#News - New Orleans & South Louisiana

#News - New Orleans & South Louisiana

Let’s make a deal: Tulane hoops coach says come to game, he will treat you and feed you

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 08:58 PM PDT

Tulane men’s basketball coach Ron Hunter promises a hoops revival uptown.

He was our guest  Wednesday night on the WGNO Sportszone.

Hunter did more than encourage fans to come to see Tulane men’s basketball.

Watch the WGNO Sportszone every Wednesday night at 10:15.

New Orleans local competing in “Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest”

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 08:43 PM PDT

New Orleans - Fourth of July, makes you want a hot dog real bad, doesn't it?

Some people take their time and dress them properly. Others shovel as many into their mouths for cash.

"We chew as minimally as we can, so the chunks can be bigger than what people are used to eating," says Adrian Morgan, a contestant competing in the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Competition on Coney Island.

The 36-year-old has participated in the contest for the past eight years.

His record he says is 38 hot dogs.

When it comes to the competition, Morgan says it's more mind over matter.

"Actually you're kind of watching people on the side of you to see how fast they are going. Most of it is breathing and rhythm. Very little of it is tasting the hot dog in the first few minutes," Morgan says. "Toward the end it's kind of a mental fight of if I can fit more in, I can swallow faster, and not worried about what these taste like just trying to block it all out, for the last couple minutes."

He does practice in the privacy of his own home in New Orleans.

"Usually I grab and break in half. Left hand on the dog. While I dunk the bun with the right. Just that over and over."

So what's it like after shoveling more than thirty hot dogs in the heat of the summer?

"You're very, very full so it's kind of like you ate a lot after Thanksgiving. But, also like you just ran three miles."

The grand prize to walk away with is $10,000, and with a five month old at home that money can come in good use.

"I'd probably put it in a college fund for George," Morgan says.

He’s 13. He wants to make you laugh. And his name is Ace Nice

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 07:00 PM PDT

NEW ORLEANS - It's no joke.

Really not a joke.

Except when one New Orleans guy's got a good joke.

He's thirteen.

And he's warming up for his stand up.

Even when he sits down, he's still a New Orleans comedian.

And he's now one of Wild Bill's Amazing Kids brought to you by your friends at The Keating Law Firm.

WGNO News with a Twist fun guy Wild Bill asks this young man, "do people think you're funny?"

The kid says, "I guess you could say that."

His name is Ace.

Ace Nice.

And Ace hired a head joke writer.

And he's Ace's comedy coach.

A grown up.

Just to guide his stand up.

His name is Mike.

Mike Strecker.

Mike is a funny fellow.

And he's a comic himself for the last 20 years.

Mike knows his business.

His funny business.

He's written three written three books for kids who want to knock on the door of a comedy career in New Orleans.
Standing in the spotlight and heading into eighth grade in the fall, Ace Nice anticipates all the applause that he figures has to be headed his way.

Wild Bill asks, "would you rather be funny or smart?"

Ace Nice says, "funny because no one's gonna know you have knowledge sometimes, but if you crack a joke or two in public, everyone knows you're funny."

The last laugh may be on Ace.

And that's nice.

Because it's probably something Ace Nice said.

Ace Nice heads to Jesuit in the fall.

Two Americans took a Jet Ski ride in Barbados and haven’t been seen since

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 03:50 PM PDT

Two Americans traveling in Barbados are missing after they took a rented personal watercraft out to sea and did not return Monday, according to the country’s national police.

The Royal Barbados Police Force said it is seeking public assistance to locate Oscar Suarez, 32, and Magdalena Devil, 25, who were both wearing life jackets when they were last seen.

Suarez and Devil rented the Jet Ski from a local company at Holetown Beach in Barbados at 2:34 p.m. Monday, police said. When they did not return 20 minutes later, the operator became worried and contacted other operators in the area to search for them, police said.

The Police Marine Unit and Barbados Coast Guard searched as far as the Bridgetown Port but did not find the couple or the Jet Ski, police said. Authorities also checked with management of the Discovery Bay Hotel, where Suarez and Devil were staying, but neither had returned to the hotel.

They arrived in the country June 22 and are scheduled to leave Saturday.

