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Next Arena for Criminal Justice Reform: A Roof Over Their Heads

NEW ORLEANS — When Thad Tatum was released from a Louisiana prison after serving 28 years for armed robbery and the attempted murder of a police officer, he found his trials were far from over. Mr. Tatum, who has used a wheelchair since he was stabbed at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, has had to prove […]

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Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana Governor During Hurricane Katrina, Dies at 76

Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, the Louisiana governor whose single term in office was overwhelmed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when she earned a mix of criticism and praise for her response to it, died on Sunday at a hospice in Lafayette, La. She was 76. The office of Gov. John Bel Edwards confirmed her death. Ms. […]

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Heat Wave Sweeps Through Southern United States

A heat wave in the South forced residents to contend with scorching temperatures and dangerously high humidity on Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures were expected to climb above 100 degrees in some places, with heat indexes as high as 118 degrees, the National Weather Service said on Tuesday. “For 2019, this is definitely the hottest we’ve […]

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A Relentless Jailhouse Lawyer Propels a Case to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — “For 23 years, I was a jailhouse lawyer,” said Calvin Duncan, a former inmate at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. “That was my assigned job.” He had a 10th-grade education, and he was serving a life sentence for murder. The prison paid him 20 cents an hour to help his fellow prisoners […]

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Baton Rouge Police Chief Apologizes for Hiring Alton Sterling’s Killer. Sterling Still Dead

A mural in memory of Alton Sterling is displayed on the wall outside of Triple S Food Mart on March 27, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced today that the two officers involved in the July 2016 death of Alton Sterling would not face criminal charges. Photo: Josh Brasted (Getty […]

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Hackers’ Latest Target: School Districts

Some hackers demand ransom; others sweep up personal data for sale to identity thieves. But whatever hackers’ motives, school systems around the country have been the targets of their cyberattacks. One attack forced the Houston County School District in Dothan, Ala., to delay the first day of school for 6,400 students. Others crippled computer systems […]

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Louisiana Cop Calls for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to be Shot

Photo: Spencer Platt (Getty Images) A Louisiana police officer—who when he isn’t manning the streets—apparently has time to post threatening messages about elected officials on social media. Officer Charlie Rispoli took time out of his day to write a Facebook post suggesting that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot; he also noted that the Democratic […]

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Louisiana Cop Calls for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to be Shot [Update: He’s Been Fired]

Photo: Spencer Platt (Getty Images) A Louisiana police officer—who when he isn’t manning the streets—apparently has time to post threatening messages about elected officials on social media. Officer Charlie Rispoli took time out of his day to write a Facebook post suggesting that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot; he also noted that the Democratic […]

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Suspect in Sadie Roberts-Joseph Killing Was Her Tenant, Police Say

The police announced an arrest on Tuesday in the killing of Sadie Roberts-Joseph, 75, a beloved community leader in Baton Rouge, La., and the founder of the city’s African-American history museum. Chief Murphy J. Paul Jr. of the Baton Rouge Police Department said the suspect, Ronn Jermaine Bell, 38, was a tenant in a residence […]

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Death of Civil Rights Activist Sadie Roberts-Joseph Ruled a Homicide

Baton Rouge African-American Museum Founder Sadie Roberts-JosephScreenshot: CBS (YouTube) Authorities have revealed the cause of death of Sadie Roberts-Joseph, a beloved activist and pillar of her Baton Rouge, La., community. According to Buzzfeed News, a preliminary autopsy conducted by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office determined that the 75-year-old died of “traumatic asphyxia, including […]

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Still Menaced by Flooding, Louisiana Dodges a Storm’s Worst Blows

BATON ROUGE, La. — Tropical Storm Barry’s second day on land brought waves of both relief and worry on Sunday. The slow-moving storm continued to kick up funnel clouds, tornadoes and sheets of heavy rain in parts of Louisiana, leaving some coastal communities with waterlogged homes and flooded roads. But the state’s largest metropolitan areas, […]

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Tropical Storm Live Updates: Barry’s Drenching Rains Still a Menace

ImageA bar in Mandeville, La., along Lake Pontchartrain was flooded as Tropical Storm Barry made landfall on Saturday.CreditJohnny Milano for The New York Times Moving slow and still raining hard on Sunday The center of the storm was about 80 miles southeast of Shreveport, La., early on Sunday morning, and not going anywhere in a […]

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Hurricane Barry Spares New Orleans (So Far), as Inland Cities Brace for Floods

NEW ORLEANS — Hurricane Barry crept onto the shores of Louisiana west of flood-weary New Orleans on Saturday, drawing cautious optimism from city residents who saw little rainfall from the storm as of evening, and from officials in western coastal parishes that were drenched and battered but had prepared for much worse. After a brief […]

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Photos of Tropical Storm Barry’s Crawl Toward the Louisiana Coast

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana residents hunkered down on Saturday morning as Tropical Storm Barry punched its way slowly and ominously toward the coast, causing widespread power failures, more than a dozen emergency rescues and pounding rainfall in some communities. The major storm, the first to strike the country this season, was proving to be a […]

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Hurricane Barry Live Updates: Storm Is Upgraded to Category 1 Hurricane

Here’s what you need to know: ImageCharmiker Lewis, right, with Delmyree Stott, 6, along a flooded ramp on the Mississippi River walkway in New Orleans on Friday.CreditJohnny Milano for The New York Times The storm is now a hurricane. But rain is the greatest threat. Hurricane Barry has strengthened slightly, with maximum sustained wind speeds […]

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Tropical Storm Barry Live Updates: Louisiana Braces for Landfall

Here’s what you need to know: The storm is expected to make landfall early Saturday morning. Tropical Storm Barry is expected to sweep into south Louisiana as a Category 1 hurricane early Saturday morning. By 4 a.m. local time, the storm’s rain bands had begun battering the coast, though it had yet to make landfall. […]

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Katrina on Its Mind, New Orleans Keeps an Anxious Eye on Tropical Storm Barry

NEW ORLEANS — Water can come at you from multiple angles in a city surrounded by it. Joseph Thomas, 51, remembers how it came into his neighborhood last time. “We would not be talking about Katrina had the levees not broke,” he said, explaining that the disaster in 2005 happened because faulty levees and flood […]

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Tropical Storm Barry Updates: Tracking Its Approach to Louisiana

Here’s what you need to know: ImageThe swollen Mississippi River in the Algiers Point neighborhood of New Orleans on Friday.CreditBryan Thomas for The New York Times The storm is gathering strength in the warm water of the Gulf. Louisiana residents are filling sandbags and stocking up on food and gas as they prepare their homes […]

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All Eyes on the Levees: Amid Flooding, New Orleans Braces for a Potential Hurricane

Photo: Matthew Hinton (AP Photo) The streets of New Orleans were flooded Wednesday night as a slow-moving storm system approached the city. But with even more rain expected to deluge the Crescent City over the next three days, concerns are growing that the worst is yet to come. The Associated Press, citing data from the […]

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