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Olivier Bruchez /

A man considered to be the nation's oldest living World War II veteran was serenaded and showered with kisses during a celebration of his 110th birthday at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Lawrence Brooks was born Sept. 12, 1909, and served in the predominantly African American 91st Engineer Battalion stationed in New Guinea and then the Philippines. He was a servant to three white officers and his daily routine included cleaning their sheets and uniforms and shining their shoes.

Brooks attained the rank of Private 1st Class during the war.

Caroline Pardilla /

Visitors to New Orleans who want to learn more about cocktails will soon have a new place to go. No, it's not another bar.

The Sazerac Company, a Louisiana-based spirits maker, is opening the Sazerac House on October 2.

Described as an "immersive exploration of the spirited culture of New Orleans," the six-story building houses multiple floors of exhibits as well as a gift shop and the company's headquarters.

Karen Neoh /

13-year-old Lynell Reynolds was sentinced to juvenile life on August 27 for the attempted murder of a 21-year-old man.

Orleans Parish Juvenile Judge Candice Bates-Anderson sentenced Reynolds to a state juvenile facility until he turns 21.

On March 26, Reyonolds and other teens approached two men on Morrison Road in New Orleans. After demanding a dollar, Reynolds shot Darrelle Scott in the back. The bullet struck Scott's spine and left him paralyzed from the waste down.

Reynolds was found guilty in July.

Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans /

Workers looking for blockages in an underground New Orleans drainage canal found the usual mucky debris — and at least one car.

Heavy equipment hoisted the wreck out of the Lafitte Canal on Thursday, a day after the city's Sewerage and Water Board announced its discovery. It was found using an amphibious vehicle and underwater camera during an inspection ordered after parts of the city flooded during a July 10 deluge as Hurricane Barry was forming off the coast.

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 A 27-year-old New Orleans man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shooting of a Black Lives Matter activist known for his leap through police tape to try to seize a Confederate battle flag during a 2017 demonstration over Civil War monuments in South Carolina.

Roosevelt Iglus had been charged with second-degree murder in the death of 32-year-old Muhiyidin (muh-HEE'-ih-din) Moye, better known as Muhiyidin d'Baha, of Charleston, South Carolina. Conviction would have brought an automatic life sentence.

Andrew Huff/ /

A favorite New Orleans confection is making a comeback seven years after a devastating fire ended production.

Hubig's Pies will be produced again next year in suburban Jefferson Parish, the Louisiana Economic Development agency said in a news release.

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Four New Orleans police officers have been fired and two suspended for an unauthorized chase just before a deadly car crash and fire at a beauty salon.

Police Chief Shaun Ferguson announced the moves Wednesday at a news conference.

Karen Apricot/ /

 Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has lost the latest appeal of his 2014 corruption conviction.

Nagin is serving a 10-year sentence on charges including bribery, fraud and money laundering. The charges relate to crimes that happened before and after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. He was mayor from 2002 until 2010.

Weakened Barry Still Poses Flood, Tornado Risks

Jul 15, 2019
My Dalliance/ /

Even though Tropical Depression Barry did not unleash catastrophic flooding in Louisiana, many across the Gulf Coast were urged to take heed of tornado and flash-flood warnings Monday as the storm moved north.

Barry was downgraded from a tropical storm on Sunday afternoon but continued to pose a threat. Much of Louisiana and Mississippi were under flash-flood watches, as were parts of Arkansas, eastern Texas, western Tennessee and southeastern Missouri.

New Orleans Fears Triple Threat Of Storm Surge, River, Rain

Jul 12, 2019
Ron Guest/ /

When it comes to water, New Orleans faces three threats: the sea, the sky and the river.

Tropical storms and hurricanes send storm surges pushing up against the city's outer defenses. That's what happened in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina's surge caused widespread levee failures and left 80% of the city under water.