Maritza Pineda, a family friend, told CNN affiliate News 12 New Jersey that “obviously, everybody is a wreck.”

“Everybody is very nervous, but we’re all trying to stay hopeful. We’re all praying that he’s found, they are both found safe and sound,” she said.

A US State Department official told CNN on background that it is aware of the reports of missing citizens.

Dat Dog’s ‘Spicy Chipotle Dog’ wins PETA Top 10 spot

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 03:49 PM PDT

NEW ORLEANS – Dat Dog’s Spicy Chipotle Dog nabbed a spot on PETA’s list of the ‘Most Delicious Meat-Free Dogs’.

As people gear up to celebrate the Fourth of July, and just in time for National Hot Dog Month, PETA is releasing its list of the Top 10 All-American Vegan Hot Dogs of 2019.

The dogs were chosen from restaurants across the country… and Dat Dog’s Spicy Chipotle Dog made the list.

The award-winning dog is loaded with chipotle and arbol peppers and an array of spices.

“Meaty hot dogs are getting their buns kicked by creative cruelty-free fare such as Dat Dog’s spicy sausage,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “All the wieners on PETA’s national top 10 list prove that caring about animals, your arteries, and the planet makes for good eating.”

Dat Dog will receive a framed certificate for the honor.

Other winners include the Crispy Cowboy at Phyto’s Vegan Eats in Las Vegas; the Banh Mi Dog from Fauxmaha Hot Dogs in Omaha, Nebraska; and the Chicago Dog at Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace in Columbus, Ohio.

The complete list of winners can be viewed here.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview.

The group notes that veggie dogs are lower in fat than traditional hot dogs and contain none of the cholesterol or cancer-causing agents found in their meat-based counterparts—and they spare animals immense suffering.

PETA says that every person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals every year.

Police investigate shooting at a Slidell gas station

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 03:31 PM PDT

SLIDELL, LA – Around 3:30 P.M. on Wednesday, Slidell PD began investigating a shooting at an area gas station.

One person was injured in the shooting, that took place at Chevron gas station on the corner of Gause Boulevard and Tyler Drive.

The victim is currently at University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Officers say the shooting stemmed from a road rage incident.

The shooter was arrested on the scene, and that there is no threat to public safety.

New flaw discovered on Boeing 737 Max, sources say

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 03:20 PM PDT

A new flaw has been discovered in the computer system for the Boeing 737 Max that could push the plane downward, according to two sources familiar with the testing, an issue that is expected to further delay the aircraft’s return to service.

A series of simulator flights to test new software developed by Boeing revealed the flaw, according to one of the sources.

The latest versions of Boeing’s popular jet were grounded in March after two crashes — Lion Air flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 — that killed 346 people.

While the crashes remain under investigation, preliminary reports showed that a new stabilization system pushed both planes into steep nosedives from which the pilots could not recover. The issue is known in aviation vernacular as runaway stabilizer trim.

Boeing announced it could break the chain of events that led to both crashes by developing a software fix that would limit the potency of that stabilization system.

In simulator tests, government pilots discovered that a microprocessor failure could push the nose of the plane toward the ground. It is not known whether the microprocessor played a role in either crash.

When testing the potential failure of the microprocessor in the simulators, “it was difficult for the test pilots to recover in a matter of seconds,” one of the sources said. “And if you can’t recover in a matter of seconds, that’s an unreasonable risk.”

Boeing engineers are now trying to address the issue, which has led to another delay in recertifying the 737 Max.

“The safety of our airplanes is Boeing’s highest priority. We are working closely with the FAA to safely return the MAX to service,” Boeing said in a statement.

The sources say Boeing engineers are trying to determine if the microprocessor issue can be fixed by reprogramming software or if replacing the physical microprocessors on each 737 Max aircraft may be required.

An FAA spokesperson would not confirm the specific issue, but told CNN that “the FAA’s process is designed to discover and highlight potential risks. The FAA recently found a potential risk that Boeing is required to mitigate.”

Pilot training also undergoing update

In preparation for the airplane’s return to service, Boeing and the FAA are also working out details of additional training for 737 MAX pilots, which could include additional simulator time, the sources said.

