525-HOOP or by visiting the Smoothie King Center box office located at 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, New Orleans, LA 70113.

Watch tornado caught on video near Galliano

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 11:13 AM PDT

GALLIANO, La. -- Viewer-submitted video shows a funnel cloud touch down near Galliano Sunday morning.

The National Weather Service New Orleans says it's likely a tornado is to blame for extensive damage to the Sonic Drive-In of Galliano, as well as damage to at least 12 homes, according to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office says no one was injured. There are power outages in some areas because of downed power lines.