Boeing and the FAA are working with the European, Brazilian and Canadian civil aviation authorities.

Boeing has proposed computer-based training which could be completed quickly and on an iPad. Pilots unions, as well as “Miracle on the Hudson” hero Chelsey Sullenberger, have said such training cannot be adequately experienced on an iPad.

The FAA is still actively considering whether more time consuming and expensive simulator training will be required, according to both sources.

Gregory Martin, an FAA spokesman, said Wednesday the regulator “is following a thorough process, not a prescribed timeline, for returning the Boeing 737 Max to passenger service.”

“The FAA will lift the aircraft’s prohibition order when we deem it is safe to do so,” the spokesman said. “We continue to evaluate Boeing’s software modification and we are still developing necessary training requirements.”

Officer traveling with Brazilian president Bolsonaro caught with 39 kilos of cocaine

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 03:19 PM PDT

A Brazilian Air Force officer traveling with President Jair Bolsonaro‘s G20 contingent was arrested late Tuesday, after he was caught with 39 kilograms (roughly 86 lbs) of cocaine.

The officer was arrested in Seville, Spain when the back up plane traveling to Osaka made a stop-over, according to statement released by the Brazilian Defense Ministry.

“The Defense Ministry informs that, on Tuesday June 25th, an Air Force officer suspected of transporting narcotic substances was detained in the Seville airport in Spain,” the statement said. “We are investigating the facts and are launching a military police inquiry.”

The officer was identified as 38-year-old Sergeant Silva Rodrigues, according to CNN affiliate Record TV.

President Jair Bolsonaro, who was traveling on a separate plane, reacted to the arrest late Tuesday via Twitter. Bolsonaro said he asked the Defense Ministry to cooperate with Spanish authorities and that, if proven guilty, the officer will “be judged and convicted by law.”

Vice-President Hamilton Mourao told reporters in Brasilia Wednesday the officer was a “qualified drug mule.”

“It’s obvious that, given the amount of drugs he had on him, that he didn’t just buy them around the corner and take them with him,” Mourao told reporters on camera in Brasilia. “He was working as a qualified drug mule, let’s put it that way.”

Silva is currently being held by Spanish authorities and are holding him without bail, according to CNN affiliate Record TV.

Krewe of Tucks creates new beer called ‘Friar Water’ with Port Orleans Brewing

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 03:14 PM PDT

NEW ORLEANS– The Krewe of Tucks has always been known for its partying ways and now they have a beer of their own to add to their Mardi Gras party!

Tucks teamed up with Port Orleans Brewing Company to create a new Mardi Gras Lager called, “Brewe of Tucks Friar Water.”

The can says, “Brewe of Tucks Friar Water” is a light bodied, bright lager with a hint of lime and a crisp, clean finish.  Whether riding, watching, or just thinking about Mardi Gras, this is truly the perfect parade beer.”

There will be a special launch party on Friday evening to officially launch the new “Brewe of Tucks Friar Water.”

For more information on Krewe of Tucks, click HERE.

For more information on Port Orleans Brewing Company, click HERE.


Never-before-seen footage from JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette’s wedding to be shown on TV

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 03:13 PM PDT

More than 20 years ago, John F. Kennedy, Jr. married Carolyn Bessette in a secret wedding. Now, footage from the wedding will finally be revealed.

In the footage, filmed by Kennedy, Jr.’s friend Billy Noonan, viewers will see the candlelit dinner, ceremony and reception, along with interviews with family and guests. The two-hour special will air on TLC on July 13.

“Carolyn has changed my life in a way I never thought was possible,” Kennedy, Jr. is heard saying in an exclusive clip. “Just made me tonight the happiest man alive.”

The couple died in a plane crash just before their third wedding anniversary, stunning the nation and igniting suspicions and conspiracy theories around the “Kennedy curse.”

Howard Lee, president of TLC, said in a statement that the company is proud to share these intimate moments of “American royalty” with its audience.

“This special celebration encapsulates their fairytale wedding weekend as the public has never seen, and we are honored to share it with our passionate viewers,” he said.

CDC panel recommends HPV vaccine for men through age 26 and for some older adults

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 03:08 PM PDT

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, known as ACIP, voted unanimously on Wednesday to recommend HPV vaccines for both boys and girls and men and women through age 26.

Previously the CDC recommended that teen girls and young women who had not been adequately vaccinated receive the human papillomavirus vaccine through age 26, but the recommendation for teen boys and young men only went through age 21. The CDC’s recommendation that children start receiving two doses of the HPV vaccine around 11 or 12 years old has not changed.

In a 10-4 vote, the committee also recommended adults ages 27 through 45 who had not been adequately vaccinated make shared decisions with their doctors about getting vaccinated. Adults older than 45 who had not been vaccinated are not advised to do so, since HPV vaccines are not licensed for use in that age group.

The ACIP recommendations won’t be official until they’re approved by the CDC director.

The votes were made during a meeting at the CDC in Atlanta. The committee holds three meetings every year to review the most recent scientific data and vote on making possible updates to vaccine recommendations.

Several mothers and anti-vaccination advocates spoke out against vaccines during the public comment portion of the meeting, referencing concerns around vaccine safety and potential harms.

Following the vote, Dr. Christopher Zahn, vice president of practice activities at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, praised the ACIP decision in a written statement.

“Today’s decision from ACIP emphasizes what the data has shown — that the HPV vaccine is safe and effective for use in patients ages 27 to 45, and that use of the vaccine in this age group should be the result of shared decision-making between patients and their trusted physicians,” Zahn said.

Human papillomavirus or HPV is a group of more than 200 related viruses, which can spread through sexual contact. In some cases, HPV infection can lead to six types of cancer: cervical, anal, penile, vaginal, vulvar and oropharyngeal (mouth and throat).

In the United States, high-risk HPV infections cause about 3% of all cancers in women and 2% in men, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Worldwide, the impact of HPV-related cancers is greater, with high-risk infections causing about 5% of all cancers globally, according to the institute.

The recommendations for catch-up vaccinations to extend through age 26 “should match” between men and women, Dr. Anna-Barbara Moscicki, division chief of adolescent and young adult medicine at UCLA Health and professor of pediatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in an email.

“The simpler the better,” Moscicki, who was not involved in the ACIP meeting, said in the email.

The vaccine can protect against cancers since it works by preventing HPV infection — and while most people think of HPV’s relation to cervical cancer, “parents often don’t know that HPV oropharyngeal cancers will outnumber cervical cancer” in around five years, she said.

About 10% of men and 3.6% of women have oral HPV, according to the CDC, and HPV is thought to cause 70% of oropharyngeal cancers in the United States.

Earlier this month, actress and “Desperate Housewives” star Marcia Cross opened up about her battle with anal cancer.

Cross, 57, revealed her diagnosis in a series of Instagram photos in 2018. Her husband, Tom Mahoney, was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2009. Doctors now suspect that Cross’ cancer and Mahoney’s came from the same type of HPV.

The actress told CNN she cares deeply about being able to “educate the public about HPV.”

“In spite of the optics, I care deeply about saving lives,” Cross previously wrote in an email to CNN. “To that end, the important thing to do is to educate the public about HPV. It is so common that nearly every person who is sexually active will get it at some point in their lifetime. HPV can cause cervical and other cancers …. It can take years, even decades to develop.”

Burke Retains McCloskey as Tulane Women’s Golf Assistant Coach

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 03:03 PM PDT

NEW ORLEANS – Tulane University women's golf head coach Stew Burke announced today that he has retained Lisa McCloskey as the program's assistant coach.

McCloskey has served on the Green Wave coaching staff since January of 2018 after she spent four years on the LPGA Tour where she competed in more than 50 professional events, recording a career-best 17th-place finish at the Wegmans LPGA Championship in 2014.

"I am thrilled to be able to retain Lisa as a member of our coaching staff," Burke said. "Lisa is truly a star in the coaching industry and in women's professional golf. She has had success at the highest levels and has an incredible ability to connect with players from all over the world."

Before turning pro, McCloskey was a 2012 U.S. Curtis Cup Team member and was selected to the U.S. World Amateur Team.

McCloskey was a four-time All-American while at USC and Pepperdine, ranking among the top five collegiate women golfers in the country as a junior. As a freshman, she set an NCAA record as the first women’s college player ever to score less than 200 over 54 holes with a total of a 17-under 199.

"I would like to thank Stew for allowing me to remain on staff," McCloskey said. "Stew has a tremendous vision for the future of Tulane women's golf and I could not be more excited for what's to come with our program."

Article courtesy of Tulane Sports Information Department.

Denver man dies after getting sick during Dominican Republic vacation

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 02:34 PM PDT

DENVER – A Denver man has died after falling ill while vacationing in the Dominican Republic, his family said Wednesday.

Khalid Adkins had traveled to the Dominican Republic with his daughter last week.

On Sunday, when Adkins tried to fly back to the U.S., he was dripping with sweat and vomited in the plane's bathroom, according to his sister-in-law, Marla Strick. Adkins was then forced to disembark.

Adkins was hospitalized in the Dominican capital, Santo Domingo. His family has set up a GoFundMe account to help cover expenses.

Strick spoke to KDVR on Tuesday, before Adkins death. “They transferred him to Santo Domingo and [said] that his breathing is really bad and that his kidneys were failing,” she said.

Doctors told the family at the time that they could try to find dialysis in Santo Domingo or take him to the U.S. via air ambulance. An air ambulance flight to the U.S. costs an estimated $20,000.

Adkins’ daughter had already returned to Denver when her father got sick.

Adkins’ family members say they were having difficulty communicating with staff at the hospital, and were still unsure of a diagnosis as of Tuesday evening.

“He said his leg started to swell and that's why he couldn't get up. And he started sweating and vomiting. He is just yelling and in pain, so he couldn't talk to me,” Strick said Tuesday.

Dominican government officials have said the number of deaths is not unusual and that they are not related.

Junk food loving young men have lower sperm counts than healthier eaters, researchers say

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 02:21 PM PDT

Burgers, fries, pizza and high energy drinks impact testicular function in young men, new research suggests. Specifically, the sperm counts for men who typically eat “Western” meals of high fat foods were 25.6 million lower, on average, than the counts of men noshing on fish, chicken, fruits, vegetables and other more “prudent” foods, a new Harvard study found.

Sperm is the male reproductive cell. A man is considered to have a low sperm count if he has fewer than 15 million sperm per milliliter or less than 39 million sperm per ejaculation. A low sperm count can negatively impact a man’s ability to get a partner pregnant.

Declining sperm counts in Western nations

“Sperm count has been declining in the Western countries over the past few decades,” wrote the researchers in a presentation of their results at the 2019 annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Vienna on Tuesday. By one recent calculation, sperm counts of men in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand have plunged 59% over a nearly 40-year period ending in 2011.

Plummeting counts have coincided with poorer diet quality. How, if at all, do typical diets chosen by northern European men influence testicular function?

To find out, the researchers studied the menus and semen quality of nearly 3,000 healthy young Danish men who underwent a compulsory military-readiness medical exam between 2008 and 2017.

A “prudent” pattern of eating — characterized by lots of fish, chicken, vegetables, fruit, and water — was associated with the highest sperm counts. This was followed by “vegetarian” (veggies, soymilk and eggs) and then “smørrebrød” (cold processed meats, whole grains, mayonnaise, condiments and dairy) patterns.

The “Western” diet, including red meat, chips and other high fat foods, was linked to the lowest sperm counts. Men who ate western had sperm counts between 8.86 million and 42.3 million lower than men who ate prudently, the researchers found after adjusting for outside factors that might influence testicular function, such as smoking.

“Our findings support the growing evidence that adhering to generally healthy diet patterns, including local variations, is associated to higher sperm counts and more favorable markers of sperm function,” noted the researchers.

Both the goose and the gander

Dr. Peter N. Schlegel, a urologist at Weill Cornell Medicine, told CNN in an email that the new study “helps to solidify that dietary patterns in the father affect sperm production and quality. Indeed, some of these dietary effects are passed on to children as genetic changes referred to as ‘imprinting’,” said Schlegel, who was not involved in the new study.

Charles Lindemann, a professor emeritus and researcher at Michigan’s Oakland University who also did not participate in the research presented this week, said the new study “could be an important clue if it holds up to scrutiny.” A high processed food diet “may be responsible for the known trend that has been recorded over the recent past of progressively decreasing sperm counts,” he told CNN in an email.

“Stress is harmful and vitamin or mineral deficiencies can also reduce sperm quality,” said Lindemann. “My advice to men who contact me is that a well balanced diet which includes dairy and fresh vegetables combined with adequate sleep and exercise may improve sexual health.”

Similar advice applies equally to women concerned about fertility.

Women who eat more fast food and those who eat very little fruit take longer to get pregnant than women whose diets include several portions of fruit, according to a recent study of more than 5,500 women.

Women who made a meal of fast food four or more times a week took nearly a month longer to get pregnant than women who ate several portions of fruit a day, the Australian researchers found. Women who ate fruit less than three times a month also took longer to conceive than those who ate fruit three or more times a day.

Lindemann concluded, “There is no magic food combination to cure infertility to my knowledge.”

No. 2 at NRA resigns after being placed on leave

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 02:20 PM PDT

The National Rifle Association’s No. 2 official Christopher Cox resigned on Wednesday shortly after he was placed on leave, according to NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre.

In an email obtained by CNN from LaPierre to NRA employees, the CEO thanked Cox “for his service to the NRA” and said he had accepted Cox’s resignation.

The move comes shortly after the NRA accused Cox of aiding the recently failed coup against LaPierre, who has been the head of the NRA for decades, the New York Times reported.

In a federal lawsuit filed in June, the NRA alleged the group’s former President Oliver North attempted to oust LaPierre, and argued texts and emails showed Cox participated, the Times reported, adding that Cox was once thought to be a possible successor to LaPierre.

The announcement of Cox’s resignation comes the same day a spokesman confirmed the NRA is shutting down production of its online streaming network, NRATV.

Andrew Arulanandam confirmed to CNN on Wednesday the organization will stop producing new content for its 24-hour live online channel. The decision was first reported by the Times.

The changes in the organization come as the NRA is being investigated by the New York attorney general’s office.

A spokesman for the office would not confirm what the investigation was regarding, but the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety said it filed a complaint about the NRA’s tax-exempt status with the IRS.

Contributions to the NRA are lagging, the Times reports, and the organization is facing an increasingly well-financed opposition movement in the wake of several mass shootings.

LaPierre was reelected to his leadership position in April following the power struggle and a replacement was confirmed for North.

Marsha P. Johnson, a black transgender woman, was a central figure in the gay liberation movement

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 02:17 PM PDT

Marsha P. Johnson stood at the center of New York City’s gay liberation movement for nearly 25 years. But LGBTQ rights weren’t her only cause.

She was on the front lines of protests against oppressive policing. She helped found one of the country’s first safe spaces for transgender and homeless youth. And she advocated tirelessly on behalf of sex workers, prisoners and people with HIV/AIDS.

All while draped in dashing outfits and flower headpieces and armed, people who knew her say, with a vibrant smile.

The “nobody, from Nowheresville” — as she described herself in a 1992 interview — moved to New York City from her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, with nothing but $15 in her pocket.

That’s when she adopted the name Marsha P. Johnson. The “P,” she told people, stood for “Pay it no mind.”

“Marsha would talk to me all the time and tell me, ‘Don’t let anybody tell you what to do, be who you want to be,'” her nephew, Al Michaels, recalled.

Johnson was a drag performer and a sex worker; she was often homeless and lived with mental illness. Her body was found in the Hudson River in 1992, and the circumstances of her death remain unclear. New York police ruled the death a suicide and didn’t investigate.

She is remembered as one of the most significant activists for transgender rights, although the term “transgender” wasn’t commonly used during her lifetime. Johnson identified as a “transvestite,” gay and a drag queen, and used she/her pronouns.

“She was the ultimate survivor,” said Elle Hearns, a transgender rights activist who created an institute bearing Johnson’s name.

“I don’t think Marsha has left anything behind besides the permission for us all to be free.”

‘We had enough police harassment’

Johnson played a key role in the uprising that began on June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village after police raided the gay bar and patrons fought back. Protests followed over the next six days.

“We were … throwing over cars and and screaming in the middle of the street ’cause we were so upset ’cause they closed that place,” Johnson told historian Eric Marcus in a 1989 interview that’s now been compiled into an episode for the “Making Gay History” podcast.

“We were just saying, ‘no more police brutality’ and ‘we had enough of police harassment in the Village and other places.'”

The first anniversary of the protests prompted the first gay pride parade in 1970.

Johnson, alongside her good friend Sylvia Rivera, emerged from the clashes as leaders in the nascent gay liberation movement.

They helped found the group Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), which offered housing to homeless and transgender youth.

The pioneering activists were concerned about the dangers faced by transgender people who were often forced into prostitution to support themselves, according to the New York Public Library.

They created the first LGBT youth shelter in North America and the first organization in the United States led by trans women of color, according to the Global Network of Sex Work Projects.

Johnson was also an AIDS activist associated with the group ACT UP until her death.

Battling ongoing violence

Last month, the city of New York announced it will build a monument to honor Johnson and Rivera for their role in the Stonewall Uprising and advocacy for LGBTQ, homeless and HIV positive youth, “particularly young people of color who were marginalized by broader LGBTQ rights efforts.”

It will be the first permanent, public artwork recognizing transgender women in the world, the city said.

“Transgender and nonbinary communities are reeling from violent and discriminatory attacks across the country,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

“Here in New York City, we are sending a clear message: we see you for who you are, we celebrate you, and we will protect you.”

At least 10 transgender people have been violently killed in 2019, and at least 26 were killed in 2018, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Most were black transgender women, the organization said.

The newly-launched Masha P. Johnson Institute will continue some of the work Johnson started, advocating for and organizing on behalf of the transgender community, said Hearns, the institute’s founder and executive director.

Hearns said she chose Johnson’s name to highlight the intersectionality of her experience as a black transgender woman.

“So many of us in the world are aware of her name and are aware of the image of what she looked like, but are not necessarily aware of her work and how she experienced life as a black woman and just as a black person who had defined what gender meant,” she told CNN.

Future generations will look to Johnson as “a reference for their own identity, for their own development, for their own understanding of what it means to have autonomy in oneself,” Hearns said.

‘She liberated the neighborhood’

Michaels says he’ll remember Johnson as a beacon of hope for everyone around her, someone who brought both friends and strangers home for the holidays.

“We’d open the door and there’d be 20 to 25 people,” Michaels said. “People (Johnson had) never seen and just picked up on the streets. (Johnson) always told us … treat other people with respect, be kind to people.”

In turn, he said, whenever Johnson returned to her old neighborhood she received a warm welcome.

“Everybody would be on the porch saying, ‘Hey Marsha,'” Michaels said. Even older people, he says, who didn’t initially accept Johnson’s bold brand of activism eventually came around.

“She turned the neighborhood,” he says. “She actually liberated the neighborhood.”

If she were here today, he says, she’d still be pushing.

“I think the most important message from her was, don’t relax, the fight isn’t over,” he said. “We want 100% of our rights that everybody else gets and until we get that, the fight continues.”

Man still missing after 2-alarm fire in the Seventh Ward

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 02:13 PM PDT

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NEW ORLEANS – A Seventh Ward man remains unaccounted for hours after firefighters were able to bring a two-alarm fire at the man's home under control.

The fire was first reported just before 1 p.m. near the intersection of A.P. Tureaud Avenue and North Miro Street, according to the New Orleans Fire Department.

Firefighters arrived within minutes to find the two-story duplex fully engulfed in flames, and a second alarm was soon called.

Heat from the blaze damaged a neighboring home and a nearby shed.

The fire was brought under control just before 2:15 p.m.

One of the burnt home's two occupants arrived on the scene and notified firefighters that he believed his nephew, who lives with him, had left the residence earlier that morning, but the man said he said he wasn't sure.

After calling several relatives and friends, the man was not able to locate his nephew.

Forty-four firefighters in 16 vehicles responded to the scene, along with the NOPD, New Orleans EMT, and Entergy.

Nearly 100 drivers following Google Maps detour get stuck in muddy field

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 01:17 PM PDT

DENVER – Technology isn’t always foolproof, as about 100 Colorado drivers learned when Google Maps offered them a supposedly quick way out of a traffic jam.

A crash on Peña Boulevard, a road leading to Denver International Airport, prompted the app to take drivers on a detour on Sunday.

But it was too good to be true.

The alternate route took drivers down a dirt road that rain had turned into a muddy mess, and cars started sliding around.

Some vehicles couldn’t make it through the mud, and about 100 others became trapped behind them.

Connie Monsees was on her way to pick up her husband at the airport when she encountered the wreck on Peña Boulevard.

“I thought ‘maybe there’s a detour’ and pulled it up on Google Maps, and it gave me a a detour that was half the time,” she said. “It was 43 minutes initially, and it was going to be 23 instead — so I took the exit and drove where they told me to.

“There were a bunch of other cars going down [the dirt road] too, so I said, ‘I guess it’s OK.’ It was not OK.”

Luckily, Monsees’ car has all-wheel drive, and she was able to get through the sticky situation. She even gave two people a ride to the airport, and they were able to catch their flights.

“I tore up the front passenger wheel well liner,” Monsees said, adding that others had it much worse.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

LSPO arrests five men for exchanging gunfire while driving, after failed drug deal

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 01:13 PM PDT

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LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA – LPSO arrests five men traveling in two vehicles who exchanged fire while driving on the interstate in Livingston.

Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard confirms deputies are investigating the incident, which happened just before midnight on June 24.

Currently in LPSO custody are 23-year-old Detron Jefferson, 19-year-old Tyrese Collins, 20-year-old Justin Young, 19-year-old Marcus Williams and 18-year-old Earl Young.

The initial investigation revealed the five met in a parking lot in East Baton Rouge for the pre-arranged sale of narcotics and a gaming system.

The sale went bad, however, when Jefferson used counterfeit bills during the transaction.

Sheriff Ard says the four suspects then fled the scene in one vehicle and Jefferson followed in a different vehicle.

There was an exchange of gunfire near the intersection of the eastbound I-12 exit ramp and Frost Road just before midnight.

One of the vehicles suffered extensive damage, causing the driver to pull over onto the shoulder of Frost – where deputies and officers with the Livingston Police Department intervened.

A weapon, counterfeit cash and narcotics were located at this scene.

At the same time, the French Settlement Police Department made contact with the second vehicle along LA Hwy 22.

That vehicle also suffered damage from the gunfire exchange.

At that scene, marijuana, counterfeit cash, guns – including an AK 47 and ammunition were seized.

Sheriff says, 'It's amazing that no one was injured. This is something you see in the movies – not in Livingston Parish. I am just thankful that my alert deputies were already tracking the gunfire and working with our local partners to pinpoint it before the suspects made their way into more populated areas.'

This investigation is ongoing.

If anyone has any information about this case, contact the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office at (225) 686-2241.


Posted: 26 Jun 2019 01:09 PM PDT

WGNO-TV, the ABC affiliate in New Orleans, has a one of a kind News Photographer/Editor storytelling position.

Responsibilities: This opportunity is for News and our highly acclaimed News with a Twist news program.

Are you a creative person with a good eye for storytelling and positive work ethic? Are you able to inform and entertain through the use of great visuals and natural sound?

NPPA style of shooting and editing is preferred. You should be technically astute with Go Pros, DSLRs, FTP, Mobile, etc.

Your stories will run the gamut from enterprise stories, to feature and franchise reports, and natural sound stories. You will also take part in shooting highlights for our Friday Night Football program now in its 28th year.

Other responsibilities will be outlined during interview.


· 2+ years’ in television broadcast as well as ENG/SNG experience

· Possess excellent videography, lightning, and non-linear editing skills

· NPPA style shooting and editing preferred

· Advanced knowledge with Go Pros, DSLRs, FTP, Mobile, etc.

Interested applicants, please apply through http://www.tribunemedia.com/careers portal AND send resume, cover letter, and DVD or link to pwthomas@wgno.com OR to the address below:

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